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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Dave Gilyeat

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our news coverage through the day

    That's it for Tuesday's BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire.

    We'll pick things up again tomorrow at 08:00 with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport for the county. See you then.

  2. Latest headlines: Delay for streetlight repairs

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    The top stories on BBC Local Live this evening:

  3. Weather: Dry night with clear skies

    BBC Weather

    It will stay dry through the evening and night with the cloud tending to dissipate. 

    Weather pic

    With light winds and clear periods it will turn chilly in places by dawn. Lows of 4C (39F).

  4. Tonight's TV: Health trust executive faces questions in Parliament

    South Today

    On BBC South Today tonight: The boss of a heavily-criticised health trust has been facing questions from MPs this afternoon. 

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    Katrina Percy is chief executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. She's already been told by the Care Quality Commission to take urgent action to improve patient safety. 

    Now MPs want reassurance that action is being taken and have summoned her to a meeting in Parliament.

    We'll have more on BBC One at 18:30.

  5. Road traffic collision at Kingston Lisle

    Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service crews are currently at the scene of a road traffic collision at Kingston Lisle, near Wantage.

    RTC at KIngston Lisle

    Hydraulic cutting equipment was used to release a man from a vehicle. The air ambulance is also in attendance.  

  6. Wolvercote roadworks: Turning down government cash is 'not an option'

    Earlier today, David Nimmo-Smith, head of roads at Oxfordshire County Council, admitted: "To actually turn down the money because we can't deal with it, is not an option."

    Roadworks at Wolvercote
    Image caption: Traffic at the Wolvercote roundabout roadworks this morning

    Letting go of power and money "doesn't come naturally to Whitehall", as former deputy PM Nick Clegg said as he hailed the Oxford City Deal.

    The fear for Oxfordshire's councillors is that if they crumble in the face of road rage now, the brakes will be put on any chance of securing more government cash and devolved powers.

  7. Wolvercote roadworks: Oxford needed to accept risk and reward

    Development of the roundabouts was seen as a crucial part of the the proposed Northern Gateway development and therefore of Oxford's bid for 'city deal' cash.

    Part of the criteria for winning the funds though was the plans put forward - including the now notorious roundabout works - and, crucially, a willingness for Oxford to "accept risk alongside reward".

  8. Driven to distraction: Why the Wolvercote roadworks happened

    The roadworks at Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts that have driven motorists to distraction this week were announced as part of the Oxford and Oxfordshire 'City Deal' in January 2014.

    City Deals were the coalition government's attempt to rebalance the British economy away from Westminster, devolving power and resources to cities and regions around the country.

    But they came at a price...

  9. Travel latest: Broken-down lorry on A34 northbound

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    In the south of the county, all lanes are now open on the A34 northbound - a broken-down lorry has now been removed from between the M4 Junction 13 (Chieveley / Newbury) and the Beedon turn off.

    Elsewhere there are delays of about 15 minutes through the temporary lights on the A4095 through Enstone. 

  10. How do you get picked for University Challenge?

    Jon Kelly

    BBC News Magazine

    There are few television quiz distinctions greater than triumphing in the series final of University Challenge. 

    Peterhouse, Cambridge on University Challenge

    Peterhouse, Cambridge, did so on Monday, thanks to their knowledge of prime numbers, Mesopotamian architecture and Scotland in the 1690s. 

    They beat St John's College, Oxford, by 215 points to 30.  

    But how are teams selected for the famously rigorous quiz? The BBC News Magazine takes a closer look.

  11. Milk Cup Final: Send us your memories

    BBC Radio Oxford

    In April 1986, more than 90,000 fans watched Oxford United beat Queen’s Park Rangers at Wembley to win the Milk Cup.

    United legend Jeremy Charles will be live on Howard Bentham's breakfast show tomorrow on the anniversary to relive that memorable day.

    But we want to hear you share your Milk Cup Final memories, so email us with your stories, and we'll read our favourite ones out.

  12. 'Widespread concerns' over mental health services

    A report by Healthwatch Oxfordshire has found "widespread concerns" at the difficulty in accessing mental health services "in a timely and effective manner", resulting in unwell people being turned away.

    Mental health

    It described mental health professionals as being "stretched beyond capacity" with "very long waiting times" to access mental health services for children and adolescents. 

    In a statement, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust said in urgent cases children receive appointments in seven days and, in emergency cases, 24 hours.

    It said: "The trust knows it can be very difficult for families who are waiting for an appointment... and we are working very hard to reduce the waiting times."

  13. Larger crowds expected on May Morning

    Oxford City Council is already gearing up for this year's May Morning, with thousands of people expected to congregate on Magdalen Bridge on Sunday 1 May.

    Crowds on Magdalen Bridge
    Image caption: Crowds on Magdalen Bridge

    As it's taking place on a weekend for the first time since 2011, it is likely that more people will turn up than usual.

    Quote Message: May Morning is one of the local traditions that makes Oxford such an exciting place to live and work. People should be aware that there will be a lot of people on Magdalen Bridge at 06:00 this year, so please make sure that you look after yourself and those around you. from Peter McQuitty Corporate lead for culture and events, Oxford City Council
    Peter McQuittyCorporate lead for culture and events, Oxford City Council
  14. Help to Buy new builds not taken up in Oxford

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC News Online

    A scheme to help people buy new build homes has not been taken up by anyone in Oxford since it was introduced. 

    Oxford from the air

    Help to Buy Equity Loans were introduced by the coalition government in April 2013 and have been used almost 1,000 times elsewhere in the county. 

    Campaigners said there are too few new homes in Oxford and they are too expensive for the scheme to work. 

    A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "We know there is more to do."

  15. Independent review into devolution

    A "once-in-a-generation" independent review is to take place looking into the options for a devolution deal for Oxfordshire.  

    Advisors PwC will carry out a study, which will end in June, and meet stakeholders and partners across the region to get feedback.

    It's been been jointly commissioned by Cherwell District Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse, West Oxfordshire District Council, and Oxford City Council, as well as Cotswold and South Northamptonshire District Councils.

    Oxfordshire County Council has said it is willing to take part in the study, but is still waiting on several stipulations being met.

  16. Sercombe confident of Oxford United promotion

    Ross Heaton

    BBC Oxford Sport

    Oxford United midfielder Liam Sercombe is confident the U's will maintain their position in the automatic promotion places, despite the gap between themselves and the playoffs now cut to just a single point.

    Liam Sercombe
    Image caption: Liam Sercombe

    United travel to Newport County this evening aiming to respond after Saturday's loss to Luton

    With their rivals also in action tonight, Sercombe says they're under no illusions as to how important a win in South Wales would be.

    Quote Message: It's pretty tight but it's in our hands and, as long as we keep winning, they've got to do the same and it won't be enough for them. We'll be the ones that get automatic promotion. from Liam Sercombe
    Liam Sercombe
  17. Fire crews battle Weston-on-the-Green thatch blaze

    Emergency crews spent several hours tackling a fire at a thatched house in Weston-on-the-Green yesterday.

    Thatched fire in Weston-on-the-Green
    Thatched fire in Weston-on-the-Green

    Six fire engines and support vehicles were sent to the scene after receiving a call at 17:35 and managed to remove the burning thatch material, while salvaging the contents inside the house.  

    Quote Message: Thanks to a very early call to our control room, and the speed and weight of response, the rapid action of our crews meant we were able to save the majority of the thatch... The neighbour discovered the fire in the very early stages and raised the alarm [and] the owner did exactly the right thing in evacuating the building. from Darran Hookway Station manager
    Darran HookwayStation manager
  18. 'Culture shift' for women in Oxford sciences

    Oxford University has launched a new website called Women in Science, which aims to share the experiences of successful women scientists at the university.

    Women scientists at Oxford

    It includes 39 video interviews, many of which suggest an ongoing culture shift where "discrimination is rarely experienced and the work is fun, interesting and exciting".

    Quote Message: Whereas previously there was a culture of exclusion to contend with, women now tell us they experience greater autonomy in their work... Indeed, very few of the women we spoke to had been aware of any discrimination at Oxford. from Sue Ziebland Professor of medical sociology in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
    Sue ZieblandProfessor of medical sociology in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences