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Thanks for reading today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel from around Oxfordshire.

New community-led children's centre opens in Carterton

A community-led scheme set up to replace Carterton's children's centre has officially opened.

          Centre manager Jo Smith (back) with some visitors who attended the launch of the new family centre
Centre manager Jo Smith (back) with visitors who attended the launch

Children’s centre staff, local councillors and members of the RAF formed a group to run services with support from Oxfordshire county Council, Carterton Town Council, the Armed Forces Covenant and the RAF Benevolent Fund. 

They were joined by local families at the Town Hall yesterday to celebrate the launch of the new services.

Travel update: Traffic lights out at Headington roundabout

CCTV image released following Witney criminal damage

At about 03:00 on 3 March a speaker box at a drive-through restaurant in Ducklington Lane, Witney, was pulled out of its fixings and left on the ground, police said.

The man

PC John Newman said: “If you are the man in the image or if you recognise the man pictured, please call the Thames Valley Police 24-hour enquiry centre on 101, quoting incident reference 43170062737."

Lord Lieutenant at Townlands hospital opening

Network Rail hails 'major milestone' in electrification

Network Rail says it has electrified 12 miles of railway to the west of London between Stockley Junction and Maidenhead as part of the Crossrail project.

It hopes the project will allow GWR to extend new electric trains from London Paddington to Maidenhead from this May, and to Didcot in January 2018.


The electrification of the Great Western rail line, agreed in 2009,  has been described by MPs as a "stark example of how not to run a major project".

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said "mismanagement" of the project had left customers "angry and frustrated".

Derelict Sandles house at Radley Lakes set for demolition

The Herald

A dangerous derelict building that has long-blighted a beauty spot could finally be demolished .  

Oxford Bus Company pleased pay deal with Unite accepted

Phil Southall, managing director of the Oxford Bus Company, has commented on the settlement with Unite that has seen their long-running pay dispute come to an end.

"We're pleased to say that after a series of constructive meetings, we have made a pay offer that has been accepted by the majority of Unite's members," he said.

"We look forward to returning to the regular, constructive dialogue with Unite we've enjoyed in the past, so that we can continue to deliver the quality bus services the people of Oxford have come to expect."

Oxford Bus Company vehicle
Oxford Bus Company

Townlands Memorial Hospital to formally open

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Henley's new hospital, Townlands Memorial, will be formally opened by Oxfordshire's lord lieutenant today. 

The Rapid Access Care Unit opened to patients two months ago, after a nine month delay.

Townlands Memorial
Bill Nicholls

How Tetris therapy could help patients

Oxford scientists say the immersive simplicity of the Tetris video game makes it a potentially powerful therapeutic tool .  

Getty Images

Experts at Oxford University, the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and other organisations found that it could ward of the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Such is its pull, some people say that after playing the game they see falling blocks in their thoughts and dreams - a phenomenon dubbed the Tetris effect.  

Educating the motorway tailgaters

Ex-racing driver Amanda Stretton went on a motorway mission with Thames Valley Police to educate drivers on the hazards of tailgating.

According to confused. com research, 82% of people have experienced tailgating, with 26% being tailgated once a week.

BreakingOxford Bus Company and Unite settle dispute

Unite says it has agreed a settlement with the Oxford Bus Company in its dispute over Christmas pay, which led to walkouts on 2 and 6 March after talks broke down.  

According to the union, which has about 450 members at the company, a new pay deal, plus a lump sum to settle 2016 Christmas working issues, have been agreed.    

Bus staff on strike

Unite regional secretary Jennie Formby said: "Unite now wishes to work constructively with the management to create an environment of progressive employment relations, with the aim of providing the best possible bus services for the people of Oxford."

BreakingPolice raids in Banbury linked to child sexual exploitation

About 120 Thames Valley Police officers carried out raids at 10 properties in Banbury this morning.

The warrants are linked to child sexual exploitation involving three female victims in the town between 2008 and 2015.

Seven men have been arrested.

Police before CSE raids

Det Supt Paul Hayles, head of Force CID, said: "This is a complex investigation into non-recent child sexual exploitation in Banbury... following the arrests we are continuing to work with our partners to safeguard and support the victims."

These public toilets are free - but only if you're a man

Oxford Mail

Women are furious they have to pay 20p to spend a penny in a Witney shopping centre’s toilets, despite men being able to go free of charge .  

Oxford United 'going in 100%' against Bury - Rob Hall

Oxford United winger Rob Hall says the players will be fully committed this evening when they face Bury at the Kassam Stadium, and worries over injury or suspension ahead of Sunday's EFL Trophy final will be put aside. 

The squad will have a final chance to impress tonight before the game at Wembley in five days time. 

Hall told BBC Radio Oxford they'll play with as much intensity this evening as they usually do.  

Rob Hall hugging physio Andrew Proctor
Rex Features

You need to go in 100%... You can’t think about the game on Sunday, or in two weeks. You need to make sure you get the game in hand done first, and you’ve got to perform how you would perform in any game.

Rob Hall

You can listen to the whole game exclusively live in a sports special tonight from 19:00 on 95.2FM and digital radio. 

Police and crime commissioner's new priorities

Sophie Law

BBC Radio Oxford news

Oxfordshire's police and crime cCommissioner has set out his priorities for the next financial year. 

Anthony Stansfeld's key strategies include tackling the abuse of vulnerable people, cyber crime, reducing reoffending, and improving public awareness of organised crime and terrorism. 

The commissioner says the plans were developed by analysing crime trends and taking on views of nearly 5,000 residents in the Thames Valley. 

Anthony Stansfeld

Weather outlook: Sunshine and showers

Holly Green

BBC Weather

New 12-sided £1 coin in circulation

New £1 coins are hitting the shops in Oxfordshire and across the country today, as £1.5bn worth of the new coins are sent out around the UK

The change means thousands of vending and other coin-operated machines will need to be updated to accept the new coin. 

The current coin can still be used over the next six months before it's becomes legal tender no longer on 15 October.

New £1
Royal Mint

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Woods near Dry Sandford
Rebecca Allen

Thanks to Rebecca Allen, from Oxford, for today's main image, which she tells us was "taken on a spring walk last weekend in the woods near Dry Sandford".

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