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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Sue Paz

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our news coverage through the day

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

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the county.

  2. Latest headlines: Cotswold Hunt horse-riding victim 'died from cardiac arrest'

    This evening's top stories:

  3. Weather: Cold and windy

    Emily Wood

    BBC Weather

    Any showers will clear through this evening to leave many places dry overnight. 

    Emily Wood in front of the the BBC Weather chart for Oxford for Wednesday 6 April 2016

    It will be windier and colder than recent nights, with some patchy frost possible by dawn. Lows of 3C (37F).

    For a full 10-day forecast visit the BBC Weather site.

  4. Sport headlines: Oxfordshire rowers dominate Team GB selection

    Marie Indge

    Radio Oxford Sport

    The top sport stories this evening:

  5. Travel latest: Queues on the A415, A34 and A4142

    BBC Travel

    • There's queuing traffic on the A415 Faringdon Road westbound in Kingston Bagpuize at the Faringdon Road junction, due to roadworks
    • Traffic is heavy on the A34 northbound in Oxford at the Hinksey Hill interchange
    • It's also very slow on the A4142 Eastern Bypass Road westbound in Oxford between the Cowley junction and Littlemore roundabout  

    For all the latest on the roads near you visit the BBC Travel site.

  6. Resignation demands over damning NHS trust report

    The mother of a Connor Sparrowhawk, whose death sparked an inquiry into Southern Health NHS trust, has called for its leadership team to resign.

    Sara Ryan
    Image caption: Sara Ryan

    Sara Ryan said she was "angry" and "upset" after a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report, published today, found the safety of mental health and learning disability patients cared for by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust needs

    Her son drowned in a bath while in Southern Health's care in Oxford. 

    Quote Message: We're just astonished they haven't improved. They have again demonstrated a failing leadership, they have said repeatedly they had improved ever since Connor died, and they clearly haven't. I'm absolutely bewildered the board and the chief executive haven't stood down today. The public don't have any confidence in their ability. from Sara Ryan
    Sara Ryan
  7. Classicist Mary Beard awarded Oxford Bodleian Libraries' highest honour

    One of Britain’s best known classicists has been awarded the Bodley Medal, Oxford Bodleian Libraries’ highest honour, at a special event at the Sheldonian Theatre.

    Professor Mary Beard

    Professor Mary Beard holds a chair of classics at the University of Cambridge and is classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement.

    Quote Message: As they say at the Oscars, I am accepting this on behalf of myself and on behalf of the Romans. from Professor Mary Beard Professor of classics at the University of Cambridge
    Professor Mary BeardProfessor of classics at the University of Cambridge
  8. Nine-year-old hunt riding victim 'died from cardiac arrest after horse kick'

    A nine-year-old girl died from a cardiac arrest after she was kicked by a horse as she rode her Shetland pony, an inquest has heard.

    Bonnie Armitage, from Wantage, was struck in the chest by the blow while riding with the Cotswold Hunt near Stroud, Gloucestershire, on Saturday.

    The schoolgirl's parents, Nick and Polly Armitage, did not attend the brief opening inquest in Gloucester but assistant coroner David Dooley told the hearing they were "distraught".

  9. Watch: Southern Health NHS trust chief executive 'will not resign'

    The chief executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has insisted she will not resign from her post.

    Video content

    Video caption: Under-fire boss of Southern Health NHS trust speaks as critical CQC report is published

    It follows a report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) today which has found "significant improvement" needs to be made into the safety of the mental health patients cared for by the trust.

    Earlier this year the trust said there will be no resignations, and Ms Percy maintains that her job is to oversee change into the way the trust records and investigates patient deaths.

  10. Travel latest: Broken-down horse box on A34

    BBC Travel

    • A lane is closed on the exit slip road on the A34 Western Bypass Road southbound at the Botley Interchange because of a broken-down horse box
    • There's heavy traffic on the A40 westbound in Eynsham at Eynsham Roundabout
    • There are also delays on the A415 Ock Street in both directions in Abingdon between the B4017 Drayton Road junction and the East Saint Helen Street junction

    For all the latest on the roads, visit the BBC Travel site.

  11. Sport headlines: Combined Oxford Universities cricketers all out on day two of first class game against Northamptonshire

    Marie Indge

    Radio Oxford Sport

    This afternoon's top sport stories:

    • Oxfordshire's rowers have once again dominated the Team GB selection for the upcoming European Championships next month
    • The cricketers of the combined Oxford Universities resumed this morning on 201-7 on day two of their first class game against Northamptonshire. They were all out for 271
    • Oxford United beat North Leigh 1-0 at Court Place Farm last night in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup semi-finals
  12. Under-fire NHS Trust 'has made good progress'

    Under-fire Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, which has been told today to significantly improve the protection of mental health patients, has made "good progress" since a previous report showed it failed to investigate hundreds of deaths, its chief executive has said.

    Katrina Percy
    Image caption: Katrina Percy

    Katrina Percy said her "main priority" was the safety of patients.

    The trust provides services to about 45,000 people across Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire.

    Quote Message: I have been very clear and open that we have a lot of work to do to fully address recent concerns raised about the trust. Good progress has been made, however we accept that the CQC feels that in some areas we have not acted swiftly enough. My main priority is, and always has been, the safety of our patients. We take the CQC's concerns extremely seriously and have taken a number of further actions. I want to reassure our patients and their families that I, and the board, remain completely focused on tackling these concerns as quickly as possible. from Katrina Percy Chief executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
    Katrina PercyChief executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  13. Southern Health NHS trust faces 'further regulatory action'

    Further regulatory action is to be taken against Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Improvement has announced.

    Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust sign

    The regulator said the move aimed to ensure urgent patient safety improvements were made following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report which highlighted a number of improvements that needed to be made at the under-fire trust.

    Last year a separate report blamed a "failure of leadership" for a lack of investigation of the deaths of hundreds of patients.

    Quote Message: Patients and service users at Southern Health expect to get safe and good quality care, and it is worrying to see that the CQC has identified patient safety concerns which have still gone unaddressed at the trust. from Dr Kathy McLean Executive medical director at NHS Improvement
    Dr Kathy McLeanExecutive medical director at NHS Improvement
  14. Latest headlines: Under-fire health trust 'must significant improve'

    This afternoon's top stories:

  15. Oxford scientists dial up male/female phone habits

    BBC Radio Oxford

    It's official - women actually do spend more time on the phone, according to scientists at Oxford University. 

    Woman on phone

    Researchers have discovered they rack up about 130 hours a year in calls - that's around 30 hours more than men.

    The analysis of mobile phone bills also showed we call fewer people - and by implication have fewer friends - as we get older.

  16. Southern Health NHS trust patient safety 'requires significant improvement'

    The safety of mental health and learning disability patients cared for by an under-fire NHS trust which failed to investigate hundreds of deaths needs "significant improvement", inspectors have found.

    Connor Sparrowhawk
    Image caption: Connor Sparrowhawk

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said its inspection at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in January found "long-standing risks" to patients and "did not operate effective governance arrangements to ensure robust investigation of incidents, including deaths".

    A report by audit firm Mazars, published in December, said the deaths of hundreds of mental health and learning disability patients between April 2011 and March 2015 were not properly examined.

    It was ordered following the death of 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk, who drowned in a bath following an epileptic seizure while a patient at Oxford's Slade House.  

    Quote Message: We found long-standing risks to patients, arising from the physical environment, that had not been dealt with effectively. The Trust’s internal governance arrangements to learn from serious incidents or investigations were not good enough, meaning that opportunities to minimise further risks to patients were lost. from Dr Paul Lelliott CQC deputy chief inspector of hospitals and lead for mental health
    Dr Paul LelliottCQC deputy chief inspector of hospitals and lead for mental health
  17. Lunchtime TV: Oxfordshire solar farm bid

    South Today

    Coming up on BBC South Today: More than 1,000 homes in Oxfordshire could be powered by green energy if £3m can be raised to help set up a new solar farm. 

    The project is in the middle of David Cameron's Cotswolds constituency and already has his support.

    More on that and other stories with Alan Sinclair from 13:30.