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  1. Updates from Monday 17 November 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Stephen Stafford

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for Local Live in Oxfordshire for today, we will be back at 08:00 on Tuesday.

Dry evening

Sarah Farmer

Weather presenter, BBC South Today

It will be much drier with clear spells this evening and overnight, however there will be a few showers at times until the morning.

There is a risk of hill fog developing on areas of high ground, such as the Cotswolds, in the early hours.

Throughout the night there will be a gentle easterly breeze. Lows of 6C (43F).

BBC South Today

Jerome Sale

BBC South Today

On tonight's

South Today, there's criticism after
more than 200 people were made redundant from F1 team Caterham on the day the team confirmed it was going to compete in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The fight against bullying continues with a new study revealing that most young people believe their school isn't doing enough to eradicate the problem.

And how a piece of prime real estate was paid for with a crab. Join me at

18:30 on BBC One.

Singing gargoyles

via Facebook

Over on the

BBC Oxford Facebook page, watch the video of the Oxford Gargoyles performing on the Kat Orman show.

The choir have reached the finals of The Choir of the Year which take place on 7 December.

Anti-bullying campaign

BBC Radio Oxford

Nearly 500 calls have been made in Oxfordshire to an anti-bullying helpline over the past two years.

Posed bullying picture

More than 70% of the calls were made by parents, figures from the charity

BullyingUK reveal.

The release of the figures comes as a new campaign is launched by the rap star Tinie Tempah to tackle the problem of childhood bullying.

Oxford Gargoyles

BBC Radio Oxford

After a successful performance in the Category Final at Royal Festival Hall in London, the

Oxford Gargoyles were selected as a wildcard group to advance to the Choir of the Year Grand Final.

Oxford Gargoyles
oxford gargoyles

They will be one of six choirs vying for the prestigious national title, performing before a live audience and judges in Bridgewater Hall in Manchester next month.

As a warm-up, they've been performing on the Kat Orman show - have a listen on the

BBC iPlayer.

Bishop vote welcomed

BBC Radio Oxford

The rector of

Dorchester Abbey has welcomed the vote by the Church of England allowing the first female bishops.

Synod vote
Getty Images

Canon Sue Booys, who sits on a panel who will choose the next Bishop of Oxford, said there are many capable women worthy of promotion.

"I'm absolutely delighted - it's good news for the church and the many talented women who have their gifts to bring to the whole church," she said.


amendment was passed with a show of hands at the general synod this afternoon.

Caterham redundancies

BBC South Today

Former Caterham senior employee Jim McManus has spoken out about being

made redundant by the troubled Formula 1 team.

Jim McManus

He is the family's sole breadwinner and said he would consider moving his family abroad to find work in his specialised aerodynamics field

Along with 230 colleagues, he was made redundant on Friday. "It was tremendously upsetting - I knew it was coming but it was worrying, coming just before Christmas," he said.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford


BBC Radio Oxford at 17:00, a man is recovering after being subjected to a homophobic attack in Oxford.

The victim, in his 30s, was walking along the towpath close to Folly Bridge on Saturday lunchtime when a man started shouting abuse.

Bird flu case

BBC News Channel


case of bird flu has been confirmed at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire, officials have said.

Bird flu farm
Getty Images

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the risk to public health was very low.

The case is the first in the UK since 2008, when

chickens on a farm in Banbury tested positive for the virus.

Houseboat help

Oxford Mail

Friends and neighbours have rallied round to help a couple

made homeless by a houseboat fire.

Bishop vote

Caroline Wyatt

Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News

Oxford is among the first four dioceses that could choose a woman as a senior bishop after the Church of England's general synod

amended church law to allow the appointment of female bishops.

Women bishops vote celebrations
Getty Images

The amendment was passed with a show of hands.

The first women priests were ordained in 1994, but to date they have not been able to take on the Church's most senior roles.

Southwell & Nottingham, Oxford, Gloucester and Newcastle could all choose a woman as a senior bishop.

Rail line back to normal

BBC Radio Oxford

Train services are back to normal after delays caused by a lorry getting stuck under a bridge near Reading.

Lorry stuck at railway bridge

The line was closed while engineers carried out safety checks after the lorry got

jammed late this morning.

Witney assault

BBC Radio Oxford

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after an

assault on a 36-year-old woman in Witney on Friday afternoon.

The victim was walking along the footpath between The Springs and Lidl supermarket when a man grabbed her bag and punched her during a struggle.

The offender is described as white, about 6ft, slim, with short hair.

He was wearing a pale blue polo shirt with a collar and spoke with an Eastern European accent.

News on the Hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford


BBC Radio Oxford at 16:00, the adoption of legislation allowing the first female bishops by the Church of England has been welcomed by the Rector of Dorchester Abbey.

Canon Sue Booys expressed relief that what she described as a "long and tedious process" has come to an end as the

amendment was passed at the general synod.

Digital milestone

BBC Radio Oxford

More than 20,000 homes and businesses across the county are now able to access faster fibre-enabled broadband as part of the

Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme.

Fibre optics

Oxfordshire County Council and BT are aiming to make superfast fibre-enabled broadband available to 64,500 homes and businesses across the county by the end of 2015.

Ed Vaizey, digital economy minister, said: "Work will continue across the county and the country to ensure that high-speed broadband is rolled out so that we can all benefit from the advantages it brings."

Burglar jailed

Banbury Guardian


career burglar, Michael Sestanovich, of Purslane Drive, Bicester, admitted stealing items including a Maserati in a string of burglaries before he was jailed.

Flood alerts

BBC Radio Oxford

Two flood alerts have been issued in Oxfordshire by the

Environment Agency.

River Evenlode - Google Streetview image

They are in force on the River Evenlode from Moreton-in-Marsh to Cassington and also on the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock.

Economic risks

BBC Radio Oxford

"Red warning lights" are once again flashing over the

state of the global economy, the prime minister has said.

G20 David Cameron
Getty Images

His view was backed by economist Stephanie Hare from

Oxford Analytica.

She highlighted the slowdown in China, sanctions against Russia and Japan's economic difficulties.

"Things aren't looking great - there are a lot of risks in the global economy at the moment," she told BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford


BBC Radio Oxford at 15:00, train services between Oxford and London have begun running again after a lorry became wedged under a bridge in Cow Lane, Reading.

Delays of about 40 minutes are expected on

First Great Western and
CrossCountry services.

BBC Introducing Podcast

BBC Radio Oxford

Time to download the latest

BBC Oxford Introducing Podcast.

Dave Gilyeat

Dave Gilyeat and his team of new music aficionados deliver all the latest developments in Oxfordshire's band scene.

This week's podcast features a report from Audioscope Festival and an interview with Jessica Law. Plus tracks from Cameron A G, Indica Blues, Spring Offensive, Foals and Stornoway

Defeat for Welsh

BBC Sport

London Welsh find themselves bottom of the Premiership with only one point after their

71-7 defeat at Wasps at the weekend.

Wasps v London Welsh
Getty Images

Assistant coach Ollie Smith said: "We lost players through injury and conceded soft tries but there is no lack of effort in our squad and we are mentally proud to be in the Premiership."

Speeding debate

via Facebook

Over on the

BBC Oxford Facebook page we're discussing speeding on the roads.

Speed camera sign

Nearly 14,000 people who live in Oxfordshire have committed speeding or dangerous driving offences in the past year.

Andy Glynn

posted: "I am amazed that any driver in Oxfordshire can actually get anywhere near the speed limit. I seem to spend most of my driving time sitting in traffic jams."

And Darren Grant

posted: "People might take limits more seriously if authorities put sensible limits in places of high risk."

Join in the debate on

Facebook and on
BBC Radio Oxford.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford


BBC Radio Oxford at 14:00, the role of community drivers will become more important as public transport services are cut, according to Oxfordshire's
Rural Community Council.

Jon Bright told BBC Radio Oxford the organisation is expecting an increase in demand for its volunteer-run service.

Queen Street rethink

Oxford Mail

The new

Queen Street development planned for Oxford city centre will have to be redesigned after city councillors called it "detestable".

Trains resume

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

It seems like things are returning to normal on the trains after a

lorry crashed into a bridge in Reading earlier.

Lorry wedged under bridge

First Great Western and CrossCountry services were disrupted when trains between Reading and Didcot Parkway were suspended while an inspection of the structure was carried out.

Lunchtime News

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime, the administrator at the Oxfordshire-based Formula 1 team Caterham has said he hopes more than
200 staff who lost their jobs on Friday will be re-employed.

Caterham car
Getty Images

While police in Swindon reopen a suspected murder investigation into the disappearance of Sally Ann John 19 years ago.

Join Tom Hepworth at 13:30 on

BBC One.

Lorry removed

Network Rail said trains were unable to travel the full route between Reading and Didcot Parkway after a lorry got stuck under a bridge in Cow Lane, Reading, at about 11:45.

British Transport Police said the lorry was removed and services resumed at 12:30. Delays of about 40 minutes are currently expected.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford


BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00, there's disruption to train services between Oxford and London after a lorry became wedged under a bridge in Cow Lane, Reading.

Delays of about 40 minutes are expected on

First Great Western and
CrossCountry services.

Lines reopened

First Great Western has

tweeted that all lines have now reopened after a lorry hit a bridge in Reading.

Passengers are still facing delays to their journeys of about 40 minutes.

Train disruption

Network Rail is

advising passengers that trains are unable to travel on the full route between Reading and Didcot Parkway after a lorry crashed into the Cow Lane bridge in Tilehurst.

Engineers are currently on their way to carry out safety checks but disruption is likely to continue until at least 14:00.

You can follow the incident using the hashtag


BreakingLorry hits bridge


British Transport Police has said a lorry hit the Cow Lane bridge in Reading with all services between the town and Didcot stopped from going over the bridge.

Cow Lane bridge

First Great Western

said it hoped to get people moving soon, hopefully within the hour.

BreakingTrains stopped


A vehicle has hit a bridge between Reading and Didcot.

First Great Western

tweets all trains have been stopped until the bridge has been inspected.

Climbing frame row

Henley Standard

A Henley man has appealed against a decision by South Oxfordshire District Council to

ban a children's climbing frame from his garden.

Thomas tours

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A unique series of tours to Oxford inspired by the centenary of the birth of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas begin this weekend.

Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas's granddaughter Hannah Ellis told me his four years spent in Oxfordshire just after World War Two has been "understated". She said she thinks Under Milk Wood was inspired by the time he lived at South Leys.

"It's a quirky village full of characters," she said.


Dylan Thomas's Oxford: Dreaming Spires and Country Living event takes place on Saturday.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford


BBC Radio Oxford at 12:00, drivers in Didcot have suffered hours of delays caused by temporary traffic lights installed around the town.

There was gridlock on other major routes including the A34 which was blocked for a time southbound after an accident between Milton and Marcham interchanges.

Children in Need

BBC South Today

BBC South Today's Sarah Farmer finished her

Children in Need dash around the south of England at the BBC Oxford studios on Friday night.

Children in Need in Oxford

We want to say a big thank you to all those who donated and raised money for this year's appeal. As of Saturday evening, the total raised in the south stood at £2,172,000!

Have a look back at some of the fund raising antics on the

BBC South Today Facebook page.

Aldi go-ahead

Banbury Guardian

The Aldi supermarket chain confirms it has reached a deal which means its

planned Chipping Norton store will go ahead on schedule despite a council dispute over footpath access.

Fernandes 'walked away'

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

Ex-Caterham owner Tony Fernandes

"walked away" from employees, a former worker at the Formula 1 team has claimed.

Tony Fernandes
Getty Images

Jim McManus, who was as a senior analyst for the Leafield-based team, was one of 230 people made redundant on Friday.

He also said the team had been "insensitive" to announce crowd-funding success at the same time as job losses.

Didcot fury

Travellers in Didcot have been taking to social media this morning to complain about the traffic gridlock caused by multiple sets of temporary traffic lights.

Martin Blackwell

tweeted: Is Didcot trying to take Oxfords crown as the top congestion place in Oxfordshire?

Karen Carey

tweeted: #Didcot gridlocked today. Taken me 50 mins to get from Harwell to the station. Crazy traffic maintenance plan

And Nick Page

tweeted: It's taken half an hour to get across Milton Interchange, now haven't moved for 20 minutes on A4130 towards Didcot!