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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 17 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Sue Paz

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

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

    The service will return at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

    You can still get in touch via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  2. Evening TV

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    Coming up on BBC South Today at 18:30: An Oxford man has been in prison for nine years despite a judge recommending he serve up to three-and-a-half years.

    John McIntyre was given an indeterminate sentence for attacking another man - meaning there was no maximum jail term.

    The BBC has learned he's one of 80 prisoners in the same position in Bullingdon Prison, near Bicester.

  3. Murky night

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    It will stay cloudy, breezy and mild overnight with a few outbreaks of rain.

    Bee Tucker

    Overall, it'll be another murky night with some hill fog, lows of 9C (48F).

  4. Oxford win

    Ross Heaton

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United's development squad have won 2-0 at Bournemouth this afternoon.

    John Campbell and Aidan Hawtin were the scorers.

    James Roberts played the second 45 minutes as he steps up his recovery from a hamstring problem.

  5. Guildhall revamp plans

    Oxford Mail

    Plans for a £3.5m revamp of Abingdon's guildhall, including two cinema screens, have moved a step closer.

    Abingdon Guildhall

    Earlier this year the town council's bid for £1.9m of Heritage Lottery Fund cash failed.

    But council leaders have decided to continue with the project, with £1m of the total cost already set aside by the authority.

  6. Good deeds

    Kat Orman

    Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Luke Cameron from Gloucester has been awarded the title of "nicest man in Britain" after carrying out a good deed every day this year.

    Tasks have included taking out rubbish for elderly neighbours, buying hot beverages for strangers and giving clothes to the homeless.

    He was inspired by a close family member who died of cancer and says our generation has forgotten how to care about others.

    What do you think - have we become so selfish that we no longer care about others?

  7. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on BBC Radio Oxford: A theory put forward by an Oxford University scientist that the mythical yeti is a rare polar bear-brown bear hybrid has been challenged.

    Polar bear shaking water from its coat

    Last year, genetics professor Bryan Sykes revealed the results of DNA tests on hairs said to be from the Abominable Snowman.

    The tests matched the samples with the DNA of an ancient polar bear.

    But two other scientists have said re-analysis of the same data shows the hairs belong to the Himalayan bear

  8. Travel latest

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's queuing traffic on the A4142 Eastern Bypass at the Headington roundabout in Oxford.

    Traffic's also slow on the eastbound carriageway of the A40 Northern Bypass at the Wolvercote roundabout.

    Plus, there are delays on the A34 between the B4027 and junction 9 of the M40 for Wendlebury.

    For all the latest on the county's roads go the the BBC Travel website.

  9. Penny pinching?

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Alex Lester has been asking whether you use coupons, and if so is it thrifty or miserly?

    Coupons

    On BBC Radio Oxford'sFacebook page, Darren Grant said: "As long as the coupon offers real value. Often a coupon for use in a specific store ends up being more expensive than simply shopping around."

  10. 'Exorbitant' parking fees

    Oxford Mail

    A district councillor has criticised Oxford's "exorbitant" car parking fees.

    Oxford skyline

    Melanie Magee, Cherwell District Council Conservative vice-chairwoman, said the Labour-run Oxford City Council fees were also "damaging to businesses".

  11. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on BBC Radio Oxford at 14:00: There's been a fall in unemployment in the UK, according to official figures.

    In Oxfordshire, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has also dropped.

    It now stands at 2,927 - 28 less than the previous month.

  12. Unemployment drops

    BBC Radio Oxford

    There's been another fall in unemployment, according to official figures.

    Job centre

    In the period from August to October, the total fell by 63,000 to just under two million.

    In Oxfordshire, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance dropped by 28 to 2,927.

  13. Lunchtime TV

    Laura Trant

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    Join me on BBC One at 13:30 when we'll hear from a mother who woke up to find her son dead in her arms.

    Louise Walters

    Louise Walters, from Littlehampton, has spoken out to highlight the dangers of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

    We'll also have the latest on a row about digging for the remains of King Alfred in Winchester.

  14. Menswear store saved

    Oxford Mail

    The future of a menswear store in Wantage town centre has been secured following a buy-out, its new owner has confirmed.

    Peter and Linda Badger have run the Market Place Badgers Menswear shop for the last 45 years.

    It has now been bought by internet retailer Online Commerce Ltd, as the firm was keen to gain a presence on the high street.

  15. Guns destroyed

    Thames Valley Police has tweeted that the 255 firearms handed in during a gun amnesty are in the process of being destroyed.

    Surrendered guns

    The force said its two-week campaign, which ended on 7 December, also saw officers receive 127 lots of ammunition and a grenade.

  16. Female bishop studied in Oxford

    Sue Paz

    BBC Local Live

    The first female bishop for the Church of England, Reverend Libby Lane, studied in Oxford.

    Libby Lane

    The new Bishop of Stockport currently sits on a steering group set up by the Archbishop Rowan Williams in September 2011 to explore the experiences of the Church's ordained women.

    Born in Glossop, Derbyshire, she attended Manchester High School for Girls before studying theology at St Peter's College, Oxford, between 1986 and 1989.

  17. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on BBC Radio Oxford at noon: Eighty inmates at Bullingdon Prison, near Bicester, are serving indeterminate sentences, with no idea of when they will eventually be released.

    That's despite these kind of terms being made illegal by the European Court of Human Rights two years ago.

  18. Coupon collecting

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Is coupon collecting savvy or stingy?

    Alex Lester has been speaking to Emma Mumford - a self-confessed coupon queen - on BBC Radio Oxford this morning.

    Emma Mumford

    So, do you dash for a deal, or are you more of a relaxed shopper?

  19. On the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    West Oxfordshire, home to attractions like Blenheim Palace and Cotswold Wildlife Park, has seen an increase in tourism spending.

    The latest figures show it brought in £278.3m in 2013 - up more than 2% on the previous year.

    Listen to more on that story on BBC Radio Oxford at 11:00.

  20. Didcot defeat

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    In the FA trophy last night, Didcot Town Football Club suffered a 3-0 replay defeat.

    Didcot Town emblem

    A Jon Parkin hat-trick gave Forest Green Rovers the win at Loop Meadow.

    After mounting a late comeback on Saturday to take the game to a replay, captain Luke Carnell says a repeat performance was always going to be difficult after conceding so early.

  21. First female bishop revealed

    The first female bishop for the Church of England has been revealed as the Reverend Libby Lane, just a month after historic change to canon law.

    The Reverend Libby Lane

    She will become the new Bishop of Stockport, a post that has been vacant since May.

    Oxford had been thought to be one of the front runners to have the first female bishop following the retirement in November of The Rt Rev John Pritchard.

    The general synod voted to back plans for female bishops in July and formally adopted legislation on 17 November.

  22. Congestion

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's congestion both ways on the A40 London Road in Oxford.

    Traffic is particularly heavy around Merewood Avenue, close to Thornhill Park and Ride.

  23. Not yeti?

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC reporter

    A theory that the mythical yeti is a rare polar bear-brown bear hybrid animal has been challenged.

    Polar bear

    Last year, Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes revealed the results of DNA tests on hairs said to be from the Abominable Snowman.

    The tests matched the samples with the DNA of an ancient polar bear.

    But two other scientists have said re-analysis of the same data shows the hairs belong to the Himalayan bear.

  24. In the news

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on BBC Radio Oxford at 10:00: The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in the county has fallen.

    It now stands at 2,927, a drop of 28 on the previous month.

  25. Axe-wieding raiders

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    Raiders who stormed into an Oxfordshire antiques centre with an axe stole £150,000 of goods.

    CCTV of burglars, including one wielding an axe

    Watches and jewellery were among the items taken from The Swan in Tetsworth at about 02:40 GMT on 12 December.

    CCTV footage shows the burglars breaking in and smashing the cabinets before leaving.

  26. Cup heartbreak for U's

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United are out of the FA Cup after losing a lead in last night's second round replay at Tranmere.

    The FA Cup

    The Merseysiders go through to a home tie against Swansea following their 2-1 win.

    Captain Jake Wright says the players feel responsible for letting a big prize slip through their fingers.

  27. Indeterminate sentences

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Eighty prisoners at Bullingdon, near Bicester, don't know when they'll get out of jail because they're serving indeterminate sentences.

    Prison (generic)

    Despite being abolished two years ago, Jodie Prin's fiancé is one of the inmates serving such a sentence.

    "When Johnny went to prison I was 26 and now I'm 35," she said.

    "I thought at this time in my life I'd have children, be a bit more settled in my personal life than what I am now.

    "But that's the choice that I've made because I stand by him."

  28. Council cuts latest

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    We're one step closer to £20m service cuts by Oxfordshire County Council.

    County Hall in Oxford

    Senior councillors have voted through the savings, which were announced last week.

    Areas affected include adult social care and children's services, including children's centres.

    There'll be a full council vote on the budget plans in February.

  29. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Plans for a home for teenagers leaving care are going on display in Witney (pictured).

    Witney town centre

    The county council wants to build the accommodation at the former Moorlands Centre in Dark Lane.

    Jon me for more on that story and the latest headlines at 09:00 on BBC Radio Oxford.

  30. Traffic latest

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's congestion both ways on the B4017 at Saxton Road Caldecott, Abingdon.

    It's also busy on the A34 southbound in Abingdon at the Marcham Interchange.

    In Oxford, the Eastern Bypass Road is slow in both directions between Headington roundabout and the Cowley junction.

  31. First female bishop

    The Church of England is expected to name its first female bishop later, just a month after the historic change to canon law.

    The General Synod

    Oxford was thought to be one of the front runners following the retirement in November of The Rt Rev John Pritchard.

    But it is understood a female priest will become the new Bishop of Stockport, a post that has been vacant since May.

  32. Jail sentences

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    BBC Radio Oxford has discovered 80 people are being held in Bullingdon Prison on indeterminate sentences - two years after they were abolished.

    Prisoner behind bars

    It means they have no automatic right to be released. The figures were revealed in a Freedom of Information request.

    The Ministry of Justice said: "The release of prisoners serving indeterminate sentences is entirely a matter for the independent Parole Board, who must be satisfied that an offender can be managed safely in the community."

  33. Cloudy and breezy

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    It will be cloudy and rather breezy throughout the day.

    Weather chart

    It will stay mainly dry, with perhaps a few spots of light rain or drizzle and it will feel much milder than yesterday. Highs of 12C (54F).

  34. Good morning

    Sue Paz

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire this breezy Wednesday morning.

    I'm bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the county today.

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