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

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By Chris Brown and Anna Browning

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That's all from BBC Local Live for the day

A hectic end to the day, but that's all from us for this evening. 

We'll be back of course from 08:00 tomorrow to bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel. Do join us then.

Weather: Isolated thundery showers clearing

BBC Weather

Any remaining showers will ease, leaving most parts clear and dry overnight. However some low cloud and mist will edge in from the east, with some murky conditions developing for some by Thursday morning. Lows of 11C (52F).

Oxford weather 8 June 2016
BBC

Another warm and often sunny day is expected tomorrow, once early cloud clears. It will remain dry for most, with only a slight risk of one or two afternoon showers.

Thame's war heroes remembered at last on memorial

A group of volunteers in Thame have discovered 36 men who they believe are missing from the town's war memorial. 

Volunteers discover 36 men who they believe are missing from the town's war memorial

The organisers of Thame Remembers have made the discovery as a result of researching and honouring the names currently there. 

Now, the town council has given approval for names to be added, as long as they meet the right criteria.

Latest headlines: Seven treated after 'suspected chemical incident' in Henley

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your evening headlines:

Flying Scotsman facts

  • It was built in Doncaster in 1923 
  • It pulled the first train to break the 100mph barrier in 1934
  • The National Railway Museum in York bought the locomotive for £2.3m in 2004 before work got under way on its decade long, £4m restoration

Flying Scotsman to travel through Oxfordshire this evening!

Michele Cross

BBC News

The locomotive is travelling from Crewe to London Paddington on a non-stopping service and will pass through south Oxfordshire later this evening. 

Flying Scotsman
PA

Exact timings of the Flying Scotsman's tour are not being published in a bid to reduce the chances of people standing on the track in an effort to get as close as possible, with Network Rail warning "fans are urged to keep off the tracks." 

Watch BBC South Today tonight for footage of the train going through.

Henley chemical alert: Nine treated at scene

Nine patients - all suffering from minor coughs and breathing difficulties as a result of a chemical leak - have been treated at the scene, according to South Central Ambulance Service.

No-one was taken to hospital. 

Meanwhile, ambulance crews and hazardous materials teams are still at the scene.    

Commons debate on Southern Health

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes, who led the debate, has called on the Southern Health chief executive to resign.

Katrina Percy has said she believes her responsibility is to provide stability by remaining in post. I understand that position, but the sheer weight of criticism of the Trust’s leadership over a prolonged period whilst she has been Chief Executive would lead many to a different conclusion.

Travel latest: Delays in Henley and on the A34

BBC Travel

  • There's very slow traffic and one lane is blocked on the A34 northbound between Weston-On-The-Green and Bicester, because of a broken-down vehicle
  • And there are a number of road closures in the centre of Henley-on-Thames, following the earlier suspected chemical incidents

Further details and more on the BBC Travel site.

Incident over at Banbury station

Military confirm robot vehicle will be used at Didcot power station

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed it is sending in a remote control vehicle to help in bringing down the remainder of the Didcot power station.

It adds it is providing "trained military operators to assist in clearing hazards and taking the remaining structure down safely".

Seven treated in 'chemical incident'

Bell Street
Charles Cousins
Police have cordoned the centre of Henley-on-Thames after seven people walked of a WHSmith "coughing and spluttering" due to a "suspected chemical incident"

Seven people are being treated in Henley-on-Thames following a suspected gas leak at WH Smith in Bell Street.  

Bell Street

Ten treated in 'chemical incident'

Ambulance services treat ten people in Henley-on-Thames after what is being described as a "suspected chemical incident".

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WATCH: The scene in Henley

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Henley chemical incident
Charles Cousins
Henley chemical incident
Charles Cousins

Breaking'Incident' at Banbury station

First picture of Henley chemical incident

Henley chemical incident: Customers left store 'coughing and with streaming eyes'

Police say they were called to a shop in Bell Street at 14:36, to reports several customers came out of a store coughing and with streaming eyes. 

They confirm seven people are being treated at the scene by South Central Ambulance Service.

There are cordons in place which are likely to remain for the next two hours or so while the fire service deals with the incident. There are also traffic restrictions in place and drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

They add there is nothing to suggest that this is related to terrorism.

Military to assist Didcot bodies search

Didcot Power Station collapse
Thames Valley Police

The MoD will provide equipment and personnel to speed-up the recovery.  

Didcot Power Station collapse

Military to assist Didcot bodies search

The military are to help the teams searching for the bodies of three men killed in the Didcot power station collapse.

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BreakingSeven people treated after chemical incident at Henley

Seven people are being treated by ambulance crews in Henley town centre after a suspected chemical incident, ambulance crews have told the BBC. Three ambulance crews and a hazardous materials team remain on the scene outside WHSmith in Bell Street.

BreakingJury out in Oxford child sex exploitation trial

The jury in the trial of seven men who deny sexually exploiting two girls in Oxford between 1999 and 2009 has retired to consider its verdicts. The men face 41 counts including rape, indecent assault, supplying Class A drugs and making threats to kill.

Cornbury Festival 2016: Latest line up

Michele Cross

BBC News

Soul singer Beverly Knight and Dolly Parton's younger sister, Stella, are the latest acts to be announced for this summer's Cornbury Music Festival. 

Cornbury Fesitval
PA

They'll join the likes of girl band All Saint's and Jamie Cullum on the stage at Great Tew, near Chipping Norton, in July. 

MPs debate Southern Health NHS trust

MPs have lined up to express their concerns at the way Southern Health NHS trust is governed, in a debate in Parliament this afternoon.

Our reporter Peter Henley has used Twitter to share what has been said, including: 

  • Health Minister Alistair Burt: "What worries me most is hearing same thing again & again"
  • Labour's shadow health minister @lucianaberger: "I do not believe that [chief executive] Katrina Percy should still be in post"
  • Henley's @JohnHowellMP: Southern Health a "catalogue of disasters" 
View more on twitter

Air quality awareness in classrooms

Michele Cross

BBC News

A new project to help schoolchildren raise awareness and tackle air quality around their classrooms is going to start in Oxford's schools.

The city council is offering six schools equipment to use in their lessons.

A similar project was carried out in London in 2014.

BreakingDeadline for EU referendum vote registration extended

The deadline for registering to vote in UK's EU referendum to be extended to midnight Thursday, a government minister says.

Latest headlines: Military brought in to Didcot power station recovery effort

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your mid-afternoon headlines:

Man bailed after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder over Cowley stabbing

Bicester Advertiser

A 19-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing in James Street, Oxford, has been bailed.

GWR defends reservation policy for cyclists

Great Western Railway has defended itself after complaints from cyclists angry about its new rules forcing them to book reservations in advance of travelling on high-speed trains.

The challenge is you get people turning up for trains and there's no space for their bikes. That's led to situations where we've had to ask people to get a later train that might cost them more money, and that's embarrassing for everybody. This situation solves that completely.

Dan PanesGreat Western Railway

Cyclists says train reservation rules 'discriminate' against them

Thousands of cyclists say rules which require them to pre-book a space for their bike on high-speed trains through Oxfordshire should be scrapped. 

Bicycle wheels
BBC

Great Western Railway had previously only required booking on peak-time services, but it's now extending it to off-peak routes as well.

Cyclists are saying the rules discriminate against them, as most passengers have open returns and don't usually reserve seats.

Military likely to use robots at Didcot power station

The editor of Demolition News says the military is likely to deploy robots, used to deal with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), to help demolish the remaining part of the Didcot power station boiler house.

Didcot power station
BBC

Mark Anthony says the structure could come down at any time, and so it is safer to use robots place the charges than to send in people.

The plan is to bring down the building away from the rubble under which three men are still buried, and then allow contractors Brown & Mason to continue their search for the pair.

Mark will be speaking to David Prever on BBC Radio Oxford after 16:00.

Banbury Police station

Thames Valley Police officer admits accessing confidential information on a force computer and passing it on to his father.

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Didcot collapse: Military deployment to help find the missing

Michele Cross

BBC News

The MoD will be providing equipment and personnel to prepare for the remaining structure to be brought down safely.  

Didcot collapse
PA
  • The collapse of the boiler house at the site killed four workers - one body has been recovered - and injured five others.  
  • The plant was set for demolition when it collapsed on 23 February.
  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), together with the police, are carrying out a joint investigation into the cause of the collapsed boiler house.

Didcot collapse: Thames Valley Police issue statement

The MoD will be providing equipment and personnel working with Thames Valley Police to support the site owners to prepare for the remaining structure to be brought down safely.

BreakingDidcot collapse: Military to help find missing men

The military is to help find the bodies of the men, missing in the collapse at Didcot power station in February, police say.

The Home Office and Ministry of Defence have approved the deployment to support the ongoing recovery operation.

BreakingPolice constable confesses data breach

Michele Cross

BBC News

A police officer based in Banbury has admitted emailing sensitive witness and police information to his father. 

30-year-old Matthew Oaten of Goodwood Close, Bicester, a constable with Thames Valley Police, pleaded guilty to three charges of computer misuse and two of breaching the Data Protection Act at Winchester Crown Court. 

The charges relate to sending witness protection information and police operational data while on duty between February 2013 and May last year.

Weather: Mostly dry, sunny and very warm

BBC Weather

We're getting another very warm, sunny day. Some cloud will build during the afternoon and bring the risk of the odd thundery shower. However, many places will avoid the showers and remain dry. Highs of 25C (77F).

A warm but hazy day in Stonesfield, from BBC Weather Watcher 'Farmer M'
BBC
A warm but hazy day in Stonesfield, from BBC Weather Watcher 'Farmer M'

Latest headlines: Debate over the future of Southern Health NHS Trust

Michele Cross

BBC News

If you're just joining us, here's the latest headlines: 

WATCH: Didcot man cycling 600 miles to urge people not to vote in EU referendum

Michele Cross

BBC News

A man from Didcot is cycling nearly 600 miles across the UK calling for people to not vote for either side in the EU referendum. 

Jon Hawkins from Didcot will travel from Edinburgh to Westminster

Jon Hawkins is travelling from Edinburgh to Westminster over the next two weeks.

MPs to debate Southern Health NHS trust concerns

MPs will debate the ongoing problems at Southern Health NHS trust this afternoon.

Southern Health
BBC

After an inspection in January, the Care Quality Commission found there were "longstanding risks to patients" and investigations into deaths "were not good enough".

Southern Health chief executive Katrina Percy faced MPs in April, who spoke of their "serious concerns" about how the trust was governed.

Horton General Hospital

Residents start a campaign to fight proposals by Oxfordshire health bosses to scrap consultant-led maternity services at Banbury's Horton General Hospital.

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