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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Chris Brown

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Our news coverage through the day

Chris Brown

BBC News

That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

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

Travel latest: Slow traffic in Weston-on-the-Green, Banbury and Swinford

BBC Travel

  • One lane is blocked and there's very slow traffic on the A34 northbound in Weston-on-the-Green before Bicester, because of an accident. Congestion stretching back to the Peartree Interchange
  • There's slow traffic on the A361 South Bar Street in both directions in Banbury at Banbury Cross
  • And it's slow on the B4044 Oxford Road westbound in Swinford at the B4449 junction

You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

Queenie Phillips celebrates 101st birthday with Bicester glider flight

Oxford Mail

When Queenie Phillips' family told her they were taking her out for her 101st birthday, they told her she was going blueberry picking. She was not.

Weather: Showers dying out to leave frosty night

BBC Weather

Scattered wintry showers will gradually die out overnight, with most parts becoming dry with some clear spells developing, leading to a touch of frost by Wednesday morning. Low temp 2C (36F).

Oxford weather 26 April 2016
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Latest headlines: Chipping Norton stabbing treated as attempted murder

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories in Oxfordshire this evening:

Chernobyl charity closing down after 30 years

After three decades supporting people affected by the Chernobyl disaster, a group from West Oxfordshire says it's closing down. 

The reactor at Chernobyl, which exploded on 26 April 1986
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The reactor at Chernobyl, which exploded on 26 April 1986

It's 30 years ago today that there was a catastrophic nuclear accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in northern Ukraine. 

An explosion and subsequent fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the air, which spread over much of western USSR and northern Europe.

David Tee from West Oxfordshire Vetka Association says as the charity's members get older and find it harder to raise funds, they have decided to end their work.

Sport headlines: Banbury United prepare for play-off semi-final

Marie Indge

Radio Oxford Sport

The top sport stories this evening:

Attempted murder arrest over stabbing

Hailey Avenue
BBC
Hailey Avenue in Chipping Norton remains closed after a woman was found in a "life-threatening" condition after being assaulted on Monday

 A 44-year-old man arrested on suspicion of GBH on Monday has been re-arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.  

Hailey Avenue

Attempted murder arrest over stabbing

A man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman in her 70s was stabbed at a house in Oxfordshire, police say.

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Video: Red kites with gunshot wounds were deliberately targeted

Peter Cooke

BBC South Today

A red kite has been found dead and two more left wounded by shotgun pellets in a wood in South Oxfordshire. 

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Police say the birds were discovered near Crowmarsh Gifford earlier this month. 

It's not clear how the dead kite was killed, but the two injured birds had been deliberately targeted.

Pendleton backs former cycling team-mate over sexism row

Oxfordshire Olympian Victoria Pendelton has waded into a row over sexism at the heart of British Cycling.

Pendleton and Varnish competed together in the team sprint at London 2012
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Pendleton and Varnish competed together in the team sprint at London 2012

The gold medal-winning cyclist and now amateur jockey says she "wholeheartedly believes" claims from Jess Varnish that British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton made sexist comments and told her to "go and have a baby".

The 25-year-old was recently dropped from the Great Britain team - and Pendleton said today she would "never forgive herself" if she did not speak up in support of her former team-mate.

She added there was a "bullying, suffocating" culture in the team, and that she "never really felt I had the same respect as my male team-mates".

Plans to expand East Oxford's 'iconic' Florey building called-in by city council

Oxford Mail

Controversial plans to extend an "iconic" building in East Oxford have been called in for scrutiny over concerns they could "seriously damage" its heritage.  

Banbury United boss confident ahead of Southern League play-offs

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

The Southern League play-offs start tonight and a place back in the Premier Division is just two wins away for Banbury United.

Finishing second in the league means they've secured home advantage for this evening's semi-final against Winchester, as well as for the final next Monday, if they reach it. 

Boss Mike Ford says he has absolute confidence in his team. 

I know if that team plays to their best, whoever we play, we will win. If my team stick to what they do, which they have done, then I am very confident of our chances.

Mike FordManager, Banbury United

Abingdon swimming pools to close over summer

The swimming pools at White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon will be closed for 10 weeks this summer for maintenance.

Work costing more than £400,000 will begin on 4 July and is expected to finish during September.

Visitors can use their memberships at other Better leisure centres in the county, while swimming lessons will take place at Abbey Meadows outdoor pool in Abingdon.

Latest headlines: Attack on Chipping Norton now treated as attempted murder

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories this afternoon:

Travel latest: Accident on the A34 at Wolvercote

BBC Travel

An accident has blocked one lane and traffic has slowed right down on the A34 Western Bypass southbound in Wolvercote after the Peartree Interchange.

You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

Oxford car workers celebrate 15th anniversary of first new Mini

Workers at the Mini plant in Oxford are celebrating the 15th anniversary since the first new Minis rolled off the production line.

Staff at the Mini plant in Oxford celebrate 15 years since the first new Minis rolled off the production line.
BMW

BMW, which is marking its centenary year in 2016, bought the factory in 1994 and relaunched the brand in 2001 with the Mini Hatch.

Since then, more than 2.5 million Minis have been produced in Oxford, with the three million milestone expected to be hit later this year.

Oxford's zany WI group seeks younger members for good, old-fashioned fun

Oxford Times

Self defence, song and sewing are on the agenda this year for one of Oxford's youngest Women's Institutes, which called for more members to join on its sixth birthday.

Your pictures: Spring colours in full bloom

These stunning pictures were sent in by Anthony Morris from Farmoor, near Oxford. We are always on the lookout to showcase your great shots of our county, so do send your pictures in to us here.

This fly was quite happy sunbathing on this Polyanthus
Anthony Morris
This fly was quite happy sunbathing on this Polyanthus
Blossom was opening in the sun today on this Bay (Laurus nobilis)
Anthony Morris
Blossom was opening in the sun today on this Bay (Laurus nobilis)
Tulips were looking great in the sunshine
Anthony Morris
Tulips were looking great in the sunshine

Man jailed for four years after string of Oxford burglaries

Oxfordshire Guardian

A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to burgling homes in Oxford.

Police treat attack on woman in Chipping Norton as attempted murder

Chris Brown

BBC News

Police in Chipping Norton are treating an attack on a woman yesterday as attempted murder. 

Hailey Avenue in Chipping Norton was closed after the alleged assault
BBC
Hailey Avenue in Chipping Norton was closed after the alleged assault

The woman, aged in her 70s, was stabbed at a property in Hailey Avenue yesterday at about 17:00.

She was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, with serious injuries, where she remains in a stable condition.

A 44-year-old man arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm yesterday was re-arrested on suspicion of attempted murder today.

Sport headlines: Oxford United fans offered free hot dog and pint

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Your top sport stories so far:

  • Banbury United take on Winchester in tonight's play-off semi-final, looking for promotion from the Southern League
  • Three young players coming to the end of their scholarships with Oxford United are to be offered a one year deal: Miles Welch-Hayes, Jack Stevens and George Jeycock
  • Oxford United fans hungry for success at Carlisle on Saturday could be treated to a free hot dog and pint, courtesy of the club chairman

Weather: Sunshine and risk of heavy showers

BBC Weather

A mixture of sunshine and showers throughout the afternoon. Some of these showers could be heavy and, possibly, wintry. These will largely die away through the course of the evening. High temp 9C (48F).

Weather in Oxford April 26
BBC

Oxford United fans can score free hot dog and pint at Carlisle match

Oxford United fans hungry for success at Carlisle this weekend are in with the chance of picking up a free hot dog and a pint courtesy of the club.

Hot dog
AP

U's chairman Darryl Eales has paid for 1,000 hot dogs and a pint, or soft drink, at The Magpie Inn, which is a five-minute walk from the ground. 

The board will then join the Yellow Army on the away terrace to cheer on the team.

The match at Carlisle on Saturday is the last away game of the season - two wins from their last two fixtures will guarantee automatic promotion to League 1.

Travel latest: Delays in Shillingford

BBC Travel

Roadworks around the Warborough Road junction of the A4074 Henley Road in Shillingford is still causing delays in both directions.

And, of course, there are delays through the Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts.

You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

Latest headlines: Junior doctors' strike is 'saddest day in NHS history'

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories this lunchtime:

Junior doctors' strike: 'No union has the right to blackmail government'

Chris Brown

BBC News

Jeremy Hunt has hit back as junior doctors walk out today in the latest in the series of strikes. 

The health secretary is defiant on the day of the latest junior doctors' strike

The health secretary said a commitment to a seven-day NHS, which the controversial new contracts aim to achieve, was a key manifesto pledge.

"No union has the right to blackmail the government, to force a government to abandon a manifesto promise that the British people have voted on."

Shakespeare anniversary statue 'too distracting'

Caroline Gall

BBC News

A statue of Shakespeare cast at a foundry in Cropredy, Oxfordshire, has yet to find a home after being deemed distracting for motorists in Stratford-upon-Avon.  

James Butler said he wanted the statue to be part of the Shakespeare celebrations
PA
James Butler said he wanted the statue to be part of the Shakespeare celebrations

The application to put James Butler's 8ft statue on a traffic island on Bridge Street was withdrawn earlier this year.

Warwickshire County Council said the location, which serves five roads, was "unsuitable" on highway safety grounds.

Mr Butler, 84, who has sculpted the Queen, had wanted it to be part of the weekend's Shakespeare celebrations.

Why is the junior doctors' strike taking place?

Victoria Derbyshire

The Victoria Derbyshire programme's Jim Reed has been taking a look at why the strike is taking place:

What is the junior doctors strike about?

Travel latest: Slow in Shillingford and around north Oxford

BBC Travel

  • There's slow traffic on the A4074 Henley Road in both directions in Shillingford at the A329 New Road junction in the roadworks area
  • And there's the usual slow traffic in the roadworks around the Wolvercote and Cutteslow roundabouts

Junior doctors' strike: Pancake day on the picket line

Rahil Sheikh

BBC News Oxford

Making pancakes on the picket line at the John Radcliffe Hospital
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Junior doctors are picketing with pancakes at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital

Latest headlines: Junior doctors' strike 'saddest day in NHS history'

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories so far today: 

Eynsham runner breaks British London Marathon record for over-70s

A woman from Oxfordshire has broken the British record to become the fastest woman, aged over 70, to finish the London Marathon. 

Kate Williamson
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Kate Williamson has been overwhelmed by congratulations after her London Marathon effort

Kate Williamson, from Eynsham, says she only took up running when her children were teenagers.

Although she was pleased with her time, three hours, 42 minutes and 42 seconds, her race didn't go quite as planned, she told BBC Radio Oxford.

I was trying to set off slower and speed up at the end but I failed, yet again, and I went off really fast. I was running to be first in my age category and I didn't know the time of the record. I'm just overwhelmed by the amount of congratulations... I'm getting a very big head!

Kate Williamson

Leading physicist says first fusion power plants could be built in Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail

The first nuclear fusion plants could be built in Oxfordshire and used to power homes in the next 15 years, the physicist behind a leading company has claimed.  

Red kite found dead and two injured

A red kite
Dean Bricknell
Red kites have the highest degree of legal protection under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981

Thames Valley Police say a thorough investigation is under way.

A red kite

Red kite found dead and two injured

A red kite, one of the UK's most highly protected birds of prey, is found dead and two more left riddled with shotgun pellets.

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Junior doctors' strike: Picket line grows at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital

Big disparity in school suspensions

Some secondary schools in Oxfordshire are suspending pupils far more often than other schools in the county. 

School pupil generic
BBC

St Gregory the Great in Cowley used fixed-term exclusions 208 times in the past year, while others only used the measure a handful of times. 

Disruptive behaviour was the most common reason for suspending the pupils, according to figures that went before the county's education committee this week.

Giant spider the cause of traffic delays?

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Junior doctors' strike: Scene outside Oxford's John Radcliffe hospital

Rahil Sheikh

BBC News Oxford

Striking junior doctors have gathered outside Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, saying the imposition of a new contract by government will be "unsafe in the long term for the NHS".

Junior doctors on strike at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital
BBC
Junior doctors on strike at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital

Nadia Randazzo, a junior doctor on the picket line, says she and her colleagues in the NHS are already over-stretched - a situation that would be made worse by government plans to change working hours and pay.

This is about working conditions causing doctors to leave, causing unsafe conditions, in a situation where we're all stretched beyond our means. The NHS relies on the goodwill of all staff working longer hours than necessary, and we're going to have a situation where we're even more short-staffed, even more stretched and we feel this is unsafe in the long term for the NHS.

Nadia RandazzoOxfordshire junior doctor