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Summary

  1. 16:41 - MP Ed Vaizey backs Didcot power station recovery plan
  2. 16:16 - More than 150 online sex crimes against Thames Valley children
  3. 14:53 - Robots 'should be used in Didcot power station recovery'
  4. 11:00 - Campaign calls for better rail links across Oxfordshire
  5. 10:49 - 15 neighbourhoods among 20% most deprived in the country
  6. 10:09 - Almost £180m needs to be saved from county's NHS

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By Chris Brown and Anna Browning

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  1. That's all from Oxfordshire Live for today

    We're signing off for the evening, so many thanks for joining us throughout the day.

    We'll be back at 08:00 with all the latest news, views, pictures and video from around the county. Join us then.

  2. Latest headlines: MP backs Didcot power station recovery plan

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    Here are your top stories this evening: 

  3. Weather: Cloudy and muggy tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    There'll be sunny spells this evening but overnight it will become more cloudy, with lows of 13C (55F).

    Tomorrow morning will be dry but rather cloudy. It will become warmer and brighter through the afternoon, especially in Henley and the far south of the county.

    Oxford weather 21 June 2016
  4. Tension mounts for Oxford United's League One fixture list

    The full fixture list for Oxford United's League One programme is out at 09:00 tomorrow. 

    We'll bring you the news as soon as we get it...

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  5. New signs point cyclists in the quiet direction

    New signs to help direct cyclists along quieter roads in Oxford are being installed.

    Cycling

    Costing £23,000, the city council is placing the signs between Oxford and Blackbird Leys, along roads in East Oxford and Cowley, as an alternative to the busy Iffley Road and Cowley Road.

  6. Grass row prompts devolution swipe

    Oxfordshire Guardian

    Cherwell District Council said it will pick up the bill for extra grass cutting across Bicester, Banbury and Kidlington again this year.

  7. Lab rats' hero honoured for improving rodent welfare

    An Oxford University zoologist has been honoured by the RSPCA for improving welfare for laboratory rats.

    Lab rat

    Dr Manuel Berdoy won the Sir Patrick Moore Award, for his work to reduce the numbers of animals used in experiments through better design and analysis.

    His work helped challenge the assumption that lab rodents can be kept in barren housing because they do not know any different.

  8. MP trusts Didcot power station owners over recovery work

    Ed Vaizey says he trusts the owner of the Didcot power station site to have come up with the right solution for bringing down the rest of the partially collapsed boiler house.

    Didcot power station

    But the Wantage MP has criticised RWE NPower for its communication with the families of three men buried under the rubble.

    Quote Message: The families have been left in the dark and confused. They know about the trade and the risks, and they should have been taken into RWE's confidence more quickly. [But] we can conclude that RWE has been through the realistic options and come to the right conclusion. from Ed Vaizey MP for Wantage
    Ed VaizeyMP for Wantage
  9. 151 online sex crimes against children in Thames Valley

    There have been 151 sexual crimes against children online reported in the Thames Valley in the last year, according to the NSPCC.

    Online child abuse

    The figures come after police were required to flag any sexual crime against a child that involved the internet. 

    Crimes in Thames Valley include sexual grooming, inciting children to take part in a sex act and causing a child to watch a sex act. 

    Four of the victims were under 10 years old.

  10. Astronaut Tim Peake hails Harwell Campus near Didcot

    Oxford Mail

    Space's poster boy Major Tim Peake has called Harwell Campus a "central hub" of scientific discovery.

  11. Latest headlines: Robots 'should be used at Didcot power station'

    Chris Brown

    BBC News

    Here are your mid-afternoon top stories: 

    • Robots should be used to place demolition charges at the base of the collapsed Didcot power station, the site owner has said
    • Oxfordshire's NHS needs to "modernise" and find almost £180m of savings or patients could face longer waiting times, a health boss has warned
    • Parts of Oxfordshire are among the most deprived areas in the country, according to a new report
  12. Buzzard recovers after getting a grilling

    South Today

    A buzzard which survived 12 hours stuck in a van grill is recovering at a Cotswold wildlife reserve. 

    Video content

    Video caption: Bird of prey being cared for at Cotswold rescue charity

    It was rescued by staff at a Swindon van hire business before being treated by vets for a dislocated leg. 

    It's been named Ceri and is recovering well.

  13. 'Safer' to use robots at collapsed plant

    Didcot Power Station collapse

    'Safer' to use robots at collapsed plant

    Didcot Power Station collapse

    Robots should be used to place demolition charges at the base of the collapsed Didcot power station because using people "carries inherent risks to life", the site owner says.

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  14. Didcot power station operation costs fire service £300,000

    An update on the recovery work at Didcot power station.

    The county council says today Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service spent £300,000 dealing with the partial collapse of the boiler house in February.

    The figure is lower than expected as some of the costs have been covered by other local authorities.  

  15. Energy company doing 'everything within its power'

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    RWE NPower said using Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to place demolition charges at the site was its "preferred route, with the traditional method being prepared as a back-up, should the robotic option not prove reliable". 

    Didcot Power Station recovery site

    It added: "We understand that the time taken to recover the families’ loved ones is deeply upsetting.... our priority remains the recovery of the missing men and we are doing everything that is within our power to ensure it is progressed as fast and safely as possible."

    Four workers died when the boiler house at the Didcot A plant partially collapsed on 23 February.  

  16. BreakingRobots preferred option for Didcot Power Station demolition

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC News

    Plans for the "robotic demolition" of the remaining section of Didcot Power Station are being reviewed by RWE Npower.

    The site owner said it is hoping to use remote operated vehicles to place demolition charges at the base of the structure. 

    It said using people to carry out the demolition "carries inherent risks to life".

  17. WATCH: New vision unveiled for Oxfordshire's rail services

    Jeremy Stern

    BBC South Today

    Better rail links are needed across Oxfordshire if the county is to grow, according to campaigners who want to see more carriages to carry passengers between Didcot and Oxford.

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    Video caption: Council has drawn up a list of improvements that will be taken to the rail industry

    The county council has drawn up a list of improvements - including a new service to Heathrow Airport - that will be taken to the rail industry.

  18. Police in Wootton threaten nuisance drivers with car seizure if noise continues

    Oxford Times

    Engine-revving drivers were threatened with having their cars seized after plaguing villagers in Wootton.