Cyclist dies in collision with car in Abingdon

A cyclist has died after a collision with a car in Oxfordshire.

The 68-year-old woman collided with a silver Ford Escort on Preston Road, Abingdon, shortly before 10:00 GMT.

She was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford with serious head injuries but later died. Her next of kin have been informed.

The 33-year-old man, from Abingdon, who was driving the car was not injured. Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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    13:21: Cartooning on the radio

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    13:12: Sexual offences verdicts considered Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The judge at Oxford Crown Court will accept majority verdicts in the case of seven defendants for sexual offences in Banbury over a period of five years.

    Five men have already been found guilty for some of the sexual offences against girls aged between 13 and 15 from 2009 to 2014.

    The jury are still considering eight counts related to sexual abuse.

    12:55: News on the hour Alex Dibble Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    In the 13:00 news bulletin: A judge at Oxford Crown Court has told the jury deliberating verdicts on five men and a teenager accused of a series of sexual offences against girls in Banbury he will accept a majority verdict.

    12:42: Listen out

    Bicester Green tweets: Listen out for our interview on @BBCOxford today at 1.10pm.

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    12:32: Oxfordshire hotter than the Med The Herald

    Oxfordshire looks set to be hotter than the Mediterranean on Saturday as temperatures are set to rise over the weekend.

    Areas of the county could see temperatures reach up to 14C, whilst areas of the Mediterranean such as Tunisia experience low temperatures on Saturday, according to forecasters.

    12:20: Dons against reducing height of flats Oxford Times

    An attempt to reduce the height of the Castle Mill student flats has been thrown out by Oxford University dons.

    Critics said the blocks blighted views of Oxford's historic skyline and a report also found 22 views had been damaged by them.

    11:58: News on the hour Sue Kinnear Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up in the BBC Radio Oxford news at 12:00: The remaining verdicts on six men accused of a range of sexual offences against girls in Banbury over five years are being considered by a jury at Oxford Crown Court.

    11:45: Benefit cheats fleeced taxpayers out of £1.3m Oxford Mail

    Fraudsters in Oxford raked in almost £1.28m in the past financial year from the public purse.

    The number of detected cases in the city, including council tax and housing benefit fraud, was five times higher than in 19 neighbouring areas it was compared to.

    11:33: Five arrested in cyber-crime raids

    Thames Valley Police has arrested five people following raids in Kidlington.

    Officers, working alongside the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit and the National Crime Agency, carried out searches as part of a crackdown on cyber criminals.

    The men, from Wheatley, Witney, Bampton and Didcot, were held on suspicion of conspiracy to steal and computing offences.

    11:19: Do you let your children walk home alone? BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford this morning we are asking: How young is too young to let children walk home from school?

    An American couple have been found guilty of child neglect after allowing their six-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son to walk home alone from a park.

    Children walking home

    How old were your children when you first let them walk home alone? Get in touch by email, Facebook or Twitter.

    11:10: On air now

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    11:01: News on the hour Sue Kinnear Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    In the BBC Radio Oxford news at 11:00: Five people have been arrested in a raid in Kidlington as part of a nationwide police operation against computer and internet crime.

    10:50: Five guilty of child sex offences Hannah Bewley BBC News Online

    Five men have been found guilty of a string of sexual offences against girls in Banbury over a period of five years.

    A jury at Oxford Crown Court returned partial guilty and not guilty verdicts in the trial of six men and one 17-year-old.

    10:38: A song for Europe Kat Orman Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Eurovision Song contest is on 23 May and tomorrow night on BBC One the song that will represent the UK is announced.

    BBC Radio Oxford can exclusively reveal this morning... it's NOT Garry Holland from Didcot.

    Garry has just published a book about his "comic" failures trying to enter songs into the Eurovision Song Contest. Tune in to hear what he has to say.

    10:28: Have your say Roz Tappenden BBC South

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to find out what you think of the service.

    10:16: Manor Marussia cleared to race BBC Sport

    Manor Marussia have been cleared to compete at the opening race of the Formula 1 season after passing mandatory crash tests on Thursday.

    Marussia car

    The team will travel to the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne next week with a modified version of its 2014 car.

    10:05: Coming up on air BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up next on the Kat Orman show: We're celebrating an extra £6m for research in Oxford into a cure for Parkinson's.

    Plus, we'll be talking to the man who is running three marathons to raise money for Blue Skye Thinking and finding out what happens at Abingdon's Diamond Light Source from the man in charge. Tune in.

    10:00: News on the hour Sue Kinnear Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the BBC Radio Oxford news at 10:00: It's been estimated there's been a rise of nearly 7,000 migrants settling in Oxfordshire in the past three years.

    Researchers at Oxford University say they carried out the analysis to help the debate before the general election - in England as a whole they found immigration has pushed up the population by more than half a million.

    09:59: Debate ends Roz Tappenden BBC South

    That's all folks. The debate at Castle Quay in Banbury has now finished.

    09:57: NHS: 'Privatisation by stealth' BBC Radio Oxford

    Ian Middleton, of the Greens, says: "The Horton is a gem of a hospital and all of the principal services should be maintained there.

    "It's the thin end of the wedge and it's very similar to the way the NHS is being dealt with in general. There's an obvious plan to privatise the NHS by stealth and if we don't fight to keep the services we are going to lose them."

    09:56: Changes in Banbury Roz Tappenden BBC South

    Victoria Prentis is challenged by other candidates about whether the Horton can cope with changes that are happening in Banbury.

    09:53: Who will look after the Horton Hospital? Howard Bentham Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Rosanne Edwards, from the National Health Action Party, says: "There is no reason whatsoever why Banbury cannot maintain its acute services.

    "It's a vaguely political hospital decision that acute services should go down to Oxford. The removal of emergency general surgery should not have happened."

    Banbury hustings

    Labour's Sean Woodcock says: "I'm passionate about defending the Horton, I was born there.

    "It's about making sure there's money in the NHS in order that people can be treated properly."

    09:52: NHS: What future for the Horton Hospital? BBC Radio Oxford

    Howard reminds the panel that emergency abdominal surgery was suspended at the Horton Hospital in 2013 because there were not enough surgeons. A year later it was confirmed it would not be reinstated.

    Joan from Banbury wants to know: "What are you going to do about making sure we keep the Horton more of a first-class hospital instead of a first-aid station so everybody doesn't have to go all the way to Oxford?"

    09:49: 'I'll vote against Tory leadership'

    Victoria Prentis disagrees with the Conservative leadership on HS2 and says she would vote against her own party as she is against the line.

    Sean Woodcock says the rail project is highly flawed, as it does not go to Heathrow. He is not convinced by HS2.

    09:47: 'More people flying without HS2'

    John Howson says the Liberal Democrats are in favour of large infrastructure projects and he is in favour of HS2. He says without HS2, people will be flying more.

    Ian Middleton tells the hustings the Green Party are against HS2 and it will do untold damage to people's homes.

    People work from home, they can use the internet. The money would be much better spent on the rails we've got at the moment, he adds.

    09:44: HS2: Keep it or scrap it? BBC Radio Oxford

    Dickie Bird says: "Scrap it. Absolute white elephant. Let's push this money into the current rail system that we have."

    Banbury hustings

    Rosanne Edwards says:" We are completely against it. The cost is absolutely soaring and if you are going to inflict austerity on the taxpayers who are expected to fund this, why should they have to fork out what is now approaching what is approaching £100bn?"

    09:43: 'Only job' Roz Tappenden BBC South

    Victoria Prentis says she would be a one-job woman.

    Sean Woodcock also says it would be his only job.

    09:41: Candidates' views on second jobs

    Rosanne Edwards says: "It's a no, except for those who have to keep up their professional education."

    John Howson says: "No second job but we do have a real problem because what do you do about members of the government because under our parliamentary system, everybody is a constituency MP but 130 people are ministers doing a second job in Westminster."

    It's a full-time job, that's it, says the Greens' Ian Middleton.

    09:40: Should MPs be allowed second jobs? Howard Bentham Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    North Oxfordshire Conservative MP Sir Tony Baldry, who is stepping down, is the ninth highest earning person in Parliament and it's a topic that concerns people. Should MPs be allowed to have second jobs?

    Banbury hustings
    09:36: 'Net contribution to economy'

    Roseanne Edwards says European migrants make a net contribution to the country. She says the UK needs to be able to have special measures, but it does not want to come out of Europe.

    Sean Woodcock also argues the majority of people who come over here and work are contributing to our economy.

    09:32: Stricter controls on immigration? BBC Radio Oxford

    Dickie Bird: "We want to stop the open borders and control immigration and have it on a points-based system as they do in Australia."

    Banbury hustings

    John Howson: "In almost every other country there are immigration points both on the way into the country and on the way out.

    "Labour failed to control illegal immigration, visa over-stoppers because they didn't put that simple thing back in our ports and airports so we knew who was leaving the country."

    09:31: 'Stop illegal immigration'

    Dickie Bird says controlled immigration would "bring in people from overseas that we actually require in this country... uncontrolled labour has to stop".

    The Lib Dems want to stop uncontrolled, illegal immigration, says John Howson.

    09:28: Points-based system? Roz Tappenden BBC South

    Dickie Bird, UKIP, argues for a points-based immigration system, while Lib Dem John Howson criticises Labour's record on the issue.

    Ian Middleton says the issue is being looked at in the wrong way, while Roseanne Edwards says many problems in society are to do with austerity, not immigration.

    09:26: Immigration debate Roz Tappenden BBC South

    Victoria Prentis says: "I think it is important that we have strong border controls and that we cut away any abuse of our welfare system."

    Sean Woodcock says: "Immigrants are being exploited and we are going to make sure there is going to be tougher enforcement of minimum wage laws."

    09:23: What's your stance on immigration? Howard Bentham Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Ted Sutton says he wants to know the candidates' views on immigration, adding he believes numbers should be "cut to the bone".

    And Peter, who is born and bred in Banbury, is concerned about the levels of immigration saying: "I've got two grandsons - one 20, struggling to find work, the other grandson, he's 17, he's struggling to find an apprenticeship or a full-time job."

    Banbury hustings
    09:17: Future of pensions

    Conservative Victoria Prentis defends the government's record on pensions, pointing to the rise in the basic state pension that has been introduced.

    Labour's Sean Woodcock says people are having to sell their homes because of failures in the social care system and people are worse off now than they were at the start of this government.

    Ian Middleton, for the Greens, says it's an issue of fairness.

    09:13: Should pensioners have to sell up? BBC Radio Oxford

    Howard tells the panel about pensioners Linda and Roger Needle who live in Steeple Aston. They say they barely have enough to live on and are considering moving away from their friends and family to a cheaper area. Is it right to have to sell up to fund your retirement?

    Dickie Bird says: "No it's not, especially if you've lived in the area for so long... The state pension is not enough. It's a cross-party issue, not a single party issue."

    Rosanne Edwards says: "Of course they shouldn't have to do that... There's an awful lot that needs reform in terms of tax relief on pensions."

    09:09: Duet with Andy Williams Roz Tappenden BBC South

    Howard Bentham begins by asking each candidate to tell us something we don't already know about them.

    Rosanne Edwards reveals she's recorded a duet with Andy Williams, while Ian Middleton says he was an extra in a number of 1980s music videos.

    Tune in.

    09:05: Listen: Banbury hustings Howard Bentham Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Banbury hustings debate is on air now.

    On the panel is Dickie Bird of UKIP; Roseanne Edwards of the National Health Action Party; John Howson of the Liberal Democrats; Ian Middleton of the Green party, Victoria Prentis of the Conservatives and Labour's Sean Woodcock.

    08:56: News on the hour BBC Radio Oxford

    In the 09:00 news bulletin: A sensible response to Oxford's increasing population of migrants is being called for by the county's Labour MEP.

    08:43: Oxford study: Immigration increases Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    The population of England has risen by 565,000 since 2011 because of immigration, a major analysis by the University of Oxford estimates.

    Population map

    The figures suggest the migrant population of every local authority in the country may have risen.

    08:33: Big Ballot Box tour Howard Bentham Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The BBC Radio Oxford Big Ballot Box tour is on the road - visiting each of our parliamentary constituencies, bringing the candidates together and getting them to answer to you.

    Election time is one of the only times of the year you can get the candidates where you want them - and through us is how you can get them to answer your questions.

    Hustings event

    You'll hear what UKIP, the National Health Action Party, Liberal Democrat, Green, Conservative and Labour candidates for Banbury said after 09:00. Tune in.

    08:21: Dry with bright spells Holly Green BBC Weather

    It's a rather cloudy start for many, but dry with bright spells.

    Cloud is expected to decrease through the day with increasing amounts of sunshine and it will feel mild but increasingly breezy.

    Weather chart

    For a full 10-day weather forecast, visit BBC weather.

    08:05: Overturned car on the A40 Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    We've had a call to say there's an overturned car on the A40 eastbound, between the Eynsham and Wolvercote roundabouts.

    Our caller said the vehicle is in the lay-by, having apparently narrowly missed a snack van that's parked there.

    For the latest traffic and travel, tune in to BBC Radio Oxford or visit the BBC Travel page.

    08:00: Good morning Roz Tappenden BBC South

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on Friday.

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

    Get in touch and tell us what you're up to via email, Facebook or Twitter.



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