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By Chris Brown

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Our news coverage through the day

That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire. Join us then.

David Hill returns as council chief executive

David Hill has been named as the new chief executive of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils

The current chief executive at Humber NHS Foundation Trust will replace David Buckle when he retires later this year.

Mr Hill became chief executive for the first time at South Oxfordshire District Council in 2000. Eight years later he became chief executive at the Vale before moving north.

Evening TV: Fears over sand and gravel quarry plans

South Today

On South Today at 18:30 on BBC One:

We've been speaking to residents in Clifton Hampden near to where a sand and gravel quarry is planned, to hear their fears and concerns.

Formula 1

And we visit neo-natal staff who have been getting tips on how to do their life-saving work more efficiently from... the Formula 1 Williams team in Grove. They've been studying the mechanics of performing pit stops to see how it can help their treatment.

Latest headlines: Connor Sparrowhawk's brother calls for Southern Health resignations

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories this evening in Oxfordshire:

  • The brother of Connor Sparrowhawk has called for the senior leadership at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust to resign
  • Meanwhile, a new governor at the trust says today there needs to be more transparency at Southern Health if it is to overcome its problems
  • And a 35-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen goods, after a delivery van robbery in Aylesbury  

Sport headlines: Young players receive scholar status at Oxford United

Robyn Cowen

Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

Connor Sparrowhawk's brother calls for Southern Health resignations

Tom Ryan tells the BBC he still has contempt and anger for the senior leadership team at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Calls for resignations of senior leadership team

Weather: Dry night with cloud clearing

BBC Weather

A generally dry but increasingly cloudy evening is expected. However this will gradually give way to clearer skies later through the early hours of Saturday.

Oxford weather 13 May

It will then turn rather chilly, with a cold northerly breeze. Lows of 7C (45F).

Get your weekend forecast on the BBC Weather site.

Psychiatrist commended by police for criminal justice work

A psychiatrist from Oxford has been commended by the chief constable of Thames Valley Police for his contribution to criminal justice in the region.

Dr David Thurston, left, with chief constable Francis Habgood
Thames Valley Police
Dr David Thurston, left, with chief constable Francis Habgood

Dr David Thurston, of Oxford City and North East Area Mental Health Team based at the Warneford Hospital, was described as an "exceptional example" to follow.

He was instrumental in setting up what was the Mental Health Panel in 2002 to identify issues that were occurring during mental health assessment in custody.

Travel latest: Delays in Swinford, Oxford and on the M40

BBC Travel

  • There's slow traffic on the B4044 Oxford Road northbound in Swinford at The Toll Bridge junction
  • Queues are building on the A40 in both directions in Oxford between Cutteslowe Roundabout and Wolvercote Roundabout. Congestion stretching to Marston and to the Cassington Lights junction
  • And the M40 is busy northbound between J9 and J10

Ever wanted to live in Dumbledore's house?

Oxford Times

The 17th century Grade II-listed house has been put up for sale by estate agents Strutt & Parker, and could be yours for a cool £600,000.

Rusbridger backs away from Scott Trust role for 'new life in Oxford'

Former editor of The Guardian newspaper Alan Rusbridger says he has a "fantastically interesting new life in Oxford" to look forward to - as it emerged he will no longer become the head of the Scott Trust, which owns the Guardian Media Group.

Alan Rusbridger
Alan Rusbridger

Rusbridger was elected the next Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, in December 2014.

In an email to Guardian staff, he said: "We all currently do our journalism in the teeth of a force 12 digital hurricane. It is surely obvious to anyone that changed circumstances will demand dramatically changed solutions."

Shake-up at Witney Town Council sees both new leader and new mayor elected

Witney Gazette

The town of Witney is being run by both a leader and a mayor for the first time, as part of a shake-up within the council.

Oxford man arrested after delivery van robbery

A 35-year-old man from Oxford has been arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen goods, after a police appeal into a delivery van robbery in Aylesbury.

The victim, a man in his 50s, was delivering parcels when he was approached by a man at about 11:00 on Wednesday.

The white, Fiat Ducato FedEX delivery van was found abandoned in the Six Bells public house car park in Beaumont Road, Oxford, at about 14:00. Parcels, a set of keys and the victim’s wallet had been stolen.

New Southern Health governor calls for transparency at under-fire NHS trust

There needs to be more transparency at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, its new governor said today.

Peter Bell
Peter Bell

Peter Bell joined the under-fire trust, which ran the unit where Oxford teenager Connor Sparrowhawk died, following recent resignations.

I've always wanted to see more openness and transparency, I think that's important. Public reports have said safety actually improves with more openness, and I think the only way to actually find out what's happening and for the public to have trust is for us to be open and transparent.

Peter BellNew governor at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Gallery of Oxford United parade photos

Latest headlines: Police apology accepted by sister of Ellis Downes

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories so far this afternoon:

Oxfordshire's Big Picture: Your shots of our county

You've been sending us some beautiful photos from around Oxfordshire this week. 

Great Coxwell Barn
David Weston
Great Coxwell Barn

Our latest Oxfordshire Big Picture gallery is now live. Which one is your favorite?

Russian court orders seizure of former bank boss's Henley mansion

Russian news reports say a court in Moscow has ordered the seizure of Andrei Borodin's Park Place mansion in Henley-on-Thames, claimed to be the most expensive residence in Britain outside London.

Andrey Borodin
Andrey Borodin

The mansion was bought for a reported £140m by Borodin, former head of the Bank of Moscow, who is wanted in Russia on charges of hundreds of millions of dollars of fraud.

He says the charges are politically motivated and that he received political asylum in the UK in 2013.

Five young stars become Oxford United scholars

Five more young players have been offered places as scholars at Oxford United.

Striker Dejon Noel-Williams is joined by defenders Matt Berry-Hargreaves and Ben Chilcott, and midfielders Rex Mannings and Albie Hopkins.

The five join local lads Aaron Heap, Dan Carr and Nathan Baker who will make the step up from the under 16s, making it eight new scholars for the season ahead.

Oxford University raises record-breaking £16.9m for stem cell research

Eighty homes in Blackbird Leys plunged into darkness after electrical fault

Oxford Times

People living down a Blackbird Leys road were plunged into darkness after an electrical fault yesterday.

In pictures: Deer rescued from River Windrush in Witney

This morning firefighters and a specialist animal rescue team saved two roe deer marooned in the River Windrush near Bridge Street, Witney.

The deer
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue
The deer
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue
The deer
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

Both the deer were safely transported back up stream to the nearby meadow, where they were safely released and showed no ill-effects of their ordeal, running off into the trees.

Report could leave re-payment energy customers 'even worse off'

People who have to pay for their gas and electricity in advance could be worse off, thanks to a report designed to help them.

Graeme Walker
Graeme Walker

That's the view of a Witney-based social enterprise that offers energy to prepayment meter customers at the same price as those paying by direct debit.

Graeme Walker from Witney says he can barely afford the £40 he spends on his meter each month.

Every night, blackouts, blankets, hot water bottles, sleeping and living in the same room because the bedroom is just unbearably cold.

Graeme Walker

Missing rug linked to murder investigation could be in Oxfordshire

Have you seen this rug? If so, police investigating the murder of a woman from Buckinghamshire want to hear from you.

The missing red rug is about 12 ft by 10ft in size, and about three inches thick
Thames Valley Police
The missing red rug is about 12 ft by 10ft in size, and about three inches thick

Natalie Hemming, aged 31, was last seen on 1 May at about 15:00 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Officers are carrying out searches across Buckinghamshire and have now expanded the search for the red rug - 12 ft by 10ft in size, about three inches thick and missing from Natalie’s home in Alderney Avenue, Newton Leys, since the time she went missing - to include Oxfordshire. 

I am appealing to anyone, who has seen what they believe may be this missing rug, to contact police. It is vitally important to our investigation and I believe it is intrinsically linked to Natalie’s disappearance.

Det Supt Chris WardHead of Thames Valley Police’s major crime unit

Travel latest: Heavy traffic at roundabout roadworks

BBC Travel

It's very slow on the A40 in both directions in Oxford between Cutteslowe Roundabout and Wolvercote Roundabout in the roadworks area, with congestion stretching back to Marston.

Weather: Cloud will break to leave some sunny spells

Cloud will eventually break to give some sunny spells this afternoon. It will feel reasonably warm in the sunshine although there is a north-easterly breeze. Highs of 18C (64F).

Oxford weather 13 May

Sport headlines: Caribbean's off for Oxford United's O'Dowda

Latest headlines: Police apology over Ellis Downes search

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories this lunchtime:

Last day to have your say on Clifton Hampden quarry plan

Today is the last day for people to have their say on plans to develop a sand and gravel quarry near the village of Clifton Hampden.

The plan for the quarry covers 104 hectares of land north of the River Thames
The plan for the quarry covers 104 hectares of land north of the River Thames

Hills Quarry Products said the development, known as Fullamoor Quarry, will see 2.5m tonnes of earth extracted over 10 years.

But campaigners claim it would "devastate" Oxfordshire's green belt.

MP hails deal on refugees

Henley Standard

Britain will continue to help the most vulnerable refugees while not encouraging “perilous” crossings to Europe, says John Howell.  

Fire and rescue team prepare for epic charity bike ride

A team of cyclists from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue is getting ready to ride the 1,006 miles between John o' Groats and Land's End.

Leaving this morning, they are hoping to raise £100,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity

View more on twitter

New numbers announced for two district councils

Anybody who needs to contact South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils by phone will soon need to use new phone numbers.

From next Friday the main switchboard number for both South and Vale will be: 01235 422422.

The emergency helpline will change to:

  • 01235 422410 (South)
  • 01235 422420 (Vale)

Operation to rescue deer from river in Witney

An Oxfordshire fire and rescue team is currently trying to rescue two muntjac deer from the river in Witney.

A generic muntjac deer

Two fire engines and a specialist rescue crew from Kidlington are at the scene at the bridge near High Street.

Promotion T-shirts and garden gnomes to be produced as Oxford United party continues

Oxford Times

Oxford United's new merchandise for next year will have fans hooked Gnome matter how they perform in League One.

Latest headlines: Sister of Ellis Downes accepts police apology

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories so far this morning:

Ellis Downes: Sister accepts police apology, but 'words mean nothing without actions'

The sister of Ellis Downes has accepted an apology from police over the way they handled the search for her brother - but says words mean nothing without actions.

Alex Downes
Alex Downes

Ellis Downes went missing while swimming in the River Thames last Saturday, and the police search operation has been heavily criticised by the family and volunteer divers who helped to find the teenager's body.

Alex Downes said she was glad Thames Valley Police had taken the first step by referring themselves to the IPCC and the apology posted on social media was "the least we expected".

Ellis Downes: Police apologise to family over river search

Police have apologised to the family of Ellis Downes after the teenager died while playing in the River Thames.

Ellis Downes
Downes family
Ellis Downes

His family said they were forced to hire a boat and find private divers to recover his body when they were left without police help.

Thames Valley Police Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Ross said she was "profoundly sorry".

Warning against energy pre-payment price cap plan

An Oxfordshire social enterprise has criticised a suggested price cap on energy prices for people using pre-payment meters.

Electricity prepayment meter

Phil Levermore from EBICO in Witney says the cap will wrongly make customers think there is no point in shopping around for better deals.

He added that the Competition and Markets Authority report, which contained the proposal for a price cap, was an "astonishing waste of time and public money".