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Summary

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

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By Chris Brown and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

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  1. The bank holiday weekend starts here

    Right, that's it from Local Live in the BBC Oxford newsroom for today.  

    We'll be back from 08:00 next Tuesday with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire. Join us then and in the meantime enjoy the bank holiday. 

  2. Foul play 'not suspected'

    The 22-year-old seasoned traveller and avid hiker had been spending eight weeks travelling in North America. He was reported missing a week after he was last seen - November 25, 2013 - when he failed to complete his travel plans. 

    The Coroners Service said it was continuing to investigate this death, but said foul play was not suspected. 

    Tom Billings
  3. Hiker spotted remains

    A large-scale search that followed Tom Billings' disappearance failed to find any trace of him.

    According to the coroner, on April 11 this year a hiker on Cypress Mountain spotted what he believed to be human remains and reported it to the police. North Shore Search and Rescue returned to the area some days later and completed more of the recovery operation.

  4. BreakingCanada remains identified as Oxford man

    Remains found in Vancouver last month have been identified as missing 22-year-old Tom Billings, from Oxford, who disappeared in the North Shore mountains in November 2013.

    His family has been notified, British Columbia Coroners Service said. 

    Tom Billings
  5. Kerry Reeves murder

    The jury took two and a half hours to find Johnson and Noble guilty of murder.

    They were linked to Ms Reeves' death with telephone evidence, internet search history and CCTV.   

    Quote Message: The witnesses were utterly unprepared for what they saw, some of them acted courageously on the night in their efforts to save Kerry’s life, and all of them have given evidence in very difficult circumstances. from Adrian Foster Crown Prosecution Service
    Adrian FosterCrown Prosecution Service
  6. Evening TV: Twin Towns Challenge gets into gear

    South Today

    Coming up on South Today at 18:30:

    About 100 cars set off from Blenheim Palace this morning heading for Witney's twin town of Le Touquet in France. 

    Cars at Blenheim Palace

    Those taking part in the charity challenge are carrying extra fuel because of the protests causing shortages across France. 

    Participants had only £500 pounds to spend on their vehicles, and want to raise £250,000 for Charlbury-based charity SpecialEffect. 

    More on this and all today's top stories from 18:30.

  7. Community thanked

    Quote Message: The conviction of these men would not have been possible if it was not for all of the witnesses who agreed to come forward from the community to give evidence. I commend them for this, as they have had to re-live the moment that Kerry’s life was tragically taken. from Det Ch Insp Mike Lynch
    Det Ch Insp Mike Lynch
  8. Kerry Reeves murderers

    Police have released images of Billy Johnson, 20, from Corby, Northamptonshire, and Charles Noble, 21, from London, who were found guilty of Ms Reeve's murder at Oxford Crown Court today.

    Billy Johnson and Charles Noble,
    Quote Message: It is with regret that neither of the men showed any remorse for taking the life of an innocent woman by shooting her at point blank range. from Det Ch Insp Mike Lynch Senior investigating officer
    Det Ch Insp Mike LynchSenior investigating officer
  9. Travel latest: Delays on the M40, B4017 and in Abingdon

    BBC Travel

    As the bank holiday getaway begins, there are traffic problems around the county, including:

    • M40 northbound at J9 because of an accident involving a van earlier on. All lanes have re-opened, but there's congestion to J8a
    • Big queues on Fox Lane westbound between the Foxcombe Hill junction and the B4017 Lamborough Hill junction
    • And it's very slow on the A415 Marcham Road westbound in Abingdon between Marcham Interchange and the A338 junction

    Get more details on the BBC Travel site.

  10. Oxford's parking shop to close

    The walk-in parking shop in Oxford, run by Oxfordshire County Council, will close on Tuesday 31 May. All services will continue to be offered online, with telephone support available through the customer service centre on 0845 310 1111. People can apply for or renew an Oxfordshire County Council parking permit, apply for visitors’ permits or pay a fine, online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/parking

  11. Weather: Dry and clear evening to come

    BBC Weather

    This evening will stay dry with some late sunshine. The night will stay dry with light winds and some clear periods. Low temp 9C (48F).

    Oxford weather 27 May 2016
  12. Oxford United fan takes the biscuit after being fined for throwing pack of custard creams at rival Millwall supporters

    Oxford Mail

    A football fan's dream of seeing his team play at Wembley crumbled after he launched a packet of custard creams during a ruckus at an earlier game.

  13. Latest headlines: Drug dealers face 30 years' jail for Kerry Reeves murder

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    The bank holiday weekend is nearly here... Here are your Friday evening news and sport headlines:

  14. Kerry Reeves killers 'showed no emotion'

    Adina Campbell

    BBC South Today

    Two men found guilty of the murder of Kerry Reeves in Abingdon last November showed no emotion as the jury delivered their verdicts.

    The scene near where Kerry was shot and killed in Abingdon
    Image caption: The scene near where Kerry was shot and killed in Abingdon

    Billy Johnson, 20, from Corby, Northamptonshire, and Charles Noble, 21, from London, were found guilty of shooting Kerry and face 30 years in jail.

    There were sighs of relief from Kerry's family as the verdicts were read out, while Johnson and Noble showed no emotion.

  15. Drug dealers guilty of shotgun murder

    Kerry Reeves
    Image caption: In a statement Kerry Reeves's mother said she was "devastated" by her daughter's death

    Billy Johnson, 20, from Corby, Northamptonshire, and Charles Noble, 21, from London, were found guilty of Ms Reeve's murder.  

    Drug dealers guilty of woman's murder

    Kerry Reeves

    Two drug dealers are convicted of shooting dead a woman who was looking for them armed with a baseball bat.

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  16. Didcot to Reading rail line 'energised' for first time

    The Great Western rail line between Didcot and Reading has been "energised" for the first time today, as part of the work to electrify the whole line between London, the West and South Wales.

    Great Western electrification

    Mark Langman from Network Rail said it marked "a really important milestone in our work to upgrade Brunel’s railway".

    At the start of the year, we revealed how electrification of some routes - including up to Oxford - is running up to three years late.

  17. Dance school from Oxford "ecstatic" despite missing Britain's Got Talent final

    Oxford Mail

    As the dust settled on a sensational Britain's Got Talent performance, one of Oxford's biggest dance schools said they were "ecstatic" despite not making it to the final.

  18. BreakingMan released after body found in Banbury house

    A 63-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder in Banbury has this afternoon been released without charge.

    Police outside the house in Banbury where the body of a 55-year-old man was found

    The body of a 55-year-old man was found yesterday at a house on Causeway.

    Police say his death is no longer being treated as suspicious following a post-mortem examination.

  19. Murdered woman had hunted killers with baseball bat

    The jury in the trial at Oxford Crown Court heard Kerry Reeves had gone looking for the two drug dealers armed with a baseball bat when she was shot.

    Billy Johnson, 20, from Corby, Northamptonshire, and Charles Noble, 21, from London, were found guilty of Ms Reeve's murder this afternoon. 

    Police at the scene in Thornhill Walk, Abingdon, after the shooting last November
    Image caption: Police at the scene in Thornhill Walk, Abingdon, after the shooting last November

    Their trial at Oxford Crown Court was told there had been tension between the defendants and some of her friends. 

    The court heard both sides had a background of drugs, alcohol and violence, and Johnson and Noble were heroin dealers.

    Jurors were told Ms Reeves, armed with a metal baseball bat, and two of her friends had gone looking for the pair when they were ambushed by them outside the flats at Thornhill Walk, Abingdon on 3 November.