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A man who strangled his pregnant ex-girlfriend and buried her in his uncle's grave tells a court he "deserves a death sentence".
Local Live has finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday.
It will be a largely cloudy evening in eastern parts with outbreaks of occasionally heavy rain and a risk of thunder. Mainly dry further west. Winds will ease. Lows of 14C (57F).
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On South Today later we'll be taking a look at how today's public sector strikes have affected the region with a report from Oxford.
Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.
The latest from BBC Travel News:
Slow traffic on A423 Southern By-Pass Road westbound in Oxford between Heyford Hill Roundabout and Kennington Roundabout. In the roadworks area. Congestion on A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road to Littlemore roundabout.
Downton Abbey stars returned to Witney yesterday for filming.
The government today announced emergency powers to ensure police and security services can continue to access phone and internet records.
Over on our Facebook page Stewart Booth writes: I feel that if you are doing nothing wrong then it's not an issue for them to have access. And if someone is considering doing wrong then the powers that be having access might stop something bad happening e.g. Acts of terrorism/violence.
David Hall feels it's would be a waste of time monitoring him: ... if some government computer wants to scan my phone and web records, they'll find either lots of phone calls to my parents or text about cricket on the mobile - and webwise it will be cricket and Facebook. Waste of time scanning me...
In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 17:00:
The Oxon School Games has been taking place today and Oxfordshire Sports tweets: Congratulations to SS Mary and John Primary School boys taking home the gold at #oxonschoolgames
More than 300 people have signed a petition calling for Mapledurham's playing fields to be protected from development.
A first edition copy of the novel Birdsong has been donated to the Oxfam Bookshop in Thame.
The author, Sebastian Faulks, has signed the book and added an inscription: "Signed to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War - and all that was lost".
The sealed bid auction opens at 9:30 on Saturday 19 July. A reserve of £500 has been placed on the book.
I've been out filming in Oxford today and am currently editing together a report about the strikes for South Today.
Tune into BBC One at 18:30.
In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 16:00:
Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a 33-year-old man was robbed on Meadow Lane on last Thursday while walking in the direction of Jackdaw Lane.
Anyone with information should contact Det Con Emma O'Dell of Oxford police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
Relive the atmosphere of the Cornbury Music Festival, with star interviews and a host of live performances including Kid Creole & The Coconuts, 10cc, Kill Bill theme tune writer Tomoyasu Hotei, award-winning blues guitarist Marcus Bonfanti, festival regulars Staxs featuring Mica Paris, and Celtic fusion band Peatbog Faeries.
Over on our Facebook page there's qualified support for striking teachers. Jo Dickson writes: I do support the strikers. I am a teaching assistant in a local school and my work load has increased massively etc, etc, etc but I would not strike as it causes too much disruption for others & I don't want to lose a day's pay.
Darren Grant says he has some sympathy for teachers because they do "a difficult job". However, he says: for the rest of the public sector, a resounding NO! There are already far too many public sector workers and if they are really worth as they think they are it shouldn't be difficult to find a better paid job in the private sector.
A total of £1.3m will be spent over the next two years to help young people with special needs in Oxfordshire become more independent.
The prosecutor in the trial of Ben Blakeley, the man accused of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend Jayden Parkinson, has told the defendant he was as "cool as a cucumber" the night he buried her in his uncle's grave.
Although he denies murder, Mr Blakeley acknowledges killing Jayden and admitted: "I am responsible for all of this. That night is like a video in my head and I see it and it doesn't fade away."
Councils must provide any relevant information into a wide-ranging government inquiry into the sexual abuse of children, Nicola Blackwood told Home Secretary Theresa May in the Commons.
In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 15:00:
A new play, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, has been co-written by the writer's only grandchild Merlin Holland.
The play reconstructs parts of Wilde's trial at the Old Bailey in 1895 and draws on full transcripts for the first time. Mr Holland hopes to shed new light on the case's unique mixture of the flamboyant and the forensic.
The controversial Wilde spent four years at Magdalen College, Oxford in the 1870s.
The new chief executive of the Oxford Playhouse Louise Chantal will be on air later talking to Kat Orman. Listen to what she has to say about the Playhouse's future at 15:00.
Ben Blakeley has told Oxford Crown Court he "deserves to die" for killing Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson.
The 22-year-old strangled his pregnant ex-girlfriend and buried her in his uncle's grave.
He admits killing 17-year-old Jayden but denies murder.
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Parents of a 14-year-old boy who killed himself by jumping off a multi-storey car park 11 days after being prescribed anti-depressants, have criticised "under-funded" local mental health services.
In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 14:00:
The Oxford Times has been running a poll asking if the proposed changes to roundabouts in North Oxford will help tackle congestion. As you can see from the results, it's far from clear...
BBC News has put together a guide to today's strikes, looking at who is striking and why, and how services have been affected.
About half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, say scientists at the University of Oxford, King's College London and UCL, who led a study into the genetic basis of cognitive traits.
Oxfordshire Sports tweet: Our young athletes are arriving for the #oxonschoolgames - Best of luck to them all throughout the competitions!
In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 13:00:
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Oxfordshire County Council's fire and rescue service will respond to every 999 call it receives during the latest Fire Bridges Union-called strike periods, the county's deputy chief fire officer has said.
Twenty-one out of the county's 34 fire engines were available to respond to 999 calls at 10:00 when the latest walkout began.
The strike will run until 19:00 this evening. See here for more information about contingency plans.
Firefighters attended a fire in a transformer on a pole at Hilltop Garden Centre, Chipping Norton this morning .
Kev Humphries tweets: PM should be asking himself why union members feel strongly enough to lose a days pay in times of austerity!
In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 12:00:
Wallingford's new youth centre has been completed, providing young people with their own base for the first time in three years.
I've been out in Oxford filming striking firefighters this morning.
They've joined more than a million other public sector workers across the country and will be on strike until 19:00.
Thames Valley Police has charged a man with grievous bodily harm with intent following an assault in Cowley Road on Tuesday.
The Oxford Half Marathon, which takes place in October, will this year for the first time include a tribute to running legend Roger Bannister by including what they're calling the "Bannister Mile".
About halfway through the 13.1 mile race, runners will be given a one-mile split time.
The race director has urged people not to try to emulate Bannister's feat though, saying "When you get your time and it's eight, nine or 10 minutes, I think it'll put into perspective the awesome achievement - even in this day - of running a four-minute mile."
Unsurprisingly the public sector strikes are polarising opinion over on our Twitter page.
Robert Allen tweets: People don't go on strike without good reason. The Gov should be looking to resolve issues, not demonise people.
However, Ludmila Pineiro says: I think it's important that the workers have the right to fight for their pay, conditions etc
Plans to serve only vegan food five nights a week at an Oxford University college have been scrapped.
In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 11:00:
Two men have been arrested after a 22-year-old man was attacked with a glass in an Oxford nightclub.
An Oxfordshire market is to close after 65 years of business because of falling trade. Abingdon Country Market, also known as the WI market, runs every Friday at the Roysse Room in the town's Guildhall.
Phil Gayle's been talking about fostering after a local agency said more foster carers for older children were needed in Oxfordshire.
There are currently almost 330 children in foster care in Oxfordshire and more than half are over 10 years old. Fostering agency Fosterplus says placing older children is "extremely challenging".
Oxfordshire County Council has more information about fostering.
The Fire Brigades Union has joined thousands of other public sector workers who have walked out today and will be striking until 19:00.
In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 10:00:
Coming up at 10:00 today Malcolm Boyden meets Matthew, a deaf thrill-seeking canoeist from Bloxham. Plus, he's joined by Craig Ogden - the star guitarist who's strummed the perfect soundtrack to your summer!
A charity clothing bank in middle Barton has been torched by arsonists.
A man who strangled his ex-girlfriend and buried her in his uncle's grave has told a court he is "not a murderer".
Ben Blakeley, 22, from Reading, denies murdering 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson near Didcot in December, but admits a charge of manslaughter.
Ed Finch, head of Larkrise Primary School in Oxford and a member of the National Union of Teachers, has told Phil Gayle that, as a parent, he feels awful about closing his school and hates seeing it empty.
However, he says he will "only stop when Michael Gove has listened to union leaders".
Mr Finch said he had been visited recently by a number of parents who told him they supported teachers' decision to strike, which he described as "very moving".
You can follow the strikes with BBC News' live stream.
One lane is closed on the A422 Hennef Way eastbound at Banbury because of an accident involving a lorry and recovery work.
BBC Travel News has more.
In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 09:00:
A nine-pound fish was caught in the River Thames at Abingdon.
Oxfordshire County Council is listing all the schools affected by today's public sector strike.
More than 50 schools in the county are either shut or partially closed.
More than a million public sector workers in the UK are taking strike action today. The walkouts follow disputes over pay, pensions and job cuts. The different unions' actions cover various parts of the UK.
Teachers, firefighters, civil servants and local government workers across Oxfordshire are among those involved, with hundreds of schools expected to be closed.
BBC News is running a page of live updates.
A bright start in many western areas, although it will be cloudy in the east of the county with occasionally heavy rain, possibly with local thunder. Top temperature 23C (73F).
One lane is closed and there's heavy traffic on the A422 Hennef Way eastbound at Banbury, because of an accident involving a lorry.
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