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  1. Updates on Thursday 4 February 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our news coverage through the day

    That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

    We'll be back on Friday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire. Join us then.

  2. Latest headlines: Botley Bridge boat owner's shock at crash

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in Oxfordshire this evening:

    • The owner of the narrow boat that has been stuck at the Botley Bridge in Oxford says he was "gobsmacked" when he realised it had come free
    • A woman has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital after a three-vehicle collision on the A34
    • Police have appealed for information after two robberies in Oxford by men armed with knives at the weekend
  3. Weather: A murky but mild night

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    It's a cloudy evening with some patchy rain and mist forming later on.

    Bee Tucker

    Feeling very mild for the time of year, we're expecting lows of 7C (45F).

    You can get a full 10-day forecast on the BBC Weather site.

  4. Sport headlines: Oxford United confirm summer training location

    Marie Indge

    Radio Oxford Sport

    This evening's top sports stories:

    • Oxford United have confirmed they will be based in the La Cala area of the Costa del Sol for their pre-season tour to Spain
    • At the opening round of the Dubai Desert Classic, Oxfordshire golfer Eddie Pepperell hit a two under par 70 and is currently four shots off the leader
  5. Tonight's TV: How cuts to bus subsidies could affect the county

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: Proposed cuts in funding for bus services in Oxfordshire are among the highest in the country - we'll hear claims they'll affect the local economy.

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    Video caption: Geraldine Peers brings you the stories coming up at 18:30

    Also, 30 refugee families from Syria are to be housed in the county in the next few years but only a handful have arrived so far - we'll ask what the region thinks about helping them.

    And we'll have the latest on the barge that's been stuck in the Thames in Oxford since Monday.

    Join Geraldine Peers from 18:30.

  6. On Friday's Breakfast show with Howard Bentham

    Howard Bentham

    Radio Oxford presenter

    GPs calling for an ambulance in Oxfordshire say they are waiting three or four times longer for a crew than if they called from a private home.


    The ambulance service has confirmed that if a GP calls for an ambulance it is not rated as a 'red' critical call, but instead 'green' meaning an ambulance is sent in 30 minutes.

    The chair of the local medical committee in Oxfordshire has called for a change in the policy.

    Join Howard for the full story from 07:00.

  7. Pair of robberies by men armed with knives

    There were two robberies in Oxford last weekend, which police are not currently linking, by men armed with knives.

    On Saturday at about 19:15 on Magdalen Road a woman in her 20s was threatened by a man wearing a hooded top with a scarf covering his face. He demanded her purse, but the victim refused and he ran away.

    The second incident took place at 02:30 on Sunday in St Aldates, when a 20-year-old man was approached by two men who demanded cash. The victim gave them £60.

  8. Crashed boat owner 'gobsmacked'

    The owner of the narrow boat that slipped its moorings and became wedged at the Botley Bridge in Oxford says he was "gobsmacked" when he discovered what had happened.

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    Video caption: John Simmonds explains how he felt when his narrowboat slipped free of its moorings.

    John Simmonds says he has lost everything after water flooded his boat, and thanked the boating community for helping him.

  9. Travel latest: A34 northbound busy from Botley to the M40

    Al Ryan

    BBC Oxford travel presenter

    • There are delays of about 15 minutes on the A34 northbound following an earlier collision just before the Wendlebury Interchange
    • It's slow on the A40 Northern Bypass in Oxford from the Marston flyover to the Headington roundabout
    • Sutton Courtenay High Street is closed due to the sewage leak at the Drayton Road junction

    You can get the latest on the BBC travel site.

  10. Man jailed for Botley burglary

    A 33-year-old man has been jailed for three years and three months after being found guilty of a burglary in Oxford.

    Wayne Ronald Axtell
    Image caption: Wayne Ronald Axtell

    Wayne Ronald Axtell smashed down the back door of a property on Finmore Road, Botley, on 11 March 2015, stealing a laptop computer and clothing.

    Quote Message: We are very pleased with this sentence. I hope this helps the victim come to terms with the incident and put the matter behind her. from PC Rob Turpin Abingdon CID
    PC Rob TurpinAbingdon CID
  11. Temporary slipway created for canal boat removal

    The Environment Agency, local councils and the Army have all been to see the stricken boat on the River Thames at Botley Bridge today, but the vessel remains firmly wedged across the waterway.

    Stricken boat at Botley Bridge

    The boat came free from its moorings on Monday afternoon, and now a temporary slipway has been created by removing railings, a wall and an embankment in preparation for an attempt to winch it free tomorrow.

  12. Coming up on Drivetime with David Prever: Sutton Courtenay sewage row

    David Prever

    BBC Radio Oxford

    This afternoon a sewage leak in Sutton Courtenay didn't just see excreta issue forth, but also anger about the state of the village's infrastructure.

    Sutton Courtenay sewage leak

    Thames Water put the problem down to a clump of baby wipes, but residents say the problems run deeper and new developments have overwhelmed the sewerage system.

    We'll hear from residents and the parish council as we try to get to the bottom of the row.

    Join David for that and more from 16:00.

  13. Why trader ploughed millions into Warhol collection

    Will Gompertz

    BBC Arts Editor

    One of the most important private collections of the works of Andy Warhol is going on display in Oxford.  

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    Video caption: One of the most important collections of Andy Warhol are is going on display in Oxford.

    A large part of the collection consists of portraits by the celebrated American artist.

    BBC News arts editor Will Gompertz met the man who owns all 140 works in the collection - Andy Hall, a commodities trader whose private art collection exceeds 5,000 pieces.

  14. Latest headlines: Appeal not to flush baby wipes after sewage leak

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    The top stories in Oxfordshire this afternoon:

  15. Travel latest: Severe delays on A34 at Wendlebury

    BBC Travel

    A lane is blocked on the A34 northbound before the Wendlebury Interchange after a collision involving three cars. Congestion is running back to Peartree.

    You can keep up to date on the BBC Travel site.

  16. Sutton Courtenay sewage leak 'a constant flow'

    A sewage leak in Sutton Courtenay was flowing constantly at a rate of "about four or five bucketfuls a second" according to eyewitness David.

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    Video caption: Video filmed by Sally Dubock of the Sutton Courtenay sewage leak.

    Thames Water say a large clump of wet wipes was responsible for the sewage leak, and they will remain on site for at least the next hour cleaning and disinfecting the leak area.

    Quote Message: Out of that manhole is pouring a stream of sewage, a constant flow of about four or five bucketfuls a second. Excreta and toilet paper and all the other things that go down a loo are washing across the pavement... from there it's running down the gutters into the drains and then into the Ginge Brook and then into the Thames. from Eyewitness David
    Eyewitness David
  17. Harry Potter fans set for night of fun and games around Oxfordshire

    Witney Gazette

    Little witches and wizards in Oxfordshire are preparing to don their robes and enter the magical world of Hogwarts for Harry Potter Book Night.