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  1. Updates from Monday 22 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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 Tuesday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Commuters have had a few weeks respite following the completion of roadworks on the outskirts of Oxford - but now they're being warned to brace themselves for more disruption in the new year.

Roadworks signs

It's all part of a multi-million pound investment which will ultimately improve journeys in and out of the city, say road bosses.

I'll have the full details and the rest of the days top stories in Oxfordshire at


Blustery, damp night

Holly Green

BBC Weather

There will be some

patchy rain and drizzle with strong winds as we move into this evening.

Holly Green

Through the night it will be cloudy and blustery with some patchy dampness, but mild with lows of 10C (50F).

City strike twice

Michael Allen

Oxford City FC

Oxford City made it four wins in a row with a workmanlike performance over basement side Hyde on Saturday.

Oxford City versus Hyde
Michael Allen

The game's only low point came in stoppage time at the end of the game when City's Lee Henderson and Hyde's Adam Blackman were sent off following an altercation.

Santa sprint around Bicester

Bicester Advertiser

Hundreds donned Father Christmas outfits for a

festive-themed annual fun run in Bicester.

'Lawyers not required at inquests'

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

A disability charity has called for legal aid at inquests after a family spent their life savings on lawyers

to investigate the death of their son.

Coroner's court

Nico Reed's mother said finding the money, around £12,000, had been "a nightmare".

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: "An inquest is aimed at helping families find out the circumstances behind the death of their loved one."

They continued: "Lawyers are not usually required as the hearings are specifically designed so people without legal knowledge can easily participate and understand what is happening. The coroner is there to investigate the death and can put questions on behalf of the family during proceedings."

Hospice children decorate royal tree

Clarence House

tweets: The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron
@HelenAndDouglas & invited children cared for by the hospice to decorate the tree

Duchess of Cornwall decorating Christmas tree with child
Clarence House

Man given Asbo for dropping money

Oxford Mail

A man given an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) for

dropping banknotes and coins has been charged with breaching his order.

Oxford centre at a standstill

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


major congestion to routes around Oxford city centre - the Westgate Carpark is full and the Abingdon Road and Thames Street is bumper to bumper both ways between the Donnington Bridge and the station area.

After an earlier lorry fire on the A40 at the Ducklington / Witney town centre turning, restrictions are remaining in place.

The exit slip on to the A415 and a small section of one lane is closed approaching it - but it's dual carriageway at that point.

Commuters face January roadworks

BBC Radio Oxford

Commuters in Oxfordshire are being warned to prepare for more disruption on the roads in the New Year.


Schemes on London Road, the Plain in Oxford City and the Milton Interchange, costing millions of pounds, will all start in January.

David Nimmo Smith, who is responsible for transport at the

county council, admits the roads are vulnerable to problems.

He said: "There is no magic wand, there is no quick fix. The work has got to be done for the good of the county and there will be inconveniences in the short-term."

Christmas carols

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We're entering the final week of our countdown to Christmas, featuring carols sung by the primary school children of Oxfordshire.

RAF Benson Community Primary School

Today RAF Benson Community Primary School sing

Behind The Window and Midnight.

Car in ditch

The A4130 in North Moreton is

partially blocked in both directions at the Long Wittenham Road junction, because of an accident involving a car going in to a ditch.

Venturer retires

Oxford Times

A narrowboat that has delighted elderly and disabled people with canal trips for more than two decades

has sailed her last.

NHS to 'unlock secrets' using DNA

James Gallagher

Health and science reporter, BBC News

A new genetics project taking place in Oxford and elsewhere could

shed light on diseases including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says.


Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up in English hospitals to gather DNA information to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of diseases.

It is focussing on cancer and rare genetic diseases.

The aim is to look at the genetic code of 100,000 people within three years in order to develop new tests and drugs.

Ambulance staff 'short-term fix'

Michael Stoddard

BBC News, Southampton

Recruiting paramedics from abroad to plug a gap of more than 200 posts across the south of England has been labelled a

"short-term fix" by a union.

Ambulance - generic

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) recently held a recruitment drive in Poland to help fill vacancies.

Unison said more investment was needed with paramedics under increasing pressure and many choosing to leave the service.

Turkey tips

The Food Standards Agency

tweets: It's National Defrost Your Turkey Day! Here are some top tips to help you defrost your turkey (safely!) #DYT2014

Travel problems

The M40 is still closed on the northbound exit slip road at junction 11 because of a collapsed manhole and emergency repairs.

There are also still closures at the A40 because of a lorry fire.

Christmas cancelled for one family

via Facebook

This morning

Nick Piecey has heard from Kerry Bradford who has decided to cancel her family's usual Christmas indulgence so that she can afford to pay her son's school fees.

She said that she would rather reign in the spending than get in debt, and that the festivities should be more about family time than material presents. You have been giving your thoughts on our

Facebook page:

Louvaine Wattleworth

wrote: By giving him a good education I'm sure he will be thankful when he's older it will still be Christmas just with out exuberant gifts.

Julie Gage

posted: How can you cancel Christmas!!!! Don't give massive presents just give presents that are from you and mean that you have done your best.

Kathy Fernandex Hand

wrote: I wouldn't cancel it I would ask that we all make one another presents.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Thousands of people have gathered at Stonehenge for the Winter Solstice.


The celebrations took place this morning where druids mixed with local families and tourists at the stones to watch the sun rise.

Join Roger Finn at


A40 fire under control

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Firefighters are still at the scene of the lorry fire on the A40 at Witney, but are now damping down.

Four crews were deployed to tackle the blaze, with firefighters having to wear breathing apparatus because of the smoke from the fire.

The lorry was carrying egg boxes.

No injuries in A40 fire

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

South Central Ambulance Service told us there were no injuries at the lorry fire that shut the A40 near Witney.

Fire close-up

Ben Davies, who got up close to the A40 lorry fire,

tweeted this photo.

A40 lorry fire
Ben Davies

The A40 is closed in both directions between Witney East and Witney Town Centre because of the fire.

Nativity play's camel cast

Oxford Mail

Children in Blackbird Leys were given a Nativity play to remember when

camels walked around the estate.

A40 lorry fire

Michelle Kinson

tweets this picture of the A40 lorry fire where her sister was stuck in traffic:

A40 lorry fire
Michelle Kinson

We will bring you more on this story when we get it.

A40 closed after fire

The A40 at Minster Lovell is

closed in both directions around the B4477 junction, because of a lorry fire and some smoke blowing across the road.

Robbery e-fit released

An e-fit has been

released by Thames Valley Police in connection with a robbery.


Two men assaulted three boys aged 16 on Bucknell Road in Bicester on Wednesday 10 December.

Two of the boys had their wallets and phones stolen.

Slow running to London

Chiltern Railways

tweets: Owing to speed restrictions between Northolt & Wembley trains have to run at reduced speed on trains towards London:

Sexual abuse victims 'will be believed'

BBC Radio Oxford

After the former head of an Oxfordshire children's home was

found guilty of a string of child sex offences during the 1970s and 1980s, police have said there could be more victims.

Rodney Smallman, 72, of Erica Close in Banbury abused five young boys at the home.

Det Con Joanne Waddington from Thames Valley Police told BBC Radio Oxford that she hopes it will encourage other victims to come forward.

She said: "Cases like this give people the belief that they will be believed and I would encourage anybody who has been a victim of sexual abuse to contact the police."

High Street in winter

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's image captures a wintry looking High Street outside Queen's College, and was taken by Kevin Taphouse.

Oxford High Street
Kevin Taphouse

You can see more of his photos on his

flickr page.

Shrivenham fire

A building at a car workshop in Shrivenham has been destroyed by fire overnight.

At it's height, around

25 firefighters were at the scene of the blaze on Townsend Road early this morning.

The fire has now been put out and is not thought to be suspicious.

Overturned lorry

The A4074 Port Way is

closed in both directions between the B4009 Wallingford Road junction in Wallingford and the B471 Red Lane junction in Woodcote, because of an overturned lorry.

Call for change to inquest legal fees

BBC Radio Oxford

The case of an Oxfordshire family who spent their life savings on a

inquest into their son's death - has led to calls for change in the law.

Nico Reed
Family handout

The charity

MENCAP wants automatic free legal representation for families of people with learning disabilities who die unexpectedly.

Nico Reed from Bloxham died at a Charlgrove supported living unit two years ago after choking.

His mother Rosi wanted legal help to find out what happened to their son, she said: "The struggle to find the funding to pay for our essential legal team has been a nightmare. All our savings, every penny we could find."

M40 slow traffic

One lane is blocked on the M40 northbound at junction 11 (Banbury)

because of a collapsed manhole.

Cloudy and windy

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Some fairly leaden skies overhead, with patchy rain and drizzle and it will be quite windy as well.

Holly Green

Despite the wind and cloud it is quite mild, with highs of 12C (54F).

Good Morning

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on this dark and gusty Monday morning.

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