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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 29 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return on Tuesday

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By Chris Brown

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Chris Brown

BBC News

That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

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

Join us then.

Evening TV: Didcot families speak out on demolition plans

South Today

Coming up on BBC South Today at 18:30: We speak to the son-in-law of one of the men missing under the rubble of Didcot power station who is angry at plans to use explosives to bring down the remainder of the boiler house.

Didcot power station
Thames Valley Police

Meanwhile, we hear from a Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust governor who resigned today in the wake of a damning CQC report.

And we take a leap with The Falcons - the RAF display team at Brize Norton. 

Weather: Showers and cloud clearing

BBC Weather

Any showers will clear through the evening. 

Oxford weather April 29
BBC

Cloud will disperse and winds will become light, allowing temperatures to fall away and a frost to develop in some rural areas by Saturday morning. 

Lows of 2C (36F).  

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

Video: Parachute leap with RAF display team

Angela Walker

BBC South Today

Take a leap with The Falcons - the RAF parachute display team based at Brize Norton.

The Falcons are the premier military parachute display team

Sport headlines: 2,000 U's fans expected to make Carlisle trip

Jerome Sale

BBC Radio Oxford Sport

The top sport stories this evening:

Travel latest: Delays in Swinford and around Oxford

BBC Travel

  • There's slow traffic on the B4449 in both directions in Swinford at the Toll Bridge junction
  • There are also delays on the B4495 Cherwell Drive westbound in Oxford between the B4150 Marsh Lane junction and the A4165 Banbury Road junction
  • And it's slow on the A34 northbound in Oxford between Hinksey Hill Interchange and Botley Interchange

You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

Latest headlines: New demolition company appointed at Didcot power station

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories in Oxfordshire this evening:

  • A father-of-two has been sectioned indefinitely under the Mental Health Act following a fire at a house in Oxfordshire in 2014  

Oxford United Women 'to shape national future of women's football'

Oxford United Women have been granted a three-year female regional talent club tier 1 licence.

Oxford United women's team
Oxford United Women

The club is one of only 13 in the country to gain the status.

Richard Blackmore, manager of the team, said they would now have the opportunity to play a large role in shaping the future of female football on a national scale.

Didcot power station owners appoint new demolition company

The owners of Didcot power station have announced a new demolition company will come in to "assist" in recovery work.

Didcot power station
BBC

RWE Npower has not named the new company which will be brought in to help with the controlled demolition work planned for the partially collapsed boiler house.

Coleman & Company, which was leading the demolition work at Didcot A power station station when it collapsed killing one man and leaving three others buried under the rubble, will "still play a role on the site", RWE added.

BreakingSouthern Health: New chairman for scandal-hit NHS trust

A new chairman for Southern Health NHS trust has been proposed by NHS regulators, in the wake Mike Petter's resignation yesterday.

NHS Improvement wants to appoint Tim Smart as chair of the trust - he's previously been chief executive of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for seven years.

The regulatory body says he will lead a review into the "adequacy of the trust's current leadership". 

It is clear that dramatic change is needed urgently at Southern Health. Our action today in proposing the appointment of Tim Smart - a very experienced NHS leader - at the top of the organisation will speed up this improvement. Tim's appointment, along with other action we've already taken, will support this trust to provide the quality of care that people using its services expect.

Jim MackeyChief executive of NHS Improvement

Ex-MEP Peter Skinner jailed for expenses fraud

An MEP who dishonestly claimed about £100,000 in expenses with a "sustained pattern of stealing" has been jailed for four years.

Peter Skinner
BBC
Peter Skinner

Peter Skinner, 56, who was Labour MEP for the South East from 1999 to 2014, was found guilty of three charges after a trial at Southwark Crown Court.

He claimed thousands of pounds for support staff which actually funded jewellery, restaurants and hotel stays.

Six Oxford buildings win regional architecture awards

Oxford's Weston Library is among six buildings in the county to win a regional architecture award. 

Oxford's Weston Library
University of Oxford
Oxford's Weston Library

The RIBA South Regional Awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects were handed out at a ceremony last night. 

Also included on the list were:

  • Blavatnik School of Government 
  • The Ruskin School of Art
  • Sandpath 
  • The Investcorp Building, St Antony’s College
  • Wolfson Academic Wing, Wolfson College

 They'll now go forward to the national awards in late June.

Southern Health: Further resignation calls over patient safety 'scandal'

Oxford Mail

Oxford's two MPs have joined calls for further resignations at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust after a "shocking" watchdog report said it repeatedly failed to address serious concerns about patient safety.  

U's striker bids for promotion finish to 'awful' year

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Oxford United striker James Roberts is hoping to put an "awful" year behind him by helping the club win automatic promotion from League Two.

James Roberts
Rex Features
James Roberts

Roberts' 16-year-old brother Ben died after he was hit by a car in October.

He has also been plagued by persistent hamstring injuries, but made a return to the first team earlier this month with Oxford third in the table.

Latest headlines: Father sectioned indefinitely after Oxford house arson

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories so far today: 

Blackbird Leys arsonist sectioned indefinitely

Victoria Cook

BBC South Today

A father-of-two has been sectioned indefinitely under the Mental Health Act following a fire at a house in Oxfordshire.

Residents of the house in Blackbird Leys jumped from an upstairs window to escape the fire
BBC
Residents of the house in Blackbird Leys jumped from an upstairs window to escape the fire

An application will have to be made to the justice secretary for any future release of Martin Nganga, 47, into the community.

He was found guilty last May by a jury of arson with intent to endanger life, after setting fire to a house in Blackbird Leys. 

Government responds to damning Southern Health report

The government has responded this afternoon to the publication of the damning CQC report into Southern Health NHS trust.

"We know that, over a period of several years, too many patients were shamefully let down by the standards of care provided at Southern Health. Since this inspection, the trust has developed an action plan and is working with regulators to improve safety. However we are clear that standards must improve dramatically - if they do not, we won't hesitate to take further action.

Department of Health spokeswoman

First residents move into Bicester 'eco-town'

The first residents of a new "eco-town" in Oxfordshire have moved into their new homes, the developer has said. 

New homes at Elmsbrook
A2Dominion

A2Dominion's construction of the first phase of the North West Bicester development began in April 2014

Elmsbrook, which is currently under construction, is the first part of a masterplan to create up to 6,000 homes at the site.

Southern Health: Shadow minister demands accountability

Labour's shadow minister for mental health, Luciana Berger MP, has demanded action and accountability is taken in the wake of the damning CQC report into Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

This report makes for really shocking reading. More than two years after the tragic death of Connor Sparrowhawk and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is still not adequately protecting the thousands of people in its care. For these failings to be allowed to continue is unacceptable. The lack of accountability, at the highest levels of the trust, is beyond the pale. For patients and their families, this latest action plan is simply too little too late. They need to see robust action and real accountability and they need to see it now.

Luciana BergerLabour and Co-operative MP for Liverpool Wavertree

Didcot power station: 'We want Ken back in one piece, not hundreds of pieces'

The family of one of the missing workers trapped at the collapsed Didcot A Power Station say they will fight the decision to use explosives on the site.

Family of missing Didcot worker buried under the rubble speaks about latest recovery plan

Steve Hall, the son-in-law of missing Ken Cresswell, said using explosives was unnecessary and would destroy evidence. 

His family want the Ken's body returned in one piece, not "hundreds of pieces", he added.  

Can the U's get promotion tomorrow?

If United win and Bristol Rovers slip up at York tomorrow there will be promotion celebrations for the 2,000 travelling Oxford supporters, despite a round trip of more than 500 miles. 

Oxford United celebrate
Rex Features

Any other result and it will all go to the last game of the campaign.  

Lunchtime TV: Scandal-hit South Health NHS trust patients 'at risk'

South Today

Coming up on BBC South Today at 13:30: A damning report into the trust which provides mental health services across most of the south has found patients are still at risk. 

The Care Quality Commission says senior figures at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust failed to act on earlier warnings about safety and didn't properly record or investigate hundreds of unexpected deaths. 

Weather: Generally dry and sunny afternoon

BBC Weather

It'll be generally dry this afternoon with some sunny spells and a few wintry showers, including a risk of hail. 

Oxford weather 29 April 2016
BBC

Highs of 10C (50F).  

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

Southern Health: 'Chief executive has to go'

The Liberal Democrat MP and former health minister Norman Lamb said the resignation of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust's chairman, Mike Petter, ahead of today's damning report would do nothing to address the real problems within the organisation. 

He has called for further resignations.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Katrina Percy
BBC

The board has to take responsibility for this, so I think the whole board has to be held to account but also, I think the chief executive has to go. How many opportunities, chances do they need to recognise the absolute importance of this.

Norman LambLiberal Democrat MP and former health minister

Sport headlines: U's 'wanted to put in temporary fourth stand at Kassam'

Jerome Sale

BBC South Today

The top sport stories so far today: 

  • Enquiries were made about putting in a temporary fourth stand at the open end of the Kassam Stadium for the last game of Oxford United's season next weekend  
  • If the U's win and Bristol Rovers slip up at York tomorrow there will be promotion celebrations for the 2,000 Oxford supporters making the 500-mile round trip

Travel latest: Accident on M40 and delays in Bicester

BBC Travel

  • An accident has been reported on the M40 northbound between J6, B4009 (Watlington) and J7, A40 (Thame)
  • There's also queuing traffic on the A41 in both directions in Bicester between the B4100 junction and Thame turn-off in the roadworks area 

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

Latest headlines: Southern Health NHS trust governor had 'no pride in role'

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories this lunchtime:

Southern Health: Governer's resignation letter in full

Mark Aspinall resignation letter page 1
BBC
Mark Aspinall resignation letter page 2
BBC

Southern Health: 'Largely a failure of leadership and governance'

Dr Paul Elliot the lead on mental health at the CQC says Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has not learned from mistakes.

Dr Paul Elliot from the CQC says Southern Health has not learned from mistakes

Southern Health governor 'no longer proud of role'

Serena Martin

BBC Radio Oxford

Mark Aspinall said he had no choice but to resign as a governor of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust after his wife asked if he was still proud to be in the role.

He said he drafted his resignation letter on Tuesday and submitted it to the chair of governors yesterday.

He is the second person to quit from the top of the trust in the last 24 hours, after the chairman Mike Petter resigned on Thursday ahead of the publication of the Care Quality Commission's report.

My wife asked me 'am I still proud to be a governor at Southern Health?'. My answer was no and so I felt I had no choice but to resign. The leadership has tried but clearly not quick enough, the failures are that of the collective leadership [including the board].

Mark AspinallFormer governor at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford United: 'We wanted to put in temporary fourth stand at Kassam'

Jerome Sale

BBC South Today

Oxford United's managing director has confirmed enquiries were made about putting in a temporary fourth stand at the open end of the Kassam Stadium for the last game of the season next weekend.

Kassam Stadium
BBC

However, Greg Box-Turnbull said the club would be unable to gather the relevant safety certificates in time.

They could do with all the seats they can get with the game against Wycombe already a sell-out.

The U's travel to Carlisle tomorrow knowing automatic promotion is still in their own hands.

NHS trust governor 'hamstrung by barrage of critical news'

BBC social affairs correspondent Michael Buchanan tweets more information about the resignation of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust governor Mark Aspinall.

View more on twitter

Sara Ryan: 'We don't understand why we're sitting here'

BBC Breakfast

Connor Sparrowhawk's mother says action against Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust should have been taken ages ago.

Connor Sparrowhawk's mother says action against Southern Health NHS trust must be taken

Travel latest: Delays in Bicester

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A41 in both directions in Bicester between the B4100 London Road junction and Thame turn-off in the roadworks area.

You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

BreakingSouthern Health: Second resignation in wake of critical CQC report

Chris Brown

BBC News

There has been a second resignation at the top of under-fire Southern Health NHS Foundation trust today.

Mark Aspinall quit as public governor for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire this morning.

In his resignation letter, Mr Aspinall said he was "disappointed by the apparent lack of drive and determination" shown by his colleagues to deal with the issues raised by the CQC in their damning report this morning.

Latest headlines: Second resignation at Southern Health NHS trust

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories so far this morning:

Low roof at Southern Health NHS trust site condemned after patients climbed onto it

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has still not done enough to reduce "environmental risks" according to a watchdog, which has also condemned a low roof at a Winchester site that patients could climb onto.  

Southern Health
BBC

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) investigated Southern Health NHS trust in January, after an investigation looked at all deaths at the trust between April 2011 and March 2015 and found hundreds had not been investigated properly.  

Its report revealed there had been eight occasions where patients had climbed onto the roof between 2010 and 2015, as well as two in February - one of which involved a patient leaving the ward and then leaving the country.