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Summary

  1. Murder investigation after young boy found dead at property in Faringdon
  2. Residents lay flowers outside cottage where he was found
  3. Post-mortem examination to take place this afternoon
  4. High-achieving teenagers from Wales to have chance to sample life at Oxford University
  5. Proposal to create one authority for Oxfordshire to be submitted to the government

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All times stated are UK

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Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

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Residents give their thoughts on the murder investifgtion in their town
Residents give their thoughts on the murder investigation in their town.

Weather: 'Dry for most'

BBC Weather

Clear spells this evening will lead to some patches of mist and fog forming in the early hours, although it will stay dry for most. 

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F). 

Mini plant workers protest outside building

BMW workers at the Mini plant in Cowley have been protesting today over plans to close their final salary pension scheme.  

Voting for possible industrial action is also under way.

Mini plant protest
BBC

Death of Faringdon boy 'came as a shock'

Supt Rory Freeman on latest from Faringdon murder proble

BreakingPost-mortem taking place in murder investigation

A post-mortem examination of a boy at the centre of a murder investigation will take place this afternoon. 

The primary school boy's body was discovered by police at Bromsgrove Cottages in Faringdon on Tuesday afternoon, and a 40--year-old woman has been arrested. 

Police remain at the property, and the child's next of kin have been informed. 

Faringdon murder probe reaction

Residents have been reacting to the news a boy has been found dead in the town and a woman arrested on suspicion of murder.

Oxford University summer school taster for Welsh students

High-achieving teenagers from Wales will have a chance to sample life at Oxford University in a collaboration with the Welsh government.

Stock students
Seren

Sixth formers who are part of the Seren network will be invited to apply for a place at a four-day summer school at Jesus College, Oxford.

They will try out student life and attend lectures in August.

The summer school is thought to be the first aimed specifically at Welsh students.

Terminally-ill Oxford fan grateful after being added to team

The daughter of Steve Dyer, the terminally-ill Oxford United fan added to the squad for the rest of the season, has said thank you on our Facebook page.

Steve and his son
Dyer family

Gemma Dyer wrote : "My dad is so thankful ❤ thank you everyone for the support. It means the world to him."  

Steve was admitted to a hospice on Friday, prompting messages of support from fans and club chairman Darryl Eales.

Now the club has given him the number 12 shirt on the official squad list in the match programme.

'Big police presence continues in Faringdon'

Adina Campbell

BBC South Today

Police presence in Faringdon
BBC

There's a fairly big police presence here in Faringdon. 

The cottage where the boy's body was discovered has been cordoned off and a forensic tent is in place where detectives are continuing to investigate what happened. 

Some members of the community have started to leave flowers. 

One message said: "RIP young man."

Police murder enquiries continuing in Faringdon

Appleton admits U's 'second-best' at Oldham

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Michael Appleton
Reuters

Oxford United head coach Michael Appleton had no complaints as his side saw their League One play-off push dented with defeat by Oldham.

The U's went down 2-1 at Boundary Park  on Tuesday and stay 10th, six points off the play-offs with 10 games remaining.

"We were second-best and ultimately, we finished second-best," Appleton told BBC Radio Oxford.

"There were one or two players out there who looked jaded on a pitch that was difficult at times.

"I got the impression, and I hope I'm wrong, the we look like a side that has got one big game left this season."

Oxford face another four League One fixtures before their date at Wembley in the EFL Trophy final against Coventry City on 2 April.

Flowers laid outside murder investigation site

Flowers outside police cordon
BBC

Flowers from residents in Faringdon have been laid outside the site of a murder investigation. 

Thames Valley Police launched the investigation after a boy of "primary school age" was found dead at Bromsgrove Cottages at 13:20 on Tuesday. 

One of the cards simply reads: "RIP young man."

Flowers outside police cordon in Faringdon
BBC

This morning's weather with Bee Tucker

Today's Oxford Mail front page

Oxford Mail
Oxford Mail

BBC Oxford's Alison Dawes at the scene in Faringdon

Police tape remains around the line of cottages and uniformed and plain clothes officers are coming and going as the investigation continues. 

News that something serious had happened spread rapidly on social media last night.

The scene
BBC

This morning passers by are saying they are shocked and saddened by what's happened. 

One lady walking to school with her son stopped to give a rose to one of the police officers monitoring the cordon.

BreakingDead child in Faringdon was 'primary-school age' boy

Thames Valley Police have said the dead child found in Faringdon yesterday was a "primary-school age" boy.

Police were called to at a home at Bromsgrove Cottages in Faringdon at around 13:20 GMT on Tuesday.

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder, Thames Valley Police said. The child's next of kin have been informed.

The murder investigation scene in Faringdon

At the scene this morning in Faringdon

BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Oxford news editor Alison Dawes is at the scene of a suspected murder in Faringdon.

She said: "There is still an obvious police presence here this morning, with police tape around Bromsgrove Cottages, and police vehicles and officers nearby.

The scene
BBC

"The scene is in quite a visible place opposite the fire station, and a lot of people come past here.   

"Police have said this morning's shocking discovery is likely to have a very direct impact on the community."

Increased Faringdon police presence

An increased police presence was being provided in the area on Tuesday "to provide reassurance".

The scene
BBC

Supt Rory Freeman, local police area commander for South and Vale of White Horse, said: "This is a very shocking discovery and I am aware it may have a very direct impact on the community of Faringdon.

"In light of this incident there will be an increased police presence in the area to provide reassurance and we would advise any members of the community affected by this incident to speak to one of the neighbourhood policing team."

Murder probe as young child found dead in Faringdon

A young child has been found dead at a property in Oxfordshire, prompting a murder investigation.

Police generic
PA

Police found the child after being called to at a home at Bromsgrove Cottages in Faringdon at around 13:20 GMT on Tuesday. 

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder, Thames Valley Police said. 

The child's next of kin have been informed. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 730.

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