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30 July 2014 Last updated at 18:03

Mother talks about life without son Gareth Koch

The mother of a man who has been missing for ten years says she cannot accept that he is dead.

The College Cruisers boats are Oxford blueBoat firm carry on after land loss

Boat firm College Cruisers in Jericho is told to leave its canal side spot during peak season to make way for development.

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British engineers, including a group at the University of Oxford, experiment with with driverless cars.

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BBC Local Live

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    That's all from the BBC Local Live team for the day - thanks for joining us.

    Good luck to Oxfordshire weightlifter Ben Watson in the 105kg category at the Commonwealth Games this evening.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday.

    Dry evening forecast 17:50: Sarah Farmer Weather presenter, BBC South Today

    It'll be a dry evening with variable cloud and some sunny intervals.

    Wednesday weather

    Overnight it will be mainly dry with some good clear spells, though becoming somewhat cloudier later in the night in the west.

    An overnight low of 14C (57F).

    Tonight's television 17:39: Geraldine Peers Presenter, BBC South Today

    On the programme tonight from 18:30, Helen Catt looks at why one in seven people in Oxfordshire could lose their right to vote as registration changes.

    Voting forms

    Meanwhile, Tom Turrell finds out why one of Oxford's oldest department stores has decided to take another dip into the world of online shopping.

    Appleton needs goal power 17:34: Ross Heaton Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United head coach Michael Appleton's told BBC Radio Oxford he's closing in on fresh recruits up front.

    The U's were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers in a pre-season friendly last night and have one more warm-up game against Bournemouth on Saturday.

    Appleton says he's been working hard on potential new forwards but has yet to find players who tick all of his boxes.

    Link road plans 17:30: Oxford Times

    Plans are to be submitted for controversial road changes as part of a major housing development for Barton in Oxford.

    A34 delays 17:20:

    One lane is closed on the A34 northbound at Weston-On-The-Green because of an accident involving two vehicles, BBC Travel reports.

    'I can't accept it' 17:04: Emily-Ann Elliott BBC News Online

    The mother of an Oxfordshire man who's been missing for 10 years says she can't accept he's dead.

    Gareth Koch

    Gareth Koch, from Wantage, was 24 when he failed to return from trekking in Nepal in March 2004.

    Speaking 10 years after his disappearance, Jill Koch said: "Although I would say to myself Gareth probably is dead, I can't accept it totally."

    News on the hour 16:54: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 17:00: Plans are being made to bring driverless cars to Oxfordshire's roads.

    Leader of the county council Ian Hudspeth is considering putting in a bid for a share of £10m to be one of three places in the UK to trial the technology.

    Artistic anonymity 16:47: Dave Gilyeat BBC News

    Find out how a man known only as "Impro" has fooled people around a small part of Oxfordshire - including Uri Geller - with his artistic "japes".

    Uri and the mystery postbox

    The mystery man's bizarre art installations have ranged from a postbox on the side of a bridge over the River Thames to a door in the middle of a roundabout.

    Read his explanation for why he does it and keeping up his anonymity.

    Happy holidays 16:41: Adam Williams BBC Local Live

    Did you holiday in Oxford in 1988? Do you remember visiting The Botanic Gardens or Oxford Castle or punting on the Cherwell?

    If so, producers of a new BBC One show to be presented by Len Goodman would like to hear from you.

    Punts on the River Cherwell

    Holiday Of My Lifetime will see people relive their favourite childhood holiday.

    If interested, call Raise The Roof Productions on 0141 427 5880 or 07462 435597.

    Banbury Road cleared 16:28: Al Ryan Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Traffic is back to normal and both lanes have reopened on the Banbury Road at Water Eaton park-and-ride.

    The earlier accident involving two vehicles has been cleared.

    Attempted murder accused in court 16:18: Peter Cooke Reporter, BBC South Today

    A woman has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after a pedestrian was hit by a car in Oxford.

    A 45-year-old man was injured in the crash near the Evenlode Tower, in Blackbird Leys, on Sunday.

    Monica Thomas, 25, of Salesian Gardens, Oxford, has been remanded in custody. Two other women, charged with affray, have been released on bail.

    Banbury Road collision 16:07:

    BBC Travel News reports Banbury Road, in Oxford, is partially blocked in both directions due to an earlier accident involving two vehicles.

    Recovery work is taking place at the Water Eaton Park and Ride junction.

    News on the hour 15:56: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 16:00: Driverless cars could be tested on Oxfordshire's roads.

    The government's announced UK cities can bid for a share of £10m to be one of three trial areas for the technology.

    Oxford's driverless car bid 15:50: David Prever Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On tonight's BBC Radio Oxford drivetime show, I'll be chatting to Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth.

    Ian Hudspeth

    He'll be telling us how he's investigating putting in a bid for Oxford to be one of 10 cities across the UK to host trials of driverless cars from next year.

    Great gables 15:40:

    Oxford Twit Pics tweets: Great gables at the end of King Edward Street #Oxford

    King Edward Street gables

    If you've got a picture taken out and about in the county you'd like to share you can send us an email or post it on Facebook or Twitter.

    Sex worker support 15:29: Nikki Mitchell Reporter, BBC South Today

    A Thames Valley charity is to increase its support for victims of sexual violence, exploitation and human trafficking.

    Thames Valley sex worker support

    It's recruiting specialist "trauma advisers" in Reading and Oxford - the first in the UK - after receiving funding from the region's police and crime commissioner.

    Find out more about the work these advisers are doing in my report on BBC South Today Facebook page.

    Boat firm's land loss 15:18: Sue Paz BBC Local Live

    A couple have said they are determined to carry on renting out holiday boats on the Oxford Canal, despite losing two-thirds of their land.

    A College Cruisers boat

    Charlie and Carys Bruns, owners of College Cruisers, had hoped to stay for the summer season after their lease was up, but were given three days to clear the site at Jericho.

    Local Live: Your views 15:08: Adam Williams BBC Local Live

    BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire is brought to you from the BBC Oxford newsroom every weekday between 08:00 and 18:00.

    We'd like to hear your views of the service.

    News on the hour 14:55: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news at 15:00: The mother of a man from Abingdon who disappeared during a trip to Nepal 10 years ago says she will never give up her search for him.

    Gareth Koch was 24 when he was last seen walking in the Sagarmatha National Park after separating from his companion.

    Charity row 14:46:

    A group of students are rowing from Oxford to London today for charity.

    Some of the student rowers

    The team of 13 from the University of Oxford and the University of Reading are attempting to row 120km (74 miles) in a single day.

    The challenge is raising money for the mental health charity Restore.

    Mother's 'faith in return' 14:26: Malcolm Boyden Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Earlier I spoke to Jill Koch, who told me her "faith has kept her going" more than 10 years after her son went missing in Nepal.

    The last appeal she made for the whereabouts of Gareth Koch, from Wantange, was in 2011.

    Gareth Koch

    This picture above showed how he might have looked, aged 31. If you missed her interview, you can listen again on the iPlayer.

    Shrivenham bypass closure 14:10: Adam Williams BBC Local Live

    Just a reminder that the A420 Shrivenham bypass is closed in both directions due to major roadworks between the B4508 Majors road/Faringdon road and the Bourton turn-off.

    Work continues until 10 September.

    News on the hour 13:59: BBC Radio Oxford

    "I will never give up on my son."

    That's from a mother of a 24-year-old man from Abingdon who disappeared on a life changing trip to Nepal 10 years ago. Hear more in the 14:00 bulletin.

    A bridge without ramps 13:51: Oxford Mail

    Network Rail has been told it can replace a south Oxford railway bridge without installing ramps for wheelchair users and cyclists.

    Fundraising on the river 13:39: Lilley Mitchell Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    This morning I went to meet a group of siblings from Helen & Douglas House who will be canoeing from Oxford to Pangbourne today.

    BBC Children in Need provides a grant to the charity to provide support for siblings of life-limited children using the hospice.

    Lilley and the canoeists

    The grant of £113,054 was awarded in April last year and runs for three-years. You can see pictures of them before they set off from Donnington Bridge on the BBC Radio Oxford Facebook page.

    Driverless car views 13:26: via Facebook

    On the BBC Radio Oxford Facebook page, we've been asking what you think of government plans to allow driverless cars on public roads as early as next year.

    Would you feel safe as a passenger or driving alongside one?

    Driverless car

    Tim Cocks said: "Best of luck putting one on the A34 stop start people changing lanes at the last minute!"

    Fiona Merrick added: "Will it remember to indicate when turning at a roundabout, and get in the correct lane? What happens when it loses signal whilst in motion?"

    Lunchtime news 13:16: BBC South Today

    Coming up from 13:30 with Tom Hepworth, one of Oxford's oldest shops finally goes online.


    Tom Turrell goes behind-the-scenes at Boswell's department store to find out why it's made the move into internet shopping more than a decade after some of its rivals.

    Mosquito sensor 13:07:

    A high-tech device to help reduce the spread of malaria has been developed by scientists in Oxford.

    A wearable acoustic sensor and Smartphone app is through to the final of a competition run by Google to highlight life-changing technology.

    Malaria wristband

    Steve Roberts, from Oxford University, told BBC Radio Oxford only certain types of mosquito are known to carry disease.

    He said: "Being able to tell the difference will allow us to identify potential risky environments where these mosquitoes breed."

    News on the hour 12:56: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news at 13:00, the mother of a Wantage man who went missing more than 10 years ago in Nepal says her faith has kept her going.

    Gareth Koch

    There's been no news about Gareth Koch since he separated from a companion while trekking in the Sagarmatha National Park.

    Wantage health walk 12:43:

    A guided health walk takes place tomorrow at the Vale and Downland Museum in Wantage.

    Wantage health walk

    Starting from the coffee shop at 10:00, the walk lasts about an hour and is suitable for all ages.

    More information can be on the museum website or the BBC Things To Do section.

    Teacher spurs on hockey team-mates 12:33: Ross Heaton Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfordshire school teacher Zoe Shipperley has helped England's women's hockey team overcome Scotland 2-1 in their latest Commonwealth Games group match.

    Zoe Shipperley

    Scotland threw everything at the "Auld Enemy" in the second half as they tried to force the win that would have given them a medal chance.

    But a relieved England hung on to set up a likely last-four clash with New Zealand.

    Driverless cars in Oxford? 12:19:

    As part of the government's announcement that driverless cars could start to use public roads from next year, cities are being invited to compete to host one of three trials.

    Driverless car

    Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth has tweeted they'll look into the idea coming to Oxford.

    Technology reporter Emma Woolacott told BBC Radio Oxford how much of the testing took place at Begbroke Science Park using the Oxford Robot Car Project.

    Church theft charges 12:04: Oxford Mail

    A man and a teenager have been charged with stealing lead from St John The Baptist Church in Oxford.

    News on the hour 11:56: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 12:00, hear from the Abingdon mother who still has hope of finding her son, 10 years after he went missing in Nepal.

    Gareth Koch set off in March 2004 and was last seen in the Sagarmatha National Park.

    Voter registration changes 11:48: Helen Catt Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Want to know more about how the way you register to vote is changing?

    Ballot box

    This morning on the BBC Radio Oxford Breakfast show we heard how one in seven people across Oxfordshire is at risk of losing their vote by next December.

    Every person will now have to register individually and about 80,000 people in the county will need to enter their details online because those currently held on government records won't match.

    Kidney transplant find 11:39: Adam Williams BBC Local Live

    Oxford University scientists have shown a drug given at the time of a kidney transplant operation halves the risk of early rejection of the organ.

    Alemtuzumab also allows a less toxic regimen of anti-rejection drugs to be used after the operation.

    Researchers have reported their results to medical journal The Lancet and also presented the findings at the World Transplant Congress in San Francisco.

    Bypass still congested 11:16:

    BBC Travel News reports the A423 southern bypass on the Oxford ring road has heavy traffic in the contraflow section between Kennington roundabout and Heyford Hill roundabout.

    Kicking up a stink 11:05: Oxford Mail

    A nasty whiff is nauseating residents across Oxford.

    The smell has been described as cheesy, like feet, mouldy milk, manure or raw sewage, but the cause has not yet been identified.

    News on the hour 10:56: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up in the 11:00 bulletin: About one in seven people in Oxfordshire are at risk of losing their vote by next December.

    Everybody now has to register themselves to vote, rather than by household, in the biggest change to the system for a century.

    Theatre lifts university history curtain 10:50:

    Visitors to Oxford are being invited to tour the Sheldonian Theatre.

    The new series of tours, which run until October, aim to explore 900 years of Oxford University history, This Is Oxfordshire reports.

    Your views 10:41: Adam Williams BBC Local Live

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? Tell us what you think about the service we run from BBC Radio Oxford.

    Witney retirement village 10:31: Sue Paz BBC Local Live

    Work has begun on a £33m retirement village in Witney.

    Artist's impression of Coral Springs

    The Coral Springs residential care facility in Curbridge Road, will house about 240 residents.

    It will also include a restaurant, gym and swimming pool, and is expected to open in 2016.

    'Zombie' extras wanted 10:21: Oxford Times

    A new zombie film is set to make Banbury the town of the living dead.

    Deddington-based filmmaker Tony Jopia is urging residents to put themselves forward as zombie extras during filming, which starts this weekend.

    Dead fish tests 10:11: Sue Paz BBC Local Live

    Tests have shown a cleaning chemical or detergent is behind the deaths of thousands of fish in Didcot.

    Dead fish in Moor Ditch

    About 250 fish were first found dead at the Moor Ditch on Saturday. Fresh counts on Monday discovered about 4,400 had perished.

    News on the hour 09:57: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up in the 10:00 bulletin: About one in seven people in Oxfordshire are at risk of losing their vote by next December.

    It's because of sweeping changes to electoral registration requiring people to register individually rather than by household.

    Online shopping 09:48:

    Boswells of Oxford tweets: We were on @BBCOxford last night talking about our exciting new website! You can listen here:… (Around 1:45:00)

    Driverless cars 09:37: Sue Paz BBC Local Live

    The government is to outline measures to permit driverless cars to be used on public roads by next year.

    Driverless car

    Engineers, including a group from the University of Oxford, have been experimenting with the technology.

    U's narrowly beaten 09:23: Ross Heaton Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United's first home pre-season friendly of the summer ended in a narrow defeat as they were beaten 1-0 by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

    Callum O'Dowda challenged by Jack Price

    Leon Clarke scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half for the visitors.

    United head coach Michael Appleton felt there were plenty of positives and believes his side can only have benefited from a test against quality opponents from a higher division.

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    Rivers' golden joy 09:14: Robyn Cowen Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Didcot shooter Dan Rivers says mental strength as much as talent was the key to winning his gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

    Dan Rivers

    The 23-year-old added to his bronze in the 10m Air Rifle category by winning a hard fought final in the 50m 3 Position event yesterday.

    Rivers said it was vital he stayed strong as the pressure began to mount.

    News on the hour 08:55: Charles Nove Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    In the news at 09:00: About one in seven Oxfordshire people are at risk of losing their vote by next December.

    It's as changes are introduced in voter registration, meaning everyone must register individually rather than by household.

    Twitter anger over rape 'ranking' 08:48:

    Author and retired University of Oxford professor Richard Dawkins has angered many of his Twitter followers after trying to rank types of rape, BBCTrending reports.

    Richard Dawkins

    In a recent tweet, he wrote: "Date rape is bad. Stranger rape at knifepoint is worse."

    Attempted murder charge after crash 08:34:

    A woman's been charged with attempted murder after a pedestrian was hit by a car in Oxford.

    A 45-year-old man was injured in the crash near the Evenlode Tower, in Blackbird Leys, on Sunday night.

    Monica Thomas, 25, from Salesian Gardens in Oxford, has been remanded in custody to appear at Banbury Magistrates' Court later.

    Traffic moving well 08:25: Al Ryan Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Traffic is coping well with that new contraflow system that's been in place since Monday on the A4074 Southern Bypass and A34 on the Oxford ring road.

    Keep tuned to 95.2FM or listen online for the latest every 15 minutes.

    Palace land sale considered 08:15: Oxford Mail

    Blenheim Palace is considering selling off land surrounding the 300-year-old World Heritage Site to fund a £40m maintenance bill.

    Feeling fresher 08:09: Holly Green BBC Weather

    Today will bring some good sunny spells and we are going to have another warm day.

    Holly Green Wednesday weather

    A cold front overnight's introduced some fresher air, which means we will have some cooler temperatures.

    A high between 23 or 24C (75F).

    Good morning 08:00: Adam Williams BBC Local Live

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on this Wednesday morning.

    Sue Paz and I will be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county until 18:00.

    You can get in touch via email, Facebook or Twitter.




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