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22 August 2014 Last updated at 13:24

Gay blame councillor escapes actionCouncillor David Silvester

A former UKIP councillor will not face any action after he blamed the winter storms and flooding on the legalisation of gay marriage.

Facebook post by Animal Defenders InternationalBear cub show on despite protests

A planned appearance of three bear cubs at an annual show in Oxfordshire will go ahead despite protests from an animal welfare group.

Wendlebury StablesStables safety fear over rail noise

A riding stables claims it will be forced to close when a high-speed rail link opens next year because the noise will make lessons unsafe.

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    ILLEGAL RAVES 14:24: Thame Gazette

    The bank holiday is almost upon us, and police chiefs are warning people to watch out for illegal raves in the countryside.

    A361 busy 14:11:

    The A361 is experiencing traffic problems due to water main work and temporary traffic lights in Banbury at the Cope Road junction.

    For the latest on the roads, go to the BBC Travel site.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 13:59: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    No further action will be taken against a Henley councillor who said the legalisation of gay marriage had caused last winter's floods.

    Hear more with me at 13:00.

    TOM TOM 13:39: via Facebook

    Earlier we posted a picture of Tom Baker on the set of Doctor Who story The Android Invasion in Oxfordshire.

    Simon Hopkins said: The android invasion. Do you think they saw the rise of the smart phone that soon?

    Darren Grant said: Tom Baker played the doctor while I was growing up so will always be 'the doctor' with his long scarf. My mother knitted me a scarf like that while I was at first school. There were some kids at school that took the whole thing far to seriously though, Who geeks perhaps you would call them.

    Judith Dunn added: I watched the first ever episode....and never hid behind the sofa!

    LUNCHTIME TV 13:21: BBC South Today

    Whatever their results, the young people in the south who picked up their GCSE results yesterday won't be going into full time work.

    Hampshire pupil receives GCSEs

    A new law means all 16-year-olds must stay in training or education until they are 18. We'll have more on BBC South Today at 13:30.

    On air 13:07: Kat Orman Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On this afternoon's show you can hear my interview with 1980s pop star Nick Heyward as I look back at the Henley Rewind Festival.

    Kat Orman and Nick Heyward

    Also, Celebrity Big Brother this year features White Dee from Benefits Street as one of its "celebrities".

    But is it right to make a celebrity out of a benefits claimant? Let me know.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 12:57: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Emergency treatment's being given to a van driver with serious head injuries, at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

    Hear more with me at 13:00.


    Anthony Stansfeld, police and crime commissioner for Thames Valley, tweets: Please take a few minutes to fill in a survey on appropriate actions to deal with offenders of ASB & low level crime


    An authority is taking no action against a councillor who blamed the winter storms and flooding on the legalisation of gay marriage.

    Councillor David Silvester

    David Silvester, from Henley-on-Thames, was expelled from UKIP in February after making the comments.

    But South Oxfordshire District Council said it was taking "no further action" and accepted the view that he was "not acting in his official capacity" when he wrote a letter to the Henley Standard with his beliefs.

    FUN FRIDAY 12:22:

    It's "Fun Friday" at Greys Court in Henley-on-Thames.

    Girl enjoys Fun Friday

    There are childrens' craft activities, nature trails and more at the National Trust tudor house property today. Find out more.

    'FANTASTIC DRAMA' 12:09:

    With Doctor Who set to return to our television screens tomorrow, we've been asking you for your earliest memories of the programme.

    Doctor Who yeti

    Paula Boddington ‏tweets: watching on B & W TV in 1960s, brother hiding behind chair nearest the door so he could run out of the room when it got too scary

    Tom D'Arcy ‏tweets: Wow, they say I did that too. Snap!

    Roz Smith tweets: hiding behind the sofa! Dr Who was scary then & still fantastic drama now!

    Ashley Hinton ‏tweets: The first Doctor I watched was Tom Baker. Fighting some giant rats in the London sewers I seem to remember.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 11:58: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A special wreath that is touring the country in memory of those that have died in war over the last century arrives in Carterton on its final stop.

    The Wreath of Remembrance is made of steel with poppies and a horseshoe.

    It has been carried by bikers from the Royal British Legion from the National Memorial Arboretum and laid to rest in cities around the country over the last week.

    'BUSY BUT MOVING' 11:46:

    There's congestion around Merewood Avenue Oxford. The A40 London Road is busy but moving around Thornhill Park And Ride.

    FARM THEFT 11:35: Oxford Mail

    Four lambs have been stolen from farmland near Chipping Norton.


    Four people arrested in connection with a series of letter bombs sent to addresses in Northern Ireland and England have been released.

    St Giles Oxford during letterbomb scare

    The police said all four people had been released unconditionally. They have been working in close liaison with officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit in England.

    It is understood the men and women were questioned about the sending of the devices, including one to an armed forces recruitment centres in St Giles, Oxford.

    THE THREE BEARS 11:14: Michael Stoddard BBC News, Southampton

    Animal Defenders International has received a complaint about the Enstone Show, to be held tomorrow, which will feature three European brown bear cubs.

    Animal Defenders International protest against bear cub appearance

    It posted a Facebook message on Thursday calling on supporters to email organiser Kate Farquhar-Thomson.

    She said she had been bombarded with hundreds of protest messages but vowed the show would still go on.


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

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 10:59: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A planned appearance of three bear cubs at an annual show in Oxfordshire will go ahead despite calls from an animal welfare group for it to be dropped. More at 11:00.

    On air 10:51: Malcolm Boyden Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On today's show we'll hear from a family who have struggled with leukaemia but having beaten the disease have decided to take to busking to raise money.

    The only thing is the buskers are only nine and 12-years-old!


    Also, should doctors say sorry if they do something wrong? Those that make mistakes could face tougher sanctions, according to the General Medical Council.

    Top headlines
    HORSES' FUTURE NOT STABLE 10:43: Roz Tappenden BBC South

    An Oxfordshire riding stables claims it will be forced to close when a high-speed rail link opens next year because the noise will make lessons unsafe.

    Wendlebury Gate Stables

    Wendlebury Gate Stables, near Bicester, is next to the line where the new Chiltern Railways Marylebone to Oxford service will run from August 2015.

    An independent report found the noise would drown out instructors' voices.

    Network Rail said any noise barrier would not guarantee instructors' voices could be heard at all times.

    M40 INJURY 10:30: BBC Radio Oxford

    A van driver's been airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after a collision on the M40.

    He's suffered serious head injuries although they're not thought to be life threatening.

    LOOKING AHEAD 10:13:

    It's time for a quick meeting to sort through the main news prospects of the day ahead.

    Will Wilkin, Sinead Carroll and Paul Jenner

    Pictured are Will Wilkin (radio producer), Sinead Carroll (South Today producer), and Paul Jenner (radio news editor).

    A329 now clear 10:06: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Update on the earlier collision on the A329 southbound at Little Milton - this has now been cleared.

    M40 'EASING' 10:04: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    It's easing on the M40 now after the road was closed both ways earlier between Junction 4 at High Wycombe and Junction 3 at Loudwater.

    All lanes are back open both ways after a serious collision on the northbound side between a lorry and a truck.

    Northbound is still busy back to Junction 2 at Beaconsfield but picking up pace. Southbound looks fine.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 09:58: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Colour and scent are bringing Lady Margaret Hall to life, as the new Flowers at Oxford show is launching in the city.

    Displays worth £1m are being put on show, with 4,000 visitors expected. More at 10:00.

    MAKING A SPLASH 09:40: Oxford Mail

    Team GB synchronised swimmer Genevieve Randall, 16, from Faringdon, has only spent one day at school a week for the last two years but still bagged five As and 4 Bs.

    'KEEP BELIEVING' 09:29: Ross Heaton Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United striker Danny Hylton has urged the fans to stay with them for a difficult game at home to Portsmouth tomorrow as they aim to end a run of form which has seen them lose all three matches so far in League Two.

    Following a frustrating defeat at Morecambe the U's return to the Kassam Stadium for the visit of Pompey who are unbeaten so far this season.

    Danny Hylton

    Hylton told us that the players share supporters frustrations but are determined to put things right as soon as possible.

    "Keep believing in what we're doing" he said. "I think we're playing good football."

    'HALF-TIME RESULTS' 09:18: Banbury Cake

    Several headteachers refused to release their official results yesterday, criticising new Government policy.

    DOCTOR IN YOUR HOUSE 09:06: Dave Gilyeat BBC News

    Doctor Who is back tomorrow with new Timelord Peter Capaldi.

    Did you know the programme has filmed in Oxfordshire several times over its fifty years, including one memorable summer in 1975 when The Android Invasion was filmed in East Hagbourne, causing Tom Baker to be mobbed by excited young villagers.

    Tom Baker in East Hagbourne

    What are your earliest memories of our beloved sci-fi institution? Let us know.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 08:58: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's an appeal for witnesses to a hit-and-run in Cowley. Four men were crossing Barns Road when one was hit by a grey car, just before 18:00 on Tuesday.

    The victim suffered head and neck injuries and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital. More at 09:00.

    LANE REOPENS 08:39: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    One lane is now back open on the northbound M40 after a total closure between Junction 3 at Loudwater and 4 at High Wycombe following a serious accident involving a truck and a van.

    Queues remain back to Junction 2. Police are now advising traffic to completely avoid the M40 Northbound from Junction 1 to Junction 4.

    All lanes have reopened southbound after traffic was held for the air ambulance to attend.

    ON AIR 08:27: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On today's show we'll find out why the new rail line linking Oxford and London Marylebone is threatening the future of an Oxfordshire stable.

    Also Oxfordshire's schools and colleges will be reopening their classrooms soon, and one of the consequences is a big rise in the number of people getting ill.


    Mostly it's coughs and colds, but it could be deadly. There's a warning this morning to watch out for the signs of meningitis which affects around 100 people in the county each year. Listen in now.

    DRY AND BRIGHT 08:17: Dan Downs BBC Spotlight weather presenter

    It's a milder start for Oxford compared to the last couple of mornings, courtesy of the cloud and showers that we've seen overnight.

    There's still one or two around initially, but most of them should clear and much of today should be dry and bright with some sunny spells.

    We've still got the north-westerly breeze though, so another cool day in exposure, but in the shelter it will feel fairly pleasant in any sunshine.

    Temperatures are likely to reach 19C (66F) in a few favoured spots.

    More on the M40 08:08: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Southbound traffic has now been released and is moving well. Northbound remains closed with congestion to Junction 2 at Beaconsfield.

    We know for certain at least one large van is involved.

    M40 accident 08:06: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The air ambulance has now attended a serious multi-vehicle collision on the M40 northbound between Junction 3 at Loudwater and 4 at High Wycombe.

    Traffic was held in both directions between those junctions.

    Good morning 08:00: Dave Gilyeat BBC News

    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 via email, Facebook, and Twitter.




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