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By Chris Brown and Anna Browning

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  1. That's all for today

    BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire returns tomorrow at 08:00.

  2. Reports of a body in the Thames near Wallingford

    BBC Radio Oxford has just taken a call from a listener who reports that police activity has closed Wallingford Bridge.

    They also said that a body may have been found in the River Thames.

  3. Being kind to others makes you 'slightly happier' - Oxford reserach

    Being kind to others might not make people as happy as they might think, according to a study involving Oxford University

    Scientists examined more than 400 existing studies on the link between kindness and happiness. 

    Happy people jumping

    Dr Oliver Scott Curry led the research. 

    He said kindness is built into our DNA, which means happiness isn't always the driving factor, but that being kind to other people had a "modest" effect on happiness levels.

  4. Travel update: Woodstock Road in Witney partially blocked

    BBC Travel

    The A4095 Woodstock Road in Witney is partially blocked and there's slow traffic at The Crescent junction, because of an accident.

  5. Travel update: Fallen tree in Wallingford

    BBC Travel

    The A329 Shillingford Road in Wallingford is closed in both directions between the Shillingford Roundabout and the A4130 junction, because of a fallen tree.

  6. John Simpson talks to BBC Oxford's Kat Orman

    The BBC's world affairs editor John Simpson has been praising the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

    John Simpson

    The veteran broadcaster ended up there - after falling seriously ill after having a severe allergic reaction to something he'd eaten. 

    He told BBC Radio Oxford's Kat Orman that he's "lucky" to have survived. He also tweeted his thanks to staff at the JR.

  7. Site visit in 'Wind in the Willows' murder trial

    Today a jury got to see inside the house where Adrian Greenwood was killed.

    Iffley Road

    It's day two of the trail of Michael Danaher - who’s accused of murdering Mr Greenwood on 5 April this year.

    And this morning almost everyone involved in the trial - including barristers, the 12 jurors and even the judge – headed over to Iffley Road for a site visit.

    They took a look around the four-storey townhouse when Adrian Greenwood lived, and which used to be full of valuable books and antiques.

  8. Being helpful to others will put a small smile on your face

    Helping others does make you happier but not enough to change your life, researchers at Oxford University have found.


    The study showed we respond positively to helping others because "probably because we genuinely care about others' welfare".

    But, according to lead author Dr Oliver Scott Curry, "performing acts of kindness will not change your life, but might help nudge it in the right direction".

  9. Anger at Oxford's Frideswide Square award nomination

    A disability rights campaigner says she is "absolutely mortified" a new road junction has been shortlisted for a national award. 

    Frideswide Square

    Frideswide Square in Oxford opened in December last year based on "shared space", in which pedestrians and vehicles are not segregated. 

    The £6.7m redevelopment faced criticism after vehicles damaged kerbs, forcing repair work to be carried out. 

    A council spokesman said the nomination was "welcome recognition".

  10. Art dealer murder: 'These plans were no silly fantasies or pipe dreams'

    Ending his opening statement Mr Saxby said: "For whatever reason - financial problems, anger at his predicament relative to the success of others, a likening it seems of the devious and the subversive and the plain criminal - as of 2015 Michael Danaher was researching wealthy people with a view to getting money from them, by one means or another.

    "These plans were no silly fantasies or pipe dreams.

    "They are not to be brushed off as just ludicrous plans that were never to happen.

    "They necessarily involved violence, actual or threatened - there is the reference to the stun gun, and to ransoms.

    "They were well-researched - addresses had been checked out, family members identified and so on.

    "And they were to be carried out, as Jacqueline Beecroft and Adrian Greenwood discovered."

    He added that it was "an absurdity" to claim Mr Danaher acted in self defence, given the extent of Mr Greenwood's injuries.

  11. Art dealer murder: 'Shocked to be accused'

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC News

    When questioned by detectives Michael Danaher said he had not attacked or stabbed Adrian Greenwood, Mr Saxby said.

    In his police interview he read a prepared statement, which read: "I am shocked to be accused of the murder of Adrian Greenwood, I have not murdered anyone."

    Mr Saxby said at that point "there was no question of self defence or a man coming at him with a knife, nothing like that".

    He was interviewed twice more but answered "no comment" to most questions, the barrister added.On 13 April he was charged with Adrian Greenwood's murder.

  12. Art dealer murder

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC News

    The jury was told that police traced Adrian Greenwood's phone to Michael Danaher's flat in Peterborough.

    The 50-year-old defendant was arrested, Mr Saxby said, and taken to hospital for a check up.

    While there he allegedly said to the officers he was with: "It might be better if they just let me die here. I make bad life choices, don't I?"

    Mr Saxby said: "After someone has done something bad there are moments, even it seems with this defendant, in which he reflects.

    "Although you might think this seems a million miles away from somebody who has lawfully defended themselves from an attack."

  13. Art dealer murder

    'Killer took selfie'

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC News

    Today the barrister is laying out a timeline of events and a summary of the evidence in the case.

    He said after Mr Danaher has killed Mr Greenwood he stopped to take a "selfie" of "little cuts" he sustained to his hands.

    Mr Saxby added that the theft of his victim's wallet suggested "he also checked out the pockets of the dead or dying man on the floor in the hallway".

    Mr Saxby said blood pattern analysis indicated that "Adrian Greenwood had lost or was losing blood as he moved along the hallway, you remember he had a stab wound to the back.

    "He ended up on the ground in the hallway, and the attack continued.

    "And before he left the defendant washed off the blood he got on him while attacking Adrian Greenwood."

    He added that after the attack Mr Danaher called his 15-year-old son and told him an "utter fiction" about being attacked by two men who also stole his sat nav.

    He also accessed a new list of wealthy people he had created, which he had titled "targets", Mr Saxby said.

  14. From court: Art dealer murder

    Joe Nimmo

    BBC News

    This morning the trial of the man accused of murdering art dealer Adrian Greenwood over a valuable first edition of Wind in the Willows continues at Oxford Crown Court.

    The 42-year-old was found stabbed to death in the hallway of his home on 5 April.

    Michael Danaher, 50, from Peterborough, allegedly planned to steal form Mr Greewood, and had written his name on a list of "people of means", which also included Kate Moss and Jeffrey Archer.

    Oliver Saxby QC told the jury yesterday that these were targets who Mr Danaher was planning to rob or kidnap in a bid to make money.

    Adrian Greenwood
    Image caption: Adrian Greenwood had a stab wound to the back.
  15. Patrols stepped up in hunt for Oxford schoolgirl rapists

    Police have stepped up patrols in the area where a 14-year-old schoolgirl was abducted and raped a week ago. 

    Ribbons have been tied to lampposts in the area where the schoolgirl was abducted
    Image caption: Ribbons have been tied to lampposts in the area where the schoolgirl was abducted

    Officers have been speaking to drivers and cyclists in the Summertown area of Oxford after a "substantial number of calls in the last 24 hours". 

    Thames Valley Police said there would be a "very visible police presence" as the investigation continued.

    Meanwhile, ribbons have a been tied to signs and traffic lights on the road where the girl was abducted.