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  1. Updates from Wednesday 12 Nov 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Emma Harrison

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's it for Local Live for today, we will return at 08:00 on Thursday.

Tonight's TV

Jerome Sale

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: After a ten-year journey across the Solar System, a European space probe has made history
by landing on a comet, the first spacecraft to achieve the feat.

Scientists in Oxfordshire have spent the afternoon anxiously monitoring the situation.

Join us for all that and more at


Scattered showers

There will be scattered showers, possibly heavy through the evening.

It should become largely dry with clear spells by midnight, although a few isolated showers are still possible.

Weather forecast

Lows of 9C (48F) tonight.

Comet landing

Here are scientists from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell who were awaiting the landing of a probe

which is now successfully on a comet travelling at speed through space.

They helped design part of the landing equipment.

Rutherford Appleton scientists

Philae was dropped towards Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the European Space Agency's Rosetta satellite at 08:35 and touched down at about 16:05.

Hospital boss recruitment

Recruitment will begin shortly to replace Sir Jonathan Michael as chief executive of Oxfordshire University Hospitals NHS Trust,

a statement has confirmed.

It was announced earlier that Sir Jonathan is set to retire from the NHS by the middle of next year.

Trust Chairman Dame Fiona Caldicott said: "The board's aim is to ensure we appoint an exceptional individual, who is capable of implementing the Trust's strategic ambitions and continuing the success achieved by Sir Jonathan."

Pigeon break

Thanks to Becca Collacott from Abingdon who sent us this amusing picture of pigeons taking a break.

Becca Collacott

You can

email us if you have a picture you would like to share.

Brabham Racing exceeds £250,000 target

A crowdfunding appeal to raise funds to re-establish

Brabham Racing has exceeded its £250,000 target.

The team plans to use the investment to compete in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, which includes the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours.

Busker's cash stolen

A busker's takings were swiped by a man

while he was playing guitar outside Waitrose in Henley.

The small wooden basket in front of the musician contained about £12, but between 12:00 and 13:30 on Thursday, 6 November, a man took the cash and ran away through the supermarket car park.

The thief is described as 5ft 10in with dark skin. He was wearing a dirty dark hooded top with the hood up and black tracksuit trousers.

Your views

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to know what you think.

Autumnal Oxford

We've had this fantastic picture sent to us by Lee Yates of Oxford's famous Radcliffe Camera reflected in an Autumn puddle.

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford
Lee Yates

If you have a photo you would like to share with us,

email us now.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

It's been confirmed that more than £1.8m will be spent on renovations to a hospital unit in Oxford that has mixed sex accommodation.

An agreement was reached at a meeting of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust board that the money will be spent improving the Churchill Day Surgery Unit.

They've been using curtains to separate men and women until now.

There are more headlines at 17:00.

M40 Car fire

BBC Travel reports disruption on the M40 southbound between junction 8 for Oxford and junction 7 for A40 Milton Common because of a car fire.

Eastern Bypass problems

There is stop-start traffic on A4142 Eastern Bypass in Oxford between Littlemore roundabout and Heyford Hill Roundabout. For the latest traffic news visit

BBC Travel.

Much-loved music promoter dies

Oxford Mail

One of the most recognisable and best-loved characters on the Oxford music scene, Philip Guy Davis,

has died at the age of 78.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The halfway mark's been reached by a green enterprise in Oxfordshire that's been selling shares to communities to fund renewable energy projects.

The Low Carbon Hub has generated more than £770,000 towards its target. It needs £1.5 million.

Hear more in the headlines at 16:00.

London Welsh 'can avoid relegation'

Nabil Hassan

BBC Sport

London Welsh second-row forward Dean Schofield

says the club can still avoid relegation, despite their woeful start to the Premiership season.

Welsh were promoted from the Championship last season but lie bottom of the table and have not won a game in any competition this term.

Dean Schofield
Getty Images

Schofield says the team remain upbeat ahead of Sunday's trip to Wasps: "No one is giving up. No one is talking about the 'r' (relegation) word."

Lorry and cars crash

BBC Travel says the M40 exit slip road at Junction 11 for the A361 (Banbury) is partially blocked southbound because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars.

Lost countryside link?

BBC Radio Oxford

On BBC Radio Oxford this afternoon we're talking about comments from Prince Charles.

He says that we are a nation of townies and have lost our link with the countryside in the latest edition of Country Life magazine.

Prince Charles

Is he right? Do we understand our countryside? Let us know what you think on

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News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Twenty tonnes of aid from Oxfam has been packed onto trucks in Bicester and has left for West Africa.

It's destined to help those affected by the Ebola crisis.

Join me for more headlines at 15:00.

Stornoway's mystery photo shoot

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Here is a behind the scenes snap for Stornoway fans.

The Oxford band took part in a photo shoot at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History last week.

Stornoway at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Bethany Palumbo

Staff were unable to tell me what the photo shoot was for as they have been sworn to secrecy.

But I think you'll agree that the museum's Huxley Room provided the perfect backdrop for a smouldering picture of the band, who play their second sold-out gig at the Sheldonian tomorrow evening.

Traffic congestion

BBC Travel is reporting congestion on the A40 London Road in Oxford around Thornhill Park And Ride.

Humanitarian aid

BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford reporter Lilley Mitchell was at a warehouse in Bicester this morning ahead of the Oxfam shipment of humanitarian aid setting off to help with the Ebola crisis.

Cleaning kits and protective clothing are among the items being sent out to Sierra Leone.

Bicester warehouse

You can listen again to Lilley's broadcast


News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An online search has been launched for mourners who knew a former Welshman Guardsman who was born in Oxford.

Listen to the bulletin by clicking the banner at the top of this page.

Your views

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to hear what you think.

Driver 'hopeful' of F1 debut

Nabil Hassan

BBC Sport

British female driver Alice Powell is

hopeful of making her debut at a Formula 1 weekend with Caterham at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix later this month.

Powell's grandfather is among a number of private investors who are trying to raise enough money to seal her a seat.

Getty Images

Caterham went into administration in October and the administrators recently launched a crowdfunding project.

"If I got to race in free practice for Caterham that would be amazing," ex-Formula 3 driver Powell, 21, said.

Lunchtime TV news

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Oxfordshire Scientists will be watching closely as attempts to land the first unmanned probe on a comet get underway later.

And 20 tonnes of humanitarian aid, worth more than £100,000, is being loaded up at Oxfam's Bicester warehouse to be flown out to Sierra Leone.

Join Dani Sinha at


Chipping Norton woman to drive for Catherham?

BBC Radio Oxford

A Chipping Norton racing driver could be one of Catherham's drivers at the Abu Dhabi grand prix after her grandfather pledged some cash to help the struggling team.

Oxfordshire-based Caterham launched a

crowd funding project on Friday to raise £2.35m to get the team to the final race of the season and has so far received half the amount needed.

Alice Powell, who has never driven a Formula 1 car before, hopes to drive in a practice session.

She said: "I'm trying not to get my hopes up because I know what these things are like you just never know what can happen in sport with sponsorship and stuff but if it came off and I got to drive in a few practice runs for Caterham that would be amazing."

In the news

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Chief Executive of Oxford University Hospitals Trust is to retire.

Join me for more headlines at 13:00.

Mars ambition

BBC Radio Oxford

A student has spoke of his excitement at the prospect of taking part in a one-way trip to Mars.

Ryan McDonald, who is studying physics at the University of Oxford, hopes to be part of a group that will travel to the red planet in 2024.

The 21-year-old is in the second round of the selection process for

Mars One and will have another interview next month.

A computer animated image of an astronaut on the surface of Mars from a programme looking at the possibility of colonising Mars

He told

BBC Radio Oxford: "I don't have a death wish anymore than the next man, but what I do have is a life wish. I want to go and live on Mars.

"For me it is the excitement that no-one in history has ever gone before."

Hospital boss to retire

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has confirmed that chief executive Sir Jonathan Michael will retire next year.

It's not yet known when an advertisement for his replacement will be published.

Train services back to normal

First Great Western

tweets: Services are now running normally to/from London Paddington. We're sorry for the disruption to journeys this morning.

In the news

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The average salary in Oxford is around £30,000 per year according to the employment firm Reed, which says the city, as well as Aberdeen and Cambridge are almost matching pay levels in London.

Average annual wages in London are almost £38,000.

Join me for more headlines at 12:00.

A361 closed northbound

BBC Travel reports that the A361 is closed northbound between the M40 junction 11 for Banbury and the Williamscot Hill junction, because of an accident involving a tractor and a van.

Three vehicle accident

The A4260 Banbury Road in Adderbury is partially blocked at the B4100 Aynho Road junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

See BBC Travel for the latest.

M40 crash death

Oxford Mail

A man killed in an early morning crash on the M40 had turned down a friend's offer of a bed for the night,

a coroner heard yesterday.

Ready for the 'infosphere'?

Peter Day

Global business correspondent

Luciano Floridi is an Oxford University academic with an intriguing title: Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information. He works at the Oxford Internet Institute.

Prof Floridi has

just written a book which takes a wide view of the great connectivity disruption of our times.

Luciano Floridi
Tim Muntinga

It is one of an interesting new handful of thoughtful volumes about technology which are a welcome distraction from that torrent of how-to-do-technology business books that have dominated publishers' output until recently.

Prof Floridi's book is called "The 4th Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality". It is noteworthy because of the way he widens the high-tech horizon.

Sport news

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford University continued their preparations for next month's varsity game with a 9-5 defeat yesterday to Worcester Warriors at Iffley Road.

And in football Josh Ruffels scored as Oxford United's development squad drew 2:2 with Reading yesterday.

In the news

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A second shipment of aid to West Africa to help with the Ebola crisis is being loaded in Bicester.

Cleaning kits and protective clothing are being sent out to Sierra Leone.

Ian Bray from Oxfam said it's working closely with community volunteers in Africa.

Join me for more headlines at 11:00.

Health centre used more by staff

Emily-Ann Elliott

BBC News Online

A health centre set up at an Oxfordshire hospital to improve fitness

is being used more by staff than by members of the public.

The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford opened the Here for Health centre in August.

John Radcliffe Hospital

Since then it has been used by 133 members of staff, as well as 58 patients and 64 visitors. Dr Louise Marshall, from the trust, said the health of its staff is a "huge priority".

Man bailed again over munitions

Oxford Mail

A man arrested after First and Second World War munitions were discovered at his Bicester home

was yesterday re-bailed by police.