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Summary

  1. Thames Valley Police has reviewed security measures for events after yesterday's attack
  2. An inquest has found four-year-old Barnaby Cork died after being run over by his father
  3. Work on plans to redevelop an A34 junction will start before April 2018

Live Reporting

By Alex Regan and John Hudson

All times stated are UK

Good evening

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

That's all for BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire today.

The service returns tomorrow at 08:00. 

Oxfordshire unitary authority plan submitted

Oxfordshire County Council, Vale of White Horse District Council and South Oxfordshire District Council have submitted their bid to the government to abolish the county's six councils and create one authority.

The county council's cabinet  formally approved the decision earlier this month .

The plan is opposed by Cherwell, West Oxfordshire, and the city council. 

John Cotton, Ian Hudspeth, Matthew Barber
BBC

A joint statement by Ian Hudspeth, leader of the county council, Matthew Barber, leader of Vale of White Horse District Council and John Cotton, leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: "This is a significant moment for us and for the communities of Oxfordshire, who under a new single council will receive better, simpler joined up services, saving taxpayers millions of pounds each year and ensuring good quality services for generations to come."

A government decision is expected later in the year.

"Work is already underway to ensure all six councils work together effectively on delivering a new council for Oxfordshire in 2019," the statement concludes.

Tonight's weather: 'Cloudy with rain'

BBC Weather

Staying generally cloudy tonight with outbreaks of rain near the south coast spreading north to most parts, although becoming more patchy later. 

The brisk easterly wind will continue overnight across Oxfordshire. 

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F). 

Barnaby Cork inquest: Coroner describes 'tragic case'

Oxfordshire Coroner Darren Salter recorded a verdict of accidental death during the inquest of four-year-old Barnaby Cork today.

Barnaby Cork
TVP

He said: “This is clearly a tragic case.”

“The sad facts of this incident are not in dispute. I offer my condolences on the loss of a young boy in these awful circumstances."

Drivers using mobiles stopped in Henley

War Horse arrives in Oxford

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Didcot housing development rejected

The leader of South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) has welcomed a decision to reject a housing development on the edge of Didcot. 

Campaign group Mind The Green Gap had fought plans for 170 homes between Didcot and East Hagbourne. 

Councillor John Cotton told us the land plays an important role in SODC's plans to maintain green spaces on the edge of Didcot Garden Town and protect the special character of surrounding villages. 

He said though the district does have a housing need, the decision was right to place greater weight on the impact on the landscape and character of the local area.

Thame home to the UK’s number one open dog show

Thame Gazette

A dog show held in Thame last year has been given the title of ‘best open show in the country’  at an awards ceremony .  

Thames Valley Police 'actively monitoring hate crime' following terror attack

Thames Valley Police has said following yesterday's Westminister terror attack , the national threat level remains at severe, and the public need to "be alert but not alarmed". 

The force has reviewed security measures for pre-planned events and says there is no intelligence to suggest specific threats in the region.

"We will continue to provide a visible policing presence across the Thames Valley to provide reassurance to our communities," a spokesman said.

"Today we will be engaging with key community representatives to allay concerns and fears linked to this incident - with a particular focus on supporting our Muslim communities. We will be actively monitoring any incidents of hate crime and will ensure that they are dealt with robustly."

Archimedes screws on their way to Sandford weir

Oxford City Council has released this picture of one of two Archimedes screws on its way to be installed in the River Thames at Sandford Weir.

The Low Carbon Hub project is designed to use water to generate electricity for 400 homes.

A screw
OCC

The woman taking on ticket website Viagogo

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

Claire Turnham
Claire Turnham

An Oxford woman gave her experiences to a House of Commons select committee hearing  about ticket abuse on Tuesday .

Claire Turnham bought Ed Sheeran tickets for her son's 16th birthday but says she was overcharged by £1,150, and the episode has led her to take up a campaign against Viagogo, the secondary ticket website she used.

She set up the  Victims of Viagogo group on Facebook  to seek refunds for others who feel they have been "ripped off".

"It's affecting people worldwide and it's growing all the time," she said.

Diamond Interchange plans submitted

Work on detailed plans to redevelop an A34 junction will start before April 2018, provided a funding bid's successful. 

A bid for money to create a Diamond Interchange at Lodge Hill has been submitted. 

Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, Ian Hudspeth, says they hope to hear from the government next month. 

If all goes to plan, construction would be finished by the end of 2021.

Netherlands Mini staff levels to overtake Oxford

Sophie Law

BBC Radio Oxford news

BMW's Chief Executive has admitted the company could move more production to the Netherlands depending on the outcome of Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union. 

Harald Krueger announced today that BMW's new X1 model will be built in the Netherlands, meaning staff levels at the Dutch Mini assembly plant will overtake its workforce in Oxford. 

Mini plant workers
Reuters

Theresa May said this week she will trigger Article 50 next Wednesday. 

BMW is yet to announce where it will build the electric Mini, but says "the UK remains an important location" for the company.

BreakingBarnaby Cork was run over by own father in accident

Alex Regan

BBC South

Barnaby Cork
TVP

A four-year-old boy who died in a car park in Thame was run over by his father, an inquest has heard. 

Barnaby Cork died after being airlifted from the Thame Leisure Centre in Oxfordshire on the morning of 10 December. 

Oxfordshire Coroner's Court heard that Barnaby's father Stefan dropped off his wife and two other children for swimming lessons.

He was supposed to drive off with Barnaby to get a Christmas tree, but Barnaby got out of the car at the last minute. 

He reversed and hit the youngster. 

Pupils take part in quadratic equations study

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Children in some Oxfordshire schools are to be videoed by boffins to discover how they learn a type of maths. 

There will be 85 teachers and 1,200 pupils taking part in the University of Oxford study on quadratic equations. 

It's hoped that the study will help teachers focus on the most efficient methods to improve students' grades. 

Particle physics equations
Science Photo Library

Quadratic equations lead into all sorts of links to engineering, science, and future technological careers, so they’re actually quite important.

Pam Sammons Professor of Education at the University of Oxford

Oxfam tops list for best employers

Oxford Mail

Oxfam has come top of a list of the best not-for-profit employers, as rated by its staff.

The Cowley-based charity scored consistently highly in categories in the list by job site Indeed including work-life balance, job security, pay and culture.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Radcliffe Camera and John Thaw

Bethan Bell

BBC News

The death of Morse writer Colin Dexter is the final chapter in a lifelong love affair with the university city.

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Banbury's boa: YOUR feedback

Michael Jackson
Facebook

We've had a huge response  on our Facebook page  to the story about the boa constrictor found in a Banbury field .

It's owner still hasn't been found, and we don't think it belonged to the King of Pop either.

Susan Lapworth says: "If I would have found this walking I would have freaked out big time!" 

Jeremy Franklin says: "Poor thing was left to die. I would have brought her home!" 

Julie Goodall says: "Omg I can just imagine our dog trotting home with that in its mouth!!"

Angela Slade replied: "More like the snake sliding home with the dog in its stomach."  

Oxfordshire MPs discuss Westminster attack

BBC Radio Oxford has spoken to Oxfordshire's MPs about yesterday's attack at Westminster, which killed five people and has left at least 40 injured. 

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood was standing next to Prime Minister Theresa May at the time that Black Rod was alerted, and locked down the Commons. 

Review of security after Westminster attack

London terror attacks
PA

Thames Valley Police will review security across the region after five people were killed in an attack in Westminster on Wednesday. 

Chief Constable Francis Habgood said will there is "no specific intelligence" suggesting an "imminent threat", a review would take place to ensure the public are kept safe.  

Francis Habgood
TVP
Chief Constable Francis Habgood offered sympathies to those affected

Mr Habgood added: "On behalf of all my colleagues in Thames Valley Police I offer my sympathies to all those affected by the serious events in London." 

Morse's Oxford: The city that inspired Colin Dexter

Colin Dexter at Corpus Christi
PA

On Monday Oxford lost one of its true fictional visionaries. 

Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter passed away age 86, 14 years after actor John Thaw, who perfectly illustrated the curmudgeonly detective. 

Throughout Dexter's books his love of Oxford shone through: from Morse's clandestine meetings with leads at the Randolph Hotel bar, to his badgering of Lewis over a pint of nut brown ale in the White Horse. 

You can read more on how Colin Dexter's love affair with Oxford shaped the character of Inspector Morse here

Travel latest from across Oxfordhire

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Good morning, here's the travel latest from the Oxfordshire Traffic Control Centre: 

  • On the A34 southbound traffic is slow between junction 9 M40 to the A41 towards Bicester.
  • On the A423 southern bypass it is very busy from the A34 Hinksey Hill intercahnge to the Kennington roundabout. 
  • In Oxford city centre there is congestion inbound along Marsh Lane, the Botley Road, A40 London Road and the A44 Woodstock Road. 
  • On the A40 eastbound there are the usual delays of up-to 15 minutes from Witney to Cassington. 

Today's weather: Damp but sunny later

It's a wet start for some of us this morning but for some of us we will see brighter spells, with temperatures hitting a high of 12C in the region. 

Welcome to Oxfordshire Live

Alex Regan

BBC South

Hello and welcome to today's Oxfordshire Live page. 

We will be bringing you the latest news, travel, weather and sports updates from across the county. 

Double rainbow
Michael Green

As always please to send us your snaps to be in with a chance of having your photo featured on the BBC website in Oxfordshire's Big Picture

This double rainbow was caught yesterday by Michael Green near Combe. 

You can send us your snaps by email