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  1. Updates on Friday 12 June 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Monday

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By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

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Heavy rain to come

Dan Downs

Weather forecaster, BBC South Today

Rain showers will continue this evening,

becoming heavier and more widespread as they go on.

Dan Downs

The rain should clear away overnight for all but the north of the county, staying mild with lows of 13C (55F).

Evening TV

Jerome Sale

BBC South Today


South Today this evening: An Oxfordshire country house has been bought by a London Council for £1.25m so it can send troubled inner city families on holiday.

Kennington house

Up to three families at a time will be offered a free break by Hackney Council, to strengthen relationships.

But the idea is proving unpopular among some in the village of Kennington.

Join me for the full story at


Cherwell housing locations

Plans to build 23,000 homes in north Oxfordshire

have been given government backing.

Cherwell District Council has proposed building 7,319 homes for Banbury, 10,129 homes in Bicester, and 5,392 homes elsewhere including about 2,361 at the former RAF Upper Heyford base over the next 16 years.

Bicester flats approved

Bicester Advertiser

Forty-two apartments for the elderly will be

built in Victoria Road after permission was granted.

Swapping exam papers for Baku

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Synchronised swimmer Genevieve Randall admits preparing for competition in a multi-sports event will be a welcome distraction from her exams.

Genevieve Randall
Getty Images

Randall, 17, from Faringdon in Oxfordshire, is

swapping A levels for Azerbaijan and the European Games.

On Saturday, she will compete in her first solo event in Baku, days after putting down her revision notes.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This evening's top stories on Local Live:

Watch: Blues and beer

Alex Lester

BBC Radio Oxford

It seems rock stars are getting younger and younger these days.

At just 23-years-old,

Laurence Jones has already released three albums and been named Young Artist of the Year at the 2014 British Blues Awards.

Laurence Jones

Tonight he's playing the

Blues and Beer Festival in Wallingford, but stopped into the studio to see me this afternoon and you can watch him give us a taste of his sound on our
Facebook page.

Banbury brawl

Police have appealed for witnesses to a

car crash and a fight involving eight men in Banbury.

The incidents began about 21:30 last night with reports of a collision in Orchard Way, but officers were then called to a serious disorder in nearby Woodgreen Avenue.

The eight men were arrested on suspicion of GBH, three of them going to hospital for treatment, with one man sustaining a broken leg.

Animal selfies: 'Constant repairs'

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Hidden cameras that Oxford University researchers

distributed about the Serengeti had to be "constantly repaired" because the animals damage them.

Secretary bird
Snapshot Serengeti

Grant Miller from the project told the BBC that researchers didn't know what the cameras would capture, but quite a few photos showed animals deliberately attacking them!

Downton Abbey to get special Bafta

Mark Savage

Entertainment reporter

ITV's hit period drama Downton Abbey will be

honoured by Bafta with a special tribute night, attended by the cast and crew.

The cast of Downton Abbey

The show, which is partly filmed in Oxfordshire and ends this year after six series, regularly achieves audiences in excess of 10 million in the US and the UK - and even featured in Iron Man 3.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Oxfordshire this afternoon:

  • Plans for 23,000 homes in north Oxfordshire have
    received government backing
  • Missed hospital appointments in the county have cost £9.5m in the past year
  • There is a Met Office warning for
    heavy rain this afternoon and evening

Cherwell Council's housing masterplan backed

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Proposals to build almost 23,000 homes in north Oxfordshire over the next 16 years

have received government backing.

House building
Getty Images

A planning inspector supported Cherwell District Council's decisions on where to allocate housing in its Local Plan.

Councillors will vote on whether to adopt the plan on 20 July.

Torrential downpours this afternoon

BBC Weather

This afternoon's set to see more thundery showers across the area,

giving torrential downpours.


It'll feel humid too and probably the warmest day of the summer so far - but we have a

Met Office Yellow warning for rain in place for the whole day.

Animal selfies

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Hundreds of pictures of animals have been collected by an

Oxford University team working in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Cheetah families
Snapshot Serengeti

The photos were taken by 225 camouflaged cameras, which have motion sensors to activate them, which were placed around the park to help capture the behaviour and interactions between the larger predators.

Agent fined for unsafe housing

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A letting company based in Headington has been

fined £7,000 for failing to comply with safety requirements.

The Letting Centre Oxford Ltd was found to be managing a property unlicensed, with a missing fire door and locks that could stop occupants escaping a fire.

The company must also pay the city council's full costs of £1140 for bringing the case to court.

Wet wildflowers

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Becca Collacott sent in this striking image a wildflower from her garden in Abingdon.

Becca Collacott

If you've got a picture from Oxfordshire, why not share it with Local Live? Send it in via

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Wallingford cyclist killed

A cyclist in his 50s has died after being hit by a car in Wallingford at about 22:00 on Thursday 4 June.

He had been making his way towards the town, on the Wallingford Road, after leaving the train station in Cholsey when he was involved in a collision.

The driver of a dark-coloured Kia drove off from the scene and police are

appealing for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

Bean and gone

Wantage Herald

There was tea and triumph as a

coffee morning group found a new home after they lost their home at the very charity they supported.

Stand for Freedom

Members from

Just Love Oxford, a student Christian group, will he holding a '24-hour stand' in Bonn Square from 13:00 today, to protest against human trafficking.

The demonstrators say they want to raise awareness of the issue, both nationally and locally, with Bonn Square named as one of the sites where child sexual exploitation had taken place in Oxford.

Missed appointments cost millions

Oxford Mail

Thousands of missed appointments at Oxfordshire's four main hospitals

wasted £9.5m in a year.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This afternoon's top stories on Local Live:

  • A report that criticised mental health services nationally, praises an Oxford project linking mental health professionals and police
  • A property letting company in Oxfordshire has been fined £7,000 for failing to comply with safety requirements
  • Oxfordshire residents have increased their take-up of free NHS health checks
  • Oxford United
    sign goalkeeper Sam Slocombe

Praise for innovative mental health care

BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford project which teams mental health nurses with police officers has been praised by inspectors.

The Care Quality Commission, as part of its review into the treatment of mental health patients in crisis, found good practise here in the county.

Nationally, the regulator

said services must wake up to the gaps which can result in unsafe and unfair treatment.

Farm joins Breast Cancer campaign

A firm that produces Hay and Haylage has wrapped its products in pink to support Breast Cancer awareness.

Hay bales
Taylor Made Forage

Taylor Made Forage and the manufacturer of the special wrap will be donating to

charities for each bale of hay sold.

Sam Slocombe: 'An exciting challenge'

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

New Oxford United goalkeeper Sam Slocombe has said he feels he's joining a club that is on the up.

Sam Slocombe

He told

BBC Radio Oxford: "At this point in my career it's a good opportunity to take on a new challenge and an exciting prospect, which Oxford is."

You can see more of Slocombe demonstrating his ball skills on our

Facebook page.

Ebola warning from University

Oxford University

tweets: Oxford medical researchers warn G7 leaders on disease preparedness for epidemics like Ebola

Bicester Airfield plaque

Martin Eastaugh

BBC Radio Oxford

The Duke of Gloucester was in Bicester yesterday to unveil a plaque to mark an important stage in the development of an old RAF bomber airfield.

1920s Bentley

Now called Bicester Heritage, it's a centre for selling and restoring vintage cars.

You can see more of my photos from the site on our

Facebook page.

Oxford United: Ashdown out

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United chief executive Mark Ashton has told

BBC Radio Oxford that Sam Slocombe's arrival means the club has ended its interest in Jamie Ashdown (pictured), who ended last season as the team's first choice goalkeeper.

Jamie Ashdown

He explained: "Everyone's got to fight for their place, it's about competition and strength in depth and I think we've got that now in the goalkeeping department."

Fertility hope for young cancer patients

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire girls who risk losing their chance of having children later in life - because of treatment for cancer that can leave them infertile - are being helped by scientists in the city.

Frozen tissue samples

Dr Sheila Lane leads a programme where ovarian tissue is frozen, with the chance to implant it later in life and return the patient to fertility.


told Howard Bentham: "It gives them hope that they will get through their treatment and survive, and have the chance for a normal healthy life afterwards."

Delayed demolition discarded

Oxford Times

Campaigners have spurned suggestions that the Oxford's controversial Castle Mill flats

could be demolished in 30 years' time.

Lorry fire

BBC Travel

There is a l

orry fire on the A43 in Syresham, blocking the northbound carriageway between the B4525 junction and Silverstone Race Track.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories in Oxfordshire:

  • A pilot project in Oxford is giving girls undergoing cancer treatment fertility hopes for future pregnancies
  • An Oxford teenager will today teach life saving skills to hundreds of thousands of children across the country
  • The structure of Bicester's new railway station
    has been completed

Kidlington lane closed

BBC Travel

There is a

lane closed on the A4260 Frieze Way westbound in Kidlington, before the A44 Woodstock Road junction, because of barrier repairs.

England’s biggest free first aid lesson

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford student is giving a special first aid lesson to thousands of pupils across the country today.

Claudia Winkleman

Emma Jane Hampsheir-Gill and TV presenter Claudia Winkleman (pictured) will be teaching life saving during St John Ambulance's

Big First Aid Lesson - which will be streamed live to more than 1,000 schools.

Bicester Village station structure complete

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The structure of a

new railway station for Bicester has been completed.

Bicester Town Station design
Chiltern Railways

Bicester Village Station has been rebuilt from the former Bicester Town station, to form part of Chiltern Railway's new £130m Oxford to London Marylebone rail link.