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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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By Joe Nimmo

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our news coverage through the day

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC News Online

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

    We'll bring you more about the discovery of a body in Oxford at

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

  2. Latest headlines: Body of man found in Iffley Road, Oxford

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC News Online

    This evening's top stories:  

    • The body of a man has been found at a property on Iffley Road in Oxford. His death is being treated as "unexplained", police say
    • Oxfordshire is to receive £1m to fill in more than 19,000 potholes, as details of how a £50m fund is to be divided up between English councils are revealed
  3. Weather: Rain should clear away through the evening

    Emily Wood

    BBC Weather

    The rain has been turning patchy this afternoon and should clear away through the evening.

    Emily Wood

    There will be some clear spells, and a brisk wind, especially towards the south. Temperature tonight will fall to a low of 5C (41F).

    More updates are on the BBC Oxford Weather page.

  4. Sport headlines: Blow to Oxford United as scan reveals Skarz groin injury

    Marie Indge

    Radio Oxford Sport

    The top sport stories this evening:  

    • Rain prevented play on the final day of cricket in the Parks - overnight Northamptonshire were trailing the combined Oxford Universities side, but the match was declared a draw
  5. Appeal for information over body find in Iffley Road, Oxford

    Police are appealing for information after the body of a man was found in a property in Oxford this afternoon.

    The unidentified man's death is being treated as "unexplained".

    Thames Valley police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  6. Evening TV: Why X-Factor contestant's mother has been advising The Archers

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    Coming up on BBC South Today, we hear why the mother of X-Factor contestant Jahmene Douglas has been advising Radio 4's The Archers on its domestic violence storyline.

    Video content

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

    Also, the café and bookshop set up to fight bladder cancer - by a patient who started a charity in his shed. 

    And it's one of the most sought-after books in the world - why an Oxford professor was called in to confirm Shakespeare's First Folio was an original. 

    Join Geraldine Peers at 18:30 on BBC One.

  7. 'Unexplained death': Body of man found at Iffley Road property

    Alex Regan

    South Online

    The body of a man has been found at a property on Iffley Road, Thames Valley Police has confirmed.

    Police cordon near the scene where a body was found
    Image caption: Police cordon near the scene where a body was found

    Police were called to the scene at 14:58, where they found the man. They are treating the death as unexplained, and are appealing for information from the public. 

    Iffley Road is currently closed to pedestrians and drivers between The Plain and Circus Street, with the road likely to be closed for "a number of hours".

  8. Joe Skarz: 'We knew the risk' says Appleton

    Oxford United left-back Joe Skarz will miss the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured groin muscle during a goalless draw at Cambridge on 28 March.

    Joe Skarz
    Image caption: Joe Skarz
    Quote Message: We knew the risk of a rupture happening but we were hoping we could manage the situation. It got to a stage against Cambridge where he was struggling to turn and that was when we knew he needed to get it looked at. from Michael Appleton Oxford United head coach
    Michael AppletonOxford United head coach
  9. Bladder cancer survivor raises money with luxury charity shop

    Angela Walker

    BBC South Today

    When you think of a charity shop, gourmet coffee, home bakes and books might not be the first things to spring to mind. 

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    Video caption: Why bladder cancer survivor is running a bookshop and café in Chinnor

    But now a charity that started life in a Chinnor man's shed has opened up the Wee Book Shop and Cafe in the heart of the village.

    It's also run entirely in aid of the charity Fight Bladder Cancer.

  10. BreakingPolice statement on closure of Iffley Road in Oxford

    Thames Valley Police have made the following statement on the incident on Iffley Road. The road is currently closed: 

    Quote Message: We are currently dealing with an incident in Iffley Road, Oxford. At this time the road is closed to both pedestrians and vehicles between Circus Street and The Plain. Diversions are in place for all vehicles, including buses. The road is likely to be closed for at least two hours.
  11. Council chief executive outlines 'innovative' devolution plan for Oxfordshire

    Sue Smith, chief executive of Cherwell District Council, has written an open letter in support of creating four new unitary councils as part of a devolution bid.

    County Hall

    Oxfordshire County Council's political leaders have hit back at proposals to scrap the authority.

    Quote Message: Councils would come together to coordinate services through a new combined partnership body known as a Combined Authority for Oxfordshire, where this can improve service delivery or deliver economies of scale. For example, transport infrastructure, strategic spatial planning, adult social care and health, and children and families’ services. from Sue Smith Chief executive of Cherwell District Council
    Sue SmithChief executive of Cherwell District Council
  12. Looking back in time at St Aldates

    Oxford City Council has tweeted this striking image of St Aldates in Oxford city centre from its archive for #ThrowbackThursday.

    St Aldates
  13. Extraordinary meeting to set Oxfordshire health budget

    The public has been invited to an Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group extraordinary board meeting, where it will discuss its budget for the coming year.

    Jubilee House

    The meeting will be held on Thursday 21 April, from 15:15 to 16:30, at Jubilee House in Oxford Business Park South.

    Chief executive David Smith said: "This extraordinary board meeting will consider our budget plans for the coming year, to ensure we continue to commission high-quality health services in Oxfordshire."

  14. Pothole fund: Oxfordshire to get more than £1m from government

    Details of how a £50m pothole fund is to be divided up between English councils have been revealed.

    A pothole

    The government will give Oxfordshire County Council £1,036,000 to fill in 19,547 potholes.

    The money was first announced in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement and is being split between 118 authorities.

    Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the government wanted to "tackle the blight of potholes". Devon is to receive the most cash.

  15. Council warns of more Wolvercote roundabout roadwork disruption

    Oxfordshire County Council has warned motorists that there will be a lane closure in place on the A44 southbound between Wolvercote and Peartree roundabout from the evening of 16 April until mid-July.

    A map of the planned works

    A spokesperson said: "This could add to congestion and could increase your journey times. 

    "Planning your journey and considering different travel times, alternative routes or modes of transport could help avoid the worst of delays."

  16. Latest headlines: Woman sexually assaulted in Oxford

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC News Online

    This afternoon's top stories:  

    • A 34-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Oxford yesterday, Thames Valley Police says
    • The Labour Party has hit back at criticism of leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been publicly criticised by the main body representing British Jews for failing to take anti-Semitism seriously
    • Today RAF Benson is marking 100 years of 28 Squadron and the opening of their new hangar facility 
  17. Counting penguins in the classroom

    Oxford scientists who have set up a network of penguin-monitoring cameras throughout Antarctica are asking the public to help them carry out their research.

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    Video caption: UK's youngest Antarctic researchers

    The team is today launching a new version of their ambitious citizen science project, PenguinWatch, enabling people to explore Antarctica's penguin colonies online via images captured by the remote cameras.