UK floods: Oxford barriers raised as misery continues

Abingdon Road in Oxford Abingdon Road, which closed on Sunday for the second time in a month, has partially reopened

Flood barriers have been raised and roads remain closed as flooding continues in Oxfordshire.

Letters have also been sent to some residents in west Oxford, including in Earl Street and Botley Road, warning of potential flooding to their homes.

Several flood warnings are currently in place for the county, with further heavy rain forecast.

Environment Agency chief executive Paul Leinster has also warned "higher than current levels" of water are expected.

He said: "Oxford to Maidenhead we think could rise over the next five days and may lead to more flooding in that area."

Abingdon Road in Oxford, which closed on Sunday for the second time in a month due to flooding, has reopened.

Flooding on Abingdon Road More than 4,500 sandbags have been delivered to flood victims across the county

Firefighters spent several hours on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning pumping out "substantial" amounts of flood water, according to the council.

Businesses in Abingdon Road have called for flood barriers to be installed.

The road remains closed to traffic travelling into the city centre, between Thames Street and Redbridge Park and Ride. It is not yet known when it will fully reopen.

About 30 roads across Oxfordshire are closed due to River Thames flooding.

Elsewhere, there are still major disruptions for several rail services, including First Great Western, with passengers advised not to travel.

Oxfordshire County Council said it had delivered more than 4,500 sandbags to flood victims across the county.

Flood barriers have also been put up at Bullstake Close, Osney Island and Lake Street by Oxford City Council.

The Met Office has forecast a month's worth of rain for southern England over the next few days.

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    Fog to return 17:59: Alexis Green Weather presenter, BBC South Today

    What a misty start this morning - as captured in this photo taken from Watlington Hill.

    Mist in Oxfordshire from Watlington Hill

    Expect drizzle and fog patches after midnight, with fog becoming particularly dense across the high ground of The Chilterns. Lows of 14C (57F).

    Evening news 17:51: BBC South Today

    Coming up on South Today this evening from 18:30: The chief constable described them as a "vital resource" but figures suggest more volunteer workers are leaving Thames Valley Police, critics claim its down to a lack of support and job satisfaction.

    The force is trying to recruit more special constables, who are unpaid but have the power to arrest.

    Quarry plans assessed 17:40:

    A rural site in South Oxfordshire is being assessed for heritage status, which could affect plans for a large quarry in the area.


    The Fullamoor Plantation is being reviewed by English Heritage for its ancient archaeological features.

    Fallen tree 17:28:

    The B4086 Camp lane in Ratley is partially blocked and there's heavy traffic at the B4100 Banbury Road junction because of a fallen tree.

    50-year celebrations 17:20: The Herald

    A school in Wantage has marked half a century of educating youngsters.

    Hundreds of former and current pupils attended Charlton Primary School, in Charlton Village Road, to mark the school's 50th anniversary at the weekend.

    U's v Accrington 17:06: Jerome Sale Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United have new signing - midfielder Brian Howard - available to face Accrington after his arrival at the Kassam Stadium on Monday.

    Tyrone Barnett (pictured) is set to make his home debut but Jon Meades will miss out once more through suspension.

    Tyrone Barnett

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    News on the hour 16:58: Phil Mercer Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 17:00: There's been a rise in the number of primary schools in Oxfordshire having school meals cooked off-site and brought in.

    After new rules about offering free school meals to five to seven-year-olds were brought in, 40 local authority schools in the county now have meals prepared off the premises. That figure has risen from 27.

    Ear bite fight 16:43: Oxford Times

    A man had his ear bitten off by another man during a fight in Witney.

    The altercation happened at Norton's Cafe Bar, in Langdale Court, at about 23:30 on Saturday.

    Volunteers to help run libraries 16:31: Banbury Cake

    Oxfordshire County Council is rolling out plans to cut costs by having half of the county's 21 libraries run with the help of volunteers.

    Children in a library

    The measures were introduced after the council's original proposal to close a significant number of facilities sparked widespread protests.

    Anti-social behaviour 16:25:

    "Rowdy" and other anti-social behaviour has been reported in Banbury.

    Complaints about Moorfield Park and West Street also include low level crime, Thames Valley Police has said.

    The force said officers have conducted two plain clothes operations as well as their regular patrols.

    As a result, it said a number of individuals had been issued with warning letters and acceptable behaviour contracts in conjunction with Cherwell District Council.

    A helping hand 16:06:

    Stuck for ideas for tomorrow? Why not try out conservation volunteering at Ewelme Watercress Beds Local Nature Reserve?

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    It's an opportunity to get some gentle exercise in the outdoors, while helping to maintain the various habitats in the watercress beds.

    In the news 15:59: Phil Mercer Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 16:00: They've been described as a "vital resource" but figures suggest volunteer special constables are leaving Thames Valley Police.

    From 2005 to 2013 the number of special constables in the region had risen from from 370 to 741.

    This year, though, there's been a drop to 623.

    A44 lane blocked 15:52:

    One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the A44 Woodstock Road southbound in Bedbroke, at the Langford Lane junction, because of an accident involving two cars.

    For all the latest on the roads visit the BBC website.

    Phones 4u jobs at risk 15:45: Banbury Cake

    Workers at four Oxfordshire Phones 4U outlets are waiting to discover what will happen to their jobs after the telecommunications company faced administration.

    Museum plan 15:34: Chipping Norton News

    Could Chipping Norton police station become the site for the town's museum?

    Chipping Norton police station

    Residents are invited to the town's history society's meeting at the Methodist Church to discuss the proposals on 30 September.

    The museum currently rents a room above Beales department store. The soon to be vacated police station is expected to be sold for about £750,000.

    Bald eagle in need of a name 15:17:

    The public are being given a chance to name the newest recruit to Millets Farm falconry display team.

    James Channon with a bald eagle

    The 12-week-old bald eagle was brought to Oxfordshire from Wales, and according to keeper James Channon, is probably the only one in the county.

    With 80 birds of prey in the display team, Mr Channon has asked the public to provide the inspiration for the new eagle's name.

    The successful name suggestion will win a day out at the centre.

    Taser investigation 15:07: Banbury Cake

    An investigation is set to be launched into the use of a Taser during a five-hour stand-off at Banbury Station.

    Police were unable to confirm whether a knife-wielding man who scaled a signal gantry yesterday, causing huge train delays, was hit by a Taser fired at him by officers.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission was contacted by both Thames Valley Police and British Transport Police following the incident.

    On the hour news 14:55: Phil Mercer Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 15:00: Work to get Playhatch Road fully re-opened isn't good enough, MP John Redwood has said.

    It's been reduced to one lane since significant damage after the flooding earlier this year.

    Student-luring graffiti? 14:45:

    Mike Ratcliffe has tweeted this picture of new street graffiti in Headington: Return of students is making a mark on the streets of #headington - super-markets vying for student shopping

    Street graffiti in Headington

    Have you spotted any more? Let us know via email, Facebook or Twitter.

    M40 lane blocked 14:33:

    On the M40 there is a lane blocked on the exit slip road southbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a broken down vehicle.

    Fossil fuel motion 14:08:

    Oxford City Council has pledged to make no direct investments in fossil fuel companies for ethical reasons.

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    In the news 13:59: Phil Mercer Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

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    Teddy's charity trip 13:37: Oxford Times

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    Pilot Officer Ted Little

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    News on the hour 12:59: BBC Radio Oxford

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    Free water 12:36:

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    Oxford Town Hall Café is one of over 600 businesses providing free drinking water to customers and visitors in the UK.

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    A422 lane closure 12:12:

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    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Rapist jailed 11:44: Oxford Mail

    A "dangerous" rapist has been handed a 15-year prison sentence for the "disgraceful sexual abuse" of two teenage girls.

    Lewyn Rudge, 26, of Valentia Road, Headington, was convicted after a trial on four counts of rape and two counts of causing actual bodily harm.

    Howard set to play 11:32: Robyn Cowen Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United's newly signer midfielder Brian Howard is set to go straight into the squad to face Accrington this evening.

    Brian Howard

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    Also tonight, Wantage play Flackwell Heath in an FA Cup replay. The winner receives a bye into the next round.

    Fire death 11:17: Oxford Times

    A man who died in a house fire has been named as Christopher Butler. The 55-year-old died after a blaze at in his Wilsdon Way home on 5 September.

    An inquest is due to be opened at Oxfordshire Coroner's Court tomorrow.

    Making music 11:06: Malcolm Boyden Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

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    So are your children strumming their way to success rather than perfecting their bow action? Get in touch.

    In the news 10:56: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

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    Following the breach, SCAS said it took "information governance responsibilities very seriously".

    NHS staff crisis looms 10:44: The Herald

    Bosses at the county's main hospitals are having to spend millions of pounds extra on agency workers due to staff shortages.

    'Used for generations' 10:33: Martin Eastaugh Big Tour producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe charity collection has been rented and used by generations of amateur drama groups in Oxfordshire.

    Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe charity costume collection

    But it could be broken-up and sold-off due to big debts, if the money can't be raised to keep it together.

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    Costume collection 10:21: Martin Eastaugh Big Tour producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    This is the incredible collection of 7,500 costumes in Steventon which may have to be sold-off.

    Oxfordshire costumes

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    U's new face 10:09: Robyn Cowen Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There could be another new face in Oxford United's team to face Accrington Stanley at the Kassam Stadium tonight.

    It follows the signing of 31-year-old Brian Howard who had been without a club since leaving Birmingham in the summer.

    Brian Howard

    After signing, initially until January, Howard could be thrown straight into action against the U's managerless opponents who are just one place above them in League Two.

    In the news 09:59: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 10:00: It's emerged more than £12m was spent last year on hiring private ambulances in Oxfordshire.

    South Central Ambulance Service says it uses private providers to maintain response times.

    No data breach action 09:45: Sue Paz BBC Local Live

    No action is to be taken against South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) after the personal data of staff was accidentally published online.

    The ethnicity, sexuality, religion and age of 2,826 staff members were posted on the service's website in October.

    The Information Commissioner's Office said it was satisfied at measures taken by SCAS to redress the errors.

    Nuisance neighbours? 09:31: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford this morning, we're talking about nuisance neighbours.

    One in four people has had a problem with nuisance neighbours in the last year, according to a survey by the consumer group Which?

    Loud music, noisy TVs and slamming doors topped the list of complaints.

    Have you ever had problems with your neighbours? And what did you do about it? Get in touch.

    Stephen Sutton cash 09:17:

    An Oxford cancer unit is among those to benefit from £5m raised by teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton.

    Stephen Sutton

    The Teenage Cancer Trust announced seven hospitals in England and Scotland would receive contributions towards creating or improving cancer units.

    A £60,000 contribution will be made towards a new unit at the Churchill Hospital.

    Nightmare traffic 09:05: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Everywhere is a nightmare this morning.

    Congestion at the Hinskey Hill Interchange caused by the contraflow on the Oxford Ring Road Southern Bypass is continuing to cause very heavy traffic.

    There are also long tailbacks on the A34 Southbound from the M40 junction 9 to Hinskey.

    This is causing congestion at Botley - with tailbacks on the A420 from Cumnor to the Botley Interchange.

    For all the latest travel updates visit the BBC website or listen to BBC Radio Oxford.

    In the news 08:56: Charles Nove Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 09:00: More than £12m was spent last year on hiring private ambulances in Oxfordshire.

    South Central Ambulance is on course to pay out even more this year - it had already spent £7m up to June.

    Shadow Health Minister Andrew Gwynne says he's worried patients are being put at risk.

    Taser ended stand-off 08:42: Oxford Mail

    A man who closed Banbury Station after climbing a signalling gantry was tasered by police to end a stand-off.

    The five-hour stand-off with officers was ended yesterday when the man - who police said was harming himself with a knife - fell from the gantry.

    He was taken to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital and was last night said to be in a serious condition.

    Frocks off 08:29: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A collection of costumes used by theatre groups in Oxfordshire for generations may have to be sold off.

    The Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe charity has more than 7,500 costumes which it rents out at below market rates.

    But after running up big debts, it's facing eviction next week if it can't raise enough cash. Tune in to hear more.

    Mist and fog 08:19: Holly Green BBC Weather

    A dull start with mist and fog across many areas, but conditions should improve with sunny intervals developing by mid morning.

    Oxford weather chart

    Mostly dry with sunny spells this afternoon, but there will be a risk of some isolated sharp showers. Highs of 23C (73F).

    Private ambulance increase 08:10: Charles Nove Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    An increase in 999 calls led to more than £12m being spent on private ambulances in Oxfordshire last year.

    That's up by £3m on the year before, according to figures discovered by BBC Radio Oxford.

    Good morning 08:00: Sue Paz BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live.

    I'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the county today.

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