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

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By Chris Brown and Anna Browning

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Our news coverage through the day

That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

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

Sport headlines: O'Dowda's delight at Ireland call-up

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Weather: Sunny evening but cloud returns later

BBC Weather

There will be good spells of sunshine to end the day, but cloud returns overnight. Low temp 11C (52F). 

Oxford weather 12 May 2016
BBC

Latest headlines: Father speaks of grief and anger over search for Ellis Downes

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories this evening: 

Travel latest: Delays on the M40 southbound, in Clifton Hampden and Shillingford

BBC Travel

  • There's slow traffic on the M40 southbound between J11 for Banbury and J10 for Brackley
  • It's also slow on the A415 Abingdon Road in both directions in Clifton Hampden at the B4015 Oxford Road junction
  • And it's very slow on the A4074 Henley Road southbound in Shillingford at the A329 New Road junction

Keep up to date with the latest traffic news on the BBC Travel site.

Didcot ‘deserves Orchard Centre’ says new Mayor

Oxfordshire Guardian

Residents of Didcot should finally start to see foundations and walls being built for a £50 million expansion of the Orchard Centre from this August.

O'Dowda revels in 'incredible feeling' of Ireland call-up

Oxford United winger Callum O'Dowda says his first full international call-up by the Republic of Ireland is a moment he will cherish. 

Callum O'Dowda
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Callum O'Dowda

The 21-year old from Kidlington has been included in a 35-man squad for the Republic's friendly against the Netherlands on 27 May in Dublin.

It's an incredible feeling. It's been a really good season and this tops it off.

Callum O'DowdaOxford United and Republic of Ireland

Cheney School to become Oxford's newest museum

Oxford Mail

The corridors and classrooms of an Oxford secondary school are to be transformed after plans to base a museum there were given the go-ahead.  

'The river is not the place to bathe in' - warning from emergency worker

Kevin Kerry from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue is warning people to stay out of the River Thames this weekend due to strong currents at the moment. It comes after he helped rescue three people from a 34ft cruiser that got wedged under a bridge at Clifton Hampden.

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Latest headlines: Ellis' father speaks of 'absolutely horrendous' experience

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories so far today:

Call for help to protect woodlands

The Woodland Trust is appealing for public support to protect ancient woods in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire woodland
BBC

It says seven of the eight woods locally are allocations - which means they've been earmarked for future residential developments. 

It's looking for threat reporters to tell them where developments are planned, to prevent the woods - and their diverse wildlife - being lost.

Flood alert issued for River Thames

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Thames and Tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock, above Oxford.

Possible affected communities are: Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Chimney, Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton today. 

Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

Campaigners in the Oxfordshire County Council chamber

Parents set up a pop-up children's centre at Oxfordshire's county council chamber in a protest over planned cuts.

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Travel latest: Accident closes A44 in Over Kiddington

BBC Travel

The A44 in Over Kiddington is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between Glympton turn-off and Duke Of Marlborough Junction after an accident involving two vehicles.

Get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

In pictures: Boat stuck under bridge in Clifton Hampden

This is the scene in Clifton Hampden where a 34ft cruiser got stuck under a bridge. 

Stuck boat at Clifton Hampden
BBC

Three people were rescued and an Environment Agency tug is due soon to move the stricken vessel.

Air pollution: Why WHO warning should concern us in Oxford

Oxford has been named and shamed by the World Health Organistion for the poor quality of its air.

Air pollution in Oxford
BBC

Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, says urgent action must be taken to prevent premature deaths.

It is deeply concerning that UK towns and cities are failing to meet WHO standards for the smallest, most harmful pollution particles. These particles are able to reach deep into our lungs and even into our bloodstream, and can have a serious impact on our breathing and wider health. It is clear from this report that the UK is facing an air pollution crisis.

Dr Penny WoodsChief executive of the British Lung Foundation

Oxford named and shamed over air pollution levels

Oxford is one of 11 towns and cities across Britain and Ireland that have been named and shamed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for breaching air pollution safety levels.

Car exhaust
BBC

WHO data shows the city is breaking the safe level for a type of pollution known as particulate matter, caused mainly by vehicle emissions, which is wreaking havoc on human health.

It says this kind of pollution increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma, for people who live in these areas.

When dirty air blankets our cities, the most vulnerable urban populations - the youngest, oldest and poorest - are the most impacted.

Dr Flavia BustreoWHO assistant director general for family, women and children's health

Air pollution: Still a long way to go for Oxford to clean up its act

Oxford is making efforts to combat air pollution in the city centre, but today's WHO report shows there is a long way to go. 

Oxford
David Hallam-Jones

Last year, levels of nitrogen dioxide in the centre fell after a Low Emission Zone was introduced in 2014.

But a proposal from the county council for a zero-emission zone in the centre was branded "ridiculous" by the city's authority.

Sport headlines: O'Dowda gets first full international call-up

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Weather: Sunny spells through the afternoon

BBC Weather

Most parts will see sunny spells during the afternoon, along with a north-easterly breeze. Highs of 22C (72F).

Oxford weather 12 May
BBC

Event gives Armed Forces personnel ideas for new career

Members of the Armed Forces in Oxfordshire looking to find a new career path are invited to an event in Oxford today. 

Advice and information on jobs will be at hand at the Kassam Stadium, with national and local companies exhibiting what they do.

The event has been organised by the British Forces Resettlement Services and includes employers such as Balfour Beatty and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Latest headlines: Family anger at police search for Ellis Downes

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories this lunchtime:

'Inappropriate' for police to comment on latest Ellis Downes family claims

Thames Valley Police says it would be inappropriate to comment on what the family of Ellis Downes told us this morning.

Ellis' dad Darren Downes said he believes "a lost dog" would have got better treatment than his missing 16-year-old son Ellis.  

We are already aware of the concerns that the family have raised as we are in direct contact with them. The IPCC is in the process of determining the method of investigation into this matter and so it would be inappropriate for us to comment further on the recovery operation at this stage.

Thames Valley Police

Family 'left to find drowned boy'

Darren and Ellis Downes
Darren Downes
"A lost dog would get better treatment than my son did," says father Darren Downes on police handling of case.

A drowned teenager's family say they were forced to hire a boat and find private divers to recover his body when they were left without police help.

Darren and Ellis Downes

Family 'left to find drowned boy'

A drowned teenager's family say they were forced to hire a boat and find private divers to recover his body when they were left without police help.

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Scene of tragedy where man was pulled from Oxford river

This is the spot in Oxford where a man in his 60s was pulled from the water last night.

The scene at Castle Mill Stream where the man was recovered last night
BBC
The scene at Castle Mill Stream where the man was recovered last night

Emergency services were called at 21:20 and found the man in Castle Mill Stream at just before 22:30. He was pronounced dead at 23:15.

Baby skunks rescued by Oxfordshire exotic animal rescue Amate Animalia

Oxford Mail

Animal shelter volunteers are definitely not kicking up a stink about their two newest - and cutest - baby residents.

Callum O'Dowda gets first full international call-up

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United winger Callum O'Dowda has been given his first full international call-up by the Republic of Ireland. 

Callum O'Dowda
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Callum O'Dowda

The 21-year old from Kidlington has been included in a 35-man squad for the Republic's friendly against the Netherlands on 27 May. 

O'Dowda scored five goals in the final six games of the season and had already established himself as a regular in the Ireland U-21s.

Three rescued as boat hits bridge in Clifton Hampden

Three people have been rescued from a boat lying on its side in the river at Clifton Hampden.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue were called at about 10:15 to the scene near the Barley Mow pub, where a 34-ft cruiser had struck a bridge.

The three people rescued were checked by ambulance staff but were not seriously injured.

A tug from the Environment Agency was requested to attend to remove the boat, and is due to arrive by 13:00.

New carers for elderly recruited to tackle hospital bed blocking

Fifty new home carers are being recruited by Oxford University Hospitals Trust to try to ease the problem of bed blocking. 

Elderly person in hsospital
Thinkstock

It's thought about 10% of the trust's beds are occupied by people who are technically well enough to leave hospital, placing an extra strain on its resources. 

The new carers will be part of the team which looks after patients in their homes for two weeks after they're discharged.

Campaigners set up 'pop-up' children's centre at County Hall

Campaigners have set up their own pop-up children's centre at County Hall in Oxford this morning.

They have been at the middle of a long-running battle against council plans to close children's centres in Oxfordshire.

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Museum desperately needs more volunteers so it can stay open

Witney Gazette

A beloved museum urgently needs more volunteers, as committee members admit they often have to close the attraction due to no-one being available to work.

Latest headlines: Ellis Downes father speaks of anger at police

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories so far today:

Oxford United face battle to keep hold of Kemar Roofe

Oxford United's players' player of the year Liam Sercombe believes the club will have a job on its hands to keep hold of star striker Kemar Roofe.

Kemar Roofe
BBC
Kemar Roofe

He was linked with a host of Premier League and Championship clubs throughout United's promotion-winning campaign.

Midfielder Sercombe says the former West Brom youngster would deserve a move to a club in a higher division.

Engineers working to repair traffic lights at Headington Roundabout

A traffic light failure has caused major road delays on the A40 London Road in Oxford at the Headington Roundabout this morning. 

Oxfordshire County Council says a damaged cable caused the failure of the lights. 

It has been replaced and engineers are on site doing tests before switching the lights back on. 

They say it's not the same fault that caused a number of problems earlier in the year.

Marston footpath safety petition handed to authorities

Oxford Times

A safety petition for Marston was taken to the authorities yesterday after a newborn baby was discovered dead on a footpath in the estate.

Ellis Downes: Interview in full

Listen to the full interview with the father and sister of Ellis Downes, Darren and Alex. 

Father and sister speak of their anguish and anger over search for brother

Record surge in patients at Oxfordshire's emergency departments piles pressure on staff

Oxford Mail

A record surge in patients streaming into A&E is piling "constant pressure" on nurses buckling under the "relentless work rate".

Man dies after being pulled from river in Jericho

A man's died after he's believed to have fallen into a river in Oxford last night.

Police were called at 21:20 to reports of a man in the water in Jericho. 

The man, thought to be aged in his 60s, was pulled from Castle Mill Stream at 22:27 and taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital where he died at 23:15.

His death is currently being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

Ellis Downes: Police changed mind over dive team

Alex Downes revealed police had told her that any help the family could provide in the hunt for Ellis would be "much appreciated". 

Following an appeal on social media by Ellis' sister, a specialist dive team volunteered to search the river near Culham. 

But when the team arrived, officers had changed their view.

We were told by police that any help we can get would be much appreciated. No help would be turned away. We told them we had found a professional team, fully qualified, but then they turned around and refused them access.

Alex Downes