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  1. Updates from Thursday 13 Nov 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good Evening

That's all for Local Live in Oxfordshire for today, we will return at 08:00 on Friday.

Evening TV

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford


South Today this evening, the number of police on the streets in the Thames Valley is at risk as the force
struggles to cut another £45m pounds from its budget.

Police officers
Getty Images

Chief Constable Sara Thornton says she can protect front-line numbers for one more year, but after that tough choices will have to be made.

And the new trains which First Great Western will run through the Thames Valley to London have been unveiled in Japan.

Join me for all that and more at


Heavy rain overnight

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Into the evening, the winds will ease and the

skies should clear in places.

Bee Tucker

So a fairly quiet start to the night, but the winds will pick up overnight and heavy showers will spread in, perhaps with hail and thunder.

A mild night with lows of 11C (52F).

First Christmas decoration

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Oxford has popped up our first Christmas decoration.

Christmas decoration

Yes, it is still November, but the newsroom always benefits from a little brightening up!

U's Cup price cut

Tickets for Oxford's United's FA Cup tie against Tranmere on Saturday 6 December

have been reduced.

FA cup at Wembley stadium

Under-7s can get in for free, and adult tickets are £10 if bought in advance.

Abingdon science centre opens

Oxford Times

A new £6.5m science centre at the School of St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon has been

officially opened by a world-renowned geneticist.

Train delays

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


still trouble on the trains with disruption on CrossCountry services between Southampton Central and Reading due to a signalling problem at Winchester.

Trains are being diverted and delayed by up to an hour with cancellations possible.

A signalling problem at Bramley is also causing disruption on First Great Western and CrossCountry between Basingstoke and Reading.

On the roads and out of Oxford, the A40 is really really slow tonight from the Wolvercote roundabout to the Eynsham roundabout.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

It's going to get harder to hold on to staff at Thames Valley Police, according to the force's Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld, as the force

announces how it will save another £45m.

Join me for more on that and all the other headlines at 17:00. Click the speaker at the top of this page to listen.

Super-slow super computer

BBC Radio Oxford

Scientists in Oxfordshire are celebrating 50 years since the launch of the largest super computer in the world.

Atlas Computer from the film Figure It Out

The Atlas 1, which is bigger than a house, was once considered one of the most powerful computers ever made.

The now antique goliath is housed at the

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire where Dr Juan Bicarregui told BBC Radio Oxford's
Howard Bentham the Atlas might be big but it was very slow.

He said: "The big computers we have today are roughly 30 million times quicker, so a computation that takes a second today, would have taken a year back then."

University career scheme

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A young carer from Winslow has become the first to attend Oxford University through their

Compass scheme for students who have other caring responsibilities away from their studies.

Cameron Bayley is studying Mathematics at St Anne's College, and told me how he balanced his educational and home commitments.

He said: "At home my brother is autistic, so looking after him takes a lot of time and so it was difficult to find a time and place suitable for work."

Police cuts - Your views

via Facebook

Following the news that Thames Valley Police is having to

find savings of £45m over the next three years, you've been giving your thoughts on our
Facebook page on how the money could be found.

Police officers

Dave Batchelor

posted: "Perhaps they should look at generating money rather than cutting expenditure, ie concentrating on benefit cheats and tax-dodgers might generate enough funding to enable an already stretched police force to keep their jobs."

Jane Magpie

wrote: "Lets cut the arms deals and trident which if stopped could fund everything else and still have much left over."

Andrew Henderson

posted: "Cut the political correctness they have to adhere to and be afraid of on a daily basis that hampers everything they do."

Great Western trains unveiled

Paul Clifton

Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

The high-speed train which will be used on the Great Western Main Line through the Thames Valley has been

unveiled in Japan.

Hitachi train

Kentaro Masai from Hitachi Rail said the company was trying to expand, 900 carriages have been ordered.

The trains will replace a fleet of InterCity trains from the 1970s on the line through Oxfordshire and Berkshire, and also on the East Coast Main Line.

The first passengers will get on board in 2017.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Better technology will help fight crime in the Thames Valley as the

police force looks to cut £45m, the chief constable has said.

There will be more on this in the 16:00 bulletin - listen live by clicking on the speaker at the top of the page.

Witney Food Bank saved

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Last week we reported that
West Oxfordshire Food Bank in Witney was facing closure over the Christmas period due to health and safety concerns relating to its site for volunteers and clients.

But Witney councillor Laura Price has

tweeted: "Absolutely thrilled to hear news that #Witney Foodbank is being given a new home by
@Cottsway - well done all involved"

Ed Miliband as PM - Your views

via Facebook

After Ed Miliband

hit back at reports that some Labour figures want him to step down,
Howard Bentham asked if he was the man to oust Witney's David Cameron as prime minister? You've been giving your thoughts over on

Ed Miliband

Simon Tavener

said: "I don't care what he looks like. But I do care about his politics - and for that reason, I cannot see him ever being our PM."

Alan Skidmore

wrote: "Yes. He is a good man!"

Dianna Katie Machado

posted: "No would never vote for him, although always voted Labour, he puts me off and I would rather vote for Cameron."

Whitchurch Bridge flood costs

BBC Radio Oxford

Thousands of people crossing the

Whitchurch Bridge could avoid a rise in toll charges - if the government gives the company who runs it a flooding grant.

Whitchurch Bridge

Henley MP John Howell has written to DEFRA asking for funding to help the Whitchurch Bridge Company recoup its costs after flooding delayed the structure's reopening.

Fly-tippers target graveyard

Henley Standard


dumped carpet underlay at Fair Mile Cemetery in Henley just hours before a wreath was laid at the grave of a First World War poet.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford man has admitted exposing himself and harassing a woman in the city.

I'll have all the details at 15:00. Listen live by clicking the speaker at the top of the page.

Christmas Light Festival

via Facebook

Oxford City Council has posted details of the annual Christmas Light Festival on its

Facebook page.

"Oxford's Christmas Light Festival runs from 21 to 23 November 2014 with free Christmas events at dozens of venues across the city.

"This year's festival takes place in venues across the city and does not include an outdoor lantern procession, major road closures or a stage in St Giles."

Visit Oxford's Christmas

website for full details.

'Cut to the bone'

Thames Valley Police Federation says it is worried about where future savings will come from after the

force announced 147 officer posts would close.

Police car

Graham Smith, federation chair, said: "Every single department within Thames Valley Police has saved money over the years.

"All the fat has been cut from the carcass, so we are looking at cuts potentially to real front-line policing in the future."

Cancer care research funding

Oxfordshire Guardian

Researchers at Oxford Brookes University are set to start a

£2.2m research programme into the impact of prostate cancer.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

After success helping children around the world learn English, the owner of an Abingdon company has been asked by the government to share how she did it.

For more details on that and the other headlines, join me for the 14:00 bulletin by clicking the speaker at the top of the page.

Your pictures

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The birds! This image from Becca Collacott in Abingdon brought the old children's TV show Pigeon Street to mind!

Pigeons by a river
Becca Collacott

If you have an image from the county you would like to share with Local Live, why not

email it in?

A40 'to get worse'

Oxford Mail

Congestion on the A40 between Oxford and Witney

will get worse even after improvement works near Wolvercote are finished, a report has revealed.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime, we'll have the latest on the
cuts facing Thames Valley Police.

Hitachi train

Also, it's an oriental take-away which will soon revolutionise the lives of thousands of commuters every day.

The first new inter-city express trains carrying commuters through the Thames Valley to London have been unveiled in Japan.

For all that and more join us at


Facebook campaign funeral held

About 100 mourners have

attended the funeral of an Oxford-born soldier after a social media campaign was held amid concern no one would attend.

Harold Morgan

Former soldiers were among those at the service of Welsh Guardsman Harold Morgan at St Tathan Church, St Athan.

The Rev Rachel Simpson launched a Facebook appeal for mourners after getting the funeral details of Mr Morgan, 85, and seeing no next of kin.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Thames Valley Police is to disband its underwater search team, with work going to other dive specialists, as the

force strives to save £45m.

I'll have more in the 13:00 bulletin. Listen live by clicking on the speaker at the top of the page.

U's on loan hunt

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton is targeting at least two new players before the loan window shuts this month.

Michael Appleton

The U's have assessed several trialists in two behind closed doors games for the development squad this week.

Appleton told BBC Radio Oxford: "Whether they are loans with a view to a permanent deal or just loans, we feel that two or three players will shake up the squad a little bit."

Police cuts defended

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

A total of 147 Thames Valley Police officer posts

will be lost as the force tries to make big savings.

Chief Constable Sara Thornton

But Chief Constable Sara Thornton said the cuts would not impact on front-line numbers.

She said 94 training posts would go while 53 officer jobs, which did not require police powers, would carried out by cheaper support staff.

A&E 'challenges'

Oxford Times

The biggest challenge facing county hospitals is

pressure on the two accident and emergency centres in Oxford and Banbury, the chief executive of Oxford University Hospitals Trust said yesterday.

Everest challenge

BBC Radio Oxford

Andy Gardiner from Bicester was the world's first professional amputee golfer and next week he is trekking to Nepal to attempt to reach the base camp of Mount Everest.

Andy Gardiner and Phil Gayle

He told Phil Gayle: "It took me seven years to get out of a wheelchair and so I could stand unaided. I still have phantom limb pain."

You can listen back to the full interview, by selecting the Live Coverage tab and catching up with the show, or clicking


News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Thames Valley Police budget cuts will see the force's underwater search team disbanded, 94 training posts axed and 53 positions converted from police officer jobs to support staff roles.

I'll have more in the 12:00 bulletin. Listen live by clicking on the speaker at the top of the page.

Thames Valley Police cuts

BBC South Today's Justine Morris

tweets: Thames Valley Police to disband underwater search team as part of budget cuts, Chief Constable Sara Thornton has confirmed.

MotoGP season over

Oxfordshire's Bradley Smith had a last race to forget in

Valencia at the weekend but after a few days testing, the off-season has now begun.


tweeted: "Can't believe I can't do this for 10weeks."

Bradley Smith
Getty Images

Burglar still on the run

Banbury Cake

A prisoner who failed to return to jail after he was on licence and was then recalled is

still on the run.

Hello, good pie

BBC Radio Oxford

One of the big supermarket chains is selling pies made by an Oxfordshire man just four years after he started making them at his kitchen table.

Man holding a pie

Paul Sykes, who's from Coleshill near Faringdon, now employs five people to make up to 5,000 pies a week to sell in Asda.

He told Radio Oxford that he uses the ingredients you'd have at home, for an authentic taste: "People haven't got very much time, they don't want to spend a lot of time cooking but they still want that taste of good home made food and that's what I offer."

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

New police officers in Oxfordshire will be expected to have completed the first stage of their training on their own before joining the force. The move is part of a series of cost-cutting measures being introduced by Thames Valley Police.

Join me for more on that at 11:00. Listen live by clicking on the speaker at the top of this page.

Your views

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

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.

Police Cuts - Your views

via Facebook

Thames Valley Police says it has identified savings of £24m of the £45m it needs to find over the next three years.
Phil Gayle has been asking on our
Facebook page what you think the police should cut to save £21m?

Geoff Smith

wrote: "The number of "Cars" they send to an incident, someone drops a fag end and three cars turn up...Well, perhaps a slight exaggeration, but you get the picture."

Fliss Emptage

posted: "Too many Police officers go for years on " light duties" performing jobs that Police staff can do for half the cost."

Judith Dunn

wrote: "The bigger question should be....Why should public services be forced to make any more savings?????"