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Summary

  1. Oxfam staff in Oxford pay tribute to former co-worker MP Jo Cox
  2. GWR services disrupted after train derails outside Paddington
  3. Oxford City confident over 3G pitch plans at at Court Place Farm
  4. Oxfordshire apprentices named best team in the country

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By Chris Brown and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Oxfordshire Live this week

And relax... it's the weekend at last, and the Oxfordshire Live team are heading off for the weekend. 

But you can keep up to date with the latest news, sport, weather and travel on BBC Radio Oxford and we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

Latest headlines: Oxford vigil to remember Jo Cox

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories to finish off the week:

Weather: Showers slowly dying out overnight

BBC Weather

Today's heavy showers will gradually ease through the evening, with some clear spells for a time. During the night cloud and outbreaks of rain may spread from the north however, especially towards Banbury. Lows of 11C (52F)

Tomorrow will start mostly dry with some bright spells. It'll become rather cloudy though, with scattered showers developing through the day. Highs of 17C (63F).

Oxford weather 17 June 2016
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Fireball at waste plant

A lightning strike ignites methane gas at a food waste plant in Oxfordshire sending a huge fireball into the sky.

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Oxford vigil to be held to remember Jo Cox

A vigil will be held to remember the MP Jo Cox, who died after being shot and stabbed outside her constituency office yesterday.

Tributes left for Jo Cox in Parliament Square
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Tributes left for Jo Cox in Parliament Square

The event is organised by the Oxford University Labour Club and begins at 20:00 in Cornmarket Street.

Her death this week marks a dark chapter in the history of our party and our democracy, and we deplore the hatred which lay in the motivation for her murder. We will be joining together in a gesture of solidarity and love for Jo’s family and for the Labour family, and to remember the importance of fighting hatred and violence in our own communities and across the globe.

Oxford University Labour Club

Town Hall flag at half mast to honour MP

GWR travel update: Delays expected to continue tomorrow

Great Western Railway says disruption to its services from London will continue tomorrow.

The derailed train near Paddington station yesterday
BBC
The derailed train near Paddington station yesterday

It all comes after a train ran a red signal yesterday just outside of Paddington station and was automatically derailed. 

Two of the six lines out of the station are out of action, after damage was caused to overhead equipment.

Campaigners to ignore French ban on aid convoy for Calais migrants

Campaigners in Oxford who planned to travel to Calais in convoy tomorrow to deliver aid for refugees have described a French ban on their plans as "inhumane".

More than 20 people in six vehicles from Oxford were booked to join another 200 cars, lorries and vans from around the country making the aid convoy.

French authorities in Calais obtained a judicial ban on the British-organised convoy, but campaigners say they will still make the journey.

Oxford Convoy to Calais is determined to get the aid collected to refugees that desperately need it. We will be driving to Whitehall and making the journey to Dover. At a time when racism is being stoked up, it is essential that we make a stand.

Oxford Convoy to Calais

Dancing to the same beat brings children together

An Oxford University study shows children who dance together, get on together.

Dancing children
BBC

Children from different groups were lined up wearing headphones, facing each other, and asked to dance to music played to them.

Moving in tune with each other brought them closer together, breaking down barriers and reducing prejudices, the researchers say.

Berinsfield residents protest bus service closure

Witney Gazette

Residents in Berinsfield fear they will be "isolated" by cuts to their bus services and unable to visit their favourite shops in Cowley.

WATCH: 'There's nothing like a flower show' - Sir Ian McKellen

After opening the Blenheim Palace Flower Show, Sir Ian McKellen spoke to us about his admiration for those with genuinely green fingers.

Sir Ian McKellen speaks after he opened the Blenheim Palace Flower Show

WATCH: Lightning sparks huge fireball at food waste plant

This video taken by Emma Shepperd shows a huge fireball caused when lightning struck the Agrivert food waste plant in Benson, near Wallingford yesterday.

Food waste plant containing 450 cubic metres of methane gas was struck by lightning

“I was trying to film the lightning and looking out the window and it struck the top end, that’s when it caught fire,” Emma says.

Agrivert confirm their plant was struck by lightning at 17:20, igniting methane gas stored in the roof of one of their five digesters.

Food waste plant struck by lightning sees huge ball of fire shoot into sky

Oxford Mail

A huge fireball shot into the sky after a food waste plant containing 450 cubic metres of methane gas was struck by lightning yesterday.

Weather: More thundery showers

BBC Weather Watchers

Showers today may well produce some thunder with the potential for localised downpours. There will be some sunny spells between showers though and a few places may miss the showers. Highs of 19C (66F).

Rain in Leafield, pictured by our BBC Weather Watcher 'Willow's patch'
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Rain in Leafield, pictured by our BBC Weather Watcher 'Willow's patch'

The heavy showers will soon die away during the evening, leaving a dry night with some clear spells developing.  

Latest headlines: Major disruption on GWR services after derailment

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are the top stories this lunchtime:

Oxford's award-winning apprentices fission for compliments

Nine apprentices from Oxford have won the title of the country's apprentice team of the year. 

Award-winning apprentice team from UK Atomic Energy Authority
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Award-winning apprentice team from UK Atomic Energy Authority

The team from the UK Atomic Energy Authority beat off 80 others, after impressing the judges with a community project that involved helping to raise £35,000 for charity.

LISTEN: Oxford City positive despite flood of bad news on 3G pitch

Oxford City is confident their plans for a 3G pitch at Court Place Farm will eventually go ahead - despite another delay. 

City chairman Brian Cox on the frustrations over 3G pitch

The club's plans to put in the surface in 2015 were put back 12 months. 

They now concede the earliest they can complete the work will be next summer, after they were informed by Oxford City Council they need to do further flood prevention work.

Chief executive of Age UK Oxfordshire to step down

Banbury Cake

The chief executive of Age UK Oxfordshire has announced he will step down from his post to pursue freelance work "be there" for his family.

Blooming marvellous to meet Sir Ian McKellen

GWR travel update: Half of rail services will run today

More details on the disruption to Great Western Railway (GWR), which is affecting services to and from Oxford and Didcot Parkway.

The derailed train near Paddington station
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The derailed train near Paddington station

A spokesman for Network Rail said an empty train was automatically derailed when it went through a red signal outside Paddington station, and damaged overhead line equipment.

Four of the six lines into and out of the station have been reopened, but two lines are "likely to remain closed for at least the rest of today", GWR says.

It adds it has put an amended timetable in place, with just over half the trains on routes to the Thames Valley, Bristol and South Wales running.  

Last Merlin helicopter leaves RAF Benson

A two-year process to hand 25 helicopters from the RAF to the Royal Navy has been completed, following the departure of the last Merlin from RAF Benson.

The Merlin helicopters have operated from the Oxfordshire airbase since 2001
RAF Benson
The Merlin helicopters have operated from the Oxfordshire airbase since 2001

Bus companies warn rush-hour traffic and pedestrianisation could lead to fare hikes

Oxford Times

Bus companies have warned passengers face worse services and higher fares without a major rethink of Oxford's transport system – including the reopening of Cornmarket Street.

Jo Cox: Oxfam staff pay tribute

She was an inspiring leader, really bringing the best out of all of us, always positive, always believing we could win, and always passionate for change.

Max LawsonPolicy adviser, Oxfam

Oxfam is proud of the role that Jo played in our work over a decade. Many of our colleagues remember her fondly. The rest of us followed her work with admiration. She never lost her passion for peace, justice and equality.

Mark GoldringOxfam GB's chief executive

Latest headlines: Jo Cox 'an extraordinary human being' says Oxfam colleague

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories so far today:

  • Oxfam's deputy chief executive tells BBC Oxford former colleague Jo Cox, the MP shot and stabbed to death yesterday, was "an extraordinary human being"
  • The NFU says farmers in Oxfordshire dealing with bovine TB face a "bleak circumstance", as it emerges the number of cases in the county has risen 20% in the last year
  • And Oxford City FC insist plans for an all-weather 3G will go ahead despite new delays over flood prevention

LISTEN: Bovine TB is a 'bleak circumstance for farmers to deal with'

There's been a large increase in the number of cattle being slaughtered because of Bovine TB in Oxfordshire.

Tom Cackett from the NFU in Oxfordshire speaks as disease cases rises 20% in a year

Tom Cackett - a National Farmers' Union adviser covering Oxfordshire - says it's a "bleak circumstance" for farmers to deal with.

Number of bovine TB cases soars 20% in a year

There's been a large increase in the number of cattle being slaughtered because of Bovine TB in Oxfordshire. 

Bovine TB
BBC

In the year up to March, 600 cattle have been destroyed in the county - compared with 501 during the same time last year. 

That's a 20% rise and comes after a decline in recent years.

Jo Cox: More details revealed of MP's work with Oxfam

Jo Cox worked for Oxfam and Oxfam International between 2001 and 2009 in a variety of different roles. 

Jo Cox
Brendan Cox
Jo Cox

As head of Oxfam's Brussels office she took charge of Oxfam's campaign for trade reform. 

In 2005 she joined Oxfam GB as head of advocacy.

Her work on humanitarian issues, including the conflicts in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo, led her to become head of humanitarian campaigns for Oxfam International in New York in 2007 for two years.

Schools to lead the way tackling air pollution in Oxford as NO2 levels soar

Oxford Mail

School children are being enlisted in the battle for clean air as Oxford's pollution levels rocketed again this month.

'MPs shouldn't have to put up with these threats'

The murder of the MP Jo Cox has put a spotlight on MPs' security and it's emerged that she had been in touch with police after receiving threats.

Dr David James of the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre

Dr David James, co-founder of the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre, a Home Office unit which examines security risks to politicians and other public figures, says his group receives hundreds of reports of intimidation - and there are almost certainly many more incidents that go unreported.

Speaking from the BBC Oxford newsroom this morning, he said politicians shouldn't have to put up with these threats.

GWR disruption after train derails outside London Paddington

There's continued disruption to Great Western Railway services after a train derailed yesterday outside London Paddington.

Nobody was hurt but the train damaged signalling equipment. 

Some services to and from Didcot Parkway and Oxford have already been cancelled today.

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Weather: More thundery showers

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

More heavy showers will develop during the morning. These may well produce some thunder later with the potential for localised downpours. However, there will be some sunny spells between showers and a few places may miss the showers. 

It'll get quite warm, especially in Banbury and the north of the county. Highs of 19C (66F).

Emily Wood brings you the forecast for today

Travel latest: Long delays in Cumnor after traffic light failure

BBC Travel

Traffic is queuing for three miles and there are long delays on the A420 in both directions in Cumnor between the B4017 Abingdon Road junction and the A338 junction, after a traffic light failure.

There are also delays in Eynsham, Kingston Bagpuize and Adderbury.

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: Oxfam staff pay tribute to Jo Cox

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories this Friday morning:

  • Oxfam staff have been paying tribute to the charity's former head of policy, Jo Cox, after the MP was killed yesterday
  • Great Western Railway services to and from Oxford and Didcot are disrupted after a train derailed yesterday near London Paddington
  • And nine apprentices from UK Atomic Energy Authority in Oxfordshire have been named the country's apprentice team of the year

WATCH: Oxfam deputy remembers former colleague Jo Cox

'Her smile lit up any room'

Jo Cox was an extraordinary human being, Oxfam's Penny Lawrence has said.

The deputy chief executive was speaking to BBC Radio Oxford, in the city where the charity is based.

The murdered MP worked at Oxfam between 2001 and 2009.

Deputy chief executive of Oxfam, Penny Lawrence, remembers "ball of energy" Jo Cox.

Murdered MP working for Oxford charity Oxfam

Among the hundreds of tributes to Jo Cox, the MP who was killed yesterday, is one from Oxfam, where she worked between 2001 and 2009 - latterly as its head of humanitarian campaigns.

Jo Cox
AP

Jo was a diminutive pocket rocket from the north. She was as a ball of energy, always smiling, full of new ideas, of idealism, of passion. She gave so much to Oxfam.

Max LawsonFormer Oxfam co-worker

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