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Live Reporting

By Alex Regan and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

Good evening

Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

That's all for BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire today. 

Be sure to join us here on May Morning on Monday for our coverage on the special festivities in the city.

Bicester stabbing of 16-year-old 'horrific'

Det Con Darren Pomroy of Thames Valley Police called the attempted murder of a sleeping teenager "horrific".

He said it was "made worse when the victim had his mobile telephone taken and was locked inside the property". 

He added: "The defendant has taken responsibility for his actions... which was an isolated and targeted attack. 

"I am pleased that the victim has not had to relive his ordeal by giving evidence in court. 

"Thankfully because of prompt action from members of the public and the emergency services the victim is making a good recovery.

"I am grateful for the support received during the investigation from members of the community and colleagues which assisted in bringing the investigation to a prompt conclusion."

Man jailed after stabbing teenager in bed

A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after stabbing a teenage boy while he was asleep. 

Stuart Greener (pictured), 41, of no fixed abode, attacked the 16-year-old at a property in Hudson Street Bicester on 7 January. 

He stabbed him 22 times, with lacerations to his neck, hand and the back of his head. The victim survived but had to undergo surgery. 

Greener pleaded guilty of attempted murder on 10 March 2017, and was sentenced yesterday.

Stuart Greener
BBC

Blenheim Palace awarded for Chinese welcome

Howard Shannon

BBC Oxford

Blenheim Palace has won national recognition for its positive approach to welcoming visitors from China.

The World Heritage Site has been presented with the Great China Welcome award by Visit England. 

The palace was praised for its initiatives, which include providing Chinese guide books and guides, a Mandarin-speaking waitress in the Orangery and a menu in Mandarin.

Chinese family at Blenheim Palace
BBC

Weather: 'Patchy cloud and light winds'

BBC Weather

It will remain mostly dry through this evening and overnight, with patchy cloud and light winds. 

It will be a milder night than of late too, with no frost expected across Oxfordshire.

Minimum temperature 6C (43F). 

Oxford University 'made a mistake' in diversity newsletter

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

Oxford University has apologised for saying that avoiding eye contact could be "everyday racism" after it was accused of discriminating against autistic people.

The claim was included in a list of "racial micro-aggressions" in an equality and diversity unit newsletter.

But the university was criticised for being "insensitive" to autistic people who can struggle making eye contact.

It said it had made a mistake and not taken disabilities into account.

Bridge of Sighs, Oxford
BBC

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, between J7 for A40 and J6 for B4009 affecting J8A for A418.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M40 southbound between J7, A40 (Thame) and J6, B4009 (Watlington), because of an accident involving a lorry. Travel time is 20 minutes. Congestion to J8a, A418 (Oxford).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

About 25,000 people expected to attend May morning in Oxford

Florence Pugh to miss Lady Macbeth premiere in Toronto

Period drama Lady Macbeth has its world premiere in Toronto this week - but its leading actress Florence Pugh will have to miss the event because she's in so much demand back home.  

Florence
Protagonist Pictures

Ever since her breakthrough role in 2015's The Falling, Pugh has been hailed as one of the UK's brightest rising stars.

Lady Macbeth, which has its first screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, sees the actress in her first lead role.

But the 21-year-old from Oxfordshire won't be able to make it to Canada as she's busy filming an action thriller in London with Liam Neeson.

"It is a shame," Pugh admits in a phone interview after a day on set. "Everyone's tried so hard to get me there but unfortunately I'm on quite a tight schedule."

Mindfulness for children: Your Facebook comments

Yesterday we posted this video about mindfulness classes being run to combat anxiety in children as young as four. 

And the idea got a mostly positive response on the BBC Oxford Facebook page.

Kathy Fernandez Hand said: "Everyone should be taught these techniques at school, they are useful life skills."  

Molly Martin said: "Love this because there's no downside!"

Mahala Bradford said: "I went to a stress reduction thing at work. It was amazing!"

Ray Taylor said: "Why are children age 3 already suffering from anxiety? The evidence I have seen suggests that anxiety is one of the few things that parents can transmit to children. It might be better to explain this to parents and give THEM these fabulous mindfulness classes, and more support generally if they want it!"  

Today's Oxford Mail front page

Oxford Mail
Oxford Mail

Labour announce MP candidate for Oxford East

Following the announcement that Labour's Oxford East MP Andrew Smith will retire, the party has selected South East MEP Anneliese Dodds to fight the seat at the upcoming general election.

Anneliese Dodds
Labour Party

The Liberal Democrats have previously announced that international concert pianist Dr Kirsten Johnson will be their parliamentary candidate for Oxford East. 

Reactor takes step towards generating clean fusion energy

Britain's newest fusion reactor has been fired up at Milton Park in Oxfordshire.

The heart of the Tokamak ST40 reactor - a super-hot cloud of electrically charged gas, or plasma - is expected to reach a temperature of 100m centigrade in 2018.

That is how hot it needs to be to trigger fusion, the joining together of atomic nuclei accompanied by an enormous release of energy.

The same process enables stars to shine and in a less controlled way provides the destructive force of H-bombs.

The new reactor was built by Tokamak Energy, a private company pioneering fusion power in the UK.

Police officer 'not racist' for using black monkey toy

A counter-terrorism officer was not being racist when he put a monkey toy on a black colleague's desk, a disciplinary panel has found.

Police HQ
Low Carbon Oxford

Det Sgt Andrew Mottau was cleared of gross misconduct, but was told he should have realised the animal could be perceived as offensive.

He will now receive management advice - the lowest form of disciplinary action.

The woman who brought the complaint said he used the toy to signal whose turn it was to make tea and coffee.

Good morning

Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on Friday 28 April, also affectionately know as Ed Balls day.

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