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  1. Updates from Tuesday 23 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good Evening

    That's it for today's BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire. We'll be back on Wednesday from 08:00.

    In the meantime, if you want to get in touch, drop us a line by clicking here.

  2. Evening TV

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: Residents in Oxfordshire who were flooded three months ago after a water main burst, say they're furious they're still unable to return to their homes in time for Christmas.

    Electrician making repairs

    Up to a £1m worth of damage was caused when the pipe burst in Cowley, flooding dozens of homes in September.

    Just three families have been able to return home so far. Join me for that and the rest of the day's news at 18:30.

  3. Staying mild overnight

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Generally quite cloudy with a few spits and spots of rain and fairly windy as well.

    Holly Green

    Some blustery winds and heavier rain as we go through this evening, but it will remain mild with lows of 5C (41F).

  4. Old game on the block

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The Oxfordshire woman who invented the game Jenga says it's always exciting to hear that people still enjoy playing the game.


    Leslie Scott from Beckley near Oxford came up with the idea for the game back in 1983.

    She told Kat Orman: "When it first came out I was in a toy store with my sister and we saw a lady looking at a the only copy of Jenga in the shop. My sister approached this woman and said "that's my sister's game", to which the lady said "no it isn't, it's mine" and went off and bought it."

  5. Cash machine robbery

    Amanda Dellor

    Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    Robbers attacked and forced a women to withdraw £300 from a cash machine in Oxford.

    It happened on Bainton Road last Thursday afternoon.

    The 18-year-old was knocked to the ground after being approached by two women and walked to the Lloyds Bank cash machine on Banbury Road.

  6. The definition of Christmas decorations

    via Facebook

    Kat Orman has been asking you to share pictures of your decorated Christmas trees on our Facebook page.

    Christmas tree

    Claire Beatt posted: We have built a tree made entirely of our dictionaries at Oxford University Press #dictionarytree

  7. Oxford women sign on

    Ross Heaton

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United Women have confirmed they have re-signed two influential players.

    Midfielder Kayleigh Hines and goalkeeper Demi Lambourne have had their contracts extended for the 2015 season.

    On Sunday 28 December at 11:00 BBC Radio Oxford has a special programme - The Goals Next Door - which follows the team on and off the pitch during their first season in the Women's Super League.

  8. Temple Cowley Pools to be sold

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford's Temple Cowley Swimming Pool will be sold to developers for housing.

    Swimming pool

    A bid by campaigners to run the centre was re-examined this afternoon, and dismissed.

    Bob Price, the Leader of Oxford City council, told BBC Radio Oxford's David Prever that selling to developers is right for Oxford as a whole.

    He said: "The income from the sale of the site, and the 47 units of affordable housing, will make a very big difference to the city's housing stock."

  9. Share your Christmas tree decorations

    via Facebook

    How have you decorated your tree this year?

    Christmas tree

    Candles, tinsel, fake snow drifts... tree trends have changed a lot over the years.

    This is Kat Orman's, we'd like to see pictures of yours! Share them on our Facebook page.

  10. Dry January challenge

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    I have been given a variety of challenges since joining BBC Radio Oxford, but my next one involves not doing something.


    Dry January is a national campaign that runs for the month and is a fun opportunity to look at your relationship with alcohol.

    Richard Kuziara, who is a Health Improvement Practitioner at Oxfordshire County Council, asked me to join him in waiting until February for our post-Christmas tipple.

    He explained that it won't be about hibernating for the month: "You can still go out, have a meal and a soft drink, but just stay off the booze!"

  11. Festive address

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    The Royal Mail has carried out a study and found that the UK has 3,369 Christmas themed street names.

    Christmas Pie Avenue

    Holly Street is the most common, but other festive street names include Christmas Street, Christmas Pie Avenue, Reindeer Road and Rudolph Road.

  12. A40 accident

    The A40 in Witney is partially blocked westbound at Witney East, because of an accident.

  13. Diamond Light Source Lego

    A replica of the Diamond synchrotron at Harwell has been created - made entirely out of Lego.

    Diamond synchrotron

    The five metre diameter model was made yesterday by around 70 children of staff - using 11,000 bricks - and will be displayed at festivals next year.

  14. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: Some residents in Cowley who were flooded three months ago after a water main burst are still unable to return to their homes in time for Christmas.

    Normandy Crescent near Cowley

    Up to a £1m worth of damage was caused when the pipe burst, flooding dozens of homes in September.

    Some families will be in temporary accommodation until the new year. Join Laura Trant for all the region's top stories at 13:30.

  15. Quiz fever

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Following on from the earlier plug of the BBC News Magazine's Quiz of the year on bloopers, I've looked back to the previous two on quotations and viral internet stories.

    Man with back to camera next to blackboard with speech bubble chalked on

    I may have slipped up with the translation of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, but I expect the question about who said they were "uncoupling" will be correctly guessed by many, including myself.

    So how did I do? Well part one brought me five points, I then faltered in the second quiz with a lowly three scored, before rallying in the final quiz with a strong six. I'm happy with that.

  16. Residents warning buyers about Kingsmere broadband

    Roz Tappenden

    BBC South

    Residents in one of the government's new garden cities are warning potential home buyers there is no fast broadband on their development.

    Broadband speed warning poster

    Broadband speeds in Kingsmere, on the edge of Bicester, rarely exceed 2Mbps, and some homes cannot get a landline.

    Residents of the 400 homes have put up posters warning potential newcomers of the issue.

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  18. Boosting broadband in Bicester

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Faster broadband is desperately needed on the Kingsmere Estate in Bicester, according to people who live there.

    Internet speeds dial

    Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, who is responsible for broadband rollout, told BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle that he hoped developers would work with BT to fund an upgrade.

    BT says Openreach has been approached by a number of the local developers and discussions about the possibility of jointly funding the installation of fibre broadband are underway.

  19. Banana skins and bloopers

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    It's that time of the year when you hopefully have a little time to reflect on on the past 12 months, take stock and look ahead to the coming new year... or you could spend a few minutes racking your brain cells for the answers to the BBC News Magazine's Quiz of the year's biggest 'fails'.

    Shoe about to step on a banana skin
  20. Hamper auction for young homeless

    Banbury Guardian

    A continental food store in Banbury is looking to spread some Christmas cheer to vulnerable young people by raffling one of its luxury hampers.

  21. The view from New College Tower

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Today's banner image capture's the Oxford skyline from New College's tower, on a somewhat sunnier day than today!

    Oxford skyline

    It was taken by Matthew Landells, and you can see more of his work on his flickr page.

  22. Pothole pot of cash announced

    More than £87m of government funding will be ploughed into fixing Oxfordshire's roads over the next six years.


    The government has revealed what it will give councils to mend roads every year for the next six years - instead of announcing it one year at a time.

    Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said he understood how important investing in infrastructure was.

    He said: "It's not only good for local people, not only good for the car driver, but it's good for the country as well."

  23. Nuneham Courtenay cyclist accident

    The A4074 in Nuneham Courtenay is partially blocked at the Baldon Lane junction, because of an accident involving a car and a cyclist.

    Traffic is queuing traffic in both directions but getting through.

  24. Boat blaze couple 'hoping for miracle'

    Wantage Herald

    A fundraising page has been set up to get a couple, left homeless after a house boat fire on the Thames, somewhere to stay over Christmas.

  25. 'Dark ages' technology

    BBC Radio Oxford

    There are complaints from a housing estate in Bicester that forms part of it's new Garden City that it doesn't have fast broadband.

    Kingsmere estate in Bicester

    People living on the Kingsmere estate are now putting up posters and banners on the estate to warn would-be buyers about the problem.

    Resident Dave Howard told BBC Radio Oxford that it is a fundamental problem: "It's going back to the olden days, it's excruciating at that sort of speed. The residents' association are ramping up the action to make it increasingly difficult for the developers and BT to ignore the problem."

  26. Grey, wet and windy

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    It's a dank and dismal day for most of us with some pretty grey skies.

    Holly Green

    For most of the day there will be a layer of cloud overhead with patchy rain and drizzle, but despite the wind and cloud it is at least fairly mild, with highs of 11C (52F).

  27. Good morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Welcome to BBC Local Live this Tuesday morning. I'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across Oxfordshire.

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