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Summary

  1. Oxfam 'shocked' at shooting of MP who worked for Oxford charity
  2. Five new park and ride sites around Oxford proposed
  3. Botley shopping centre revamp approval "terrible", campaigners say
  4. 18-year-old Secret Santa from Oxfordshire to receive a British Citizen Award

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By Chris Brown and Anna Browning

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That's all for today from Oxfordshire Live

A day of contrasting emotions - the happiness for England football fans and the shocking sadness at the news of the death of MP Jo Cox. 

We hope you have a peaceful evening and look forward to seeing you again here from 08:00 tomorrow, when we'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

Latest headlines: Oxfam 'deeply shocked' by shooting of MP in Yorkshire

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories this evening: 

Weather: Showers mostly dying out overnight

BBC Weather

Any thundery showers will gradually move away, although a scattering of showers may linger overnight. There may be some isolated mist and fog patches forming in some clearer spells. Lows of 12C (54F).

Tomorrow will be another day of sunshine and scattered showers for many.

Oxford weather June 16 2016
BBC

1,000 children invited begin first chapter of reading journey

One thousand school children are taking part in a city wide readathon across Oxford tomorrow.

They'll all meet in Blackbird Leys to read and share their favourite books and poems. 

It's being organised by Reverend Tom Shaw, assistant chaplain at St Edward's church, who says reading has a positive impact on every area of a young person's life.

It's a desire to create a space where young people can be inspired and develop a real love for literature and poetry, have their imaginations expanded and be invited on a journey that will hopefully keep them going for some time.

Reverend Tom Shaw

Mini of the future unveiled

Get in your Mini, a highly personalised car. Drive to the airport. Fly somewhere. Get into another Mini. And guess what, it’s exactly the same as the one you left behind.  

The Mini concept car design, unveiled today
BMW Mini
The Mini concept car design, unveiled today

BMW Mini have unveiled today what their car might look like in the year 2040.

The car company's UK director Graham Biggs reassured workers at the Cowley plant about the future of the brand.

Oxford is the home and the heart of Mini, and the centre of gravity for the brand. We have invested heavily in the plant and we certainly see a continuing future for Mini at Oxford.

Graham Biggs

Art lovers in Abingdon captivated by harpist's harmonies at church

Oxford Mail

Harp harmonies floated through a church as a "captivating" expert plucked strings on antique instruments.

Honour for Parkinson's disease campaigner

An Oxfordshire man has been honoured by the prime minister for his work to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease.

Alex Flynn
BBC
Alex Flynn

Alex Flynn, from Goring-on-Thames, was diagnosed with the disease in 2008, aged 36. 

He has since pushed his mind and body to the limit in a series of fundraising challenges - including a ‘Ten Million Metre Challenge’ running, climbing, cycling and kayaking from Santa Monica to New York City in 35 days. 

Your pictures: Lightning strike over Hook Norton

Many thanks to Jonathan White who sent this picture of a lightning strike during yesterday's storm.

We love to feature your pictures, so please send them to us by email to oxfordshire@bbc.co.uk, or post it on Twitter @bbcoxford or BBC Oxford on Facebook.

Lightning strike over Hook Norton
Jonathan White

Tesco gets go-ahead to redevelop former Goring pub

Plans to turn a former pub in south Oxfordshire into a Tesco Express store have been approved by the district council. 

How we reported on local anger against plans in 2014

The Queen's Arms in Goring-on-Thames has been vacant for nearly three years. 

Since then, campaigners have been trying to fight plans to turn it into a supermarket, claiming it would be dangerous and unsuitable for the area. 

Latest headlines: Oxfam 'deeply shocked' by MP's shooting

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are the top stories in Oxfordshire this afternoon:

Man exposes himself to young girls in Wantage park

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man exposed himself to three young girls on two occasions in and around Betjeman Park in Wantage.

The incidents happened yesterday at about 08:20. 

The suspect is white, 5ft 8in tall, of large build, in his early 30s and with brown hair. He was wearing grey jogging trousers and a grey zip up hoody top.

Oxfam reaction to news of MP's shooting

Jo Cox held senior roles at the Oxford-based charity for seven years.

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Shot and stabbed MP worked for Oxfam

An MP who was shot and stabbed this afternoon in Yorkshire spent seven years working for the Oxford-based charity Oxfam.

Jo Cox MP
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Jo Cox MP

Jo Cox was the head of the charity's EU office, head of policy and head of humanitarian campaigning between 2002 and 2009.

She is said to be in a critical condition. A 52-year-old man has been arrested, police say.

Pupils aid search

Oxfordshire Guardian

Science pupils at a Didcot school will be involved in a research project to find new antibiotics to help solve the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

Burglaries in two villages linked by police

Police believe burglaries in two Oxfordshire villages last week could be linked. 

They happened in Deddington and Clifton. In both cases the offenders got away with mostly jewellery - after smashing their way into the properties through a rear window.

Weather: Thundery showers

BBC Weather Watchers

Showers will soon develop across the county. These showers will become heavy and thundery in places by this afternoon with localised downpours possible. However, there will be a few sunny intervals between the showers. Highs of 19C (66F)

Tonight will be cloudy but mainly dry with light winds.

Cloud closing in at Blewbury, by BBC Weather Watcher 'Kev Dude'
BBC
Cloud closing in at Blewbury, by BBC Weather Watcher 'Kev Dude'

Latest headlines: Park and ride sites for Oxford proposed

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your lunchtime top stories: 

Teenage girl from Banbury charged after assault in park

A 13-year-old girl from Banbury has been charged with assault by beating after a fight in a park in the town last month.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested on 16 May after she allegedly attacked a 12-year-old girl the day before. 

She was charged on 10 June and is due to appear at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on 30 June. 

Michael Morpurgo: 'If we can fire a joy of reading, it can change lives'

An Oxford University Press study out today says more than half of UK primary school teachers say that they don’t have enough time to share and talk about books in the classroom.

Michael Morpurgo speaks as study says teachers don't get time to foster a love of reading

We spoke to Michael Morpurgo, the author of War Horse, who says it is vital for children's mental and emotional development to build a love of reading.

Locations of five new Oxford park and rides proposed

Five new park and ride sites around Oxford have been proposed in a bid to reduce growing pressure on the city's roads. 

The suggested sites are at Eynsham, Cumnor, Lodge Hill, Sandford, and Oxford Airport over the next 15 years.

New park and ride map
Oxfordshire County Council

WATCH: Oxford vigil for Orlando

Hundreds of people gathered in Oxford for a vigil to remember those killed in the Orland nightclub massacre. 

The event on Wednesday night was at Radcliffe Square, where messages on colourful labels have also been tied to railings. 

Sunday's mass shooting in Florida was the worst in recent US history, with 49 people dead.

'We need spaces like this to feel safe, because we don't feel safe after that attack.'

New threat to Jericho Boatyard plan with £500k bridge

Oxford Times

The long-awaited £20m redevelopment of the Castle Mill Boatyard in Jericho has been thrown into doubt after it was a revealed a second bridge, added after drawn-out discussion with the community, could cost up to £500,000.  

Shopping centre plan gets approval

Artists' impression
Mace
The proposals include a new community building containing a Baptist church and a library

The proposals include 149 homes, a 122-bedroom hotel, 262 student flats, a new community building and a new church.  

Artists' impression

Shopping centre plan gets approval

Moves to approve a major revamp of an Oxfordshire shopping centre are described as "terrible" by campaigners.

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Olympic legacy: Oxford shows biggest increase in people taking up sport

Oxford has seen the biggest increase in the country in the number of people taking up sport following the London 2012 Olympics.

Olympic Games 2012 in London
PA

There was a 14% increase in the city, but nationally there was a drop of 0.4% - despite the Games' pledge to "inspire a generation".

The biggest drop was in Yorkshire and Humber where a 1.7% decline equates to 67,100 fewer people regularly participating in sport or exercise.  

Air ambulance reveals night-time flying figure

Oxfordshire's air ambulance has carried out 35 night missions since it launched the new service three months ago. 

We went to check out the new helicopters

Thames Valley Air Ambulance invested £5 million to increase its deployment time. 

The money has also been used to buy equipment allowing the teams to fly and land safely in the dark.

'Violent minority tarnishing reputation of England fans'

Thirty-six people have been arrested in the French city of Lille, and 16 have been taken to hospital, following further clashes between England football fans and riot police. 

Mark Heelis from Abingdon speaks of his frustration at violent scenes in France

Mark Heelis from Abingdon is a fan who's travelled to France for the tournament. 

He spoke to us this morning about the frustration he feels about how the violent minority are ruining the country's reputation.

Latest headlines: England fan's frustration after violence in France

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your mid-morning headlines:

Oxfordshire's teenage Secret Santa awarded national honour

An 18-year-old from Oxfordshire says she's honoured to be getting a British Citizen Award. 

An Oxfordshire teenager has been recognised for her own selfless generosity.

Courtney Hughes is being recognised for her work to give Christmas presents to people in care homes, hospitals and hospices across the county. 

She gave out more than 4,000 gifts last Christmas, as we reported at the time.

Five new park and rides planned outside Oxford at cost of £75m

Oxford Mail

Five new park and ride sites could be built outside of the city by 2031 at a cost of nearly £75m.

Call for airfield rule change after Enstone microlight crash

South Today

A coroner has asked for airfield rules to be tightened after two men died in an Oxfordshire microlight crash.

CAA is being asked to look again at its rules after microlight crash at Enstone

Keith Poulton and retired GP Eddie Morris died when their aircraft ran off a runway at Enstone Airfield, near Chipping Norton, on 3 July last year.

Botley's West Way shopping centre revamp plans approved

Planning permission to redevelop the West Way shopping centre in Botley has finally been granted. 

West Way shopping centre Botley
Google

The vote, eight to three in favour, comes after years of negotiations and changes to designs by developers Mace. 

The work is expected to be completed by 2019.

Hundreds turn out in Oxford to remember Orlando victims

Jeremy Stern

BBC South Today

Hundreds of people turned out in Oxford's Radcliffe Square yesterday evening to remember the victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre. 

At least 49 were killed on Sunday when Omar Mateen opened fire at a gay nightclub.

LGBTQ community comes together in Radcliffe Square

Weather: Thundery showers

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Showers will soon develop across the county. These showers will become heavy and thundery in places by the afternoon with localised downpours possible. 

However, there will be a few sunny intervals between the showers. Highs of 19C (66F).

Bee Tucker brings you the forecast for today

Travel latest: Delays on the A34, A338 and A415

BBC Travel

  • Slow traffic on the A34 Western Bypass southbound in Oxford between Botley Interchange and Hinksey Hill Interchange
  • Queues on the A338 eastbound in Frilford at the A415 junction
  • And it's slow on the A415 Abingdon Road in both directions in Clifton Hampden at the B4015 Oxford Road 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.

Latest headlines: Hundreds take part in Orlando massacre

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories this morning:

  • Hundreds of people took part in a vigil in the centre of Oxford yesterday evening to remember the victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre
  • A coroner has asked for airfield rules to be tightened after two men died in an Oxfordshire microlight crash  
  • And plans to redevelop the West Way shopping centre in Botley have been approved, with project expected to be completed in 2019

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