25 July 2014
Matt Hancock has been appointed the new Minister for Portsmouth - but how long will the job last?
An additional police officer is served with a misconduct notice over the inquiry into the murder of teenager Jayden Parkinson.
The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford opens a drop-in centre aimed at tackling unhealthy lifestyles.
That's the end of our Local Live updates for Wednesday.
Join us from 08:00 tomorrow when we'll let you know how Oxfordshire got on in the Minor Counties Trophy final.
They are currently 158 for 6, needing 46 runs off nine overs to beat Devon.
On BBC South Today this evening we reveal the number of cattle herds affected by Tuberculosis has more than doubled across the region in the last six years.
We're at the Whitchurch Toll Bridge following the announcement it will reopen next month after a year-long reconstruction project.
And we look back at how Oxford United came so close to knocking West Brom out of the League Cup.
Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.
Cloud will thicken during the course of the evening.
Later in the night there will be patchy light rain or drizzle spreading northeastwards.
Lows of 14C (57F).
Play has resumed at Wormsley where Oxfordshire are playing in the final of the Minor Counties Trophy.
Chasing Devon's total of 203 - Oxfordshire are 133 for 6, needing 71 off 15 overs.
Follow live score updates.
Oxfordshire author Linda Newbery joined Simon Mayo on the BBC Radio 2 Book Club.
The former school teacher published her first novel in 1988 before going on to be a full-time writer 12 years later.
Her latest book is entitled Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon.
Oxfordshire are struggling at Wormsley as rain stops play in the final of the Minor Counties Trophy.
Chasing Devon's total of 203 - Oxfordshire are 118 for 6, needing 86 off 17 overs.
Follow live score updates.
An Oxford social media expert has called for Facebook to do more to protect its users from distressing material.
Safeguards on social media sites have been in the spotlight following postings of gruesome images taken in a part of Syria controlled by the jihadist group Islamic State.
Dr Bernie Hogan said content should be tagged as vulgar or violent.
The IPCC is looking into how three sergeants and two constables dealt with reports Jayden was missing.
Another constable is under investigation as a result of a complaint by the 17-year-old victim's mother.
Developers have submitted the first of a series of planning applications for the so-called NW Bicester "eco-town".
A2Dominion's plans for 382 acres north of Lords Lane include up to 2,600 zero-carbon homes, 25 acres of country park as well as shops, commercial premises and a primary school.
The plans can be viewed on the Cherwell District Council website.
Eating tomatoes may lower the risk of prostate cancer, research suggests.
Men who consume more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week reduce their risk by about 20%, according to a study by the universities of Bristol, Cambridge and Oxford.
Oxford is to host Europe's newest photography festival.
The inaugural Photography Oxford festival will take place over three weeks, at 26 venues across the city, starting in mid-September.
Artists from the United States, Germany, New Zealand, France, Finland, Egypt, Italy and the United Kingdom will be showing their work.
Owners of businesses close to Whitchurch Toll Bridge have been reacting to the news it is to reopen next month.
Greengrocer John Tomlin estimated trade had been down 15-20% since the bridge closed for reconstruction work in October.
Boutique owner Jax Maclachlan said there was "a lot of frustration" from drivers forced to take diversion routes to cross the river.
It may still be August, but Father Christmas has just started a recruitment drive.
Old Saint Nick is hunting for elves to help him out at Millets Farm Centre near Abingdon come Christmas.
Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 16:00: A judge has started summing up in the trial of a man accused of killing a teenager in Oxford.
Will Blencowe, 21, from Banbury denies murdering 17-year-old Connor Tremble at a flat on Fairacres Road in February. Connor was stabbed 15 times and died in hospital two days later.
Rules on street trading around Witney's Church Green are set to be changed so a Christmas Market can be held later this year.
Street trading has previously been banned on the roads surrounding the green, now businesses will just need a licence.
Supporters are enjoying a great day's cricket at Wormsley as Oxfordshire take on Devon in the Minor Counties Trophy final.
Oxfordshire have just gone in to bat, chasing a target of 204. After six overs they are on 16 for 0.
Follow live score updates.
The roadworks sign in Oxford we told you about yesterday, with the word September written as "Septermeber", is continuing to spark debate.
Stephen Linstead, chairman of the English Spelling Society, said: "The word September is spelt as it is pronounced - i.e. phonetically. Unlike many English words, it doesn't contain any element of irregularity to trap the unwary.
"In short - no excuse!"
A newsagents in Oxford has been targeted in an attempted armed robbery.
A man in his 20s entered the Bridge Stores in Meadow Lane and threatened a member of staff with a knife shortly before 13:00 yesterday.
He demanded money but the staff member, a woman in her 40s, managed to run into another room and the offender left the store empty handed.
The total number of officers being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission is now six.
A judge has been summing up in the trial of the man accused of killing his teenage love rival in Oxford.
Will Blencowe, 21, from Banbury is charged with murdering 17-year-old Connor Tremble at a flat on Fairacres Road in February.
Connor was stabbed 15 times and died in hospital two days later.
Mr Blencowe denies murder. Two other men deny perverting the course of justice. The trial continues.
The sky is brightening and the picture is brightening for Oxfordshire here at the Minor Counties Trophy Final at Wormsley.
At the lunch break, Devon reached 203 for 9 at the end of their 50 overs.
Delighted fans took to their feet at London's Hammersmith Apollo last night to applaud Kate Bush as she closed her first concert in 35 years.
BBC News spoke to concert-goers afterwards, with many saying the Abingdon-based star's comeback was well worth the wait.
Here at Wormsley, in the Minor Counties Trophy Final, Devon have reached 179 for 9 after 46 overs.
Oxfordshire are likely to have a target which could be gettable.
It's been a great summer of live music on BBC Radio Oxford.
Catch up with highlights of some of Oxfordshire's best music events, including Rewind, Wilderness, Truck Music and Cornbury.
On BBC South Today this lunchtime - drivers and dozens of businesses in the Thames Valley have welcomed the announcement that a main road crossing over the River Thames will finally reopen next month.
A sixth Thames Valley police officer is being investigated for his role in the inquiry into the murder of teenager Jayden Parkinson.
And in sport, Milton Keynes Dons are celebrating taking the scalp of Manchester United in the League Cup.
Join Caroline Richardson at 13:30 on BBC One.
Devon have steadied the ship after two early wickets in their Minor Counties Trophy final against Oxfordshire.
They are currently 112 for 2 in the 33rd over of the 50-over contest. Oxfordshire are bidding to win the title for the first time in their history.
This year marks the centenary of the birth of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas and a walk has been organised to visit the places in Oxfordshire he worked and lived.
Andrew Lycett, who has written a biography of Dylan Thomas, will be leading the tour on Saturday.
It'll take in Magdalen college and various other places in the city before heading to South Leigh to visit his home and a few pubs.
The relationship between a shepherd and his sheepdog has been analysed by scientists using GPS data.
The discoveries about how the dog herds sheep could be used to help develop "shepherd robots".
However, on this morning's breakfast show, Bob Hogg from Northmoor near Witney, who trains sheepdogs, told me the secret to keeping them happy was "good food, a pat and a warm bed".
The "vast majority" of primary schools in Oxfordshire will have free school meals provided for seven-to-11-year-olds, the county council has promised.
However, the authority said it still did not know how a £500,000 shortfall in the cost of upgrading school kitchens would be covered.
Valentine Mulholland from the National Association of Headteachers said it had been a "difficult policy to implement".
It was heartbreak for Oxford United fans last night as the U's lost 7-6 on penalties to West Brom in the League Cup.
The game finished 1-1 after Alan Irvine's men took the lead when Jonny Mullins turned into his own net, but Oxford levelled through Danny Hylton late on.
Oxford keeper Max Crocombe criticised the referee during the shoot-out: "My general approach was to be big and brave but the ref made it quite difficult for me to be honest."
Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 12:00: A £21m China Centre run by the University of Oxford will be opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge next month.
The royal couple will perform the formal ribbon cutting ceremony of The Dickson Poon building on 8 September.
Cherwell District Council has stated how pleased it is with its own performance after the results of a recent customer satisfaction survey.
Specialists in Oxford have removed a moth which got stuck inside a man's ear for two days.
Robert Fielding, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, said he accidentally pushed it into his ear canal after it flew at him.
"It was really painful and there was a horrible 'pop' as it came out in one go," he said.
After my Ice Bucket Challenge yesterday, it was the turn of one of my nominees to get a soaking.
Leader of Oxfordshire County Council Ian Hudspeth had a dowsing in cold water outside County Hall to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease.
On the Phil Gayle breakfast show this morning, Oxfordshire County Council's Melinda Tilly described it as a "stupid scheme".
Mary Langford posted that the money would be better spent on school transport for pupils in rural areas.
And Daniel Emlyn-Jones said anti-bullying strategies and campaigns should be a priority: "Bullying has a far more devastating effect on emotional and intellectual development than anything else."
But Sandra Richards insisted: "Feeding a child is never a 'waste of money'."
Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 11:00: It's a landmark day in the history of Oxfordshire cricket. The county is playing in the Minor Counties Trophy Final for the first time.
The team take on Devon at Wormsley near Watlington shortly.
Former cabinet minister turned TV presenter Michael Portillo travelled on the Cotswold Line yesterday, filming scenes for a new series of his programme Great British Railway Journeys.
The police watchdog said it is in the process of interviewing six officers as part of an inquiry into the murder of Oxfordshire teenager Jayden Parkinson.
Five police officers were initially served with misconduct notices but a sixth officer also under investigation.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been unable to confirm whether this new officer faces questions over the handling of Jayden's missing person report or as a result of complaints from Jayden's mother.
A further police officer has been served with a misconduct notice over the inquiry into the murder of Oxfordshire teenager Jayden Parkinson.
It brings the total number of officers being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission to six.
The watchdog is looking into how three sergeants and two constables dealt with reports Jayden was missing. Another constable is under investigation as a result of a complaint by Jayden's mother.
Her ex-boyfriend Ben Blakeley, 22, was jailed for life for murdering the 17-year-old and burying her in his uncle's grave.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will formally open a new China Centre building at the University of Oxford next month.
The royal couple will cut the ribbon at The Dickson Poon building on 8 September and meet members of St Hugh's College.
The university development has a library, 63 student bedrooms and a 100-seat lecture theatre. It will bring together academics from a range of disciplines with an interest in China.
Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 10:00: The fitness of patients waiting for major surgery in Oxford is being measured using £50,000 of new exercise bikes.
Doctors at the Churchill Hospital are using the fitness equipment to evaluate patients' suitability for surgery.
It's a beautiful sunny morning at the Wormsley estate in Buckinghamshire, ahead of the Minor Counties Trophy Final.
The Oxfordshire players have arrived for the club's first ever appearance in the final. Their match against Devon begins at 11:00.
Captain Luke Ryan said: "We've really hit our stride in the one-day game this season, so we're quietly confident."
A toll bridge over the River Thames will reopen next month after reconstruction work that has overrun by months and cost more than £6m - £2m over budget.
The 112-year-old Whitchurch Bridge, will reopen on 26 September, almost a year after it closed.
Its operator said it understood the inconvenience the closure of the bridge which links Whitchurch-on-Thames and Pangbourne had caused local residents.
Kate Bush fans have been giving their reaction to seeing her first live show in 35 years.
The Abingdon-based singer played the first of 22 shows scheduled for London's Hammersmith Apollo, where she played her last concert in 1979
BBC Six Music's Lauren Laverne described the performance as "thrillingly intimate, really adventurous, avant garde - so beautiful".
Clint Townsend tried to rob a jeweller's in Oxford's Covered Market because he was being threatened by "loan sharks", his sister has claimed.
Oxford United pushed Premier League West Brom all the way in the second round of the Capital One Cup last night.
With the score at 1-1 after extra time, the Baggies won 7-6 on penalties after Oxford skipper Jake Wright had his effort saved by Boaz Myhill and Jason Davidson kept his cool with the decisive spot-kick.
Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 09:00: Providing free school meals to Oxfordshire's primary schoolchildren has gone nearly £500,000 over budget.
The government set aside £1.45m to make necessary improvements at more than 230 schools in the county but the total bill stands at about £1.9m.
The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford has opened a drop-in centre aimed at tackling unhealthy lifestyles.
Here For Health will be open for a year as a trial service to patients, visitors and staff.
Topics covered include healthy eating, physical activity, alcohol, smoking and weight management.
It's a big day for Oxfordshire County Cricket Club as they plays in their first Minor Counties Trophy final.
They will take on Devon at Wormsley for the title with the match starting at 11:00.
The club's head of cricket Rupert Evans said: "The players are very excited and looking forward to the day. We've got a good chance and are very confident."
On this morning's breakfast show, we reveal that providing free school meals for Oxfordshire's primary schoolchildren is costing nearly £500,000 more than expected.
The government has given about £1.45m for necessary improvements to school kitchens in the county, but the total bill stands at about £1.9m.
Melinda Tilley, member for education at Oxfordshire County Council, said: "It's a stupid scheme - we could do a lot more for disadvantaged children with that money rather than giving all children meals."
No decision has yet been made on how the additional costs will be met.
The day will start largely clear, with some good sunny spells through the morning.
The afternoon will be more cloudy, with a little less in the way of sunshine, but will still feel slightly warmer than of late.
Highs of 20C (68F).
Traffic is looking busy on the A41 southbound heading towards junction 9 of the M40.
And the Hinksey Hill interchange is getting busy and its also slow going on the A44 in Oxford from Peartree towards Wolvercote .
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