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Summary

  1. Oxford United thank supporters following Wembley defeat
  2. £1.3m being spent to build 'healthy towns' in Barton and Bicester
  3. Reaction to Oxford men's win over Cambridge in the 163rd boat race

Live Reporting

By Marcus Liddell and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

That's all from us

Alex Regan

BBC South

Thanks for joining us today. We will be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, weather, travel and sport from across the county. 

Oxfordshire gets new chief fire officer

Simon Furlong has been appointed the new chief fire officer of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. 

The former deputy chief joined the service in 2012 from West Sussex, where he began his career in 1990. 

The fireman, who is replacing Dave Etheridge OBE, has also been named director of community safety for Oxfordshire County Council, which operates the fire service. 

Simon Furlong
OFRS

He said: "I believe that we are in a strong position to face the challenges ahead and to deliver real benefits to all our communities by working together with my colleagues in the county council."

Community safety involves improving road safety, gypsy and traveller services, and emergency planning. 

Your Pictures

For those up early enough to see it there was a brilliant sunrise across Oxfordshire this morning.

Thanks to Becca Collacott for sending this shot from Abingdon.

Sunrise over Abingdon
Becca Collacott

Oxford to host cyber centre of excellence

Bridge of Sighs
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Oxford University is set to become a centre of excellence for cyber security research.

The university is one of 14 to be awarded the status by ministers.

The government said the academic centres of excellence will specialise in developing the latest security techniques.

By engaging with business, industry and academia, we will ensure that we develop the skills and research we need to tackle this growing threat to the UK

Ben Gummer Minister for the Cabinet Office & Paymaster General

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A361 and J10 for A43 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J10, A43 (Brackley), because of recovery work.

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

Faulty gauge triggers flood warning

False reports of high water levels on the River Thame are thought to have been caused by a gauge fault.

The levels prompted a flood warning for the River Thame between Eythrope to Chiselhampton.

They have since been checked by the Environment Agency and found to be "normal".

The Environment Agency said: "The levels indicated last night have been attributed to a gauge fault. Property flooding is no longer expected."

Pedestrian hit by a bus in Oxford

A man's been taken to hospital after a pedestrian was hit by a bus in Headington .

It happened on London Road at 8.55 this morning.

South Central Ambulance Service said a man in his mid-50s sustained minor head and facial injuries and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, between J11 for A361 and J10 for A43 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J10, A43 (Brackley), because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

In other duck news

It's been a glorious start to the week, and BBC Oxford's team of roving reporters have been out looking for the first ducklings of spring. 

Fourteen have been spotted near Hinksey Park on Monday. 

Did you see any ducklings over the weekend? Send us your snaps of the fluffy mallards by email

Summertown shoppers

Spotted in Summertown this lunchtime, an altogether new kind of shopper having a "Peking" the shops

Off to buy quackers perhaps? Hope the bill's not too big...

Ducks
BBC
Ducks
BBC

New Met commissioner prepares for work

Cressida Dick
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It's been announced Cressida Dick will take up her role as Metropolitan Police Commissioner on 10 April.

Ms Dick, who was born in Oxford, will become the first female leader of the Met in its 188 year history.

She was also a superintendent with Thames Valley Police before joining the Met in 2001.

'We'll learn from this'


          Dejected Oxford United players after the 2017 EFL Trophy Final
Rex Features

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton has said his team will take lessons from yesterday's defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley.

They lost 2-1 to Coventry City, their second Wembley defeat in successive years.

No one will learn from this game more than I will. It's helpful from that point of view but it doesn't feel helpful at the minute.

Michael AppletonOxford United manager

Weather: Dry and bright after a chilly start

Bee Tucker has Monday's forecast

Coach causes Headington delays

A crash involving a coach in Headington has caused delays this morning.

London Road was partially blocked for a short while before it was moved out of the way - the road is now clear.

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Oxford United manager Michael Appleton

Ged Scott

BBC Sport

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton urges his side to mount a play-off raid after EFL Trophy final disappointment.

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NHS invests in Barton and Bicester

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

A total of £1.3m is being spent to ensure two areas of Oxfordshire are "healthy towns". 

One development in Barton in Oxford, and another in Bicester,  were given the special status a year ago - with nearly a million pounds of the cash invested by the NHS. 

It means things like new walking and cycling routes are being developed to encourage people to get active. 

Going out and being more active and losing some weight is miles more effective than anything I can prescribe...it is a proper wonder drug.

Matthew CheethamGP based in Oxford

82-80

Boat Races 2017: Oxford men claim victory

Oxford men's win in the boat race means it is now 82-80 to Cambridge after 163 editions of the men's boat race*.

They beat their rivals by one and a quarter lengths, but only after the race appeared at risk of cancellation or postponement following the discovery of a unexploded WWII bomb

Of my three boat races, that has got to be my favourite. The harder it is the more you can just savour it at the end; hats off to Cambridge [they're] a good boat, we were just better on the day, that's what it's all about

Michael DiSantoPresident of the Oxford team

*Sharp readers will have observed that 82+80 does not equal 163. So who won the missing race? The answer is neither, the 1877 edition was a dead heat .

Flood warning

Flooding is expected this morning on the River Thame between Eythrope and Chiselhampton.

The Environment Agency has issued a warning and tasked a team to inspect the stretch for blockages or a fault in the gauge

There is also a flood alert in place for the River Coln and its tributaries around Fairford and Buscot Wick. 

River Thame
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Relive the day

We'd understand if U's fans perhaps wanted to forget the result, but football aside it was great day out, wasn't it?

Thanks to everyone who sent us photos yesterday there's still a chance to see our live coverage as it happened .

Oxford United fans
BBC

Wembley reaction

Oxford United's owner has called on his club to regroup after another Wembley loss

Liam Sercombe's late goal almost inspired a comeback for United but they were denied during an increadible stoppage time goal mouth scramble. 

Darryl Eales
BBC

We've got an outside chance that if we win five games, but probably six, that we could get in the mix [the playoffs]...the measure of the team now is how they respond.

Darryl EalesOxford United owner

Good morning

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United fans at Checkatrade Trophy in Wembley
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Welcome to Oxfordshire Live on Monday 3 March.

It's a fine and sunny morning which may not be much consolation to Oxford United fans disappointed after yesterday's defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy.

But Oxford's mens rowers will be feeling pretty good after making it four wins in five years in the boat race yesterday.

We will have reaction to both results along with the usual headlines from Oxfordshire until 1800 BST this evening. 

Oxford winning boat crew 2017
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