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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Chris Brown and Stephen Stafford

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: Oxford ice hockey star agrees new deal

    Ross Heaton

    BBC Oxford Sport

    Oxford City Stars ice hockey team have followed up on extending the contract of head coach Simon Anderson by agreeing a new deal with international star Ondrej Pekarik.

    The Czech scored 19 times for Oxford in his first season at Oxpens and says he's delighted to be staying at the club.

  3. Halfway point for fire fighters' charity bike epic

    A team of Oxfordshire firefighters are about halfway through a John O'Groats to Land's End charity cycle challenge.

    The 18 riders are currently in Cumbria, having clocked up more than 500 miles since they set off on 13 May. They are aiming to be in Oxfordshire on Sunday.

    Oxfordshire Fire and rescue
    Quote Message: We have three aims which are to promote health and wellbeing, to raise a fantastic £100,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity and, obviously, to make it to Land's End safe and sound." from Dave Etheridge Chief of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
    Dave EtheridgeChief of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
  4. Evening TV: Giving thanks to the Holocaust hero

    South Today

    On South Today at 18:30:

    A special service has been held in London later in memory of Sir Nicholas Winton who rescued more than 600 children from Czechoslovakia after the Nazis invaded the country in 1939.

    Sir Nicholas Winton
    Image caption: Sir Nicholas Winton

    We meet John Fieldsend from Thame, who converted from Judaism as a young man and became an Anglican vicar.

    Join us for that and all the day's top stories on BBC One.

  5. Weather: Patchy rain and drizzle to clear

    Thicker cloud and some patchy rain and drizzle will arrive during this evening.

    The cloudy and damp conditions will then clear away to the east after midnight, leaving a dry end to the night with clear spells.

    Lows of 11C (52F).

    Oxford weather 19 May 2016
  6. Rise in contactless payments in Oxford

    Press Association

    Oxford is among the top 10 cities in the UK which have seen the biggest increase in the use of contactless payments.

    Contactless payment

    Research published by Barclaycard showed a 186% rise in contactless payments in Oxford over the past 12 months. Manchester had the biggest rise of 247%.

    The credit card company said discount stores, gift card and novelty shops and service stations had seen particularly large jumps in people paying by contactless card over the past year. 

  7. Latest headlines: Local government devolution plan shelved

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    Your top stories this evening:

  8. In pictures: Fire fighters at Oxford garage fire

    This picture shows Oxford fire fighters in action in the early hours of this morning, tackling a fire at a garage on Walton Street.

    Fire at garage in Walton Street, Oxford

    The blaze was reported at just after 04:00 and three engines with 15 fire fighters were at the scene.

  9. Analysis: Oxfordshire district councils give up on cross-border mergers

    Bethan Phillips

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A shake-up of local government in Oxfordshire that was backed by the prime minister has been shelved.

    District councils in Oxfordshire wanted to join up with Cotswolds and South Northamptonshire councils to create four authorities with control of all services.

    David Cameron previously said the idea had "a lot of merit".

    But experts have now said the "cross-boundary" idea would be "too complicated" - the councils say they're still looking at various options for a restructure in the county.

  10. Travel latest: Delays in Oxford, Banbury and Swinford

    BBC Travel

    • There's slow traffic on the A34 northbound in Oxford at Hinksey Hill Interchange
    • It's also slow on the A361 South Bar Street in both directions in Banbury at Banbury Cross
    • And there are delays on the B4044 Oxford Road westbound in Swinford at the B4449 junction

    You can get more details on the BBC Travel site.

  11. Young homeless charity appeals for financial help

    An Oxfordshire charity which supports hundreds of young people every year is appealing for funding to help it stay afloat. 

    BYHP helps homeless youngsters at its base in Banbury
    Image caption: BYHP helps homeless youngsters at its base in Banbury

    The Banbury Young Homelessness Project (BYHP) is in need of a cash injection to balance the books.

    Its head of business Tim Tarby-Donald says it takes £20,000 a month to operate the charity.

  12. Your pictures: Last night's double rainbow over Oxford

    You've been sending us your double rainbow pictures. Check these stunners...

    Double rainbow at the Roger Bannister Running Track on Iffley Road
    Image caption: Double rainbow at the Roger Bannister Running Track on Iffley Road
    The end of the rainbow appears to be at the end of Cornmarket Street
    Image caption: The end of the rainbow appears to be at the end of Cornmarket Street
    The rainbow appears down High Street away from the centre
    Image caption: The rainbow appears down High Street away from the centre
    Rainbow over Port Meadow
    Image caption: Rainbow over Port Meadow
  13. Police hope guilty plea will give family 'some small comfort'

    Police say they hope the guilty plea of a man accused of killing Justin Skrebowski in Abingdon's Poundland store will give "some small comfort" to his grieving family.

    Justin Skrebowski's widow Gulsen Alkan
    Image caption: Justin Skrebowski's widow Gulsen Alkan

    Trevor Joyce pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He stabbed Mr Skrebowski to death on 7 December, using a knife he took from a display in the shop.

    Quote Message: This was a completely random and unprovoked attack on an innocent member of the public, which is all the more difficult to comprehend. Joyce has pleaded guilty to manslaughter today on the grounds of diminished responsibility. This will not bring Justin back or make up for the loss that his heartbroken family have suffered, but I hope that the conviction will give them some small comfort. from Det Insp Stuart Blaik Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit
    Det Insp Stuart BlaikThames Valley Police Major Crime Unit
  14. District councils to focus on Oxfordshire-only devolution plans

    Oxfordshire's district councils will no longer try to merge with neighbouring districts, such as Cotswold and South Northamptonshire.

    Cllr Matthew Barber, leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, with county council leader Ian Hudspeth
    Image caption: Cllr Matthew Barber, leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, with county council leader Ian Hudspeth

    Following Cotswold District Council's decision to give up on a merger with West Oxfordshire, dubbed 'Coxit', the county's district councils will now look to each other.

    The districts have brought in analysts PWC to look at ways to replace Oxfordshire's county council and get its powers devolved to them as new "district unitary authorities".

    Quote Message: Eliminating cross-boundary options now enables PWC’s independent study to focus solely on Oxfordshire’s residents and engaging with stakeholders in the county. Oxfordshire deserves a model of government that will give power to local people, not a one-size-fits-all model for all of Oxfordshire that will deprive people of the power to shape their local area. from Councillor Matthew Barber Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council
    Councillor Matthew BarberLeader of Vale of White Horse District Council
  15. Latest headlines: Trevor Joyce admits Abingdon Poundland killing

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    The top stories so far this afternoon:

  16. Cotswold council gives up on 'Coxit' idea

    Cotswold District Council has withdrawn plans, dubbed "Coxit", to break away from Gloucestershire and form a unitary authority with West Oxfordshire District Council.

    The council says a report from analysts PWC shows changes would need new legislation to be passed - and "widespread support" would be required.

    It said it accepted there was too much opposition within Gloucestershire.

    Quote Message: Although our proposals have been seen as innovative, we are some way from achieving the support we need within Gloucestershire. As a result, we have therefore reluctantly decided to withdraw the proposal. from Councillor Lynden Stowe Cotswold District Council
    Councillor Lynden StoweCotswold District Council
  17. Royal arrival at Cogges Manor Farm

    Here's Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Cogges Manor Farm - helping celebrate its five years of being run as a heritage trust.

    Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Cogges Manor Farm
    Image caption: Sophie, Countess of Wessex at Cogges Manor Farm