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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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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 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire. Join us then.

  2. Evening TV: A gin-aissance in the Cotswolds

    South Today

    Coming up on South Today:

    The number of new distilleries opening in England increased by a third last year. 

    Cotswolds Distillery gin

    One of the 56 that's opened is the Cotswolds Distillery in Shipston-on-Stour making gin. 

    The new business has been started with the help of a million pounds of financial help from the public, through crowd funding.

    For that and all the day's top stories, watch on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Junior doctor welcomes new contract talks

    A junior doctor from Oxford has welcomed news that the government and the British Medical Association will return to talks over the controversial new junior doctors' contract.

    Junior doctors on strike

    Ministers said they would pause the introduction of the contract in England for five days from Monday to allow for new negotiations.

    Nicola Lovett, a junior doctor from Oxford who works at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, says she is "hopeful".

    Quote Message: Through discussions and negotiation we can get a contract that's safe for both the patients and the staff, because the current contract as it stands is not fit for purpose. from Nicola Lovett Junior doctor
    Nicola LovettJunior doctor
  4. Sport headlines: U's Hylton 'can't wait' for chance to secure promotion

    Ross Heaton

    BBC Oxford Sport

    • Oxford United striker Danny Hylton says he "can't wait" for a chance to secure League Two automatic promotion
    • Top scorer Kemar Roofe was back in training today for the first time this week - in fact, every member of the U's first team squad trained this morning
    • Wycombe have fewer than 200 tickets left for their section of the Kassam Stadium, so with all tickets for home areas snapped up days ago the match is heading for a complete sell-out
  5. Weather: Dry evening, chilly in some rural parts

    BBC Weather

    It will stay dry across the region this evening and overnight, with some good clear spells. 

    With light winds it will become rather chilly in some rural parts by morning. Low temp 8C (46F).

    Oxford weather 5 May 2016
  6. Latest headlines: Man held over Drayton post office ram-raid

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    The top stories in Oxfordshire this evening:

  7. Travel latest: Delays on the A4144, Western bypass and A415

    BBC Travel

    • The A4144 Abingdon Road in Oxford is partially blocked and there's very slow traffic inbound at the Western Road junction, because of emergency repairs
    • There's slow traffic on the A34 Western Bypass Road northbound between Peartree Interchange in Oxford and Islip turn-off in Islip
    • And it's slow on the A415 Abingdon Road in both directions in Clifton Hampden at the B4015 Oxford Road junction

    You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

  8. Phone box gets homely makeover as mystery prankster makes dig at Oxford rents

    Oxford Mail

    A political prankster crammed a phone box with home comforts and stuck up a to-let sign advertising it as a studio flat.  

  9. Phone app helps neighbours share spare food

    A new phone app is letting people in Oxford share their unwanted food in the hope of wasting less.

    Waste food

    Smartphone users can access the free Olio app to tell neighbours if they have any surplus food.

    It's also being used by local independent shops and cafes. 

    Across the UK households throw away more than £12.5billion worth of edible food every year.

  10. Six-storey car park at Didcot Parkway looks set for summer start

    Oxfordshire Guardian

    A £23 million six-storey upgrade of Didcot Parkway station’s car park will begin this summer.

  11. Tim Smart confirmed as chairman of Southern Health NHS trust

    Health regulator NHS Improvements has confirmed it is appointing Tim Smart as the interim chairman of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

    His appointment comes after the resignation of Mike Petter last week, following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report that found the trust was "continuing to put patients at risk".

    Mr Smart retired as Chief Executive of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust last year. He was at King’s for seven years, having previously worked for Shell and BT.

    Quote Message: The people that rely on our services and their families will be at the heart of everything we do. Two of my immediate priorities are to make sure that the quality and safety of our services improve and to make sure the Board functions more effectively. from Tim Smart Interim chairman of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
    Tim SmartInterim chairman of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  12. Weather latest: 20C in Brize Norton!

    Data from the Met Office shows the mercury hit 20C (68F) in Brize Norton - making this the hottest day of the year. 

    Weather Watcher picture from Mandy & Polly in Witney

    And it's always nice to see the 20C barrier breached... our Weather Watchers Mandy & Polly clearly enjoyed the glorious weather in Witney earlier.

  13. Jobs at risk at Banbury Academy

    Jobs are at risk at an Oxfordshire school as falling pupil numbers in recent years has meant reduced funding. 

    The associate principal at Banbury Academy says he hopes most of the reduction in staff would be through natural turnover rather than through redundancies.

    Pravahi Osman adds student numbers are expected to go up again next year, but "does not anticipate [job cuts] adding to teachers' workload".

  14. Latest headlines: Police arrest man after Drayton post office ram-raid

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    The top stories this afternoon:

  15. A glimpse into the future of mental healthcare?

    Fergus Walsh

    Medical correspondent

    Testing out Oxford team's virtual reality treatment for people with severe paranoia, typically associated with a mental health disorder such as schizophrenia.

    Video content

    Video caption: A team from Oxford University has used virtual reality to help treat severe paranoia.
  16. Man arrested over ram-raid on Drayton post office

    Police have arrested a 35-year-old man after a car was rammed into the post office in Drayton, near Abingdon, early this morning.

    Calls were made to police at about 03:00 of a car being reversed into the shop front.

    The driver of a a silver Honda Accord left in the direction of Wooton, forcing a motorcyclist to stop, before he was stopped by police in Ducklington.

    He has now been arrested on on suspicion of dangerous driving and burglary other than in a dwelling. He remains in custody.