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  1. Updates from Friday 19 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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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. Evening TV

    Jerome Sale

    Presenter, South Today

    On South Today this evening: South Central Ambulance Service are turning to overseas recruits and offering free university training to try fill more than 200 vacancies.


    The union, Unison says patients are at risk with some people having to wait five hours for an ambulance because of high demand.

    Join me for more on this and the other top stories from the region at 18:30.

  3. Dry and chilly evening

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    For most it's a dry evening, with a blustery north-westerly wind making things feel quite chilly.

    Holly Green

    The breeze should stop us getting a frost overnight, with lows in towns and cities dropping to 4C (39F).

  4. New home for wood firm

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A wood recycling centre in Oxfordshire has found a new home - after fears its employees would have to give up their jobs.

    Wood recycling factory

    Oxford Wood Recycling, which helps people out of unemployment from the Milton Park estate, has to move because its premises are being demolished.

    Chief executive Richard Snow told BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle that its new home in Abingdon means it can grow.

    He said: "It's fantastic, it's a great space. I'm so pleased especially for our staff who worked really hard to get us to the position where we can attract the investment needed to take on a big place."

  5. Cybersecurity portal opens

    The world's first international resource to help tackle cyber crime and attacks has opened in Oxford.

    Cyber security graphic

    The Cybersecurity Capacity Portal, based at the Oxford Martin School, in partnership with Saïd Business School, will help coordinate cybersecurity through sharing of information and best practice.

    David Upton, Professor of Operations Management at Saïd Business School, said the recent attack on Sony was exactly the sort of threat the portal was designed to help counter.

    He said: "This is a battle we are losing, the crooks are doing better than the defenders and the more we can do to help the defenders the better."

  6. Children's home worker convicted of offences

    A man who ran a children's home has been convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault on boys between February 1976 and March 1983.

    Rodney Smallman, 72, of Erica Close, Banbury, was found guilty by a jury at Oxford Crown Court following a two week trial.

    The five victims were under the age of 16 at the time of the offences.

  7. Earlier problems clearing up

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The delays on the A34 northbound after an earlier car fire at Milton have cleared nicely.

    The A40 Westbound is also free flowing after an earlier closure due to another car fire and oil spillage between the Witney East and Witney town centre turnings.

    Ducklington to Curbridge is a bit busier than usual on the A415 to the A4095.

    And heading out of Oxford, the Abingdon Road, London Road and the Botley Road are all heavily congested towards the ring road.

  8. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A man who used to run a children's home in Oxfordshire has been convicted of a string of child sex offences.

    I'll have the full story at 17:00.

  9. Early present for the Bodleian

    Bodleian Libraries tweets: What did the Bodleian get for Christmas? Charles I's travelling library!

    Travelling library

    The collection of small books include classical texts by authors such as the poet Ovid and the philosopher Cicero, as well as bibles and religious books, some of which are believed to have been signed by Prince Charles I himself.

  10. Hook Norton homes refused

    Plans to extend the boundary of Hook Norton in north Oxfordshire, with a development of 48 new homes, have been rejected by councillors.

    Cherwell District Council's planning committee refused an outline application for the development at land north of Railway House off Station Road.

    The plans, submitted by Nursery Ground Ltd, had been opposed by Hook Norton Parish Council and residents, who said it was "inappropriate development on land which would be detrimental to the village".

  11. Friday roads

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The A40 Westbound is closed due to car fire and oil spillage between the Witney East and Witney town centre turnings.

    A lane is closed on the A34 northbound, also due to a car fire, just before the Milton Interchange, causing queues back to the Chilton Interchange.

    And near Swindon, the A420 is closed both ways between the South Marston Turning and Bourton Turning, after an accident involving two lorries and a car.

  12. Bored by the bird?

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    If you're looking for inspiration for a different Christmas feast this year, have a listen to Kat Orman's guest Giancarlo Caldesi, who created some traditional Italian festive food in the studio.

    Giancarlo Caldesi

    He explained his recipes for Papdeli Duck Ragu, Rolled Stuffed Capon With Italian Cabbage, Canatoni Christmas Pudding and Ricachelli Christmas Biscuits.

    I'll certainly be trying out the recipes, just perhaps not on the 25th.

  13. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The NHS in England has had its worst seven days in accident and emergency since it started publishing weekly performance figures four years ago.

    Last week in Oxfordshire 89.8% of patients were seen and treated within four hours - missing the target of 95%.

    I'll have more on that at 16:00.

  14. London Welsh ring the changes

    Ross Heaton

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    London Welsh have named 12 changes to the side for their game away at Saracens in the Premiership tomorrow.

    Olly Barkley

    Among the changes Olly Barkley moves from fly-half to inside centre, with Nick Reynolds returning to the side at outside centre.

    There will be full online commentary of that match .

  15. Booze Black Friday warning

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Drinkers in Oxfordshire are being urged to take a holiday from alcohol after Christmas as hospitals brace themselves for the Black Friday of booze today.

    Women in a bar

    The Friday before Christmas is traditionally a day of revelling and last year saw a 114% rise of alcohol sales in pubs, bars and restaurants compared to an average Friday.

    Nigel Watt, who's a Street Pastor in Wantage and Grove told BBC Radio Oxford that he will be out with his team tonight to make sure people remain safe.

    He said: "We tend to find some ladies go out in shoes that you can't really walk in, so when they've given up on them we are nearby with a pair of flip-flops, just to help them get home. That prevents them standing in broken glass and a hospital visit."

  16. Under-fire councillors bite back

    Oxford Times

    When father-of-three Andy Beal emailed Oxfordshire county councillors asking how they voted after a hike in councillor's allowances, he was shocked to be told: First tell me your salary and pension details.

  17. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a 72-year-old man was punched by a motorcyclist after a crash in Oxford.

    I'll have more on that and all the headlines at 15:00.

  18. Motorhome death

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A body has been found after a fire at a motorhome at a caravan site in Hook Norton Road, in Chipping Norton.

    Merry Weather Caravan Park

    Police say it caught fire just after 22:00 and was parked at the time.

    A body has been discovered at the scene - and has not yet been identified. The death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

  19. Nervous release

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A 14-year-old singer songwriter from Oxford has not only recorded her first EP, she's released it on her own label.

    Phoebe Rose and Nick Piercey

    Phoebe Rose began writing songs when she was nine and was a finalist in the Talent Oxford contest when she was 12.

    She told BBC Radio Oxford's Nick Piercey she's learned to get over her stage fright and is happier performing her work now.

    She said: "I didn't want to go on stage, because I was nervous, and I'd say I wasn't going on, then Mum and Dad would be there and remind me that I would enjoy it once I did it."

    You can listen back to her interview and a selection of her songs here.

  20. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Burglars have broken into three houses in Banbury on one afternoon, stealing jewellery from each residence.

    Join me for all the headlines at 14:00.

  21. Tips for a sensory Christmas dinner

    Oxford University Professor Charles Spence has come up with tips to make Christmas dinner a sensory event to remember.

    Christmas dinner

    He covers how to instil anticipation, the importance of the right glass of wine, how music can change the way food tastes and the perfect way to say goodbye.

  22. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: It is being claimed that patients are waiting up to five hours for an ambulance in the south, because of high demand and difficulty recruiting staff.

    Ambulance and paramedics

    The union Unison is calling for more to be done to help those already employed by South Central Ambulance to become full time paramedics.

    Join Caroline Richardson for more on this at 13:30.

  23. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A body found after a motorhome fire in Oxfordshire is being investigated by police.

    Join me for more on that at 13:00.

  24. The last post

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Even Santa has some last minute Christmas cards to send and likewise those of us sending greetings or presents have a final opportunity to make the post, with the deadline for first class mail tomorrow.

    Santa and his 'angels' respond to Christmas letters

    Wrap, stick, lick and scribble!

  25. Photo from the scene

    via Facebook

    Following on from that stag rescue, Wantage and Kidlington Firefighters took a picture of the deer and have posted it on Facebook.


    Incident Commander Graham Turner said: "The extrication was made more difficult as the stag also had some nylon twine wrapped around its antlers and neck and this had to be cut away to avoid it being strangled once it was released, but we worked closely with the RSPCA in order to free the animal without causing it any injury and we are all pleased that he is up and about it time for Christmas in case he is needed to pull a sleigh on the big night!"

  26. Deer's sheer slip

    Wallingford Herald

    Firefighters rescued a stag after it slipped into a brook near West Hendred, and was unable to escape on its own due to the sheer drop of the bank.

  27. Campbell coming home for debut

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Striker John Campbell looks set to become the latest Oxford United debutant in tomorrow's game at Hartlepool, League Two's bottom club.

    John Campbell

    He said he was looking forward to the game: "It's a big occasion, it's up in my neck of the woods so all my family are going to be there and I'm really looking forward to it. I think I might rip my shorts off if I score."

    We'll have the whole game exclusively live from Victoria Park tomorrow afternoon from 14:00 on 95.2FM and on digital radio.

  28. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's been a mixed reaction to news that the ban on women taking up front-line combat roles could be lifted by 2016, with a serving army officer in Bicester saying the mixed training exercises he's done prove it'll never work.

    Join me for more on that at 12:00.

  29. Arrest over Blackbird Leys stabbing

    A woman has been questioned by police after a man was stabbed in Oxford.

    Thames Valley Police say the victim was involved in an argument in a park off Cuddesdon Way in Blackbird Leys.

    He was left with a stab wound under his arm and had to be treated in hospital.

    A 20-year-old woman from Oxford has been arrested and released on bail until next month.

  30. Five hour delays on 999 calls

    People in Oxfordshire are waiting up to five hours for an ambulance as the shortage of paramedics becomes dangerous, according to the union Unison.

    Gavin Bashford

    South Central paramedic Gavin Bashford, who is from Unison, said increased demand and staff leaving had put pressure on the service.

    He said: "We can have big delays responding to 999 calls, three, four or five hours is not uncommon, and the pressure on staff is quite huge."

    South Central Ambulance Service have said that more staff are needed but say that patients are not at risk as agency workers fill any gaps.

  31. Traffic light failure

    There has been a traffic light failure on the Bicester Road in Launton between the A4421 Skimmingdish Lane junction and the West End junction.

    There are delays in both directions.

  32. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A former army nurse from Oxfordshire has welcomed the decision in principle to allow women to serve on the front line in British infantry units.

    I'll have more on that and all the headlines at 11:00.

  33. BBC Radio Oxford's 12 Days of Christmas

    via Facebook

    Lilley Mitchell has been on a whistle-stop tour of Oxford, gathering gifts from the famous carol, The 12 Days of Christmas.

    Lilley Mitchell with pantomime cow

    You can see more images from her quest on our Facebook page.

  34. Paramedic recruitment 'dropping'

    Recruiting paramedics has become so difficult in Oxfordshire, that South Central Ambulance Service has started looking overseas for staff.


    The union Unison says patients are at risk while there's a shortfall of more than 200 paramedics at the service.

    Ian Teague from South Central Ambulance Trust insists that all shifts are being covered, but acknowledged that recruitment was a problem.

    He said: "Paramedic work is desirable, for every 30 places at university they receive 500 applicants, but the numbers of people who leave university and take up jobs is dropping."

  35. Bridge of Sighs from the skies

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Baz Richardson took today's main image from the heights of the Sheldonian Theatre, capturing the oft pictured Bridge of Sighs from above rather than the usual ground-level aspect.

    Bridge of Sighs

    If you have an image of Oxfordshire that you would like to see on Local Live, why not send it in. And you can see more of Baz Richardson's photos on his flickr page.

  36. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A shortage of paramedics in Oxfordshire has seen South Central Ambulance Service carry out a recruitment drive in Poland.

    I'll have more on that at 10:00.

  37. Town hall Christmas transformation

    Banbury Guardian

    Brackley Town Hall will be turned into a winter wonderland on Sunday to get people ready for Christmas.

  38. 'Financially sound future'

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    An alliance of three councils to form a company to procure services would provide a "financially sound future" and "high quality public services" according to Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council.

    Barry Wood

    His council, along with South Northamptonshire Council and Stratford-upon-Avon District Council are considering forming a confederation in order to save £27m over 10 years.

    Cherwell said it had to reduce running costs to avoid cutting services and jobs.

    Mr Wood said: "The important thing is that we will want to avoid, almost at all costs, compulsory redundancies."

  39. Restored Churchill funeral locomotive unveiled

    Roz Tappenden

    BBC South

    The locomotive that pulled Sir Winston Churchill's funeral train has been restored and will be unveiled by the fireman who manned the service in 1965.

    Churchill locomotive being restored at Mid Hants Railway

    The 34051 Winston Churchill transported the former Prime Minister from Waterloo in central London to his final resting place in Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire.

    The engine and its carriages are being restored for the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston's funeral on 30 January.

  40. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Women in Oxfordshire are being urged to keep faith with the county's breast screening programme, after it emerged six women have been diagnosed with breast cancer after wrongly being given the all clear.

    I'll have the full story at 09:00.

  41. House prices rises 'not sustainable'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The rise in house prices Oxford has seen this year will not continue in 2015, according to property analysts.

    Houses for sale

    Professor Richard Donnell, who is from the Hometrack, said the 10% rise in the past year will not be repeated: "We're running out of pent-up demand and the housing market will pause for breath for a while. House price growth has been running way ahead of earnings and that's not sustainable."

  42. Port Meadow consultation ending

    Today is the last chance for people to have their say on controversial flats built next to Port Meadow in Oxford.

    Castle Mill

    Campaigners say the student accommodation has ruined the view at the beauty spot and want the entire top story removed, Oxford University favours planting trees to soften the impact.

    Oxford City Council is consulting on three different options.

  43. Council aim to save £27m

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    Three authorities are looking to join forces to save £27m over 10 years, it has been announced.

    Cherwell District Council offices

    South Northamptonshire Council, Stratford-upon-Avon District Council and Cherwell District Council are considering a "confederation approach".

    They want to create a company, wholly owned by themselves, to buy services.

  44. Bright breezy day

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    A wet and windy start for some of us, but brighter skies should emerge and it is going to feel fairly chilly.

    Holly Green

    So largely dry, a little bit breezy, but a lovely bright day with highs of 8C (46F).

  45. Good morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire.

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

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