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  1. Updates on Wednesday 31 December 2014

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Happy new year

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday.

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'Passionate about services'

Reacting to being made an MBE in the New Year Honours, Katherine Powley said: "It is a real honour to be made a MBE and I am very proud.

"My parents, who both were teachers, brought me up on the idea of providing a service to the community and it is something that I am extremely passionate about.

"I love the variety of my job - whether it is mapping for the Olympic torch route or responding to an unexpected road closure - and like the rest of my team, I strive to go that extra mile in order to get things done."

Cloudy and chilly evening

Tonight, the cloud will continue to thicken and it will turn breezy, with some patchy light rain early on, mainly in the west. Less cold than recent nights, but perhaps still feeling quite chilly in the wind, especially over Dragon Hill.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

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More on City Link job losses


administrators of collapsed delivery firm City Link have announced 2,356 job losses including 23 in Oxfordshire.

The administrators, from Ernst & Young, said they had proposed an alternative structure to the consortium "that would be acceptable and common in these situations. The consortium, despite attempts to make them reconsider, declined to amend their original offer".

City Link van

Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT union, said that he had been told of "a credible bid to take over some or all of the City Link trading operations".

Have you told a taradiddle?

Susie Dent


I've been talking to Fiona McPherson who is the senior editor of Oxford Dictionaries about their words of 2014. I have to say, my favourite word is "taradiddle" - which means a little lie.

What is your favourite word? Let me know via

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Tonight's BBC South Today

Briony Leyland

BBC South

People from all walks of life across the South are celebrating today after being

named in the New Year Honours list.

All have in common a dedication to their chosen field. Many have been singled out for their contribution to charitable work. I'll have more on this story on

BBC South Today at 18:20 on BBC One.

City Link announces 2,356 job losses

The administrators of collapsed delivery firm City Link have announced 2,356 job losses, including 23 in Bicester, after a bid to buy the company failed.

The administrators, who took over City Link after it collapsed on Christmas Eve, said an unnamed consortium's offer was not acceptable.

The possible buyer "offered no money up front and significantly undervalued the assets to be acquired," they said. Coventry-based City Link employed 2,727 people and suffered years of losses.

'Leave bins' council urges

West Oxfordshire District Council

tweets: Crews will be out until 8pm to collect all missed collections from earlier this week. Pls leave bins out.

Where to go tonight?

David Prever

Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

I'll be hearing from Southern Electric about the perils of flying model aircraft and drones near power lines, and we find out about the Oxford SOS bus that will be helping those worse for drink in Cornmarket Street tonight.

We'll also be looking for some of the best places to go for a New Year's Eve party. Join me on BBC Radio Oxford before 18:00.

Congestion on the A40

Traffic congestion on A40 London Road in Oxford around Thornhill Park And Ride.

More on BBC Travel News for


Supporting bee keepers

BBC Radio Oxford

The Oxford Honey company has been chatting with Susie Dent today talking about supporting local bee keepers.

Oxford Honey company representatives

If you missed it,

you can listen again on the BBC iPlayer here.

Nurses are 'extremely cautious'


screening procedures for health workers returning to Britain after treating Ebola patients in West Africa are to be reviewed.

Health officials have confirmed that the nurse, Pauline Cafferkey had her temperature taken repeatedly at Heathrow after telling officials she was feeling unwell. The readings were normal, but her condition worsened hours later.

Dr Gordon Ganz, a GP and senior lecturer at Oxford University, went to Sierra Leone in the same group of volunteers as Pauline. He said: "We were all trained by the British Army, we all acquired the skills to put on the personal protection equipment and everyone here is extremely cautious when dealing with people with Ebola."

Your photos

A very cold Peter Jones sent us this picture of the Oxfordshire / Warwickshire border near Mollington.

Take care on those roads.

Road in Oxfordshire
Peter Jones

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Dozens suffer power cut

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

About 70 homes lost electricity in the Bampton area after a power cut earlier.

Southern Electric Power Distribution says it was dealing with a fault with an overhead line.

One lane closed on M40

One lane is closed on the M40 southbound at J7, A40 (Thame) because of emergency repairs.

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Your photos

Andrew Smith sent us this picture of a tree looming over the river in Christ Church Meadows.

Christ Church Meadows
Andrew Smith

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Beautiful game, but slower

Walking Football, a slower paced version of the beautiful game,

hits the courts of Bloxham next month as the latest adaptation of the game to sweep the country comes to Oxfordshire.

Individual players and teams of any ability are welcome with no booking required. To take part simply come along with trainers, sports clothing and a drink and get involved.

Men playing walking football

The first sessions will involve a brief training session where players can get used to the rules before getting into practice games.

On lunchtime BBC South Today

BBC South Today

People from all walks of life across the South are celebrating today after being named in the New Year Honours list. Not all are well known, but they do have in common a dedication to their chosen field, whether in science, medicine, sport, or community volunteering.

James Ingham has been looking at a few of the recipients and will have a round-up of who has been awarded with what on

BBC South Today at 13:00 on BBC One.

Dry but breezy

It will gradually become cloudier and breezier through the afternoon, though remain dry, and feel less cold than recent days.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

Check the forecast near you.

Dozens arrested for drink-driving

Oxford Times

Fifty-four people in Oxfordshire have been

arrested for drink-driving this month.

Did you know...

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

People called Eleanor are disproportionately likely to get into Oxford University?

Find out more about that here.

That is just one of

100 things we didn't know last year.

And apparently

age renders you less certain as to whether a badger or a baboon would win in a fight. I'll keep pondering that one.

Fire officer becomes OBE

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue's chief fire officer Dave Etheridge has become an OBE.

He's been a firefighter for 28 years and says he enjoys everyone "coming together to make Oxfordshire safer". He said he was shocked when he received the letter from the Cabinet Office.

He told BBC Radio Oxford: "I sat there in complete silence and in denial, I was flabbergasted and shocked but after a period of reflection, I was delighted and humbled in equal measure."

Woman dies after crash

A woman has died at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after being struck by a car in Reading.

The 36-year-old female pedestrian was injured on Saturday at about 21:00 in Caversham Road. She died in hospital yesterday.

A man who was also injured remains in the Royal Berkshire Hospital in a stable condition. Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses.

Armed thief steals cash

An armed thief stole cash from a post office in Rishinghurst, last night.

A man entered the post office in Downside Road armed with a weapon, took cash from the till and made off on foot.

Nobody was injured. A second offender remained outside the shop during the incident. The thief is 5ft 8in and was wearing a black jacket with a light coloured hood and dark trousers.

Busy but moving on the A40

The A40 in Cassington busy but moving eastbound between Eynsham Roundabout and Wolvercote Roundabout.

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More on honours list

Others in Oxfordshire honoured include

Paul William Armishaw, from Uffington, who received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community.

Judith Alison Goodall was awarded a BEM for services to the community in Chilton, while John Barry Warburton received a BEM for services to culture in Oxfordshire through the Wallingford Corn Exchange.

John David Peter Lubbock, from Wallingford, was made an OBE for services to the Orchestra of St. John's and people with autism and learning difficulties in the UK.

Can you dig it?

Bethan Bell

Journalist, BBC News

I've been looking back at some of this years

award winners that may have flown under your radar.

Jonny Yaxley, a cheery man from Didcot in Oxfordshire, holds the coveted title of Gravedigger of the Year, awarded by the Good Funeral guide.

Jonny Yaxley
Karen Harvey

There's more to his gravedigging than simply producing a hole in the ground. He said: "It's about attention to detail. I make sure the hole is perfectly rectangular. After the machines have done the basic hole, I get in there with a chisel and make sure everything is straight."

"Then I put a few wheelbarrows' worth of leaves at the bottom, which softens the impression of it just being a damp cold hole in the ground."

Oxford professors honoured

Neuroscientist Russell Foster, a professor at the University of Oxford who participated in the
BBC's Day of the Body Clock, also is made a CBE.

Another Oxford professor and a former president of the Academy Medical Sciences, Sir John Bell, becomes a Knight Grand Cross - the highest class of knighthood - for his "services to medicine, medical research and the UK life science industry".

Professor Andrew Jonathan Bate, literary scholar and provost at Worcester College, University of Oxford, has been knighted for services to literary scholarship and higher education.

Fair founder honoured

The founder of Didcot's Christmas Street Fair is among those recognised in the New Year Honours.

Jeanette Howse, 59, from East Hanney, received a British Empire Medal for services to tourism. She started Didcot's Christmas Street Fair in 1993, as a Didcot Chamber of Commerce member, to promote the town.

Jeanette Howse with a James Bond look-alike

She said: "I cried. You don't do this because of what you will get out of it. I had an award from Didcot Town Council but you know with the honours list there are many people out there who deserve it."

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Bianchi has rehabilitation therapy

Banbury-based Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi is receiving a "very painstaking programme of rehabilitation therapy", his parents confirm.

A family statement said medical professionals in France have started the planned treatment. The Marussia driver suffered severe head injuries

when he crashed into a recovery vehicle in wet conditions at the Japanese Grand Prix on 5 October.

Jules Bianchi
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In November, Bianchi, 25, was flown to Nice from Japan, and

began breathing unaided after coming out of a coma.

Pyrton Lane closed

Pyrton Lane in Watlington is closed near the B4009 Shirburn Road junction because of ice.

Motorists should also take care on other roads this morning. There's more on BBC Travel News for


Chilly morning with fog

It will be a settled but chilly morning with sunny spells and some fog patches. The fog will soon clear and the day will become gradually cloudier and breezier through the afternoon, though remaining dry, and feeling less cold than recent days.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

Check the forecast near you.

Good morning

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

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

I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the county and I'll also be taking a look at who is included in this year's

New Year Honours list.

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