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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 April 2016
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By Alex Regan

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

We'll be back with the latest news, weather, travel and sport for Oxfordshire from 08:00 tomorrow. Join us then.

Weather: Broken cloud with showers

BBC Weather

We're likely to see broken cloud with a few heavy, perhaps thundery, showers this evening.

But the good news is for those of you who don't like the wet, is that once these have eased, only a few light showers may continue until dawn.

BBC Oxford Weather screengrab
BBC

Temperatures will drop from 13C to 7C (45F). For a full forecast visit the BBC Oxford weather pages.

Evening headlines: Iffley murder suspect in court, graduate earnings and doctor's protest

Alex Regan

South Online

  • A 50-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murdering an antique dealer in Oxford
  • At least 10% of male students from the University of Oxford will earn more than £100,000 a year a decade after graduating
  • A junior doctor from Oxford has set up an indefinite protest outside the Department of Health

Tonight's TV: Man in court over Adrian Greenwood death

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

Tonight on South Today, a man has appeared in court over the death of antique dealer Adrian Greenwood. 

Also, could community-run buses be the solution to ongoing council cuts?

Geraldine Peers
BBC

Join us from 18:30 tonight on BBC One for all that and more.

Sport headlines: Oxford swimmer qualifies for British Championships

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

  • City of Oxford swimming club member Emily Woodas qualifies for the final of the 200m breaststroke in the British Championships in Glasgow  
  • Oxford United boss Michael Appleton signs a new rolling contract 
  • North Leigh face Wimborne Town in the Hellenic League Division One tonight at 19:45
  • The latest round of finals in the Oxfordshire School games is taking place today in football, netball and botcha

Road closure: A44 Northbound closed tonight until 26 April

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

The A44 Northbound between the Wolvercote roundabout and Peartree Interchange will be closed from tonight until 26 April due to resurfacing work. 

Diversions will be in place.

Oxford doctors to protest outside Whitehall to speak to Jeremy Hunt

A junior doctor from Oxford has begun an "indefinite" protest outside the Department of Health in Whitehall in a bid to speak to Jeremy Hunt.

Dr Rachel Clarke plans to sit outside the offices for the next 24 hours, and then 12 hours a day, seven days a week until he reopens discussions with the doctors' union.  

Junior doctors protest
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The Department of Health has said it's disappointed the British Medical Association has escalated strike action to affect emergency services, later in the month. 

The NHS is in crisis and we need to secure change for our patients' safety."

Dr Rachel ClarkeJunior doctor

Travel update: Lane to be be closed on A44 from Saturday

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

One lane will be closed on the A44 southbound between Wolvercote and the Peartree roundabout between 16 April until mid-July.  It's to give construction workers space to work.

Currently, there's slow traffic on the Farmoor approach to the Swinford Toll Bridge. 

Also, it's taking five minutes to get from Great Western Park to the Milton Interchange. 

Firefighters get specialist cycling gear for 1,000-mile charity ride

Oxfordshire firefighters embarking on a 1,000-mile charity ride from John O' Groats to Land's End have been given specialist cycling gear. 

The firefighters will set off next month on the 14-day ride and hope to raise £100,000 for charity. 

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue cycling kit
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

Designer and team member Clive Durbin said: "We wanted the outfits to represent us as firefighters rather than us do the trip in ordinary cycling clothing."

Murder suspect in court over Adrian Greenwood death

Joe Nimmo

BBC News Online

A 50-year-old man charged with the murder of an Oxford antique dealer found dead at his home has appeared in court.

Adrian Greenwood, 42, was discovered in the hallway of his four-storey house on Thursday. 

Adrian Greenwood
BBC

Michael Danaher, of Hadrians Court, Peterborough, appeared at Banbury Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody and will appear at Oxford Crown Court on Friday.

Travel update: Roads becoming increasingly busy in Oxford

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

  • Traffic in Oxford is becoming busy, especially along Marston Ferry Road, London Road and Beaumont Street down to Hythe Bridge Street
  • There are delays of 20 minutes on the A40 in both directions through the roadworks at Wolvercote and Cutteslowe, and along Sunderland Avenue

New plans for historic Iffley home criticised by neighbours

Oxford Times

A new set of changes to a home once owned by the estranged wife of Graham Greene could ruin its historical value and damage the surrounding area, neighbours have warned.  

Oxford Book Club celebrates Charlotte Bronte's bicentennial

Novelist and Sunday Times book reviewer Lucy Atkins returns to the Oxford Book Club with her views on two new books celebrating Jane Eyre author Charlotte Bronte. 

The first book is a new biography on the author by Claire Harman.  The second is a collection of stories inspired by Bronte's novel Jane Eyre, called Reader, I Married Him. 

Don't leave it too late to register to vote

The Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire district councils have released a video urging residents to not forget to register to vote in the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner election. 

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The first PCC elections in 2012 saw a record low turnout as only 15% of voters turned out to elections in England and Wales. 

Hawking backs interstellar travel project

Pallab Ghosh

Science correspondent, BBC News

Oxford born Professor Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation.

They would travel trillions of miles; far further than any previous craft.  Prof Hawking said the spaceship could find life in space.

Solar sail
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Astronomers believe that there is a reasonable chance of an Earth-like planet orbiting one of the stars [in] the Alpha Centauri system. But we will know more in the next two decades from ground based and space based telescopes."

Professor Stephen Hawking

Details published for £615,000 revamp of Abingdon pool and park

Oxford Mail

Abingdon's Abbey Meadows, which residents fought to save from closure, will be given a "complete face-lift" worth £615,000.

Group hits out over ‘promise’ on child centres

Oxfordshire Guardian

A campaign group has accused a council of breaking what it claims was a promise to spend £2 million on keeping Oxfordshire children’s centres open.  

Overweight people should 'not be blamed' for obesity

BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford academic has said overweight people should not be blamed for the obesity crisis. 

Professor Susan Jebb said people are "encouraged to eat more" in the modern age. 

Obesity
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It's become harder and harder [to manage one's weight] because of the world we live in. We are surrounded by food that's high in fat and sugar."

Professor Susan JebbProfessor of diet and population health

Afternoon headlines: Council apprentices could get a pay rise

Alex Regan

South Online

  • Oxfordshire residents have until 18 April to register to vote in the local elections for the new Police Crime Commissioner for the county
  • An Oxford teacher living in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan influences the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to visit the small country
  • Apprentices at Oxfordshire County Council might be getting a pay rise

Lunchtime TV: Man in court over Iffley Road death

South Today

Coming up on South Today this lunchtime at 13:30 on BBC One, a 50-year-old man from Cambridgeshire appears in court charged with the murder of antiques dealer Adrian Greenwood.

Adrian Greenwood
BBC

Also, Oxford United manager Michael Appleton talks about his future at the League Two club. 

Weather: Feeling warm with heavy showers in some areas

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

We are in for another day of sunshine and showers, and the showers are likely to be more frequent than yesterday.

Oxford weather 13 April
BBC

It'll also feel quite warm with a maximum temperature of 15C (59F).

Michael Appleton: 'Signing new contract an easy decision'

Oxford United's manager says signing a new rolling contract with the League Two club was "an easy decision to make".

Former Blackpool manager Michael Appleton added he was "pleased" he could focus on the U's final five games. 

Michael Appleton
Getty Images

Oxford United are currently second in the table and are chasing promotion to League One. 

Latest headlines: Eurozone jobs crisis, man charged with murder and new contract Appleton

Sarah Lee

South Online

Calls for 'Oxford Living Wage' to be paid by city businesses

Oxford Times

Calls have been made for employers to pay their Oxford staff higher wages because of its "unaffordable" housing costs.  

'10% of Oxford male graduates will earn over £100,000'

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

At least 10% of male graduates from the University of Oxford will earn more than £100,000 a year a decade after graduating, according to new research.

Radcliffe Camera
Getty Images

The research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies also found that students from "wealthier families" earn "significantly more" than people from less affluent backgrounds. 

The figures also found there is a gender gap in earnings.

Latest sport headlines: Oxford City's playoff hopes fading

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

  • Oxford City's chances of reaching the playoffs are fading after being beaten 2-0 by Whitehawk last night in the National League South
  • The U's manager Michael Appleton signs a new rolling contract
  • Banbury United loose top position in Division One South and West after Cinderford Town FC beat AFC Totton last night

Eurozone crisis 'pushing migrants to UK'

Dominic Casciani

Home Affairs Correspondent

Large numbers of migrants from southern EU countries have come to the UK because of high unemployment at home, according to Oxford University research. 

The Eurozone
Reuters

The Migration Observatory says people from Spain, Portugal and Italy account for a quarter of the 700,000 new arrivals from the rest of the EU since 2011.   

Mid-morning headlines: Missing man found safe, man charged with murder, and free trees

Alex Regan

South Online

  • A man who went missing from a mental health centre in Oxford is found safe
  • A man charged with the murder of book collector Adrian Greenwood will appear before Banbury magistrates later
  • Free trees are being given to people across Oxfordshire from the Woodland Trust

Man kicked custody officer's head 'like a football'

An Oxford man kicked a custody officer's head "like a football", a court has heard

Humphrey Burke, 23, was being escorted at Blackfriars Crown Court in June 2015 when Lorraine Blackwell was attacked.

Lorraine Blackwell
PA

Mrs Blackwell's colleague and witness Gio Sofokli, told a trial of the facts at the Old Bailey that "It looked like a footballer kicking a football really hard."

Mr Burke has been found unfit to plead to a charge of murder after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Didcot 'missing three' not forgotten by town

Oxford Mail

Didcot residents have said they want to assure families of the "missing three" they have not been forgotten seven weeks after the devastating power station tragedy.

Travel update: Heavy traffic across Oxford

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

  • There are currently major delays on southern bypass road, cars are currently nose-to-tail in both directions from Hinksey HIll interchange to the Kennington roundabout
  • There are lengthy delays on the eastern bypass road clockwise, causing journeys between the Cowley junction and Heyford Hill to take at least 45 minutes

The U's Appleton signs new rolling contract

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Oxford United's manager Michael Appleton has signed a new rolling contract with the club after four months of discussions. 

Since joining the U's in 2014, the former Blackburn manager has taken the League Two team to Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. 

Michael Appleton
Reuters

Chairman Darryl Eagles said: "I'm delighted Michael has agreed to be part of what we are trying to build here.

"He is very honest, very hard-working and has the greatest respect of everyone not just at the club but also within football."

At least 43 pitbulls seized in Oxfordshire over last three years

Thames Valley Police has seized 43 pitbull terriers as part of the Dangerous Dog Act. 

The BBC found 5,000 dogs had been seized in England and Wales in the last three years. 

Staffordshire pitbull terrier
Getty Images

But the RSPCA said dogs should be seized on behaviour, not just breed. 

Didcot-based veterinary nurse Maria Williams said: "I don't believe any breed is inherently dangerous, any dog can potentially bite ... but it's not just down to the breed."

Missing man found by police

A man who went missing from a mental health unit in Oxford has been found. 

Police had been concerned for Sandeep Flora's welfare.    

Man charged with murder of antique dealer Adrian Greenwood

A man has been charged with the murder of an antique dealer who was found dead at his Oxford home.

Adrian Greenwood, 42, was found in the hallway of his four-storey house in the city on Thursday. He had been stabbed in the chest and neck.

Adrian Greenwood
BBC

Thames Valley Police said officers had charged Michael Danaher, of Hadrians Court, Peterborough, on Tuesday.

The 50-year-old was remanded in custody and will appear before magistrates in Banbury later.

Sports headlines: The U's Appleton signs new contract

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

  • Oxford United boss Michael Appleton has signed a new contract after leading the U's to Wembley and to potential promotion from League Two
  • Oxford City remain in remain in ninth place in the Vanarama National League South after being beaten 2-0 by Whitehawk
  • North Leigh face Wimborne Town in the Hellenic League Division One tonight at 19:45

Latest headlines: Man charged with art dealer murder

BBC Radio Oxford

  • A 50-year-old man has been charged with the murder of an antique dealer who was found dead at his Oxford home
  • An Oxford University study has shown that large numbers of migrants from southern EU countries have come to the UK because of high unemployment at home
  • A project to send unmanned spaceships to another solar system has been launched by Oxford-born Professor Stephen Hawking
  • The new Bishop of Oxford says his priorities are encouraging young people into the church and helping the poor

Travel update: Heavy traffic around M40, A40 and Hinksey Hill

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Morning from Oxford Travel, here's the latest from the county's roads:

  • Queues on the M40 southbound J9 for the A34 at Wendelbury
  • A40 is busy eastbound between Witney and Barnard Gate, as well as at the roadworks between Wolvercote and Cutteslowe 
  • Heavy traffic at Hinksey Hill on the southern bypass road going around the Kennington roundabout