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  1. Updates on Friday 15 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Chris Brown

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our news coverage through the day

    Sarah Lee

    South Online

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

    We'll be back with the latest news, weather, travel and sport for Oxfordshire from 08:00 on Monday. Join us then.

  2. Latest headlines: Council may have to 'pick up pieces' after academy deficit

    Sarah Lee

    South Online

    The top stories this evening:  

  3. Weather: Cloudy evening with isolated showers

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Tonight, there will be a lot of cloud for most of us with maybe one or two isolated showers.

    Oxford weather 15 April

    When we do get a break from the cloud, there may be spells of frost. Lows overnight of 5C (41F). 

    You can get more details on the BBC weather site.

  4. Travel latest: Four car crash on A34 causing delays

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    • There are heavy delays of up to 20 minutes on the A34 southbound due to a collision involving four vehicles at Chilton
    • There are delays of nearly two hours on the M40 northbound due to an accident between J15 Warwick and J16 Henley in Arden. There is congestion to J14 for Leamington Spa
    • There will be a lane closure in place on the A44 southbound between Wolvercote and Peartree roundabouts from tomorrow until mid-July
  5. Tonight's TV: South Central Ambulance Service fails to hit 999 response target

    Jerome Sale

    BBC South Today

    Coming up on South Today this evening, we'll hear how South Central Ambulance Service has again failed to hit the target for responding to the most urgent 999 calls in Oxfordshire.

    Video content

    Video caption: Jerome Sale brings you the stories coming up at 18:30

    Join Jerome Sale at 18:30 on BBC One.

  6. Firefighter John Gannon retires to spend more time drumming

    Oxford Mail

    Father and musician John Gannon first ventured into Witney Fire Station 14 years ago to recruit a new member for his band. Now, as he retires from the front line, Mr Gannon is urging others to train as retained firefighters and take part in something "life-changing".

  7. Image released of wanted man from Oxford

    A photograph of a man wanted for not appearing at court has been released by police.

    Mark Sullivan
    Image caption: Mark Sullivan

    Mark Sullivan, 40, is wanted for failing to appear at Oxford Crown Court today where he was facing burglary charges.

    He was last seen on 21 March in the Bicester area. He has connections to both Oxford and London.

    Quote Message: Sullivan is not believed to be a danger to the public, however we would urge anyone who has seen him or knows of his whereabouts to contact us as a matter of urgency. from Det Sgt Karl Ralph Thames Valley Police
    Det Sgt Karl RalphThames Valley Police
  8. Travel: Heavy traffic around the city

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    • There are delays of up to 10 minutes westbound from the Marston Flyover to the roadworks at Cuttleslowe
    • There are also lengthy delays around the city – especially outbound on Woodstock Road, Marston Ferry Road and Banbury Road
    • Traffic is queuing for up to 10 minutes on the A415 into Kingston Bagpuize
    • A34 southbound is looking busy from Milton to Chilton 
  9. Academy company deficit is 'worrying'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The cabinet member for education at Oxfordshire County Council says she is "worried" after an academy company running seven schools was given a Financial Notice To Improve, after running up a deficit of £879,000.

    Melinda Tilley
    Image caption: Melinda Tilley

    The Dominic Barberi Multi Academy Company's finances will now be monitored by the government until the notice is lifted.

    Quote Message: I'm really worried. There's probably some agreement that has gone on that is costing them more than what they thought and I'm worried about the other six schools that they also support. from Melinda Tilley Cabinet member for education, Oxfordshire County Council
    Melinda TilleyCabinet member for education, Oxfordshire County Council
  10. Labour's EU migrant policy was not a failure, says Lord Blunkett

    BBC Politics

    Lord Blunkett says he does not regret his 2004 decision to open UK borders to east European migrants, which led to a massive surge in immigration.

    Lord Blunkett
    Image caption: Lord Blunkett

    Figures from the University of Oxford's Migration Observatory suggests "net flow" of EU nationals - taking into account people leaving and arriving in the UK - shot up from 15,000 in 2003 to 87,000 in 2004, and continued to rise until 2007 when it reached 127,000 a year. 

    The former home secretary told the BBC it was a decision taken to allow people to work legally, not a "failure".

    At the time, Labour ministers said 13,000 migrants a year would come - but that proved to be a huge underestimate.

  11. Woodstock residents vote to save land from 1,500-home development plan

    Sarah Lee

    South Online

    Nearly 85% or people from Woodstock have voted to protect nearby fields from a controversial development of 1,500 homes.

    Some 411 residents voted against the plans, with just 73 in favour, from a turnout of 19%.

    The poll was held at the Town Hall yesterday and was set up by West Oxfordshire District Council after residents urged officials to help.

  12. Latest headlines: Trainee vicar jailed for grooming and raping teenage girls

    Sarah Lee

    South Online

    The top stories in Oxfordshire so far today: 

  13. Abingdon company gets go-ahead to release mosquitoes to help kill Zika virus

    BBC Radio Oxford

    An Oxfordshire company has been given approval by the health agency in Brazil to release mosquitoes in the country. 

    It's hoped the genetically modified mosquitoes will help kill off the deadly Zika virus. 

    Dr Andrew McKemey, head of field operations at Oxitec based in Abingdon, said the approval is significant. 

    Quote Message: The way that this gene works is it stops offspring developing into adults. By doing that, we can sustain the release of our mosquitoes and take out generation after generation, and achieve a crash in population. from Dr Andrew McKemey Head of field pperations, Oxitec
    Dr Andrew McKemeyHead of field pperations, Oxitec
  14. Thame Cricket Club pavilion plans

    Oxfordshire Guardian

    Plans to demolish Thame Cricket Club’s pavilion and replace it with a new “fit for purpose” building have been submitted.

  15. Trainee vicar who groomed and raped two teenage girls jailed for 15 years

    Sitala Peek

    BBC News, London

    A former church youth leader convicted of raping two teenage girls has been jailed for 15 years. 

    Timothy Storey
    Image caption: Timothy Storey

    Timothy Storey, 35, groomed the girls at a religious summer camp, sexting and messaging them. 

    Storey attacked one of the girls at his former home in Oxford after taking her to a concert and plying her with alcohol.

    He was found guilty of three counts of rape and one count of assault by penetration, following a trial at Woolwich Crown Court in February. Upon release he must also spend four years on licence for public safety.

  16. Discounted days out offered at 23 attractions in West Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds

    People living in West Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds will be given discounted days out this weekend.

    Cogges Manor Farm

    Up to 23 attractions across the two districts are opening their doors at reduced prices today until Sunday. 

    To take advantage of the Welcome Open Weekend, residents need to pick a voucher from local collection points. 

    Quote Message: We're a local charity and our purpose is to remain open to local people. Anything that helps increase access to people and to help them realise what's on their doorstep, we will do it. from Colin Showne Cogges Manor Farm
    Colin ShowneCogges Manor Farm
  17. Outside space school fees are 'ridiculous'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The head teacher of an Oxford primary school says fees for schools to use outside spaces such as parks are "ridiculous".  

    It comes after Oxford City Council introduced charges of up to £500 for schools using parks under certain circumstances.

    Quote Message: I can understand [the fees] if we were to use park rangers for a talk or shows around the park, but I can't understand why we would have to pay for something like a picnic. from Jon Gray Head teacher of Cutteslowe Primary School
    Jon GrayHead teacher of Cutteslowe Primary School
  18. At the movies with James Luxford

    David Prever

    BBC Radio Oxford

    James Luxford from the Radio Times joins David Prever to discuss mobile phone use in cinemas. 

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    Video caption: James Luxford from the Radio Times reviews The Jungle Book, Eye In The Sky and Criminal

    It's after the boss of one of the largest cinema chains in the US said he's considering letting customers use their phones during films to encourage so-called millennials to visit the cinema.

    And James reviews Disney's remake of The Jungle Book and new war drama Eye In The Sky.

  19. Oxford City push ahead with plans for Court Place Farm pitch

    BBC Sport

    Oxford City are pushing ahead with their plans for an artificial pitch at Court Place Farm, after planning permission for a 3G surface was granted last week. 

    The club had wanted to install the pitch for this season but are now working to ensure that it will be in place for August. 

    City boss Justin Merritt feels it will be a significant development with long-term benefits.