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That's all from BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire

The skies are still grey, and it's supposedly the start of summer today, but tomorrow is another day.

We'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all the news, sport, weather and travel from around our county. Join us then.

Evening TV: Studying the Roald Dahl dictionary

South Today

Coming up on South Today at 18:30:

Do you know your gumplewink from your fizzlecrump? If not, help is at hand.

Roald Dahl museum

A new Roald Dahl dictionary is being published by Oxford University Press. It includes all of the author's made-up words. We've been to the Roald Dahl museum to find out more. 

This and all the day's top stories on BBC One.

Travel latest: Delays around Oxford

BBC Travel

  • It's very slow on the A423 Southern Bypass Road eastbound in Oxford between Kennington Roundabout and Heyford Hill Roundabout, because of fire engines in the road earlier. All lanes have been re-opened
  • There are queues on the A4074 northbound in Oxford at Heyford Hill Roundabout
  • And there's heavy traffic on the A34 northbound between Peartree Interchange in Oxford and the M40 J9 junction in Bicester

Weather: Staying dull with cloudy skies and drizzle

BBC Weather

Any showers will ease through this evening but it will remain cloudy with another murky and damp night expected. There's a risk of mist or fog, although less extensive than recently. Lows of 8C (46F).

Oxford weather 1 June 2016

Latest headlines: Jack Letts parents face terrorism charges

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your evening news and sport headlines:

Oxford United face battle to keep hold of O'Dowda

Former Oxford United midfielder Scott Davies believes his former side now face a battle to hang on to winger Callum O'Dowda. 

Callum O'Dowda has been a key part of Oxford United's success this season
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Callum O'Dowda has been a key part of Oxford United's success this season

The 21-year-old made his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland last night and impressed after coming on as a late substitute. 

Davies, who is now with Oxford City, says O'Dowda's form means he'll be attracting more interest from elsewhere.

I think he'll be moving on up. Oxford United's a great club to play for, but to try to keep him at the club is going to be difficult. For a 21-year-old lad playing for the national side in League One is almost unheard of.

Scott Davies

Faringdon photographer captures humanity's darkest hour in a new light

Banbury Cake

On the first day of what became known as the Battle of Somme, British forces suffered 57,470 casualties, 19,240 of them killed. And, like the Nazca Lines in Peru, the full, sobering picture of destruction is only revealed from the air. The photographs are the work of Faringdon photojournalist Michael St Maur Sheil, who has spent eight years trying to capture one of humanity's darkest hours in a new light.  

Latest headlines: Jack Letts parents charged for terrorism offences

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your mid-afternoon headlines:

Oxford council sets out options for thousands of new homes on green belt

Oxford City Council has released a report which sets out options for building thousands of new homes on the green belt around the city.

The areas marked in the report as locations for thousands of new homes
Oxford City Council
The areas marked in the report as locations for thousands of new homes

A rapidly growing population, and soaring demand on housing, provide the "exceptional circumstances" needed to justify building a series of 'garden city extensions' in north and south Oxford, Yarnton, Kidlington, Wick, Wheatley and Abingdon.

The plans have already generated anger from the likes of Ticia Lever of the North Abingdon Local Plan Group, who told the Oxford Mail yesterday she was "dismayed" by the proposals.

Read the report in full here.

£5,000 scheme to offer free bike stands

Oxford’s businesses, GP surgeries, community groups, shops, cafes and churches can apply for free bike stands to be installed outside their premises.

Council scheme may reduce the number of bikes chained to Oxford's street railings
Council scheme may reduce the number of bikes chained to Oxford's street railings

Oxford City Council has teamed up with social enterprise ParkThatBike to launch the £5,000 trial and install 40 bike stands across the city.

The stands come for free, while installation can be provided at cost by the council.

Endeavour to mark Morse's 30th anniversary

The new series of crime drama Endeavour will contain "many respectful tips of the trilby" to mark the 30 years since its central character's TV debut.

Shaun Evans (right) plays Morse in the show alongside Roger Allam as Inspector Thursday
Shaun Evans (right) plays Morse in the show alongside Roger Allam as Inspector Thursday

The fourth season of the show, which follows the early career of Endeavour Morse, will include "guest casting" and "heritage characters", ITV said.

Created by Colin Dexter, the much-loved Inspector Morse debuted in 1987.

CCTV released after woman sexually assaulted on bus in Banbury

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to after a woman aged in her 60s was sexually assaulted on a bus in Banbury.

Banbury sex assault CCTV
Thames Valley Police

The woman was on a B5 bus travelling through Lower Cherwell Street and Bridge Street between 11:40 and 12:00 when a man sat next to her and touched her inappropriately.

Pay delay 'will hit teachers hard'

A teacher and his wife have spoken about the difficulties they and their colleagues will face, after hundreds were not paid on time.

The company responsible for paying staff in some academy schools in Oxfordshire, Kier Group, has apologised for the error.

Neither Jules Dean, a teacher at the Warriner Academy in Bloxham, nor his wife got their money and say it will hit teachers hard.

With it being at the end of the month, there are direct debits and standing orders to pay. There are going to be a lot of people out of pocket as a result of this.

Jules DeanTeacher at Warriner Academy

Oxford expert reveals 2,000-year-old lost Roman handwritten notes

An Oxford University classicist has become one of the first people to read and decipher the earliest-known handwritten documents in Britain dating back nearly 2,000 years.

A piece of wood with the Roman alphabet written on it from AD 60/62
A piece of wood with the Roman alphabet written on it from AD 60/62

Dr Roger Tomlin has been studying hundreds of Roman waxed writing tablets, which were used like paper for note-taking, accounts, correspondence and legal documents. 

They were discovered during excavations for Bloomberg's new European headquarters in the City of London.

The Bloomberg writing tablets are very important for the earliest history of Roman Britain, and London in particular. I am so lucky to be the first to read them again, after more than 19 centuries, and to imagine what these people were like, who founded the new city of London.

Dr Roger TomlinOxford University

Leave campaign says immigration plan would be 'fairer, more humane'

Brexit campaigners insist a points-based system for immigration would be a "fairer, more humane" way for the UK to manage the numbers coming into the country.

The Oxford-based Migration Observatory says the system proposed would not necessarily reduce migration to the UK, but Leave campaigners say an Australian-style set-up would be better for the economy.

We think that this system will be fairer, more humane, and better for the economy. We will welcome new citizens who wish to contribute to our society, as so many immigrants have done. And we will be able to remove those who abuse our hospitality.

Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Priti Patel and Gisela StuartLeave campaign

Tributes for former Oxford University vice chancellor

Tributes have been paid to the former vice chancellor of Oxford University who transformed the institution's fundraising efforts.

Lord Neill of Bladen
Lord Neill of Bladen

Lord Neill of Bladen, who has died aged 89, was appointed vice chancellor in 1985 and introduced and led the Campaign for Oxford, which raised £350million for the university.

Latest headlines: Police arrest man after ice cream van man robbery

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your lunchtime news and sport headlines:

  • And Callum O'Dowda's former Oxford United teamate Scott Davies believes the winger will be in contention for a place at the World Cup in 2018 after making his full international debut

Travel latest: Delays in Nuneham Courtenay and Wolvercote

BBC Travel

  • There's slow traffic on the A4074 in both directions in Nuneham Courtenay at the Baldon Lane junction
  • And there are queues on the A40 in both directions in Oxford at Wolvercote Roundabout, wih congestion stretching to Marston

Weather: Dull, with grey skies and drizzle

The rest of today will stay mostly cloudy and damp with some areas seeing heavy bursts of rain at times. Highs of 15C (59F).

Dull, grey skies over Woodstock from our Weather Watcher 'Wiff'
Dull, grey skies over Woodstock from our Weather Watcher 'Wiff'

IS suspect's parents charged

Jack Letts
Jack Letts posted a picture on Facebook claiming to be at the Tabqa Dam outside Raqqa in Syria

 Previously, John Letts and Sally Lane said they sent their son money for food and glasses.  

Jack Letts

IS suspect's parents charged

The parents of a man who is alleged to have travelled to Iraq to join the so-called Islamic State group are charged with terrorism offences.

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Arrest after ice cream knifepoint robbery

A generic ice cream van
The ice cream van was robbed when the vendor turned his back to add toppings

A generic ice cream van

Arrest after ice cream knifepoint robbery

An arrest is made after a man vaulted into an ice cream van and grabbed the till in a knifepoint robbery, police say.

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BreakingJack Letts' parents charged with terrorism offences

The parents of an Oxford man who reportedly travelled to Iraq to join the so-called Islamic State group have been charged under the Terrorism Act.

John Letts, 55, of Chilswell Road, Oxford, was charged with three counts of entering into or becoming concerned in an arrangement to make available money, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used for terrorism.

Sally Lane, 53, also of Chilswell Road, Oxford, was charged with three counts of the same offence, as well as two counts of attempting to provide money, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used for terrorism.

They were released on bail to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 9 June.

Oxford migration expert questions EU Leave campaigners' immigration vision

Campaigners who want Britain to leave the European Union say the UK could have a "fairer, more humane" immigration system that would work better for the economy if it left the EU. 

Immigration - arrivals at Heathrow Airport

They want to scrap the automatic right of EU citizens to work here and replace it with a points-based system, similar to that used in Australia. 

But Madeline Sumption, from Oxford University's Migration Observatory, doesn't think a system like this would reduce immigration here.

Australia has a system that is basically designed to increase migration by assigning people points, trying to increase the pool of people who might want to go to Australia by as much as possible and then selecting from that pool. That's very different from what politicians are talking about doing in the UK.

Madeline SumptionDirector of the Migration Observatory

Henley bus user 'grateful' service has been saved

A woman in Henley has spoken of her relief that a service her father, who suffers from dementia, relies on is to be saved despite the loss of a county council subsidy. 

Donna Crook started a petition to save the bus service, which she says gives her 87-year-old father some independence. Without it he would be lost, she says, as he would not be able to use taxis.

Oxfordshire County Council has cut its subsidy for 118 bus services across the county, but Donna's service is to be saved thanks to funds from Henley Town Council.

I would have to take dad because he can't get to town on his own - he just wouldn't be able to because of his dementia. It would have been an awful lot of strain on me, so we are grateful he can keep his independence.

Donna Crook

Half of subsidised bus routes scrapped

Thames Travel bus
Des Blenkinsopp
The changes could affect about 9% of the county's bus services

Forty-nine services are due to stop next month. Fifty-six will continue, many with amended timetables or routes, run commercially by bus companies.  

Thames Travel bus

Half of subsidised bus routes scrapped

Almost half of Oxfordshire's subsidised bus routes are set to be scrapped following the end of council funding.

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BreakingMan arrested after ice cream van robbery

Police have arrested a man after an ice cream van man was robbed in Oxford at the weekend.

A 43-year-old man from Oxford was arrested today on suspicion of robbery and is in custody.

The ice cream seller was robbed at knifepoint after a thief vaulted through the serving hatch when he turned his back momentarily to add extra toppings to his order.

Ken Livingstone to speak at Oxford Union tonight

Not a man to stay out of the limelight for long, former London mayor Ken Livingstone is taking centre stage at the Oxford Union tonight.

Ken Livingstone
Ken Livingstone

He's appearing in the wake of his sacking from London radio station LBC after a row over comments he made that Hitler had supported Zionism in the 1930s.

Livingstone has now gone on the offensive again, telling the Daily Telegraph the station wanted a “boring” presenter and should have realised the boost in listening figures he helped create was good for advertising. 

BreakingMore than 100 people given two EU referendum postal votes

More than 100 people have been sent two postal votes for the upcoming EU referendum, the chief executive of South Oxfordshire District Council has admitted. 

A voter in south Oxfordshire was seeing double when he received these two postal votes
A voter in south Oxfordshire was seeing double when he received these two postal votes

Six people in Henley and 113 in Abingdon received duplicate voting papers, a mistake blamed on a print company working for the council.

David Buckle said he had written to those affected to apologise. He insisted this was a "minor blip" and that there was no chance people could end up voting twice.

District council publishes homelessness pocket guide

A pocket guide has been put together to offer help and advice to homeless people.

It's been produced by Cherwell District Council and gives an overview of how to cope with things like how to get help in an emergency, how and where to claim benefits and healthcare, and what housing, jobs and training opportunities are available.

No resident of the district should be without a home and we are here to let the vulnerable know that there is a safety net to prevent them from sleeping rough.

Cllr John DonaldsonCherwell's lead member for housing

Latest headlines: 'Use them or lose them' warning over bus services

Chris Brown

BBC News

Your mid-morning news and sport headlines:

'For pity's sake, use threatened bus services', says campaigner

Hugh Jaeger from the Bus Users Oxford group has urged people to use threatened bus services in the county.

Bus in Oxford

As subsidies on 118 routes are set to end in July, he's also called on the county council to set aside cash in case operators cannot make the amended routes profitable.

But the council leader says it's in a catch 22 situation, saying people would complain if money was not being spent on other services.

We are looking at routes that carry 80-90,000 passengers a year, these are not empty buses running, these are important buses. This is very much a trial period so, if you're on a route that will run without a subsidy, for pity's sake use that bus or it will vanish.

Hugh JaegerBus Users Oxford

School remembers classmate "Dezzy" Jordan by unveiling new play equipment

Oxford Times

A school is remembering their "smiley, happy, precious" classmate "Dezzy" Jordon by unveiling new play equipment in her memory.

Travel latest: Accident on the M40

One lane is blocked, and there's queuing traffic and long delays on the M40 southbound before J9 after an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to J10.

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Council leader on bus service cuts

The county council leader has said while 49 bus services in Oxfordshire are to be scrapped, it could have been worse. 

Ian Hudspeth
Ian Hudspeth, the leader of Oxfordshire County Council

Subsidies for 118 services have been withdrawn by the council. Private operators are to run 56 routes in some form, with a decision on 13 routes still to come.

Ian Hudspeth says the "positive news is that we've been able to save those routes".

We've been working really hard with the bus companies and I'm pleased we've been able to save almost half those bus routes, where the subsidies had to be removed.

Ian HudspethLeader, Oxfordshire County Council

Brough wants North Leigh to emulate Leicester

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

New boss John Brough believes North Leigh are capable of reaching the playoffs next season if they follow the example of new Premier League champions Leicester City. 

Brough was appointed as manager at the Southern League side this week after leaving Division South & West title winners Cinderford. 

He says Leicester's never-say-die attitude is the example he wants his new squad to follow.

When the chips are down, when things aren't going quite right, you still can get results. How many times did Leicester not play particularly well but still won 1-0? That's something you try to instill in your players.

John BroughManager, North Leigh

O'Dowda misses out on Euro 2016 place

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United winger Callum O'Dowda is not going to Euro 2016 with the Republic of Ireland but he is now a full international after making his debut last night against Belarus in Cork. 

Callum O'Dowda
Rex Features
Callum O'Dowda

After being an unused substitute in the last friendly against Holland on Friday, he came on with 15 minutes to go and shone with direct and confident play.

The cameo wasn't enough to book him a plane ticket to France, but his stock will surely have risen.

Apology after teachers not paid on time

A company responsible for paying staff in some academy schools in Oxfordshire has apologised after hundreds of teachers did not get their wages on time yesterday.


Schools in Didcot, Bloxham and Wallingford were among those affected.

Kier Group said all payments will be made today and any bank charges incurred as a result of the late payment would be reimbursed in full.

Cowley shopkeeper beaten up in his own store considers closing

Oxford Mail

A Temple Cowley shopkeeper who was beaten up in his store just months after being threatened with a knife is considering leaving the trade.