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  1. Updates on Friday 29 April 2016
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return on Tuesday

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By Chris Brown

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our news coverage through the day

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

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

    Join us then.

  2. Evening TV: Didcot families speak out on demolition plans

    South Today

    Coming up on BBC South Today at 18:30: We speak to the son-in-law of one of the men missing under the rubble of Didcot power station who is angry at plans to use explosives to bring down the remainder of the boiler house.

    Didcot power station

    Meanwhile, we hear from a Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust governor who resigned today in the wake of a damning CQC report.

    And we take a leap with The Falcons - the RAF display team at Brize Norton. 

  3. Weather: Showers and cloud clearing

    BBC Weather

    Any showers will clear through the evening. 

    Oxford weather April 29

    Cloud will disperse and winds will become light, allowing temperatures to fall away and a frost to develop in some rural areas by Saturday morning. 

    Lows of 2C (36F).  

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

  4. Video: Parachute leap with RAF display team

    Angela Walker

    BBC South Today

    Take a leap with The Falcons - the RAF parachute display team based at Brize Norton.

    Video content

    Video caption: The Falcons are the premier military parachute display team
  5. Sport headlines: 2,000 U's fans expected to make Carlisle trip

    Jerome Sale

    BBC Radio Oxford Sport

    The top sport stories this evening:

  6. Travel latest: Delays in Swinford and around Oxford

    BBC Travel

    • There's slow traffic on the B4449 in both directions in Swinford at the Toll Bridge junction
    • There are also delays on the B4495 Cherwell Drive westbound in Oxford between the B4150 Marsh Lane junction and the A4165 Banbury Road junction
    • And it's slow on the A34 northbound in Oxford between Hinksey Hill Interchange and Botley Interchange

    You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

  7. Latest headlines: New demolition company appointed at Didcot power station

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    The top stories in Oxfordshire this evening:

    • A father-of-two has been sectioned indefinitely under the Mental Health Act following a fire at a house in Oxfordshire in 2014  
  8. Oxford United Women 'to shape national future of women's football'

    Oxford United Women have been granted a three-year female regional talent club tier 1 licence.

    Oxford United women's team

    The club is one of only 13 in the country to gain the status.

    Richard Blackmore, manager of the team, said they would now have the opportunity to play a large role in shaping the future of female football on a national scale.

  9. Didcot power station owners appoint new demolition company

    The owners of Didcot power station have announced a new demolition company will come in to "assist" in recovery work.

    Didcot power station

    RWE Npower has not named the new company which will be brought in to help with the controlled demolition work planned for the partially collapsed boiler house.

    Coleman & Company, which was leading the demolition work at Didcot A power station station when it collapsed killing one man and leaving three others buried under the rubble, will "still play a role on the site", RWE added.

  10. BreakingSouthern Health: New chairman for scandal-hit NHS trust

    A new chairman for Southern Health NHS trust has been proposed by NHS regulators, in the wake Mike Petter's resignation yesterday.

    NHS Improvement wants to appoint Tim Smart as chair of the trust - he's previously been chief executive of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for seven years.

    The regulatory body says he will lead a review into the "adequacy of the trust's current leadership". 

    Quote Message: It is clear that dramatic change is needed urgently at Southern Health. Our action today in proposing the appointment of Tim Smart - a very experienced NHS leader - at the top of the organisation will speed up this improvement. Tim's appointment, along with other action we've already taken, will support this trust to provide the quality of care that people using its services expect. from Jim Mackey Chief executive of NHS Improvement
    Jim MackeyChief executive of NHS Improvement
  11. Ex-MEP Peter Skinner jailed for expenses fraud

    An MEP who dishonestly claimed about £100,000 in expenses with a "sustained pattern of stealing" has been jailed for four years.

    Peter Skinner
    Image caption: Peter Skinner

    Peter Skinner, 56, who was Labour MEP for the South East from 1999 to 2014, was found guilty of three charges after a trial at Southwark Crown Court.

    He claimed thousands of pounds for support staff which actually funded jewellery, restaurants and hotel stays.

  12. Six Oxford buildings win regional architecture awards

    Oxford's Weston Library is among six buildings in the county to win a regional architecture award. 

    Oxford's Weston Library
    Image caption: Oxford's Weston Library

    The RIBA South Regional Awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects were handed out at a ceremony last night. 

    Also included on the list were:

    • Blavatnik School of Government 
    • The Ruskin School of Art
    • Sandpath 
    • The Investcorp Building, St Antony’s College
    • Wolfson Academic Wing, Wolfson College

     They'll now go forward to the national awards in late June.

  13. U's striker bids for promotion finish to 'awful' year

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport

    Oxford United striker James Roberts is hoping to put an "awful" year behind him by helping the club win automatic promotion from League Two.

    James Roberts
    Image caption: James Roberts

    Roberts' 16-year-old brother Ben died after he was hit by a car in October.

    He has also been plagued by persistent hamstring injuries, but made a return to the first team earlier this month with Oxford third in the table.

  14. Latest headlines: Father sectioned indefinitely after Oxford house arson

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    The top stories so far today: 

  15. Blackbird Leys arsonist sectioned indefinitely

    Victoria Cook

    BBC South Today

    A father-of-two has been sectioned indefinitely under the Mental Health Act following a fire at a house in Oxfordshire.

    Residents of the house in Blackbird Leys jumped from an upstairs window to escape the fire
    Image caption: Residents of the house in Blackbird Leys jumped from an upstairs window to escape the fire

    An application will have to be made to the justice secretary for any future release of Martin Nganga, 47, into the community.

    He was found guilty last May by a jury of arson with intent to endanger life, after setting fire to a house in Blackbird Leys. 

  16. Government responds to damning Southern Health report

    The government has responded this afternoon to the publication of the damning CQC report into Southern Health NHS trust.

    Quote Message: "We know that, over a period of several years, too many patients were shamefully let down by the standards of care provided at Southern Health. Since this inspection, the trust has developed an action plan and is working with regulators to improve safety. However we are clear that standards must improve dramatically - if they do not, we won't hesitate to take further action. from Department of Health spokeswoman
    Department of Health spokeswoman
  17. First residents move into Bicester 'eco-town'

    The first residents of a new "eco-town" in Oxfordshire have moved into their new homes, the developer has said. 

    New homes at Elmsbrook

    A2Dominion's construction of the first phase of the North West Bicester development began in April 2014

    Elmsbrook, which is currently under construction, is the first part of a masterplan to create up to 6,000 homes at the site.

  18. Southern Health: Shadow minister demands accountability

    Labour's shadow minister for mental health, Luciana Berger MP, has demanded action and accountability is taken in the wake of the damning CQC report into Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

    Quote Message: This report makes for really shocking reading. More than two years after the tragic death of Connor Sparrowhawk and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is still not adequately protecting the thousands of people in its care. For these failings to be allowed to continue is unacceptable. The lack of accountability, at the highest levels of the trust, is beyond the pale. For patients and their families, this latest action plan is simply too little too late. They need to see robust action and real accountability and they need to see it now. from Luciana Berger Labour and Co-operative MP for Liverpool Wavertree
    Luciana BergerLabour and Co-operative MP for Liverpool Wavertree