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

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By Sarah Lee 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 Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire. Join us then.

Oxfordshire weather: Mild night with light wind

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Showers will begin to linger around this evening, but rain clouds will eventually disappear.

It will be a mild night with light wind with lows of 7C (47F) in places. 

Weather Monday May 23
BBC

Tomorrow should be mostly dry and sunny with a spell of rain later on.

Plans to replace old steam engine works in Banbury put on hold

Plans to replace a dilapidated steam engine works on Banbury's Canalside are being held.

Cherwell District Council has deferred a decision on the proposal, which would see the 150-year-old building, previously Cherwell Iron Works, replaced with six smaller commercial units.  

A final decision is due to be made following a site visit on 9 June.  

This building is a legacy of Banbury's industrial past, and the council felt it was important to recognise the large volume of feedback we have had to this application by paying a site visit."

Cllr Colin ClarkeLead member for planning at Cherwell District Council

Latest headlines: Leaving the EU 'will damage Oxford scientists' chances of research funding'

  • Leaving the European Union would damage Oxfordshire scientists' chances of winning research funding, according to Minister of Science Jo Johnson, who opened two new research facilities in Culham earlier
  • Four people have died and three others seriously injured after a head-on collision in Oxfordshire last night
  • One of the men on trial charged with killing Kerry Reeves last year has denied murdering her and having any weapon
  • Bus fares are set to rise across Oxford by the end of the month  

Coming up on BBC South Today

South Today

In tonight's programme: Train drivers who work for Southern Railway have voted in favour of strike action and a round up of local competitors at the Chelsea Flower Show. Join us on BBC1 at 18:30.  

Latest travel: Broken down van causing delays in the city centre

BBC Travel

  • There are delays of up to 15 minutes on the A40 in both directions at the roadworks at Wolvercote and Cutteslowe Roundabouts
  • On the ring road - near the eastern by-pass - there is slow traffic between Cowley Junction and the Littlemore Roundabout
  • In the city centre there are delays on Botley Road due to a broken down van which is partially blocking a lane at the Seacout Park and Ride traffic lights

New village hall for Fritwell

A new village hall and 11 new homes have been approved for the former site of the George and Dragon pub in Fritwell, Oxfordshire. 

Cottages will replace the former pub, while the pub car park will be home to a new village hall.

The permission also extends to a new footpath linking the application site to the nearby school and alterations to nearby footpaths.

The new homes will have a simple linear frontage which will be in keeping with the informal, rural appearances of similar structures in the village."

Cllr Colin ClarkeLead member for planning

Witnesses sought after cyclist dies on A44

Witnesses are being sought by police after a cyclist died on the A44 at the Wolvercote roundabout following a collision with a lorry.

Emergency services were called to the incident at 22:15 on Friday.

The cyclist from Oxford was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital but died from his injuries.

Signalling issue between Oxford and Banbury causing delays

A signalling problem between Oxford and Banbury is causing delays of up to 30 minutes and some cancellations to services.

GWR tickets are being accepted on Chiltern Railway services via Banbury and London Marylebone until further notice.

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Oxford bus fares to rise but Abingdon passengers get better deal

Oxford Mail

Bus fares across the city are set to increase later this month but passengers from Abingdon stand to get a better deal.

Latest headlines: Four people die in A420 crash

Sarah Lee

South Online

  • Four people have died and three others seriously injured after a crash on the A420 in Oxfordshire last night
  • One of the men accused of killing Kerry Reeves last year has denied having any weapons and murdering her
  • Bus fares are set to rise by the end of the month across Oxford. The Oxford Bus Company announced some single journeys and day passes will increase by up to 10 pence on the 29th of May
  • A US airforce fighter jet made an emergency landing at Brize Norton this morning due to a major hydraulic problem

Sport headlines: Johnny Mullins to leave Oxford United

BBC Sport

  • Johnny Mullins is to leave Oxford United after the club decided not to offer him a new contract. 
  • Meanwhile, Oxford United's Danny Hylton and Chris Maguire have both been offered new deals - and Benji Buchel and Josh Ruffels have had their contracts extended 
  • Oxford United Women's captain Kat Nutman feels it will be possible to keep their current momentum despite going into a month-long mid-season break from games in Women's Super League 2

Weather latest: Cloudy afternoon for some

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Looking towards the late afternoon we will begin to see more clouds that will eventually lead to some showers.

Weather
BBC

There will be still some sunny spells, however there is some risk of thunder and hail for some areas. 

Lows of 12C (54F).

RAF confirm US Airforce jet emergency landing at Brize Norton

The RAF has confirmed a US Airforce fighter jet was forced to perform an emergency landing at Brize Norton this morning.

A man, who was at the air base at the time, told the Oxford Mail that the jet "had a major hydraulic problem".

Four killed in head-on car crash

A420 at Watchfield roundabout
Google
Four people driving towards Oxford in a Citreon Saxo died on Sunday evening in a head-on collision with a black Mercedes driving in the opposite direction

Police are appealing for witnesses.

A420 at Watchfield roundabout

Four killed in head-on car crash

Two men and two women are killed and a toddler injured in a head-on car crash in Oxfordshire.

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BreakingFour people die in head-on collision on A420, Shrivenham bypass

Four people were killed in a head-on collision on the A420 at Shrivenham bypass last night. 

Two men and two women, all in their mid-20s, died at the scene while three others - including a three-year-old boy - were seriously injured.

Shrivenham bypass
Google

The collision involved a black Mercedes and a blue Citroen Saxo. All four occupants of the Citroen Saxo were killed.  

This was a terrible incident in which four young people have lost their lives. We would urge anyone who was driving in the area last night and saw either of the vehicles prior to the collision to get in contact as they may have information which could help us with our investigation into the circumstances which led up to this tragic collision."

Det Sgt Gavin CollierSerious Collision Investigation Unit at Bicester

Kerry Reeves death: Accused men deny murder in court

Two men on trial accused of murdering a woman in Abingdon have both denied killing her. 

Kerry Reeves died in hospital two days after being shot in the head on 3 November.

Kerry Reeves
BBC

Billy Johnson, 20, from Ripon Court, Corby, Northamptonshire, and Charles Noble, 20, from Kempton Avenue, Northolt, Ealing, are appearing at Oxford Crown Court.

The trial continues.

Reports of US Airforce jet making emergency landing at RAF Brize Norton

There have been reports that a US Airforce fighter jet was forced to perform an emergency landing at Brize Norton this morning. The BBC is yet to have this confirmed.

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Minister opens two new robotic centres in Oxford

BBC Politics

Jo Johnson, minister of universities and science, has opened two new specialist materials and high-tech robotics centres in Oxford following a £17 million grant from the government. 

He also announced the opening of a new £15 million centre to train 125 apprentices in specialist engineering at the Joint European Torus site in Culham.  

The hard-work of scientists, academics and apprentices here in Culham is a prime example of why the UK is a world-leader in scientific discovery. These new facilities will take the next steps in developing clean fusion energy, and train apprentices to support local businesses and growth.

Jo JohnsonUniversities and Science Minister

Travel latest: Car overturns on A420

BBC Travel

  • A car has overturned on the A420 just after Kingston Bagpuize roundabout - delays likely
  • Traffic is queuing on the A40 in both directions in Oxford around Cutteslowe Roundabout        

OX is UK's 7th luckiest National Lottery postcode

The OX postcode has been announced as the National Lotteries 7th luckiest in the UK. 

The city ranks 7 out of the 121 postcodes across the country for the number of millionaires created in the last two years.

Charmaine Watson, who scooped £2.3m when the ticket her grandfather bought her won the Lotto jackpot, said she is pleased Oxford hosts a number of lottery millionaires in the area...

Charmaine and Robbie Watson
National Lottery

Here’s hoping Oxford keeps charging up the rankings so more people can enjoy this experience and we can really become the millionaires playground postcode."

Charmaine WatsonLottery winner

Staff at Oxford’s universities to walk out in row over pay

Staff at at Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford will join a two-day national strike taking place across the UK on Wednesday 25 May and Thursday 26 May.

The dispute comes after a pay offer of 1.1% was offered from UCEA. 

The University and College Union (UCU) said universities could afford to pay more and the latest offer "did little to address the real-terms pay cut of 14.5% that its members have suffered since 2009". 

Rob Brydon hopes Chelsea Flower Show helps declining bees

Kat Orman bumped into Rob Brydon while broadcasting live from the Chelsea Flower Show earlier.

Chatting with the Radio Oxford presenter, he said he loved the showpieces and hoped they would help bees to make a "comeback" after their decline...

Rob Brydon
BBC

I love a bee and I will do whatever I can to ensure they stage a comeback."

Rob BrydonComedian

David Cameron buys wife £1,500 second-hand car

Staff at Witney Used Car Centre in Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, were left a little stunned when David Cameron turned up on Friday afternoon to buy a £1,500 Nissan Micra for his wife.  

David Cameron with owner Ian Harris
Ian Harris

“When somebody called up and said he was coming down I thought ‘yeah right’. I assumed it was a wind up. Then he turned up and it was just a surreal afternoon, we don’t get many of those in sleepy Minster Lovell. He was just like any other customer buying a car for his wife.”

Ian HarrisOwner at Witney Used Car Centre

Work on A41 Bicester begins

BBC Radio Oxford

Work to improve journeys in and around Bicester via the A41 begin today. 

Contractors working for Bicester Village have finalised their plans for a major road scheme that hopes to transform roundabouts at the Esso petrol station and Pingle Drive.

The scheme aims to improve capacity on all approaches to the roundabouts and the roads between them.

Minister visits Bicester "eco-town"

A minister is paying a special visit to Bicester - accompanied by Banbury's MP Victoria Prentis - to learn more about the housing and energy projects taking place across the town.

Andrea Leadsom, minister of state for energy,and Mrs Prentis will take a look around North West Bicester - one of the UK's four "eco-town" developments. 

North West Bicester
BBC

Kat Orman at Chelsea Flower Show: 5,000 hand-knitted poppies

BBC Radio Oxford

Radio Oxford's Kat is live at Chelsea Flower Show chatting to competitors.

One showpiece that has caught her eye is the sea of hand-knitted poppies covering nearly 21,000sq ft on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Almost 500,000 individually crocheted poppies are on display,in tribute to those who have served in war.

Poppies
BBC

I never expected anything like the poppies to feature in the show. The fact that they represent those who served in the war is wonderful."

Tom MallonyChelsea Pensioner

Latest headlines: Potholes putting people off cycling

Sarah Lee

South Online

  • The number of potholes on Oxfordshire's roads could put people off taking up cycling - according to a competitive team
  • It's been three months since part of Didcot Power Station collapsed. One man was confirmed dead when it happened on 23 February - while three men are still missing under the rubble.
  • A man has died in hospital following a collision with a lorry in Oxford on Friday.  

Cycle race cancelled over pothole danger

BBC Radio Oxford

A cycling club in West Oxfordshire says it has been forced to cancel a road race it was planning over safety fears. 

According to the group, based in Witney, the state of Oxfordshire's roads could put people off taking up cycling.

Pothole
Think

It's a question of long-term problems with the road surfaces and damages to roads in West Oxfordshire . They are by far the worst in the county. It makes it very difficult for people to travel around safely on these roads."

Bob Edwards(Grandfather of cyclist)

Kat meets Carol Kirkwood at Chelsea Flower Show

Kat Orman

BBC Radio Oxford Presenter

Radio Oxford's Kat is meeting local contenders at Chelsea Flower Show as well as chatting to some celebs about the competition.

Here she is with BBC Weather presenter Carol Kirkwood. Tune in to hear the show.

Carol Kirkwood
BBC

Arson was mistaken identity - victim

Ms George's bedroom door
Jessica George
The fire was started outside Ms George's bedroom door

Jessica George, who jumped over the fire to safety, says she has no idea who could have started the blaze.

Ms George's bedroom door

Arson was mistaken identity - victim

A woman who jumped to safety after her Oxfordshire flat was targeted by an arsonist says she hopes the attack was a case of mistaken identity.

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'It's lucky I'm a light sleeper': Faringdon woman who escaped fire

 A woman who awoke to find an arsonist had started a fire outside her bedroom door said she is "lucky to be light sleeper".

Jessica George, 22, was woken at 05:00 BST on Friday to the sound of someone leaving her flat in Russ Avenue, Faringdon, Oxfordshire.  

Jessica George
BBC

"I'm very lucky that I'm a light sleeper… I wake up if I hear the tiniest of sounds," she said.

"I heard the door, I got up, and I actually managed to get over the fire just before the alarm went off."

Promoted Oxford release five players

Oxford United Johnny Mullins
Rex Features

Central-back Johnny Mullins, 30, is one of those to leave, along with strikers Jordan Bowery and Pat Hoban, defender Freddie Grant and midfielder AJ George.  

Oxford United Johnny Mullins

Promoted Oxford release five players

Oxford United release five players, including central defender Johnny Mullins, following promotion to League One.

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Kat Orman's live from Chelsea

Kat Orman

BBC Radio Oxford Presenter

Judging at Chelsea Flower Show takes place at lunchtime today and BBC Radio Oxford's Kat Orman will be broadcasting her show live from the competition from 10:00.

She will be speaking to Oxfordshire's contenders as well as doing some celeb spotting.

Here she is in a field of knitted poppies.

Kat Orman
BBC

Faringdon woman hurdles fire started by arsonist

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

A woman who awoke to find an arsonist had entered her flat and started a fire outside her bedroom door has described how she jumped to safety.

Jessica George, 22, was woken at 05:00 BST on Friday to the sound of someone leaving her flat in Russ Avenue, Faringdon, Oxfordshire.

Russ Avenue
Google

When she opened her bedroom door she discovered a line of fire that was spreading towards her.

She said: "I went to the back of my room, and just ran and jumped over it." 

Didcot power station: Three months since collapse

BBC Radio Oxford

Today marks three months since part of Didcot Power Station collapsed as it was being prepared for demolition. It happened at 16:00 GMT on 23 February.

One man was confirmed dead on the day, and three men are still missing under the rubble.   

Didcot Power Station
BBC

RWE Npower, which owns the site, said teams were working through the rubble 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

It said recovery work can only be completed safely once the remaining unstable structure of the old boiler house has been brought down. 

Sport headlines: Five players from the U's promotion campaign won't return

BBC Sport

  • Five Oxford United players who helped the U's win promotion to League One won't return next season. Another four who were out of contract, including Danny Hylton, are being offered the chance to play for the team in their return to League One
  • There was more success for Oxford United Women who thrashed Watford 2-0 in Women's Super League 2
  • Oxfordshire rider Bradley Smith claimed his best result of the season so far placing 7th at the Italian MotoGP

Travel latest: Collision causing delays on the A40

Danny Cox

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

  • A collision involving a car and a motorcycle is causing delays on the A40 near M40 J7 A40 / A329 (Thame) 
  • There is a broken down car on Marston Ferry Road, just near the Cherwell School near Summertown, causing delays
  • Merton Road, Ambrosden is currently blocked due to an overturned car at Old Arncott Road

For the latest, tune in or visit the BBC travel pages.