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  1. Updates from Wednesday 26 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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That's all from us today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening, an increasing number of children in Oxfordshire are in need of foster carers - but the county is struggling to recruit more families.

Woman with child

It's led to the

county council putting together a plan to make Oxfordshire "the most fostering-friendly county in the country".

It's going to involve businesses, churches, the university and community groups.

Join me for all that and the region's other top stories at


Mild but murky

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

There's a bit of

patchy rain starting to creep in towards the tail end of the day, a lot of hill fog and some mist patches, so staying fairly murky.

Bee Tucker

Overnight we'll get rain moving into the east, and it may be thundery for a time.

Further west will have low cloud and hill fog, so turning increasingly misty tonight. Another mild night, down to 3C (37F) in the countryside.

Oxford inequality

Oxford Times

A new panel designed to

tackle growing inequality in Oxford met for the first time on Monday.

Sewer works warning

Thames Water

tweets: "#Oxford: Emergency sewer repairs start tomorrow on Banbury Rd. Temp traffic lights in place may cause delays."

The damaged pipe is situated outside the Dancing Dragon restaurant on the junction of Grove Street.

M4 accident

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A bit further afield from Oxfordshire, but we have some reports of

slow traffic due to an accident on the M4 westbound between junctions 12 (A4 Theale) and 13 (A34 Chieveley/Newbury).

EDL Union talk to go ahead


Oxford Union has said that a speech by the founder of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson will go ahead as planned at 20:00 this evening.

Tommy Robinson
Getty Images

Academics and politicians

signed an open letter protesting at the decision to allow him to speak.

Mr Robinson said that he was "not going to incite hatred against anyone" and explained that he was not allowed to talk about certain issues because he was out on prison licence.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

We're more prepared if bad weather hits Oxfordshire - that's from

Southern Electric Power Distribution after criticism over last winter's power cuts.

Join me for all the headlines at


'Missed opportunity'

BBC Radio Oxford

Green city councillor

Elise Benjamin was the only person opposed to giving the new
Westgate Centre the go-ahead after it was revealed that none of the 59 new homes built as part of the project would be affordable.

Westgate Centre

She told

BBC Radio Oxford: "We don't have enough land in Oxford, we're trying to find as much land as we can to build housing on.

"This is council-owned land and every time the council allows a developer to waive the planning rules on building social housing, that reduces the opportunity to build the housing that we actually need."

Dead baby named

An 11-week-old boy who collapsed in a Faringdon home and

later died at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children has been named.

Jayden Saxton died on 18 November.

A 21-year-old man from Faringdon was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and bailed until 2 February.

Villagers rally to clean war memorial

Oxford Mail

A village has

united to restore its war memorial and mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Quantum Computer

Scientists in Oxford are going to turn science fiction into fact - by building a

quantum computer.

Quantum computing core

Quantum computers have the potential to be smaller and more powerful than any computer we have at the moment.

The aim is to have a fully-functional small working device operational within five years.

The consortium led by

Oxford University has received multimillion-pound investment from businesses and the government.

A415 reopens

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

I've just been told by the police that the

A415 in Kingston Baqpuize has reopened following that earlier overturned lorry.

One lane remains partially blocked for recovery work.

Overturned lorry road still shut

The A415 Faringdon Road in Kingston Bagpuize is still

closed and there are severe delays northbound between the Faringdon Road junction and the A420 junction because of that earlier overturned lorry and the ensuing recovery work.

Overturned lorry at Kingston Bagpuize
Lee Hosier

A diversion in operation which takes traffic through Kingston Bagpuize.

Pretty in pink

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Becca Collacott from Abingdon has shared this picture with us, writing "thankfully the autumn leaves can brighten up such a dull day".

Pink flower
Becca Collacott

And if you fancy brightening up my day further, why not share any pictures you have of the county with

Local Live?

Gravel decision row

Oxfordshire County Council has agreed that more than a million tonnes of sand and gravel needs to dug from pits in Oxfordshire next year, more than twice as much as was extracted in 2013.

Councillor Lynda Atkins had appealed to cabinet members to reject the new estimate for extraction saying it was based on "assumptions not evidence".

She told

BBC Radio Oxford: "I'm very disappointed that the vote went that way, but I was slightly encouraged that three other cabinet members abstained because I think it shows that the arguments we're putting forward really did have an impact. We need to overturn the decision."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

More than 200 people, including film director Ken Loach, have signed an open letter to protest against a decision to allow English Defence League founder

Tommy Robinson to speak at the Oxford Union.

Join me for all the headlines at


Increase in gravel extraction

Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet has approved plans to boost gravel extraction to two-and-a-half times what was supplied from the county's pits in 2013.

Concrete mixer

Environment chief Councillor David Nimmo Smith told

BBC Radio Oxford that previous extraction doesn't reflect usage.

He explained: "Over the last few years the amount of gravel that we have been digging out has been artificially lowered.

"Because of the economic effects and the fact that some of the material was coming in from Gloucestershire. The level will go up as the amount of material that is needed does increase."

'Last shout'

Oxford Mail

In November 1980, Dave Hemming walked into Burford fire station after hearing the crew could do with a helping hand.

Last night

he took part in his last drill after 34 years as a retained (on-call) firefighter battling blazes and keeping the people of West Oxfordshire safe.

Missing for a year

BBC Radio Oxford

It's been a year since 22-year-old Tom Billings from Boars Hill

went missing in Canada.

To Billings

Tom was exploring the mountains of North America, couch surfing and hitch-hiking his way around the country.

Tom's dad Martin told BBC Radio Oxford's

Howard Bentham that he believed his son got into trouble in the mountains.

He said: "There has been no suggestion of any foul play, the area in question is incredibly remote. I'm not in a happy place but there isn't a great deal of choice other than to try and deal with things."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Academics and politicians have signed an open letter protesting at the decision to allow the founder of the English Defence League to speak at the Oxford Union later.

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


Missing woman found

Missing Witney woman Kerri Hutt, also known as Kerri Sutherland,

has been found safe and well.

Kerri Hutt

The 23-year-old was last seen leaving a house where she was staying in Milton Keynes on Friday.

Thames Valley Police thanked the public and the media for their assistance to help locate her.

Your views

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to find out what you think.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime, the skeleton of an Ice Age woolly mammoth is up for
auction today.

Woolly mammoth skeleton

It's thought Monty is between 30,000 and 50,000 years old. He's expected to fetch up to £250,000 when he goes under the hammer in West Sussex.

Join Roger Finn for all the details at


News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The mother of a teenager Connor Sparrowhawk, who died at a care home in Oxford, has

welcomed a decision by police to investigate his death.

I'll have the full story at


Ambulance wait

Oxford Mail

A cyclist injured in a crash had to

wait more than an hour for an ambulance to reach him in an East Oxford street.

'Wonderful experience'

BBC Radio Oxford

There has been an increase in the number of children being taken into care in Oxfordshire - and the county council says it needs to recruit more foster families.

Movoney Anthony has been fostering for 11 years and told

BBC Radio Oxford about the satisfaction she gets from helping children.

She said: "The most enjoyable thing is seeing the children leaving us and knowing that we've done our best for them, they have wonderful experience and life skills that they can now go on and help them into adulthood."

Amputee Everest attempt

via Facebook

We've been following Andy Gardiner as he attempts to climb to Mount Everest's base camp.

Everest climbing team
Andy Gardiner

Andy has an amputated leg and wrote on

Facebook that the climb up to Namche Bazar had been "horrendously difficult".

He said: "The terrain was really tough and the 600m climb after dinner was a killer for me. Today we went up to the tanzig Hilary museum and the view point to have a look at Everest itself. What a humbling experience that was."

A34 limit lowered

BBC Radio Oxford

A section of the A34 in south Oxfordshire is to get a 50mph speed limit.

It will apply while work is done by the

Highways Agency to improve the drainage along the trunk road between the Chilton and Milton interchanges.

The work will start on Monday and last six months.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Finding out whether a child has diabetes could be about to become as simple as taking a breath test thanks to research in Oxford.

I'll have the full story at


Alice's Adventures Under Ground

via Facebook

BBC Radio Oxford's Lilley Mitchell has been to see the original manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground, the precursor to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.

Images from Alice's Adventures Underground
Oxford Christchurch

The original handwritten pages are kept the Christchurch College, Oxford University, and you can see more of Lilley's pictures on our

Facebook page.

'Foster family friendly'

Oxfordshire County Council has put together a plan to make the county the "most fostering-friendly" in the country, as demand for carers grows.

Adult with child

Ideas include council tax discounts for fosterers and financial incentives if they recommend a friend.

Melinda Tilley, the cabinet member for children and families, told

BBC Radio Oxford that a lack of foster families means children can be placed out of the county.

She said: "All the research shows that children do better nearer to home, educationally and emotionally."

The roundabout at the A415 junction on the A420 in Kingston Bagpuize has been

partially blocked by an overturned lorry.

Lee Hosier

tweeted this picture from the scene:

Overturned lorry at Kingston Bagpuize
Lee Hosier

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Southern Electric Power Distribution says it has boosted resources and is working more closely with authorities to help prevent power cuts in Oxfordshire if the winter weather hits.

I'll have more on this at


Overturned lorry

The A420 in Kingston Bagpuize is

partially blocked at the A415 junction on the roundabout, because of an overturned lorry.

Screw turns water into electricity

BBC Radio Oxford

The River Windrush is being

harnessed in west Oxfordshire to help power a hotel.

Archimedes screw


Old Swan in Minster Lovell has unveiled its new reverse Archimedes screw that should provide enough electricity to power 44 of its rooms.

General manager Patrick Jones said it had been relatively straightforward to install with

Environment Minister Lord de Mauley due to officially switch it on.