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  1. Updates from Wednesday 10 December 2014

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good Evening

That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

We'll be back on Thursday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

Evening TV

Jerome Sale

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: An inquest has heard how a 23-year-old man from Oxfordshire was found bleeding from the mouth and not breathing before he died at a care home.

Nico Reed had cerebral palsy and severe learning difficulties. He was found dead at Barrantynes care home in Chalgrove in August 2012.

Join me for more on that and all the other stories from our region at


Blustery and wet evening

Holly Green

BBC Weather

This evening there will be increasing showers in the region, with the odd rumble of thunder and

strong winds blowing.

Holly Green

Temperatures will fall to around 4C (39F) which will prevent a frost overnight.

Delightful Dorchester

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Earlier we asked for your photos of Oxfordshire as the county braces for what is forecast to be a

windy and rainy few days.

Dorchester on Thames
Ann Winslet

Ann Winslet

shared this picture of Dorchester-on-Thames. Local Live is always very happy to receive your images from around the county, so please do send them in via
Facebook or

Cowley pools decision

BBC Radio Oxford

The future of Oxford's

Temple Cowley Pools could be decided this evening - as the city council
votes on whether to sell the site to a property developer.

Temple Cowley Pools in Oxford
Steve daniels

Catalyst Housing is offering the council £3.5m for the land and promises to build about 50 homes.

Campaigners want to

renovate the pools, adding slides and a café in return for £100-a-year in rent.

Nigel Gibson from

Save Temple Cowley Pools told
Phil Gayle that their proposal is a win-win for the council: "We would operate the centre profitably for a period, we'd then look to make enhancements to re-energise the whole area."

Risk of 'pupil underclass'

BBC Radio Oxford

There could be an "underclass" of students in Oxfordshire if improvements aren't made to schools, according to the regional director of

Ofsted in the South East.

Pupils in a classroom

Sir Robin Bosher told

Howard Bentham that the achievement of children in state education in Oxfordshire is
above the national average but students with challenging backgrounds were struggling.

He said: "Schools are more and more focussing on this group of children, but I don't think we're there yet. Our poorest students need the best chances to do well."

Caterham talks 'ongoing'

Lawrence Barretto

BBC Sport

Caterham's administrator says talks are ongoing with "three interested parties" as they

look to get the team on the Formula 1 grid next season.

Getty Images

The team went

into administration in October and
made 230 staff redundant.

Joint administrator Henry Shinners told BBC Sport: "We want to give the team every chance of surviving so we are not setting a deadline."

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Three men and a woman who appeared before Banbury magistrates charged with slavery and fraud offences have been remanded in custody until January.

I'll have all the headlines at


Reward to 'jog memory'

BBC Radio Oxford

The charity that has

offered a reward in the case of an Oxford University lecturer who was murdered 20 years ago hopes the money could spark a memory for someone.

Dr Michael Meenaghan
Thames Valley Police

Dr Michael Meenaghan, 33, was shot through his kitchen window at his home in Oxford on 10 December 1994.

Crimestoppers is offering £10,000 to anyone who can help track down the killer, along with another £10,000 from Thames Valley Police.

Kieran Theivam from Crimestoppers told

David Prever that the reward may encourage someone to come forward.

He said: "It might be that you re-jog someone's memory, or someone might think, 'do you know what, after all this time I want to give the information that can lead to a conviction, because it's been playing on my mind'."

Traffic troubles

The A4130 in Milton is

partially blocked with slow traffic in both directions between the Milton Interchange and the B4493 junction, because of a broken down lorry.

And on the A4074 there is one lane closed northbound in Sandford-on-Thames between the Henley Road junction and Heyford Hill roundabout due to barrier repairs.

Risk of planning 'chaos'

BBC Radio Oxford

There will be "planning chaos" if the inspector turns down

Cherwell District Council's Local Plan, according to the man in charge of planning at the authority.

Building site
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A two-week examination of the document - setting where 22,800 new homes should be built by 2031 - has started


Michael Gibbard told
BBC Radio Oxford that it was vital the plan was passed.

He said: "If this plan doesn't get through then we face another period of threats from totally speculative development, often in the wrong place without the right infrastructure to support it, and it would be planning chaos."

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A reward is being offered by Crimestoppers and Thames Valley Police for information leading to a conviction for the

murder of a research scientist in Oxford 20 years ago.

I'll have more details on that at


Garage site homes planned

Henley Standard

A developer has

submitted a planning application for 55 homes at the former Jet petrol station and National Tyres garage in Reading Road, Henley.

Beautiful Brize Norton

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

We've been asking for your pictures of Oxfordshire today, while the rest of the UK is braced for a '

weather bomb', we're enjoying a less incendiary day.

Brize Norton
Deborah Clewley

Deborah Clewey posted this picture of a bright looking Brize Norton on our

Facebook page. You can also
email or
tweet your photos.

City Stars off the bottom

Andy Roberts

Oxford City Stars

A rollercoaster weekend. A mixed bag. A topsy-turvy couple of days. There's a host of metaphors and clichés you could use to describe

Oxford City Stars' weekend.

James Pentecost

But the upshot is, they're off the bottom of the table for the first time this season!

Two away games in succession - Saturday's 4-2 win at London Raiders followed by a heavy 10-2 defeat at Solent Devils on Sunday.

Having lost nine on the spin earlier in the season, the Stars have now won three games in seven. Have they turned a corner?

'Manbeast' bully revenge

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

A woman whose letter to a former school bully who called her "manbeast" went viral on Facebook has described the response as "

crazy and overwhelming".

Letter to former bully
Louisa Manning

Louisa Manning, a student at Oxford University, wrote the note after being invited on a date by her tormentor.

But she stood him up, giving the message and an old photo to a waiter at the restaurant where they were to meet.

Ms Manning said she bumped into her would-be-suitor at the Oxford Yule Ball, 10 years after she was teased by him at a school in Cambridgeshire.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Only about a quarter of the poorest children do well in early years education in Oxfordshire, according to this year's Ofsted report for the South East.

Join me for more on that and all the other headlines at


Metal test for breast cancer

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Oxford University scientists claim in may be possible to develop a blood test that could diagnose breast cancer earlier by

detecting changes in the zinc in our bodies.

Radiographer carries out a mammogram
Science Photo Library

The team took techniques usually used to analyses trace metal isotopes for studying climate change and applied them to the human body.

The researchers showed that changes in the composition of zinc made it possible to identify early breast cancer.

They also said that this new discovery could help develop new cancer treatments.

Police link robberies

Oxford Mail

Police say two Headington robberies, where men were punched and told to hand over cash,

may be linked.

On air

Cristina Parry

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

On the

Kat Orman show this afternoon: Oxford has been leading the way with trials for an Ebola vaccine and treatment following the severe
outbreak in west Africa.

Ruth Atkins

Joining Kat today will be Katie Ewer, a senior immunologist heading up the trials, and also the first person to volunteer in the experiments,

Ruth Atkins.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Three men and a woman have appeared at Banbury Magistrates' Court charged with forcing a man to work and commit crimes on their behalf.

I'll have the full story at


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feedback about this service.

Cyclists in the dark

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online


caught riding in the dark without lights in Bicester will be given £50 fines during a 10-day police crackdown.

Cyclist in dark with light on

Police said people cycling without lights in the town had been highlighted as a problem by members of the public.

It is illegal to cycle on the road after dark without without white front and red rear lights lit.

Councillors' 'pay rise' anger

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

The decision to increase Oxfordshire county councillors'

allowances by 19% has been met with anger by the public sector union

A statement said its members were "vexed that councillors and senior officers are awarding themselves significant pay increases when the message given to the public and staff about their vital services is OCC are in dire financial difficulty through austerity measures from central government."

The rise was recommended by an independent panel and the council said that £117,000 had been saved last year by reducing the number of councillors from 74 to 63.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Only a quarter of the poorest children achieve well in early years' education in Oxfordshire, according to

this year's Ofsted report for the South East.

I'll have more on that at


Scientist shooting reward

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online


reward of £20,000 has been offered to anyone who can help track down the killer of an Oxford University scientist 20 years ago.

Dr Michael Meenaghan
Thames Valley Police

Dr Michael Meenaghan, 33, was shot through his kitchen window at his home in Oxford on 10 December 1994.

His body was found by police after a 999 call was made from the house just before 16:30.

The reward, which is valid for three months, has been offered jointly by

Crimestoppers and
Thames Valley Police.

Six councillors 'refuse pay rise'

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Six Oxfordshire county councillors have said

they will refuse a 19% rise in their allowances.

Conservatives Simon Hoare, Kieron Mallon, Lawrie Stratford, Arash Fatemian, Michael Waine and George Reynolds pledged not to accept the increase.

In a letter to the

Oxford Mail, five of the councillors wrote: "Given the position of public sector finance... and with many workers receiving limited pay increases, we feel it is important to exercise restraint at this time."

The county council said it was too early to say what would happen to the money refused by the councillors and pointed out that even with the increase the allowance level would still keep the county's allowances among the lowest in the country.

Didcot up to third

Joffy Chinnock

Didcot Town FC

Didcot beat Cinderford Town 1-0 last night to reduce the gap to
league leaders Merthyr Town to just two points.

Adam Learoyd
Roger Neal

A third-minute header from Adam Learoyd was enough to seal the points in a game which both sides were unable to take control due to the high winds and heavy rain throughout.

The win sets up nicely for Didcot's

FA Trophy trip to Conference side Forest Green Rovers on Saturday in what will be one of the biggest matches in the club's 107-year history.

Preventing child abuse

BBC Radio Oxford

Ways to spot the signs of abuse are being taught to children at 12 schools in Oxfordshire as part of a programme called

Values Versus Violence.

Young boy and an adult's hand

It is being run by the charity the Dot Com Children's Foundation and the chief executive, Sharon Evans, told

Phil Gayle that she knows there's a need.

She explained: "When you look at the number of children that have been badly harmed in the county, by criminals, by paedophiles, we can't turn a blind eye to the possibility that any child could be a victim, there needs to be prevention going forward."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An inquest is beginning today into the death of a young man with learning disabilities, who was being looked after in a supported living unit in Charlgrove.

I'll have more on that at


Dreaming spires views 'protected'

Oxford Times

Councillors are set to back a study which does not propose any major changes to the way views of

Oxford's famous skyline are protected from developers.

Christmas Day bus

There will be a festive bus service from Abingdon to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford - the first time in living memory that the

Oxford Bus Company has run a service on Christmas Day.


For the second year, the Airline Service will also be running between Oxford, Lewknor and Heathrow on 25 December.

Bridge demolition held

Wantage Herald

The demolition of a Grade-II listed railway bridge and a village high street closure has been

put on hold after intervention by an MP.

Weather 'bomb'

Jamie Ryan

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

You've probably heard of this "

weather bomb" coming to the UK but here in Oxfordshire it's a lovely day...

Oxford photograph

Send us your pictures of where you are via

Facebook or

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Four people are due at Banbury Magistrates' Court today charged in

connection with slavery and fraud offences.

Join me for all the headlines at


Hotel plan for Chipping Norton

Witney Gazette

The Premier Inn hotel chain has unveiled plans for a

£6.5m hotel and residential development in the heart of Chipping Norton.

Sir Steve gets Henley Regatta role

Sir Steve Redgrave has said he felt "humbled and very honoured" to be elected chairman of

Henley Royal Regatta.

Sir Steve Redgrave

The five-time Olympic champion added that he was excited by heading up what he described as the "most successful international regatta in the world".

Sir Steve is

taking over from Mike Sweeney who had been at the helm for 22 years.

Sex Pistol shoots from the hip

Oxford Mail

The Sheldonian Theatre was awash with gasps, awkward silences and uneasy laughter when former public enemy

John Lydon talked about his new autobiography.

Christmas is coming

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Christmas is rapidly approaching and here at

BBC Radio Oxford we are counting down to the big day with the help of our county's primary schools.

Farindon Infants' School

This morning,

Faringdon Infants' School treated us to their rendition of
Dear Santa and Child in a Manger Born.

You can listen back to all of the carols so far

here, and if your school would like to take part next year, ask a teacher to get in touch.