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  1. Updates on Tuesday 16 June 2015

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from the BBC Local Live team for today, the service will resume from 08:00 on Wednesday.

    Don't forget - you can still get in touch with the team.

  2. Evening TV

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: A mother from Banbury has discovered that the remains of her baby daughter had been kept at a crematorium without her knowledge for six years.

    Lisa Bhanu

    When Lisa Bhanu's baby was cremated she was told there would be no ashes and it was only after BBC coverage of similar cases that she thought to investigate.

    Join me for the full story at 18:30.

  3. Warm overnight

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    A very pleasant evening to come with plenty of sunshine around.

    Holly Green

    It should be dry and clear overnight with most places staying in double figures, with lows of 11C (52F).

  4. Bright Brill

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Roger Bishop sent in this picture that he took this morning while out for a ride on his motorbike, of the hills near Brill.

    Oxfordshire hills

    I love to feature you photos, so do send them in to Local Live.

  5. The power of recycling

    Oxford residents have the opportunity to see for themselves how the rubbish from their green bins is used to generate electricity for 38,000 homes.

    Recycling bins

    The tour of the new Ardley incinerator will take place on Tuesday 23 June with a minibus leaving the Oxford City Council depot in Marsh Road, Cowley, at 09:15. People are advised to book in advance.

  6. Helping the homeless

    South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse councils have launched a four-week consultation on their new homelessness strategy.

    The councils say they have seen an increase in the number of people approaching them for help and advice because they are threatened with homelessness.

    Residents have been invited to give their views and priorities for tackling the problem.

  7. 'High-speed' pursuit

    TVP Kidlington tweets: After a long pursuit this absconder was captured and taken into custody. PS are you missing a tortoise?

    Tortoise with police officer
  8. South East MEP joins far-right EU group

    Nick Tarver

    BBC News

    An MEP who was expelled from UKIP has joined forces with Marine Le Pen, leader of the French party Front National, to create a far-right alliance.

    Janice Atkinson

    Janice Atkinson, who represents Oxfordshire in her role as a South East MEP, has become vice president of the group at the European Parliament called the Europe of Nations and Freedom.

  9. Oxford sexual assault

    A woman has been sexually assaulted whilst walking along a cycle path in Oxford.

    A man with a bicycle approached the victim on the path that runs between South Parks to Ferry Road at about 23:00 last Saturday.

    Police described him as black, slim, and aged in his 20s. He was wearing a navy coloured hooded top with a zip, dark-coloured jeans and chunky trainers.

  10. Cash machine fraud

    A large amount of cash was stolen from a 75-year-old man's account after three people stole his bank card.


    The victim was using a cash machine at Asda in Wheatley when a woman distracted him by asking if a £20 note on the floor was his.

    Another man then swapped a similar looking card before the alleged offenders left with a third man.

  11. A4074 crash

    TVP South Oxon & VOWH tweets: Collision on A4074 junction with Icknield road, road will be closed for some time #C8054

    A4074 collision
  12. Tributes to crash death teenager

    Samantha McGregor

    BBC News Online

    Tributes have been paid to an "amazing" teenager with a "contagious smile" who died when his car crashed in a field.

    Sundeep Singh Malhi

    Sundeep Singh Malhi's Vauxhall Corsa careered off the M40 motorway and plunged down an embankment in Oxfordshire.

    The 17-year-old's family said they were "devastated" and "miss him so much".

  13. Crowdfunded Brown bids for Wimbledon

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport

    British number 23 Lucy Brown, who is ranked 927th in the world, has turned to crowdfunding in a bid to reach the main Wimbledon women's draw.

    Lucy Brown

    The 22-year-old, from Oxford, told BBC Radio Oxford: "A couple of my friends have done it and it's been really successful for them."

    Brown will use the money pledged to her by a combination of friends, tennis fans and business backers to try to secure one of two Wimbledon wildcards up for grabs from Thursday.

  14. A breath of fresh air

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A business idea to test the quality of the air we breathe indoors has been launched by a young entrepreneur from Oxfordshire.

    Douglas Booker aims to raise funds for National Air Quality Testing Services Ltd by using a crowdfunding campaign that's gone live.

    He told BBC Radio Oxford: "We spend so much time indoors, and we see it as a safe space, when it really could be improved."

  15. Children's centres 'provide essential help'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Merging some of Oxfordshire's children's centres in order to save money would harm vulnerable families, according to a mother from Banbury.

    Jill Huish told Howard Bentham council plans to cut £6m from the service could be "dangerous" for children.

    She said: "Children's centres are absolutely brilliant for early intervention and preventing things from getting worse with families that do need that bit more help."

  16. BMW-Mini millions hunted

    Police say they are still trying to recoup more than half of the £6m stolen from BMW-Mini by their former worker Johannes Franken.

    Johannes Franken

    Franken was jailed earlier for five years and four months after admitting five counts of fraud and one count of acquiring criminal property.

    Det Sgt Duncan Wynn said: "Franken systematically abused his position of trust with his employer to steal large sums of money which he spent on a lavish lifestyle including over £200,000 on vehicles, the purchase of a dive school in Mauritius and other foreign-based properties.

    "So far assets and monies totalling £2.7m have been located... We are currently actively pursuing the outstanding amounts."

  17. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: We're off to Dorset where a rare species of spider - not seen in the UK for more than 100 years - has been spotted in Weymouth.


    Hypsosinga heri was about to be removed from a list of British species, according to wildlife charity RSPB.

    Join Edward Sault for the full story and the South's other top stories at 13:30.

  18. A40 reopens

    BBC Travel

    The A40 has reopened between the Wolvercote roundabout and Cassington after an earlier collision.

  19. Latest headlines

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    This afternoon's top stories on Local Live:

    • A former BMW-Mini worker who siphoned off almost £6m from the car manufacturer has been jailed for five years and four months
    • A man has suffered multiple injuries in a crash between a car and a motorcycle that closed the A40
    • Merging some of Oxfordshire's children's centres would harm vulnerable families, mothers have warned
  20. BMW-Mini money still missing

    Tom Turrell

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    More than £3m of the £5.9m fraudulently stolen from BMW-Mini by ex-worker Johannes Franken is still unaccounted for, according to police.

    The 50-year-old spent the proceeds on top-end cars, a motorbike and even a diving school in Mauritius.

    He also bought a property in France, watches and jewellery.

  21. BreakingBMW-Mini worker jailed for five years


    Former BMW-Mini worker Johannes Franken has been jailed for five years and four months after siphoning off almost £6m from the car manufacturer.

    BMW Group Plant Oxford

    The 50-year-old stole the money at the Oxford plant between 2011 and 2014, making it look like he was paying a supplier, but actually paying cash into his own account.

    Franken admitted five counts of fraud and one count of acquiring criminal property at Oxford Crown Court in May.

  22. Man suffers multiple injuries in crash

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A man has suffered multiple injuries in a crash involving a car and a motorcycle on the A40 near Wolvercote.

    He was assessed and treated at the scene before travelling to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

    The injuries are not thought to be life threatening, according to South Central Ambulance Service.

  23. Medic reflects on Nepal rescue effort

    Kat Orman

    Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    An Oxfordshire paramedic travelled thousands of miles to Nepal to help rescue those affected by the devastating earthquake, in which more than 8,000 people died.

    Will Selley

    Will Selley, from South Central Ambulance Service, left his day job to help pull survivors from the rubble.

    He told me: "I enjoy the role, the whole team come together and it's like a family. It's very rewarding."

    You can listen back to our interview here.

  24. Your views: Children's centres

    via Facebook

    Oxfordshire's children's centres are facing cutbacks as the county council looks to save millions of pounds. Here's what you have been saying.

    Rich Heap tweets: @BBCOxford@OxfordshireCC Is £6m a net saving? Because I'd think closing children's centres would grow pressure on NHS, which has a cost.

    Jonathon Andrew posted on Facebook: Money needs to be saved. Much fairer to take a bit from everywhere. This includes children's services.

    Gemma J tweets: @BBCBentham@BBCOxford being a stay at home mum can be very lonely. Removing these service will result in a surge of PND, guaranteed!

  25. Children's services merger plan

    Sue Paz

    BBC News, South

    Oxfordshire County Council plans to merge its children's services in a bid to save £6m by 2018.

    Under the proposals, the county's early intervention service could be integrated with children's social care, which includes children's centres.

    The authority said one combined service would allow "for better joined-up working and use of limited resources".

  26. Car and motorcycle crash

    BBC Travel

    The A40 is closed in both directions between Wolvercote Roundabout and Cassington lights after a car and motorcycle crashed.

    Police say it will be shut for some time and are running a diversion via Swinford Toll Bridge.

  27. River rescue

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A woman who fell into the River Thames last night was rescued by a fire service boat.

    She was found clinging to a life ring between Thames Street and Friars wharf in Oxford at 22:45.

  28. Cameron: Broadband is my local priority

    Helen Catt

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    David Cameron has said getting decent broadband rolled out across West Oxfordshire is his immediate priority for the area.

    David Cameron

    He said: "I put an Oxfordshire MP, Ed Vaizey, in charge of it - and he knows he has got an instruction to deliver."

    You can hear the full interview from this morning here.

  29. Latest headlines

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories in Oxfordshire:

  30. BreakingUnited to face Brentford test

    Ross Heaton

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United have been drawn away at Brentford in the first round of the League Cup. The match will take place in the second week in August.

    The U's will find out their Football League fixtures tomorrow morning and BBC Radio Oxford will have full details on the breakfast show after 09:00.

  31. A40 lane closed

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed on the A40 eastbound in Witney - between Witney Town Centre and Witney East.

    That is so barrier repairs can be carried out.

  32. Children's centres cuts: 'We need help'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The closure of some of Oxfordshire's children's centres can't be ruled out, the councillor responsible has told Howard Bentham.

    Melinda Tilley said that £6m needed to be saved by 2018, and further cuts could be imposed after that.

    She said: "They deliver a really valuable service, but we need to save money. We need schools, voluntary organisations and other people to help us."

  33. A34 car break down

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There is a broken-down car on the northbound A34 just before the Peartree Interchange, causing queues back to the Botley Interchange.

  34. Dyslexic student 'ignored' by university

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A former student is planning to take legal action against Oxford University for discrimination.

    Sophie Spector

    Sophie Spector has severe dyslexia but says she was not given support by Balliol College despite numerous requests for time to complete her work.

    She told BBC Radio Oxford: "Oxford was my dream and I was so excited and it just crumbled away before my eyes. Instead of support they exerted more pressure."

    Balliol College says it cannot comment on individual cases but says it has a thorough and caring approach

  35. Five officers cleared of misconduct

    Laurence Cawley

    BBC News

    Five Thames Valley police officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with the death of a man during a drugs search.

    Habib Ullah

    Habib Ullah, 39, of Slough in Berkshire, died after he was searched by police in High Wycombe in 2008.

    Mr Ullah collapsed and went into cardiac arrest during the search and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

  36. Latest headlines

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    This morning's top stories on Local Live:

    • Some of Oxfordshire's children's centres could close as the council looks to save £6m
    • Five Thames Valley Police officers facing charges of misconduct have been cleared of any wrongdoing
    • A former student with dyslexia is planning legal action against Oxford University following claims of discrimination
  37. Children's centre closures

    via Facebook

    Some children's centres could close according to Oxfordshire County Council, as it aims to save £6m by 2018.

    The council needs to cut more than a third of its budget for early intervention services, and said maintaining the current 44 centres as they are was not sustainable.

    Are children's centres an essential service or a luxury for new mums that we can do without? Join the debate on our Facebook page.

  38. Brightening up

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Cloud around to start the day, but that should thin and break through the morning.

    Holly Green

    Blue skies and sunny spells for most of us, with temperatures reaching 20C (68F).

  39. A34 congested

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The A34 is looking very heavy southbound, particularly heading towards the Milton Interchange roadworks.

  40. Good morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

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