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  1. Body recovered six months after Didcot collapse
  2. Guard of honour as it is driven off site
  3. David Cameron enters Horton row
  4. RSPCA investigation after puppies abandoned

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Many thanks for joining us today. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest headlines throughout the day.

Be sure to join us then and have a great evening.

Forced labour victim treated like a 'skivvy'

A "vulnerable" man made to carry out forced labour was treated like a "skivvy", according to the chief prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service.

Christopher Joyce and daughter Mary Joyce who were jailed yesterday
Thames Valley Police
Christopher Joyce and daughter Mary Joyce who were jailed yesterday

Speaking after Christopher Joyce, 81, and daughter Mary Joyce, 60, were jailed yesterday for forced labour and benefit fraud offences, Adrian Foster warned the case may not be unique, despite its shocking nature.

They forced him to work very long hours by requiring him to perform menial tasks and manual labour such as collecting scrap metal, cleaning tools and maintenance, for little and sometimes no money and took advantage of his vulnerability and inability to protest in doing so. In effect they treated him like a skivvy.

Adrian FosterChief crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service

Former home of the Church of England in Oxfordshire to become a block of flats

Oxford Times

The palatial former headquarters of the Church of England in Oxfordshire is set to become a block of flats.  

Travel latest: Problems on the A34

Get up-to-the minute details on this and the rest of the county's travel news on the BBC Travel site or follow @BBCOxTravel.

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Didcot mayor: 'My heart breaks for families still waiting'

The mayor of Didcot says he has conflicting emotions, after the body of one of the three men buried under the rubble at the town's power station was recovered last night.

Steve Connell added he hoped the remaining two missing men were close by and would be found soon. 

A guard of honour forms as one of the missing workmen is removed from Didcot power station
A guard of honour forms as one of the missing workmen is removed from Didcot power station

It's a conflicting feeling - you are very happy for one of the families, but my heart breaks for the other two. I am really glad that progress is being made and we are closer to bringing all of the men home to their families.

Steve ConnellMayor of Didcot

Oxfordshire's Green Party leader calls for action to protect economy after Brexit

Oxford Mail

The Green Party leader for Oxfordshire County Council is calling for action to protect the county's economy after Brexit.

Ancient Greece brought to life with vase animations

Ever wanted to know what the scenes in ancient Greek vases would have looked like in real life?

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Well Oxford academics have teamed-up with an animator to produce The Symposium - depicting one of the most famous social settings for ancient Greece.

It's part of the Classics in Communities project to encourage the teaching of ancient languages like Latin and Greek.

Jeremy Hunt 'has confidence' in Southern Health

The health secretary says he thinks Southern Health NHS trust is making progress and trying hard to address difficult issues. 

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt was speaking after the trust's decision to move Katrina Percy to a new role with the same salary was described as a "scandal" by Sara Ryan - the mother of Connor Sparrowhawk who died in the trust's care.

He did say though that, in principle, NHS bosses who show a lack of judgement should not be given new jobs in the NHS on huge pay packets. 

I do think they are trying very hard to address some of the issues. There is a new chair now who is very experienced and I do have confidence they are making progress... We need to recognise if someone hasn't done a good job then they need to move on, we can't brush these things under the carpet.

Jeremy Hunt

Big rise in reports of indecent images of children

The number of offences involving the possession of indecent images of children recorded by Thames Valley Police has more than doubled in the last three years, according to the NSPCC.

Digital revolution has fuelled an "explosion in the production and consumption of child sexual abuse images"

A freedom of information request showed there were 182 offences recorded in 2013, increasing to 525 in 2015.

Meanwhile, it also revealed more than 2,000 children across the UK were reported to police over the same period over indecent images.

The charity's chief executive Peter Wanless said recent advances in digital technology has fuelled an "explosion in the production and consumption of child sexual abuse images".

Oxford United set to break transfer record with Marvin Johnson deal

With an hour and 15 minutes to spare last night, Oxford United clinched their biggest ever deadline day transfer, the BBC understands. 

Marvin Johnson

Motherwell winger Marvin Johnson had been chased by U's boss Michael Appleton for weeks, but the Scottish Premier League side only agreed to sell after the 25-year-old handed in a transfer request earlier this week.

How much they paid is still to be disclosed, but it could be the largest transfer fee Oxford have ever paid, breaking the £475,000 paid to Aberdeen for Dean Windass 18 years ago.

Johnson signed a three-year contract with United after flying down from Scotland last night and passing a medical at the Kassam Stadium.

 You can hear his first interview as a United player, with BBC Radio Oxford.

Three abandoned puppies found in bucket

The RSPCA is investigating after three female lurcher-cross puppies were found abandoned in a bucket in Upper Arncott, Bicester, on Sunday.

A member of the public spotted the white broken bucket at around 3pm, on the pavement in Buchanan Road. When she walked by and peered in, she spotted the tiny puppies.

The puppies

She took them to Hart Vets in Bicester, where they received immediate care and treatment.

RSPCA inspector Andy Eddy said: “These poor pups had been left alone in this broken bucket, they were clambering on top of each other, and whoever had left them had also thrown in some dog food.

"However, they had no water, and leaving them exposed like this was really dangerous."

The puppies

Hailing Caesar at The Horse's Trust

Our roving reporter Lilley Mitchell trotted off this morning to meet the newest resident at The Horse's Trust. 

Caesar, from Thames Valley Police's mounted section, is beginning his retirement there.

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David Cameron wades into Horton hospital row

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

David Cameron has stepped into a row over controversial plans to temporarily downgrade a hospital's maternity unit because of a shortage of doctors. 

Banbury's Horton General Hospital's service will be midwife-led, rather than consultant-led, from October. 

David Cameron

The former PM said while it could "achieve great things, it won't be able to look after all mothers' needs". 

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said doctors would be recruited as soon as possible.  

Loved ones 'haven't been able to grieve'

Sarah Champion, the MP for Rotherham where two of the families are based, has been speaking about their ordeal.

She said: "It's a great relief that someone has been found, but the families have been waiting now for just over six months.

"If you start thinking about the implications of that, it means they can't have a funeral for their loved ones, they can't grieve, they can't go away, and every time the phone rings they've been wondering if it's the call that their husband has been found."

About Didcot A Power Station

Didcot A Power Station in 2007

Oxfordshire's coal-fired Didcot A Power Station was turned off in 2013, after 43 years in service.

The site was able to generate 2,000 MW of electricity - enough to meet the needs of two million households - owners RWE Npower said.

The station included six cooling towers, measuring 375ft (114m) in height, which dominated the skyline of the town.

Hundreds of people gathered to watch when three of the towers were demolished in the early hours of 27 July 2014.

Further demolition work continued, with the boiler house collapse in February killing four men, but only one body was recovered until now

RWE Npower was expecting to complete deconstruction of the site by the end of this year.

A gas-burning power station - known as Didcot B - opened in 1997 on the site and continues to operate.

Ed Vaizey: 'Agonising wait for families'

MP for Didcot and Wantage Ed Vaizey said safety had to be paramount in the recovery operation at Didcot.

He described the site as "extremely dangerous and very unstable" and that "any operation to go in and find the bodies would have put the lives of rescue workers at risk".

However, he described the six-month wait as a "terrible saga".

"The news that one body has been found is very sad but at the same time there is a sense of relief because the families can't get closure until the bodies are recovered and brought out, and the wait must have been absolutely agonising for them."

Ed Vaizey
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Body undiscovered for six months

Matt Graveling

BBC South Today Oxford

It was in the early hours of this morning that one of the three missing men was taken away from Didcot Power Station where he had lain for more than six months.

The body drove through the big white gates in front of me at 02:30, passing a guard of honour made up of the emergency services and people who work here on the site.

There has been criticism from the families of the missing over the length of time it's taken to recover their loved ones, but the site owner said the rubble was dangerously unstable.

But for one of the families, today will mark the end of an agonising wait for answers and the chance to finally get some closure.

WATCH: Guard of honour for Didcot body

Didcot collapse: Guard of honour as body leaves site

Two bodies remain in Didcot rubble

Two bodies are still yet to be located at the site of Didcot A Power Station following yesterday's discovery.

The body of Michael Collings, 53, from Brotton, Teesside, was previously recovered from the Didcot Power Station site in February. 

The building was due for demolition when it partially collapsed. 

Didcot power station demolition

The remaining section was brought down using explosives in July (pictured above). Searches were halted in May when contractors reached a 50m (164ft) exclusion zone, beyond which it was considered too dangerous to continue. 

The families of the three missing men had opposed plans to use explosives for the demolition.

Guard of honour for recovered body

Guard of honour at Didcot Power Station

A guard of honour - including emergency services and workers - gathered as the body, which was found on Wednesday, was driven from the site at 02:30 BST.  

Guard of honour at Didcot Power Station

Guard of honour as Didcot body removed

Workers who have searched for bodies in the rubble of the collapsed Didcot Power Station form a guard of honour as a body is driven from the site.

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Travel update: Slow traffic in Frilford

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on the A415 eastbound in Frilford at the A338 junction.

Guard of honour for Didcot body

The body of man who died after a building collapse at Didcot Power Station was driven from the site during the early hours in a ceremonial event. 

Three men - Ken Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61, from Rotherham, and Chris Huxtable, 34, from Swansea - have been missing since 23 February. 

Guard of honour at Didcot Power Station

A guard of honour, including emergency services and workers, gathered as the body - which was found on Wednesday - was driven from the site at 02:30 BST. 

All three families were in attendance. Formal identification has not yet taken place, police say.

Weather: 'Long spells of sunshine'

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

We'll see a bright day today, with long spells of sunshine and it should be dry, with cloud building at times.

But with light winds it will feel quite warm. We could see one or two spots hitting 23C (73F).

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