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Summary

  1. Thame man arrested in murder probe
  2. Bullingdon centre to get £500,000 revamp

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

That's all from us.

Alex Regan

BBC South

That's all from us for today. We will be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county. 

City council waves child burial fees

Bereaved parents who have lost children under the age of 12 will no longer have to pay burial fees in Oxford.

The city council said it would scrap the charges for children and offer cemetery services to help support grieving parents. 

Councillor Linda Smith said: "When parents are grieving it is not the time to expect them to apply for a grant or take out a loan to cover the bare essentials of a burial."

Oxford prepare for Quidditch Cup

Serena Martin

BBC Radio Oxford

A group of Oxford University students will be running around with a broom handle between their legs this weekend. 

But this is not a strange university society initiation, it is the British Quidditch Cup.  

Rowers prepare as 163rd Boat Race looms

It's that time of year again. Oxford and Cambridge will descend on the River Thames in one of the oldest sports rivalries in the world for the 163rd Boat Race. 

Here's some archive footage from yesteryear. 

Old Power Station squatters 'to move out by Sunday'

Oxford University has released a statement, following a court decision to give it an interim possession order for Osney Power Station, where squatters are currently staying.

"We requested the court to extend the time for serving the order so that the occupiers are given a few days to pack up their belongings without compromising our right to reclaim the property. 

"The court agreed that this was “appropriate and proportionate” and extended the order until Sunday. 

"We have been given to understand that the occupiers will be vacating over the weekend.

"Homelessness is a serious issue in Oxford, and we will continue to work with local stakeholders on this matter. Osney Open House have made a serious point by drawing attention to this issue, and we hope to continue working with them. In particular, we would like to see how we can work with and support local homeless charities in the future."

Budget 'boost' for South East's transport links

Set out in the Budget is £84m of funding for the region's roads and transport, though not all the places of investment have been announced yet.

Philip Hammond said: "This Budget helps us make the most of the opportunities ahead by laying the foundations of a stronger, fairer, better Britain outside the EU.

"Part of that is about investing in making Britain’s infrastructure fit for the future and today we announced a multimillion-pound boost for transport links in the South East.

"The region will also benefit from our major commitments on skills, health, education and social care."

CCTV images released after purse theft

Thames Valley Police has released images of three people after a woman had her purse stolen in Wantage last month.

The payment card of the woman, who was in her 60s, was then used to buy expensive electrical goods in nearby shops.  

It is thought that she was seen by a group of offenders typing her PIN before the theft.

CCTV following Wantage fraud incident
BBC

PC Oliver Adams, based at Didcot police station, said: "This was an organised offence which has resulted in the victim’s payment card being used to buy several high value items.

"The people pictured in these images could have information vital to our investigation, and I am therefore appealing for them to come forward."

Budget reaction: Beer industry 'struggling'

Loddon Brewery in South Oxfordshire has described increases in beer duty in today's Budget  as a "kick in the teeth for publicans, brewers and beer drinkers".

Budget being announced
BBC

It added: "The beer industry is already struggling with falling cask ale prices, market saturation and hikes in business rates and the Chancellor has shown a complete disregard for the current situation. He hasn’t listened to the industry.

"The brewing and hospitality industry in the UK supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and previous duty cuts have helped the industry thrive. Beer and pubs are at the heart of the British identity and need to be supported.

"The UK is enjoying a huge beer boom at the moment but today’s announcement will do nothing to enhance this."

University given permission to evict squatters

Oxford University has been granted an interim possession order to evict squatters from a former power station it owns. 

The group of 25, known as Iffley Open House, claimed squatters' rights in The Old Power Station owned by Said Business School on 26 February.

They previously stayed at a car showroom owned by Wadham College.

The university says the power station is not safe to live in.

Recorder Yvette Genn at Oxford County Court listed the matter for a further hearing next Thursday.

Furniture for squatters at Old Power Station
BBC
Oxford United manager Michael Appleton

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton insists his side can still mount a League One play-off push.

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New sports pitch at Leys Leisure Centre

A £350,000 sports pitch is being installed at the Leys Pools & Leisure Centre and is expected to open later this month.

Replacing the dilapidated hard court area, it will include high-level fencing and floodlights. As part of the project, 41 spaces are being added to the car park.

Linda Smith, executive board member for leisure, parks and sport, said: "With a hi-tech all-weather surface, floodlights and its own designated changing rooms in the nearby sports pavilion this new addition... is yet another great example of the city council investing in our communities in order to improve the quality of life of residents."

Large clearance of rubbish in north Oxfordshire

Twenty-six tonnes of rubbish have been cleared away in north Oxfordshire this February. 

Cherwell District Council workers cleared litter, flytips and graffiti as part of the Calthorpe and Easington blitz. 

The street cleansing team collected waste equivalent to the weight of two double decker buses, while environmental enforcement officers took on a large flytip in Wykham Place.   

International Women's Day in the arts

International Women's Day is trending on Twitter, and several of Oxfordshire's major players in the arts world are getting into the spirit.

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Osney squatters case in court

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A group of homeless people and volunteers who have been occupying vacant buildings in Oxford are in court today. 

Osney Open House are camping out in the old Osney Power Station , owned by Said Business School.

They're trying to get an interim possession order for the building lifted. 

Osney Power Station
Steve Daniels

Milton Park development bringing new jobs to South Oxfordshire

The Herald

A £24 million development at a science and business park will create 1,000 new jobs .  

Brexit rebel Lord Heseltine sacked from government role

Alex Hunt

Politics editor, BBC News Online

Former Henley MP and Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has been sacked as a government adviser after rebelling over Brexit in the House of Lords .

Lord Heseltine backed the demand for a Parliamentary vote on the final deal to be written into Brexit legislation.

He learned hours later on Tuesday that he had been fired from five government advisory roles he held.

He said he accepted Number 10's right to sack him but "sometimes there are issues which transcend party politics".

Lord Heseltine
EPA

Firefighters to deal with trees on roads in new trial

Fallen trees are to be removed from roads by the fire service instead of county council contractors as part of a new trial.

The authority believes having chainsaw-trained firefighters respond to incidents will be quicker and save money.

Firefighters clearing trees
BBC

David Nimmo Smith, cabinet member for environment, said: "Residents will know all about the work that our crews do to rescue people and put out fires, but clearly the range of things that they can help with is quite broad.

"I will be keen to see the results of the trial as it has the potential to provide a faster and more efficient service."

A cappella group releases International Women’s Day song

The Oxford Belles, a female a cappella group featuring students from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University,  have released their own version of a classic Cyndi Lauper song for International Women’s Day.

'Girls Just Want to Have Fun(damental Rights) will raise money for Oxfordshire Rape Crisis, The Malala Fund, and Forward.

Jess Bollands, the group's president, said: "We wanted to choose a song that represented us as a group, was universally loved, and could also provide a powerful message, and [Girls Just Want To Have Fun] certainly fit the bill."

The Oxford Belles
The Oxford Belles

Grey weather in the South today

It will be grey, mild and damp this morning

International Women's Day workshops

Serena Martin

BBC Radio Oxford

Workshops raising awareness of sexual abuse are running in Oxford today, to mark International Women's Day. 

According to Rape Crisis, one in five women aged between 16 and 59 have experienced some form of sexual violence.  

Michelle Plaisted-Kerr, who is running the workshop in Blackbird Leys this afternoon, says abuse isn't only the physical.

It isn't just about being hit, it's the psychological and emotional stuff the person doesn't realise is happening to them.

Michelle Plaisted-Kerr

Oxford United 2-3 Sheffield United

Press Association

Billy Sharp struck his 25th and 26th goals of the season as League One leaders Sheffield United stormed back to beat Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium and stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.

Murder inquiry after woman's body found

Helen Burchell

BBC News

A murder investigation has started after the body of a woman was found .

Samantha Blake-Mizen, 47, was found by paramedics at a property in Ludgershall, near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, on Sunday.

Samantha Blake-Mizen
Facebook

Post-mortem tests showed she died from a subdural haematoma - bleeding in the brain.

A 43-year-old man from Thame was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday and has since been released on bail, Thames Valley Police said.

Good morning

Welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on Wednesday 8 March.

Throughout the day we'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel from across Oxfordshire.

Market Place, Woodstock
Pauline Massey

Thanks to Pauline Massey, from Osney in Oxford, for today's main image, taken of Woodstock's historic Market Place.

Pauline also took a picture of a ferocious dinosaur in The Oxfordshire Museum 's garden, but we decided not to use that as our main image, in case we caused a mass panic. 

Dinosaur garden at Woodstock Museum
Pauline Massey

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