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  1. “News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday
  2. Weather: A cool start with mist and fog patches. Sunny periods expected.

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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 - a pleasure as always to bring you the day's news and views.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow, so do join us then.

Sport headlines: Jules Bianchi family to start legal action

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Your top sport stories of the day are: 

  • The family of former Formula One driver, Jules Bianchi, have announced they plan to take legal action against the Banbury-based Marussia team
  • Oxford United's managing director Greg Box-Turnbull has defended a price rise for U's fans - with a minimum increase of £50 for adult season tickets
  • And Bicester boy George Jeacock has become a full-time professional at Oxford United. The 18-year-old striker enjoyed successful loan spells at Didcot and Farnborough last season

Weather: Dry and mostly clear night

BBC Weather

This evening and overnight will remain dry with some lengthy clear spells across Oxfordshire, with lows of 9C (48F).

Good news for tomorrow: a generally fine and dry day with some good spells of sunshine.

Oxford weather 26 May 2016
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Evening TV: Brakes put on independence for the disabled

South Today

Coming up on BBC South Today at 18:30:

It's becoming increasingly difficult for people with a disability to get behind the wheel, according to a charity. 

Motability
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Mobility Choice and the Disabled Motoring Federation say that changes to the benefit system mean that those with severe disabilities are struggling to access the new technology on the market.

More on this and all the day's top stories on BBC One.

Latest headlines: Man, 63, held on suspicion of murder in Banbury

Chris Brown

BBC News

We're nearly at the end of the day, so here are your evening headlines:

Bicester cycling club to host one of the largest time trial cycling event in Europe

Bicester Advertiser

A cycle club is hoping to speed past its £10,000 charity fundraising target as it hosts one of the biggest time trial events in Europe.

Oxfordshire dementia care home first to get 'outstanding' CQC rating

An Oxfordshire care home specialising in care for people with dementia has become the first in the county to be rated "outstanding" by the CQC.

Vale House is a 40-bed specialist dementia home in Sandford, having moved there from Botley in 2012.

The county council currently buys 25 of the 40 beds in the home and says it's aiming for the same level at other homes in the area.

Firefighters complete 1,000-mile charity bike ride

A group of fundraising firefighters have completed their 1,006-mile cycle ride from John O'Groats to Land's End.

The Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service team pose at Land's End
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
The Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service team pose at Land's End

The 16 cyclists from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service set off on 13 May to raise £100,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity.

Their epic journey was inspired by former colleague Joe Wilkins from Eynsham, who died after his bike was hit a by car near Appleton in 2012.

Men bailed after female police officers hurt in Didcot

Detectives investigating how two police officers became injured in Didcot have bailed two men. 

They were both arrested after one female officer suffered head injuries and the other a damaged wrist.

It happened on the main road between the army barracks and Great Western Park yesterday. 

Both officers were treated in hospital but have now been discharged.

Body removed from Banbury house

Our reporter at the scene says a body has now been removed from a house on Causeway, Banbury.

Police at the scene on Causeway, Banbury
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Police at the scene on Causeway, Banbury

Earlier, police said a 63-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder following an "unexplained" death of a man.

Family pay tribute to dead cyclist

Wolvercote Roundabout
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Cyclist Emmanuel Jacob died on Friday evening after being in a road crash involving a lorry

No-one has been arrested for the crash but police are appealing for witnesses.  

Wolvercote Roundabout

Family pay tribute to dead cyclist

The family of a cyclist who died after a crash with a lorry pay tribute to the "caring" and "sociable" man.

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Lives put at risk by ignorance of heart problems

There's a warning that people in Oxfordshire are putting their lives at risk because they're not aware of different types of heart disease and their symptoms. 

Heart disease
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A new survey shows 97% of over 60s in Oxford don't know what heart valve disease is, despite it killing more people than most cancers if left untreated.

Many patients aren't aware of their symptoms or don't suffer very many symptoms, or what symptoms they do have they just put down to the natural ageing process. That makes diagnosis difficult.

Rana SayeedConsultant cardiothoracic surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital

Oxford NHS trust admits bed-blocking problems

An Oxford NHS trust has admitted they have not been able to deal with bed-blocking in the city's hospitals as much as they have wanted.

John Radcliffe Hospital
BBC

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has come top of a league table for bed-blocking, in a survey by the National Audit Office.

The trust says it has recruited more than 60 care staff to help patients move back home after they are medically fit to be discharged from hospital.

Travel latest: Delays in Grove

BBC Travel

The calm before the rush-hour storm? Here's the latest travel news...

  • Slow traffic on the A338 in both directions in Grove at the Grove Park Drive junction in the roadworks area

Latest headlines: Man, 63, held on suspicion of Banbury murder

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are you mid-afternoon headlines:

Murder arrest after body found at house

The Causeway
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Police arrested a man on Thursday morning after a person's body was discovered in a house in The Causeqay, in Banbury

A 63-year-old man from the town has been arrested on suspicion of murder.  

House in Banbury where body was found this morning

Murder arrest after body found at house

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following an "unexplained" death at a house in Banbury.

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Bed-blocking 'varies widely'

More than one in 20 patients in some NHS hospitals are not being discharged quickly enough, according to the National Audit Office.

Bed blocking BBC graphic
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The Department of Health said the issue would be tackled as councils get £3.5bn more for adult care by 2020.

Figures show Oxford worst for bed-blocking

Older man in hospital
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Older patients are said to be at risk of losing mobility during lengthy stays in hospital

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust saw 12 days of "delayed transfer of care" for every 100 beds in 2015-16.  

Older man in hospital

Bed-blocking 'varies widely' across NHS

Hospital figures in England reveal wide variations in delayed discharges, with so-called bed-blocking affecting at least one in 20 beds in some areas.

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Abingdon fish pond - threat to burglars?

An Abingdon man, Kevin Sheehan, says he has been told by a housing association to stop work building a pond in his back garden because he was told it could injure burglars. 

But Sovereign says the pond needs to be safe for everyone, whether that's someone living there or visiting a property. A spokesman also pointed out the housing association was liable if someone did trespass on the property.

Kevin Sheehan at his back garden fish pond
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Kevin Sheehan at his back garden fish pond

As the landlord and owner, we ask residents to talk to us and get permission before building any major and permanent new structures at the property... We do this because we need to be sure any work is appropriate before it starts and that it’s carried out safely.

Sovereign Housing

Man, 63, held on suspicion of Banbury murder

A 63-year-old man from Banbury has been arrested on suspicion of murder, after the body of a man was found in a house in the town this morning.

Police were called to a house on Causeway at 08:10 following a report that a man had sustained injuries.

When officers arrived they found the body of a man.

The house has been cordoned off by detectives, who are now appealing for potential witnesses to get in touch.

If anyone has any information about the man’s death or if anyone saw anything out of the ordinary in the area of Middleton Road, the bus station or The Causeway between 6.30am and 8.30am today, please speak to police.

Det Insp Steve RaffieldBanbury Force CID

BreakingMan arrested on suspicion of murder in Banbury

A 63-year-old man from Banbury has been arrested on suspicion of murder. The arrest comes after a man was found dead at a property on Causeway at 08:10 today.  

Weather: Sunny spells and patchy cloud

BBC Weather

This afternoon will see a mix of sunny periods and patchy cloud with an isolated shower possible. It will feel pleasantly warm in the sunny spells. High temp 18C (64F).

Sunny spells in Bampton from BBC Weather Watcher George
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Sunny spells in Bampton from BBC Weather Watcher George

Hunt for man who threatened children with knife

Police are hunting a man in Witney who threatened a group of children playing in a park with a knife.

Two boys and three girls aged between nine and 11 were playing in Cogges Park in Church Lane at about 18:45 on Tuesday.

As they were leaving, a man approached them, removed a six to eight-inch knife from his clothes and used it to gesture them to come towards him.

The children were able to run away but were left "terrified" by the experience, police said.

Oxford Utd fans group backs ticket price rises

Oxford United Supporters Trust have accepted season ticket price rises at the Kassam next season.

The Kassam Stadium
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The Kassam Stadium

Given the higher level of football, the substantial recent losses, and the reduced prices last year, we think a reasonable level of price increases is justified, and would be expected and accepted by most supporters.

Oxford United Supporters Trust

Travel latest: Delays on the A338 and A41

BBC Travel

Apart from the usual delays around the Cutteslowe and Wolvercote Roundabouts, there's not much to report on the roads:

  • Traffic is slow on the A338 in both directions in Grove at the Grove Park Drive junction in the roadworks area
  • And it's also slow on the A41 in both directions in Kingswood between the Kingswood Lane junction and the Bicester Road junction

Meet the residents who are creating an entire garden out of wool

Bicester Advertiser

Here's a yarn to string you along with: townsfolk in Faringdon have swapped pitch forks for patterns to crochet an entire garden.

Festival of tennis as Davis Cup trophy is served up

A festival of tennis has been organised by Oxfordshire Lawn Tennis Association to coincide with the visit of the Davis Cup Trophy in Abingdon today.

Schools and community groups have been invited to admire the trophy, which has now arrived at the White Horse Tennis Centre as part of a national tour of Great Britain. 

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Latest headlines: Isis address delaying online payments

Chris Brown

BBC News

Halfway through the day, here are your lunchtime headlines:

Family tribute to festival crash victim

Sam Kay and Brogan Warren
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The families of crash victims Sam Kay and Brogan Warren have paid tribute to the pair, who died in a head-on collision in Oxfordshire when they were returning from a Bristol festival

Sam Kay was returning from a festival in Bristol when the car he was travelling in hit a Mercedes on the Shrivenham bypass in Oxfordshire.  

Sam Kay and Brogan Warren

Family tribute to festival crash victim

The family of a man who died in a head-on crash have pay tribute to a "happy, loving" son and brother.

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Tribute to cyclist killed at Wolvercote Roundabout

The family of a cyclist killed at the Wolvercote Roundabout last week has released a tribute to the "caring, fun-loving and sociable man".

Emmanuel Vernon Jacob
Thames Valley Police
Emmanuel Vernon Jacob

Emmanuel Vernon Jacob, who leaves behind two daughters, died when he was involved in a collision with a lorry on the A44 on Friday 20 May.

Emmanuel, who was from Oxford, was a caring, fun-loving and sociable man that was tragically taken from us too soon. He will be fondly remembered as the life and soul of every gathering, his caring nature and his infectious laugh.

Family of Emmanuel Vernon Jacob

Oxford United MD defends season ticket price rises

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United's managing director Greg Box-Turnbull has defended a price rise for U's fans - with a minimum increase of £50 for adult season tickets.

Oxford United supporters
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  • The cheapest adult season ticket is now £290 - up £51
  • Seats in the South Stand Lower are £71 more expensive
  • The most expensive adult seat is in the South Stand Upper at £400 - up £50

He promised the extra revenue will all be put towards their playing budget, adding their prices still compare favourably with their rivals in League One.

Fastest shed in the world up for national award

The world's fastest shed, which just so happens to come from Oxfordshire, is up for the "prestigious" 2016 Shed of the Year competition.

The fastest shed of the year clocked 708mph last year
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The fastest shed of the year clocked 708mph last year

Kevin Nicks, from Great Rollright, converted his Volkswagen Passat into a shed on wheels and last year broke the world speed record for a shed - clocking an average of 70.8mph.

Voting is now open and a final judging panel will then pick an overall winner later this summer on the Channel 4 show "Amazing Spaces Shed of the year".

Banbury F1 team Manor to be sued by Jules Bianchi family

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

The family of the late Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi are taking legal action following his death last year.  

Jules Bianchi
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Jules Bianchi

The Frenchman, 25, suffered fatal head injuries when his car collided with a mobile crane at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka in October 2014.

Action is being taken against Bianchi's Marussia team - now known as Manor and based in Banbury - along with governing body the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Group.

Outdoor centre to undergo £10m revamp under plans to "inspire next generation of scientists"

Oxford Times

A dilapidated outdoor centre in Oxford is set to undergo a £10m revamp under plans to "inspire the next generation of scientists".

'Refugee' declared children's word of the year

"Refugee" has been declared the children's word of the year by Oxford University Press. 

Child refugee
Reuters

Analysis of more than 120,000 entries to BBC Radio 2's 500 Words short story competition found 339 uses of the word. 

That's a 368% increase from 2015, when "refugee" cropped up just 67 times.

Disability benefits: 'I'm expecting a harder fight'

We've heard from a charity this morning that benefits changes could make it harder for the disabled to get government-funded transport.

Jane, who lives in Thame, spoke to us this morning of her worries, as she prepares for a fight to get funding for vital transport help.

I wouldn't be able to see my friends, and my family, or do my shopping and attend medical appointments. I am expecting it to be a tougher process, a harder fight, to go through to get the allowance.

Tribute to second victim of Shrivenham road tragedy

The family of a second victim of a car crash near Shrivenham, which claimed the lives of four young people travelling back from Vegfest in Bristol, have paid tribute to their "happy, loving" son.

Sam Kay
Thames Valley Police
Sam Kay

Sam Kay's family said there were "no words to express the hurt we are feeling at the loss of our son".

Yesterday, the family of Brogan Warren paid their tribute. It is understood the other victims travelling with Brogan and Sam from the vegan festival were Nicoletta Tocco and Krop Jones.

Isis addresses spark PayPal confusion

Isis Avenue
Google

Kim Wallace, of Isis Close, Abingdon, discovered her account had been investigated after six payments were temporarily halted, including one for a crochet kit.  

Kim Wallace in Isis Close, Abingdon

Isis addresses spark PayPal confusion

PayPal customers with addresses containing the word "Isis" fear their accounts are being blacklisted.

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Chuckling out loud

Kat Orman

BBC Radio Oxford Presenter

Comedy powerhouse, The Chuckle Brothers, are performing at the Common People festival this weekend in Oxford.

They spoke to BBC Radio Oxford this morning about their careers, why they were such a favourite of kids and who their comedy heroes were.

The Chuckle Brothers are coming to Oxford!