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The Manor Formula One team, based in Banbury,

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is on the brink of collapse after being put into administration.

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More than 200 staff work at its headquarters.

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But the team now need to find new investors before the 2017

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Just like the weather, staff here at the Manor Racing

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headquarters in Banbury are likely to be feeling cold and dreary.

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The team are officially in administration after failing

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It means 212 members of staff are now facing an uncertain future.

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Putting a Formula One team into administration is the last

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resort anybody would want to do becuase when you put a team

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into administration, you essentially void its entry.

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What's fasincating today from a legal perspective is that

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while the team itself has been put into administration,

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the company that owns the entry, we found out, is a separate entry.

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It's not the first time this has happened.

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Back in 2015 when the team were known as Marussia,

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administrators were brought in because of debts

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But a new investor was found at the last minute -

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that being the current owner Stephen Fitzpatrick -

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and the team rebranded under their original name, Manor.

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The team have been in talks with new investors but so far, no

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It's a big blow for all those involved, with high hopes

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for the year ahead, after finishing bottom of the championship

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In a statement by the administrators, it said no

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redundancies have been made so far and all staff were paid in full up

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But of course the ongoing staff situation depends

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on if a new investor can be found in the limited time available.

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The new F1 season starts in March, but we'll just have to wait and see

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A newspaper claim that a major crime unit was investigating the death

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of George Michael is false, according to Thames Valley Police.

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Tributes have been placed outside the Goring home of the 53-year-old

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The Sun newspaper claimed that major crime officers

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Thames Valley Police say it s not a force investigation,

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but detectives were working on behalf of the county's coroner.

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Oxfordshire's secondary schools are seeing some of the highest rates

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There are now calls for a review of why the problem's so bad.

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If your child misses more than 10% of their lessons during a year,

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then they're classed as being "persistently absent".

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And that's a big problem in Oxfordshire.

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Last year, more than 4,300 students were repeatedly skipping school.

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That's nearly 14% of secondary school students in the county,

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and it's well above the national average of just over 12%.

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In fact, these figures mean Oxfordshire is one of the worst

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counties in the country for young people repeatedly skipping school.

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John Howson is the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for education

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He says he believes some teenagers are being put off school

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because of the emphasis on academic subjects.

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The concern is that, in that crucial 14-16 age range,

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if they lose the desire for education, it can

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affect their adult life, their working potential,

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their earning potential, and because we want them to stay

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in learning until they're 18 now, they won't be able to do

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the right sort of courses in the further education sector.

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Oxfordshire County Council has pointed out that almost

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all our secondaries are now academies - they're

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independent from the council, and so responsibility for truancy

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But it has said it's written to schools offering to work

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with them to address the underlying causes of the problem.

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It says if there's not an improvement, then there may be

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a case for the Government's regional schools commissioner,

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who oversees academies in our area, to step in.

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The Blue Rock thrush hasn't been seen in the UK for ten years.

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But in recent weeks it's taken up residence in Stow on the Wold

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in Gloucestershire - attracting hundreds

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And a charity that allows older people to stay in their homes says

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Trying to catch a glimpse of history in the making -

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these bird-watchers have come from across the country,

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all in a bid to see something rarely seen -

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It's a big adrenaline rush and it's an even bigger rush

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The guy who found this must have been, like, "Yes!"

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It's just the seventh confirmed sighting of this bird since 1985.

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Bridget Jennings spotted it in her garden just before Christmas,

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but didn't initially realise its importance.

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It looked like a cross between a blackbird and a starling,

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but in the light it was a bluey colour and we weren't

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A picture was posted online and since then,

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We didn't realise what a furore it was going to cause,

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but with all the people coming, it was quite a surprise.

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The appearance has even boosted a charity that

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These volunteers have been keeping the bird watchers fuelled

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with teas and coffees, raising ?2,000 in donations.

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This little bird has done so much, cos it's going to help people.

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This bit of money he's raised is just incredible.

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No-one knows exactly how long the blue rock

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Experts believe it could stay until the spring.

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For now it's proving a popular attraction in this

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Oxford United have announced the death of their all-time

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Graham Atkinson passed way yesterday morning aged 73,

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He joined United in 1959 alongside his brother Ron,

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before going on to make 394 appearances for the club,

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The weekend weather is next with Sarah Farmer.

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We have further outbrekas of rain in store for the night but the

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amount of rain is clearing southwards so we do have drier,

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albeit murky conditions following on benhind it.

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We will see some patchy hill fog and drizzle.

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Milder temperatures than last night with temperatures down to

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A gloomy and grey start to the day for Saturday with some hill fog

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lingering and patchy drizzle at first.

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Quite a cloudy day and there may be one or

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two spots of rain here and there and a few breaks

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Temperatures up to nine or 10 degrees.

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Sunday looks to be another day which will be largely

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A breezy start to Monday with rain arriving later.

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Good evening. The weather has been turning milder and also cloudier

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through the course of the day. We did see some clear spells moving in

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from the North will stop this was the sunset, captured in Dundee. Some

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clear spells as we headed through the course of the afternoon into the

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evening. Really, through the weekend, wiki with a similar theme.

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Much milder than it has been. A lot of cloud around in general, but for

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most of us think. Dry. Not dry everywhere at the moment,

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particularly across central and southern parts of England and Wales.

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We have a lot of cloud, bringing outbreaks of light rain and drizzle.

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The patchy rain will ease away slowly towards the south through

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tonight and further north across the country, drier conditions. Wherever

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you are, it's pretty cloudy. Mostly frost free to start the weekend, but

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there could be frost across the

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