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That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

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

Evening TV: Families speak of agony at Southern Health meeting

South Today

On South Today at 18:30:

"It's death and misfortune which brought us all here today"... the words of the sister of a Southern Health patient who died in the care of the trust. 

Families at the Southern Health meeting

Maureen Rickman was speaking at a public meeting today organised by a breakaway group of governors. 

Thirty families from across the region turned out for the meeting which Southern Health had tried to ban. Our health correspondent David Fenton reports from the meeting.

Join us for that and much more on BBC One.

Teenage boy hit by van in Gipsy Lane near Cheney School

Oxford Mail

A teenage boy has been hit by a van near Cheney School in Gipsy Lane, Headington.

Weather: Cloud increasing through the night

BBC Weather

Staying fine and mainly dry this evening but cloud will gradually increase from the west. 

Rather cloudy overnight with the chance of outbreaks of rain. Low temp 11C (52F).

Oxford weather 17 May

Sport headlines: Oxford City sign two new players

Marie Indge

Radio Oxford Sport

  • Oxford City announce two new signings as they make plans to develop their squad ahead of next season
  • Goalkeeper Benji Buchel has told a newspaper in his home country that he is entitled to have his contract at Oxford United renewed
  • The WSL2 game for Oxford United Women at Millwall on Thursday has been postponed with the men's team due to play at the New Den 24 hours later

Latest headlines: Oxford University Labour Club cleared in anti-Semitism probe

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories in Oxfordshire this evening:

School pupils delight Witney community by handing out sweet treats

Oxford Times

Doughnuts, biscuits and little cupcakes have been dished out on doorsteps throughout Witney, delighting surprised locals.

Oxford University Labour Club cleared of institutional anti-Semitism in party report

A Labour Party peer says she "does not believe" institutional anti-Semitism exists at the Oxford University Labour Club, following an investigation.

Oxford University

Baroness Royall said in her report to the party's National Executive Committee that the club faced "difficulties" which it had to deal with to "ensure a safe space for all Labour students to debate and campaign".

She has set out 11 recommendations to change procedures around the reporting of anti-Semitism allegations.

The final recommendation states that members who are excluded for anti-Semitism should not automatically be given a life ban.

Oxford City: Two new faces revealed

Marie Indge

Radio Oxford Sport

Oxford City are making plans to develop their squad ahead of next season.

Scott Davies
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Scott Davies

Former Oxford United midfielder Scott Davies is due to sign for City and Basingstoke striker Liam Enver-Marum has announced he also heading to the National League South side.

Police watchdog probe after boy drowns

Ellis Downes
Downes family
Thames Valley Police referred itself to the IPCC after Ellis Downes disappeared under the water while playing with friends in Culham

The police response to the disappearance of a teenager who drowned while playing in the River Thames is to be investigated.

Ellis Downes

Police watchdog probe after boy drowns

The police response to the disappearance of a teenager who drowned while playing in the River Thames is to be investigated.

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BreakingReport dismisses institutional anti-Semitism at Oxford University Labour Club

A report into alleged anti-Semitism at the Oxford University Labour Club has found institutional discrimination against Jewish students does not exist.  

'Last chance' to increase number of adoptions

Changes need to be made to increase the number of adopted children, according to the head of Adoption UK, based in Banbury. 

The number of children being adopted has fallen in recent years
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New laws to encourage adoption will be outlined in tomorrow's Queen's Speech

Hugh Thornberry, the chief executive of Adoption UK, says the change needs to be significant to make a difference.

I think we've tried different ways to correct the fall in the number of children adopted. I think we need to do something about that and this is almost the last chance for government.

Hugh ThornberryChief executive of Adoption UK

Didcot man convicted of fraud and theft

A Didcot man has been convicted of a series of fraud and theft charges.

Harvey Pearce, aged 49, of Willow End, Didcot, passed himself off as a qualified accountant to get finance director jobs at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield and at Diamond Light Source in Didcot.

He pleaded guilty to earning almost £155,000 after obtaining both jobs by false representation and getting more than £24,000 from the National Film and Television School by fraud and theft.  

He will be sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on 7 June.

Travel latest: Delays in Bampton, Banbury and Abingdon

BBC Travel

  • Expect delays in Bampton after the traffic lights failed on Buckland Road at the Tadpole Bridge junction  
  • There's slow traffic on the A361 South Bar Street in both directions in Banbury at Banbury Cross
  • And there's heavy traffic on the A415 Ock Street in both directions in Abingdon between the B4017 Drayton Road junction and the East Saint Helen Street junction

Oxford team helps raise lost Egyptian treasure from the depths

Oxford researchers have been part of a team bringing the remains of lost Egyptian cities from the depths of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Treasures recovered from two ancient Egyptian cities, Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, had been submerged at the mouth of the River Nile for more than 1,000 years.

A new exhibition of the items opens at the British Museum on Thursday, showing how the cities were major trade and religious centres.

Latest headlines: IPCC confirm investigation over Ellis Downes search

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories this afternoon:

Electric bikes go live in Oxford bike hire scheme

Electric bikes have been added to the existing bike-hire scheme in Oxford.  

Electric bikes

Some 80 bikes are now on offer at docking stations across the city, including ones at the hospitals, the universities and the city centre. 

For people daunted by the occasional hill, 16 of the bikes will now be e-bikes, on loan for £2 an hour. 

Man fined for damaging tree in Warborough

Oxfordshire Guardian

A Warborough resident had been convicted of deliberately damaging an 80-year-old tree.

Police watchdog confirms investigation over Ellis Downes search

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has confirmed it will investigate Thames Valley Police's response to the disappearance of Ellis Downes in the River Thames last week.

Ellis Downes
Downes family
Ellis Downes

TVP referred itself to the police watchdog over what was described as the "botched" operation to find the body of the 16-year-old.

He'd been swimming in the river on 7 May when he vanished. A volunteer dive team, who say police had prevented them doing a search in the water, eventually found his body more than 48 hours later. 

My thoughts are with Ellis’s family and friends at this tragic time. We will carry out a thorough investigation so we can try and answer the many questions that have been asked about the police response to this tragedy. Our investigation will also consider whether any lessons can be learned by the police.

Guido LiguoriIPCC associate commissioner

Chance for Oxford United fans to play at Kassam Stadium to mark promotion

Oxford Mail

Thousands of Oxford United fans may have made it onto the pitch as the club sealed promotion but now many more have the chance to actually play on the Kassam Stadium turf.  

Southern Health NHS trust governors hold 'cancelled' meeting

Our health reporter David Fenton is at a 'rebel' meeting of Southern Health NHS trust governors today.

The meeting had been cancelled on Saturday over legal fears, but four have arrived to meet families and campaigners.

It's been a stormy meeting so far, as they hear emotional stories of people in the care of the under-fire trust.

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Row in Banbury High Street ends in assault

Oxford Mail

A row between two men in Banbury ended with one of them being assaulted. Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses following the argument on Sunday.

Weather: Warm and dry, but cloud building

BBC Weather

It will be a warm afternoon although cloud is expected to gradually build throughout the day. However it should remain dry. High temp 16C (61F).

Oxford weather 17 May 2016

Latest headlines: Man jailed for £5m Gift Aid fraud

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories this lunchtime:

Oxfordshire man jailed for Gift Aid fraud

An Oxfordshire man has been jailed for seven years for his part in a £5 million charity Gift Aid fraud.

Olsi Vullnetari, 37, also known as Thomas Hamilton, and from Charney Avenue in Abingdon, faked charity donations with John Davies, 58, from Harvest Court, Esher, Surrey.  

Olsi Vullnetari
Olsi Vullnetari

The pair claimed they were trustees and associates of two charities, the Sompan Foundation and the Kurbet Foundation.

When the charities’ original founder died, they submitted tens of thousands of fake Gift Aid repayment claims based on donations seemingly made by generous taxpayers.

HMRC prosecuted the pair who were found guilty on all charges of cheating the public revenue and money laundering at Southwark Crown Court.

Pole dancing classes for children ready to start

A new dance class is being set up for children in Oxfordshire.

Maybe you're thinking ballet? Perhaps Ballroom? Street dance? It's none of those... It's pole dancing. 

Pole dance classes were criticised earlier this year after three students, aged 8 and 11, did a demonstration on ITV show This Morning
Pole dance classes were criticised earlier this year after three students, aged 8 and 11, did a demonstration on ITV show This Morning

They're being set up Dance Inspires - Oxford’s only pole fitness school to offer classes to under-16s - starting on 26 June.

Nicola Ghalmi from the group came onto the Kat Orman show this morning to defend the classes against criticisms that they were inappropriate for children.

As with any dance, you're looking at strengthening muscles and bones, which is important for children. It's also very creative. Having a child on a pole is no different to having them on a gymnastics bar. We're in the 21st Century and I would hope people are more open-minded.

Nicola GhalmiDance Inspires

Dual carriageway and bus plan unveiled

A40 in Oxfordshire

The plan to upgrade the Witney to Eynsham stretch and add bus lanes from there into Oxford will be considered by councillors next week.  

A40 in Oxfordshire

Dual carriageway and bus plan unveiled

A £54m plan to upgrade part of the A40 in Oxford to a dual carriageway and add a bus lane has been unveiled.

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New chairman for county council announced

Oxfordshire County Council has elected Michael Waine as its chairman for 2016/17.

The Bicester Town councillor - and former head teacher of Glory Farm School in the town - takes over from John Sanders.

Scientists create 'liquid wire' inspired by spiders' webs

Oxford scientists have discovered how spider silk can stretch and contract, staying taut all the time - a discovery that could lead to new range of synthetic bio-inspired hybrid threads.

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The 'liquid wire' technique in spiders' webs sees loose thread spooled inside tiny droplets of watery glue which make the threads sticky. 

The team - made up of scientists from Oxford and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France - was able to recreate this technique in the laboratory using oil droplets on a plastic filament.

Spider silk has been known to be an extraordinary material for around 40 years, but it continues to amaze us. While the web is simply a high-tech trap from the spider's point of view, its properties have a huge amount to offer the worlds of materials, engineering and medicine.

Dr Hervé ElettroUniversité Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

A40 revamp plan map

The map below shows where the dual carriageway and dedicated bus lane would be built, if £54million plans secure funding and are approved.

A40 dual carriageway and bus lane map
Oxfordshire County Council

Latest headlines: Criticism of A40 dual carriageway plan

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories so far this morning:

New kissing gates help walkers in Garsington on Oxford Green Belt Way

Oxford Times

Four new gates have been installed as a major improvement to an important footpath in Garsington.

Bigger roads mean bigger traffic jams, says transport campaigner

A transport campaigner has criticised plans to turn part of the A40 into a dual carriageway.


Hugh Jaegar from theBus Users Oxford group said building bigger roads would simply increase the amount of traffic.

He said the spiral had to be broken now and moves made to get people onto public transport.

Making roads bigger never makes traffic smaller. Having twice as much asphalt will only mean even more traffic trying to get onto the four miles of road between Eynsham and Wovercote, which will not be widened and be an even worse bottleneck.

Hugh JaegarChairman of Bus Users Oxford

Buchel says he is entitled to get renewed Oxford United contract

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Goalkeeper Benji Buchel has told a newspaper in his home country that he is entitled to have his contract at Oxford United renewed. 

Benji Buchel
Benji Buchel

The Liechtenstein international says it's because he played more than 15 games for the U's in the last campaign.

Dual carriageway plan for A40 'most pragmatic solution'

Oxfordshire County Council leader has defended plans to turn part of the A40 between Witney and Oxford into a dual carriageway.

Council leader explains why £54m proposal is the most realistic solution

Ian Hudspeth says a realistic proposal to deal with traffic problems was needed to secure funding.

Oxford anti-Semitism report due out today

A report into alleged ant-Semitism in the Oxford University Labour Club will be presented to the party's NEC today.

Baroness Royall
Baroness Royall

Labour peer Baroness Royall has led the investigation and is vice-chair of the party's wider review into anti-Semitism in its ranks.

The Oxford report comes after the Labour club's co-chairman Alex Chalmers resigned after a vote to endorse Israel Apartheid Week and said many members had "some kind of problem with Jews".

Oxford University Labour Club said it was "horrified at and whole-heartedly condemns anti-Semitic behaviour in all its forms".

Picture-postcard Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford reporter Lucy Bickerton captured this beautiful scene this morning at Port Meadow.

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£54m A40 dual carriageway plan unveiled

Plans worth £54million have been unveiled to upgrade the A40 to a dual carriageway and add a bus lane. 

Up to 30,000 vehicles use the A40 between Oxford and Witney each day
Up to 30,000 vehicles use the A40 between Oxford and Witney each day

It's the option being put to councillors next week, involving two lanes each way for cars between Witney and Eynsham and bus lanes from Eynsham into Oxford. 

Different ideas were put to the public last year, and turning the road into a dual carriageway was the most popular option. 

Newly built Oxfordshire Spitfire celebrates first flight

Oxford Mail

A modern take on a famous Second World War aircraft that took thousands of hours to build has celebrated its first official flight.