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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 21 April 2016

Live Reporting

By Chris Brown

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our news coverage through the day

    That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

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

  2. Evening TV: 'Scandal' at the hospital refusing nursing care patients

    South Today

    On BBC South Today at 18:30: Campaigners have called it a "scandal" and "total mess", after it emerged a hospital in Oxfordshire is no longer accepting patients who need nursing care into one of its units, because there aren't enough qualified staff.

    People across county have built beacons to burn to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday
    Image caption: People across county have built beacons to burn to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday

    We hear from the author of a report which says what school a girl goes to has a big impact on whether she's likely to develop an eating disorder.

    And we look at how people across the county have been celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday - with school parties and beacons being built across the region.

  3. Oxford musician Chad Valley stranded in US after van looted

    An Oxford musician is stranded in the US without a passport, clothes or instruments after his tour van was looted.

    Hugo Manuel

    Chad Valley, whose real name is Hugo Manuel, was touring with American bands Blackbird Blackbird and Shallou.

    The groups have since raised $7,000 (£5,000) through a crowd funding site to get new instruments following the theft in San Antonio, Texas.

  4. Weather: Cloudy but dry overnight

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    We tend to keep a lot of the cloud this evening and some breeze. For most, a dry night but it shouldn't get too cold. Low temp 6C (43F).

    BBC weather Oxford April21

    You can get more details on the BBC weather site.

  5. Sport headlines: Oxford United players laid low by tonsillitis

    Ross Heaton

    BBC Oxford Sport

    The latest sport headlines this evening: 

    • Oxford United's Alex MacDonald and Callum O'Dowda have both been laid low by tonsillitis this week, the club has revealed
    • The top 15 players in League 2, as voted by the managers in the division, include three Oxford United players: Kemar Roofe, Liam Sercombe and John Lundstram
  6. Travel latest: Heavy traffic between Abingdon and Botley Interchange

    BBC Travel

    • There's slow traffic on the A34 northbound between Abingdon and the Botley Interchange in Oxford
    • It's also slow on the A361 South Bar Street in both directions in Banbury at Banbury Cross
    • And, of course, there is heavy traffic on the A44 Woodstock Road southbound in Oxford between Peartree Interchange and Wolvercote Roundabout, and on the A40 in both directions around Cutteslowe Roundabout
  7. Latest headlines: Man held after fire at underground car park

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    The top stories in our county this evening:

  8. Appeal after 14-year-old is robbed of scooter in Didcot

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a 14-year-old boy was robbed in Didcot on Saturday.

    The boy was approached by a group of older boys as he pushed his scooter along Wessex Road between 16:00 and 17:00. He was pushed and his scooter was taken.

    Details of the offender and the scooter are available on the Thames Valley Police website. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  9. NHS defends child obesity tests in schools

    The NHS has defended its child obesity measurements in schools after a family's four-year-old son was branded overweight in a letter sent to their South Moreton home.

    Jack Houston, considered to be overweight by school obesity tests
    Image caption: Jack Houston, considered to be overweight by school obesity tests

    Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust said the tests, which take a child's height and weight into account, followed "nationally set guildelines" to ensure children are "growing and developing at a healthy rate".

    The parents of Jack Houston says parents are the victims of witchhunts by schools, which aren't providing enough physical education and good teaching about good diets.

    Quote Message: We understand some children may fall into a category by a small margin, however our priority is to ensure Oxfordshire children are growing healthily. from Spokesman Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
    SpokesmanOxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  10. Wind-down of Southern Health contract 'will take two years'

    Oxford Mail

    The transfer of services currently run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in Oxfordshire is likely to take two years, councillors were told today.

  11. Councillor brands Chipping Norton Hospital bed closures a 'disgrace'

    A Chipping Norton councillor says leaving 14 intermediate care beds at the town's hospital because of staff shortages is "a disgrace".

    Chipping Norton Hospital

    Tory councillor Hilary Hibbert-Biles spoke out after it emerged the hospital has temporarily stopped taking people who need 24-hour nursing care because of a shortage of nurses.  

    The council said intermediate care is being provided but nursing care could not be provided in the short term until it increases the number of full-time staff from 11 to 15... but that process could take five months.

    Quote Message: We've heard all morning about bed blocking and yet there are 14 beds there that could be used for sub-acute care that are not being used. It's a disgrace actually. from Cllr Hilary Hibbert-Biles
    Cllr Hilary Hibbert-Biles
  12. Oxford United latest: Winger Alex MacDonald back after tonsillitis

    Ross Heaton

    BBC Oxford Sport

    Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald has revealed he has needed hospital treatment to treat a severe bout of tonsillitis.

    Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald
    Image caption: Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald

    The 26-year-old first noticed the symptoms on Friday and has missed the last two matches for the U's - at home to Luton on Saturday and away at Newport on Tuesday. 

    MacDonald has returned to light training for the first time today.

    Meanwhile, Callum O'Dowda has also returned to light training today. The Ireland under-21 international has also been laid low by tonsillitis.

  13. Free table tennis festival returns to Oxford

    A festival of free table tennis will once again hit Oxford this summer.

    Ping! Oxford

    Ping! Oxford returns on Sunday 19 June with 14 free table tennis tables – with ping pong bats available for free – available across the city for eight weeks.

    The city council is looking for volunteers, known as Ping! Makers, to help put out bats and balls, challenge people to games and help at events.

  14. Man arrested after fire at Oxford underground car park

    Police have confirmed they have arrested a man in connection with a fire at an underground car park in Oxford city centre last night.

    Fire crews at the scene of the underground car park blaze in Oxford
    Image caption: Fire crews at the scene of the underground car park blaze in Oxford

    The 45-year-old man from Oxford was held on suspicion of arson today after the blaze at the Gloucester Green car park at about 19:40 yesterday.

    Firefighters using breathing apparatus were sent underground to deal with the flames coming from a silver BMW car.

  15. Banbury man held over stabbing in town

    A man has been arrested and released on police bail until 21 May after a stabbing in the town at the weekend.

    The 31-year-old was held yesterday after the attack in which a man was stabbed in the stomach and shoulders. He was found by paramedics at a property in Centre Street late on Saturday.

  16. Pupils at all-girls schools 'have greater risk of eating disorders'

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    Girls appear to be more at risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia if they go to all-girls' schools where the condition could spread like a contagious disease.

    Anorexia

    That's a finding of a study into eating disorders carried out by a joint British and Swedish team involving scientists from Oxford University.

    Girls at schools with higher proportions of female students, and high proportions of university-educated parents, were more likely to be diagnosed with an eating disorder than girls at schools with lower proportions of female students and university-educated parents.

    Quote Message: Unfortunately, this study can’t tell us what it is about schools that affects the rates of eating disorders: it might be an unintentional effect of the aspirational culture of some schools that makes eating disorders more likely; it might be that eating disorders are contagious and can spread within a school. from Dr Helen Bould Child and adolescent psychiatrist, Oxford University
    Dr Helen BouldChild and adolescent psychiatrist, Oxford University
  17. Sport latest: MacDonald reveals need for hospital tonsillitis treatment

    Ross Heaton

    BBC Oxford Sport

    Your afternoon sport headlines:

    • Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald reveals he has needed hospital treatment to treat a severe bout of tonsillitis
    • Callum O'Dowda, like MacDonald, has returned to light training this morning following his own bout of tonsillitis
    • The top 15 players in League 2, as voted by the managers in the division, include three Oxford United players: Kemar Roofe, Liam Sercombe and John Lundstram
  18. Latest headlines: All-girls schools eating disorder fears raised

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    The top stories this afternoon:

    • Pupils at all-girls schools have a greater risk of developing eating disorders, which could spread like a contagious disease, a study involving Oxford scientists says
    • Chipping Norton Hospital has stopped taking people who need 24-hour nursing care because of a shortage of nurses
    • An Oxfordshire doctor says he is not impressed with NHS plans announced today to get GP services "back on their feet" across the country
  19. Staff shortages force Chipping Norton Hospital to refuse nursing care patients

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    Chipping Norton Hospital has stopped taking people who need 24-hour nursing care because of a shortage of nurses. 

    Chipping Norton Hospital

    The running of the hospital's intermediate care beds transferred from the NHS to the Orders of St John Care Trust on 1 April to save money, but the shortage has arisen during the transition period.

    Oxfordshire County Council and the trust insist the issue is temproary and the councl said it was working with the trust to rectify the situation as soon as possible, but campaigners against the transfer of the service away from the NHS said the situation had turned into a "farce".