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21 August 2014 Last updated at 11:36

Drink ban thwarts beer festivalBeer being poured

A beer festival in Oxfordshire is cancelled this year after new rules ban drink being brought to the venue.

Police van outside covered marketVerdict on 'sat on' robber death

A coroner records a verdict of misadventure in the case of a fleeing robber who died after being sat on by members of the public.

PSNI crestFour arrested over letter bombs

Police investigating a letter bomb sent to an armed forces recruitment centre in Oxford arrest four people.

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    News on the hour 11:58: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    New evidence has been found by Oxford scientists, suggesting modern man and neanderthals co-existed for ten times longer than previously thought.

    In the news we'll hear from Tim Higham who with his team proved the two species actually lived alongside each other. Hear more in the news shortly.

    Beer fest cancelled 11:45:

    A beer festival in Oxfordshire has been called off after new rules banned drink being brought to the venue.

    Beer being poured

    The White Horse Camra branch has hosted the Wantage Beer Festival for six years and at The Beacon for the past three.

    Festival organiser, Neil Crook, says he's "gobsmacked and disappointed".

    Neighbourhood action success 11:36: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Between August 2013 and now 3,621 anti social behaviour incidents were reported to the police.

    This is down from more than 3,800 the year before.

    There was a drop of nearly a third in Risinghurst and Barton, a success partly being put down to the work of neighbourhood action groups.

    Ice hockey signings 11:26:

    The Oxford City Stars confirm three players from last year's squad have signed on for the upcoming season in National League One.

    Captain James Clarke and the Florey brothers Josh and Jake

    Captain James Clarke and the Florey brothers Josh and Jake have all committed to the Stars for the new campaign which gets underway on 13 September.

    Support for bereavement 11:15:

    A woman who has set up the first bereavement support group in Oxfordshire in more than a 100 years in the county says it will be a "safe and non judgemental " place for people.

    Jana Khamis, from Oxfordshire Cruse Bereavement says: "With suicide in particular you could be labelled weak and coming from a bad family. This group will be non judgemental, completely confidential and safe for people to talk about bereavement."

    The excuses 11:05: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    Good luck to ‪all those pupils receiving their ‪GCSE‬ results today.

    Sleepy student

    "I blame the teacher" - BBC Education looks at some of the best and worst excuses for doing badly in your results.

    News on the hour 10:59: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's been a slight rise in the proportion of GCSE entries getting A star-to-C grades in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    In the news we'll hear form the headteacher of Didcot Girls School as they celebrate a record year. Listen live.

    Connor Tremble murder trail 10:42: BBC South Today

    The defence is expected to start today in the trial of a man from Banbury who's accused of killing a 17-year-old boy in Oxford.

    Connor Tremble

    Connor Tremble (pictured) was stabbed on 13 February on Fairacres Road and died in hospital two days later when his life support machine was switched off.

    William Blencowe, 21, denies murder. Two other men are also on trial at Oxford Crown Court in connection with Conner's death. They deny the charges against them.

    Anti-social behaviour down 10:29: BBC Radio Oxford

    There's been a 5% drop in anti-social behaviour in Oxford over the past year.

    Police say the most significant reductions were in the Barton and Risinghurst areas - a drop of a third.

    Handover 10:17: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    I'm now updating the BBC Oxford live page.

    If you'd like to get in touch with me today and let me know about something happening in your local area which you think we should be covering - email or tweet @BBCOxford.

    Britain's deadly roads 10:12:

    BBC News has published detailed information on thousands of deaths and injuries on Britain's roads between 1999 and 2010.

    Road deaths data

    In that period, there were 34 people killed on roads in Oxford - including four cyclists.

    Parking machines targeted 10:03: Oxford Mail

    More than £1,600 has been stolen from pay-and-display parking machines across Oxford in the past five years.

    News on the hour 09:59: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    In my 10:00 bulletin, I'll have more on a specialist support group for people bereaved by suicide in Oxfordshire.

    'Crash for cash' pair jailed 09:45: BBC Radio Oxford

    Two people have been sentenced to a total of five years and seven months in prison for their involvement in a "crash for cash" scam in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and London.

    The pair helped cause traffic collisions and then made fake insurance claims for personal injury.

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    Shells found in scrapyard 09:35: Bicester Advertiser

    Unexploded shells, thought to be from the Second World War, were detonated yesterday after being unearthed in a scrapyard.

    GCSE results day 09:27:

    More than 6,000 students in Oxfordshire are due to receive their GCSE results today.


    Schools have been warned to expect big variations in this year's GCSE results, following changes to the way many courses are assessed.

    Cash boost for Witney firm 09:16: BBC Radio Oxford

    Venture capitalists have invested £1.2m in a Witney company that make energy saving technologies.

    DFX Technology takes existing electronics like fridges and lights and makes them more efficient.

    Suicide support 09:05: BBC Radio Oxford

    A new support group for people bereaved by suicide will be the first of its kind in our county for 25 years.

    The free sessions, being organised by counselling charity Cruse Bereavement Care Oxfordshire, will take place on the last Wednesday of each month.

    News on the hour 08:57: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A new support group to help people bereaved by suicide is being set up in Oxfordshire. Hear more on this in my 09:00 bulletin.

    GCSE results day 08:46: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    GCSE results are out today for thousands of youngsters in the county. It means they will be a big step closer to looking for work.

    How did you get your first job? How did you get your foot in the door? Get in touch.

    Advice on results day 08:37:

    Oxfordshire County Council's website has a handy guide for students picking up their GCSE results today.

    Oxfordshire County Council results day section

    It includes ways to get independent advice if your results are disappointing.

    Suicide support 08:26: BBC Radio Oxford

    An Oxfordshire support group is being set up to help people bereaved by suicide.

    Counselling charity, Oxfordshire Cruse Bereavement, says the number of friends and family seeking help is increasing.

    Turning cloudy 08:18:

    After a dry and bright morning it will become cloudier during the afternoon, though it should stay mostly dry until evening, when one or two showers are possible. Highs of 16C (61F).

    A44 roadworks 08:06:

    There are temporary traffic lights and electricity work on the A44 Banbury Road in Chipping Norton at the Banbury Road Crossing junction.

    Good morning 08:00: Gavin Bevis BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county today.

    You can also send your news, pictures and comments to




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