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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 17 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Our news coverage through the day

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

We'll be back on Friday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

Latest headlines: Tribunal considers penalty for Oxford doctor

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This evening's top stories in our county:

Weather: A cold night with mist forming

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

The evening's clear skies will see temperatures fall rapidly after dark.

Dan Downs
BBC

We could see some fog and mist overnight, and a frost in rural spots with lows of 1C (34F).

You can get a full 10-day forecast on the BBC Weather site.

Sport headlines: Appleton eyes United stay as new MD is named

Jerome Sale

Sport editor, BBC Radio Oxford

The top sport stories this evening:

  • F1 rookie Manor F1 driver Rio Haryanto says the Banbury-based team can be competitive this season

Tonight's TV: How Brexit would affect builders

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

On South Today this evening: With many construction workers coming from Eastern Europe, what would leaving the EU mean for Britain's building trade?

Geraldine Peers brings you the stories coming up at 18:30

Also, the doctor from Oxford facing sanctions after she gave misleading evidence about shaken baby syndrome in several trials.

And more than a year after the Bishop of Oxford resigned, concerns are raised in parliament about why the post hasn't been permanently filled.

Join Geraldine Peers for all the region's news at 18:30.

On Friday's Breakfast Show with Howard Bentham

Howard Bentham

Radio Oxford presenter

Friday sees Sport Relief take to the airwaves again, with thousands taking on challenges to raise money.

Sport Relief logo
BBC

BBC Radio Oxford is attempting to row the length of the River Thames in the county, on a rowing machine, in under 12 hours.

The team will be lead by Howard Bentham as he slips into the seat at 07:00.

'Concern' over wait to find new Bishop of Oxford

The Church of England's representative in the Commons - Caroline Spelman MP - says a fresh attempt to fill the post of Bishop of Oxford is underway, but the length of time the post had been vacant was of "concern".

MP says search reminds him of wait for Chilcott report into Iraq war

She was responding to a question from Richard Benyon MP, who compared the wait to the delay in publishing the Iraq war inquiry.

Members of public invited to take a sneak peak at the brightest light in Oxfordshire

Wallingford Herald

The secrets of a machine that can generate light a billion times brighter than the sun will be revealed to curious members of the public at Diamond Light Source on Saturday. 

Oxford doctor 'devastated' by shaken baby cases tribunal

Dr Waney Squier, who is the subject of a tribunal which found she had misled courts in cases where parents were accused of killing their children, says she has been devastated by the judgement.

Dr Squier, who faces possible sanctions including being struck off, said the possible end of her career was "terribly painful".

St Hilda's College reveals £10m riverside revamp in East Oxford

Oxford Mail

An Oxford University college has revealed plans for a £10m revamp that will "transform its public face".

Travel latest: Congestion on the A34, A4130 and A415

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

  • The A34 is looking busy from Peartree to Weston-on-the-Green
  • In Didcot the A4130 is heavy on the approach to the Milton Interchange
  • It's slow through the lights on the A415 through the lights at Clifton Hampden

You can get the latest where you are on the BBC Travel site.

Huge sword handed in at Thame

Former journalist Greig Box Turnbull new Oxford United managing director

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The long time fan and former Daily Mirror journalist (pictured left, above) will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the club.

Your pictures: Lovely in Lewknor

This picture from the Chilterns at Lewknor shows the bright weather that has featured across the county this afternoon.

Lewknor landscape
Radio Gagan

It was taken by BBC Weather Watcher Radio Gagan, and you can find out more about Weather Watchers on the website.

Coming up on Drivetime with David Prever

David Prever

BBC Radio Oxford

A tribunal has ruled that a doctor who works at the John Radcliffe Hospital has had her ability to practise impaired, after she was found to have misled courts as an expert witness in cases of shaken babies.

Dr Waney Squier
BBC
Dr Waney Squier is waiting to hear what sanction, if any, will be imposed on her

The tribunal is now considering what sanction to impose, if any.

We'll have the latest from our correspondent who has been following the hearing.

Join David for that and more from 16:00.

Process to find new Bishop of Oxford underway

The selection process for appointing a new Bishop of Oxford is underway, the acting bishop Colin Fletcher says.

Bishop of Dorchester Colin Fletcher
K T Bruce Photography
Bishop of Dorchester Colin Fletcher

The Crown Nominations Commission met last week to discuss the position which has been vacant since October 2014.

They met about 10 days ago and those involved in that selection process emerged smiling... I think the process is well and truly underway this time and I'd hope to have an announcement probably some time in May.

The Right Reverend Colin FletcherActing Bishop of Oxford

Latest headlines: Tribunal rules over shaken baby death expert

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Oxfordshire's top stories this afternoon:

  • A doctor who was found guilty of misconduct by a tribunal has had her 'fitness to practise impaired'
  • A new Bishop of Oxford could be announced within three months
  • The preferred route for a new perimeter road around Bicester has been selected

Letter campaign and legal action in children’s centres fight

Banbury Guardian

Protesters against plans to close the county’s 44 children’s centres have launched a letter writing campaign.

Shaken baby expert doctor's 'fitness to practise impaired'

A tribunal has ruled that a leading doctor, who was found to have misled courts as an expert witness for parents accused of killing their children, has had her fitness to practise impaired.

Dr Waney Squier
BBC
Dr Waney Squier is based at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital

Last week the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service ruled that Dr Waney Squier had given irresponsible evidence outside her area of expertise.

The tribunal considers that the gravity of your misconduct is such that public confidence in the profession and the regulatory process would be undermined if a finding of impairment were not made in this case. For these reasons the tribunal has determined that your fitness to practise is currently impaired by reason of your misconduct.

Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service declaration

New Bicester road route selected

The preferred route for a new perimeter road at Bicester has been selected by Oxfordshire County Council.

Bicester road options map
Oxfordshire County Council

The southern alignment (option 2) was the most popular choice in the public consultation, and the council is proposing to safeguard the land needed to build the road so that it cannot be built upon.

Planning approval and funding have yet to be secured for the road.

Travel latest: A34 crash blocking southbound carriageway

BBC Travel

An collision involving five vehicles has partially blocked the A34 southbound after East Ilsley.

You can keep up to date with the BBC Travel site.

Michael Appleton closing on new Oxford United deal

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton is closing in on signing a new contract with the League Two club.

Michael Appleton
Reuters
Michael Appleton took charge of Oxford United in summer 2014

Appleton, 40, has been in discussions over a new deal with chairman Darryl Eales since January.

I'm not really one who gets dragged into stuff off the field really. I'm pretty focused and it's not affected me. If it can get done over the next week then brilliant and we can look forward to the remainder of the season. When you come across a group of staff and players that you fully believe in, it's worth its weight in gold.

Michael AppletonOxford United mananger

Jeremy Corbyn to attend Labour rally in Oxford

New study dismisses need to construct 100,000 homes across Oxfordshire

Oxford Times

Fewer than half of the 100,000 new homes proposed for Oxfordshire over the next 15 years are needed to meet local demand, according to a new report.  

MP asks for progress appointing Bishop of Oxford

Concerns have been raised in parliament about the long-term vacancy for the post of Bishop of Oxford.

The Right Reverend John Pritchard
Church of England
The Right Reverend John Pritchard retired in October 2014 after more than seven years in the role

Newbury MP Richard Benyon wanted to know what was going on and likened the delay to the long-awaited publication of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war.

In the diocese of Oxfordshire we are lacking a bishop. There has been no Bishop of Oxford for a very long time to the point where we're beginning to wonder if Sir John Chilcot is involved in his appointment... What we need in the church is leadership locally as well as nationally.

Richard BenyonConservative MP for Newbury

Travel latest: Roadworks restrictions causing delays

  • There are delays on the A40 becasue of the roadworks at the Cutteslowe roundabout
  • Wheatley Road in Islip also has restrictions at the bridge
  • In Drayton there are water main works on Abingdon Road 

You can keep up to date with the BBC Travel site.

Weather: Dry and bright

BBC Weather

All parts of the county should see a dry day with some sunny spells, before low cloud appears later.

Weather graphic
BBC

You can get a full forecast on the BBC Weather site.

Sport headlines: Contract talks to extend Michael Appleton's U's stay

Robyn Cowen

Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

Oxfordshire's top sport stories:

  • Oxford United are working on tying Michael Appleton down to a new rolling contract to keep him as boss of the U's. The deal hasn't been formally agreed yet
  • Banbury-based Manor F1 driver Rio Haryanto says their ambition is to finish in the middle of the pack this season

Latest headlines: Tributes after death of magician Paul Daniels

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This afternoon's top stories in Oxfordshire:

  • The magician Paul Daniels, who lived near Henley, has died at the age of 77
  • Concerns over the long-term vacancy for the position of Bishop of Oxford has been raised in parliament
  • A doctor who was found to have misled courts in cases when parents were accused of killing their babies could lose her job at the John Radcliffe Hospital

Stationery store to make its last mark in Witney

Witney Gazette

A stationary firm will be making its last sale in Witney town centre this month as it prepares to close down the shop after 50 years.

Oxford United squad rotation 'respect'

Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald says manager Michael Appleton does a good job of communicating with his players, even when they've been dropped to the bench.

Alex MacDonald
Getty Images

Appleton made three changes for Tuesday night's match against Dagenham, a move that paid off as United thrashed their bottom-of-the-league opponents 4-0.

His man-management skills in terms of speaking to players when they're not playing is good... he's always told me things why I'm not playing and I respect his decision. As long as I'm on the pitch I'll give it everything to help the team.

Alex MacDonaldOxford United

Doctor who mislead courts could lose JR job

A leading doctor based in Oxford, who was found to have misled the courts when acting as an expert witness in several shaken baby death cases, will find out today whether she's fit to continue practising.

Dr Waney Squier
BBC
Dr Waney Squier said she was "devastated" by last week's ruling and stands by her evidence

If the Medical Practitioners' Tribunal Service finds any impairment in the ability of consultant neuro-pathologist Dr Waney Squier she may lose her job at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

New Renault racer mocked by Mercedes

The social media accounts of Brackley-based Mercedes and Enstone's Renault F1 teams have been trading light-hearted tweets ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes team snapped a picture of rookie driver Jolyon Palmer seemingly contemplating the correct way to hold his crash helmet. In response Renault mocked Lewis Hamilton's mobile phone use while appearing at a news conference.  

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Johnstone's Paint Trophy comes to Oxford... temporarily

Could it be a more permanent fixture after the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final on 3 April? Oxford United will hope that the brief appearance the trophy made in the city on Howard Bentham's show this morning can be extended after their Wembley final.

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Adult carers service to close

A service for adult carers in Oxfordshire which has existed for more than 20 years is closing down, because there isn't enough money to keep it going.

South and Vale Carers Centre
BBC
South and Vale Carers Centre is based at the Harwell Innovation Centre near Didcot

South and Vale Carers provides help and respite to about 700 adult carers a year, but new legislation means local authorities are now responsible for offering most of those services.

The charity will now be concentrating on supporting young carers.

Latest headlines: Paul Daniels dies after brain tumour diagnosis

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This morning's top stories:

Adderbury resident compiles book about real-life villages of Midsomer Murders

Banbury Guardian

A former engineer who wrote a book about the real-life villages of Midsomer Murders is following up its success with a new tome.

TV magician Paul Daniels dies

BBC Radio Oxford

Magician Paul Daniels has died aged 77, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.

He was at his Berkshire home with wife Debbie McGee when he died in the early hours of Thursday.

In 2014 Daniels spoke to BBC Radio Oxford's Kat Orman about the beginning of his career, and the moment he first realised he was a success on TV.

Budget sugar tax 'needs evalution' - Oxford professor

The impact of the tax on sugary drinks announced by George Osborne in the Budget yesterday needs to be evaluated, according to professor of diet and population health at Oxford University, Susan Jebb.

Carbonated drinks surrounded by sugar cubes
PA

The tax will be levied on the volume of the sugar-sweetened drinks companies produce or import and is expected to raise £520m.

Initially a big cheer... hearing him being so clear that obesity is a big priority... But I think we really need to see how this plays out in practice and we need some good evaluation of that because it's not the simple tax on point of sale that public health groups had been calling for.

Susan JebbProfessor of diet and population health at Oxford University

Burford boost from Cheltenham Festival

Hotels in west Oxfordshire are experiencing a boost in trade from Cheltenham racegoers

Cheltenham Festival
Getty Images

About 200,000 people attend the four-day horse racing festival and hoteliers in the region say it's consistently the single busiest week of the year.

The further west you are the better. Burford traditionally has been the place that's most affected but most of the other areas will benefit by displacement, so people who would have been staying in Burford stay in Witney, Chipping Norton or Woodstock.

Chris JacksonTourism manager, West Oxfordshire District Council