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Summary

  1. Calls for speed limits on one of Oxford's main routes to be reduced
  2. Nearly 10% of out of work in Oxfordshire are not employed due to long-term sickness
  3. New blueprint for cycling Oxfordshire launched
  4. Body of dead dog discovered in field in Banbury

Live Reporting

By Anna Browning and Marcus Liddell

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks for reading

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC South

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

  2. Oxfordshire cycle network 'could take 20 years'

    Every major town in Oxfordshire could be connected by cycle paths if plans for new infrastructure win support.

    Oxfordshire Cycling Network (OCN) has released its vision for 366 miles of cycle routes, costing about £120m.

    A cyclist

    Chair of OCN, Robin Tucker, said it was a "big undertaking" and they would concentrate on the busiest routes first, like Abingdon to Oxford.

    "Oxfordshire has got a long way to go, I think [the network] will take 20 years to build even if we get a reasonable rate of funding."

    It is estimated the network would cost £120m, but OCN claims it could be worth £112m every year in health and journey-time benefits.

  3. More than £1m for community groups in South Oxfordshire

    South Oxfordshire District Council will provide more than £1m in grant funding to 16 community groups, charities and support organisations across the district.

    The charities

    The funding will go towards providing services such as support for disabled people, carers, and the elderly.

    South Oxfordshire District Council said the grants will help groups to pay for things such as salary costs, rent and rates, marketing and publicity, and transport and utility bills.

  4. Weather outlook: Tumbling temperatures

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

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    Video caption: BBC Weather for the South of England on Monday 20 March 2017
  5. Blood found in a Witney car park

    Woodford Way car park, Witney
    Image caption: Police were called after blood was found in Woodford Way car park in Witney

    Police want to find a man who may have sustained serious injuries in Witney.

    It's after some blood was discovered in Woodford Way car park in Marriot's Walk.

    Officers say a man who appeared to be injured was seen in the area at around 3am on Sunday morning.

    Quote Message: I would like to trace the man who left the scene to as he may have serious injuries which require medical attention from Sgt Kerry O’Leary Thames Valley Police
    Sgt Kerry O’LearyThames Valley Police
  6. 20mph for Botley Road

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    Video caption: Should the speed limit on one of Oxford's key routes be cut to 20mph?
  7. Chance to see sidings expansion plans

    Plans to increase the size of railway sidings in Oxford will be displayed tomorrow.

    Network Rail wants to replace the existing four sidings with five new ones.  

    It says the work will address capacity issues and improve rail services for passengers.

    It's organised a drop-in event at Jericho Community Centre between 17:00 and 18:00 for residents living nearby.

    Quote Message: I would like to thank residents in advance for their patience ahead of this work to improve railway capacity to meet demand as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. from Rob Mashford Network Rail’s programme manager
    Rob Mashford Network Rail’s programme manager
  8. Little lamb

    It's spring, officially. And to mark the occasion, BBC Radio Oxford's Lilley Mitchell has been at the Earth Trust for lambing.

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  9. New Oxford quad opens after delay

    Exeter College's Cohen Quad
    Image caption: Students moved into Cohen Quad on Walton Street in January

    A University of Oxford college has officially opened the largest addition to its buildings since 1315. 

    Cohen Quad will provide 90 bedrooms for students at Exeter College, the university's fourth oldest college, 

    It was due to be finished last August but delays meant around 90 students were living in a hotel until January .

    Rector of Exeter College, Professor Sir Rick Trainer said it was "a major step forward for Exeter College, Oxford as it moves into its eighth century."

  10. Sophie Raworth

    A collection of bits and pieces from the Oxfordshire news team from the past week.

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  11. Time to spend more on cycling?

    A new blueprint for cycling in Oxfordshire has been released with campaigners claiming it could bring benefits worth £112m a year. 

    Oxfordshire Cycling Network (OCN) has released the plan for 366 miles of cycling infrastructure.

    It said it would take up to 20 years to build at an estimated cost of £120m. 

    Chairman of OCN, Robin Tucker said: "Our financial model shows a 7-fold return...which is 2 or 3 times better than most road investments."

    Oxfordshire Cycling Network's proposed network
  12. RSPCA investigate dog death

    A dead dog has been found dumped in a bin bag near Banbury

    The discovery was made in a field next to Ells Lane by a member of the public last Tuesday.

    It is not known whether the dog died of natural causes before being dumped,

    The RSPCA was informed yesterday, and is investigating.

    Quote Message: I’d be really interested to know where this little dog has come from and how he ended up being thrown away in a black bin bag like rubbish. from Rachel Smith RSPCA inspector
    Rachel SmithRSPCA inspector
  13. Is 20 plenty?

    Bethan Phillips

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Campaigners are calling for the speed limits on one of Oxford's key routes to be cut to 20mph.

    BBC Radio Oxford's political reporter Bethan Phillips has been looking at the issue.

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    Video caption: Should the speed limit on one of Oxford's key routes be cut to 20mph?
  14. Weather outlook: Grey and showery

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

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    Video caption: BBC Weather for the South of England on 20 March 2017