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That's all for today

Thanks for reading today. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel from around Oxfordshire.

That's all for today

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Thanks for joining us today. We'll back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news, sport and weather.

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John Howell never forgets

Henley MP John Howell really isn't happy about today's strike by staff on the London Underground - this is his second tweet today on the subject!

Perhaps he's stuck waiting for a bus somewhere in Westminster....

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In all seriousness, if you are in London, or bound for the capital, and want to know what's happening you can get the latest information here on the BBC website

Charity responds to PM's mental health reforms

Oxfordshire Mind has responded Theresa May's mental health reforms which have been announced today.

The charity says it welcomes a number of items highlighted in today's announcement including:

  • The extra support for schools.
  • The development of better digital services.
  • And a new partnership-based approach to mental health support in the work place.

Reports of heavy snow 'much exaggerated', says BBC weather presenter

Tara Maxwell

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Reports of heavy snow arriving in Berkshire this weekend have been much exaggerated in the newspapers, according to the BBC's forecasters. 

The Daily Express reported an icy blast and arctic conditions would arrive across Britain by the end of the week. But the BBC weather centre's Phil Avery says the current mild temperatures will change midweek but we won't get much snow.   

Missing man found

A 33-year-old man from Thame who went missing this morning has been found.

James Holt was located by officers from Metropolitan Police.

More than one offender 'started Indian restaurant fire'

Sarah Lee

BBC South

More than one offender started a fire at an Indian restaurant in Cookham, police have said.

Police and fire crews were called out to the fire in Maliks in Cookham High Street, Berkshire, on 6 December. 

The people living above the restaurant jumped out of windows on both first and second floors to escape the fire, which is being treated as arson


We still believe this was a fire targeted at this business and we now believe more than one offender was present at the scene and started the fire. The local community may hold the key to helping us to establish who was responsible."

Det Con Rachel KlugerInvestigating officer at Maidenhead Force CID

Police helicopter searches for missing man

A police helicopter is being used in the search for a 33-year-old from Thame who's gone missing today.

Members from the Oxfordshire Search and Rescue Team are also looking for James Holt.

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BreakingTesco grocery operations to move to Reading as part of retail changes

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Tesco has proposed changes to its distribution network in order to run its business "more simply".

The proposed changes will reduce the number of Tesco distribution centres from 25 to 23 in the UK and will included closing the Welham Green distribution centre in Hertfordshire and moving its grocery operations to the Reading distribution centre.

The firm says there will be redundancies, but new jobs will be created in Reading and Middlesbrough.

The changes form part of a wider programme of transformation, which has been taking place over the last two years, Tesco said.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J7 for A4 and J8 for affecting J6 for A355 Slough.

M4 Berkshire - M4 blocked and stationary traffic westbound between J7, A4 (Slough West) and J8, because of an incident. Congestion to J6, A355 (Slough).

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Dog rescued from A34 by council workers

A collie was rescued from the A34 after council workers and members of the public used their vehicles to slow down traffic.

The rescued collie
Cherwell District Council
The rescued collie

On Friday, Cherwell District Council’s street cleaning team spotted the dog running between cars on the A34  while they were emptying lay-by litter bins.

They positioned their vehicles to slow down the traffic, and captured the frightened animal after a 10-minute chase.

The owner had been searching for her pet for 90 minutes before she got a call to say he was safe and sound.

Slough stabbing: Boys among five arrested

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Two boys, aged 13 and 15, have been arrested alongside three men over a stabbing in Slough.

A group of fifteen men and boys were involved in an altercation in the car park of New Horizons in Pursers Court, Slough on 18 November.

Three victims sustained injuries, including stab wounds which required hospital treatment.

Three 18-year-old men, two from Slough and one from Langley, and two boys, aged 13 and 15, both from Slough, were arrested on suspicion of GBH.

They have been released on bail until 17 February.

New Horizons car park

Concrete slab and brick used in break-ins

Police said on 29 December thousands of pounds worth of property was stolen in four burglaries in north Oxford. 

The first was between 09:30 and 11:30, when a brick was used to smash a window of a house in Woodstock Road.

A large amount of property was stolen, including more than £10,000 worth of jewellery, shoes and handbags.

Between 15:30 and 18:30 a house in Davenant Road had its ground floor window forced and high-value electrical items were stolen, including an Xbox, PS4 and Apple TV internet box.

Between 14:00 and 19:30 a house in Banbury Road was targeted and electrical items, including a Samsung laptop and an iPod Nano, were stolen.

Then at about 17:30 a house's backdoor was smashed with a concrete slab and a large amount of US dollars was taken.

Mum describes 'crazy weekend' as video of four-year-old son goes viral

The mum of a four-year-old who became an internet sensation after dressing as a mini Windsor Castle guard has told BBC Berkshire about her "crazy weekend". 

Imogen Scott from Slough, said the video, which has been viewed millions of times on social media, was filmed by a passer-by. 

Boy soldier's birthday wish comes true at Windsor Castle

She said after tourist Joanna Feng posted her video of Marshall on Instagram "It went insane". 

"My phone hasn’t stopped, it keeps crashing because it can’t keep up with the number of notifications we’ve been getting," she said. 

But she said her four-year-old was "taking it in his stride" and was "amazed" that he was now appearing on You Tube.

Ex-garage occupied in homelessness protest

Matt Graveling

BBC South Today Oxford

An old garage in East Oxford has been occupied by a group seeking to highlight the amount of space for homeless people in the city

They entered the former VW garage on Iffley Road around two weeks ago and have been inviting homeless people to stay in it. 

Wadham College, which owns the building, said it is concerned for the safety of those sleeping rough in an "old and dilapidated building".

It added that it will be making "every effort to speak to representatives of the homeless group".

Occupied ex-VW garage on Iffley Road, Oxford
Sandra Philips

Noisy neighbour fined for music disturbance

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A nuisance neighbour who blasted loud music through subwoofer speakers has been fined hundreds of pounds for breaching five noise abatement notices.

Katie Wynn, of Silver Street, Katesgrove, had TV sets, a subwooder and floor speakers seized due to her "persistent noise nuisance".


Miss Wynn, 23, who had denied the charges, was found guilty of five charges of neighbour noise nuisance in breach of a noise abatement notice for which she was fined £50 for each offence and ordered to pay a £25 victim surcharge.

The prosecution at Reading Magistrates' Court on 16 December followed months of evidence gathering by the council’s environmental health officers.  

Could drinking (moderately) make you happier?

If you've already given up on Dry January this research by Oxford University might provide some comfort.

Researchers there think drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may be linked to improved wellbeing

They looked at a questionnaire-based survey of pubgoers, another survey by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), and observed conversational behaviour in pubs.

The researchers found people who have a 'local' pub tend to feel more socially engaged and contented.

A group of people drinking beer

Man jailed for domestic abuse offences

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A man has been jailed for 19 months for domestic abuse offences.

Pierce Darlow, aged 27, of Romany Lane, Tilehurst, Reading, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Friday.

Between 3 and 4 October 2016 Darlow assaulted a 20-year-old woman, slashed the tyres of her vehicle and sent her threatening and abusive messages.

Domestic abuse

He was convicted at Reading Magistrates' Court on 12 November 2016 of one count of battery, one count of criminal damage, one count of sending malicious communications and one count of breaching a suspended sentence.

Darlow was charged with the offences on 5 October, 2016.

Spinout success for Oxford University

Radcliffe Camera
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24 firms were launched by Oxford University Innovation (OUI) in 2016

A subsidiary of Oxford University says it was the most prolific creator of companies from university intellectual property in Europe last year.

Oxford University Innovation (OUI) turns research into new products and services by offering support to staff and students and sharing the income with those involved.

It says 2016 was it's best calendar year to date, with 24 high tech firms launched.

OUI’s formidable performance in 2016 underlines the fact that innovation at Oxford is undergoing dynamic growth...It is an exhilarating time for the world’s top ranked university and the Oxfordshire region.

Ian WalmsleyPro Vice-Chancellor, Oxford University

New Abingdon order could target car engine revving

Police in Abingdon could get new powers to fine people who cause vehicle-related noise nuisance, Vale of White Horse District Council has said.

West St Helens Street Car Park
West St Helens Street Car Park

The council said the move follows concerns over incidents in the town’s car parks where the revving of engines, loud bass stereos, and screeching tyres have created a disturbance for people living nearby, and caused some residents to feel intimidated.

The authority is proposing a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) that would allow police to fine people who cause nuisance.

People in Abingdon can have their say on the proposed Public Spaces Protection Order by visiting the council's website. Comments close at midnight on 6 February.

Berkshire's afternoon headlines

Toby Wadey

BBC South

  • After years of planning and delays regeneration work finally starts today in Wokingham's Peach Place
  • A letter written by DH Lawrence describing Pangbourne as repulsive and smelly is set to be auctioned
  • Police have released CCTV images of three men they want to speak after a man was "attacked with belts" in Windsor
  • Reading FC have completed the signing of defender Tiago Ilori from Liverpool

Henley MP hits out at Tube strike

Millions of commuters in London are facing disruption after members of two unions working on the London Underground walked out.

The RMT and Transport Salaried Staffs Association members are protesting against plans to close ticket offices.

But the action hasn't gone down well with Henley MP John Howell....

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Political patron for local rugby club

Chinnor Rugby Club has got a new friend in parliament, the Henley MP, John Howell has agreed to become its patron.

Mr Howell said he was "delighted and honored" to take on the role and added the club did "tremendous" work.

John is our local MP and friend who has always been most helpful and supportive. He has provided good advice and counsel and we are proud to have him as our Patron

John AshfieldChinnor RFC President

Oxfordshire nuclear workers to be balloted for strike action

Nuclear workers at sites across the UK - including at Harwell in Oxfordshire - will be balloted for strike action in a row over pensions.

About 16,000 members of several trade unions, mainly involved in decommissioning work, will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action. 


The unions are protesting at plans by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to make savings of £660m.

The workers are also based at sites including Sellafield in Cumbria, Magnox in Anglesey, Ayrshire, Dorset, Dumfriesshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Gwynedd, Kent, Oxfordshire, Somerset, and Suffolk.

Justin Bowden, national officer of the GMB, said: "Senior representatives were unanimous that if this Government is determined to break its promises and is not prepared to negotiate, there is no alternative but to ballot members to take strike action."

Teenagers hear sound of dial-up modem for first time

Throughout the week on BBC Radio Oxford reporters will be looking at online safety for children. 

But do the youngsters of today know what it was like to access the internet on a dial-up modem? 

We sent Paul Jenner to find out. 

Gritters out in Reading

Weather latest: Rainy afternoon ahead

After a murky morning it is expected to remain cloudy and wet until around 16:00. 

The rain is expected to clear by the evening, with a dry night to follow. 

BBC weather for the south

Goalkeeper Mary Earps signs new 18-month contract with Royals

Coneygree to miss Gold Cup after injury

BBC Sport

Defender Ilori completes Reading move

BBC Sport

Reading have completed the signing of defender Tiago Ilori from Liverpool.

The two clubs are understood to have agreed a £3.75m fee for the 23-year-old, who has represented Portugal at youth level.

Tiago Ilori
Rex Features

London-born Ilori joined Liverpool for £7m from Sporting Lisbon in 2013 but has made only three FA Cup appearances.

He has had loan spells at Aston Villa and Bordeaux, where he scored one goal in 14 games for the Ligue 1 side.

Tiago Ilori

Defender Ilori completes Reading move

Championship side Reading have completed the signing of 23-year-old defender Tiago Ilori from Liverpool.

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Peach Place regeneration: 'Something has to happen'

Lib Dem Councillor Prue Bray shares her thoughts on the development.

Lib Dem Councillor Prue Bray told BBC Radio Berkshire: "Something has to happen to Wokingham, and we don't have a problem with a shop part of the regeneration because Peach Street itself is not really fit for the twenty first century.

"The Rose Street car park shouldn't be going, it's one of the best used. Why are we making it more difficult for people to visit Wokingham?

"It's all on a bit of a knife-edge."

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New programme to target type-2 diabetes

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

People at risk of Type 2 diabetes will be offered education and lifestyle coaching after a successful joint bid by health agencies in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

NHS England has selected the counties to be participants in the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

Dr Amar Latif, clinical lead for long term conditions for Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for us to tackle the ticking time bomb that is diabetes. 

"Prevention is the best approach and I believe patients will embrace the scheme knowing they’re taking a positive step towards a healthier future.”

Ours is one of 13 areas across the country selected to take part in the scheme.

'Pangbourne smells' - DH Lawrence letter to go under hammer

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A letter written by DH Lawrence describing a Berkshire village as repulsive and smelly has been put up for auction.

The author of Lady Chatterley's Lover maligned Pangbourne while inquiring about cottages to let in 1919.

Letter by DH Lawrence
Lyon & Turnbull

He wrote: "Women use scent on their clothes, and petrol plus river plus pavement... I suffer by the nose."

The letter is being sold in Edinburgh on Wednesday. It is estimated it will fetch £1,200.

A&Es under pressure after 'sharp increase' in flu cases

Health bosses in Oxfordshire are urging the public to consider alternatives to A&E in a bid to reduce pressure on the county's emergency departments.

The JR hospital
Bill Nicholls

Dr Tony Berendt, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust medical director, said:“Our emergency departments have been under sustained heavy pressure since Christmas, linked to a sharp increase in flu cases, particularly in older people.

"Whilst the situation is still manageable, it is important we all try to use emergency departments only for emergencies.”

Duchess of Cambridge celebrates 35th birthday

The Duchess of Cambridge is celebrating her 35th birthday today. 

Kate is expected to mark the occasion privately with the Duke of Cambridge and her children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, ahead of her first public engagements of the new year. 

Duchess of Cambridge

She will be attending her sister's wedding in Berkshire this May. 

Pippa Middleton is marrying James Matthews near the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, and George and Charlotte are expected to act as page boy and flower girl. 

The Duchess was born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, on 9 January, 1982. 

Peach Place regeneration starts today

Construction has started on Peach Place as part of a regeneration project for Wokingham five years in the planning. 

Dawnus Construction Ltd has been appointed by Wokingham council as the main contractor for the project.

Artists impression of Peach Place

This phase will see a new pedestrianised public square created on the site of the existing Rose Street car park, a range of new shops and restaurants with apartments above, new public toilets and four new houses fronting on to Rose Street.  

Delayed Henley hospital unit to open

A date has been announced for the delayed opening of a new care unit at a Henley-on-Thames hospital.

Building work on the Rapid Access Care Unit (RACU) at Townlands Memorial Hospital was completed at the end of last year.

The hospital

Chris Hewitt, head of urgent care for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Preparation for the opening of the unit is now underway, this will include a thorough clinical clean, installing and checking of all equipment and final troubleshooting.

"Taking into consideration the festive period of Christmas and New Year, the RACU is anticipated to open its doors to the first patient on 23 January.”