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  1. Updates on Friday 5 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Good evening

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Oxfordshire for today.

    This service will be back at 08:00 on Monday. In the meantime you can still leave us a message or send us your pictures by clicking here.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Evening TV

    Jerome Sale

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: Dorchester-on-Thames has a village Christmas tree for the first time in five years.

    Dorchester-on-Thames Christmas tree

    Health and Safety rules had stopped them from plugging the old lights in to someone's bedroom socket, but some clever technology has let them light up the festivities.

    Join me for that and more at 18:30.

  3. Flats row

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A public exhibition looking at ways to disguise the blocks of student flats on Port Meadow, which have been strongly criticised as an eyesore, opens today.

    Castle Mill

    The University favours building trees but campaigners want the top floor removed.

    Toby Porter, from the Save Port Meadow campaign, told Phil Gayle: "These buildings unnecessarily spoiled high-value heritage assets and only removing the top floor will have an impact."

  4. Rare mushroom spotted

    Natural England tweets: Whiskery milkcap found on our Aston Rowant reserve, Oxfordshire. Exciting find of a threatened species @britmycolsoc

  5. More on tree decorations' removal

    Sue Paz

    BBC News, South

    An artist has been told to remove his roadworks-themed decorations from a Christmas tree in Oxfordshire.

    Summertown Christmas tree

    Summertown's 18ft Norwegian pine was decorated with orange mesh, barrier fencing, red and white striped tape, topped with a traffic cone.

    One local business, which sponsors the tree, called for their removal following complaints from residents. Oxford artist Ted Dewan said it was designed as a tribute to the city's road workers.

  6. Oxford summerhouse for £750,000

    Oxford Mail

    For three quarters of a million pounds, a house hunter might expect several bedrooms, a garage and a yard, but that is the list price of a summerhouse at the bottom of someone else's garden - and buyers will still need to fork out up to £100,000 on finishing it off.

  7. Wright wants U's cup run

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Jake Wright is viewing tomorrow's second round tie against Tranmere at the Kassam Stadium as a real opportunity to join the Premier League big-boys in Monday's drawer.

    Jake Wright

    He said: "If we win it's five unbeaten, we need to win at home, I think there will be a decent crowd."

    We'll have exclusive full match commentary from 14:00 on 95.2FM and on digital radio.

  8. Widespread frost

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    A cold evening, with a particularly brisk north-westerly wind.

    Bee Tucker

    Overnight will see some showers, with perhaps some sleet mixed in, and then a widespread frost and temperatures falling to -2C (28F) out in the countryside.

  9. News on the hour

    Martin Eastaugh

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A woman from Bodicote, who trains dogs for disabled people, has been given an award for her work by the prime minister.

    I'll have all the details and the other headlines at 17:00.

  10. A34 congestion

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's severe congestion on the A34 - delays of up to an hour north and southbound

    On the southbound carriageway, one lane is closed due to a three vehicle accident at Kidlington causing queues to the M40 Junction 9 - drivers are advised to use M40 J8 instead.

    And on the northbound side of the A34 between Peartree and Kidlington, a broken down lorry has been cleared but there's still congestion and diverting traffic is piling off the A34, blocking the Botley Road into the city.

    The A41 is queuing southbound from the Bicester Little Chef Roundabout to the M40 J9.

  11. Starved man's sister 'wants answers'

    Sue Paz

    BBC News, South

    The sister of a man who starved to death four months after his benefits says she wants "straight answers" after a government review into his case.

    Mark Wood

    Mark Wood, from Bampton, Oxfordshire, had his income support stopped in 2013 after he was found fit to work despite having serious mental health issues.

    In March, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) admitted its decision was wrong, following new GP evidence.

  12. Pullman 'delighted' by book ruling

    Oxford author Philip Pullman has welcomed a ruling by the High Court that the government's ban on sending books to prisoners is unlawful.

    Philip Pullman

    The author of the His Dark Materials series said he was delighted.

    He said: "The ban on sending prisoners books seemed to me strikingly unjust and inhumane. Treading should be a right not a privilege to be withheld or allowed."

  13. Stolen sign

    The Museum of Oxford tweets: PLEASE SHARE: This was stolen last night @ 8.30pm, please let us know if you've seen anything @TVP_Oxford@BBCOxford

  14. A34 accident

    An accident involving three cars has closed a lane on the A34 southbound at the Killington Junction.

    There is an overturned vehicle and queues running back along the carriageway to Bicester.

    And on the northbound carriageway of the Western Bypass there is a lane blocked because of a broken down lorry, with congestion stretching back to the Botley interchange.

  15. News on the hour

    Martin Eastaugh

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A man from Oxford has been found guilty for his part in a major cocaine dealing operation in the city.

    Officers investigating the operation have seized around 13 kilos of cocaine as well as several kilos of heroine from properties around the city.

    Join me for all the headlines at 16:00.

  16. Animal cruelty arrests

    via Facebook

    Thames Valley Police arrested eight people yesterday on suspicion of hunting offences and animal cruelty offences in south Oxfordshire.

    Dogs in a cage

    They posted information about the operation on their Facebook page.

    "Seven of the eight men were from outside the Thames Valley and live in Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey. During searches carried out by police, five dogs were seized as well as other items related to the alleged offences."

  17. 'Hidden' Oxford tours

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Anthony Ralph lost his job and found himself living on the streets of Cowley for three months, but now offers tours of the area.

    Cowley Road

    He told Howard Bentham how he went from sleeping on the streets to talking to tourists about them.

    He said: "I ran out of money, and had nowhere to go. My motivation went, but then I got that back and since then I've been highly motivated to get on."

  18. Student suffering from tuberculosis

    An Oxfordshire School pupil is being treated for tuberculosis.

    The pupil at Blessed George Napier School in Banbury is reported to be responding well to treatment.

    Public Health England is investigating and has reassured parents and people in the area that the chance of the disease spreading is very unlikely.

    There were more than 1,000 cases of TB in the Thames Valley last year.

  19. Cone tree to come down

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    A Christmas tree in Summertown is to be removed after complaints about its decorations.

    Christmas tree

    The 18 ft Norwegian pine uses road safety equipment as a tribute to the city's road workers.

    Artist Ted Dewan designed the tree at the last minute after the original lights and barriers he had intended to use were discovered to be inappropriate for an outdoor Christmas tree.

  20. 'Morning after' drivers targeted

    Thames Valley Police is on the fifth day of its annual Christmas drink-driving crackdown, and it says it has caught nine people in Oxfordshire already.

    Breath test

    Insp Colin Carr told BBC Radio Oxford that this year the force is targeting the "morning after drivers" in particular.

    He said: "We'll be targeting the early morning drivers who still have alcohol in their system, who are getting up to go to work or do the school run, and also the people who have out partying and then heading home."

  21. News on the hour

    Martin Eastaugh

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    An investigation is under way after the discovery of a case of tuberculosis at an Oxfordshire School.

    I'll have the full details at 15:00.

  22. JLS star visits Didcot school

    Katharine Da Costa

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    The former JLS star Oritse Williams has been visiting St Birinus school, in Didcot, as part of a Music Skills and Schools day.

    JLS star in Didcot school

    He was joined by experts and music executives who gave talks to pupils about about jobs in the industry and the skills employers are looking for now and in the future.

    You can see more on this in my report in South Today at 18:30.

  23. News on the hour

    Martin Eastaugh

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A man from Oxford has been found guilty for his part in a major cocaine dealing operation in the city.

    Join me for more on this at 14:00.

  24. A40 queues

    There's disruption on the A40 in High Cogges because of a closed lane on the exit slip road westbound at Witney East.

    It's closed to carry out resurfacing work.

  25. Carols by Candelight

    Homeless charity St Mungo's Broadway held its annual Carols by Candlelight service on Wednesday in the the University Church in Oxford.

    Carol service in University Church Oxford

    The service was based on the traditional festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with musical accompaniment from Oriel College Chapel Choir, and was attended by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Mohammed Niaz Abbasi.

  26. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: Nearly £75,000 has been raised for charity - three months after a little boy from Oxfordshire died from a brain tumour.

    Skye Hall and his mother

    Before his death, five-year-old Skye Hall from Abingdon and his family started a charity encouraging people to make loom bands.

    Dozens of schools in Oxfordshire have held loom-making events, to help raise money for children affected by cancer.

    Join Rob Powell for all the news from the south at 13:30.

  27. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford University graduates have revealed that they have stopped donating to it in protest against the building of eight blocks of flats near Port Meadow.

    I'll have more on that and other headlines at 13:00.

  28. Left or right beaked?

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Scientists from the University of Oxford have found that crows show a tendency to be left or right beaked, in the way humans favour one hand and foot over the other.


    Their study showed that the birds preference for holding a tool on the right or left side of their beaks.

  29. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford University graduates have revealed they have stopped donating to it in protest against the building of eight blocks of flats near Port Meadow.

    I'll have more on that and the other headlines at 12:00.

  30. Port Meadow flats - Your Views

    via Facebook

    We what you thought about the appearance of the Castle Mill student accommodation near Port Meadow, here's a selection of your Facebook comments:

    Alison Lewis wrote: What more is there to discuss? If those buildings were owned by ordinary people they would be toast either demolished or shortened it just leaves a undemocratic smell in the air

    Karen David posted: Yes the flats are ugly, but they aren't on Port Meadow itself, they're on a brownfield site next to the railway.

    Ann Furtado wrote: Absurd time-wasting campaign from people with too much time and money on their hands. There are plenty of badly designed buildings in Oxford.

  31. Band help motorway crash victim

    Members of band The Script rescued a woman from her car after she crashed on the M40 motorway.

    The Script

    The pop rock group were on their way from London to a gig in Manchester when they saw the car hit the central reservation and spin out of control.

    Singer Danny O'Donoghue said the band ran to help, and pulled the woman out of her car once they saw smoke coming from the engine.

  32. Port Meadow flat options

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Members of the public can give their views on the environmental impact of the Castle Mill student flats near Port Meadow.

    Castle Mill options

    Three options have been proposed, the first involves changing the appearance of the buildings, the second flattening the roof and planting more trees, and the third option requires the removal of the top floor.

    The public exhibition is open from 16:00 today until 13:00 tomorrow at the Saïd Business School, and you can also share you views on our Facebook page.

  33. 'Proper planning process followed'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford University is holding an exhibition on the different ways it can change the appearance of controversial student flats built next to Port Meadow.

    Port Meadow student flats

    Professor William James, the university's Pro-Vice Chancellor for Planning told Phil Gayle the visual impact of the flats was stronger when built than anticipated.

    "We did go through a proper planning process, though we are enhancing our consultations on all our new projects."

  34. 'Lessons not learned'

    The sister of a Bampton man who died months after his benefits were stopped is calling for a meeting with the disabilities minister.

    Cathie Wood told BBC Radio Oxford that the government's latest review of her brother Mark's case is disappointing, unclear and shows "lessons have not been learned".

    The Department for Work and Pensions has since admitted his benefits should not have been stopped, but quoted the coroner who blamed Mark's death on his eating disorder and not his benefits being stopped.

  35. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Police have caught nine people drink driving over the alcohol limit in Oxfordshire already in the run-up to Christmas.

    Join me for all the headlines at 11:00.

  36. Inspector to examine housing plan

    Alex Therrien

    BBC News Online

    Plans to build more than 20,000 homes in Oxfordshire will be scrutinised for a second time by a planning inspector.

    House building

    An examination of Cherwell District Council's local plan, which outlines where to build 22,800 homes by 2031, will resume on Tuesday.

    It was halted in June after a report said more homes were needed in the county than the council first thought. The new plan includes nearly 6,000 more homes and 80 more hectares of business space.

  37. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The sister of an Oxfordshire man who died four months after his benefits were stopped has told BBC Radio Oxford that the government's new review of her brothers case is disappointing.

    I'll have the full story and the other headlines at 10:00.

  38. Murder police examine belongings

    Ian Parker

    BBC News, West

    Police searching a field trying to find items belonging to a woman whose body was found near the Uffington White Horse, are examining an item found in a ditch.

    Sian O'Callaghan

    Wiltshire Police said the search followed information that murdered Swindon woman Sian O'Callaghan's property may be in the area.

    She was killed by taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, who is serving 25 years for her murder.

  39. Autumnal Thames

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Today's riverside image was taken by Ana Matak Siviour, who captured a busy Thames in Autumn.

    Rowers on the Thames

    If you have a photo of Oxfordshire you would like to share, why not send it in to Local Live?

  40. Paraguay appoint former U's boss

    Former Oxford United manager Ramon Diaz has been installed as the head coach of the Paraguay national football team.

    Ramon Diaz

    Mr Diaz took the helm at the Kassam Stadium in 2004, but left the club at the end of the season.

    The 55-year-old Argentinian is also the most successful coach in the history of Argentine giants River Plate, winning six titles.

  41. News on the hour

    Danny Cox

    Presenter, BBC Oxford

    The sister of Mark Wood, who died four months after his benefits were stopped, has told BBC Radio Oxford lessons have not been learned from his case.

    Join me for more on this and the other headlines at 09:00.

  42. Mark Wood family 'frustrated' by report

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The family of an Oxfordshire man who died four months after having his benefits stopped, say a government report into his case doesn't give "straight answers".

    Mark Wood

    Mark Wood, who was from Bampton, had been found fit to work despite having serious mental health issues. The Department of Work and Pensions later said the decision had been wrong.

    Mark's sister Cathie told Phil Gayle that the very vulnerable are often not good at representing themselves, and her brother had tried to act normally.

    She said: "They did accept that they made quite a few mistakes, but what is frustrating is that they don't say they are going to make many improvements."

  43. The price of a view?

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A public exhibition shows three options to minimise the impact of the controversial Castle Mill student flats on Port Meadow.

    Port Meadow

    Oxford University wants to plant more trees and cladding. Campaigners want to remove the entire top floor at a cost of £31m.

    What do you think? You can message me on Facebook or Twitter.

  44. A bright afternoon to come

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    We have got some sunshine on offer today, but it is a bit of a slow burner, with a lot of cloud about first thing and some light showers.

    Bee Tucker

    It will become brighter through the afternoon but temperatures will struggle up to highs of 7C (45F).

  45. Good morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on this Friday morning.

    I'm in the BBC Oxford newsroom bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the county.

    If you want to share your views on the updates we post here, email us, or use Facebook or Twitter to get in touch.