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  1. Updates on Tuesday 31 May 2016

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By Chris Brown and Michael Stoddard

All times stated are UK

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That's all from BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire

The end of a pretty wet and windy Tuesday... at least the miserable weather had the decency not to put in an appearance on Bank Holiday Monday.

We'll be back with the latest news, sport, weather and travel tomorrow from 08:00. Join us then.

Evening TV: Legal high ban will 'make them more dangerous'

South Today

On South Today at 18:30: Last week's banning of legal highs will only make them more dangerous, as the market will be driven further underground - according to an Oxford-based think-tank.

Legal high
BBC

We hear from The Beckley Foundation, which claims the drugs should be regulated rather than banned altogether. 

More on this and all of today's top stories on BBC One.

Weather: Cloudy with further rain and drizzle overnight

BBC Weather

Further outbreaks of drizzle are expected overnight. It will also remain rather cloudy and murky, especially over the Chilterns. Lows of 10C (50F).

Oxford weather 31 May 2016
BBC

Sport headlines: Hylton and Mullins on their way to Luton

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Plenty going on at Oxford United today...

  • Striker Danny Hylton has rejected a contract offer from the U's and agreed a move to Luton Town
  • He'll be joined by defender Johnny Mullins, who has also joined the Hatters following his release from the Kassam
  • And winger Callum O'Dowda will find out later if he has made the cut and booked a place on the plane to Euro 2016 with the Republic of Ireland

Latest headlines: Kerry Reeves' mother's life 'devastated beyond repair'

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your top stories at the end of a busy Oxfordshire day:

Former planning expert "dismayed" by plans for 12,000 Green Belt homes

Oxford Times

A former planning adviser said she is "dismayed" by proposals to build on "sacrosanct" land in her hometown, as part of a huge city extension dubbed Greater Oxford.

Power cuts reported in OX5, OX26 and OX27 postcodes

Travel latest: Rain adding to A40 delays

Farmers' plea against Chinese lanterns

Farmers in Oxfordshire are urging people not to let off Chinese lanterns this summer. 

Chinese lantern
BBC

The warning comes as farmers say it's causing damage to crops and animals.    

There have been a number of crop fires started by Chinese lanterns in recent years. Livestock have been injured or even killed by ingesting parts of lanterns. Even bamboo-framed lanterns pose a risk to animals as the frames can splinter.

Jeff PowellBerks, Bucks and Oxon NFU chair

CCTV released after spat between two cyclists in Oxford leaves one in hospital

Oxford Mail

An argument between two cyclists in Oxford led to a 19-year-old man being punched to the floor and chipping his teeth.

Danny Hylton rejects Oxford Utd contract for move to Luton

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United striker Danny Hylton has rejected a contract offer from the U's and agreed a move to Luton Town.

Danny Hylton
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Danny Hylton

The 27-year-old moved to the Kassam in 2014 and was top scorer with 16 goals in his first campaign with the U's. 

He moves to the Hatters along with defender Johnny Mullins after being released by boss Michael Appleton earlier this month.

Staying at the Kassam Stadium are two of United's promising youngsters. Full-back Miles Welch-Hayes and keeper Jack Stevens have both signed one-year professional contracts with the club. 

Johnny Mullins joins Luton after Oxford United release

Sport: Oxford United joint third favourites to win League One title

Here's a bright prediction... Oxford United are named joint third favourites to win the League One title next season.

Oxford United vs Millwall
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They've only just won promotion to the third tier, but Sky Bet has them at 12-1 to win the league in 2016-17, alongside Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic, who have just been relegated from the Championship, and Millwall who the U's beat in the semi-finals of the JPT to reach Wembley.  

Kerry Reeves' mother speaks of 'devastated' lives

Adina Campbell

BBC South Today

The mother of Kerry Reeves has said her life, and those of her family, have been "devastated beyond repair" by the murder of the 26-year-old.

Mother speaks after two men are jailed for life for murder of Kerry Reeves

Kerry was shot in the face by Billy Johnson and Charles Noble in Abingdon last November.

Speaking outside court where the pair had been jailed for life, Nicola Reeves said the "pain and grief cannot be put into words". 

We will never come to terms with losing Kerry, but the one consolation is that these young men will no longer be able to destroy families like they have mine.

Nicola Reeves

Kerry Reeves murder: Armed pair had 'every intention' of ambushing Kerry and her friends

Adina Campbell

BBC South Today

Judge Zoe Smith said the pair convicted of the murder of Kerry Reeves were drug dealers who had "every intention" of ambushing Kerry and her friends while armed with a sawn-off shotgun.

Kerry Reeves
Thames Valley Police
Kerry Reeves

Billy Johnson and Charles Noble were “engaged in selling Class A drugs to residents in Abingdon. They were crack and cocaine dealers who wanted to remain in business,” the judge added.

Both “wore masks to conceal their faces with the intention to ambush the group”.

Verging on the ridiculous?

If you've noticed more overgrown hedges than usual in Oxfordshire, it's because the county council has reduced how often it cuts them back. 

Woman cuts back grass on a roadside verge
BBC

Some residents have taken matters into their own hands and gone out to cut verges themselves.

County council leader Ian Hudspeth says the council has faced complaints in the past from people who say it has cut verges back too much... but they will deal with verges where there are safety issues for drivers.

Oxfordshire relatives of 'Jutland Jack' honour fallen heroes

The family of a teenage boy who received the Victoria Cross for bravery during the Battle of Jutland have gathered at a ceremony at Shrivenham.

They have been remembering Jack Cornwell, and thousands of Royal Navy sailors who also lost their lives, on the 100th anniversary of the battle.

Family pays respects to teenage hero on 100th anniversary of great navy battle

Latest headlines: Kerry Reeves' killers jailed for life

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your mid-afternoon headlines:

Police hunt ice cream van knife robber

Police are hunting a man who robbed an ice cream van at knifepoint in south Oxford at the weekend.

The van was flagged down by a man in Kelburne Road on Sunday between 19:00 and 19:30. 

He ordered an ice cream but, when the driver turned around to add toppings, the man jumped through the window, threatened him with a knife and made off with the till.

Kerry Reeves murder: CCTV showed killers in the area on night of her death

Police have released CCTV footage showing the killers of Kerry Reeves in Abingdon on the night of her murder. 

Billy Johnson and Charles Noble have been given life sentences this afternoon.

Kerry Reeves murder: Killers 'assisted and encouraged each other'

Adina Campbell

BBC South Today

The judge in the Kerry Reeves murder trial said both Billy Johnson and Charles Noble "assisted and encouraged each other" in the lead-up to her shooting.

Det Ch Insp Mike Lynch of Thames Valley Police added it was "with regret that neither of the men showed any remorse for taking the life of an innocent woman".

Kerry Reeves killers given life sentences

Adina Campbell

BBC South Today

Two men have been jailed for life for the murder of Kerry Reeves in Abingdon.

Charles Noble (left) and Billy Johnson were unanimously found guilty of murdering Kerry Reeve
Thames Valley Police
Charles Noble (left) and Billy Johnson were unanimously found guilty of murdering Kerry Reeves

Billy Johnson, 20, of Corby, Northamptonshire, was given a minimum term of 25 years, while Charles Noble, 21, of Northolt, north-west London, was told he would serve at least 22 years.

Both men were found guilty of killing Kerry Reeves on Friday. The 26-year-old died two days after being shot in the face outside flats in the town last November.

Weather: Cloudy with drizzle later

BBC Weather

Rather cloudy this afternoon with outbreaks of drizzle, especially over the higher ground such as the Chilterns. Feeling cool in the northerly breeze. Highs of 15C (59F).

Oxford weather 31 May 2016
BBC

Stagecoach confirm 12 bus routes to be scrapped

Stagecoach has confirmed the closure of 12 bus routes in Oxfordshire, following the county council's decision to stop subsidising 118 bus routes by 20 July.

This morning Stagecoach released details of the service cuts. Full details can be found at the county council website:

  • 17: City Centre – Jericho – Summertown - Cutteslowe
  • 17A: Railway station – City Centre – Jericho – Marston – JR Hospital (weekend)
  • 17C: Railway station – City Centre – Jericho – Marston Village – JR Hospital (Sundays)
  • 18: Oxford – Eynsham – Stanton Harcourt – Standlake – Bampton
  • 85: Iffley Village – Cowley Centre
  • 86: Lye Valley – Cowley Centre
  • 89: The Baldons – Cowley Centre
  • 213: Witney – Woodgreen – Madley Park – Cogges - Witney
  • 214: Witney – Cogges – Madley Park – Woodgreen - Witney
  • 215: Witney – Smiths Estate – Witney
  • B1: Banbury Town Centre – Easington
  • B7: Banbury Town Centre – Grimsbury: Town Centre – Edmunds Road – Poets Corner

BreakingPair given life sentences for murder of Kerry Reeves

Can Callum make Ireland's Euro 2016 cut?

Oxford United winger Callum O'Dowda remains with the Republic of Ireland squad as they prepare for their friendly this evening against Belarus in Cork.

Callum O'Dowda
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Callum O'Dowda

Martin O'Neill will name his final squad for Euro 2016 after the match - but since his call-up the 21-year-old's chance to impress so far has been limited to training. 

O'Dowda was an unused substitute for the Republic's friendly last week against the Netherlands.

Travel latest: Delays in Steeple Aston and Oxford

BBC Travel

  • Traffic light failure on the A4260 Banbury Road in Steeple Aston at Heyford Crossroads is causing delays for drivers
  • And it's slow on the A44 Woodstock Road southbound in Oxford between the Peartree Interchange and Wolvercote Roundabout

Latest headlines: Mother of ecstasy victim backs call to decriminalise drugs

Chris Brown

BBC News

It's lunchtime, so here are your latest news and sport headlines:

Grubs up for thousands as the final touches are being put to plans for this year's Big Lunch parties

Bicester Advertiser

Residents across Oxfordshire are looking forward to tucking in at Big Lunch street parties across the county.

Off to Euro 2016? We want to hear from you...

Oxford students vote on move to split from NUS

Oxford students have begun voting today over whether to split from the National Union of Students (NUS).

New NUS president Malia Bouattia has been accused of anti-semitism
NUS
New NUS president Malia Bouattia has been accused of anti-semitism

The Oxford University Student Union is holding the referendum on its continuing affiliation after Malia Bouattia, who has been accused of anti-semitism, was elected as NUS president.

Last week, Cambridge students narrowly voted to remain affiliated with the NUS.

Other student unions planning votes include York and Bath Spa.

Oxford Parking Shop services move online

The walk-in Parking Shop in Oxford, run by Oxfordshire County Council, is due to close today, with people now expected to go online to apply for parking permits or pay fines.

A telephone support line is available to offer help to those without internet access on 0845 310 1111.

Primary school pupils to get help from trained mental health staff

Witney Gazette

Primary school children in Oxfordshire are set to get help from mental health professionals based in their schools.

CCTV released of Cowley shop attack

Police in Oxford have released CCTV images of two men wanted for questioning about an assault in Cowley.

CCTV images of shop attack in Cowley
Thames Valley Police

Two men attacked a member of staff at a shop in Crescent Road on 1 May at about 18:00.

The worker had tried to stop them from shoplifting and was pushed to the floor and kicked.

The story of the Battle of Jutland and its youngest hero

An Oxfordshire family will hold a special memorial service in Shrivenham this morning to honour 'Jutland Jack'.

An Oxfordshire family will hold a memorial service in Shrivenham to honour 'Jutland Jack'

Jack Cornwell was only 15 when he joined the Royal Navy - and only 16 when he died less than a year later. 

The Battle of Jutland - a 72-hour onslaught 100 years ago - was his first encounter with the enemy, and his last. He became the youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War One for his gallantry.

'Banning drugs just does not work': Grieving mum backs Oxford think tank call

The mother of an Oxford teenager who died after taking an accidental overdose of ecstasy has backed the Beckley Foundation's call to decriminalise drugs.

Mother of an Oxford teenager who died after taking ecstasy backs decriminalise drugs call

Martha Fernback, 15, died in hospital after taking exceptionally pure MDMA at Hinksey Park, Oxford in 2014.

But Anne-Marie Cockburn says banning drugs, such as legal highs, is not the way forward.

Latest headlines: Kerry Reeves killers to be sentenced

Chris Brown

BBC News

Here are your mid-morning headlines:

Kerry Reeves' killers to be sentenced this morning

Adina Campbell

BBC South Today

Two drug dealers convicted of killing Kerry Reeves will be sentenced this morning.

Billy Johnson, 20, of Corby, Northamptonshire, and Charles Noble, 21, of Northolt, north-west London, were found guilty of Ms Reeve's murder on Friday.

Kerry, 26, died two days after being shot in the face outside flats in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, in November.