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  1. Updates from Tuesday 18 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for Local Live in Oxfordshire for today, we will return at 08:00 on Wednesday.

Dry cloudy night

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

We'll see one or two fairly light showers into the evening but most of us will have a

dry night with a lot of cloud.

Bee Tucker

The cloud will be low at times so we'll see some hill fog and some mist patches.

Temperature wise it will be similar to last night with lows of 6C (43F) out in the countryside.

Evening TV

Victoria Cook

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: A former Oxford United footballer, who was left with brain damage after an assault in 2008, has returned to Greece - where the attack happened.

Robert Hughes

Four men were

found guilty of the attack on Robert Hughes two years ago and a retrial begins tomorrow.

Join me for all that and more at


Stonemasonry company fined after manslaughter

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

A stonemasonry company has been ordered to pay more than £230,000 by Oxford Crown Court,

after a worker died having been crushed near Wallingford.

Cavendish Masonry Limited was found guilty of corporate manslaughter after the death of 23-year-old David Evans in February 2010.

The stonemasons mate had been erecting a large wall the Well Barn Estate in Moulsford, when a two tonne limestone block fell off a concrete lintel and crushed him.

Mr Evans was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital by air ambulance where he died.

Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital

Bicester Advertiser

A motorcyclist was

airlifted to hospital after his vehicle was involved in a collision with a lorry at Baynard's Green roundabout on the A43, near Bicester.

Prepared for winter

via Facebook

Oxfordshire County Council has posted on their

Facebook page a reminder for drivers this winter: "What's in the back of your car if there's bad weather? Blankets? Torches? Chocolate? We put this emergency kit together and popped it in the back of a small hatchback. Anything we've missed?"

Winter driving kit
Oxfordshire County Council

New pool comes on stream

Oxford's new competition-standard swimming pool at Blackbird Leys has begun being filled with water.

Swimming Pool

The new pool adjoins the current

Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre which, when the new complex opens, will be renamed Leys Pools & Leisure Centre.

The new leisure centre will include an eight lane, competition-standard swimming pool with moveable floor, a teaching pool and fun water area for children, along with new changing facilities, a sauna, and a new reception area.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The failure of police forces to record all reported crimes has been condemned by the Home Secretary.

Figures from the police watchdog for England and Wales show one in five reported crimes are not being recorded by the police, while in the Thames Valley we perform slightly better - it's one in six.

I'll have more on that at


A43 delays continue

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's some

heavy residual traffic on the A43 southbound, after an earlier lane closure at the Baynards Green Roundabout - and a full closure of the B4100 to recover the earlier two vehicle accident.

All lanes are back open but with queues on the A43 from Junipers Hill to the M40 junction 10.

Heading towards London, one lane is shut on the M4 to recover a lorry accident between J12 A4 (Theale) and J11 A33 / B3270 (Reading).

To vape or not to vape?

The definition of the word "vape" is to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.

It's now followed in the footsteps of selfie after being

named 2014's international word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.

Vape Lab employee Leonardo Verzaro.
Getty Images

Oxford Dictionaries claims we are now 30 times more likely to come across the word "vape" than we were two years ago.

It can be used to describe both the device and the action.

Mixed fortunes in Wheatley's weekend games

Jake Durbin

Wheatley RFC

Wheatley firsts travelled to Slough to play out a mid-table clash and both teams were expecting a close fought game. However, Wheatley came out on top, thumping Slough 39-0.

Wheatley RFC vs Slough RFC
Gavin Belcher

Most notable were Michael Ridge and his hat-trick avoidance pass to set up Ben Ramsdale for a try and Dougie ploughing through the opposition.

Our seconds travelled to Hungerford 2nds in the hope of securing an away win - but came away with a 45-12 loss.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford can reveal that two out of every five rape and sexual assaults reported in the Thames Valley are not included in official crime figures.

Join me for the full story at


A43 accident

One lane is closed and there is a long queue of traffic on the A43 southbound in Baynard's Green, at Baynard's Green roundabout, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

The B4100 at the roundabout is also affected,

reports BBC Travel

Late night levy proposed

BBC Radio Oxford


Green Councillors are urging the
City Council to impose a "late night levy" of up to £4,000 per year on bars, restaurants and fast food outlets to help fund night time policing.

Police talk to a man after being assaulted outside a nightclub
Getty Images

Elise Benjamin is a green councillor on Oxford City Council and told

Howard Bentham that at the moment the money comes from council tax.

She said: "We have to fund policing and a lot of policing goes in to late night policing. The money would be ring-fenced to be used on the problems associated with late night licensing."

Weekend win for Oxford City

Michael Allen

Oxford City FC

Oxford City got back to winning ways with a hard fought home victory over near neighbours
Brackley Town on Saturday.

Oxford City vs Brackley Town
Michael Allen

It was City who started the brighter, however it was the visitors who took the lead on 24 minutes when City keeper Mark Scott was dispossessed outside his area, presenting Shaun Jeffers with an empty goal.

City were back on level terms on 41 minutes when Adi Yussuf headed home from Tom Winters cross.

The second half belonged to City and it was Yussuf who completed his brace with a fierce shot that squirmed past Turley to secure the much needed three points for the home side.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A crackdown on rural crime by Thames Valley Police took place last Friday and involved the force giving security advice to farmers and rural residents.

They stopped a number of cars on the night and four people were cautioned for possession of cannabis.

Join me for all the headlines at


Service for bereaved parents

Oxford Mail

A remembrance service for families who have lost children through stillbirth

will be held later this month in Headington.

A43 closed

The A43 in Baynard's Green is

closed in both directions at Baynards Green Roundabout, because of an accident.

Bus shelter destroyed by van

Oxford Times

The hunt is on to find the driver of a blue and white van who

crashed their vehicle into an empty bus shelter in Banbury Road, North Oxford on Friday night and demolished it.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

An operation to tackle rural crime in the Kidlington area saw Thames Valley Police visit 40 farms last Friday evening.

For more on that story join me at


Helping the long-term unemployed

BBC Radio Oxford

A scheme in Oxford to help unemployed people has served almost 100 people. The

Welfare Reform Team was set up by
Oxford City Council to help people affected by benefits changes.

A woman looks at information boards in the window of the Job Centre Plus

Welfare reform manager James Pickering told

BBC Radio Oxford that the scheme compliments Job Centres: "We put people in touch with the specialist services in the city, whether around confidence and anxiety or debt help, or whatever it may be. It's about providing that extra support that people may need and not get from the job centre."

National success for Chipping Norton team

via Facebook

Chippy Trixsters, a peewee street hockey team, have become national champions, they have announced on their

Facebook page.

Lunchtime TV

Tom Hepworth

BBC South


South Today this lunchtime: A man and his four-year-old daughter had what firefighters have called a "miraculous escape", after their Southampton home was blown apart by a suspected gas explosion in the early hours of the morning.

Debris of house destroyed in explosion

They were taken to hospital after being pulled from the rubble by neighbours, but have since been allowed to leave.

Four other properties were evacuated and engineers have spent the morning making the area safe.

Join me for that and all the other news in the South at


Tesco announce Thame plans

Thame Gazette

Global supermarket chain Tesco has

announced plans for a new store, petrol station and office space on Howland Road in Thame.

Didcot progress in FA Trophy

Joffy Chinnock

Didcot Town FC

An under-par

Didcot side edged
Uxbridge 2-1 in The
FA Trophy second Qualifying Round.

Didcot Town FC
Roger Neal

A John Mills penalty and Luke Carnell header in the first half was enough to defeat the hosts.

Uxbridge scored late on but were unable to get an equaliser in a result which saw Didcot advance and face a tough trip to either Slough Town or Merthyr Town in the next round in two weeks' time.

Also, Didcot's league fixture today at home to Shortwood United has been

postponed due to a floodlight fault at The Draycott Engineering Loop Meadow Stadium.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

"I want to make sure no-one has to struggle as my family has struggled," said Maggie Hughes, the mother of a former Oxford United footballer who was attacked abroad.

I'll have more on that with the other headlines at


Festive fight for Henley shops

Henley Standard

The 2014 Henley Christmas window display competition

has been launched.

'Hoping to move on'

BBC Radio Oxford

A woman who has fought to improve the rights of victims across Europe - has been speaking about her legal battle in Brussels.

Robert and Maggie Hughes

In 2008 Robbie Hughes - a former Oxford United footballer - was

beaten outside a nightclub in Crete and left in a coma with permanent brain damage.

Since then his mum, Margaret has fought to improve rights for victims across Europe and next year a new law comes into effect which will give better financial and judicial support for those injured abroad.

She told BBC Oxford: "I'm hoping we'll get an ending to it, I'm hoping we can move on with our lives. I'll carry on being a campaigner because it's in my blood and I'll try to make sure people don't have to go through what we are going through."

M4 'smart motorway' plans shown

The first of 11 public information exhibitions on a

major upgrade of the M4 to a "smart motorway" is taking place at the Madejski Stadium in Reading this evening.

'Smart motorway' in operation on the M4/M5 junction
Balfour Beatty

Oxfordshire's commuters could benefit from about 32 miles (51km) of widened carriageway between London and Theale, Berkshire, by converting the hard shoulder to a fourth lane in both directions.

Highways Agency plans include more new technology to help keep traffic flowing and drivers better informed.

The consultation, which covers junctions three to 12, will run until Sunday 21 December.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The mother of a former Oxford United footballer - who was attacked abroad - is continuing her fight for victims to be given prioritised medical and legal help across Europe.

I'll have more on that with the other headlines at


Businesses sign up to West Way

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

Businesses have

signed up to leases in a redevelopment project which has
faced opposition in Oxfordshire.

Botley redevelopment
Doric Properties

Doric Properties has submitted plans for a £100m regeneration of the West Way area of Botley.

A cinema, restaurants and shops have committed to sites in the development.

Members of the public have until Thursday to comment on the plans submitted to the

Vale of White Horse Council.

Pink for a week

We may be in the midst of

Movember, but Oxford Brookes lecturer Govind Chandran is supporting a different cause in a different way.

Two men with pink beards
Govind Chandran


tweets: @BBCOxford @TheOxfordMail Pink beards to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research #beardsforbreasts

City Stars steal thunder

via Facebook

Oxford City Stars posted on

Facebook following their win on Saturday: "Stars import Zsolt Masterliu, takes time out to pose for the Camera while sitting out a penalty, during Oxford's 2-1 win over the Milton Keynes Thunder. Credit: BikerJunPhotos / — at
Oxford Ice Rink.

Oxford City Stars

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman has been punched by a robber as she tried to stop him stealing her bag in Witney.

I'll have more on this at


Coming up

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Do you Vape? Do you know what it means? Well if you don't you can now look it up in the dictionary, as it was announced as the

international word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries.


We'll be speaking to them shortly. You can listen live


Footballers cry foul over dog mess

Oxford Mail

A football team fed-up of clearing its pitch of dog mess before games has

asked pet owners to be more responsible.

On air

Will Wilkin

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

They've been described as the most studied piece of woodland on earth - we're talking to Nigel Fisher, the conservator of

Wytham Woods, about the unique environment now.

Wytham Woods

He has held the post since 2000, and is only the third person to fill the role since the woodland was gifted to the University in 1943.

Crime statistics - Your views

via Facebook

This morning

Phil Gayle was asking for your thoughts on the news that almost one in six crimes are not being recorded properly by Thames Valley Police. Here's what you've been saying.

Lisa Atkinson wrote on

Facebook: "That certainly goes some way to explain the drop in crime in the county, which government seem very proud of."

Paul Cunningham

@HMICgov Hang on. If they're not being recorded, how do they know? ;)


@ThamesVP Can't blame them, when the case goes to court and the judges let the offenders of lightly, not worth the hard work.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The last volunteer in the Ebola vaccine trial will be vaccinated today in Oxford.

The first was vaccinated in September in the trial that is being fast-tracked because of the urgency of the crisis in West Africa.

Join me for all the headlines at


Students 'clogging up' family homes

Oxford Times

More than 10,000 students are

living in potential family homes, according to a new report.