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  1. Updates on Monday 13 June 2016

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By Sue Paz and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

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Good evening from BBC Local Live

That's all from BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire today.

We'll be back with all the latest news, sport and weather on Tuesday at 08:00. 

Latest headlines: NHS worker made grieving mum abuse call

BBC Radio Oxford

Weather: Showers dying out

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

Any remaining showers will gradually die out this evening, leaving a rather cloudy night with a westerly breeze.

Emily Wood with the BBC Weather chart for Oxfordshire for Monday 13 June 2016

It will stay warm though with lows overnight of 12°C (54°F).  

For a full 10-day forecast visit the BBC Weather site.

Evening TV news: Voicemail abuse left by Southern Health worker

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

Coming up on BBC South Today: An employee of Southern Health who left a malicious voicemail on the phone of the mother of an Oxford teenager who died in their care has been given a police caution.

Connor Sparrowhawk
Sara Ryan

Connor Sparrowhawk, who had learning disabilities, drowned in a bath at Slade House in Headington in 2013. 

Southern Health last week admitted full responsibility for his death. 

It's still bringing disciplinary proceedings against the unnamed staff member who called Connor's mother Sara Ryan a "vindictive cow". 

More on that and other stories from across the county on BBC One from 18:30.

Travel latest: Truck fire closes A44 in Begbroke

BBC Travel

  • The A44 Woodstock Road in Begbroke is closed and there's queuing traffic southbound between the Spring Hill Road junction and the Sandy Lane junction, because of a truck fire
  • Station Road in Hook Norton is also closed westbound between the Hollybush Road junction and the East End junction, because of an accident
  • Traffic is also slow on the A34 northbound between Abingdon North and Hinksey Hill Interchange

For all the latest on the county's roads visit the BBC Travel site. 

Sport headlines: 'Lessons must be learned' over Premier League academies go-ahead

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

'Harmful' robot aims to spark AI debate

A roboticist and artist who has built a robot that can decide whether or not to inflict pain said he is interested in learning more about proposals for an AI "kill switch" being developed by Oxford University scientists.

"The First Law" machine
Alexander Reben

Alexander Reben, from the University of Berkeley, California, created a machine that is capable of pricking a finger but is programmed not to do so every time it can.

Of the switch which is also being developed by scientists from Google's artificial intelligence division, DeepMind, Mr Reben said: "It will be interesting to hear what kill switch is proposed."

But questioned: "Why would a robot not be able to undo its kill switch if it had got so smart?"

Muhammad Ali autograph to be auctioned in Oxford

Oxford Mail

An autograph by the late three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is set to go under the hammer in Oxford.

Connor Sparrowhawk

A woman who left an abusive voice message for a mother whose son died at a mental health unit is an employee of the unit's NHS trust, police say.

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Southern Health abusive call: 'Robust internal process under way'

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust said a "robust internal process" was under way after one of its employees was found by police to have left an abusive voice message for a mother whose son died while in its care.

Sara Ryan

Sara Ryan has been campaigning for changes at the trust since her 18-year-old son Connor Sparrowhawk, who had learning disabilities and autism, drowned in a bath in 2013, following an epileptic seizure.

She received a message in which the caller, who has not been identified, called her a "vindictive, unpleasant and a nasty cow".

Last week the trust, which has faced severe criticism for numerous care failings, admitted full responsibility for the Connor's death.

BreakingAbusive voicemail to mother of dead boy 'was made by Southern Health employee'

A woman who left an abusive voice message for a mother whose son died while in the care of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is one of its employees, police have said.

Connor Sparrowhawk
Sara Ryan

Thames Valley Police carried out an investigation after the caller phoned Connor Sparrowhawk's mother Sara Ryan and left her a message in which she called her "vindictive, unpleasant and a nasty cow".  

The caller, who has not been identified, has been given a police caution.

Travel latest: Disruption on the A44 and A40

BBC Travel

  • Traffic is very slow on the A44 Oxford Street in both directions in Woodstock at the High Street junction, due to roadworks
  • There's also queuing traffic on the A40 in both directions in Oxford between the Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts, with congestion to Cassington traffic lights and to Marston

Temple Cowley Pools: Campaigners fight plans for 48 homes on site

Campaigners are fighting proposals for 48 homes to be built on the site of Temple Cowley Pools.

Artist's impression of the homes
Hester Architects

Oxford City Council accepted a £3.5m offer for the site from developer Catalyst Housing in 2014, after previously describing it as "outdated and too expensive to run".  

Campaigners, who have been working to save the pools for seven years, believe they can renovate them.  

Thames Valley Police officer sentenced for force computers misuse

A Thames Valley Police officer who admitted using Force computers to access confidential information before passing it on to his father has been sentenced.

Banbury Police Station

Matthew Oaten was handed 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £1,000 in costs for three counts of causing a computer to perform a function to enable unauthorised access to data, but received no further penalty for two counts of obtaining or disclosing personal data.

Winchester Crown Court heard the offences, some of which were committed while the 30-year-old was on duty, happened between February 2013 and May 2015. 

He was stationed at Banbury but had been suspended from his post.

Residents without water in Banbury

Residents have been left without water, or with low pressure, in the OX15 postal area of Banbury, according to Thames Water.

Dripping tap

The firm has apologised and said it was "due to a problem at our Bloxham Boosters".

It added its team was carrying out "urgent repairs" to get the supply "back to normal as quickly as possible".

Free bottled water is available from the Butchers Arms on Shutford Road, the Wykham Arms at Sibford Gower and the White Horse Inn on Stratford Road.

Weather: Yellow warning for rain

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for Oxfordshire.

Rain running off an umbrella

It has given a yellow warning for rain in the county - with heavy rain likely until midnight tonight.

There is also a possibility of localised flooding and disruption to travel. 

Oxfordshire pictures: Sunset over Thames Pinkhill

We've been asking you to send us your photos of the county and, well, wow!

Anthony Morris sent us this beautiful picture of the sun setting over Thames Pinkhill in Farmoor, Oxford, after a wet Sunday. 

Sunset over Thames Pinkhill
Anthony P Morris

If you have any pictures you'd like to share with us please get in touch via emailFacebook or Twitter.    

Abingdon celebrates Queen's 90th... lobbing buns

The Oxfordshire market town of Abingdon celebrated the Queen's weekend milestone the way it does best - by firing 4,500 buns into a crowd of thousands.

The tradition, used to mark royal occasions, involves baked goods being thrown from the county hall. Catch them if you can... 

Abingdon throws buns in honour of Queen's official 90th birthday.

Euro 2016 violence: Russia fans 'went through segregation area'

A semi-professional footballer from Oxfordshire has spoken of his horror at the violence which broke out at the European Championships over the weekend. 

Russia England match

Jack Self, who played for Didcot Town last season, was inside the stadium in Marseille for England's game against Russia on Saturday which he described as "quite a scary situation".

Meanwhile, England manager Roy Hodgson and the team's captain Wayne Rooney have appealed to fans to behave and prevent any repeat of the violence.

Uefa has also warned both countries they could be expelled from Euro 2016 if there are any further clashes.    

There was a small segregation to stop them going over to a section that was largely populated with England fans, and then after the game the Russians decided they were going to go through that segregation towards the England fans and take on anyone at will.

Jack Self

Wantage neighbours hold Queen's birthday tea party

Banbury Cake

Residents of a street in Wantage celebrated the Queen's birthday with a tea party a week ahead of official celebrations.  

Weather: Humid with thundery showers risk

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be another humid and largely cloudy one. 

BBC Weather chart for Oxford on Monday 13 June 2016

There will be some brighter spells at times, but also scattering of heavy, and perhaps thundery.

Highs of 16C (60F).

For a full 10-day forecast visit the BBC Weather site.

Sport headlines: Oxford United 'will not support Premier League academy teams plan'

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Lunchtime TV: Third Thames bridge meeting 'positive'

South Today

Coming up on BBC South Today: A meeting on a possible third bridge across the River Thames in Reading was "positive", according to one of the organisers of a summit in the town on Friday. 

The River Thames in Reading
Andrew Smith

Building another bridge between Caversham and Sonning has been discussed for decades.

Representatives from local authorities, including in Oxfordshire, heard the business case for a new bridge including research which shows how it might ease congestion. 

But opponents believe the new bridge will be too expensive.

Find out more on BBC One at 13:30.

Westgate Friary archaeological dig nominated for award

Work to display archaeological remains found under Oxford's Westgate Centre has been nominated for a national award.

Oxford Archaeology
Archaeological dig in Oxford

Oxford Archaeology's Westgate Friary excavation has been shortlisted for Best Archaeological Project 2016 in this year's British Archaeological Awards

Buildings and artifacts found under the multi-storey car park of the old shopping centre were excavated and shown to the public.

Winners of the awards will be announced on the 11 July.

Lunchtime headlines: Third Thames bridge 'crucial' despite Oxfordshire councils' concerns

BBC Radio Oxford

150 Russians 'behind' Euro 2016 violence

Some 150 Russians were behind much of the violence in Marseille ahead of the Euro 2016 match between England and Russia, French prosecutors have said.

Police clash with football fans in Marseille
Getty Images

Ten people, including six Britons, three French and an Austrian, face an immediate trial, but just two Russians have been arrested, both for a pitch invasion.

About 35 people were injured.

Mark Heelis, from Abingdon, was at Saturday's 1-1 draw and told BBC Radio Oxford he had witnessed people in "distress" in the stadium, describing the violence as "worrying".

Bereaved couple's cookbook inspired by Kirtlington kindness

A bereaved Kirtlington couple have written a cookbook after being inspired by their neighbours who rallied round to feed them in the wake of their son's death.

Oscar Cole
Thinking of Oscar

When Hannah and David Cole's 16-month-old son Oscar died of a brain injury in 2014, their neighbours cooked for them for a year.

The Thinking of Oscar cookbook contains recipes from the village and aims to raise funds for young children enduring hospital treatment.

At least a couple of times a week we would open the door to find some bread, or a cake, or family meals, so that we didn't have to think about something nutricious for dinner every day, because it just wasn't a priority for us at the time.

Hannah Cole

Third bridge 'crucial' for Reading

Reading Bridge
Philip Hanning
A third road bridge in Reading has been talked about for four decades, which would hopefully ease congestion on Caversham Bridge and Reading Bridge, above

The predicted cost of the bridge, which has been mooted for four decades, is around £100m.  

Reading Bridge

Third bridge 'crucial' for Reading

A third bridge across the Thames in Reading "is crucial" for the area's development, according to one of the town's MPs.

Read more

Oxfordshire County Council’s adult social care teams 'among the best in England'

Oxfordshire County Council is among the top authorities in England for delivering good outcomes for service users of adult social care and for informal carers.

The county council said it had been ranked sixth out of 152 upper-tier authorities - which includes all of England’s county councils, Metropolitan councils, and unitary councils, according to information from the Adult Social Care outcomes framework for 2014-15 published by the Department of Health.

Miss the bun-throwing?

Fear not. Re-live the moment Abingdon celebrated the Queen's official 90th by throwing buns with our virtual reality experience (by which we mean click on the video).

Abingdon has been celebrating the Queen's official 90th birthday with a bun throwing.

Euro 2016 violence: 'People were distressed'

A man from Abingdon has spoken about the violence which erupted at the European Championships in France.

Fans clash at Russia v England match

England kicked off their 2016 campaign on Saturday night with a one all draw against Russia, but it was overshadowed by fighting. 

Mark Heelis was at the game with friends and described what he saw as "worrying".

Uefa is investigating after Russia supporters appeared to rush at England fans in the stadium.It has threatened to ban both teams if there is further fan violence. 

We were at the other end of the stadium so we couldn't see specific incidents but we could see that people were distressed in that end, and moving towards the exits very quickly.

Mark Heelis

Swimming pool site homes plan revealed

Temple Cowley Pools in Oxford
Steve Daniels

The proposal consists of 35 apartments and 13 homes with 48 parking spaces.  

Artist's impression

Swimming pool site homes plan revealed

Plans are submitted for 48 homes on the site of a former swimming pool that campaigners have been fighting to save for years.

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Air rifles stolen from Thames narrow boat

Two air rifles have been stolen from a narrow boat  moored off Burycroft on the River Thames in Culham.

River Thames at Culham
Steve Daniels

Thames Valley Police said the burglary happened between 06:40 and 14:30 on Friday and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.  

Sports news: Oxford United fans criticise changes to Johnstone's Paints Trophy

Fans have criticised the Football League and many of its member clubs, including Oxford United, after changes to the Johnstone's Paints Trophy. 

Barnsley winning the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in 2016
Rex Features

On Friday, the organisation changed it's name to the EFL and the competition became the EFL Trophy, but it has run into vehement opposition for it's changes to the format - including allowing Premier League academy sides to compete. 

In a statement, Oxford United said it "voted to support this proposal strictly for one season only, having taken the wider deep concerns for the future of the competition into consideration". 

It went on to say the club would not support any plan to allow Premier League B teams into the league structure.

Bagley Wood run raises cash for Kennington Overseas Aid

The Herald

Dozens of people have taken part in the 26th Bagley Wood run, to raise cash for village charity Kennington Overseas Aid.