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Summary

  1. 16:41 - MP Ed Vaizey backs Didcot power station recovery plan
  2. 16:16 - More than 150 online sex crimes against Thames Valley children
  3. 14:53 - Robots 'should be used in Didcot power station recovery'
  4. 11:00 - Campaign calls for better rail links across Oxfordshire
  5. 10:49 - 15 neighbourhoods among 20% most deprived in the country
  6. 10:09 - Almost £180m needs to be saved from county's NHS

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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 for today

We're signing off for the evening, so many thanks for joining us throughout the day.

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Latest headlines: MP backs Didcot power station recovery plan

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories this evening: 

Weather: Cloudy and muggy tomorrow

BBC Weather

There'll be sunny spells this evening but overnight it will become more cloudy, with lows of 13C (55F).

Tomorrow morning will be dry but rather cloudy. It will become warmer and brighter through the afternoon, especially in Henley and the far south of the county.

Oxford weather 21 June 2016
BBC

Tension mounts for Oxford United's League One fixture list

The full fixture list for Oxford United's League One programme is out at 09:00 tomorrow. 

We'll bring you the news as soon as we get it...

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Travel latest: Problems on the Oxford ring road

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.

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New signs point cyclists in the quiet direction

New signs to help direct cyclists along quieter roads in Oxford are being installed.

Cycling
BBC

Costing £23,000, the city council is placing the signs between Oxford and Blackbird Leys, along roads in East Oxford and Cowley, as an alternative to the busy Iffley Road and Cowley Road.

Grass row prompts devolution swipe

Oxfordshire Guardian

Cherwell District Council said it will pick up the bill for extra grass cutting across Bicester, Banbury and Kidlington again this year.

Oxford United: U's unseeded for EFL Cup first round

Lab rats' hero honoured for improving rodent welfare

An Oxford University zoologist has been honoured by the RSPCA for improving welfare for laboratory rats.

Lab rat
Science Photo Library

Dr Manuel Berdoy won the Sir Patrick Moore Award, for his work to reduce the numbers of animals used in experiments through better design and analysis.

His work helped challenge the assumption that lab rodents can be kept in barren housing because they do not know any different.

MP trusts Didcot power station owners over recovery work

Ed Vaizey says he trusts the owner of the Didcot power station site to have come up with the right solution for bringing down the rest of the partially collapsed boiler house.

Didcot power station
Thames Valley Police

But the Wantage MP has criticised RWE NPower for its communication with the families of three men buried under the rubble.

The families have been left in the dark and confused. They know about the trade and the risks, and they should have been taken into RWE's confidence more quickly. [But] we can conclude that RWE has been through the realistic options and come to the right conclusion.

Ed VaizeyMP for Wantage

151 online sex crimes against children in Thames Valley

There have been 151 sexual crimes against children online reported in the Thames Valley in the last year, according to the NSPCC.

Online child abuse
Thinkstock

The figures come after police were required to flag any sexual crime against a child that involved the internet. 

Crimes in Thames Valley include sexual grooming, inciting children to take part in a sex act and causing a child to watch a sex act. 

Four of the victims were under 10 years old.

Astronaut Tim Peake hails Harwell Campus near Didcot

Oxford Mail

Space's poster boy Major Tim Peake has called Harwell Campus a "central hub" of scientific discovery.

Latest headlines: Robots 'should be used at Didcot power station'

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your mid-afternoon top stories: 

  • Robots should be used to place demolition charges at the base of the collapsed Didcot power station, the site owner has said
  • Oxfordshire's NHS needs to "modernise" and find almost £180m of savings or patients could face longer waiting times, a health boss has warned
  • Parts of Oxfordshire are among the most deprived areas in the country, according to a new report

Buzzard recovers after getting a grilling

South Today

A buzzard which survived 12 hours stuck in a van grill is recovering at a Cotswold wildlife reserve. 

Bird of prey being cared for at Cotswold rescue charity

It was rescued by staff at a Swindon van hire business before being treated by vets for a dislocated leg. 

It's been named Ceri and is recovering well.

'Safer' to use robots at collapsed plant

Didcot Power Station collapse
Thames Valley Police

Didcot Power Station collapse

'Safer' to use robots at collapsed plant

Robots should be used to place demolition charges at the base of the collapsed Didcot power station because using people "carries inherent risks to life", the site owner says.

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Didcot power station operation costs fire service £300,000

An update on the recovery work at Didcot power station.

The county council says today Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service spent £300,000 dealing with the partial collapse of the boiler house in February.

The figure is lower than expected as some of the costs have been covered by other local authorities.  

Energy company doing 'everything within its power'

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

RWE NPower said using Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to place demolition charges at the site was its "preferred route, with the traditional method being prepared as a back-up, should the robotic option not prove reliable". 

Didcot Power Station recovery site
Thames Valley Police

It added: "We understand that the time taken to recover the families’ loved ones is deeply upsetting.... our priority remains the recovery of the missing men and we are doing everything that is within our power to ensure it is progressed as fast and safely as possible."

Four workers died when the boiler house at the Didcot A plant partially collapsed on 23 February.  

BreakingRobots preferred option for Didcot Power Station demolition

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

Plans for the "robotic demolition" of the remaining section of Didcot Power Station are being reviewed by RWE Npower.

The site owner said it is hoping to use remote operated vehicles to place demolition charges at the base of the structure. 

It said using people to carry out the demolition "carries inherent risks to life".

WATCH: New vision unveiled for Oxfordshire's rail services

Jeremy Stern

BBC South Today

Better rail links are needed across Oxfordshire if the county is to grow, according to campaigners who want to see more carriages to carry passengers between Didcot and Oxford.

Council has drawn up a list of improvements that will be taken to the rail industry

The county council has drawn up a list of improvements - including a new service to Heathrow Airport - that will be taken to the rail industry.

Police in Wootton threaten nuisance drivers with car seizure if noise continues

Oxford Times

Engine-revving drivers were threatened with having their cars seized after plaguing villagers in Wootton.

Report reveals hidden deprivation in Oxfordshire

Parts of Oxfordshire are among the most deprived areas in the country, according to a new report. 

Oxfordshire Community Foundation found some people in 15 of the county's neighbourhoods are lacking in basic necessities, plus: 

  • There were nearly 10,000 cases of domestic abuse cases involving children in 2013-14
  • On average, two children in every Oxfordshire classroom are young carers, and nearly 40% of them have special educational needs
  • About 600 people are homeless
  • There are more than 115,000 over-65s - the fastest-growing age group in the county, with about half of people aged 65+ saying TV or pets are their main company

WATCH: Firefighters in Oxford practise river rescues

Firefighters in Oxford have been carrying out a water rescue exercise at Donnington bridge, almost a year after a 13-year-old boy drowned in the Thames. 

Warning issued about the dangers of swimming in rivers and reservoirs

Aown Dogar had been in water that was waist deep when he was swept away last June

Firefighters have been practising all aspects of river rescue, and issuing a warning about the dangers of swimming in rivers and reservoirs.

Somerville College possible location for new statue of Lady Thatcher

Oxford Mail

A statue of Lady Thatcher could be erected at Oxford University's Somerville College, it has emerged.

Latest headlines: NHS must find £180m savings

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories so far this morning: 

  • Oxfordshire's NHS needs to "modernise" and find almost £180m of savings or patients could face longer waiting times, a health boss has warned
  • 15 of Oxfordshire's neighbourhoods are among the 20% most deprived in the country, a new report says
  • And a new campaign calling for better rail links across Oxfordshire has been set out by the county council

Found him... Abingdon's generous postie gets a well-deserved drink

Oxfordshire NHS 'needs to save £180m'

John Radcliffe Hospital
Google

A public consultation into the savings will be launched in the autumn.  

John Radcliffe Hospital

Oxfordshire NHS 'needs to save £180m'

An Oxfordshire health boss has warned patients could face longer waiting times at hospitals and GPs if almost £180m of savings are not found.

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Did you see the strawberry moon?

Send us your photos of the strawberry moon, via emailFacebook or Twitter. We'd love to feature them, just like this one...

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Oxfordshire same-sex schools urged to avoid using terms "girls" and "young ladies"

Oxford Mail

The headteacher of Didcot Girls' School has said she "wholly agrees" with not calling pupils "girls" so not to upset anyone who might be questioning their gender.

Oxford United: £3m price tag for Kemar Roofe?

NHS and care cuts: Prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure

Dr Joe McManners, clinical chairman of Oxfordshire's Clinical Commissioning Group, says far more needs to be done to prevent people going to hospital.

GP surgery
PA

With £180million saving needed to be made from the health budget, he says the increase in the NHS budget is not enough to deal with increasing demands.

The NHS is getting more money but not enough to get enough to pay for the increasing demands on services - particularly for older people and for long-term conditions. What we want to do is to prevent problems and intervene early.

Dr Joe McMannersClinical chairman of Oxfordshire's Clinical Commissioning Group

Lilley's on the hunt for Abingdon's hero postie

Lilley is on the hunt for Abingdon's heroic postie who stopped to help an old lady cross the road in the torrential rain yesterday morning. 

A photo of him has been a huge hit on Facebook - which you can see right now on BBC Oxford's page - so Lilley is trying to track the man himself down.

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NHS and care budget cuts: No choice but to make saving

BBC Oxford's Amanda Dellor has been looking at the issues behind today's report, which shows £180 million needs to be cut from the county's NHS budget.

We don't know how services will change, and no decisions have been made, but over the summer health chiefs will meet with patients and the public to test out ideas.

Amanda DellorBBC Oxford

£180m saving needed from NHS and care budget

Almost £180 million needs to be saved from the NHS in Oxfordshire - and all the while the county is dealing with an ageing population. 

Hospital ward
Science Photo Library

From now until October, patients and the public are being asked to get involved in changing the way health and care are delivered in the county. 

Ideas to be thrashed include changes to community inpatient servies, the Horton hospital, mental health and stroke services.

Travel latest: Long delays at Wolvercote roundabout

Longer than usual delays at the infamous roadworks.

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.

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Weather: Mostly dry with warm sunshine

Holly Green

BBC Weather

The majority of places will remain dry today with warm bright or sunny spells. There is a small chance of isolated light afternoon showers developing though. Highs of 20C (68F).

Holly Green brings you the forecast for today

Latest headlines: £180m savings needed for county's NHS and social services

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are the top stories this morning: 

  • Almost £180 million needs to be saved from the NHS and social services in Oxfordshire
  • 15 of Oxfordshire's neighbourhoods are among the 20% most deprived in the country, a new report says
  • And a new campaign calling for better rail links across Oxfordshire has been set out by the county council

The longest day

Did you manage to sleep through those few dark hours? Or were you awake with the birds at sun-up this morning at 04.46?

Reader Anthony Morris took this fab photo last night as the sun finally set...

the Thames at Pink Hill, Farmoor, Oxford
Anthony Morris

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