Man's body found at Oxford's Pegasus Theatre

Pegasus Theatre The man was found dead at Pegasus Theatre on Magdalen Road

The body of a man has been discovered at a theatre in Oxford.

The man was found at Pegasus Theatre, on Magdalen Road in the city, at about 14:15 GMT.

Thames Valley Police said it was treating the death as unexplained but not suspicious. A spokeswoman said the force did not believe there were any health and safety concerns.

A spokeswoman for the theatre confirmed the building was currently closed to the public.

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    Evening TV 17:50: Geraldine Peers Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening, should they be a special case? Syrian refugees who've made a life in Oxford could be forced to relocate to Birmingham - because the council can't afford to pay their rent.

    Also tonight, the villagers accusing Vodafone of holding them to ransom after they've had intermittent signal for two months - and no date from Vodafone as to when the problem will be fixed.

    Peter Cooke

    And you can see if Peter Cooke survived his encounter with Nimbus, a hand-reared leopard at Cotswold Wildlife Park. Join Gerladine Peers at 18:30.

    Misty but dry 17:46: Alexis Green Weather presenter, BBC South Today

    Sunny spells to end the day for some of us, tonight the cloud will thicken and lower to give hill fog in places.

    Weather graphic

    There's also the risk of patchy mist but it should stay mainly dry for most of us with a low of 12C (53F).

    Wantage shops filled 17:41: Oxford Mail

    Most empty shops in Wantage have been filled, with businesses praising government cash support.

    Fancy making your own thermometer? 17:35: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Well, now you can! Science expert Renee Watson joined Ali Jones in the studio and you can see what happened on our Facebook page.

    Homemade thermometer

    Or listen again to the show here.

    Army 'sorry' over bullying 17:28:

    The Army has apologised after a paratrooper who lost both legs and an arm had his complaint upheld that he was bullied and harassed at RAF Brize Norton.

    Cpl Tom Neathway and driver

    An Army spokesperson said: "Following careful consideration by a Service Complaint Panel, made up of two senior Army officers and an independent member, a determination has been made about the complaint made by ex-Cpl Tom Neathway."

    They continued: "The panel, on behalf of the Defence Council, has formally apologised to ex-Cpl Neathway and has made recommendations for the chain of command to consider."

    Village amateur to title winner 17:18: Ross Heaton Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfordshire-born former Tiddington village cricketer Jack Brooks not only won the County Championship with Yorkshire this year, he is also up for the Cricketer of the Year award.

    Jack Brooks

    He told me that he'd had a dream season in a surreal career: "I've gone from being a village amateur to a decent professional in a short space of time and it's all happened so quickly it's difficult to put into words really."

    He added: "I think there's been a bit of luck and I've taken the opportunities when they've come along the way, and all the awards that are coming now are pay off for the hard work I've done."

    A34 lane closure 17:09: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There is one lane closed on the A34 Western Bypass Road Northbound at A420 (Botley Interchange), due to a broken down vehicle.

    News on the air 16:58: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Buzzed off 16:50: BBC Radio Oxford

    People living in Appleton near Oxford say they're being "held to ransom" by a poor and unreliable mobile signal in their village.

    Person on a mobile phone

    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."

    Banbury station abuse 16:38: Banbury Cake

    Security camera footage has been released as police investigate Banbury railway station abuse incident.

    Witney roadworks busy 16:29: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Last of summer 16:19: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Becca Collacott in Abingdon took this picture of what she described as the "last of summer".


    Do you have any pictures from around the county that you would like to share? Send them in via email, Facebook or Twitter.

    Isis name switch 16:06: Oxford Times

    An estate agent who called for Oxfordshire businesses to reclaim the word Isis from the terrorist group has changed the name of his business.

    News on the hour 15:57: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    It's believed a derelict garage in Witney, which contained gas cylinders, was deliberately set alight in the early hours of this morning.

    Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue say they're now treating the fire as suspected arson. More headlines at 16:00.

    Amputee paratrooper apology 15:48:

    The Army is going to make a formal apology to a paratrooper who lost both his legs and an arm in combat after he was harassed and bullied whilst working at RAF Brize Norton.

    Cpl Tom Neathway and driver

    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.

    Celebrity golf day 15:37: Oxford Mail

    Fundraisers and celebrities swung into action and raised more than £12,000 for east Oxford hospice Helen & Douglas House.

    Flooding health fears 15:26: Indy Almroth-Wright BBC Online

    Residents in Oxford have criticised Thames Water after they were hit by flooding from a burst water main.

    Normandy Crescent near Cowley

    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.

    A34 closures 15:16: Oxford Mail

    Parts of the A34 and Walton Street in Oxford will be closed next week as roadworks are carried out.

    Hand-rearing a leopard 15:04: Malcolm Boyden Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Nimbus the clouded leopard

    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.

    News on the hour 14:56: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    More on this with me at 15:00.

    Cricketer up for award 14:40: Ross Heaton Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Jack Brooks

    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.

    We'll be speaking to him at 16:30.

    Banbury off bottom 14:23: Bicester Advertiser

    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.

    On air 14:08: Cristina Parry Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    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?

    Tape measure

    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".

    You can also join in via Facebook or Twitter.

    News on the hour 13:56: Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio 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.

    NHS 'saved mum's life' 13:40: Malcolm Boyden Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    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!"

    Lunchtime TV 13:26: Laura Trant Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today at 13:30, I'll have the latest on the Ministry of Defence contracts worth £3.2bn for the upkeep of the Royal Navy's fleet, and it's impact on jobs in the south.

    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.

    Witney fire before and after 13:15: BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Witney garage

    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:

    Garage fire
    News on the hour 12:58: Phil Mercer Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Witney bomb scare 12:44: BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Coming up 12:29: Jamie Ryan Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    An Oxfordshire family have come to the rescue of an adorable Leopard Cub.

    Nimbus the Leopard Cub

    Jamie Craig, the curator of Cotswold Wildlife Park, and his family rescued Nimbus when her mother rejected her.

    Malcolm Boyden is talking to Jamie in his show and you can see more pictures on Nimbus on our Facebook page.

    Chinnor rated as 'safe place' 12:19: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Chinnor has featured in The Telegraph's list of the safest places to live in the UK.


    The village at the foot of the Chilterns was the only location from Oxfordshire to make the top 10, coming in 9th.

    'Revenge pornography' 12:09: Witney Gazette

    A 13-year-old girl is among the region's victims of so-called "revenge pornography".

    News on the hour 11:58: Phil Mercer Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Witney 'suspicious package' 11:46: Oxford Mail

    There have been reports of a suspicious package in Witney. @TheOxfordMail tweeted: Reports of a police cordon around Witney job centre in Station Lane.

    Staff have now returned to work in the building.

    Importance of NHS 11:35: Malcolm Boyden Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    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."

    Phone box poem pop-up 11:22: Linda Serck BBC News, Berkshire

    An old telephone box in Oxfordshire is hosting a pop-up poetry exhibition inspired by all things telephonic.

    Robert Seatter

    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.

    Hydro scheme starts 11:12: Oxford Times

    Work has restarted on a long-awaited hydro-electric power scheme at Osney Lock.

    News on the hour 10:58: Phil Mercer Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Tyre safety month 10:50:

    October is tyre safety month, @OxonFireRescue tweets: "Take the 20p test and check your tyre tread depth"

    Syrian refugees reaction 10:40: BBC Radio Oxford

    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!"

    Autumn wildlife 10:28: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    As the season turns to autumn, the county takes on a unique look. I took this picture of a squirrel grasping a nut this morning in Summertown.


    Why not share your images of Oxfordshire in autumn via email, Facebook or Twitter.

    School's anti-litter award 10:16: Oxford Mail

    Cheney School has scooped an anti-litter award for the third time after beating all the other secondary schools in Oxford.

    Coming up 10:06: Will Wilkin Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    On the Malcolm Boyden show today we'll be speaking to Andrew Smith, who is stepping down from running the Oxford-based homeless charity Gatehouse after 14 years.

    John Radcliffe

    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".

    News on the hour 09:58: Clare Woodling Newsreader, BBC Radio 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.

    A40 slow 09:48: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Moving Syrian family 'appropriate' 09:38:

    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."

    U's to 'play their way to the top' 09:27: Robyn Cowen Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Michael Appleton

    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."

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    Piazza dream 09:16: Oxford Times

    Gloucester Green in the centre of Oxford could soon be revamped into a "piazza" by the square's new owner.

    'No homes' for Syrian refugees 09:05: Andy Gordon Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    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."

    News on the hour 08:57: Charles Nove Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Witney fire investigated 08:45: Serena Martin Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Fire personnel in Witney

    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."

    Tax discs axed 08:33: David Prever Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    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.

    Road tax disc

    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".

    You can also message me on Facebook or Twitter.

    Fire roads reopen 08:23: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio 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.

    Witney gas cylinder fire 08:14: Indy Almroth-Wright BBC Online

    Roads have been closed in Witney because of a fire in a disused building where gas cylinders have been found.

    Witney fire

    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.

    Bright spells 08:07: Bee Tucker BBC Weather

    It's a fairly gloomy start to the day with a lot of mistiness about and some low cloud as well.

    Weather graphic

    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).

    Good morning 08:00: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

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

    I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the county.

    You can get in touch throughout the day and tell us what you're up to via email, Facebook or Twitter.



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