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  1. Updates on Thursday 9 June 2016

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By Chris Brown and Michael Stoddard

All times stated are UK

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That's all from BBC Local Live for today

Many thanks for joining us throughout today.

We'll be back to ease you into the weekend tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Oxfordshire as it happens.

See you then.

Weather: Fine evening, staying largely clear and dry overnight

After a fine evening with some late sunshine, a dry and fairly humid night will follow with clear spells. 

These clear skies, coupled with light winds will allow a few mist patches to form. Lows of 13C (55F).

Oxford weather 9 June 2016

Friday will be another warm and humid day with some good spells of sunshine.

However, the sunshine will turn increasingly hazy through the day as high level cloud spreads in from the west.

Latest headlines: Southern Health admits responsibility for teenager's death

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories this evening: 

Rush-hour travel: Accident on A34, delays in Frilford and Abingdon

BBC Travel

  • One lane is closed and there are now queues on the A34 northbound between Kidlington Junction and Bicester because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion back to Peartree Interchange
  • Heavy traffic on the A338 northbound in Frilford between the A415 Frilford Road junction and The Ride junction
  • And it's slow on the A415 Ock Street in both directions in Abingdon at the A415 Stratton Way junction. Congestion to the B4017 Bath Street junction, to the Colwell Drive junction and to The Burycroft junction

Get up-to-the minute details on these incidents, and the rest of the county's travel news on the BBC Travel site or follow@BBCOxTravel.  

'Volunteers wanted' board goes online for medical trials

People who want to take part in research trials can now access a dedicated 'volunteers wanted' board online.

More than 30 teams looking into issues from baby vaccines to heart disease to teenage sleep education are now calling for volunteers.

£12.5m Headington roads plan approved

Plans for major changes to the road layout in the Headington area of Oxford have been approved by the county council. 

Main road in Headington

The £12.5m scheme aims to ease congestion and improve access to hospitals and universities.

Several road junctions will be revamped, including Headley Way and the John Radcliffe Hospital access road, while parking places could be lost to accommodate new cycling lanes.

Drugs and blade seized after two boats searched near Folly Bridge

Oxford Mail

Drugs and a blade have been seized after two boats and a property were searched today by police.

Police pass Henley chemical leak investigation to WHSmith

Police say there have found nothing to suggest the suspected chemical leak at a WHSmith store in the centre of Henley yesterday was a criminal act.

Scene in Henley during the suspected chemical leak
Charles Cousins

They say WHSmith is now conducting its own internal review, and questions over what caused the incident should be directed to the retail chain.

Books, stationery, gifts, private investigations...

BreakingJack Letts' parents remanded in custody after court date

The Oxford parents of Jack Letts, alleged to have travelled to Iraq to join the so-called Islamic State group, have been remanded in custody after their court appearance today.

John Letts and Sally Lane appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with making money available for suspected terrorism.

They deny the charges and are due to appear at the Old Bailey on 23 June.

Team GB unveil their Rio Olympics rowing squad in Henley

Patients urged to stand up and tell GPs how to run surgeries

Patients in Oxfordshire need to be more proactive in telling their GPs how to run their surgeries. 

As part of Patient Participation Group Awareness Week, GPs across the area are inviting people to join their patient groups.

They want patients to fill in surveys asking them what they'd like their doctors to do to make it easier to see them.

Latest headlines: Southern Health admits responsibility for Connor Sparrowhawk's death

Chris Brown

BBC News

Your mid-afternoon news headlines:

Connor's family welcomes trust's admissions

Connor Sparrowhawk's family solicitor has welcomed the admissions by Southern Health NHS trust, but said it was "shameful this was not done sooner". 

Connor Sparrowhawk
Sara Ryan
Connor Sparrowhawk

This full admission finally shows what Connor’s family have known for years – that Connor and they were repeatedly failed by Southern Health. It comes after a three-year struggle by Connor’s family and the #JusticeforLB campaign. last, the full extent of the trust’s failings in Connor’s care have been accepted.

Charlotte Haworth HirdFamily solicitor

Southern Health agrees £80k compensation to Connor's family

As part of the settlement with Connor Sparrowhawk's family, Southern Health has agreed to pay the family £80,000 "by way of compensation for its unlawful acts and omissions".

Sara Ryan
Sara Ryan

It also says Connor's mother Dr Sara Ryan has conducted herself and the Justice for LB campaign in "a dignified, fair and reasonable way".

Southern Health reaches agreement with Connor Sparrowhawk's family

After a lengthy meeting yesterday, Southern Health has: 

  • Admitted responsibility for Connor's death
  • Accepted independent investigation which found his death was preventable and there were significant failings in the care provided
  • A lack of leadership, and training and guidance for staff
  • A series of failings in the care provided to Connor
  • Failings identified by the investigation and in the inquest breached Connor's and his family's human rights

Southern Health admit responsibility for Connor Sparrowhawk death

Southern Health NHS trust has admitted it was responsible for the death of Connor Sparrowhawk, the 18-year-old who who drowned in a bath at the Slade House care unit in Headington in July 2013.

Connor Sparrowhawk
Sara Ryan
Connor Sparrowhawk

The under-fire trust made the admission as it reached a settlement with Connor's family after meeting them yesterday.

Among the key points of a statement now released on its website, Southern Health admits it breached both Connor's and his family human rights - the right to life protected by Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

BreakingSouthern Health admissions over Connor Sparrowhawk death

Southern Health NHS trust has issued a statement admitting it was responsible for the death of Connor Sparrowhawk, and violated the human rights of Connor and his family. More to follow...

'Remembering my friend and brother Muhammad Ali'

South Today

People around the world will pay their respects to Muhammad Ali tomorrow as his funeral takes place in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Why The Greatest came to Oxfordshire 14 times to visit his "brother" Paddy Monaghan

But Abingdon man Paddy Monaghan will be remembering a friend and "brother". 

He collected more than 22,000 signatures calling for Ali to be given back his World Heavyweight Championship title after it was stripped from him for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War.

Former Oxfordshire MP Douglas Hurd steps down from House of Lords

Former foreign secretary and Oxfordshire MP Douglas Hurd has retired from the House of Lords today.

Douglas Hurd
Douglas Hurd

Lord Hurd became MP for mid-Oxfordshire in 1974 and then represented Witney - now prime minister David Cameron's constituency - between 1983 to 1997.

His retirement comes after 20 years in the House.

Anger as West Way Shopping Centre plans reveal lack of affordable housing

Oxford Times

The fight for a "better deal for Botley" continues after it was revealed there would be no affordable housing in the redevelopment plans for West Way Shopping Centre.

Weather: Warm with sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be a fine and warm afternoon with plenty of hazy sunshine. Banbury and the north-west of Oxfordshire will see the highest temperatures. Highs of 22C (72F).

Cal, sunny and warm day in Culham, from BBC Weather Watcher 'Alan power'
A sunny and warm day in Culham, from BBC Weather Watcher 'Alan power'

Latest headlines: IS suspect's parents in court

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your lunchtime news and sport headlines: 

  • And former foreign secretary and Oxfordshire MP Douglas Hurd has retired from the House of Lords today

Jack Letts' parents alleged to have sent son in Iraq more than £1,700

The parents of Jack Letts are alleged to have transferred £223 on 2 September last year, £1,000 on 31 December and £500 on 4 January this year. 

Jack's mother Sally Lane is charged with two further counts of attempting to provide money or property knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect it could be used for the purpose of terrorism. 

The court heard how she allegedly attempted to send two payments of £500 on 4 January this year.

Jack Letts' parents in court to deny terror charges

The Oxford parents of 20-year-old Jack Letts, believed to have travelled to join Islamic State in Iraq, have appeared in court to deny terrorism offences. 

Jack Letts
Jack Letts

John Letts, 55, and Sally Lane, 54, of Chilswell Road, Oxford, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning. 

They are both charged with three counts of arranging the availability of property or money to another person, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect it could be used for the purpose of terrorism.   

BreakingOxford parents deny terrorism charges

The Oxford parents of a British Muslim convert believed to have travelled to join Islamic State in Syria have denied terrorism charges in court today.

Could green light help us to get to sleep faster?

Oxford scientists have shown that mice bathed in green light get to sleep faster than under supposedly calm blue light, which actually seems to make them more stressed.

Research team from Oxford University find mice get sweet dreams from green light

Dr Stuart Peirson from Oxford's Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute led his team to examine how mice reacted to blue, green and violet light

They found green light produced rapid sleep onset - between one and three minutes. Blue and violet light delayed sleep - the onset of sleep taking between 16 and 19 minutes for blue and between five and 10 minutes for violet.

Latest headlines: Man, 82, found dead at home after seven months

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your mid-morning headlines:

Travel latest: Accident in Kidlington

An accident, reportedly involving multiple vehicles, has partially blocked the A4260 Banbury Road in Kidlington. Queues at the Langford Lane junction, following the accident and recovery work.

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Flying Scotsman steams through Didcot

The Flying Scotsman locomotive passed through Didcot on Wednesday night on its way to London Paddington.

We joined train spotters on the platform to capture the historic moment...

Train spotters gathered on the platform to watch the famous locomotive

Body find 'highlights problems of single older people outside sheltered housing'

The city council says the "sad discovery" of the body of Thomas Yuill showed the problems of single older people living outside sheltered housing.

More than 700 people over 75 live alone in the city, it says, adding council staff will be visiting them over the next few weeks to make contact and to "talk to them about their personal circumstances and needs".

It is a distressing case which illustrates the fine balance between respect for the tenant’s right to privacy and the council’s role as a caring landlord.

Oxford City Council

82-year-old man 'had stopped paying rent in November'

Oxford City Council has confirmed that Thomas Yuill, aged 82, was found dead in his flat last Friday, after housing officers asked police to force entry to his home.

Mr Yuill had stopped paying rent on his council-owned flat last November and since then: 

  • A housing manager visited his flat and neighbours said they had seen Mr Yuill "a few weeks ago", so no concerns for his welfare were raised
  • In April, council staff visited the flat but did not get a response
  • Staff phoned the John Radcliffe Hospital and care homes to try to find Mr Yuill
  • Police were asked to force entry to the flat on 2 June - they forced their way in the following day

BreakingBody of 82-year-old man found in flat after seven months

In other news, the body of an 82-year-old man has been discovered in a council-owned property in Oxford - after the authority hadn't been able to contact him for about seven months.

Thomas Yuill was found dead in his flat last Friday. 

Oxford City Council is releasing details about the case, but says it's a "distressing case".

EU Referendum debate: Leave campaigner questions immigration priorities

Leave campaigner Mark Roberts, a business consultant from Kidlington, hits back at the "little Englander" claims. 

He has some forthright views of his own, on who the EU tells us can stay here and who can't enter...

Not one of us says we are against immigration, it's uncontrolled immigration which is the key issue. We have to accept what the EU tells us what we have to accept. We turn Canadian engineers down, Indian engineers have to jump through hoops to work here, yet a Bulgarian rapist can walk in and we can't remove him.

Mark Roberts

EU Referendum debate: 'You're a bunch of little Englanders'

A member of the audience has some forthright views on the Leave campaigners, calling them a group of "little Englanders".

It's unrealistic the attitude we have to immigration, it's ridiculous. We have little Englanders sitting in front of us here who really don't appreciate that we are so much stronger in Europe than out of it.

EU Referendum debate: Britain is 'a pimple, a Chipping Sodbury of the world'

John Tanner goes on to the economy now, and has some rather harsh words on how Britain could survive outside the EU...

Britain is a relative pimple, a Chipping Sodbury of the world. The idea that we can do well out of Europe, I just think is a nonsense. When BMW think about where to invest their money, are they going to invest in Oxford or somewhere in the rest of Europe?

John TannerOxfordshire County Council

EU Referendum debate: Set British business free, says Leave campaigner

John Cotton says, rather than being a pimple, British companies can be released from being "throttled" by EU regulation, which will benefit the whole economy.

The difference and the key advantage of being out is that companies trading entirely in the UK or in other parts of the world can go in a different direction and work to a different set of rules. That's going to be good for the economy.

John CottonSouth Oxfordshire District Council

EU Referendum debate: Can we cope with immigration?

A member of the live audience says: "Not one of you has acknowledged the fact that this island can only support so many people. We are overcrowded now, our NHS can't cope, our infrastructure can't cope. There is a limit to how many people this island can support." 

John Tanner at Oxfordshire County Council (Remain) counters: "I see migrants as hard-working people who make Oxfordshire better. Oxford is a tolerant, international city, and we've always thrived on lots of migrants coming in."

EU Referendum debate: Views on the economy

Liz Leffman, business owner (Remain): "When I started trading with Romania 20 years ago, I spent 40% of my time filling in forms. I don't want to go back to those bad old days."

John Cotton, South Oxfordshire District Council (Leave): "There will always be some regulations, but at the moment only 5% of businesses trade with Europe but all are being throttled by those European regulations."