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Summary

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

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By Chris Brown and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

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The bank holiday weekend starts here

Right, that's it from Local Live in the BBC Oxford newsroom for today.  

We'll be back from 08:00 next Tuesday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire. Join us then and in the meantime enjoy the bank holiday. 

Foul play 'not suspected'

The 22-year-old seasoned traveller and avid hiker had been spending eight weeks travelling in North America. He was reported missing a week after he was last seen - November 25, 2013 - when he failed to complete his travel plans. 

The Coroners Service said it was continuing to investigate this death, but said foul play was not suspected. 

Tom Billings
Vancouver Police Department

Hiker spotted remains

A large-scale search that followed Tom Billings' disappearance failed to find any trace of him.

According to the coroner, on April 11 this year a hiker on Cypress Mountain spotted what he believed to be human remains and reported it to the police. North Shore Search and Rescue returned to the area some days later and completed more of the recovery operation.

BreakingCanada remains identified as Oxford man

Remains found in Vancouver last month have been identified as missing 22-year-old Tom Billings, from Oxford, who disappeared in the North Shore mountains in November 2013.

His family has been notified, British Columbia Coroners Service said. 

Tom Billings
PA

Kerry Reeves murder

The jury took two and a half hours to find Johnson and Noble guilty of murder.

They were linked to Ms Reeves' death with telephone evidence, internet search history and CCTV.   

The witnesses were utterly unprepared for what they saw, some of them acted courageously on the night in their efforts to save Kerry’s life, and all of them have given evidence in very difficult circumstances.

Adrian FosterCrown Prosecution Service

Evening TV: Twin Towns Challenge gets into gear

South Today

Coming up on South Today at 18:30:

About 100 cars set off from Blenheim Palace this morning heading for Witney's twin town of Le Touquet in France. 

Cars at Blenheim Palace
Barry Clack/Box Cottage Photography

Those taking part in the charity challenge are carrying extra fuel because of the protests causing shortages across France. 

Participants had only £500 pounds to spend on their vehicles, and want to raise £250,000 for Charlbury-based charity SpecialEffect. 

More on this and all today's top stories from 18:30.

Community thanked

The conviction of these men would not have been possible if it was not for all of the witnesses who agreed to come forward from the community to give evidence. I commend them for this, as they have had to re-live the moment that Kerry’s life was tragically taken.

Det Ch Insp Mike Lynch

Kerry Reeves murderers

Police have released images of Billy Johnson, 20, from Corby, Northamptonshire, and Charles Noble, 21, from London, who were found guilty of Ms Reeve's murder at Oxford Crown Court today.

Billy Johnson and Charles Noble,
TVP

It is with regret that neither of the men showed any remorse for taking the life of an innocent woman by shooting her at point blank range.

Det Ch Insp Mike LynchSenior investigating officer

Travel latest: Delays on the M40, B4017 and in Abingdon

BBC Travel

As the bank holiday getaway begins, there are traffic problems around the county, including:

  • M40 northbound at J9 because of an accident involving a van earlier on. All lanes have re-opened, but there's congestion to J8a
  • Big queues on Fox Lane westbound between the Foxcombe Hill junction and the B4017 Lamborough Hill junction
  • And it's very slow on the A415 Marcham Road westbound in Abingdon between Marcham Interchange and the A338 junction

Get more details on the BBC Travel site.

Oxford's parking shop to close

The walk-in parking shop in Oxford, run by Oxfordshire County Council, will close on Tuesday 31 May. All services will continue to be offered online, with telephone support available through the customer service centre on 0845 310 1111. People can apply for or renew an Oxfordshire County Council parking permit, apply for visitors’ permits or pay a fine, online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/parking

Weather: Dry and clear evening to come

BBC Weather

This evening will stay dry with some late sunshine. The night will stay dry with light winds and some clear periods. Low temp 9C (48F).

Oxford weather 27 May 2016
BBC

Oxford United fan takes the biscuit after being fined for throwing pack of custard creams at rival Millwall supporters

Oxford Mail

A football fan's dream of seeing his team play at Wembley crumbled after he launched a packet of custard creams during a ruckus at an earlier game.

Latest headlines: Drug dealers face 30 years' jail for Kerry Reeves murder

Chris Brown

BBC News

The bank holiday weekend is nearly here... Here are your Friday evening news and sport headlines:

Kerry Reeves killers 'showed no emotion'

Adina Campbell

BBC South Today

Two men found guilty of the murder of Kerry Reeves in Abingdon last November showed no emotion as the jury delivered their verdicts.

The scene near where Kerry was shot and killed in Abingdon
BBC
The scene near where Kerry was shot and killed in Abingdon

Billy Johnson, 20, from Corby, Northamptonshire, and Charles Noble, 21, from London, were found guilty of shooting Kerry and face 30 years in jail.

There were sighs of relief from Kerry's family as the verdicts were read out, while Johnson and Noble showed no emotion.

Drug dealers guilty of shotgun murder

Kerry Reeves
BBC
In a statement Kerry Reeves's mother said she was "devastated" by her daughter's death

Billy Johnson, 20, from Corby, Northamptonshire, and Charles Noble, 21, from London, were found guilty of Ms Reeve's murder.  

Kerry Reeves

Drug dealers guilty of woman's murder

Two drug dealers are convicted of shooting dead a woman who was looking for them armed with a baseball bat.

Read more

Didcot to Reading rail line 'energised' for first time

The Great Western rail line between Didcot and Reading has been "energised" for the first time today, as part of the work to electrify the whole line between London, the West and South Wales.

Great Western electrification
BBC

Mark Langman from Network Rail said it marked "a really important milestone in our work to upgrade Brunel’s railway".

At the start of the year, we revealed how electrification of some routes - including up to Oxford - is running up to three years late.

Dance school from Oxford "ecstatic" despite missing Britain's Got Talent final

Oxford Mail

As the dust settled on a sensational Britain's Got Talent performance, one of Oxford's biggest dance schools said they were "ecstatic" despite not making it to the final.

BreakingMan released after body found in Banbury house

A 63-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder in Banbury has this afternoon been released without charge.

Police outside the house in Banbury where the body of a 55-year-old man was found
BBC

The body of a 55-year-old man was found yesterday at a house on Causeway.

Police say his death is no longer being treated as suspicious following a post-mortem examination.

Murdered woman had hunted killers with baseball bat

The jury in the trial at Oxford Crown Court heard Kerry Reeves had gone looking for the two drug dealers armed with a baseball bat when she was shot.

Billy Johnson, 20, from Corby, Northamptonshire, and Charles Noble, 21, from London, were found guilty of Ms Reeve's murder this afternoon. 

Police at the scene in Thornhill Walk, Abingdon, after the shooting last November
BBC
Police at the scene in Thornhill Walk, Abingdon, after the shooting last November

Their trial at Oxford Crown Court was told there had been tension between the defendants and some of her friends. 

The court heard both sides had a background of drugs, alcohol and violence, and Johnson and Noble were heroin dealers.

Jurors were told Ms Reeves, armed with a metal baseball bat, and two of her friends had gone looking for the pair when they were ambushed by them outside the flats at Thornhill Walk, Abingdon on 3 November.

Kerry Reeves killers face 30 years in jail

Adina Campbell

BBC South Today

Two drug dealers have been told they face up to 30 years in prison after they were found guilty at Oxford Crown Court of murdering Kerry Reeves in Abingdon last November. 

Kerry Reeves
BBC
Kerry Reeves

Billy Johnson, 20, from Corby, Northamptonshire, and Charles Noble, 21, from London, will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Kerry, 26, died two days after being shot in the face outside flats in Abingdon in November.

BreakingPair found guilty of Kerry Reeves murder

Catherine Wheel pub manager hopes punters will allow car wash "eyesore" to stay

Bicester Advertiser

A pub manager who is passionately revitalising his village boozer has pleaded with punters to quit complaining about the on-site car wash.

Latest headlines: Kerry Reeves murder trial jury considers verdict

Chris Brown

BBC News

Your mid-afternoon news and sport headlines:

Teenage boy held after woman robbed in Oxford

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after a woman was pushed to the floor and her purse stolen in Oxford.

The victim, a 49-year-old woman, was in Christchurch Meadow at about 19:00 on Sunday when she was robbed.

Police are now appealing for witnesses. The boy has been bailed until 23 June.

Part of nature reserve in Blackbird Leys scrawled on by vandals

The Herald

A popular nature reserve in Blackbird Leys was found defaced by vandals earlier this month and has quickly been cleaned up.

Police hunting for gone-karts

Police are hunting thieves who made off with two go-karts from the back of a lorry near Bicester.

Go-karts stolen near Bicester
Thames Valley Police

The racing karts were taken between 12:00 and 18:00 on Friday 13 May from a trailer on Buckingham Road.

Officers want to hear from the occupants of a Blue Ford Transit van seen in the area at the time.

Bianchi family explain why they are suing over F1 crash death

The father of a Formula 1 driver - who was part of Banbury-based team Marussia - has been explaining why his family are suing over the death.

The parents of Jules Bianchi speak about their legal action over their son's death
BBC
The parents of Jules Bianchi speak about their legal action over their son's death

Jules Bianchi suffered brain damage during the crash on a wet track during the Japanese Grand Prix in 2014. 

He was placed into a medically induced coma but later died. 

His father Phillipe says Jules has been blamed for the crash and that's not fair.

There was a big mistake in running this Grand Prix, and it was this mistake that led to Jules losing his life. For the moment, the responsibility for the crash been put on Jules, and for the family that's not right and we need justice.

Phillipe Bianchi

Work starts tonight to save Sutton Courtenay Pat from a drenching

People in Sutton Courtenay may find their water has been switched off tonight, as Thames Water carries out repair works on a burst water main on the High Street.

The company says it's carrying out the work on the High Street, where it meets Harwell Road and Milton Road, tonight after a resident, Pat, called us to complain.

It's been getting worse and I reported it to the water company a fortnight ago. It's just pouring down the drains and there's still a big lake. Cars go past and, if I'm not careful, I get drenched.

Pat from Sutton Courtenay

Movie reviews: Money Monster, Love And Friendship, and Alice Through The Looking Glass

David Prever

BBC Radio Oxford

David Prever is joined once again by James Luxford from Radio Times. 

They discuss the deluge of superhero movies being made, and James' upcoming date with a top Hollywood star...

James Luxford from the Radio Times reviews "Money Monster" and "Love And Friendship"

Flytipper stole rubbish from recycling banks and dumped it by Oxford Canal in Banbury

Banbury Cake

A flytipper stole clothes and electricial items from a recycling bank and dumped them in a field, according to the local council.

Cat starts electric hob kitchen blaze

Cat in a kitchen - not the culprit
Thinkstock

Pet owners warned not to leave items near cookers and to switch off hobs at the mains.  

Cat in a kitchen - not the culprit

Cat starts electric hob kitchen blaze

A cat starts a fire by switching on a kitchen hob while its owners were out, in a scene reminiscent of a Sainsbury's Christmas TV advert.

Read more

Ambulance response targets missed again

Oxfordshire's ambulance service has failed to hit response targets for the most urgent calls again. 

Ambulance
BBC

South Central Ambulance Service is supposed to respond to 75% of them in eight minutes or less. 

But in March, only 58% of Red 1 calls - the most urgent - were reached in that time.

Weather: Warm and dry afternoon

It'll be an afternoon of patchy cloud and warm sunny spells for all of us. It will feel pleasantly warm in the light winds and sunshine, with highs of 20C (68F).

The warm afternoon sky in Banbury by our Weather Watcher TheExplorers!
BBC
The warm afternoon sky in Banbury by our Weather Watcher TheExplorers!

Travel latest: Delays on the A34

BBC Travel

There's stop-start traffic on the A34 northbound between Hinksey Hill Interchange and Bicester, BBC Travel is reporting.

You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

Latest headlines: Update expected on Banbury death

Chris Brown

BBC News

We're halfway through Friday, so here are your lunchtime headlines:

  • A 63-year-old man arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder is still in custody. But a spokesman for Thames Valley Police says we should expect an update later
  • The jury in the trial of two men accused of murdering Kerry Reeves in Abingdon has retired to consider its verdict
  • Oxford United's Callum O'Dowda is hoping to make his international debut tonight for the Republic of Ireland in their friendly against the Netherlands in Dublin
  • And a cat has been blamed for starting a house fire in Wallingford - the pet is thought to have knocked a plastic bag onto an electric hob and turned the appliance on... accidentally, of course

BreakingKerry Reeves trial: Jury considers verdict

Adina Campbell

BBC South Today

The jury in the trial of two men accused of murdering Kerry Reeves in Abingdon has retired to consider its verdict.

Kerry died two days after being shot in the head last November.

Billy Johnson, 20, from Ripon Court, Corby, Northamptonshire, and Charles Noble, 20, from Kempton Avenue, Northolt, Ealing, have both denied murder.

Your chance to try volleyball

Get Inspired

Get Inspired

Fancy trying out a new sport this bank holiday weekend? 

Well, Volleyball England are hosting their Go Spike Big Weekend over the next few days.

The event is the perfect chance to try volleyball with sessions taking place across England. Click here to find one near you.

For more on getting into volleyball, visit BBC Get Inspired's guide.

volleyball
Volleyball England

Twin Town Challenge: Rich pickings for a reporter with a camera

More than 100 cars - most of them - have left Oxfordshire for France this morning for the Twin Town Challenge.

They set off from Blenheim Palace a short time ago and are currently making their way to Witney's twin Le Touquet.

View more on twitter

Vale of White Horse's royal birthday bonus for drivers

Parking will be free in all Vale of White Horse district council-run car parks on 11 June to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

As if the prospect of taking part in the royal celebrations wasn't enough, you won't even need to pay and display on the day.

We know there’s going to be lots of events happening around the district on 11 June to mark the Queen’s birthday, so we thought it would be great if people could celebrate without having to worry about paying to park.

Cllr Eric BattsCabinet member for technical services, Vale of White Horse District Council