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By Stephen Stafford and Michael Stoddard

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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 on Monday with all the latest, news, views, pictures and video from around the county.

See you then.

Weather: mainly dry with clear spells

Alexis Green

BBC South Today weather presenter

It'll become mainly dry through this evening and night with clear spells, especially towards the east, although an isolated light shower is possible.

A cool night with a westerly breeze persisting. Lows of 9C (48F).

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News Headlines: Three convicted of sexual exploitation and Somme commemorated

BBC Radio Oxford

  • Three men have been convicted of sexually abusing a teenage girl in Oxford over an eight-year period
  • A man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of antiques dealer Adrian Greenwood at a house on Iffley Road in Oxford earlier this year
  • Events have been held in Oxfordshire to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme

This week's movie reviews

David Prever

BBC Radio Oxford

James Luxford from the Radio Times reviews Ab Fab: The Movie and Now You See Me 2.

James Luxford from the Radio Times reviews Ab Fab: The Movie and Now You See Me 2.

Oxford United loan signing

Jerome Sale

BBC South Today

Oxford United have signed Arsenal midfielder Dan Crowley on a season-long loan deal.

The 18-year-old is yet to feature for the Gunners' first-team but made 13 appearances during a loan spell at Barnsley last season, scoring once.

Dan Crowley
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Travel: A34 northbound delays

BBC Travel

There are delays of up to 40 minutes on the northbound A34 - one lane is blocked due to an accident between the Beedon turn-off and East Ilsley.

Get the latest at BBC Travel.

Oxford sexual exploitation trial: NSPCC view

South Today

Christopher Cloke from the NSPCC gives his reaction to the jailing of three men for child exploitation offences in Oxford.

Christopher Cloke of NSPCC reacts to Oxford sexual exploitation trial
Dan Crowley

League One side Oxford United sign Arsenal's teenage midfielder Dan Crowley on a season-long loan deal.

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Commemorating a hero of the Battle of the Somme

South Today

Find out about the remarkable story of Oxford man Noel Chavasse who became the only man to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice.

The Oxford man awarded two Victoria Crosses in World War One
Nicola and Lexi

A man hands over a £3,000 cheque to a hospital to thank staff for saving the lives of his girlfriend and their newborn daughter.

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Jackdaw Lane street sign

A woman thought she would be killed out in the woods by her abusers, Oxford's latest sex exploitation trial heard.

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Oxford sexual exploitation trial: victim 'abused for sexual gratification'

The Crown Proscution Service said three men convicted of a string of sexual offences had robbed a vulnerable girl of her childhood.

Adrian Foster, chief crown prosecutor, said: “Once befriended, given attention and made to feel wanted, a sexual relationship was established through which the victim was used, abused and exploited for the sexual gratification and entertainment of the defendants and others.

“A number of tactics were deployed to condition the victim and ensure compliance ranging from insincere flattery, the giving of gifts, plying with alcohol and drugs, and the use of threats."

'Let us provide the roads', says council

Banbury Guardian

A war of words continues to erupt between local authorities in the Banbury area over the devolution of local government - this time involving the delivery of housing and infrastructure.

BreakingMan denies fatally stabbing art dealer

A man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Oxford art dealer Adrian Greenwood.

Adrian Greenwood
Family photo

Mr Greenwood, 42, was found in the hallway of his four-storey house in the city on 7 April. He had been stabbed in the chest and neck.

Michael Danaher, 50, of Hadrians Court, Peterborough, appeared at Oxford Crown Court and was remanded in custody.

News Headlines: Oxfordshire remembers Somme

We'll bring you more during the afternoon on the sentencing of three men for sexually abusing a girl, but here are the other headlines across Oxfordshire today:

Oxford sexual exploitation trial: police pay tribute to victim

Peter Cooke

BBC South Today

Thames Valley Police has paid tribute to the "immense bravery" of the victim of child sexual exploitation who helped secure the convictions of three Oxford men for a string of offences.  

Jailed men
Police
Assad Hussain, Anjum Dogar and Akhtar Dogar

Det Ch Insp Mark Glover said: “The welfare of victims is our priority. In this case we have had dedicated police officers, and social workers supporting the victim.

“I hope cases like this give victims the confidence to come forward and to speak to the police so we can investigate, or, if they would prefer refer them to other organisations which can provide help and support." 

Oxford sexual exploitation trial: 'challenging' for victim

Peter Cooke

BBC South Today

A woman who, as a teenager, was systematically abused by three men has described bringing them to justice as "challenging and at times a painful process".

In a statement issued through Thames Valley Police she said: “Looking back now I am relieved that I found the strength to speak out. It was easier to make myself heard than it was to hold it all inside.

“This process has in a way been therapeutic for me, as I now feel stronger and I am no longer consumed by my past.

“I would urge any person who is struggling or feeling trapped by any form of abuse to come forward, there are many agencies out there that will be able to help you move and put the suffering behind you."

READ MORE: Men guilty of sexually abusing teen girl

Assad Hussein, Anjum Dogar and Akhtar Dogar were previously jailed after the Bullfinch trial.

Assad Hussein, Anjum Dogar and Akhtar Dogar

Men jailed for sexually abusing teen girl

Three men are jailed for a string of sexual offences against a teenage girl in Oxford.

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Oxford sexual exploitation trial: defendants, charges and sentences

Assad Husseim and the Dogar brothers
Thames Valley Police
Assad Hussain, Anjum Dogar and Akhtar Dogar

• Assad Hussain, 35, found guilty of five counts of rape, two counts of indecent assault and one count of making a threat to kill - 12 years

• Anjum Dogar, 33, convicted of one count of rape and one count of indecent assault - 10 years • Akhtar Dogar, 35, convicted of one count of indecent assault, two counts of rape and one count of making a threat to kill - 10 years

Oxford sexual exploitation trial: 'never any consent'

Peter Cooke

BBC South Today

This victim was perfect prey for those who wanted to sexually exploit her. There was clearly never any consent given."

Judge Ian Pringle

Following a six-week trial at Oxford Crown Court, three men have been handed jail sentences.

Their teenage victim had been in the care system when the abuse started and it continued between 1999 and 2007.

Prosecutors said the crimes took place in wooded areas around Oxford and private addresses. 

Oxford sexual exploitation trial: three previously convicted of abuse

Peter Cooke

BBC South Today

The three men convicted of sex offences against a teenage girl in Oxford had previously been handed jail sentences for their part in a sadistic sex grooming ring which abused children between 2004 and 2012. 

In 2013, brothers Akhtar and Anjum Dogar were jailed for life with a minimum term of 17 years at the Old Bailey. 

Assad Hussain was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child at the same time and received seven years.

Oxford sexual exploitation trial: threats made to teenage victim

The teenage victim of three men, who have been jailed for a string of sexual offences, was passed around "like a piece of meat".

The trial at Oxford Crown Court heard the girl was given drink and drugs when she was aged 13 to 15.

On one occasion the girl said she was taken to woodland and told she would have her neck snapped.

She was in the care system when the abuse started and it continued between 1999 and 2007.

BreakingThree jailed for sex offences against teenage girl

Three men have been handed prison sentences after being convicted of a string of sexual offences against a teenage girl in Oxford. 

Assad Hussain, 35, was jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of five counts of rape, two counts of indecent assault, and one count of making a threat to kill.

Anjum Dogar, 33, was jailed for 10 years for one count of rape and one count of indecent assault.

Akhtar Dogar, 35, also received a 10-year jail sentence for one count of indecent assault, two counts of rape and one count of making a threat to kill.

Somme commemorations: 'we mustn't forget sacrifice'

Events have been held across Oxfordshire to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

The nation fell silent earlier to mark the moment on 1 July 1916 when the battle began in northern France and the start of the bloodiest day in British military history.

More than a million men were killed and wounded on all sides in the WW1 battle.

Sunrise over the Somme
PA

I wanted to join the many hundreds of others people remembering what happened 100 years ago - although it was a terrible day in terms of loss of life, we mustn't forget the wonderful sacrifice those young men made - the German army was broken on the Somme. Their loss wasn't in vain."

David SewelAttending a Somme vigil in Banbury

Oxford United Women draw with league leaders

BBC Sport

Oxford United Women held the WSL2 leaders Yeovil to a 2-2 draw at Northcourt Road last night. 

The U's put in one of their best displays of the campaign to end the visitor's five-game winning streak. 

Holly Pickett
The FA

"It was an improved performance on the last time we played them, it was just a shame we didn't get the three points."

Holly PickettOxford United Women

Father gifts John Radcliffe Hospital £3k for saving mother and newborn baby

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

A man is set to hand over a £3,000 cheque to thank staff for saving the lives of his girlfriend and their newborn daughter.

Nicola Lansdown
Kevin Smees

Kevin Smees' partner Nicola Lansdown collapsed at home with a brain tumour while heavily pregnant in May.

Doctors at the John Radcliffe Hospital performed an emergency Caesarean, and Ms Lansdown was put in an induced coma.

Progress made at Oxford primary school

Oxford Mail

Parents and teachers at Rose Hill Primary School have been praised after inspectors said it was making good progress towards moving out of special measures.  

Police appeal over linked robberies

BBC Radio Oxford

Police are appealing for information following two robberies in Oxford and Littlemore on Tuesday.

A man, 20, was walking on Longworth Road in the early hours when he was approached by two men in a black Ford Focus asking for directions. They attempted to pull him into the vehicle and demanded money before assaulting him. 

Later that night, a 42-year-old woman, reported being was stopped by two men in a black vehicle in Long Road in Littlemore. She suffered a broken arm when they grabbed her bag and she was dragged alongside the car.

Two 20-year-old men from Didcot have been arrested on suspicion of robbery. They have been bailed until 3 August.  

Oxfordshire commemorates the Battle of the Somme

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire has joined in the commemorations being held across the UK and in France to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. 

Last night, the Queen laid flowers at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey, at the beginning of an overnight vigil.

Battle of the Somme
Getty Images

"The reason we have to remember the Somme is the scale of what happened - there was a huge impact across the whole of the country. There was a huge casualty rate and we have to make sure we never forget the sacrifice that was made by those people."

Lynda AtkinsChairman of the Royal British Legion in Oxfordshire

Family focus for Oxford United's Joe Skarz

BBC Sport

Oxford United defender Joe Skarz has said having his family with him will give him greater focus going into the new season. Skarz's wife and young daughter have now moved to be with him in Aylesbury. 

They previously stayed at their home in Huddersfield when Skarz first signed for United in January 2015 which means a lot of extra travelling for the left back. 

Joe Skarz
Getty Images

"Now I know when training's over I know I'm going back to them. It's a new change for the family and we're all looking forward to it - hopefully the football will be as good as last year as well."

Joe Skarz

Kirtlington garage fire

BBC Radio Oxford

Clearing up is continuing after two wooden garages were destroyed by a fire in Kirtlington. 

Emergency crews were called out to North Green on Thursday afternoon after a neighbour saw smoke and raised the alarm.  

Firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to other outbuildings and nearby houses. Two cars which were being stored in the buildings were also destroyed.

Sport headlines: Old foes meet in Varsity cricket match

Danny Cox

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

  • Oxford United Women held the WSL2 leaders Yeovil to a 2-2 draw last night
  • The annual Oxford v Cambridge Varsity cricket match starts at Lords at 11:00
  • Veteran forward Darren Elliot is to rejoin Oxford City Stars ice hockey team

Battle of the Somme commemorated

Vigil at St Mary's Banbury to mark #Somme100 @BBCOxford

Vigil at St Mary's Banbury to mark #Somme100 @BBCOxford

Video: New Hitachi Super Express

Paul Clifton

Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

A new high speed train for the Great Western Railway's services through the Thames Valley has taken to the tracks. 

The Hitachi Super Express was due to start testing a year ago, but despite being delivered on time, was delayed as the electrification programme to power it is more than three years behind schedule. 

New Hitachi Super Express intercity train takes to tracks

Travel: A4130 reopens

BBC Travel

The A4130 between Didcot and Wallingford has just reopened following an earlier overturned lorry.

Traffic still very slow in area.

News Headlines: Oxfordshire remembers Somme

Stephen Stafford

BBC News Online

  • A two-minute silence has been observed in Oxfordshire, marking 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme
  • Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood calls for the government to make clear the UK's science industry is open for business as usual - despite the current political turmoil
  • Police appeal for information about a robbery at Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell village stores on Wednesday

Travel: Henley regatta traffic

Traffic around Henley is building as we head into the third day of the rowing regatta.

It is slow going inbound on the A321 Wargrave and traffic is queuing from Whitehill to Henley Bridge.

More on BBC Radio Oxford.