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  1. Updates on Friday 12 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Good evening

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

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

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Cold night to come

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    This evening the winds will continue to die down and the skies will clear leaving a cold night to come.

    Holly green

    There will be a few showers perhaps and that could lead to some icy patches and for many of us a frost is on the cards.

    Temperatures will fall to 0C (32F) in the towns and cities, but will be colder in the countryside.

  3. Evening TV

    Geraldine Peers


    On South Today this evening: The largest turbine on the mainland UK is being built on Oxford Diocese-owned land near Aylesbury.

    Wind turbine

    This new turbine will be 143 metres (470ft), making it taller than the London Eye.

    Join me for that and all the other top stories from the region at 18:30.

  4. Chipping Norton collision death

    Thames Valley Police has confirmed a man died in the collision between a car and a lorry on the A361 Banbury Road in Chipping Norton.

    The road will continue to be closed while officers continue their investigation and police have appealed for witnesses to the accident to come forward.

  5. Injury-time homes deal saves club

    Witney Gazette

    Chipping Norton Football Club is to be saved from financial ruin after securing a multi-million-pound deal with a developer.

  6. 'Short-term solution' for Bicester Village

    David Prever

    Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Measures aimed at alleviating the traffic gridlock that occurred at Bicester Village on Black Friday are just a "short-term solution", according to Thames Valley Police.

    Bicester Village traffic

    Traffic officers will work with traffic management teams to prevent the three hour-long queues people experienced on 28 November.

    Ch Insp Henry Parsons told me there were longer term plans, but they could not be ready in time for a busy Christmas period.

  7. Boxing day traffic plan for Bicester

    After traffic chaos on Black Friday at Bicester Village, police say they have joined together with the retail outlet and council to put in place measures to make sure there is no repeat on Boxing Day.

    Bicester Village at xmas (from 2011)

    The shopping outlet was gridlocked by bargain hunters on 28 November, with road closures and Thames Valley Police warning motorists to avoid the area.

    Bicester Village has brought in a new traffic management operator and electronic signs to improve navigation to park-and-ride locations and warn about car park capacity and congestion.

  8. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A major operation is planned to stop traffic gridlock at Bicester Village this Boxing Day.

    Join me for all the details at 17:00.

  9. Little Milton accident

    There has been an accident on the A329, Church Hill in Little Milton.

    The road is partially blocked and there is very slow traffic in both directions near the Gold Street junction.

  10. New homes for Blackbird Leys

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A large number of the 485 new council houses announced by Oxford City Council will be built in a regeneration of Blackbird Leys.

    Windrush Tower and Evenlode Tower

    The deputy leader of the city council Ed Turner told BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham that a number of smaller sites would also receive new homes.

    He said: "It's really good news for council housing, we'll be funding it from our tenants' rent and borrowing on the future rent of the new properties."

  11. Christmas Jumper Day

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    You may not have heard of it before, but today is Christmas Jumper Day, an initiative to raise money for Save the Children by sponsoring people to wear those loveable winter warmers.

    Peter Cooke

    Here's BBC South Today's Peter Cooke's attire today.

  12. Oxford firm wins sloe gin championships

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    An Oxford producer has been crowned "Sloe Ginster World Champion" for 2014 at an event near Tunbridge Wells.

    Demijohn shop

    Demijohn, which has one of its four "liquid delis" on Little Clarendon Street in Oxford, produced a drink which was described as "not too sweet, not too dry and a perfect drink for the winter".

    Sloe gin is made by infusing gin with sloe berries for about a year.

  13. Oxford Airport disrupted

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford Airport says it is experiencing "some delays" as a result of the closure of London airspace, mainly affecting services arriving from overseas.

    Local air traffic is not affected.

    London airspace has been closed until 19:00 GMT after a computer failure, air traffic controllers have said.

  14. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Two drivers are believed to have been seriously hurt in a collision in Chipping Norton. The air ambulance has been sent to the scene.

    I'll have the latest on this and the other headlines at 16:00.

  15. Original Rabbit Foot Spasm

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    I was joined in the studio by the Original Rabbit Foot Spasm this morning.

    Stuart Macbeth and Mike Wilkins with Howard Bentham

    The Oxford group have played Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, Ronnie Scott's, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, and sell out gigs at Oxford's O2 Academy.

    You can listen back to our interview, and some Christmas ditties played by Stuart Macbeth and Mike Wilkins here.

  16. Chipping Norton accident

    The A44 Banbury Road in Chipping Norton has been closed after a serious accident involving a lorry and a van.

    There is queuing traffic in both directions between the Albion Street junction and the B4026 Over Norton Road junction.

  17. Tangled up in tape

    via Facebook

    It's that time of the year when we all get out the sticky tape, scissors and wrapping paper. Howard was challenged to wrap this unusual gift... he didn't get on very well!

    Howard Bentham

    If you have any pictures of your wrapping successes, why not send them in to Local Live or post them to our Facebook page.

  18. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Firefighters have blocked off part of the high street in Summertown after a fire broke out above a shop.

    It's thought it may have been caused by an electrical fault, in the flat above the Charles Clinkard shoe shop.

    I'll have all the headlines at 15:00.

  19. Replacement car park for Westgate centre

    Oxford Times

    A temporary replacement car park for Oxford's Westgate multi-storey will open on Monday.

  20. Christmas Tree festival

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    If you aren't already in the Christmas mood then a church in Bicester has the solution.

    St Edburg's annual Christmas Tree Festival

    St Edburg's annual Christmas Tree Festival opened this morning and will be open all weekend, concluding with a 'Carols in the Trees' service at 6.00pm on Sunday.

    You can see more pictures from the church on the BBC Oxford Facebook page.

  21. Summertown fire

    A fire engine was called to the Summertown parade of shops in North Oxford after reports of a fire.

    Summertown fire

    BBC Radio Oxford's Will Banks took this picture of a smoky Banbury road. There were no reports of any injuries.

  22. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford City Council has promised £96m to pay for 485 new council houses in an effort to tackle the housing shortage in the city.

    Join me for all the headlines at 14:00.

  23. Spiceball Santa sprint

    Banbury Guardian

    Spiceball Park was full of Santas young and old as they embraced the chilly weather for Katharine House Hospice's fifth Santa Fun Run.

  24. Nursery closed

    The schools watchdog Ofsted has closed down a nursery school in Oxford over concerns for the children's welfare.

    Police have confirmed they are investigating an alleged incident at the Park Town Nursery in Bardwell Road.

    The nursery, which is in the grounds of the Dragon School but separate from it, has not commented.

  25. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: " Plans have been released to build nearly 500 homes close to one of the country's last remaining usable World War One airfields.

    Old Sarum airfield

    The land - at Old Sarum near Salisbury - is a conservation area and the hangers there are listed buildings.

    While there's strong local opposition - Wiltshire Council says the area needs more housing.

    Join Roger Finn for all the regions' top stories at 13:30.

  26. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    An extra £96m has been promised by Oxford City Council to build more council houses.

    Join me for all the details at 13:00.

  27. Lewis Watson plays intimate gig

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A Oxfordshire singer-songwriter, who has been backed to be an international star, has performed an intimate gig in Oxford.

    Lewis Watson

    Lewis Watson, from Bicester, who has just completed an American tour and has more than 83,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel, played to an audience of 400 at St Barnabas Church.

    The 22 year old's told BBC Radio Oxford what it means to him, to play near home.

    He said: "I'm a big fan of Oxford, most of the gigs I've been to in my life are in Oxford so it's amazing now to come and play a few."

  28. Abingdon hydro power scheme raises £500,000

    Wantage Herald

    More than 250 people have invested a total of £500,000 in a hydroelectric power plant for the Thames at Abingdon - and there are just days left for others to invest.

  29. Water bill fall 'not in Thames Valley'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A fall in water bills of 5% has been ordered by the industry regulator Ofwat, but the full benefit may not be felt by people in Oxfordshire.


    Thames Water says it's taking time to digest the complicated ruling before commenting, but BBC Radio Oxford understands bills here won't drop by what amounts to £20 a year because of investments Thames Water is having to make in its infrastructure.

    Water industry journalist Karma Ockenden says a super sewer for London for is to blame: "If you are a Thames Water customer, even if you are not in London, you will have to pay your share of the cost of construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, which will actually take bills up."

  30. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A fall in water bills of 5% has been ordered by the industry regulator Ofwat, but the full benefit may not be felt by people in Oxfordshire.

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

  31. Special delivery for MP

    Henley MP John Howell tweets: Visited Royal Mail sorting office in Henley to say thank you to all who work extra hard with Christmas deliveries.

    John Howell at sorting office
  32. Man sprayed in eyes during robbery

    Oxford Times

    A 21-year-old man was sprayed in the eyes with an unknown substance by an attacker who also threatened to stab him.

    The man was walking in the alleyway from Cinnaminta Road to Leidon Road in Oxford between about 15.00 and 15.15 on Monday.

  33. Bicester food bank opens

    The Bicester Food Bank is opening it's new home today.

    It has taken over a new room in the town's market place.

    In the last nine months it has provided food parcels for 3,000 people, up from 2,500 in the whole of last year.

  34. A423 delays

    Resurfacing works on the A423 Southern bypass at the Hinksley Hill Interchange is causing delays at the roundabout with the A34.

    Two lanes are closed for the works.

  35. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The care company running the supported living unit in Oxfordshire where a young man died has admitted staffing levels prevented them from checking on him as often as they were advised.

    Join me for the full story at 11:00.

  36. Nico Reed support 'adequate'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The care level at Barrantynes supported living home, where Nico Reed died in August 2012, "was adequate", according to Southern Health who now run the unit.

    Phil Aubrey-Harris told Phil Gayle earlier that having one member of staff to look after Nico and three other patients "was sufficient based on the needs".

    He said: "There was a guideline that Nico would be checked every 20 minutes, but with one member of staff present there would be an inevitable likelihood that on occasion those checks may not be able to be maintained."

    He added: "We were delivering checks inline with the support plans and the resources that were available."

  37. Buscot Wick flood warning

    A flood alert was issued for Buscot Wick in Faringdon overnight.

    The Environment Agency is warning flooding is possible in low lying areas.

    It's one of just two flood alerts for the south east, but their number is expected to increase as the band of rain and gales moves through Oxfordshire.

  38. New hospital 'great'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Bicester's new community hospital has been described as "great", by the town's Mayor.

    Bicester Hospital

    Lynn Pratt told BBC Radio Oxford she was delighted by the £5m facility.

    She said: "It's just great that we've got this new hospital with a proper minor injuries unit and out of hours, rather than a portable building which was being used before, and proper up-to-date wards for patients."

  39. Bicester Community hospital open

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    A £5m community hospital has opened its doors to patients 18 months after building began on the site.

    Bicester Community Hospital

    The 12-bed Bicester Community Hospital has facilities including a first aid unit and x-ray and physiotherapy suites.

    In September the opening was delayed to rectify problems.

  40. Santa spotted

    Cristina Parry

    Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    BBC Radio Oxford producer Cristina Parry tweets: Points to @OxfordBusCo for getting Santa onboard during his most busy time! #MadeMyDay #xmas

    Bus driver dressed as Santa

    Have you spotted Santa around the county? Why not send in your pictures to Local Live?

  41. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Fallen trees brought down in the strong winds and rain that have swept across Oxfordshire overnight have caused travel problems this morning.

    Join me for all the headlines at 10:00.

  42. Train trouble

    Chiltern Railways tweets: Travel update - We currently have disruption due to a broken down train between Leamington Spa & Banbury. More info:

  43. 'Such an unbearable grief'

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The family of a young Oxfordshire man with learning disabilities are calling for an independent review into his death.

    Nico Reed died at an NHS supported living unit in Charlgrove in 2012. His mother told me about the difficulty of going through the inquest.

    Nico's parent, Ian and Rosi Reed

    She said: "For the last two years instead of having a son, I've had a legal team, and instead of having a family, I've had an inquest. It's such an unbearable grief, such a tearing pain that I wouldn't wish it on anybody."

  44. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The care company running the supported living unit in Oxfordshire where a young man died has admitted staffing levels prevented them from checking on him as often as they were advised.

    Join me for more on that story at 09:00.

  45. Nico Reed 'could have been saved'

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    A man who died suddenly at a supported living unit could possibly have been saved if there were more checks while he slept, a coroner has ruled.

    Nico Reed

    Nico Reed, who had cerebral palsy and severe learning disabilities, was found dead at Barrantynes supported living home in Chalgrove in August 2012.

    An inquest at Oxfordshire Coroner's Court heard that the 23-year-old died after inhaling his own vomit.

    Southern Health, which runs the unit, said Nico's needs were met.

  46. Marussia F1 assets to be auctioned

    Stephen Stafford

    BBC News Online

    The assets of the collapsed Banbury-based F1 team Marussia are to be sold at auction.

    Marussia administration auction

    The team ceased trading early last month, nearly two weeks after being placed in administration, making about 200 staff redundant.

    Among the items being sold off in an online auction are race and show cars, trailer, testing gear and office equipment.

  47. Weather causing traffic incidents

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    • In Faringdon, reports the A417 Lechlade Road westbound is blocked due to a fallen tree near Canada Lane - affecting traffic heading out of the town.

    • Ben has tweeted bbcoxtravel to report a fallen tree in Elsfield blocking road

    • There's also a tree down on the unnamed road through Upper Milton - just to the south of the village. Teams on their way to clear that.

    • In Didcot, on Milton Road near Milton Park County Council, teams are off to clear plastic barriers that have blown across the road. It's partially blocked. It should be cleared by around 08:30.

  48. Pleasant day to come

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Some of us are starting today with some heavy rain and strong winds, but conditions are improving.

    Holly Green

    We do have a Met Office Yellow Warning for wind in force, but for much of the day we will have bright skies and highs of 9C (48F).

  49. 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.

    You can get in touch throughout the day and tell us what you're up to via email, Facebook or Twitter.