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  1. Updates from Friday 21 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good Evening

Thanks for joining us, that's it for Local Live in Oxfordshire for today.

We'll be back on Monday morning at 08:00. You can keep up to date with the news in the county on the

BBC Oxford website, or by listening to
Radio Oxford on 95.2FM. Have a good weekend.

Sharp bursts of rain

Holly Green

BBC Weather

There will be

spells of rain, some low cloud and perhaps a bit of hill fog into this evening.

Holly Green

Tonight, there will be poor visibility, a lot of hill fog in places and then some sharp bursts of rain into the early hours.

Temperatures down to around 7C (45F).

Evening TV

Jerome Sale

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: The
Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has reached the halfway point in his tenure.

Anthony Stansfeld

Anthony Stansfeld was voted in on a turnout of a little more than 13%. We'll ask how the role is working?

And, The Prince of Wales has been in Oxfordshire looking round the gardens of Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons near Thame.

For that and more, join me at


Burglaries fall during TVP campaign

BBC Radio Oxford

The number of burglaries in the Thames Valley has

dropped by more than a fifth this autumn.

Burglar picking a lock

The police are putting it down to a three-week campaign, timed to coincide with bonfire night, when statistics show there are more burglaries than at any other time of year.

There were 299 reported burglaries in the three week period, down from 385 last year.

Oxford City sign midfielder

The ranks of Oxford City has been further swelled with European talent with the

arrival of French midfielder Mamadou Fofana.

Mamadou Fofana
Getty Images

The 26-year-old played his most recent football for Lincoln City, and previously played for a host of French sides.

Radley Lakes

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Regular photo contributor Becca Collacott has sent in this soothing picture of

Radley Lakes.

Radley Lakes
Becca Collacott

If you have a photo you would like to share with Local Live and the rest of Oxfordshire, do

send it in to us.

Oxford Light Festival

via Facebook

Oxford City Council has posted a reminder about the city's Christmas Light Festival on their

Facebook page.

Oxford Christmas Lights advert
Oxford City Council

"Get ready for Christmas in Oxford. Oxford's Christmas Light Festival starts on Friday 21 November and runs until Sunday 23 November 2014.

"Visit to see what's on.

"There will be no lantern procession, St Giles' stage or road closures this year but there will be dozens of free events all weekend at venues across the city, including a Day of Song on Sunday."

Deddington Market comes to BBC Oxford

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On Food Friday, I hosted my own mini farmers' market with some of the regular stall-holders from the

Deddington market.

Deddington market stall holders

I was joined by Isabel Ramaglia from the

Chicken Shed Chocolate stall, Geoff Coleman from the
Cornfield Bakery, and John Coyne whose home-made fudge is much in demand across Oxfordshire.

The next Deddington Farmers' Market takes place in Deddington on Saturday morning from 09:00, and you can listen back to my interview with them


A41 closed

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Major problems if you're travelling between

Bicester and Aylesbury.

Just getting reports that the A41 has been closed in both directions just over the county border - between Waddesdon and Westcott.

Gosford delays

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Andrew has been in touch to report

long delays in both directions through the temporary lights on the Bicester Road in Gosford affecting traffic between Kidlington and the A34.

There's also heavy congestion on routes into Abingdon and Clifton Hampden.

On the M40, it is solidly queued Northbound from before junction eight for Oxford to 10 for Brackley.

Ring road queued both ways

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On the A34, it is

queued northbound in patches from Abingdon North to the M40 junction nine.

And that's lead to queues with diverting traffic on the Botley Road into the city.

The Oxford Ring Road's queued clockwise all the way from Cowley to the A34 at the Hinksey Hill Interchange, and anticlockwise Cowley to the Headington Roundabout.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A dog attack on the towpath near the Mill Arts Centre in Banbury has left a smaller dog blind.

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


Funeral held for car crash victim

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

More than 200 people have

attended the funeral of a 26-year-old man who died in a car crash in Oxfordshire.

Richard Reed

Richard Reed was killed when a car he was a passenger in

hit a tree alongside the A4095 Woodstock Road in North Leigh, Witney, on 2 November.

His family described him as an immensely popular person following the service at Oxford Crematorium.

"Richard will be so very much missed and we will never see that beautiful infectious smile again," they said.

Prince Charles pays tribute to Blanc

Sinead Carroll

Reporter, BBC South Today

BBC Oxford reporter Sinead Carroll has been to Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Great Milton to cover Prince Charles' visit to the new

National Heritage Garden in the grounds.

Prince Charles

Prince Charles told Raymond Blanc that he was "a genius".

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A £30m research and training programme designed to improve healthcare in general practice, will be lead by the University of Oxford.

Join me for more details at


Train firm launches Teddy Rescue

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

First Great Western has started a campaign to help
reunite children with their lost teddy bears.

Paddington bear
First Great Western

The toys have all been found travelling on the First Great Western network which covers the Thames Valley, Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex, Devon and Cornwall.

Dozens are being stored in lost property offices at stations while the bulk are in a vault underneath Bristol Temple Meads station.

The firm said it hoped to return the toys in time for Christmas.

Bid to save Ronnie Barker hall

Oxford Times

Actor and comedian Ronnie Barker's legacy could live on if church fundraisers

rescue the run-down hall where his career started.

'Emotional way to remember him'

John Hoy explained: "When he went to Harrow School, at the age of nine, nine meters into the path there will be a granite set saying that. Obviously some of his iconic work when prime minister during the Second World War will be remembered in granite sets along the path."

He added: "I think it's going to be a really emotional way to remember him, you will actually be able to walk Winston's life."

Walking with Winston Churchill

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

A memorial path is being built at

Blenheim Palace to commemorate the 50th anniversary of
Winston Churchill's death next year.

Winston Churchill path

It was commissioned by the late Duke of Marlborough and sits next to the place where Churchill proposed to his wife Clementine.

Chief Executive of Blenheim Palace John Hoy says key events will be displayed on the path.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A residential unit for people with learning disabilities in Bicester still needs to make improvements, the Care Quality Commission has found.

I'll have more on this at


Missing girl found

Thames Valley Police have confirmed that a woman who went missing on Wednesday

has been found.

Millie Lee
Thames Valley Police

Millie Lee, 18, went missing in Standlake, but was found on Thursday.

Coming up

Cristina Parry

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

On the

Kat Orman show this afternoon: Kat will be joined by Kevin Whately.

Kevin Whatley as Lewis

Best loved for his role as Det Insp Lewis in both Inspector Morse with the late John Thaw, and now Lewis - Oxford is no stranger to him.

We'll be asking him about his plans for the future, after saying there will be just

one more series of the Lewis series.

Police Tweetathon

Thames Valley Police

tweets: We're holding a #Tweetathon on Friday night to highlight #alcoholharm and what we do about it. Just follow #TVPnights

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Improvements still need to be made at a residential unit for people with learning disabilities in Bicester, according to inspectors.

Join me for the full details at


Friday congestion building

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The usual Friday afternoon traffic is building up.

It's very

slow traffic on A40 London Road westbound in Oxford, between Thornhill Park And Ride and Headington Roundabout in the roadworks area.

And there's also congestion on the A34 Western By-Pass Road northbound at Botley Interchange.

Dylan Thomas in Oxford

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

A new literary tour is shining a spotlight on Dylan Thomas in Oxford.

Dylan Thomas at the BBC

During the great Welsh poet's time in and around the city he knuckled down on his masterpiece Under Milk Wood, appeared on the BBC, indulged in plenty of heavy drinking, and was kicked out of his lodgings by a jealous husband.

The new tour is taking place on Saturday, organised by

Literature Wales.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: The fight against extremism has been brought into the classroom.

Portsmouth school

Counter-terrorism police in Portsmouth are giving pupils anti-extremism lessons in schools to try and prevent young people becoming radicalised.

It's after a group of men from Portsmouth travelled to Syria to fight with the terror group Islamic State. Join David Allard at


Caterham pushing for buyer

BBC Radio Oxford

Caterham's administrators have told BBC Radio Oxford that they are making an effort this weekend to try and find a buyer for the Leafield-based Formula 1 team.

Caterham F1 car
Getty Images

Administrator and the interim Caterham F1 team principal Finbarr O'Connell believes

appearing on the Abu Dhabi grid, after missing the last two Grand Prix, would be a big help.

He said "We need to persuade one of those we're talking to to make the purchase decision, and being here makes a huge difference."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman who went missing from West Oxfordshire has been found.

Millie Lee, 18, from Standlake, was found yesterday.

Join me for all the headlines at


Call for HIV testing

A total of 2,836 people are estimated to be living with HIV in the Thames Valley, according to the

Terrence Higgins Trust.

HIV blood test

The charity says a quarter of those people will be undiagnosed, and therefore could pass the infection on, and has urged people who may have been at risk from the virus to get tested.

The figures for 2013 show that there were 152 newly diagnosed people in the region, which was a decrease of 11% from the previous year.

Courses for horses

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Horses and officers from

Thames Valley Police have been practicing dealing with protests and demonstrations.

Mounted police training
Thames Valley Police

Officers from across the force and three horses worked on tactics at a training centre in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire,

Police said it was also an opportunity for foot officers to learn how to work with horses.

Bicester Village to grow by a third

Bicester Advertiser

Bicester Village could become

even bigger under new proposals for its expansion.

On air

Will Wilkin

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

Howard Bentham show: At the age of two, Charlotte Nott contracted meningitis and as a result, lost all four of her limbs.

Charlotte Nott

Her family are constantly trying to raise money to help Charlotte walk, with the help of prosthetic legs, but they cost around £6,000 and are not funded by the NHS.

New 3D printing technology could provide prosthetic hands that could transform her life. Charlotte's mum Jenny will be speaking to Howard about the special hands

on air soon.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The life of Winston Churchill is being commemorated at Blenheim Palace with memorial path being built to mark the 50th anniversary of his death next year.

Join me for all the headlines at


Lighting up the town

The Henley Standard

tweets: Are we going to see you tonight at the #SwitchOnAndShop? Come & see #Henley get festive >>

Henley Standard

Are you going to any Christmas Light festivities? Let us know on

Local Live.

No Grammar school to degree link

Judith Burns

Education reporter, BBC News

Grammar school pupils in the 1980s were

no more likely to gain degrees from "elite" universities like Oxford, than comprehensive pupils,
research shows.

University lecture 1990s

But private school pupils had a greater chance of gaining degrees at the highly selective institutions, it suggests.

The researchers analysed data on 7,700 people in England and Wales, born in the same week in 1970.

'Quality of care maintained'

Diane Hedges from the

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group told BBC Radio Oxford that the complexity of the system is what causes delays.

Busy hospital ward

She also said that patients weren't being affected: "Clearly we're disappointed that we haven't moved forward on delayed transfers, but what I think Oxfordshire can be very proud of and the most important thing is the quality of care is being maintained."

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Health bosses say working together will help solve Oxfordshire's bed-blocking crisis after it was revealed the problem is costing our hospitals £6.5m a year.

Join me for more on that and the other headlines at