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Many thanks for following us today. We're winding down now but will be back at 08:00 tomorrow to bring you the day's news, views and pictures from around the county. 

Look forward to seeing you then.

Weather: Scattered thundery showers overnight, but mainly dry and warm tomorrow

BBC Weather

Scattered thundery showers are likely to continue overnight, particularly towards the north-east of the county, but these will have eased by tomorrow morning. 

It'll be another muggy night, with perhaps some mist forming in prone locations such as Farmoor Reservoir. Lows of 15C (59F).

Oxford weather 7 June 2016

Oxford pubs expect bonanza as Euro 2016 approaches

Oxford Mail

Pubs in Oxford are gearing up for a month-long football bonanza as Euro 2016 prepares to kick-off.

Latest headlines: Westgate Centre 'needs top-name brands'

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories this evening:

  • The former president of the county's chamber of commerce says the host of top-name brands announced for Oxford's Westgate Centre is a "big deal" and needs to be
  • A fifth person has been arrested after two armed robberies on Co-op stores in south Oxfordshire at the weekend
  • And police will be giving children in Blackbird Leys, Oxford, a free ice cream from Burger King this summer to try to encourage good behaviour in the area

Top brands are big deal for Oxford's Westgate Centre

The former president of the Oxfordshire Chamber of Commerce says the announcement of a host of top-name retail brands for Oxford's Westgate Centre is a big deal... and needs to be.

Artist's impression of the new Westgate Centre
Westgate Oxford Alliance
Artist's impression of the new Westgate Centre

Keith Slater says stores such as Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, will provide a major boost for the city economy. 

But high turnover is required to justify the £440 million investment in revamping the site.

There have been a lot of retailers wanting to come into Oxford for a long time and not been able to find the space. In terms of turnover, Oxford ranks 49th in the country for shopping centres and this will be a major boost, because it will have to take about £300 million a year to justify having been built.

Keith Slater

Travel extra: A44 closed southbound tonight

Rush-hour travel latest: Heavy traffic on the A4144, A34 and A361

BBC Travel

  • There's very slow traffic on the A4144 Woodstock Road out of town in Oxford from the B4495 Moreton Road junction in the roadworks area  
  • It's also slow on the A34 northbound in Oxford between Hinksey Hill Interchange and Botley Interchange
  • And there are queues on the A361 South Bar Street in both directions in Banbury at Banbury Cross

Get the very latest on the BBC Travel site or follow @BBCOxTravel.  

End of an era at BBC Radio Oxford

Sports club plan wins approval

Oxfordshire Guardian

Plans to demolish and rebuild Thame Cricket Club’s pavilion have been given the green light.

Can you be nice for an ice?

Police will be giving children in Blackbird Leys, Oxford, a free ice cream from Burger King this summer to try to encourage good behaviour in the area.

Ice cream
Getty Images

Children under 13 could be given one of 200 tickets for good deeds such as:

  • Holding a younger child's hand when crossing the road
  • Helping the elderly and their neighbours
  • Stepping in to stop someone being bullied

The scheme is under way and runs until August. Tickets can be redeemed at the Burger King in the Oxford Retail Park, just off the Eastern Bypass.

Humans caused extinctions of plants and animals 'thousands of years ago'

'Pristine' landscapes do not exist anywhere in the world today and, in most cases, have not existed for at least several thousand years, says a new study led by Oxford University.

Pristine environments were colonised and changed by humans well before modern-day industrialisation
Pristine environments were colonised and changed by humans well before modern-day industrialisation

It says large-scale extinctions of plants and animals started thousands of years ago, as the human race spread around the world, and not just since the Industrial Revolution.

The authors say their results show humans are more than capable of "reshaping and dramatically transforming ecosystems".

Latest headlines: Fifth person arrested over Co-op armed robberies

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top mid-afternoon news and sport stories:

Fifth person arrested over Co-op armed robberies

A fifth person has been arrested after two armed robberies on Co-op stores in south Oxfordshire at the weekend.

Police say a 31-year-old man, of no fixed abode, was held yesterday and is currently in custody.

Two women and a man arrested on Sunday have been bailed until 18 July. Another man has been released without charge.

The Co-op in Didcot was targeted last Friday, while another Co-op store was hit the following day in Wootton by a man wielding a hammer

Bicester's boxes get a fresh lick of paint in honour of Her Majesty

Bicester Advertiser

A successful call to the community to 'paint the town red' for the Queen's 90th Birthday has seen Bicester postboxes given a new lease of life.

New designer brands sign up for Westgate Centre

Another 22 designer brands have signed up for their place in the new Westgate Centre in Oxford city centre.

Artist's impression of the new Westgate Centre
Westgate Oxford Alliance
Artist's impression of the new Westgate Centre

The likes of Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Ted Baker, Jo Malone, Mac and Bobbi Brown have been named today as among those coming to the centre.

It's due to open in October 2017 and, so far, 35 of the 100 new store spaces are now filled. Another 25 restaurants and cafes, plus a cinema and public spaces will make up the 800,000 sq ft site.

Cherwell taxi drivers face 'fit and proper persons' test

Taxi drivers in Cherwell will need to pass a new 'fit and proper persons' test, as the district council tries to set stricter standards.

Taxi sign on a car

A public consultation has been launched into the proposal, the draft of which was passed by the council executive yesterday. Among the key standards being proposed are:

  • Would-be cabbies vetted on general demeanour, financial practices and honesty
  • New spoken English tests
  • Those convicted of minor offences to wait 10 years, rather than three at present, before they can apply for a licence. Those convicted of the most serious offences will be permanently barred
  • Driver standards training, with a penalty points scheme tracking drivers

Appleton says FIFA rules mean Oxford United need bigger squad

New rules concerning loans for the upcoming season in the Football League means Oxford United might have to start with a bigger squad, according to boss Michael Appleton. 

Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton

New FIFA rules effectively mean the abolition of emergency loans and all business will be restricted to the transfer windows in summer and in January. 

Appleton feels the changes are designed to try to improve the chances of young fringe players and will mean the squad size will also need to increase.

I think we'll need two or three extra players than what we had this year. Our underbelly this year a little bit short on numbers.

Michael Appleton

Jordan Evans released by Fulham

Former Oxford United loanee Jordan Evans is set to be released by Fulham. 

Jordan Evans
Jordan Evans

The 20-year-old full back, who joined Fulham at the age of 15, spent six months on loan at United last season making 14 appearances, including the JPT final defeat against Barnsley at Wembley.

Bicester kids' picture perfect loyalty to the queen

Modern Art Oxford is celebrating its 50th anniversary with crowdfunded artists' publication

Banbury Cake

Modern Art Oxford today launched its first ever crowdfunding appeal to raise £17,500 for an artist-led publication to mark its first 50 years.

Travel latest: A34 exit slip road closed after accident

BBC Travel

The A34 exit slip road in Kidlington is closed southbound at Kidlington Junction after an earlier overturned vehicle, recovery work and a fuel spillage.

Get the very latest on the BBC Travel site or follow @BBCOxTravel.

Weather: Very warm, but with some heavy, perhaps thundery, showers

It will be rather cloudy at times this afternoon, bringing a risk of heavy and thundery showers. Highs of 25C (77F).

High cloud building above Banbury this morning, from our Weather Watcher 'TheExplorers'
High cloud building above Banbury this morning, from our Weather Watcher 'TheExplorers'

Latest headlines: Mental health services 'let us down' say widow

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top news and sport stories this lunchtime:

District councils go online to promote devolution plans

Oxfordshire's district councils have launched a new website setting out their stall for abolishing the county council and devolving power to local areas.

The five districts - Cherwell, Oxford, South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse and West Oxfordshire - such a move would unlock £6 billion of investment.

But the proposals have led to a war of words between the county and district councils

Officers at Oxfordshire County Council have said the plans are "ill-thought out" and claim David Cameron's warm words towards the plans are "vindictive", following the leader's criticism of central government cuts to local authorities.

Here's looking at you, cod?

Watch these archerfish recognise faces in this video.

Oxford University scientists have helped show that the tropical fish can recognise human faces - the first time fish have demonstrated the ability.

Oxford University study finds archerfish able to learn and recognize faces accurately

The research, carried out by a team of scientists from Oxford and the University of Queensland, found archerfish were able to learn and recognise faces with a high degree of accuracy. 

The fish are renowned for being able to 'spit' water at targets. They were trained to spit at a screen showing combinations of faces and, in most cases, targeted the face they had been trained to recognise.

Impressive, considering it was thought only advanced human and primate brains were needed for such a feat.

The fact that archerfish can learn this task suggests that complicated brains are not necessarily needed to recognize human faces. Humans may have special facial recognition brain structures so that they can process a large number of faces very quickly or under a wide range of viewing conditions.

Dr Cait NewportMarie Curie research fellow at Oxford University

Last chance to register for EU referendum vote

You've got until 23:59 tonight to register to vote in the UK's EU referendum.

EU referendum register to vote
Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission says 1.65 million people have applied for a vote since a campaign began last month - but millions more have yet to sign up.

Registering online should take about five minutes. People may need their National Insurance number, or passport number if a UK citizen living abroad.

WATCH: Interview with Gulsen Arkan in full

The widow of Justin Skrebowski, stabbed to death in the Abingdon Poundland store last December, came into BBC Oxford to speak of the pain of her loss, and the anger she feels about the mental health authorities she says failed her and her husband.

Widow of Justin Skrebowski spoke to BBC Oxford about life after he was killed in Abingdon's Poundland

Bed-blocking delays could last five years

The head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, has warned that delays in releasing elderly patients from hospital could continue for up to five years

Hospital ward
Getty Images

Bed-blocking is estimated to cost the service about £820million a year. 

Figures released last week reveal Oxfordshire is the worst place in the country for the problem.

Latest headlines: Widow's pain and anger over Poundland stabbing

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your mid-morning news and sport headlines:

Rowan Atkinson forced to slash the price of his Oxfordshire mansion

The Daily Mail

Comedian Rowan Atkinson has been forced to slash the price of his Oxfordshire mansion by £250,000 after it has failed to sell despite being on the market for a year. The five-bedroom house in the village of Waterperry is now up for sale for £2.65million, down from £2.9m 12 months ago.

Oxfordshire health chiefs to quiz public on major NHS reforms this summer

Oxford Mail

NHS patients are set to be quizzed about new proposals for how healthcare is organised in Oxfordshire.

Residents' fears over party-pooping roadworks

Villagers in Launton, near Bicester, were left in a state of panic after signs appeared saying a main road was due to be closed on the day of its party to celebrate the Queen's official 90th birthday.

But all is not lost. Oxfordshire County Council says the work should be completed by 08:00 and won't affect the fete. It's also promised to change the signs today.

Road closed sign
A generic road closed sign - not Launton's controversial boards

WATCH: 'My loss is so big and I don't think I will ever recover'

The widow of Abingdon Poundland stab victim speaks with strength and emotion after his killer is jailed

Gulsen Arkan: 'The campaign will go on'

Gulsen Arkan has pledged to continue her fight to change the way shops display knives, in the wake of her husband's death and the jailing of his killer. 

Justin Skrebowski
Justin Skrebowski

Justin Skrebowski was stabbed by Trevor Joyce, who had picked up a carving knife off a shelf in the Poundland store in Abingdon. 

Gulsen wants shops to stop putting knives on display in easy reach of people.

I was told that Justin's death was a random stabbing that could not have been predicted. But now we hear about his [Trevor Joyce's] illness, it wasn't a random event. The campaign so far was very successful and I am happy we have achieved a lot. But now we need to do a little bit more.

Gulsen Arkan

Gulsen Arkan: 'I am angry with the authorities'

Justin Skrebowski's widow says she is angry with the authorities for not dealing with the mental health problems of Trevor Joyce - the man who stabbed her husband Justin to death in Abingdon's Poundland.

He was a sick man. Why was he out all those years? I am angry with the authorities, I feel I was let down, Justin was let down. Doctors, social workers and police all knew about him. He had been released against the advice of his doctor into the community - that was so wrong.

Gulsen Arkan

Gulsen Arkan: 'I am glad it was a life sentence'

We've been hearing from Gulsen Arkan, who joined us at BBC Oxford after the man who killed her husband in Abingdon's Poundland store was sentenced to life yesterday.

Gulsen Arkan speaking this morning to BBC Radio Oxford
Gulsen Arkan speaking this morning to BBC Radio Oxford

Justin Skrebowski's widow said she was glad Trevor Joyce was given the maximum sentence during which he has nine years to recover in hospital.

But when you look at his details, at the story of his illness, it is unlikely he will ever be 'well' again. He has been sick for 20 years, what is going to make him recover in nine years?

Gulsen Arkan

Poundland stab victim's widow angry at mental health authorities

The wife of Justin Skrebowski who was stabbed to death in the Poundland store in Abingdon says she's angry with the authorities over his death. 

Gulsen Arkan
Gulsen Arkan

In December, Trevor Joyce - who has schizophrenia - grabbed a knife in the store, stabbed the 61-year-old and then rampaged through the shop and the street outside. 

He is starting a life sentence this morning with a minimum of nine years. 

Gulsen Arkan believes he should have been in a mental hospital at the time of the killing.

Latest headlines: Abingdon Poundland stab victim's widow speaks out

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are the top news and sport stories in Oxfordshire to start your day:

  • The widow of Abingdon Poundland stabbing victim Justin Skrebowski says it will be impossible to rebuild her life, after the killer was jailed for life yesterday
  • Villagers in Launton near Bicester say road closure signs will put people off going to their celebration of the Queen's official 90th birthday
  • And Oxford United say they have sold 2,000 season tickets already for the new season, just two weeks after they went on sale. The club is targeting 4,000 sales before August's kick-off

Weather: Very warm, but with some heavy, perhaps thundery, showers

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

A sunny start to the day, with mostly clear skies leading to a very warm day. Cloud will increase from mid morning, bringing a risk of heavy and thundery showers in the afternoon. Highs of 25C (77F).

Emily Wood brings you the forecast for today