25 July 2014
Matt Hancock has been appointed the new Minister for Portsmouth - but how long will the job last?
Residents criticise Thames Water after they were hit by flooding from a burst water main.
Roads are closed and a safety cordon is set up in Witney as firefighters deal with an arson attack on a disused garage where gas cylinders are found.
The first councils to offer help to people wanting to build their own home through the Government's 'Right to Build' scheme are announced, including Cherwell.
There is one lane closed on the A34 Western Bypass Road Northbound at A420 (Botley Interchange), due to a broken down vehicle.
A paratrooper who lost both his legs and an arm in combat sys he is relieved he had his complaint upheld after he was bullied and harassed at RAF Brize Norton.
He'll now receive a formal apology from the Army. More headlines with me at 17:00.
People living in Appleton near Oxford say they're being "held to ransom" by a poor and unreliable mobile signal in their village.
Vodafone is the only service provider that covers the village but a fault in the local mast means there's been an intermittent service for the past two months.
Villager Andrew Bowen said he was sick of repeatedly being let down: "Vodafone keep on telling us they're going to fix the mast, but every time they don't we're given a different excuse."
Security camera footage has been released as police investigate Banbury railway station abuse incident.
It's extra busy in Witney in the roadworks area - there are temporary traffic lights on the A415 Ducklington Lane at the Thorney Leys/Station Lane junction.
On the Oxford ring road southern bypass we have heavy traffic clockwise from Littlemore to Hinskey Hill Interchange.
And in the opposite direction - Hinskey to Heyford Hill is also very slow through the contraflow anti-clockwise.
An estate agent who called for Oxfordshire businesses to reclaim the word Isis from the terrorist group has changed the name of his business.
Tom Neathway was told "you're not much of a paratrooper any more", and says he was subjected to daily harassment.
He added: "There was lots and lots of snide remarks, general belittling. It got to a stage where I just hated being there."
RAF Brize Norton is expected to release a statement shortly.
Fundraisers and celebrities swung into action and raised more than £12,000 for east Oxford hospice Helen & Douglas House.
Residents in Oxford have criticised Thames Water after they were hit by flooding from a burst water main.
They say not enough has been done to clean up their properties in Normandy Crescent, Cowley.
Councillor Liz Brighouse said: "There's food rotting, the stench is horrendous, and there are still people living upstairs in the flats."
About 50 properties were flooded last week. Thames Water said it was acting.
Parts of the A34 and Walton Street in Oxford will be closed next week as roadworks are carried out.
After a Leopard cub was rejected by her mother at Cotswold Wildlife Park, the family of the curator of the park took her in and hand-reared her at home.
I asked Jamie Craig how he handled the new arrival: "As the teeth and claws appear, as carefully as you possibly can!
"She's needed round the clock attention, it isn't just so we can play with her in the bathroom." Nimbus the leopard has now returned to the zoo.
A paratrooper who lost both his legs and an arm in combat has had his complaint upheld that he was bullied and harassed at RAF Brize Norton.
A military hearing found that a Regimental Sergeant Major had told Tom Neathway "you're not much of a paratrooper any more" after he'd been severely injured in Afghanistan.
He may have started his career playing village cricket for Tiddington but tonight Oxfordshire-born bowler Jack Brooks will find out if he has been recognised as a Cricketer of the Year by the Professional Cricket Association at their annual awards ceremony.
The 30-year-old - who learnt his trade at Tiddington and Oxford CC before representing Oxfordshire in the Minor Counties Championship - helped Yorkshire to win the title and was also the leading wicket-taker in Division One of the County Championship with 68 wickets.
Banbury United moved off the bottom of the Premier Division table with an impressive 2-0 victory over Cambridge City last night, which saw a bizarre dismissal.
Ali Jones is sitting in for Kat today, on the show we have Metric v Imperial - David Cameron wants us to teach old measures in school. Where do you stand? Would you want to live in an imperial world?
We will also discuss introducing minimum pricing for alcohol. Research suggests it would be up to 50 times more effective at cutting deaths and hospital admissions than the ban on offering big discounts.
Get in touch with the programme by calling 03459 311 111 or text 81333, starting with the word "Oxford".
Victims of house fires in Oxfordshire are being asked by the fire service about what happened to them.
A new project called Life Bid is hoping to learn more about how people react when confronted with fire, to help respond to victims better. More with me at 14:00.
This morning I asked what made you realise the importance of the NHS? For me it was when my retinas detached in both eyes and I was operated on immediately.
David texted: "I had a swelling and went to the doctors. They operated on the same day and told me I would have been dead within 24hrs without the surgery."
Andrew Colwell wrote on Facebook: "Single event. They saved my mother's life."
Mel Gulliford wrote on Facebook: "I realised how important the NHS is when my husband was very ill last year and spent 10 days in hospital with a mystery infection. The care he received was absolutely brilliant!"
Also, police are targeting speeding drivers after more than 70 crashes this year involving vehicles hitting animals on New Forest roads.
And a campaign is under way to save the historic cottage of the poet William Blake.
By chance BBC Oxford's Andrew Findlay took a picture of the derelict building that was the site of a fire in Witney this morning.
The building had recently been auctioned and the undergrowth cleared, revealing the historic looking sign. That was Saturday. After the fire this morning it now looks like this:
Loss adjustors have finished assessing homes in Cowley which were damaged by flood water last week when a water main burst.
It means homes can now be cleared and dried out - up to £1m worth of damage is thought to have been caused. More with me at 13:00.
Thames Valley Police has issued a statement about a bomb scare in Witney this morning.
The force tweeted: TVP received a call at 9.20am today to a report of a suspicious package at the Job Centre, Two Rivers Industrial Estate, Station Lane, Witney.
Officers attended the scene and the package was subsequently found to be non-suspicious.
A 13-year-old girl is among the region's victims of so-called "revenge pornography".
Thames Water has denied it has been slow to react after a burst water main flooded homes in Oxford last week.
A county councillor believes public health could be put at risk by dirty flood water in homes in Normandy Crescent.
Thames Water says that the council have or are cleaning and disinfecting the stairwells, and have cleared the pathways. More with me at 12:00.
I've been asking listeners to tell me about an event that made them appreciate the NHS.
I spoke to Ian from Abingdon whose son Luke was ill from birth and has had two bowel transplants.
He said: "The NHS has supported my family from the moment of Luke's birth. We really, really need the NHS and it's ridiculous that some critical facilities need charitable funding rather than coming from central government.
"You don't want it, but it's there if you need it."
An old telephone box in Oxfordshire is hosting a pop-up poetry exhibition inspired by all things telephonic.
Villagers in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell recently turned the box into an arts space but it was its previous role that inspired local poet Robert Seatter.
"Just stepping into that telephone box reminded me of all the past words that once filled it, from garrulous chat to illicit kisses," he said.
Work has restarted on a long-awaited hydro-electric power scheme at Osney Lock.
Job opportunities are up for grabs at an event in Oxford today.
The city council and Jobcentre Plus are holding an event at the town hall - employers from the health, retail and hospitality industries are among those there. For more headlines join me at 11:00.
People have been giving their thoughts on the news that a family of Syrian refugees who fled the conflict and came to Oxford have been told they have to move to Birmingham by the local council.
Pope Pouri tweets: "Perhaps the council will now wake up to the housing crisis, now we don't even have room for those who've fled war and genocide?"
Debb tweets: "I'm sure they'd be grateful to be housed anywhere. I don't think Brum is as dangerous as Syria."
Tony Rushforth tweets: "Why the fuss about the Syrian family not been housed by Oxf CC ? HUNDREDS of Oxon families can't be housed by OCC!"
Cheney School has scooped an anti-litter award for the third time after beating all the other secondary schools in Oxford.
And as the NHS is once again at the forefront of political debate, we'll also be asking what event made you appreciate the NHS?
Get in touch with the programme - call 03459 311 111 or text 81333, starting with the word "Oxford".
Public health could be put at risk by dirty flood water in homes in Oxford, according to a county councillor.
Up to £1m worth of damage was caused when a water main burst in Normandy Crescent last week, and many families are now living in temporary accommodation. More headlines with me at 10:00.
The A40 is very slow eastbound from Witney to the Eynsham roundabout, and from Marston to the Headington roundabout.
A34 southbound traffic is queued getting on to the Oxford ring road at Hinskey - so very slow from Peartree to Hinskey with traffic waiting to get on to the southern bypass contraflow.
All routes into Clifton Hampden are also struggling.
Oxford City Council has issued a statement about the offer of accommodation in Birmingham to a Syrian family of refugees based in Oxford.
The local authority said: "The council has no access to suitable properties in Oxford that are available to those needing housing benefit assistance.
"This is due to the gap between rents and the local housing allowance or LHA rates. So the council has a new approach to locate clients out of area, where private sector market rates and LHA rates are more closely aligned making the accommodation affordable to clients in the longer term."
Oxford United head coach Michael Appleton has pointed to front runners Bury as proof that you can play your way to the top of League Two.
In a matter of weeks Appleton has transformed the way the U's approach their matches, with passing and possession the priorities: "I think sometimes when you do something a little bit different to others, then it sticks out like a sore thumb at times."
Gloucester Green in the centre of Oxford could soon be revamped into a "piazza" by the square's new owner.
A family of Syrian refugees who fled the conflict in their home country and came to Oxford, where they have relatives, have been told they have to move to Birmingham because there's no affordable homes for them here.
The Murad family came to Oxford in December 2012 and were given Refugee Status. All five members of the family have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of what they experience in the Syrian war.
The family told BBC Radio Oxford: "We feel helpless. If we go to a different city, we won't have any friends. This insecurity has increased our anxiety."
Syrian refugees legitimately living in Oxford have been told they can't be housed in the county where they have family.
Oxford City Council has found them accommodation in Birmingham, which can be paid for with housing benefit. More on that and the other headlines with me at 09:00.
A specialist fire investigation team is arriving in Witney to establish the cause of a blaze in a derelict building where acetylene cylinders were found.
Richard Smith from Oxfordshire fire service explained: "They [gas cylinders] are used for cutting or welding, when they're involved in fire they can heat up and can explode and fracture into fragments of metal which can travel quite a considerable distance."
I'm sitting in for Phil Gayle this morning and it's the end of an era for the tax disc. From today the DVLA will no longer issue paper tax discs and it is not compulsory to display one in your car's windscreen.
Motorists will have to register their car online or at a post office to pay their road tax, and automatic number plate recognition will be used to catch those who haven't paid.
Are you sad to see them go? Get in touch with me: call 03459 311 111 or text 81333, starting with the word "Oxford".
After a four-hour closure following the derelict garage fire in the early hours in Witney, the A4095 Woodstock Road has reopened both ways between the B4022 Newland and The Crescent.
The the closures of Bramble Bank and Campion Way have also been lifted.
Roads have been closed in Witney because of a fire in a disused building where gas cylinders have been found.
The fire at the derelict garage off the A4095 Woodstock Road in Witney, started at about 02:30 BST.
A 200m (650ft) exclusion zone has been put in place between Early Road and Jubilee Way.
It's a fairly gloomy start to the day with a lot of mistiness about and some low cloud as well.
We'll see that gradually start to thin and break as we go through the day but I think there will be more cloud than yesterday.
Some bright spells this afternoon, we'll also see one or two showers, particularly in western parts of Oxfordshire, but most of us will have a dry afternoon.
Feeling warm with temperatures doing well with highs of around 20C (68F).
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