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  1. Facebook rapist jailed for 13 years
  2. Greenbelt faces homes threat
  3. Police search team axed
  4. Updates on Friday 14 November 2014

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Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

That's all for Local Live in Oxfordshire for today, we will be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Chilly night

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It's quiet initially tonight, but the west of the region will see some heavy, maybe thundery showers, and

perhaps a touch of hail overnight.

Holly Green

But for most of us we will have clear spells through tonight, with a little mist and fog in some places.

It will feel chilly, with lows of 6°C (43°F).

Coming up

Jerome Sale

Presenter, BBC South Today


BBC South Today this evening, greenbelt land in Oxfordshire is being reviewed by councils because of pressure to build more homes.

Oxford form the air

Under the new plans, each local authority is considering using thousands of acres of protected land to try and meet housing needs.

And scientists in Oxford are trialling techniques to treat and even prevent diabetes, a condition which costs the NHS more than £10bn a year.

Join me for all that and the latest Children in Need fundraising events in Oxfordshire.

United need back-to-back results

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United midfielder Brian Howard is confident they can string a run of results together, starting at
York City tomorrow.

Brian Howard

He said: "We're nine points off the play-offs and we can make that up over a year if we put back-to-back results together.

"But we're also four points off the relegation zone so if the mentality's not right, we could end up down there."

BBC Radio Oxford will have

exclusive full match commentary on 95.2FM and on digital radio, from 14:00 on Saturday.

Queues at Wardington lights

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Traffic on the A34 northbound is

queuing from Botley to the M40 Junction 9.

Andy has been in touch to report stationary traffic on the A420 London Road headed for the Headington Roundabout in Oxford.

And out of the city, Rosemary has reported long delays on the A361 through Wardington at temporary lights.

'Regret' over police cuts

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Thames Valley Police's specialist search and recovery team

will be axed in the latest round of cuts.

Anthony Stansfeld

Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said he regretted the move to axe the team "very much indeed".

The force,

which wants to save £43m over three years, said it would use teams from other police forces or the military instead.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There have been calls for a formal inquiry into the records being stored at the Bodleian Library which police have searched as part of the investigation into historical child abuse.

They contain records from the politician Barbara Castle, who had raised questions about an alleged paedophile ring.

Flood predicting boat

Tom Turrell

Reporter, BBC South Today

A remote-controlled boat to help experts predict flooding has been designed in Oxfordshire.

Flood boat

Built at

HR Wallingford, the boat uses a sensor to measure the river's depth and speed.


Environment Agency's Nick Everard said it "will be at its most useful at times of flooding, because it helps us to measure the amount of water coming down the rivers, and then we can prepare and take measures to prevent flooding".

Microchip campaign stepped up

Banbury Guardian

A Banbury veterinary surgery is

stepping up its campaign to offer free microchipping for dogs after three strays were handed in over the weekend.

Ring road delays

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On the Oxford Ring Road eastern bypass, there's a

broken down car transporter travelling clockwise just before the Littlemore roundabout coming from the Cowley direction. The recovery is ongoing at the moment.

There are queues on that clockwise stretch from Cowley to the A34 at Hinksey.

It's also heavy anticlockwise from Cowley to the Headington roundabout.

City sign Spanish goalkeeper

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford City have

signed Spanish goalkeeper Salva de la Cruz ahead of their game against Brackley in the Conference North on Saturday.

Boss Justin Merritt said the 26-year-old could be a valuable addition to his squad.

"He's a former under-20 Spanish international, made several first team appearances for Valencia, he's a very talented goalkeeper," he said.

Park lights battle won

Oxfordshire Guardian

An Oxford city councillor's campaign to get lights installed in a Marston park has come to fruition

after a seven-year battle.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A bid to take over and run the

Temple Cowley Pools Leisure Centre is being considered by Oxford City Council.

It's the latest stage of a campaign group's bid to save the pool.

It has already stopped the pool being sold for housing by winning it status as an asset of community value.

Blood donor appeal

BBC Radio Oxford

More than 200,000 blood donations are needed to boost blood supplies in the run up to Christmas.

Blood donation


NHS Blood and Transplant service has called for more people in Oxfordshire to come forward.

Sessions are being held in Abingdon, Witney and Didcot next week.

Pudsey in Oxfordshire

Lilley Mitchell

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Pudsey has been busy out and about today.

Pudsey with firefighters

He's been to RAF Brize Norton, Woodstock with the fire service, and St Mary's C of E Primary school in Chipping Norton.

You can see more of my pictures on


'Made the impossible possible'

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Caterham have confirmed they
will be on the grid in the Formula One season finale in Abu Dhabi, after raising about £2m through

Caterham F1 car

For the 200 staff and the administrators it means they have an opportunity to showcase the company as a going concern.

Finbarr O'Connell, of administrators Smith & Williamson said: "We set ourselves a major challenge, but it's definitely been worth it. In only a week the fans have made the impossible possible."

The driver line-up has yet to be confirmed and the question is now whether this appearance at the Grand Prix will attract the buyer the Leafield-based firm are still searching for.

Improving care

BBC Radio Oxford

Two organisations in Oxfordshire have joined forces to find out if local services in our county meet national care standards.

Elderly woman

Healthwatch Oxfordshire and
Age UK Oxfordshire wants to highlight providers that are doing well, in addition to those that need to improve.

Healthwatch Oxfordshire chief executive Rachel Coney told

Howard Bentham this survey will make a difference.

Broken down lorry

There are

delays on the A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road in Oxford, due to a lane blockage westbound between the Sandy Lane West junction and Littlemore roundabout, because of a broken down car transporter.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

It has been confirmed Oxfordshire-based Formula One team Caterham will race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

PC attack witnesses sought

Thames Valley Police is

appealing for witnesses after a PC was assaulted in Cornmarket Street, Oxford in the early hours of 1 November.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested following the attack and has been released on bail.

Police say there was a large crowd of people in the area and are asking for any witnesses to come forward.

A34 lane blocked

One lane is

blocked and traffic is very slow on the A34 northbound in Abingdon after the Marcham Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle.

Congestion is stretching back to the Milton Interchange.

Caterham 'packed and ready'

Jamie Strickland

BBC Sport

Caterham's administrator says the team is "packed and ready"

to race at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Getty Images

Finbarr O'Connell told BBC Sport the team, which has

employed a crowd-funding project to aid its return to racing, is close to signing a contract that would "press the green button".

"It's set to go. Everything's packed and ready. We are literally waiting for a contract to be signed," he said.

O'Connell, representing Smith & Williamson, revealed the contract awaiting completion relates to a driver, with at least one vacancy at the team following

Marcus Ericsson's decision to terminate his association with the team with immediate effect.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Home Office has confirmed Scotland Yard is carrying out a search of the Barbara Castle archives at the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library.

Police has seized 850 boxes of records relating to the life and career of the former Labour cabinet minister who had raised questions about an alleged paedophile ring.

City Stars sign new player

via Facebook

Oxford City Stars ice hockey team have posted on

Facebook: "Stars have a 6am PR scheduled for tomorrow morning, as a new player has been signed and will be in the squad for tomorrow's game against the Milton Keynes Thunder!"

Signal failure

Chiltern Railways

tweets: We are currently accepting LUL Metropolitan Line tickets between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Marylebone due to a signal failure

Your views on greenbelt housing

BBC Radio Oxford

We've been asking for your thoughts on the idea that housing could be built on Oxford's greenbelt.

Tim Spanner

tweeted: "I'm sure the many desperate families living in overcrowded and overpriced housing in Oxford wouldn't mind."

David Brimson wrote on

Facebook: "No road infrastructure. Every new house is another car on the road!"

Julian Skinner

tweeted: "Vandalism."

Coming up

BBC South Today


BBC South Today, a dentist who says her business was almost destroyed by a bank mis-selling scandal is taking her fight for compensation to the High Court.

Teresa Day bought a insurance policy from Barclays, but instead of protecting her, it brought charges that ran to thousands of pounds every month.

Pudsey bear

And Pudsey's big night has almost arrived. We'll be following him as he visits fundraising events around the region.

Tractor accident

The A4130 in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell is

partially blocked and there are delays around the Sires Hill junction, because of an accident involving a tractor.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Flood alerts have been issued for the

River Evenlode in Cassington and the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock.

The Environment Agency is warning people living in low lying areas near the river that flooding is possible.

Rapist used 'Facebook au pair ruse'

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

A rapist who attacked a woman after

pretending to be a female au pair on Facebook has been jailed.

Christian Perera
Thames Valley Police

Christian Perera, 31, from Samphire Road in Oxford, assaulted the 19-year-old woman on a track in Stoney Lane, Watlington, on 29 April.

Perera met the woman after contacting her under the guise of a female au pair on the social network site, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Golfer faces Dubai qualification wait

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire golfer Eddie Pepperell will have to wait to find out if he has qualified for the lucrative

Dubai World Championship and a chance of securing part of the $8m prize fund.

Eddie Pepperell
Getty Images

Play at the

Turkish Airlines Open was suspended because of thunder and lightning.

Bypass speed limit cut

Oxford Mail

The speed limit on the A40 Northern bypass is to be

reduced from 70mph to 50mph.

Greenbelt housing 'a necessary evil'

BBC Radio Oxford

Housing pressures in Oxfordshire could see housing developments on greenbelt land in the county.

Oxfordshire countryside


Vale of White Horse is one district council which has already decided to build there.

Conservative council leader Matthew Barber says building on the greenbelt is a necessary evil.

He said: "We are doing it very reluctantly, but given the scale of development - 2,560 houses that the Vale has to allocate - we've got some very difficult choices about where that housing goes."

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Bodleian Library in Oxford is going through hundreds of boxes of records from the politician Barbara Castle as part of the ongoing investigation into historical child sex abuse.

London Welsh sign Chris Hala'ufia

Aled Williams

BBC Wales Sport

Number eight Chris Hala'ufia has been released by the Scarlets and has joined

London Welsh on a permanent basis.

Chris Hala'ufia
Huw Evans picture agency

Tongan Hala'ufia, who joined the Scarlets in the summer of 2014, recently spent a

loan spell with the Exiles.

Children in Need

BBC Radio Oxford

It's BBC Children in Need day and Lilley Mitchell has been visiting events taking place today.

Pudsey at Ferry Leisure Centre


tweeted: Pudsey on his trip around Oxfordshire this morning for
@BBCOxford and
@BBCCiN at Ferry Leisure Centre

Facebook rapist jailed

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford man who posed as a female au pair on Facebook to contact a woman he later raped has been jailed.

Christian Pereira
Thame Valley Police

Christian Perera, 31, of Samphire Road, admitted raping the 19-year-old on a track near Thame at Oxford Crown Court in August.

Police said he got in touch with the victim via a false Facebook profile, in which he pretended to be a female au pair.

He was jailed for 13 and a half years.

Aston Tirrold delays continue

The fallen tree in Aston Tirrold is still

causing disruption on Baker Street.

The road is partially blocked in both directions between Fullers Road junction and the Aston Street junction.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Hundreds of boxes of records at the Bodleian Library in Oxford are being searched as part of the investigation into historical child abuse.

Your greenbelt views

via Facebook

This morning

BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle was asking what you think about the possibility of Oxford's greenbelt being built on. Here's what you've been writing on

Adrian Flowers

posted: "Just bonkers. Use brown sites around the city. What makes Oxford an attractive place to live is the old, with the new and the green spaces...once spoilt it can never be reversed."

Garry P Henwood

said: "No more building should be considered until a proper transport infrastructure is in place."

Trudy Murray

wrote: "Overbuilding ruins towns - example Abingdon - used to be a tourist attraction with many overseas visitors enjoying its history & beauty - what has it to offer now - traffic jams, empty shops & litter."