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  1. Updates on Thursday 24 March 2016

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our coverage through the day

    That's all from Local Live this evening, the service will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday.

    Have a very happy Easter weekend!

  2. Tonight's TV: Southern Health faces fresh calls for resignations

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: There's fresh anger over Southern Health, the NHS trust that failed to properly investigate the deaths of patients with learning difficulties.

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    Video caption: Geraldine Peers brings you the stories coming up at 18:30.

    Also, new approaches to fighting an old disease - tackling the rise in cases of TB. How scientists in Oxford are leading efforts to eliminate it.

    Join Gerladine Peers at 18:30 for all the region's news.

  3. Weather: A wet and murky night

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    There could be some heavy downpours of rain this evening, before it clears during the night.

    Bee Tucker

    Some mist and low cloud could follow the rain, with lows of 3C (37F).

    You can get a full 10-day forecast on the BBC Weather site.

  4. Sport headlines: World mourns death of Johan Cruyff

    Jerome Sale

    Sport editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    This evening's top sport stories:

    • One the world's greatest footballers, Johan Cruyff, has died of cancer at the age of 68
    • Eighteen-year-old defender Robbie Cundy has signed a new contract with Oxford United
    • Young United forward AJ George scored on his international debut for Antigua and Barbuda as they beat Aruba 2-1 in the Caribbean Cup
  5. Latest headlines: Mother of Sarah Daharne charged with her murder

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Oxfordshire's top stories this evening:

    • The mother of toddler Sarah Dahane, who was found dead in Bicester in 2013, has appeared in court charged with her murder
    • A man from Oxfordshire - who bought abortion pills online against the wishes of his partner - has been jailed for two years
    • Great Western Railway is reassuring people hoping to travel to and from Oxfordshire by train this Easter that there are very few disruptions due to engineering works
  6. Your pictures: Nice weather for ducks

    It's been a grey and damp day, but the ducks in this picture taken by BBC Weather Watcher Alan Power at Didcot seem happy enough.

    Ducks near Didcot

    You can find out how to become a Weather Watcher on the website.

  7. United defender gets new deal

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport

    Oxford United young defender Robbie Cundy has signed a new one-year contract with his hometown club, with an option for a further year.

    The 18-year-old centre-back made his Oxford debut earlier this season in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and has been on loan at non-league Gloucester City.

    Quote Message: Robbie has done fantastically well this year and the time he has had out on loan has done him good. from Michael Appleton Oxford United Manager
    Michael AppletonOxford United Manager
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  8. Travel latest: Very slow moving traffic all over the county

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    • The M40 is very slow northbound from J8a to J9
    • There's lengthy delays on the A34 northbound from the Chilton Interchange all the way to Botley
    • We have delays of over 20 minutes on the A420 eastbound, from Cumnor to Botley
    • The queue for the Swinford Toll is stretching back to Farmoor
  9. Toddler's mother appears in court charged with murder

    The mother of 20-month-old Sarah Dahane, who was found dead in Bicester in 2013, has appeared in court charged with her murder.

    Sarah Dahane, with her father Habil
    Image caption: Sarah Dahane, with her father Habil, who renewed appeals for information on the toddler's death last month

    Angela Whitworth, 43, formerly of Herald Way, Bicester, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court today charged with one count of murder.

    She was remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Crown Court next Wednesday   

  10. Oxford team leading global effort against TB

    A global effort to make faster diagnosis of tuberculosis is to be led by a team of researchers from Oxfordshire

    Tuberculosis bacteria

    Tuberculosis infects nearly 10 million people each year and kills 1.5 million, making it one of the leading causes of death worldwide.

    Researchers in Oxford and at Public Health England together with others in Brazil, China and India have been given over £5m to work on the problem.

  11. Banbury students earn plaudits on new 3D pool game

    Banbury Guardian

    Young games developers in Banbury have earned themselves a credit on the latest release from a local indie development house.

  12. Man jailed for buying miscarriage pills

    A man from Chipping Norton has been jailed for two years for getting hold of tablets to cause a miscarriage.

    James George

    A court heard how 45-year-old James George, of Old Chalford, was in a relationship with a woman who become pregnant in 2014, when he changed his mind about wanting a family.

    Despite the woman wanting to keep the baby, he ordered "abortion pills" from the internet three times - and had them delivered to his home.

  13. Coming up on Drivetime with David Prever

    David Prever

    BBC Radio Oxford

    One of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen, Johan Cruyff, has died today at the age of 68.

    Johann Cruyff

    Cruyff, who made his name as a forward with Ajax and Barcelona was diagnosed with cancer in 2015.

    We'll hear from Michel de Bruin, an Oxford United fan from a town just outside Rotterdam.

    Join David for all the top news stories this evening from 16:00.

  14. Man appears in court over rape charge

    A man who has been charged with the rape and exploitation of a child in Oxford has appeared at Oxford Magistrates' Court.

    Azad Miah, 37, of Riverside Court, is accused of rape, conspiracy to rape, trafficking and prostituting a child under the age of 18.  

    He will next appear at Oxford Crown Court on 22 April.

  15. E-fit released after Oxford robbery

    An e-fit has been released after a man was punched and had his wallet stolen in South Park on Wednesday 16 March at about 11:15.


    The image is of one of two men who approached and assaulted the victim, who suffered serious injuries and was treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

    Both offenders were described as being aged between 30 and 35.

  16. Latest headlines: Bicester toddler murderer accused in court

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Oxfordshire's top stories this afternoon:

  17. Bikes and phones pulled from Oxfordshire canal

    Bicycles and telephones are the most common items littering the Oxford Canal, which runs from Oxford up through Banbury and into Warwickshire, according to the Canal and River Trust.

    A bicycle on the canal bank

    The charity said a camper van, a tin bath and military ammunition were among the items dumped in canals and rivers across the country last winter.

    Quote Message: [Oxford Canal] is 40 miles of beautiful canal, a wonderful place to come and enjoy but unfortunately people do drop litter and we do get some very unusual things ...but in Oxfordshire it's perhaps some of the more expected things, bikes and phones are the order of the day. from James Clifton Canal and River Trust
    James CliftonCanal and River Trust
  18. 'Dragon' to battle county's potholes

    A new device has been unveiled by Oxfordshire County Council to fix and prevent potholes.

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    The fire nozzle is used to dry out the potholes as part of the patching process.