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

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By Chris Brown and Anna Browning

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. Sport headlines: O'Dowda's delight at Ireland call-up

    Ross Heaton

    BBC Oxford Sport

  3. Weather: Sunny evening but cloud returns later

    BBC Weather

    There will be good spells of sunshine to end the day, but cloud returns overnight. Low temp 11C (52F). 

    Oxford weather 12 May 2016
  4. Latest headlines: Father speaks of grief and anger over search for Ellis Downes

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    The top stories this evening: 

  5. Travel latest: Delays on the M40 southbound, in Clifton Hampden and Shillingford

    BBC Travel

    • There's slow traffic on the M40 southbound between J11 for Banbury and J10 for Brackley
    • It's also slow on the A415 Abingdon Road in both directions in Clifton Hampden at the B4015 Oxford Road junction
    • And it's very slow on the A4074 Henley Road southbound in Shillingford at the A329 New Road junction

    Keep up to date with the latest traffic news on the BBC Travel site.

  6. O'Dowda revels in 'incredible feeling' of Ireland call-up

    Oxford United winger Callum O'Dowda says his first full international call-up by the Republic of Ireland is a moment he will cherish. 

    Callum O'Dowda
    Image caption: Callum O'Dowda

    The 21-year old from Kidlington has been included in a 35-man squad for the Republic's friendly against the Netherlands on 27 May in Dublin.

    Quote Message: It's an incredible feeling. It's been a really good season and this tops it off. from Callum O'Dowda Oxford United and Republic of Ireland
    Callum O'DowdaOxford United and Republic of Ireland
  7. 'The river is not the place to bathe in' - warning from emergency worker

    Kevin Kerry from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue is warning people to stay out of the River Thames this weekend due to strong currents at the moment. It comes after he helped rescue three people from a 34ft cruiser that got wedged under a bridge at Clifton Hampden.

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  8. Latest headlines: Ellis' father speaks of 'absolutely horrendous' experience

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    The top stories so far today:

  9. Call for help to protect woodlands

    The Woodland Trust is appealing for public support to protect ancient woods in Oxfordshire.

    Oxfordshire woodland

    It says seven of the eight woods locally are allocations - which means they've been earmarked for future residential developments. 

    It's looking for threat reporters to tell them where developments are planned, to prevent the woods - and their diverse wildlife - being lost.

  10. Flood alert issued for River Thames

    A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the River Thames and Tributaries from Buscot Wick down to Kings Lock, above Oxford.

    Possible affected communities are: Buscot, Kelmscott, Radcot, Chimney, Northmoor, Stanton Harcourt, Bablock Hythe and caravan park, Eynsham, Swinford and Yarnton today. 

    Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

  11. Travel latest: Accident closes A44 in Over Kiddington

    BBC Travel

    The A44 in Over Kiddington is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between Glympton turn-off and Duke Of Marlborough Junction after an accident involving two vehicles.

    Get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

  12. In pictures: Boat stuck under bridge in Clifton Hampden

    This is the scene in Clifton Hampden where a 34ft cruiser got stuck under a bridge. 

    Stuck boat at Clifton Hampden

    Three people were rescued and an Environment Agency tug is due soon to move the stricken vessel.

  13. Air pollution: Why WHO warning should concern us in Oxford

    Oxford has been named and shamed by the World Health Organistion for the poor quality of its air.

    Air pollution in Oxford

    Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, says urgent action must be taken to prevent premature deaths.

    Quote Message: It is deeply concerning that UK towns and cities are failing to meet WHO standards for the smallest, most harmful pollution particles. These particles are able to reach deep into our lungs and even into our bloodstream, and can have a serious impact on our breathing and wider health. It is clear from this report that the UK is facing an air pollution crisis. from Dr Penny Woods Chief executive of the British Lung Foundation
    Dr Penny WoodsChief executive of the British Lung Foundation
  14. Oxford named and shamed over air pollution levels

    Oxford is one of 11 towns and cities across Britain and Ireland that have been named and shamed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for breaching air pollution safety levels.

    Car exhaust

    WHO data shows the city is breaking the safe level for a type of pollution known as particulate matter, caused mainly by vehicle emissions, which is wreaking havoc on human health.

    It says this kind of pollution increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma, for people who live in these areas.

    Quote Message: When dirty air blankets our cities, the most vulnerable urban populations - the youngest, oldest and poorest - are the most impacted. from Dr Flavia Bustreo WHO assistant director general for family, women and children's health
    Dr Flavia BustreoWHO assistant director general for family, women and children's health
  15. Air pollution: Still a long way to go for Oxford to clean up its act

    Oxford is making efforts to combat air pollution in the city centre, but today's WHO report shows there is a long way to go. 


    Last year, levels of nitrogen dioxide in the centre fell after a Low Emission Zone was introduced in 2014.

    But a proposal from the county council for a zero-emission zone in the centre was branded "ridiculous" by the city's authority.

  16. Sport headlines: O'Dowda gets first full international call-up

    Ross Heaton

    BBC Oxford Sport