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Good evening

Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

Thanks for joining BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire today.

The service returns tomorrow at 08:00.

Weather: 'Rain outbreaks possible'

BBC Weather

The cloud will continue to thicken from the northwest through the evening, with a few outbreaks of rain possible. 

Clearer skies across The Chilterns and the south could lead to a few mist or fog patches forming by dawn though. 

Minimum temperature: 6C (43F). 

Family tribute to 'kind and loving' stabbing victim

The family of a man who was stabbed in Headington and later died in hospital have described him as a "kind, loving and caring man".  

Domingos Romalho, 35, from Oxford, was stabbed on Monday afternoon in Windmill Road. 

"He was a good and trusted friend to many and a family man dedicated to his partner and children," a family statement said.

"His sudden loss affects us all greatly and he will always be in our hearts and prayers and will never be forgotten."

Domingos Romalho
BBC

Egidio Da Silva Alves, 27, of The Slade, Oxford, has been charged with murder and possessing a bladed weapon.  

Public 'not to approach missing man'

Police have said anyone that sees Guido Schuette, who is missing, to contact them.

"Given the circumstances of the incident, we are asking members of the public not to approach Guido but to call 999 immediately," Supt Joe Kidman said. 

Our reporter Lucy Bickerton is still at the scene.

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Photo of missing man from Osney fire released

Police have released an image of Guido Schuette, the man missing following the fire in Osney.

Guido Schuette
BBC
FA Cup: Oxford United focused on causing Middlesbrough upset
Oxford United boss Michael Appleton believes his side can upset Premier League Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fifth round.

Description released of missing man from flat explosion

Police have released a description of 48-year-old Guido Schuette, believed dead following the Gibbs Crescent flat explosion.

They say his death remains unconfirmed, as fire investigators and dog search units are unable to access the site until it's made "fully safe".

He is 6ft tall, with a heavy build, short grey hair, and blue eyes. According to the description he walks with a limp and uses a crutch. 

Supt Joe Kidman said: "Our strong hypothesis is that Guido died in the fire, and we are continuing to offer support to his family at this time.

"However, while our search of the scene continues and this is not confirmed, one line of enquiry within the investigation is that Guido could be missing."

'Chlorine-type gas' released in Nuffield's swimming pool

According to South Central Ambulance Service, the incident at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre took place in the swimming pool area.

Staff were mixing chemicals and a chlorine-type gas was released as a result.

Two members of staff inhaled some of the gas and had runny eyes and sore throat symptoms. They have been treated at the scene.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service remain at the site, making sure it is safe.

Nuffield incident
James Kelly

BreakingMissing man from Oxford explosion named

Police say the missing man from the Gibbs Crescent flat explosion is Guido Schuette.

They "strongly believe" the 48-year-old has died and is underneath the debris.

'Chemical incident' at Nuffield Hospital

We have been told by South Central Ambulance Service that it's a "chemical incident" at the Nuffield Hospital.

Two people, who were not patients, were treated but have now been discharged. 

An area of the hospital is closed but it's an admin block. 

A team that specialises in dealing with hazardous chemicals is on site.

Patients haven't been evacuated and the hospital is functioning as normal, despite some people being redirected to the rear entrance.

Hazmat
BBC

Large number of emergency services at Nuffield

This is the scene at the Nuffield Hospital moments ago, with a large presence from the emergency services evident.

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Reports of chlorine spill at Nuffield hospital

Large numbers of police and firefighters are currently at the Nuffield Orthopedic Centre, reportedly dealing with a chlorine spill.

The hosp
BBC

Patients are being redirected into the site via the back entrance, because the front entrance is sealed off.

Oxford explosion: Rubble removal operation starts

Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

A recovery operation is underway after an explosion near an Oxford block of flats where one person is still missing.

The blast happened in the Osney Lane and Gibbs Crescent area at about 16:45 GMT on Tuesday, causing a three-storey building to collapse.

Rubble
BBC

Crews are making the pile of debris safe by propping up walls and removing loose brickwork before taking away the rubble.

A spokesman said they will then be able to confirm if anyone is underneath.

The cause of the blast is still unknown.

BreakingPolice and firefighters at Nuffield hospital

We've had reports that the Nuffield Orthopedic Centre in Oxford is turning people away and there are a large number of emergency services personnel in attendance.

Apparently there are cones across the main entrance, police officers in the car parks, at least four fire engines, and ambulances outside.

More information will follow when we get it.

'Incident' at Nuffield Hospital

Ideas wanted for George Michael memorial

A permanent memorial to George Michael in his home town of Goring-on-Thames is being planned by the council.

Flowers
PA

Fans are still travelling to the singer's house in Oxfordshire to pay their respects following his death on Christmas Day. 

Goring Parish Council said it wants to give people "somewhere to focus their grief and memories". 

A statue of the late star has been suggested but the council is asking fans and local people to send in ideas.  

MP tweets thanks to emergency services after Oxford explosion

Man robbed near Banbury's Spiceball Park

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward after an 18-year-old man was robbed in Banbury on Saturday.

At about 16:10 he was walking on the footpath near the skateboard ramps in Spiceball Park towards the wooded area.

He saw a man and a woman, and the woman walked away while the man approached him and threatened him, punching him in the face before the victim handed over cash.

Investigating officer PC Jonathan Livingston, from Banbury police station, said: "This was a random attack where the victim was assaulted and was so fearful that he felt he had no choice but to hand over money.

"The victim was left shocked at what happened."

Reporters gather at U's training ground ahead of clash

Facebook Live: Celebrities train for Thames boat race

BBC Sport

We're live on Facebook with Olympic rowing champions and familiar faces as they train for the Celebrity Boat Race on the Thames river.

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Oxford explosion: Police dogs spotted at scene

KT Tunstall to headline Towersey Festival 2017

The full line-up for Towersey Festival 2017 has been announced today.

KT Tunstall
BBC

It will feature headline appearances from BBC Radio 2 favourite KT Tunstall, the platinum-selling Newton Faulkner and Ed Sheeran collaborator Foy Vance.

Also appearing will be such Towersey favourites as Show of Hands, Jon Boden, Eliza Carthy, and the Blockheads.

Winston Churchill's views on aliens revealed in lost essay

A newly unearthed essay by Winston Churchill reveals he was open to the possibility of life on other planets.

In 1939, the year World War Two broke out, Churchill penned a popular science article in which he mused about the likelihood of extra-terrestrial life.

Churchill
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The 11-page typed draft, probably intended for a newspaper, was updated in the 1950s but never published. 

In the 1980s, the essay was passed to a US museum, where it sat until its rediscovery last year. 

The document was uncovered in the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, by the institution's new director Timothy Riley. 

Mr Riley then passed it to the Israeli astrophysicist and author Mario Livio who describes the contents in the latest issue of Nature journal.  

Oxfordshire council to put up council tax by 4.3%

Vale of White Horse District Council will put up council tax by 4.3% this year.

The council has set its budget for 2017/18 and said up to £18.8m is being made available over the next four years for a new leisure centre.

Vale offices
Google

There will also be £1.3m to replace the outdoor swimming pool in Abingdon, more than £200,000 in grants to support community projects, £100,000 will support the delivery of the Vale Local Plan Part Two, with £50,000 for feasibility studies on transport schemes to support the new housing in the district.

Council leader Matthew Barber said: “The Vale remains one of the cheapest and most efficient council tax areas in the country."

St Aldates police station sell-off 'being considered'

Superintendent Joe Kidman, Oxford city commander for Thames Valley Police, has said no decision has been taken to close St Aldates police station, but it is an option being considered.

He said “Thames Valley Police is committed to retaining a substantial policing presence based in central Oxford.

St Aldates
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“St Aldates undoubtedly has an iconic place amongst our city’s architecture and in the affections of many residents and members of the force.

“However it will require significant capital investment to be retained in the long term. 

"It is therefore important that we consider a range of options, including talking with other emergency services and partners."

Child sexual abuse: Agencies to get £40m funding boost

Ministers have pledged £40m towards the fight against child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. 

The cash will go towards bringing offenders to justice, targeting online exploitation, and protecting vulnerable children at risk of trafficking.

Amber Rudd on a visit to Barnardo's Safer Futures sexual abuse service
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Amber Rudd on a visit to Barnardo's Safer Futures sexual abuse service

A new £7.5m "centre of expertise" will be set up to offer support and guidance to professionals on the front line. 

But councils are warning that a "funding gap" of £1.9bn could put child protection services at risk.

A sadistic sex gang of seven men were jailed in 2013 for abusing six girls in Oxford, between 2004 and 2012.

Travel update: A4074 to close for accident investigation

BBC Travel

The A4074 will close both ways this morning from 09:00 to 17:00 between the B4015 for the Golden Balls roundabout and the A415 for accident investigation work. 

There will be a diversion in place via the A415 for Burcot and the B4015 for Clifton Hampden.

Today's weather with Bee Tucker

Oxford explosion: Police will remain at scene for days

Lucy Bickerton

BBC Radio Oxford

This morning there is still a large police presence at the scene of Tuesday's explosion in Osney, and officers have said they are likely to remain here for some days.

Mill Street
BBC
Police assemble in Mill Street

The cordon is still in place in Mill Street and I have seen a few people heading off to work, but we also know a number of people have been made homeless.

The scene of the blast itself is shocking, with debris everywhere, broken red bricks and charred wooden beams.

Oxford Mail: Today's front page

Oxford Mail
Oxford Mail

Oxford explosion: Reaction to Tuesday's blast

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Travel update: Crash blocks A329 in both directions

BBC Travel

We are getting reports that the A329 in Newington is blocked in both directions following a collision. Police are believed to be in attendance and turning traffic around.  

Oxford explosion: Search continues for missing man

One person, understood to be a man by BBC News, remains unaccounted for after an explosion near a block of flats west of Oxford city centre.

The fire
Alexander Hammonds

The blast happened in the Osney Lane and Gibbs Crescent area at about 16:45 GMT on Tuesday, causing a three-storey building to collapse.

Oxfordshire County Council said 40 firefighters fought the resulting blaze.

Thames Valley Police expects to be at the scene for several days. The cause is unknown.

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