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Summary

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

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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 your lot from BBC Local Live for today. A pleasure for us to bring you the latest news as always.

    So much so that we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow. Join us then.

  2. Weather: Fine and dry night

    BBC Weather

    Staying generally fine and dry overnight with clear spells initially. Gradually turning cloudier from the east later in the night. Low temp 6C (43F).

    Oxford weather 24 May 2016
  3. Latest headlines: Didcot recovery work a 'national disgrace', says MP

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    Here are Oxfordshire's top stories this evening:

  4. Wildlife blogger Alex White, 12, urges people to perform "random acts of wildness"

    Oxford Times

    Nature lovers in Oxfordshire are being urged to perform random acts of wildness every day in June as part of the annual "30 Days Wild" campaign.

  5. Children's centres campaigners launch legal action against council

    Campaigners fighting against the closure of children's centres across Oxfordshire have begun legal action against the county council.

    Protest over cuts to Oxfordshire's children's centres
    Image caption: Cuts to Oxfordshire's children's centres have drawn a long-running protest campaign

    They say Oxfordshire County Council is breaking the law by pressing ahead with the controversial  plans, and are now waiting for the date of a judicial review to be set. 

    Cabinet members voted earlier to keep open 18 of 44 children's centres in different forms: eight children and family centres, two 'shared locality bases', and eight outreach centres.

    In a statement, the council said the campaigners' claims were "legally and factually misconceived".

  6. MP calls Didcot bodies recovery delays a 'national scandal'

    The Labour MP campaigning on behalf of families of the missing men at Didcot power station has called the latest delay to the recovery work a "national scandal".

    Didcot power station

    The recovery operation has been halted, potentially for months, as workers have now reached the 50m exclusion zone around the unstable remains of the boiler house.

    Rotherham MP Sarah Champion says there will be other disasters like this in future and the slow progress to recovering bodies can't happen again.

  7. St Giles 'wasted', says Oxford pedestrian campaign group

    St Giles is arguably one of Oxford's most beautiful streets, but it's being wasted, according to a campaign group. 

    St Giles, Oxford
    Image caption: St Giles, Oxford

    Members of the Oxford Pedestrians Association are meeting the council's city centre manager this evening to work out how the area can be made better for everyone - especially those who travel on foot. 

  8. University staff to strike from tomorrow

    Staff at Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford will join a two-day national strike taking place across the UK tomorrow. 

    UCU picket line

    It's to do with a dispute over pay after an increase of 1.1% from Universities and Colleges Employers Association was rejected. 

    The University and College Union says universities can afford to pay more. 

  9. Travel latest: Delays in Banbury, Eynsham and Oxford

    BBC Travel

    Here are the latest spots to avoid if you can:

    • The A361 South Bar Street in both directions in Banbury at Banbury Cross
    • The A40 westbound in Eynsham at Eynsham Roundabout
    • And the A4142 Eastern Bypass Road westbound in Oxford between Cowley Junction and Littlemore roundabout
  10. Latest headlines: hundreds gather for funeral of Ellis Downes

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    Here are your mid-afternoon top stories:

    • Hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of 16-year-old Ellis Downes at St Matthew's Church in Harwell this morning
    • It could take months before work to recover the bodies of three men at Didcot power station starts again, according to the editor of industry magazine Demolition News
    • And in sport, Oxford United will not rush to complete their summer transfers, boss Michael Appleton says
  11. Oxford United: No rush to sign new players, boss says

    Ross Heaton

    BBC Oxford Sport

    Oxford United will not rush to complete their summer transfers, boss Michael Appleton says. 

    Michael Appleton
    Image caption: Michael Appleton

    The U's head coach chose to recruit early last summer to get his squad used to the culture and practices that were to be used for their promotion-winning season.

    This time he's happy to use the whole of the close season to bring in more fresh faces to the Kassam Stadium. 

  12. Turner's iconic view bought for £100,000

    An iconic view of Oxford's dreaming spires has been saved. 

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    A 19-acre field on Harcourt Hill, which has views across the city, has been bought by the Oxford Preservation Trust for more than £100,000.

    It's close to where Turner painted his famous view. More than 200 people contributed to help the charity buy the site from private landowners. 

    They want to improve access for the public to the site and protect the view for generations to come. 

  13. Ellis Downes funeral takes place

    Hundreds of mourners gathered as the body of 16-year-old Ellis Downes arrived at St Matthew's Church this morning.

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    Video caption: 'Massively loved' teenager's life is celebrated
  14. Woman in her 60s sexually assaulted on Banbury bus

    A woman in her 60s has been sexually assaulted on a bus in Banbury, police have said.

    An Asian man sat next to the woman on the B5 bus last Tuesday between 11:40 and 12:00, and touched her "inappropriately".

    He's described as aged in his mid to late sixties, with grey hair swept back. He had no facial hair and light brown eyes.

    He is slim, about 5ft 6in tall, and was wearing a cream-coloured, long-sleeved jumper with a roll neck and brown trousers.

  15. Work to find bodies at Didcot power station could take months to begin again

    It could take months before work to recover the bodies of three men at Didcot power station starts again, according to the editor of industry magazine Demolition News, Mark Anthony. 

    Didcot power station recovery work

    Contractors have now reached the 50m exclusion zone around the half of the building which is still standing.

    Quote Message: You've got an unstable building, 10-storeys high, with half of it already fallen down. The stability of that building is very, very questionable.
  16. Hundreds attend funeral of drowned teen

    Ellis Downes
    Image caption: Ellis Downes disappeared under the water while playing with friends in Culham

    Rev Dr Jonathan Mobey, rector of St Matthew's Harwell and All Saints' Chilton said Ellis was "massively loved".  

    Hundreds attend funeral of drowned teen

    Ellis Downes

    Hundreds of mourners attend the funeral of a "massively loved" boy who drowned while swimming with his friends.

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  17. Weather: Remaining dry throughout the afternoon

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry throughout the day, with some sunshine at times, although cloud will gradually increase through this afternoon. Feeling warm and pleasant in any sunshine, with highs of 18C (64F).

    Oxford weather 24 May