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  1. Updates from Friday 28 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

That's it for Local Live for Oxfordshire for today. You can get in touch throughout the weekend via

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Have a good weekend.

Dry and chilly night

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Tonight we may see a few pokey showers, but

a largely dry night to come for most of us.

Bee Tucker

Where we do get some breaks in the cloud we will see a touch of mist forming.

A bit cooler than last night, with lows of 8C (46F).

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Police have been advising drivers to stay away from Bicester - as shoppers heading towards Bicester Village looking for Black Friday bargains brought roads to a standstill.

Bicester Village

The A34 from Oxford and the A41 were stationery at one point, with long tailbacks on the M40 on the approach to junction nine, at Bicester.

This afternoon, some motorists were queuing for up to three hours.

I'll have more on that and all the other top stories from the region at


Overnight closure

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Something to be aware of - overnight in Didcot the A4130

will be closed from 20:00 until 06:00 in the morning between the Milton Road Roundabout and Hawksworth.

Renewable energy scheme exceeds target


Low Carbon hub, an Oxfordshire social enterprise that works with
community energy schemes has reached it's target of £1.5m to deliver a series of renewable energy projects for the county.

Oxford MP Andrew Smith

tweets: Congratulations to
@LowCarbonHub on the final day of its share offer for beating their £1.5m target to spread #communityenergy across Oxford

Priority for sickest patients

Oxford University Hospitals NHS trust cancelled 258 operations at the last minute for non clinical reasons between April - September 2014.

Hospital ward
Getty Images

The Care Quality Commission visited the John Radcliffe hospital earlier this year and raised concerns about the number of cancelled operations, and told the Trust to make improvements.

The Trust responded that as a regional centre for trauma, Oxfordshire's hospitals treat seriously ill patients from across the region and they must prioritise the sickest patients for critical care bed.

Operation cancelled seven times

Serena Martin

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxfordshire woman has had her back surgery cancelled seven times in the past 18 months.

Patricia Ludlow

Patricia Ludlow, who's from Stanford in the Vale, has been waiting for an operation since May 2013.


told me that the most recent cancellation happened minutes before she expected to enter the operating theatre: "I just cried and cried, and said this cannot happen, I can't do this anymore, I cannot do this to my family."

One this occaision human error meant a bed had not been booked for her. Patricia has been offered another date for the operation in December.

Sexual exploitation searches continue

Following the

raid on the Athena Guest House in Cowley Road,
Thames Valley Police have carried out searches at a further seven properties.

Sexual exploitation operation
Thames valley police

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of arranging for people to be brought into Britain for the sex trade.

The arrests were made at 20:00 last night.

'Messy, overcrowded and not an easy day'

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News


traffic problems around Bicester Village seem to be easing, but one shopper told BBC Oxford that it had "not been an easy shopping day".

Bicester Village

Natalie Taylor travelled from south east London with her 16-year-old son, she said: "It's so packed, there's queues for almost every shop. I've never seen so many security guards in such a small space.

"Most people like myself are surprisingly calm, however there's a few who aren't. We have literally had to queue for everything, from the shuttle bus, to the shops, and the restaurants."

Eastern by-pass crawling

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's some

really heavy traffic building around the county.

The A40 Westbound out of Oxford from the Wolvercote Roundabout to the Eynsham Roundabout is very slow moving.

Around Oxford, there is heavy congestion on the Oxford Ring Road clockwise from Cowley to the A34 at the Hinksey Hill Interchange.

Littlemore to the Headington Roundabout on the Eastern Bypass anticlockwise is absolutely crawling.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxfordshire farmer says he is £50,000 down because of a cut in the milk price.

I'll have more on this story at


Skye Hall parent 'mum of the year'

BBC Radio Oxford

The mother of Skye Hall, a disabled child from Abingdon who

died in August after battling cancer, has been named mum of the year at a national awards ceremony.

Skye Hall

Sally Hall was given the honour at Tesco's Mother and Baby awards this week, having been nominated by her cousin.

Sally told

BBC Radio Oxford that accepting the award had been difficult: "Of course there is no winning in child loss, truly winning would be to kiss your child goodnight and hear the words, I love you to the moon and back mummy."

Sports Awards

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

The ninth annual

Oxfordshire Sports Awards are staged tonight at the Kassam Stadium, with BBC Radio Oxford hosting the event.

The ceremony will see awards presented in 10 different categories.

You can follow the event on our

Twitter feed or
Facebook page.

Language lessons for army officers

Emma Jane Kirby

BBC News

From 2018 company and squadron commanders will have to learn a second language otherwise they will be passed over for promotion.

Army personel

Language lessons are already well underway in the

Defence Academy in Shrivenham.

Private Jonathan Lennard told me: "Now I can fully realise how important it is to speak another language, especially today now that the world is such a small place. It gives you such a leg up with regards relationships with the locals and them respecting you."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's major traffic disruption in north Oxfordshire, as Bicester has become gridlocked by Black Friday shoppers.

Join me for the latest update on this at


Two hour delays to Bicester

Thames Valley Police

tweets: Delays into #BicesterVillage are currently two hours long. Please avoid area if possible #M40 #A34 #A41

Bicester Village backlog

Black Friday deals

have massively increased the number of customers at Bicester Village and traffic in the area. At one point they tweeted that access was
temporarily closed.


temporary car park was then opened to allow more people to park, but they have
tweeted warnings that they are "very busy at the moment, please visit later this evening as we are open until midnight."

Churchill carriage restored for anniversary

BBC Radio Oxford

January will see the 50th anniversary of the death and funeral of

Winston Churchill.

On 30 January 1965, Churchill was given a state funeral at St. Paul's and then taken by train from London to Long Hanborough and his final resting place at the church in Bladon.

Winston Churchill funeral carriage

The carriage that Churchill's body travelled in that day has since been lost, found, taken to the US and finally bought back to the

National Railway museum in Shildon.

Senior curator of Rail Vehicles Anthony Coulls told

Howard Bentham that the carriage is in a "fantastic condition".

He said: "Our team have all been working like mad since September so that this vehicle is ready to take centre stage in the museum."

Bicester blocked

There's lots of cars queuing on the

M40 southbound at the J9 exit, blocking the inside lane coming from J10.

There's also big hold-ups on the A34 northbound coming up from the Botley Interchange towards J9 - and if you're heading up from Peartree expect stationary traffic.

And the A41 to Bicester northbound is also gridlocked to the Little Chef roundabout, and if you're coming westbound.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There is traffic gridlock around Bicester Village as Black Friday shoppers are queuing for bargains.

Join me for all the headlines at


Black Friday traffic chaos

via Facebook

Thames Valley Police have taken to

Facebook to warn people to avoid Bicester due to heavy traffic at Bicester Village.

Supt James Templer said: "We know it is very busy and we are working with our partners in Oxfordshire, and Bicester Village itself, to try and alleviate the pressure.

"I would recommend that people avoid the area if they can."

Wolff gets bite at test driver role

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Susie Wolff has been

promoted to the official test driver job for the Oxfordshire-based Formula 1 team
Williams for the 2015 season.

Susie Wolff

It means she would be first choice to race for the Grove-based firm, in a Grand Prix should Valtteri Bottas or Felipe Massa not be available.

Christ Church cows

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's banner image shows Christ Church College and Meadow, a green escape in the heart of the city.

Christ Church
George Pulford

The picture was taken by George Pulford, and you can see more of his photos on his

flickr page

'Lucky to escape alive'

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Thames Valley Police has charged a 45-year-old man with

arson with intent to endanger life following an incident in Oxford in January.

Mallard Close, Oxford

Firefighters said the three men and two women who jumped from windows were

lucky to escape with their lives.

Martin Nganga, from Tiverton Road in Wembley, London has been remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Crown Court on 12 December.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life, after a fire in Oxford.

Join me for more on that at


Magna Carta artwork

Oxford University's

Ruskin School of Art has
commissioned artist Cornelia Parker to produce a commemorative piece of art to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

Cornelia Parker
Oxford University

The Embroidery will replicate the

Wikipedia article on Magna Carta as it appeared on the 799th anniversary on 15 June 2014, and will be unveiled next May.

Cornelia Parker explained her vision: "This is a snapshot of where the debate about the Magna Carta is right now, a contemporary interpretation of Magna Carta placing more emphasis on the word rather than the image."

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: We'll have the latest from Cowley, on the police raid there as part of an
investigation into sexual exploitation in the city.

Matchstick concorde

And, a pot of glue, 10,000 matchsticks and two years hard work - we'll meet the man who made this.

Join Roger Finn at


Henley dog attack

Henley Standard


man has been attacked by a dog while out running in Bones Wood, between Harpsden and Crowsley, on Monday.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Labour has won the Oxfordshire County Council by-election for the Leys ward.

Join me for more on that at


Revenge evictions

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford's two MPs are backing an attempt to change the law so that landlords can't evict tenants just because they have asked for repairs.

Estate Agents window


bill has been put forward by the Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather - and is being co-sponsored by both Nicola Blackwood and Andrew Smith.

Ryan was a victim of one of these "revenge evictions" - after asking his landlord to sort out black mould.

He told

BBC Radio Oxford: "I lived in the flat for four years, and put up with it, but it got worse. So I contacted the local council's environmental health private tenants team, and within a couple of weeks of them being involved I received my notice to quit."

Hospital opening faces delay

Bicester Advertiser

The opening of Bicester's new community hospital could be

delayed until the new year if the facility is not ready to open next week, an NHS boss said.

Oxford activities app launched

A new app has been launched for young people in Oxfordshire, which offers information on activities and events.

Bungee logo
Oxford City Council

Bungee was developed by youngsters at
Film Oxford with backing from
Oxford City Council.

The app helps you find things to do based on your location and interests.

'Shock' at sexual exploitation arrests

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford MP

Nicola Blackwood has said she was "shocked" to learn of the
police raid on a guest house on the Cowley Road as part of a police investigation into sexual exploitation in the city.

Police raid on Cowley Road guest house

She told

Phil Gayle: "We feel in Oxford that we have taken a lot of action to try and prevent these appalling crimes and to have another incident of this kind is going to be very distressing for many people."

She added: "I am pleased that the problem was identified and action was taken."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An attempt to change the law to stop landlords evicting tenants just because they've asked for repairs is being backed by both of Oxford's MPs.

Join me for more on that at


Book worms quizzed

Wantage Herald

The literary knowledge of hundreds of Oxfordshire pupils

was put to the test during the regional heat of a national contest.

Barnett unsure of U's future

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United striker

Tyrone Barnett admits his future is uncertain after the club recruitment of
three new forwards in the space of a week.

Tyrone Barnett

Barnett's loan from Peterborough is due to expire in the middle of next month, but United haven't ruled out trying to sign him permanently when the transfer window opens in January.

He said: "I can only focus on myself, work hard in training and hopefully that produces in games."

You can hear tomorrow's game at

Cheltenham, exclusively on BBC Radio Oxford on
95.2Fm and digital radio from 14:00.

Beard be gone

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

I've been getting my beard shaved

live on air for Movember. Thank you Samuel from Giovanni's in Oxford for doing the moustache topiary

Howard Bentham

'Early stages of investigation'

Helen Catt

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

After the

police raid on the Athena Guest House on the Cowley Road, which saw two people arrested as part of an investigation into sexual exploitation in Oxford, police said they were in the "early stages" of the case.

Police officers raiding Athena Guests House

Sgt Neil Applegarth, from the

East Oxford Neighbourhood Team appealed for anyone with information to contact them immediately, and apologised to local residents for any inconvenience during last night's activity.