A420 Shrivenham bypass reopens after resurfacing

A420 at Watchfield roundabout The A420 Shrivenham bypass was shut between Watchfield and Lower Bourton for seven weeks over the summer

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Work to resurface a major bypass in Oxfordshire has been completed a week ahead of schedule.

The A420 Shrivenham bypass had been shut between Watchfield and Lower Bourton since mid-July.

Residents had raised concerns about traffic being diverted through villages while the work was done.

The county council said it was "excellent news" the work had been done before the nearby A417 is closed while rail electrification is carried out.

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    Very mild night 17:57: Holly Green BBC Weather

    We've seen some very good temperatures for this time in October, but going into tonight there will be some mist and fog.

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    The breeze continues to filter up from the south giving us a very mild night, temperatures staying above 14C (57F).

     
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    Evening TV 17:53: Geraldine Peers Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: The family of a man who died after taking a so-called "legal high" have welcomed a new Home Office study which suggests such drugs should be banned.

    The project to upgrade the fleet of Puma helicopters is a massive contract for an Oxfordshire-based business - and key to the future of RAF Benson. Adina Campbell will report on how the work is progressing.

    Lord Heseltine at HR Wallingford

    And we'll have a look inside two multi-million pound sea simulators that have been shown off for the first time today in Wallingford.

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    Ship simulator 17:40: via Facebook

    The new centre at HR Wallingford not only boasts a Fast Flow facility that simulates sea conditions, but also a Ship Simulation Centre.

    HR Wallingford Ship Simulator

    The four real-time simulators feature a 360 degree environment and give a realistic training platform for piloting a ship or tug's bridge.

    You can see more pictures from the centre on our Facebook page, or watch South Today at 18:30.

     
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    Broken down vehicle on A40 17:30: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On the A40 Oxford Ring Road Northern Bypass there's a broken down vehicle eastbound from the Wolvercote Roundabout to the Cutteslowe Roundabout.

    The A40's also slow from Marston to Cassington heading out of Oxford westbound.

    The Oxford Ring Road Eastern Bypass is heavy as usual, anticlockwise approaching the Headington Roundabout from Cowley Northbound.

    And its crawling along clockwise from Littlemore all the way to the A34.

     
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    Beauty and the Beast 17:18: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Two leading ladies met this afternoon when Kat Orman was joined in the studio by Dame Jelleena Jellychops (aka) Leon Craig, who is appearing in the Oxford Playhouse's pantomime rendition of Beauty and the Beast.

    Kat Orman and Dame Leon Craig

    You can see more of this encounter on our Facebook page, and listen back here.

     
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    Traffic chaos apology 17:05: Paul Kiernan Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    The traffic lights at the M40 junction 9 are usually run using sensors, but these have been taken away while the roadworks are taking place to improve the junction.

    A fixed timing system is being used instead, with the help of Oxfordshire County Council, but the sensor system was switched back on last night by mistake.

    The Highways Agency has apologised, and says it is speaking to its suppliers and to the county council to make sure this mistake doesn't happen again.

     
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    News on the hour 16:59: Victoria Laurence Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Highways Agency has apologised to drivers for the significant delays at junction 9 of the M40.

    I'll have more on that at 17:00.

     
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    Oxford food bank success 16:52:

    The amount of food supermarkets in Oxfordshire are throwing away unsold has been halved thanks to the Oxford Food Bank.

    Oxford Food Bank

    That's according to research from Oxford University, who say the system should be copied elsewhere.

    Analise Bissette, the environmental scientist who carried out the research, said: "If every area the size of Oxford had a organisation like this I think the reductions in edible retail food waste would be quite significant."

     
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    Ashton confident of success 16:37: Nabil Hassan BBC Sport

    Oxford United CEO Mark Ashton has reaffirmed his belief the club will be successful in the long term, despite their inconsistent start to the season.

    Kassam Stadium

    The U's are 19th in League Two ahead of Saturday's visit of Wycombe, having won three and lost three of their last six.

    Ashton admitted the timing of their recent investment made summer signings "very difficult" - but added the club was "filled with opportunity".

     
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    Musical tribute to John Radcliffe 16:28: Malcolm Boyden Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A musical composition has been written to mark 300 years since the death of the founder of Oxford's first hospital.

    John Radcliffe Hospital

    Breathe was composed to celebrate the life of Dr John Radcliffe, who funded the Radcliffe Infirmary in the 18th Century.

    Composer Orland Gough told me: "Breathing is implicit in all music making and a great opportunity to analyse what it is and I decided on a rather pure piece just for voices. We have three professional singers and a lovely amateur chorus of local people, quite a few of whom are respiratory patients."

    You can hear the interview and an sample of the composition here.

     
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    On board 16:13: Adina Campbell Reporter, BBC South Today

    Here I am inside the Puma Mark 2 helicopter while filming for South Today, alongside cameraman Jono.

    Adina Campbell and Jonanthan Eden
     
  13.  
    News on the hour 15:57: Victoria Laurence Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfordshire has the second highest number of birds being shot in the region, according to the RSPB.

    Join me for more on that at 16:00.

     
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    Flying High 15:46:

    BBC Oxford's Adina Campbell is at RAF Benson today covering the news that the fleet of Puma helicopters there are being upgraded.

    Puma Helicopter

    She tweeted: Exciting times. We are about to go up in the Puma Mark 2 @RAFBenson. You can see it tonight on @BBCSouthNews

     
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    Arrest over Oxford assaults 15:36: Oxford Times

    A man has been arrested after three people were assaulted in St Thomas Street on Sunday, October 19.

     
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    'Surprise' over volleyball funds 15:22: BBC Radio Oxford

    An award of £58,000 will be spent building two beach volleyball courts in Oxford.

    April Ross

    The National Lottery funding was given to the Oxford Volleyball Club, which has more than 85 members.

    Chairman of Oxford Volleyball Club, John Williams says a lot of work went into the application.

    He said: "Personally I felt very very excited. We'd been trying to attain funds for beach volley ball for over two years and as volleyball is a minority sport to be awarded that amount of money, I was very surprised."

     
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    Missing man appeal 15:03:

    Thames Valley Police is appealing for help in tracing 24-year-old Dipash Kumar Kamath.

    Dipash Kumar Kamath

    He is believed to be in the Chinnor area of Oxfordshire.

     
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    News on the hour 14:56: Victoria Laurence Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Plans to try to cut the number of emergency hospital admissions by treating more people at home have been outlined.

    Age UK Oxfordshire says it's important to face up to the challenge.

    Join me for all the headlines at 15:00.

     
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    Sunday's highlights 14:41: via Facebook

    Oxford United Women have posted highlights of their 2-0 defeat by Aston Villa on Sunday on their Facebook Page.

     
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    North Oxford development 14:25: BBC Radio Oxford

    A major development of housing and business space to the north of Oxford has been passed to government inspectors.

    Oxford City Council wants to build on land between the Peartree interchange and Wolvercote including a new link road from the A34 to the A40.

    An independent inspector will now hold public hearings in to the plans in the New Year.

     
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    Oxford NHS pioneer turns 100 14:11: Oxford Mail

    Many people who reach the grand old age of 100 have the health service to thank for it, but Wynne McKay spent a large part of her life making the NHS what it is today.

     
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    News on the hour 13:59: Victoria Laurence Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    People will soon to be able to surf the net more easily while out and about in Oxford.

    Free wi-fi is being installed in more than 40 buildings as part of government investment.

    Join me for all the headlines at 14:00.

     
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    Witney blanket industry covered 13:41: Witney Gazette

    A booklet celebrating Witney's global reputation in the blanket industry has just been released.

     
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    Lunchtime TV 13:30: BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: A blanket ban on legal highs. They're legal, but for some, can be deadly.

    Legal highs

    But at the same time, new evidence has revealed outlawing drugs, doesn't discourage people from using them... get the full story with Roger Finn at 13:30.

     
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    Kicking the Bucket 13:24: Oxford Times

    A debate on the mounting costs of funerals is being held as part of the Kicking the Bucket Festival.

     
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    'Unique facility' 13:13: Roz Tappenden BBC South

    The new Fast Flow sea simulation centre at Wallingford has been described as a unique facility.

    Wallingford sea simulator

    Technical director Prof Richard Whitehouse said: "What makes the Fast Flow Facility unique is the way we can simulate sediment movement, big waves and fast tidal currents at the same time. No-one else can do this, certainly not at such a large scale."

    You can watch a time-lapse of the flume being constructed here, and photos from the centre on our Facebook page.

     
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    News on the hour 12:59: BBC Radio Oxford

    A facility that simulates sea conditions has opened in Oxfordshire.

    The Fast Flow Facility, in Wallingford, has been built to help engineers improve the design of sea structures such as oil rigs and wind turbines.

    Get the full story at 13:00.

     
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    Schoolboy petitions Tesco 12:46: Oxford Mail

    A nine-year-old schoolboy has petitioned Tesco for safe crossing at Oxford's Old Marston Road.

     
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    Newey leaves for Northampton 12:32: Ross Heaton Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United left-back Tom Newey has left the club to join Chris Wilder's Northampton on loan.

    Tom Newey

    He said: "For whatever reason I found myself out of the team and I'm looking forward to getting some games."

    He said the prospect of working with former U's boss Chris Wilder helped him make the decision: "It's something I jumped at, my time under Chris went very well. We were doing well last season and you could feel the effect of him leaving with the way the results went."

     
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    A4155 congestion 12:20:

    There is slow traffic on the A4155 Henley Road in Play Hatch at the B478 Playhatch Road junction in both directions. It's due to roadworks in the area.

     
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    Yellow Army Day 12:10: Robyn Cowen Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United fans have been urged to attend in numbers this weekend as the U's take on Wycombe at the Kassam Stadium.

    Danny Hylton

    The match has been designated as Yellow Army Day with a number of activities going on throughout the afternoon.

    Joe Nicholls from the Yellow Army supporters group says its a good sign that the new owners are committed to improving the atmosphere at the Kassam.

    He said: "People have been complaining about the match day experience but the club are certainly doing their bit and we as the fans want to do our bit as well."

    We will have exclusive coverage of the game on Saturday from 14:00.

     
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    News on the hour 11:58: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    More than 40 buildings in Oxford are being transformed into free wi-fi hotspots.

    I'll have the details at 12:00.

     
  33.  
    Oxfordshire's birds of prey 11:45: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Where I live in South Oxfordshire, Red Kites are an ever-present feature.

    Red Kite

    Personally I enjoy watching them, and the only shooting I'm interesting in is taking pictures like this one with my camera.

    But I know some people view them as pests, and have had one attack the leftovers from a bbq.

    What do you think about our wildlife, let me know via email, Facebook or Twitter, and do send in a picture if like me you enjoy a bit of photography.

     
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    Birds of prey persecution 11:33: BBC Radio Oxford

    Birds of prey are being "persecuted" according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

    Female Hen Harrier

    It says it confirmed 55 incidents of wild bird crime in 2013 in the Midlands. Five of those were in Oxfordshire.

    Fen Gerry told Phil Gayle: "These birds are protected by law, and no one has the right to persecute them. They are being trapped, poisoned, shot and having their eggs stolen.

    She also said: "We fear that populations that are endangered are not being protected, and these incredible birds are still being persecuted."

     
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    Children in poverty 11:27: Oxford Mail

    One in three children are living in poverty in areas of the city, a charity has found.

     
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    Halloween - a trick or treat? 11:11: BBC Radio Oxford

    Earlier Phil Gayle and Lilley Mitchell were discussing all things Halloween, and asked for your thoughts on the festival.

    Nicole Wilson wrote on Facebook: Halloween is so fun, the decorating and the costumes, wish we were more like Americans with it.

    Darren Grant posted on Facebook: Not too bothered by trick or treaters but I do think halloween is pathetic American nonsense.

    Pumpkin

    And Lilley tweeted this picture of a pumpkin, asking if it was "An uncanny resemblance?"

     
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    News on the hour 10:58: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The RSPB is concerned about the number of birds of prey being "persecuted" in Oxfordshire.

    For more on that and the other headlines join me at 11:00.

     
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    Ambulances diverted to Horton 10:46: Banbury Guardian

    Ambulances responding to emergencies in north Oxfordshire were told to take patients direct to Banbury's Horton General Hospital and avoid calling at the John Radcliffe in Oxford because the A&E department was too busy and there were no beds available.

     
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    Oxfordshire's Sea Simulator 10:31: Roz Tappenden BBC South

    A facility that simulates sea conditions has opened in Oxfordshire.

    HR Wallingford Fast Flow Facility

    The Fast Flow Facility, in Wallingford, has a 75 metre-long, eight metre-wide flume, which holds a million litres of water and can generate metre-high waves.

    It has been built to help engineers improve the design of sea structures such as oil rigs and wind turbines.

     
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    Coming up 10:15: Will Wilkin Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    On the Malcolm Boyden show this morning: Have you seen Laura's love rocket?

    A couple who got married in Marston last June are appealing for help to find a rocket that they fired the day before their wedding day.

    The rocket had their vows attached to it, and was supposed to float back to earth with a parachute but it disappeared into the heavens.

    Malcolm will be speaking to Laura after 10:30.

     
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    Drugs laws 10:07:

    A Home Office study of different drug policies across the world suggests there's no link between how "tough" penalties are and the levels of drug use.

    Martha Fernback and mum Anne-Marie Cockburn

    The mother of Oxford schoolgirl Martha Fernback, who died in Hinksey Park in July last year after taking ecstasy, has called for decriminalisation.

    She said: "I would like an approach based on safety first. It's not about the moral argument, it is looking at what is going on and if young people are going to dabble you need to keep them as safe as you can."

     
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    News on the hour 09:58: Paul Jenner Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The mother of a Oxford schoolgirl who died after taking ecstasy in July last year has called for drugs to be legalised and regulated.

    I'll have the full story at 10:00.

     
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    Middleton Stoney road closed 09:40: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    At Middleton Stoney there are reports that the Heyford Road is closed due to overturned car between B430 Ardley Road and Port Way.

    After ongoing problems with the synching of the traffic lights at the M40 junction 9 the Wendlebury Interchange, the traffic lights at the A41 and M40 junction 9 have been turned off at the request of the police to get the roundabout flowing more freely and traffic is now moving at a very good pace on all approaches to and through the junction.

    It's now going to be closely monitored during the day and in the lead up to this evening to see if it continues to improve the problem.

     
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    'No regrets' 09:33: Robyn Cowen Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Former All Black Piri Weepu says he doesn't regret his move to London Welsh, despite the side's difficult start to the season.

    Piri Weepu

    The Exiles have lost every single match in all competitions so far and are now preparing for a game at Bath in the LV Cup on Saturday.

    Weepu says he has experienced this sort of adversity before: "I've been in a situation where I've been with a team that have lost lots of games, you've just got to keep working and hopefully at some stage we'll get the result that we want."

     
  46.  
    TV Licence clampdown 09:19: Oxford Times

    Eighty-one young people were caught watching TV without a licence in Oxfordshire in the past year, new figures have revealed.

     
  47.  
    Ebola appeal 09:09: BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfam says it has only 10% of the £22m it needs to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

    A family sick from Ebola wait for treatment in Monrovia

    The Disasters Emergency Committee is launching an appeal in response to the outbreak of the disease, which will provide funds for Oxfam.

    Ian Bray from Oxford is in Liberia for the charity and has urged people to donate, he told Phil Gayle: "This is a huge crisis here in West Africa, what we need to do is stop the spread of this disease, and we can only do that if we have enough money."

     
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    News on the hour 08:59: Charles Nove Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford-based Oxfam says it is "desperate" for more funds to tackle the Ebola outbreak.

    The Disasters Emergency Committee is launching an appeal in response to the outbreak of the disease and Oxfam will be one of 13 recipients.

    I'll have more on that at 09:00.

     
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    A41 traffic lights 08:51:

    For the latest on the traffic light failure on the A41 in Wendlebury at Bicester, go to the BBC Travel pages.

     
  50.  
    Boo! 08:38: Phil Gayle Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    This morning I'm talking Halloween. How do you encourage or discourage trick or treaters? What happens where you live for Halloween?

    Pumpkin

    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.

     
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    Lights turned off 08:25: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    I have now managed to confirm with Oxfordshire County Council that at the request of the police last night the lights were purposefully turned off to try to relieve the gridlock that we had at junction 9 and actually now we're seeing the benefits of that as traffic is getting through.

     
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    Traffic light troubles 08:20: Sara Dumbell Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    After ongoing problems with the synching of the traffic lights at the M40 junction 9 the Wendlebury Interchange, the traffic lights are out this morning on the A41 approach to the junction from Bicester - and callers are telling me traffic's actually moving much better.

    The sensors haven't been working correctly - messing up the entire junction light cycles - it caused severe congestion yesterday evening - so this could well be a purposeful switch off overnight to protect the rest of the junction. We're still trying to contact the Highways Agency to confirm this is the case.

     
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    Cloudy but warm 08:08: Alexis Green Weather presenter, BBC South Today

    A lot of cloud, with some bright spells and a risk of the odd stray shower here and there.

    Alexis Green

    Where you do have the sunshine temperatures will do nicely, reaching 17C (63F).

     
  54.  
    Good morning 08:00: Andrew Humphrey BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on this Thursday 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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