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  1. Updates from Wednesday 19 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for the BBC Local Live today.

We will be back with all the latest news, travel, weather and sport for Oxford from 08:00 on Thursday.

Misty, murky and cold

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

We'll see some

outbreaks of rain and a lot of cloud this evening and overnight.

Bee Tucker

There will be some breaks in the cloud, and there we will see some mist and quite widespread hill fog as well.

So a fairly murky night to come, with lows of 5C (41F).

Santa run sold out

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Places to participate in the

Oxford's festive fun run to raise money for Helen & Douglas House children's and young adults' hospice have already sold out.

Fun runners dressed as Santa

You can still go and cheer on the 1,700 runners as they take on the two mile race around Oxford city centre on Sunday 14 December at 09:00.

Evening TV

Victoria Cook

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: There's been a steep rise in the number of self-employed people in our region in the last four years.

Between 2010 and 2014 in Oxford the number's jumped by 76%, an increase being put down to the recession.

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And a team of Oxfordshire scientists are hoping to be part of a mission to the moon. Members of the public can donate to the project and in return can contribute to a time capsule to be buried under the lunar surface.

Join me for all that and more at


Jules Bianchi 'out of coma'

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Marussia Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi is

no longer in an artificial coma, his family have said.

Jules Bianchi

The Banbury-based team's driver was

seriously injured in a crash during the Japanese Grand Prix on 5 October.

The statement said that though he is out of a coma, he is still unconscious and his condition remains critical.

The family say Jules has been transferred from a hospital in Japan to a intensive care Unit in in Nice, France.

Mother's fury over retrial delay

Libby Sutcliffe

BBC News

The mother of a footballer who was attacked on a Greek island six years ago says she is

furious the retrial of four men has been delayed for nearly a year.

Robert Hughes

Oxford United player Robert Hughes was left in a coma after the assault outside a club in Crete, in June 2008.

Four men from Surrey were

convicted of causing grievous bodily harm and given suspended jail terms but appealed.

Maggie Hughes travelled to Crete to be told the retrial had been postponed.

Fatal collision in Witney

A man has died in a collision between a Vauxhall Vivaro van and a Suzuki Swift car in Witney today.

It happened on Ducklington Lane (A415) at 09:50. The male driver of the car was taken to hospital following the collision but subsequently died.

If you have any information about this incident please contact PC Perry Knight of the Joint Unit Roads Policing Unit and quote URN 327, via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Go slow in Abingdon

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


continuing to ease on the A34 Southbound with all lanes back open between the Marcham and the Milton Interchange after earlier accident.

Lots of traffic has been diverting through Abingdon and it's still very slow through the town - the A415 Ock Street is heavily queued both ways, Stratton Way is very heavy in both directions and the Drayton Road and Spring Roads are also queuing into Abingdon towards the A415.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Floodlights will be shone for the first time on a new bell tower at a church in Kingston Bagpuize, by the Bishop of Dorchester this evening.

The Right Reverend Colin Fletcher, who's also the acting Bishop of Oxford, will illuminate the cupola after a dedication service.

If you're attending you can share your photos of the night with BBC Oxford on

Facebook or

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Military families vow to save service

Emily-Ann Elliott

BBC Online

A service that supports new mothers in Oxfordshire whose partners are in the armed forces is

facing closure.

Brize Norton


Oxford Parent Infant Project started helping families at
RAF Brize Norton in Carterton in February, but will have to stop offering the service if more funding cannot be found.

Adrian Sell, from the parenting charity, said the decision to close the service had been made to ensure the financial stability of the charity as a whole.

Representatives of military families have vowed to try and save the service, and Lynn Little from the

SSAFA, said: "It's a vital service for the community and it is one that I will make sure continues".

Raid death referred to watchdog

Stephen Stafford

BBC News Online

The death of a man following a police raid on a house in Oxfordshire has been

referred to the police watchdog.

The man, in his 60s, died after being taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford following the raid in Bicester on Tuesday morning.

Thames Valley Police said officers "became concerned for a man's welfare" before entering the property.

The force said the matter had been referred to the

Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Amputee footballers come to Oxford

Oxford Times

Britain's most talented amputee footballers will be

training in Oxford this weekend, before heading to the Amputee Football World Cup in Mexico.

Share your photos

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Caroline Bell has sent us this striking image of sunrise at Hattons Farm, just outside Faringdon.

Faringdon sunrise
Caroline Bell

If you have a picture from Oxfordshire that you would like to share, why not send it in to

Local Live?

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

People are camping out ahead of the release of a list of available student accommodation at the offices of North Oxford Property Services in Jericho tomorrow at 09:00.

Join me for all the headlines at


A34 reopened

There are

severe queues on the A34 Southbound between the Marcham Interchange in Abingdon and Milton Interchange in Milton, because of an accident involving multiple vehicles earlier this afternoon.

All lanes have been reopened but the congestion is stretching back to Abingdon North.

Grosjean stays with Lotus

Steve Canavan

BBC Sport


Lotus have confirmed that Romain Grosjean will
remain as a driver for the Formula 1 team in 2015.

Romain Grosjean
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The Frenchman, 28, has driven for Lotus since the start of the 2011 season.

He will continue to partner Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado at Lotus in 2015.

Stonemasonry death 'completely avoidable'

Stephen Stafford

BBC News Online

The death of a stonemasonry company employee was "completely avoidable"

according to the Health and Safety Executive.

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David Evans, 23, was erecting a wall at the Well Barn Estate in Moulsford, Oxfordshire in 2010 when the block fell off a concrete lintel and crushed him.

Cavendish Masonry Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £237,000 in fines and costs.

On air

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


Creation Theatre's production of Wind in the Willows is set to entertain Summertown audiences over the festive period.

Will Norris and Tom Richardson

The adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's classic children's novel opens at the

North Wall Arts Centre on 5 December.

Joining me in the studio are Mr Toad and Mr Badger, played by Will Norris and Tom Richardson.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The death of a man following a police raid on a house in Bicester has been referred to the police watchdog.

Join me for more on that and the other headlines at


Energy advice

via Facebook

Oxfordshire County Council have offered some energy saving advice on their

Facebook page:


"Did you know the recommended temperature for your house is between 18 and 21 degrees?

"If you're worried about your Utility Bills now the weather's getting colder, have a chat with the nice folks at the

Oxfordshire Affordable Warmth Network.

"They can give you impartial expert advice on getting your energy bill down, staying warm over winter and there's money available to make your home more energy efficient."

Caterham helped by Ecclestone

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has handed financially-troubled Oxfordshire-based team

Caterham a boost as they return to the grid at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Bernie Ecclestone
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Ecclestone has

waived freight costs and chartered a plane for staff attending the season-ending race.

The team, who

went into administration in October, are
back racing after raising £1.8m from crowd-funding.

Multi-vehicle accident


A34 is closed southbound between Marcham Interchange in Abingdon and Milton Interchange in Milton, because of a multi-vehicle accident. Traffic is heavily queued back.

Photo exhibition comes to Banbury

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

If you're a fan of photography you might be interested to know that the

Banbury Museum is hosting the annual
Royal Photographic society's International Print Exhibition.

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Over 6,600 images were submitted to the competition with just over 100 being selected for the exhibition.

The society has held the show around different locations throughout the UK since 1854.

You can go and take a look at the exhibition from Saturday 22 November until 10 January.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man has died after Thames Valley Police carried out a warrant at a house in Bicester. The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Join me for more on that at


Child sexual exploitation report

Katherine Sellgren

BBC News education reporter

Following high profile cases, including some in Oxford,

Ofsted has warned that vulnerable children are at risk of sexual exploitation
because of failings by councils.

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Councils had been too slow to face up to their responsibilities and plans were "underdeveloped", Ofsted said.

Oxfordshire County Council responded in a
tweet: Oxfordshire welcomes national Ofsted report in to child sexual exploitation.

And in a statement said that they were "already implementing all the measures for tackling child sexual exploitation recommended in the report."

Lunchtime TV

Tom Hepworth

BBC South


South Today this lunchtime: People living in Aylesbury are calling for clearer rules on local development amid concerns about where new homes might be built.


The council doesn't have a local plan at the moment, and without it there is no strategy to guide development. The previous one was thrown out by an independent inspector and a replacement is still a few years away.

Join me at


News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A strike by lawyers in Greece has delayed the start of a retrial of four men who are accused of attacking a former Oxford United footballer in Crete.

Robbie Hughes was left with permanent brain damage in 2008. Get that story and more with me at


Costa book award

BBC Radio Oxford

Two authors from Oxford have been

shortlisted for the 2014
Costa Book Awards.

Henry Marsh
Henry Marsh

Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh is shortlisted for the Biography Award for Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery, while Simon Mason has been shortlisted for the the Children's Book Award for his novel Running Girl.

Simon spoke to

Howard Bentham about receiving the news: "I was rung up by my publisher yesterday, and I immediately phoned my mother because she doesn't get out much nowadays so I thought she would like to listen to the radio to pick up anything said about her son. She was very pleased for me."

Thame cafe under threat

Thame Gazette

A youth pastor is

appealing for new volunteers to help at a youth cafe that will face closure if no-one steps up to the plate.

Armed forces parent support risk

Specialist support for new mums in Oxfordshire whose partners are in the armed forces could end unless the charity which provides it finds new funding.

Parent with two children
Getty Images


Oxford Parent Infant Project, or OXPIP, has just started helping families at RAF Brize Norton and the service is funded until March next year.

One mum who wished to remain anonymous told

BBC Radio Oxford that she has been helped by the charity.

She said: "The support of OXPIP changed my life massively, it made everything just seem a lot clearer and it made me realise that I was doing a good job."

Young artists drawn to cultural icons

Banbury Guardian

Young people with a passion for the arts are

enjoying some of the country's cultural highlights as part of a club which meets at Banbury and Bicester College.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

More money needs to be found to stop a service that helps mums with partners in the armed forces from closing.

I'll have all the details at


'We need to catch these idiots'

BBC Radio Oxford

Thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused after jars, tins and packets of food were thrown at cars in east Oxford.

The area has seen dozens of so-called "brown saucing attacks" leaving vehicles with dents and shattered windows.

Councillor Roz Smith from Headington and Quarry woke up to find her

car damaged by a packet of flour, she said: "It has caused us a lot of stress, a lot of money and it's absolutely mindless. We need to catch these idiots."

Mounted police boost public trust

Levels of public trust and confidence in police are

higher when officers are deployed on horseback, a report by the
University of Oxford and research group
RAND Europe suggests.

Mounted police outside Buckingham Palace in 2011 in May 2011

The number of mounted units in Britain has fallen from 17 in 2012 to 12 in 2014, amid pressures on budgets.

The study was commissioned by the

Association of Chief Police Officers and set out to assess the value of the patrols.

Witney accident

A serious crash between two vehicles on the A415 Ducklington Lane in Witney has

closed the road and there is slow traffic in both directions between the Thorney Leys junction and the Witney Road junction, because of the accident.

Also in west Oxfordshire there's slow traffic on the A420 in both directions in Watchfield between the B4508 Majors Road junction and the Townsend Road junction because of the roadworks.

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

South Oxfordshire District Council

tweets: South Oxfordshire residents are best in country at recycling

Recycling bin with bottles

I will personally take some satisfaction as the fastidiously recycling Humphrey household is resident in the district, and together with our neighbours, topped the national league table with 65.71% of waste recycled.

A new service will soon be launched to help even more, with a Recyclopedia allowing people to type in an item that they want to throw away, and app tells you the correct bin to use. Sounds good!

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A 29-year-old man has been arrested after another man was attacked in Queen Street in Oxford around 18:00 yesterday evening.

There's more on this and the other headlines with me at


UK moon landing planned

Pallab Ghosh

Science correspondent, BBC News

A British-led consortium, involving scientists from Oxfordshire, has outlined its plans to

land a robotic probe on the Moon in 10 years' time.

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Its aim is to raise £500m for the project from donations by the public.

In return, donors would be able to have photos, text and their DNA included in a time capsule which will be buried under the lunar surface.

Lunar Mission One aims to survey the Moon's south pole to see if a human base can be set up in the future.