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Summary

  1. All the latest updates, including BBC South A34 debate
  2. University seeks to remove squatters over safety fears

Live Reporting

By Alex Regan and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

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

  2. Bus drivers to strike over Christmas pay

    Bus workers in Oxfordshire will stage two days of strike action in a dispute over Christmas driver pay. 

    The walk-out is set to go ahead on Thursday and Monday after talks between Oxford Bus Company and the Unite union broke down.

    A bus

    Company managing director Phil Southall said a number of offers had been made and rejected by the union. 

    But a Unite spokesman said the firm had "totally failed to enter into meaningful negotiations". 

    The bus operator said it paid drivers premium rates for three bank holidays over the Christmas and New Year period, but the union had asked for five.

  3. Man charged with murder after Oxford stabbing 10 years ago

    A man has been charged with murder after the death of a 30-year-old who was stabbed in 2006. 

    Leonard Morrison, 47, of Bath Street, Oxford, has appeared in Oxford Magistrates' Court charged with the murder of Samuel Marriott-Gray. 

    Mr Marriott-Gray was stabbed on 19 August 2006, in Pegasus Road, Blackbird Leys, Oxford. 

    On 31 October 2015 he died in a nursing home. Mr Morrison was charged following an application to the attorney general. 

    He is in custody and is due to appear at Oxford Crown Court on 2 March.

  4. Person sets themselves on fire in Stanton Harcourt

    A person accidentally set himself alight at about midday today in Stanton Harcourt while attempting to light an open fire after spraying it with fuel.

    Firefighters provided emergency first aid and said the patient was taken to hospital by South Central Ambulance Service.

    In a statement the fire service said: "We cannot stress enough that you should never use paraffin, ethanol, petrol or similar to help you light any kind of fire."

  5. Weather outlook: Rain and gusts

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    BBC Weather

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    Video caption: BBC Weather for the South of England on 28 February 2017
  6. Thousands sign petition against devolution plans

    More than 5,000 people have signed a petition against Oxfordshire County Council’s unitary county council proposals.

    Oxford City Council launched the petition because it says the plan would be "damaging" for the city.

    The launch

    Cherwell District Council and West Oxfordshire District Council have set up their own similar petitions against the proposals.

    Bob Price, leader of Oxford City Council, said: “It is heartening that so many residents agree that a unitary county council would be hugely damaging to the city – Oxford would no longer be governing itself and would no longer be able to control its future and set its own priorities."

  7. Weather latest: Damp afternoon ahead

    After a bright and dry start, some showers are forecast for this afternoon. 

    It will remain chilly with temperatures expected to drop to 4C overnight, and there is a chance of frost developing by dawn. 

    Weather forecast for Berkshire
  8. Man trapped in shed blaze dies

    A man has died after becoming trapped in a shed which was on fire. Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue were called to Badgemore in Henley-on-Thames at 16:40 GMT. 

    The man "was beyond help" when the ambulance service arrived at the scene, and a 39-year-old woman was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital with burns to the hand. 

    Thames Valley Police is treating the death as unexplained, and the cause of the fire is being investigated. 

  9. Squatters describe power station as 'nice building'

    A spokesman for the homeless group staying at the Old Power Station in Osney has said it's a "shame" a possession order is being sought by Oxford University to move them out.

    Neo added: "It would've been nice to spend the rest of winter here. 

    "It's a nice place. It's quite a strong building. I haven't seen any evidence of falling masonry."

    Osney Power Station
  10. Man killed in Henley fire

    A man's died and a woman's been seriously injured in a fire at an outbuilding in Henley on Thames.

    An joint police and fire investigation has been launched. 

  11. University seeking possession order on power station used by squatters

    Oxford University says it is seeking a possession order on a former power station because of safety concerns for the squatters inside. 

    The group, known as Iffley Open House, took over a car showroom owned by Wadham College in the city but left after being told to move out. 

    However, on Sunday, 25 people, the majority of them homeless, claimed squatters' rights in an old power station owned by Said Business School. 

    A university spokesperson said there was a danger of masonry falling on those inside.

    Furniture inside Old Power Station
  12. And the BBC bus is off

    And the BBC bus is off on the A34 northbound. Let's hope it doesn't get delayed for its next appointment in Lancashire - there are delays near junction 9 on the M40.

    Bbc bus
  13. You can catch more on today's debate on South Today

    If you're craving more from today's BBC South debate on the A34 you're in luck.

    BBC South Today will be dedicating time in the programme to the issues discussed on radio.

    Panellists like Paul Watters are just being interviewed now by BBC Berkshire's Joe Campbell.

    Paul Watters
  14. 'A34 is already safe'

    Paul Watters said the A34 already has a three star safety rating by Highways England. He said the main issues with accidents were enforcement of the law, and educating drivers to be safer. 

    He added: "The A34 is currently a three star road in terms of safety, and Highways England wants 90% of Britain's roads to be a three star rating. 

    "So, we're already there in terms of creating an environment to protect drivers."

  15. Facebook comments

    And on Facebook, we've also been hearing of your experiences.

    Mike Whittaker wrote: "I drive a artic for a living. This road is not fit for purpose. First it was built for HGVsS as a trunk road to link up with the motorway either end but now being used by locals as a rat run. The road surface is, well not fit for a kid on a push bike let alone the volumes of traffic. 

    "I think it's time it was made as a motorway but no doubt the NIMBY lot will pop out the wood work and stop the work going ahead."

    And Mike Whitehurst makes this point: " Someone mentioned the sections of A34 where the surface has lifted. I reported some of those on fixmystreet weeks ago (there was a show on BBC Radio Oxford saying to do that). 

    "The response I got was that it wasn't their responsibility and they'd passed it on to whoever's responsibility it was. It never got fixed. If that had anything to do with the accident last night it was completely avoidable."