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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 5 January 2015
  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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  1. Good evening

    That's it for BBC Local Live for the day, the service will return at 08:00 on Tuesday.

  2. Evening TV

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: Ambulance trusts and hospitals in our region say they came under intense pressure over the holiday period.

    South Central Ambulance Service said it saw unprecedented demand and even came close to declaring a major incident between Christmas and new year after 999 calls to the service rose by over 20%.

    Ambulance

    A lot of hospitals are also reporting that the people they treated were genuine cases and could not have got help elsewhere.

    Join me for that and all the regions top stories at 18:30.

  3. Mild, drizzly night

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    A blanket of cloud will keep it feeling mild, with just a touch of patchy rain about for most of us.

    Holly Green

    Through the night there will be some drizzle in places, and some hill fog possible, with lows of 6C (43F).

  4. Caterham's administrators will not fund testing

    Lawrence Barretto

    BBC Sport

    Caterham's administrators will not fund the team to attend the first pre-season test if a buyer is not found in time.

    Caterham

    The team went into administration in October and made 230 staff redundant.

    Testing starts on 1 February at Jerez with the first race of the season taking place in Australia on 15 March.

    "Talks with interested parties continue, but if a buyer is not found before the test, we will not put up the money to go," joint administrator Henry Shinners told BBC Sport.

  5. Listen again

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville spoke to Phil Gayle this morning.

    Hugh Bonneville

    They started by talking about Bampton, the Oxfordshire village where Downton is filmed. There is a campaign in Bampton to save the Old Grammar School that doubles as the Downton Cottage Hospital.

    Hugh Bonneville told Phil that he wanted to give something back to the community and save the building so that they would have somewhere to film.

  6. £11k for children's leisure schemes

    Banbury Cake

    Five organisations will be handed a total of £11,000 from Oxfordshire County Council's Chill Out Fund.

  7. Child exploitation police's 'number one priority'

    Serena Martin

    Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Tackling child sexual exploitation and safeguarding victims is Thames Valley Police's number one priority in Oxfordshire, the force has said.

    Young girl browses the internet

    More than 200 at-risk children have been referred to a specialist unit to combat exploitation in Cowley, since the Bullfinch Investigation.

    The force says changes brought in since the conviction of seven men in 2013, means they're in a "much better position" to identify the crime earlier on and target the offenders.

    Supt Christian Bunt told me about the focus of their work: "It's very much a preventable model now, taking the front foot and the message is that if you are grooming or sexually abusing children then we will come looking for you."

  8. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A woman in her 50s has been flown to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, after being found lying by the side of a railway line in Grove.

    British Transport Police say the woman had not been hit by a train however her condition is not life-threatening, but she has suffered a shoulder injury and a possible injury to her neck and back.

    Join me for all the headlines at 17:00.

  9. Making tracks to see Thomas

    Wallingford Herald

    Train lovers jumped aboard steam locomotives as they enjoyed the first day of the new year with the chance to ride along the centre's two demonstration lines and make friends with Thomas the Tank Engine.

  10. Woman flown to hospital from railway line

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A woman has been flown to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, after being found lying by the side of a railway line in Grove.

    The emergency services were alerted shortly after 12:30 this afternoon.

    British Transport Police say the woman had not been hit by a train and the extent of the woman's injuries, if any, are unknown.

    There are some delays to services running through at Didcot Parkway railway station.

  11. Oxfordshire's oldest lawyers

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Wallingford's Hedges law firm is one of the oldest in the country and is celebrating their 225 anniversary this year.

    Lawyers

    Nicola Poole is the managing director and told me that the company was founded in the same year as the French Revolution, and had a member of the Hedges family at the helm until 1982.

    She said: "We hold on and treasure our traditional values but we have been able to offer progressive services to our clients, combining the best of the old world and the best of the future that a modern day client demands."

  12. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A woman's health is being assessed by doctors in Oxford, after being found lying by the side of a railway line in Grove.

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

  13. Life's a pitch

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United chief executive Mark Ashton has told BBC Radio Oxford he attended the London Welsh game at the Kassam Stadium yesterday to observe how they prepare the pitch on match days after the state of the playing surface was called into question as United lost 2-1 to Cheltenham on Saturday.

    Kassam Stadium

    Speaking on Phil Gayle this morning, Mr Ashton said both clubs have to work together to find the best solution.

    He said: "At times the pitch here will be a challenge, it's not the worst pitch in the world but it's bobbley and we have to find a way to play."

    You can watch the key incidents from the Cheltenham game on BBC South Today tonight at 18:30.

  14. Stunning sunset

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    This picture was sent in to BBC Oxford Local Live on Friday evening and shows a beautiful sunset in Wittenham Clumps, taken by Andrew Searle.

    Wittenham Searle

    If you have a picture from the county, why not share it?

  15. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Several flood alerts are in place for rivers in Oxfordshire.

    The Environment Agency says that flooding is possible on the River Ray from Otmoor to Islip, the Thame near Dorchester.

    Join me for all the headlines at 15:00.

  16. Four arrested in drone base protest

    Greig Watson

    BBC News

    Four campaigners, including one person from Oxford, have been arrested after cutting through the wire at an RAF base in Lincolnshire.

    Reaper

    The group were protesting at RAF Waddington about the use of armed drones, controlled from the base, which they claim cause civilian casualties.

    The four people are currently in police custody. An RAF spokesman said operation of the drones - known as Reapers - was unaffected.

  17. Exiles 'disappointed' by close loss

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    London Welsh put in a battling performance against Harlequins but were eventually defeated 24-13 at the Kassam Stadium.

    Nick Easter

    The Exiles wasted numerous chances to win their first game of the season and scrum-half Paul Rowley, who scored their try, said they are disappointed that they did not seize their opportunity.

    He said: "You definitely get frustrated, the boys will come in and look at the analysis and see the chances that went begging and it does effect lads."

  18. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    There has been an unprecedented demand for Oxfordshire's ambulance service over the festive period.

    South Central Ambulance service says it even came close to declaring a major incident between Christmas and new year after the number of 999 calls made rose by 42% on 27 December.

    Join me for more on this at 14:00.

  19. Jayden memorial garden planned

    Victoria Cook

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    A memorial garden is being planned to remember a Jayden Parkinson, who was murdered by her former boyfriend in Oxfordshire.

    Jayden Parkinson memorial garden site

    The 17-year-old was killed by Ben Blakeley, who then hid her body in his uncle's grave.

    Blakeley was found guilty of murder earlier last year and now friends and family are hoping to create a memorial garden close to Jayden's last home in Didcot.

  20. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: Thousands of rail passengers have experienced an elevated view of Reading this morning as the first big commute of the year got underway.

    Reading viaduct

    Their trains were among the first to travel over a new mile long viaduct which aims to cut delays by removing the region's worst rail bottleneck.

    It's part of a £950m redevelopment of Reading station which should be completed this summer.

    Join Caroline Richardson for the full story at 13:30.

  21. Downton star backs £250,000 restoration

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville has backed a campaign to save a 400-year-old building that features in the hit TV series.

    Hugh Bonneville

    Villagers in Bampton, Oxfordshire, want to raise £250,000 to restore their library and museum, which serves as Downton Cottage Hospital for the show.

    It is hoped the former school could house a Downton Abbey museum.

  22. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A teenager and six men from Banbury have been in court today charged with a string of offences against girls.

    Join me for more on that at 13:00.

  23. Via Reading Viaduct

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Train journeys from Oxfordshire to Paddington should be swifter from today.

    Reading station viaduct

    Trains are running over and under a new viaduct at Reading for the first time - designed to stop trains to and from Didcot and Oxford queuing outside the station.

    Dan Panes from First Great Western told BBC Radio Oxford that it will feel different on board: "You'll feel a gradient upwards and then back down again."

  24. 'I can enjoy my life'

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    You've probably eaten a bit too much over Christmas, but what if you were so overweight that you were considering surgery?

    Man measuring his waist

    BBC Radio Oxford discovered that the number of obese people having weight-loss surgery at NHS hospitals in Oxfordshire has almost trebled in the last year.

    Jason Southgate, from Wooton, told me how the gastric bypass he had 18 months ago has affected his life.

    He said: "My health conditions started getting worse, I was 27 stone (171kg) and I've lost 13 (83kg). I feel a lot better, I have a lot more energy and I can enjoy my life as normal."

  25. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    An Oxford man is among four anti-armed drones protestors arrested at an RAF base in Lincolnshire.

    Join me for more on that at 12:00.

  26. Child sex exploitation trial begins

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The trial of six men and a teenager from Banbury, charged with sex exploitation, is underway at Oxford Crown Court this morning.

    Prison van at Oxford Crown Court

    Charged with a string of sexual offences against seven victims, five of them girls aged between 13 and 15, in Banbury over a period of five years.

    Ahmed Hassan-Sule, Said Saleh, Mohamed Saleh, Takudzwa Hova, Kagiso Manase, Alexandru Nae and a 17-year-old who can not be named deny the charges.

  27. What is bariatric surgery?

    Nick Triggle

    Health correspondent

    Bariatric surgery, also known as weight loss surgery, is used as a last resort to treat people who are dangerously obese and carrying an excessive amount of body fat.

    Gastric band

    This type of surgery is only available on the NHS to treat people with potentially life-threatening obesity when other treatments haven't worked.

    The two most common types of weight loss surgery are:

    • Gastric band, where a band is used to reduce the size of the stomach so a smaller amount of food is required to make someone feel full
    • Gastric bypass, where the digestive system is rerouted past most of the stomach so less food is digested to make someone feel full

    Depending on the complexity of the procedure and the care required after surgery, NHS England says bariatric surgery costs can vary between £3,000 and £11,505.

  28. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A teenager and six men from Banbury are in court today charged with a string of offences against under-age girls.

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

  29. Ice day for a walk

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    It may be a mild return to work for many of us but today's banner image captures a wonderfully wintry day in December 2010 on Port Meadow's Willow Walk.

    Geese on Port Meadow

    It was taken by Jeremy Welch, and you can see more of his photos on his Flickr page.

  30. Bampton building bid backed by Bonneville

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A fundraising campaign to save a 400-year-old Oxfordshire building has been backed by a star of Downton Abbey.

    Hugh Bonneville

    Hugh Bonneville - who plays the Earl of Grantham - has produced a video urging people to donate money to a restoration project for the Old Grammar School in Bampton, which features in the ITV programme as Downton Cottage Hospital.

    Hugh told Phil Gayle that Bampton had been "incredibly important": "It's been a central part of the show, so when people told me about the troubles facing the building I thought the least we could do was to shout about it and try to save it for generations to come."

  31. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The first of three major projects on Oxfordshire's roads is getting underway on London Road in Headington.

    The second phase to repair the worn out road will include temporary traffic lights and is expected to cause long delays.

    Join me for all the details at 10:00.

  32. School places push

    Parents in Oxfordshire with young children are being urged not to miss the deadline for applying for school places.

    Primary School children

    Places need to be applied for on behalf of children born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 by 15 January 2015.

    You can apply online.

  33. Waiting for weight loss surgery

    BBC Radio Oxford

    There are three times the number of weight loss operations happening in Oxfordshire than a year ago.

    Cameron McCulloch from Wantage has been waiting for surgery for a year after putting on weight following a back injury.

    He told Phil Gayle that being overweight is really affecting his life and he is looking forward to the challenge of losing the weight after the operation.

    He said: "I want to be more active, I want to be back to what I was like 12 years ago before I hurt my back. I don't want to be taking tablets for pain everyday."

  34. 'Winter wise' driving

    South Central Ambulance Service tweets: Many of you are back to work today. Commuters-take blankets, food, water, a torch and first aid kits with you just in case #winterwise

  35. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The number of operations to combat obesity in Oxfordshire has almost trebled in a year, BBC Radio Oxford has discovered.

    I'll have more on that at 09:00.

  36. Roadworks begin

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Two major sets of roadworks are getting underway in Oxford this week.

    Phase Two of the London road works will see temporary signals on the A420, starting near Wharton Road junction and moving towards the Headington Roundabout as they progress with the carriageway reconstruction.

    The Plain, Oxford

    Work is also starting on The Plain today, to remodel the junction, but it is only effecting the footway until 19 January so it is not expected to cause any real trouble until then.

  37. Flood alerts issued

    There have been several flood alerts issued for rivers in Oxfordshire.

    The Environment Agency says that flooding is possible on the River Ray from Otmoor to Islip, the Thame near Dorchester and the Thames in the Lechlade area.

  38. Weight loss cost

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The number of operations to combat obesity in Oxfordshire has almost trebled in a year.

    Man measuring his waist

    BBC Radio Oxford has discovered that 48 people underwent gastric bypasses and bands last year - up from 17 in 2013.

    The operations cost between £3,000 and £15,000. Is this money well spent by the NHS?

    Let me know what you think, call 03459 311 111 or text 81333, starting with the word "Oxford". You can also message me Facebook or Twitter.

  39. Cloudy but mild

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    There will be a bit of cloud about from the off, and some fog is possible so do take care on the roads.

    Holly Green

    So most of us will see grey skies overhead, with a few splashes of rain and a mild feel, with highs of 9C (48F).

  40. Good Morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

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

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

    You can get in touch throughout the day and tell us what you're up to via email, Facebook or Twitter.