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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    14:25: Warning for ice

    The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning for ice in Oxfordshire from this afternoon to Saturday lunchtime.

    It says the public should be aware of the risk of difficult driving conditions.

    14:07: Winter wisdom via Facebook

    Oxfordshire County Council is offering some essential winter information via its Facebook page:

    "The last of our Winter in Oxfordshire information events will be on the Thursday 5th February at Waitrose Henley-on-Thames.

    "From trading standards, to safety and public health — we will be sharing useful information & answering your winter questions from 10am. We hope to see you there!

    "For more winter information visit:"

    13:57: News on the hour Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfordshire County Council's planning to get rid of the role of chief executive this summer, but its not been made clear why she is standing down now.

    Join me for more on that at 14:00.

    13:44: Cameron's tribute to Churchill Howard Bentham Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Prime Minister David Cameron has paid tribute to Sir Winston Churchill as events mark the 50th anniversary of his funeral.

    David Cameron

    Mr Cameron, who's constituency contains Churchill's final resting place, described his predecessor as a Renaissance man.

    He said: "He was a brilliant journalist, a great historian, a ferocious warrior, a great prime minister, brilliant speaker, and also a pretty accomplished painter and not bad at building walls. He combined all of these things and I'm not sure we'll see anyone quite like that again."

    You can listen back to the full interview here.

    13:30: Lunchtime TV BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: Imagine having a cardiac arrest and instead of being injected with adrenaline, the paramedics use saline solution instead.


    That is happening at South Central Ambulance Service as part of an experiment to find out if adrenaline is a help or hindrance to those in cardiac arrest.

    Join Laura Trant for the full story at 13:30.

    13:28: Churchill tributes

    BBC Radio Oxford presenter Hopward Bentham tweets: People lay wreaths at the grave of Churchill on the 50th anniversary of his burial at St. Martin's Bladon

    Churchill's grave
    13:20: Andrew Main returns to court over Oxfordshire arson attacks Dave Gilyeat BBC News

    A man has reappeared in court accused of arson following a series of fires in Oxfordshire, including one that caused major damage to council headquarters.

    Andrew Main, pictured in grey, led to security van

    Andrew Main, 47, of Rokemarsh Farm, Rokemarsh, is charged with two counts of arson with intent to endanger life and two counts of arson reckless as to whether life was endangered.

    He appeared via video link from Bullingdon Prison but did not speak. The hearing at Oxford Crown Court was adjourned until 10 April.

    13:10: Arrests after Barton raid Oxford Times

    Two people were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and possession of class A drugs following a police raid.

    12:59: News on the hour Bethan Phillips Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfordshire County Council's chief executive Joanna Simons is to stand down in June, and will not be replaced.

    Join me for the full story at 13:00.

    12:54: Mixed picture for waiting times Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Oxfordshire has seen a slight fall in the number of patients being seen in A&E with four hours, although performance has improved nationwide.

    A patient is taken from an ambulance to A&E

    Accident and Emergency units across England saw 93% of patients within four hours, short of the 95% target.

    Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust managed 87.1% within the target time in the week to 25 January, down from 88.7% the previous week.

    12:33: Foreign pupils 'no hindrance' The Independent

    English-speaking pupils do not see their grades suffer if they attend a school where most of their classmates speak other languages, according to research by Oxford University academics published today.

    12:21: 'Radical change'

    The removal of the post of chief executive from Oxfordshire County Council has been described as a "radical change", by the present incumbent Joanna Simons.

    Joanna Simons

    In a statement she said: "Radical change is needed to transform the public sector so it can cope with the financial challenges ahead."

    The council said the move was part of a "wider plan to protect frontline services in the knowledge that more cuts to local government are inevitable in future years."

    12:10: Chief executive standing down

    Oxfordshire County Council's chief executive Joanna Simons is to stand down in June, and will not be replaced.

    In a statement the council said that they were "moving to a more distributed model of leadership" and the the structure would be "flattened to bring everything closer to our residents".

    11:59: News on the hour Sue Kinnear Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Waiting times to be seen at Oxfordshire's A&E departments have worsened in the past week.

    Join me for the full story at 12:00.

    11:47: Call for F1 inquiry BBC Radio Oxford

    After two Formula 1 teams based in Oxfordshire went out of business at the end of last year one of Oxfordshire's MEPs is calling for an investigation.

    Marussia and Caterham F1 cars

    Labour's Anneliese Dodds now wants the EU to investigate the Formula 1 industry for anti-competitive practices.

    She told BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle: "Thirteen years ago the EU brokered a deal, but since then a number of teams had said this deal isn't being kept to and the interests of the smaller teams haven't always been listened to."

    11:31: City Stars' yellow shirts to stay

    Oxford City Stars will continue wearing yellow, after a supporters poll revealed an overwhelming 77% of respondents voted to wear yellow and blue jerseys for the remaining home games of the season.

    Oxford City Stars

    The kit had been created for the annual Oxfordshire United game two weeks ago, and they have remained undefeated since.

    11:20: Henley road closed next week Henley Standard

    A section of Greys Road in Henley will be closed from Monday so that a main gas pipe can be upgraded.

    11:09: The cost of care Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    BBC Radio Oxford has learned that more than 14,000 people visited accident and emergency departments in Oxfordshire last year, but left without being treated.

    Hospital ward

    Our Health reporter David Fenton explained to me what effect this had on the Horton and John Radcliffe: "A £64 cost is incurred the moment a person registers at A&E, and is paid by the hospital to the local doctors groups, the CCG, who pay for care for all of us and are in charge of the budgets.

    "So in one way it is one part of the NHS paying another, but the point is that it is payment for people who have had no treatment so is wasted money."

    10:59: News on the hour Sue Kinnear Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A project to make Oxfordshire a leading area for internet businesses and technology has been launched.

    Digital Oxford hopes to make the county more appealing for investors and employees in the digital sector.

    I'll have more on this at 11:00.

    10:48: Thousands sign grave petition Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Yesterday we reported that a Kidlington mother had been told to remove decorations from her daughter's grave.

    Tanya Beadle's grave

    Jane Beadle started an online petition calling for parents to be allowed to decorate graves. It now has over 4,000 signatures.

    You can watch BBC South Today's Adina Campbell's report on the story on our Facebook page.

    10:40: Benefits cheat had £50,000 Thame Gazette

    A benefits cheat who claimed £34,000 from the state despite having £50,000 in the bank has been given a suspended prison sentence.

    10:28: Need to use NHS 'wisely' BBC Radio Oxford

    More than 14,000 people made unnecessary visits to the Horton and John Radcliffe hospitals in Oxfordshire last year.

    Each visit cost the NHS £64.

    Rachel Coney from Healthwatch Oxfordshire told BBC Radio Oxford that it is time patients questioned their own actions.

    She said: "Patients need to take some responsibility for the problems we see in hospitals. We all need to be using the NHS wisely if we want it to be there for us and working when we do need it."

    10:13: Sir Winston Churchill's funeral marked 50 years on Alex Morrison BBC News

    The boat which carried Sir Winston Churchill's coffin along the Thames will make the journey again later to mark 50 years since his funeral.

    Winston Churchill making a speech

    The Havengore will carry members of his family to Westminster, as part of a day of events in central London.

    Remembrance services will be held at the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

    09:59: News on the hour Sue Kinnear Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    One in every 10 people who went to A&E in Oxfordshire left because they got bored waiting, didn't need treatment or were drunk.

    For more on this, join me at 10:00.

    09:48: Remembering Churchill Howard Bentham Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Today we are remembering Sir Winston Churchill's funeral, broadcasting from Bladon where he is laid to rest.

    Winston Churchill's grave in Bladon

    We are going to tell the stories of those people who were there on the day, the handful of relatives and villagers who were the last to see Churchill before he was committed to the earth.

    Join us for this special programme from 10:00.

    09:42: Substation home price may shock Oxford Mail

    Whoever snaps up a former Second World War sub-station is set for a blast of a time in a £500,000 luxury, three-bedroom pad.

    09:30: Any snow? Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Did you have any snow? If so it probably wasn't as complete a covering as Oxford received in January 2013, as pictured here, at the canal in Jericho.

    Snowy Oxford Canal

    It was taken by Antony Steele and you can see more of his pictures on flickr. If you did get any of the white stuff, why not send in a picture to Local Live?

    09:19: Selma star disappointed by Bafta snub Tim Masters Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

    Oxford-born former Spooks star David Oyelowo has expressed disappointment at the way Bafta has snubbed his new film Selma.

    David Oyelowo

    The British actor plays Martin Luther King in the film about the 1965 campaign in Selma, Alabama, for equal voting rights for African-Americans.

    The film, out in the UK next week, has been lauded by critics and has two Oscar nominations, but received no Bafta nominations.

    09:08: Botley problems Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There is a slow crawl on the A420 in both directions in Botley at the B4044 junction, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

    Congestion going back to the Botley Interchange and to the B4017 Abingdon Road junction.

    08:58: News on the hour Danny Cox Presenter, BBC Oxford

    One in every 10 people who went to A&E in Oxfordshire last year left without being treated, costing the NHS almost a £1m.

    I'll have the full details at 09:00.

    08:44: Arson accused to appear

    The man accused of causing three major fires in south Oxfordshire is due to appear at Oxford Crown Court.

    Council office fire

    Andrew Main, 47 from Rokemarsh Farm in Rokemarsh, is facing four charges including arson with intent to endanger life.

    The main offices of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils were gutted by the fire two weeks ago.

    08:25: Collapsing wall Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    At Bloxham there are emergency temporary lights due to a collapsing wall on the A361, Church Street just around Hawke Lane.

    08:10: Sunny but cold Bee Tucker BBC Weather

    There could be a bit of ice on the roads first thing and any occasional showers will gradually ease as we go through the morning.

    Bee Tucker

    We should see some decent spells of sunshine despite this, winds coming down from the north will keep it feeling raw with highs of 6C (43F).

    08:00: Good morning Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

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

    I'm in the BBC Oxford newsroom bringing you 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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