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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Sue Paz

All times stated are UK

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Our news coverage through the day

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

We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county.

Latest headlines: Police investigate horse riding death online trolls

The top stories this evening:

Weather: Turning chilly and cloudy

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Tonight will be largely dry with some clear spells during the evening which will make it quite chilly. 

Bee Tucker in front of the BBC Weather chart for Oxfordshire for Tuesday 5 April 2016
BBC

During the early hours, it will turn cloudier and there is a chance of some light, patchy rain by dawn. Lows of 6C (43F). 

For a full 10-day weather forecast, visit the BBC Weather site.

Sport headlines: Oxford United players return to training ahead of Crawley

Marie Indge

Radio Oxford Sport

The top sport stories this evening:

  • Oxford United's players have returned to training today as attention switches from their Wembley defeat to their match against Crawley in League 2 on Saturday
  • U's forward Kemar Roofe will find out on Friday whether he has won the League 2 player of the month award
  • United's youth team players are set to be given an outing tonight in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup semi-final against North Leigh

Tonight's TV: Dog thieves hunted after four pedigrees are stolen

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

Coming up on BBC South Today: The hunt for thieves who've stolen four pedigree dogs from a family in Faringdon.

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

Also, we report from Calais where volunteers from Oxford are helping migrants in the camp there. 

And has charging 5p for plastic carrier bags reduced the number ending in landfill? We're at an near Bicester to find out. 

Join Geraldine Peers at 18:30.

Travel latest: A415 and B4044 congestion

BBC Travel

  • There's queuing traffic on the A415 Faringdon Road westbound in Kingston Bagpuize at the Faringdon Road junction, due to roadworks
  • It's also slow the A415 Ock Street in both directions in Abingdon between the B4017 Drayton Road junction and the East Saint Helen Street junction
  • Plus there's disruption on B4044 Oxford Road westbound in Swinford at the B4449 junction

For the latest on the roads near you visit the BBC Travel site.

Social media pays #blueforbonnie tributes to nine-year-old horse riding victim

Horse riders are uniting in support of the family of a nine-year-old girl who died after being kicked by a horse during a hunt on Saturday.

#blueforbonnie Facebook post
Sophie Eckley Show Jumper

Thousands of riders from across the world are posting photographs on Facebook and Twitter of themselves wearing something blue while riding, in memory of Bonnie Armitage, from Wantage. 

They are using the hashtag #blueforbonnie - as blue was her favourite colour. 

Police are investigating reports of online trolls targeting Bonnie's family because she was riding with the Cotswold Hunt when she was fatally injured.

Travel latest: A415 and A420 congestion

BBC Travel

  • There's queuing traffic on the A415 Faringdon Road westbound in Kingston Bagpuize at the Faringdon Road junction, due to roadworks in the area
  • There are delays of 20 minutes on the A420 in both directions in Sandleigh at the Besselsleigh Road junction, because of temporary traffic lights

For all the latest on the roads visit the BBC Travel site.

Cotswold Hunt horse-riding death: Parents pay tribute to 'beautiful and vivacious' nine-year-old

The parents of a nine-year old girl who was killed in a horse-riding accident while out with a Gloucestershire hunt have paid tribute to their "beautiful, vivacious and compassionate" daughter.

Bonnie Armitage, from Wantage, was kicked by a horse while on her pony during a ride with the Cotswold Hunt in Miserden, near Stroud, on Saturday. 

In a statement, her parents Nick and Polly said she "touched the hearts of everyone who knew her".

Panama Papers: Oxfam calls on PM to 'clean up Britain's dirty offshore backyard'

Oxfam is calling on the prime minister to intervene to clean up what it's calling "Britain's dirty offshore backyard".

Mossack Fonseca office in the British Virgin Islands
BBC
Mossack Fonseca office in the British Virgin Islands

It comes after a huge data leak from Panama-based Mossack Fonseca lifted the lid on how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth.

The law firm registered more than 100,000 secret firms to the British Virgin Islands, a British overseas territory. 

No 10 has said the government "has raised billions of pounds by taking robust action to crack down on tax avoidance in Britain and the prime minister has spearheaded international action to improve tax transparency around the globe".

You can hear from Oxfam spokesman Nick Bryer on BBC Radio Oxford at 17:00.

If David Cameron wants next month's tax and anti-corruption summit to be a success, he needs to roll up his sleeves and bring Britain's rogue Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies into line.

Nick BryerOxfam's head of inequality campaign

Sport headlines: Oxford United's youth team players to be given Senior Cup outing

Marie Indge

Radio Oxford Sport

The top sport stories this afternoon:

  • Oxford United's forward Kemar Roofe has been nominated for League 2 player of the month
  • United's youth team players are set to be given an outing tonight in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup semi-final against North Leigh at Court Place Farm
  • In cricket, the combined Oxford Universities host Northamptonshire on the opening day of their first class game in The Parks

Latest headlines: Man in life-threatening condition after car towing caravan leaves A34

This afternoon's top stories:

Man hunt after woman assaulted at taxi rank

Police are hunting a man after a woman was assaulted at a taxi rank in Banbury.

Two men and two women were arguing at the taxi rank in Horsefair in the early hours of 28 March.

One of the men is believed to have been trying to pull one of the women towards a taxi, and when her friend tried to intervene she was pushed to the floor.

The 18-year-old victim received fractures to one of her fingers.

The offender is described as white, aged about 21, with short light brown hair and of a large build. 

A34 accident: Car towing caravan leaves the carriageway

The county's air ambulance takes off from the A34, after a vehicle towing a caravan left the carrigeway southbound between Milton and West Ilsley.

The scene of the incident on the A34
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

The driver was taken to hospital and a dog, which was also in the car, was unhurt and is being cared for by police.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said the recovery work would cause travel delays, meaning drivers should find another route.

Oxford pupils launch bid to kick-start next ‘ice bucket challenge’

Oxfordshire Guardian

Three students from an Oxford school are bidding to replicate the viral success of the ‘ice bucket challenge’ with their own quest in aid of an Oxfordshire charity.

Former Salvation Army volunteer jailed for child rape committed 'gross breach of trust'

The conviction of a former Salvation Army volunteer who has been jailed for child sex offences committed a "gross breach of the trust", the charity organisation has said.

James Summers
Thames Valley Police

James Summers, 83, formerly of Lyndene Road, Didcot, was found guilty of two counts of raping a girl under 13 and two counts of indecent assault on a female dating back to the 1990s.  

“Summers’ conviction emphasised there had been a gross breach of the trust placed in him as a volunteer for our organisation... we acted immediately by co-operating with the police and by instructing him to stand down from all Salvation Army activities while the police investigated the claims. We would like to reassure the public that there is no hiding place for anyone who wishes to prey on vulnerable people.

Salvation Army spokeswoman

Lunchtime TV: Cotswold Hunt horse-riding death girl 'truly lovely'

South Today

Coming up on BBC South Today: The head teacher of a nine-year-old Oxfordshire girl killed while riding her pony behind the Cotswold Hunt has described her as a "truly lovely and talented girl".

Bonnie Armitage from Wantage was injured when a larger horse kicked out at her on Saturday. 

She was airlifted to hospital but died shortly afterwards. 

Andrew Nott, head at St Hugh's in Faringdon, said the school community was "devastated".

More on that and other stories at 13:30 with Alan Sinclair.

Travel latest: A34 blocked and A420 queues

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

  • The A34 is blocked and there's queuing traffic southbound between the Milton Interchange and Chilton Interchange, because of an accident
  • It's also slow on the A420 southbound in Sandleigh between the Besselsleigh Road junction and the A338 junction

For the latest on the roads where you are visit the BBC Travel site.

Weather: Dry and sunny

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It will stay largely dry this afternoon.

BBC Weather chart for Oxford for Tuesday 5 April 2016
BBC

Increasing amounts of sunshine will also make it feel pleasantly warm. Highs of 13C (55F).

For a full 10-day weather forecast visit the BBC Weather site.

Sport headlines: Combined Oxford Universities cricketers host Northamptonshire at The Parks

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

The top sport stories this lunchtime:

  • Oxford United's forward Kemar Roofe is one of four nominees for League 2 player of the month
  • This evening there's an Oxfordshire Senior Cup semi-final between Oxford United and North Leigh at Court Place Farm
  • In cricket, the combined Oxford Universities host Northamptonshire on the opening day of their first class game in The Parks

Latest headlines: Horse-riding accident death 'very hard to bear'

The top stories this lunchtime:

  • The issue of recovering three men who remain trapped under the collapsed power station in Didcot has been raised during a full county council meeting

Watch: Medical care in Calais 'Jungle'

South Today

BBC South Today has been following a team of 50 volunteers from Oxford who've spent time working in the Calais migrant camp. 

Second in Adina Campbell's reports from 'The Jungle'

Reporter Adina Campbell has been with the university students and looking at the basic medical care people from war-torn countries staying in the camp, known as "The Jungle", and hearing their stories.

Councillor's opposition to school academies

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Cabinet member for education, Conservative councillor Melinda Tilley, has reiterated her opposition to government plans to force all schools to become academies, during today's full county council meeting.

She said she wouldn't get involved with forcing schools to become academies.

I don't know who the government expects to do all this forcing, but I can tell you one thing: it won't be me.

Melinda TilleyConservative councillor for Kingston & Cumnor

Reward offered for four dogs stolen from Faringdon kennels

Four dogs have been stolen from kennels in Faringdon, a dog charity has said.

Reward poster
Find UK Dogs

Three white Japanese spitz - a two-year-old male called Quincy, and two females; five-year-old Kira and Dulcie who is three - and a one-year-old roan black and white cocker spaniel named Primrose have been taken since 11:00 on Saturday.

There is a £1,000 reward for the return of the dogs, which are all microchipped.

Didcot power station collapse: Problems recovering three missing men raised at full council meeting

Bethan Phillips

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

The issue of recovering three men who remain trapped under the collapsed power station in Didcot has been raised during a full county council meeting.

Didcot A collapse
BBC

Christopher Huxtable, 34, from Swansea, Ken Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61, both from Rotherham, are still missing in the rubble following the collapse on 23 February.

Conservative councillor for Didcot East and Hagbourne Patrick Greene said: "Is there some idea of when there might be a plan to eventually overcome all these difficulties and get these bodies out?"

Deputy leader of the authority Rodney Rose said he couldn't give a definite answer, but said the chief fire officer was compiling a report that will go to all councillors to give some indication of what's going on.

Sport headlines: Oxford Universities host Northamptonshire on opening day of first class cricket in The Parks

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

The top sport stories this morning:

  • U's forward Kemar Roofe is one of four nominees for League 2 player of the month
  • This evening there's an Oxfordshire Senior Cup semi-final between Oxford United and North Leigh at Court Place Farm
  • In cricket, the combined Oxford Universities host Northamptonshire on the opening day of their first class game in The Parks

Latest headlines: Kurdish refugee death in Banbury 'avoidable'

Cotswold Hunt horse-riding death 'very hard to bear'

The death of a nine-year-old girl in a horse-riding accident is "very hard to bear", the hunting group she was riding with has said.

Bonnie Armitage is understood to have been kicked by a horse while riding her pony during a ride with the Cotswold Hunt in Miserden, near Stroud, on Saturday.  

A sense of overwhelming shock and sadness is with us all as we try to come to terms with her family's overwhelming loss and grief, and I hope that the strength of our community together with the power of our prayers and the sincerity of our condolences will be of some comfort to the family. In truth we find it hard to write this, as a young life lost is very, very hard to bear. We would also like to thank the emergency services who did their very best.

Joint masters of the Cotswold Hunt

Travel latest: Stanford in the Vale road closure

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

  • Park Lane in Stanford in the Vale is closed at the A417 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles
  • There's also queuing traffic on the A40 in both directions in Oxford at the Cutteslowe Roundabout, due to ongoing roadworks in the area

For all the latest on the roads near you visit the BBC Travel site.

Travel latest: Problems in Stanford In The Vale

'No fall in plastic bag use in Oxfordshire'

An Oxfordshire waste firm says it hasn't seen a fall in the use of plastic bags, despite a new 5p charge for each one.

Andrew Turner of recycling company Viridor says people still need to change their habits

It's six months since the levy was brought in on single-use plastic bags in large stores. 

Some supermarkets claim they've seen an 80% fall in use. 

But Andrew Turner of recycling company Viridor, which deals with all the county's waste, says too many are still being thrown away.

Didcot man jailed for historic child sex offences

An 83-year-old man who worked for the Salvation Army has been jailed for seven years after being found guilty of child sex offences dating back to the 1990s.

James Summers
Thames Valley Police
James Summers

James Summers, formerly of Lyndene Road, Didcot, was convicted of two counts of raping a girl under 13 and two of indecent assault on a female.

His crimes happened between 1995 and 2000 and he is already serving an 18-year prison sentence for six counts of rape dating back to the 1980s.

Oxford United's new MD believes 'the heart' is key to the role

Lifelong Oxford United fan Greig Box Turnbull has told BBC Radio Oxford he's delighted to get the chance to work for a club he's supported since he was a child.

Greig Box Turnbull
Oxford United
Greig Box Turnbull

Box Turnbull has been appointed as managing director and will take up the day to day running of business later this month.

He believes being a U's supporter makes him an ideal candidate to take on the role. 

Oxford United really is a community club and I think that for me Oxford United is very much at the heart of the community. I think it's wonderful that there are people who have the club at heart having integral roles.

Greig Box TurnbullOxford United's managing director

Banbury crash refugee death 'could have been avoided'

The death of an 18-year-old Kurdish refugee in Banbury could have been avoided, according to the charity Help Refugees.

Mohammed Hussain
Help Refugees/PA

Mohammed Hussain died on Friday after the lorry he was travelling under was involved in a crash

Josie Naughton, from Help Refugees, said more needed to be done to protect refugee children when they arrive in Britain.

If he had been found here then he would have been allowed to apply for asylum. What is most tragic about this is that there was a legal route for him to get here, without having to put his life in danger.

Josie NaughtonHelp Refugees

Mother 'threw £10k of son's drug-dealing money out of window during police raid'

Oxford Mail

A mother flung £10,000 of her son's drug dealing cash out of the window just moments before police raided her home, a court has heard.