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  1. Oxford zero emissions study launched
  2. First live music census carried out in six cities, including Oxford

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Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

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Bus driver strike action suspended

Bus drivers have suspended strike action in a dispute over Christmas pay after "positive talks" with the Oxford Bus Company.

Phil Southall, managing director of the company, said: "We’re pleased to announce that, following several talks with Unite and ACAS this week, Unite has agreed to suspend its planned strikes on the 17th and 24th of March. 

"This is great news for our customers, and we apologise for any inconvenience that has been experienced to date. 

"With the threat of strike action now removed, Unite and our management team can resume talks and I am optimistic that we will be able to reach a way forward soon." 

Bus drivers on strike

Marie Hall, regional officer for Unite, said: "We’re happy to say that positive talks have taken place between Oxford Bus Company management and Unite over the last few days. 

"In order to create an environment for talks to resume, we’ve suspended the strike action previously announced... we are confident that we can now get back around the table and make some progress."

Drivers walked out on 2 and 6 of March angry that they were only paid for three bank holidays over Christmas.  

Fire at Abingdon sports pavilion

A fire broke out at Abingdon sports pavilion after a chair that had been pushed up against and electric storage heater went up in flames.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to the scene at 11:05 and crews extinguished the fire in the heavily smoke-logged building.

The chair is believed to have been up against the heater for several days.

Crew manager Adam Cook said: "In this instance a key holder to the pavilion was opening the building to allow a sports club to use the facility. 

"On noticing the smoke he immediately called 999 for the fire and rescue service which was exactly right thing to do. 

"It was lucky that this fire was discovered in its early stages as it could have gone unnoticed for hours, resulting a serious loss of property."

It's a pug's life

We've been celebrating man's best friend on Facebook today as Crufts is underway.

Here's just one proud example from our gallery. It's Libby the pug, from Eynsham. Gotta love pugs.

Libby the pug
Sarah Rushworth

Tonight's weather: 'Dry and mild'

BBC Weather

It will be a rather cloudy night for most, although some clearer spells are likely, especially across eastern parts. 

There will also be a risk of some mist and fog patches, especially along prone stretches of the River Thames, however it should remain dry and mild. 

Minimum temperature 7C (45F).

Lib Dems gain seat in West Oxfordshire

The Liberal Democrats gained a seat on West Oxfordshire District Council yesterday in a by election .

Kieran Mullins received 567 votes, ahead of Conservative Brendan Kay's 504.

It was held following the death of Conservative councillor Warwick Robinson.

Oxford University Quidditch Club

A collection of bits and pieces from the Oxfordshire news team from the past week.

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Show chickens and cockerels stolen

A total of 10 cockerels and five chickens were stolen from outbuildings in Sheards Lane, Stanford in the Vale, between 19:30 on Monday and 05:00 on Tuesday.

Three homemade Moet Champagne show boxes used to transport the animals to shows were also taken.

A cockerel

PC Tom Pryor said: “The chickens and cockerels have great sentimental value to the victim, who has displayed the birds at many shows across the country.  

"Two of the chickens taken were part of the bloodline that the victim has bred for several decades.

“The victim is extremely worried that the animals have been stolen for cock fighting.

“The total approximate value of the cockerels and chickens are £1,000.

“We believe there may have been three offenders, all male, who were wearing hooded tops. 

“The victim was also targeted two years ago today when three chickens were taken but unfortunately the offenders have not been located."

Idris Elba to play at Truck Festival

It has been announced that star of The Wire and Luther Idris Elba will perform at this year's Truck Festival  at Hill Farm in Oxfordshire.


He will join The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand and The Vaccines from 21 to 23 July.

This week's film reviews

BBC Radio Oxford

Where are the best places to live in the South East?

Fifteen locations in the South East, including Finchampstead, Marlow, Wallingford and Tadley have been named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times. 

The locations were assessed on a wide range of factors, from jobs, exam results and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops in order to compile the definitive top locations to make your home.

The judges also used their own experience of the villages, towns and cities, such as local pubs, ease of transport and the range of attractive property to choose the top locations. 

Andy Peacock
Sunset over Wallingford town centre
Rob Farrow
Marlow Church and bridge
St James' Church
Brendan and Ruth McCartney
St James' Church, Finchampstead, Berkshire

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Activity centre for disabled children expands

Cristina Parry

Radio Oxford Afternoon producer

An activity centre on the border of Oxfordshire, which has helped thousands of disabled children, has expanded. 

Thomley, in Worminghall, also supports parents and carers. 

A new pavilion will mean more performances to entertain young people.

Hear more on Alex Lester's show, on 95.2FM, from 13:00.

Holly Green has today's weather forecast

South Today

Oxford city centre zero emissions zone study launched

A study looking into banning all petrol and diesel vehicles from the centre of Oxford has been launched.


The city and county councils have jointly commissioned the £30,000 study in a bid to reduce air pollution.

If agreed the zone could be introduced from 2020, starting small and expanding as technology develops.

The city centre has been a low emission zone since 2014, requiring all local bus services to use low-emitting vehicles. 

City council board member John Tanner previously branded the idea "ridiculous", but now says he is "thrilled" the study is taking place.  

Are driverless cars the future?

We spoke to Oxford-based company Oxbotica about their autonomous, driverless cars and how they could change the way we travel.

Census on 'true state' of UK's live music

The UK's first ever live music census is being carried out in six cities across Britain, including Oxford.

Live music
Getty Images

The project aims to take a snapshot of current trends and map out the ways the public engage with music.

It is hoped the survey will help measure live music's cultural and economic value and identify future challenges and opportunities. 

The 24-hour survey began at 12:00 on Thursday in Glasgow, Newcastle, Oxford, Leeds, Southampton and Brighton.  

Family 'lucky' after house fire in Barford St Michael

At 12:27 yesterday firefighters were called to a house fire in Barford St Michael, near Deddington. 

On arrival crews were faced with the property full of smoke, which was billowing from the front door. 

It was soon established that there was nobody inside the house and the fire was in the kitchen.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using high pressure hose reel jets. 

Crew manager Mike Aspinall said: "The family were very lucky that no one was in the property at the time of the fire, if this was early hours of the morning it could have been a completely different outcome."

Blenheim Palace flowerpot turns out to be Roman coffin

Jeremy Stern

BBC South Today

A flowerpot at Blenheim Palace  has turned out to be a 1,700-year-old Roman sarcophagus...  

How big is live music really?

The UK's first ever census on live music is being carried out in six cities across Britain.

Today's Oxford Mail front page

The Oxford Mail
Oxford Mail

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