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That's all from Oxfordshire Live for today

Many thanks for joining us today, and we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with all the latest, news, views, pictures and video from around the county. 

See you then.

Weather: Becoming brighter tomorrow, but with occasional showers

BBC Weather

It will remain cloudy through the evening, with a few outbreaks of light rain or drizzle at times throughout the night. Lows of 13C (55F) 

Friday will be a breezy day. It'll gradually become brighter throughout the day, although occasional showers are possible at times.

Oxford weather 30 June 2016
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Travel latest: Delays around Oxford city centre

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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Who do you want as Tory leader?

There are five contenders for the top political job in the land at the moment: leader of the Conservative Party and, therefore, prime minister.

We asked shoppers in Oxford city centre who they thought should win the leadership contest.

Who do Oxford shoppers want to see at Number 10?

High-speed trains out on the tracks at last

The new inter-city passenger trains for the Great Western route are out on the tracks near Didcot for the first time today. 

New trains have been running between Reading and Didcot today

The Hitachi Super Express was due to start testing nearly a year ago but it was pushed back because of a delay on the electrification programme

The new trains are expected to be running for Oxfordshire's commuters by next Spring.

Lord Heseltine hits out at Boris Johnson

Former Oxfordshire MP - and Banbury resident - Lord Heseltine has attacked Boris Johnson for not standing for the Conservative Party leadership.

Speaking to 5live he said: "I have never seen such a contemptible and irresponsible situation."

Michael Heseltine
BBC

"Boris Johnson must live with the shame of what he has done.

"This process which would not have happened without him has left a gaping hole in the future of Britain's decision makers."

Steve Prescott legacy
Pioneering surgery that the late rugby league star Steve Prescott underwent for a rare form of abdominal cancer is saving lives
Henley Royal Regatta: Team GB miss tournament for Olympic preparation
This year's Henley Royal Regatta is "the biggest it has ever been", according to former Olympic rower and event chairman Sir Steve Redgrave.

Patient's sister says Southern Health boss should go

Jo Deering (pictured) died in 2011, aged 52, in the care of Southern Health after being sectioned under the Mental Health Act. 

The trust has admitted it could have made better decisions about her care and her sister, Maureen Rickman, said she was "disappointed" to hear chief executive Katrina Percy would stay.

Jo Deering
BBC

I'm disappointed to be perfectly frank, because I think really the trust needs changes in order to implement a new culture, a new era for the whole trust, to take it into the future.

The story behind the statue

We look at the story of Mary Seacole and hear from Oxford sculptor Martin Jennings, who has immortalised her in bronze.

Oxford sculptor immortalises nurse who cared for British soldiers during Crimean War

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Oxford sculptor creates UK's Mary Seacole memorial statue

An Oxford sculptor is the man behind the UK's first memorial statue of a named black woman, which has been unveiled in London.

The statue stands opposite the Houses of Parliament in the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital
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The statue stands opposite the Houses of Parliament in the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital
Mary Seacole
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Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole was a Jamaican-born nurse who cared for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War in the 19th Century.

The statue was created by Oxford-based sculptor Martin Jennings, who become well-known for depicting famous figures from the world of politics and the arts.

Terminally-ill fan donates tickets

Steve Dyer, 59, was given four months to live when he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in November.  

Steve Dyer and son

Terminally-ill fan donates tickets

A terminally-ill Oxford United fan who watched his team play 'one last time' donates a pair of season tickets to a children's hospice a a 'thank you'.

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Decision over Southern Health boss 'not yet concluded'

A health minister has said the decision about the future of under-fire Southern Health chief executive Katrina Percy was "not yet concluded".

Alistair Burt
BBC

Alistair Burt added that he would discuss the matter with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Blackwood: 'May has grit and compassion'

Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West & Abingdon, has added her name to the list of those backing Theresa May to be the next PM.

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Teenager charged with robbery and possession of firearm

A teenager has been charged with attempted robbery, possession of a firearm and criminal damage.

The 17-year-old boy from Oxford was charged earlier in connection with an incident at about 16:50 on Tuesday in Girlestone Road, Headington.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Oxford Magistrates Court later.

BreakingUnder-fire NHS trust boss keeps job

"She will shift her focus to delivery of the future strategy of the Trust," says interim chair Tim Smart.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Katrina Percy

Under-fire NHS trust boss keeps job

The chief executive of the much-criticised Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust will keep her job, it is announced.

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Connor Sparrowhawk

Earlier this month the trust accepted full responsibility for the death of an 18-year-old who drowned in a bath at one of its facilities.

Southern Health admitted it "caused" the death of Connor Sparrowhawk in July 2013 and offered his family £80,000 compensation.

The teenager drowned after suffering an epileptic fit when he was being treated at Slade House, in Oxford.

Connor Sparrowhawk
Sara Ryan

Southern Health

In December an investigation commissioned by NHS England found that 272 of the 722 deaths in the trust over the previous four years were properly investigated.

BreakingSouthern Health chief to stay in post

The interim chair of Southern Health has published its review into the trust in light of the death of Connor Sparrowhawk. Its under-fire chief executive Katrina Percy is to stay.

I can confirm that Katrina Percy will continue in this role. However, until now she has been too operationally focused in her role. She will shift her focus to delivery of the future strategy of the Trust which I believe needs to be accelerated.

Tim SmartInterim chair of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Thumbs up for Chiltern

Passengers have rated Chiltern Railways as the top train company in Oxfordshire for overall satisfaction in today’s National Passenger Survey.  In total, 91% of Chiltern Railways passengers were satisfied with the level of service. 

The survey, commissioned by the independent consumer watchdog Transport Focus, questions more than 100,000 rail passengers and is carried out twice a year.

Gove leadership bid

Justice Secretary Michael Gove has only just announced he is to stand to be next prime minister, but he already has one backer - Wantage MP Ed Vaizey.

Agonising on who to back for leadership. Gove has made my mind up. #GoGove #TeamGove

Care home and council criticised in neglect case

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

The Local Government Ombudsman said Huntercombe Hall Care Home and Oxfordshire County Council "failed to give the family proper answers" after a patient became severely dehydrated and needed hospital treatment.

Both organisations apologised and said they usually have "high standards".

The watchdog said the woman, who has not been named, died a week after being discharged from hospital. It said her advanced dementia meant she struggled to swallow and could not say when she was hungry or thirsty.

Her husband said that when he picked her up from the care home she was "less responsive and limp" and her mouth had a coating of white spots.

Man stabbed and robbed in churchyard

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

A man has been robbed and repeatedly stabbed in an Oxford churchyard. 

The attack in the grounds of St Mary and St John, Cowley Road, took place between 22:00 BST and midnight on Monday. 

St Mary and St John, Cowley Road
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The victim, 34, was approached by a group of men and a woman and kicked to the floor. During the attack he received stab wounds to his arms and bruising to his face and body. 

Two men, aged 29 and 27, have been charged with robbery and assault respectively. 

A423 update

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Broken-down car partially blocking a lane on the A423 Southern by-pass westbound from Heyford Hill to Kennington. Recovery on scene

Care home neglect 'not properly probed'

The woman became severely dehydrated and needed three weeks of hospital treatment after a stay at Huntercombe Hall Care Home, in Henley-on-Thames.  

Huntercombe Hall Care Home in Henley-on-Thames

Care home neglect 'not properly probed'

A care home's neglect of an elderly dementia patient was not properly investigated by Oxfordshire County Council, a watchdog finds.

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Travel update: Heyford Hill roundabout reopens

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Heyford Hill roundabout has fully reopened following an earlier traffic light outage. Expect residual delays from Cowley junction to Heyford Hill.

There are delays into Henley from White Hill as day two of the Royal Regatta begins.

And there are delays of 20 minutes on the A40 Northern Bypass from the Marston flyover to the Cutteslowe roundabout roadworks.

It's (another) grey old day

So here's a little brightness. Thanks to Tony Richardson, who sent us this photo of two butterflies at Aston Pottery, west Oxfordshire.

Two butterflies at Aston Pottery, west Oxfordshire.
Tony Richardson

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