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  1. Updates from Thursday 20 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from Local Live for today. We will be back bringing you all the news, sport, weather and traffic from Oxfordshire from 08:00 on Friday.

Evening TV

Victoria Cook

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: An Oxfordshire teenager has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for sexual offences against seven girls, including the rape of a 12-year-old. Archie Collicutt, of Wilcote Riding, in Finstock, pleaded guilty to the offences.

Oil tanker filling

Also, people living in north Oxfordshire are being warned to be vigilant following a recent spate of thefts of domestic oil.

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Mist and fog tonight

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

A dry evening with a lot of cloud about that will lower overnight, so there will be

widespread hill fog and some patchy mist.

Bee tucker

There will be more of a breeze out to the west, so we won't see the cloud getting quite as low, but still a misty murky night to come.

A chilly night with lows of 5C (41F) in the countryside.

Alice Powell's F1 hopes dashed

via Facebook

Oxfordshire racing driver Alice Powell has confirmed on her

Facebook page that she will not be taking part in the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix with

Alice Powell
Alice Powell

She wrote: "So, deal fell through to get me out in Abu Dhabi! Glad to see Caterham racing though! Good luck guys."

Her grandfather was among a number of investors and sponsors who were

attempting to finance her seat in free practice.

She couldn't take part in the race as she did not have have a Super Licence that is needed to compete in the global motorsport series.

Islip bridge walking warning

David Prever

Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

People living in the village of Islip have been trying to raise awareness of the dangers of crossing their bridge on foot.

It's one of the county's most popular rat runs - but the bridge has no pavement and is barely wide enough for cars to pass.

Susie Peace has to cross the bridge twice a day when she takes her six-year-old daughter to the village school.

She told me: "Many people have been hit by wing mirrors as they zoom across, people feel that nothing will be done about it until someone is killed. A pedestrian bridge would be amazing, but a 20mph speed limit would be a start."

Heavy in Headington

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

It is very busy in the Headington area. Headley Way is

solidly queued - particularly headed from the A420 London Road to Marsh Lane.

From there the Marston Ferry Road is also very heavy over to Banbury Road

From Headley Way the A420 London Road is queued up to the Headington Roundabout, as is the Eastern Bypass of the Oxford Ring Road from Horspath to the Headington Roundabout.

Bell tower in the spotlight

Tom Turrell

Reporter, BBC South Today

Last night the bell tower of

St John the Baptist Church in Kingston Bagpuize was lit up, following a restoration project.

St john the Baptists Church in Kingston Bagpuize

Dozens of people joined the Bishop of Dorchester for the ceremony, and you can watch my report on the event on South Today tonight at


Dunkley joins U's defence

Nabil Hassan

BBC Sport

Oxford United have

signed Kidderminster defender Chey Dunkley on loan with a view to a permanent deal in January.

Chey Dunkley

As part of the deal, 19-year-old Oxford defender Sam Long joins Conference side Harriers on loan until 1 January.

Dunkley, who came through the Crewe youth ranks

and joined Harriers in 2012 after a spell at Hednesford, has made 19 appearances this term.

Bus delays

Stagecoach Oxford

tweets: SERVICE UPDATE. Due to extremely heavy traffic at the JR Hospital and Headley way, please expect delays on all our Hospital services.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Threats including the words "dead man" and "dead" have been scratched onto a car in Banbury. Police are appealing for information.

I'll have more on that and the other headlines at


Solar lane to solve A40 jams

Witney Gazette


solar-powered third lane of the A40 could help solve the county's traffic woes, a campaign group hopes.

Oxford Webcam hacked by Russian site

Oxford Mail

A back garden in Oxford would appear to have been

one of hundreds of webcams in the UK hacked by a Russian website.

Fry's delight

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

We reported earlier that the Environment Agency was planning to release a number of different species of fish into the Thames, and ahead of that re-stocking, they have been adding to the fish population of the elsewhere in the region.

Fish release
Environment Agency

The Environment Agency

tweets: Stocking barbel, chub and dace into the Boveney Ditch and Willow Brook with the #Thames Valley Anglers Association

One foot on Everest

via Facebook

You may remember that last week

Phil Gayle spoke to Andy Gardiner, the amputee golfer from Bicester who was attempting to climb to Everest's base camp.

Well, his journey has begun and he's posted photos of his progress on his

Facebook page:

Andrew Gardiner
Andrew Gardiner

"In agony now but buzzing to do it without having to rely on support from the Sherpas. Tomorrow is a big day with a 800m rise in altitude to get to Namche bazaar."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision between a motorbike and a lorry north of Bicester on Tuesday afternoon left a man in a critical condition.

Join me for all the headlines at


Stevens to make F1 bow with Caterham

Lawrence Barretto

BBC Sport

Britain's Will Stevens will

make his Formula 1 debut in this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix,
partnering Kamui Kobayashi at Caterham.

Will Stevens
Getty Images

Oxfordshire-based Caterham missed the last two races because of financial problems, but will compete at the season-ending race

thanks to a crowdfunding project.

Stevens was previously part of the Caterham Racing Academy and has twice tested for the Formula 1 team.

"I'm ready for the challenge of my F1 debut," said the 23-year-old.

Oxford-Bristol railway steams ahead

MP for Henley John Howell

tweets: Meeting with SoS for Trsprt to discuss Oxford-Bristol rail. Issue of capacity discussed. Culham likey to do well

Railway meeting
John Howell

Ten MPs wrote to the transport secretary

calling for a direct train service between Oxford and Bristol in September.

On air

Cristina Parry

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

On the

Kat Orman show this afternoon: The former lead singer of the Oxford-based brit-pop band the Candyskins, Nick Cope, is joining Kat in the studio now.

Nick Cope

Nick is still recording much raved about albums but to a different audience. He now writes and performs songs for children.

Nick has a new album out for Christmas and will also be at the

Story Museum this Saturday for the big launch.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxfordshire man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for sexual offences against seven girls, including the rape of a 12-year-old.

I'll have more on this and the other headlines at


Mayor pledges to save OXPIPS

Witney Gazette

The Mayor of Carterton has

vowed to help save a service that supports military wives.

Oxford men in court after Scotland v England fight

Graham Fraser

BBC Scotland

Eight men, including two from Oxford, have

appeared in court charged with fighting following the
Scotland v England football match.

Scotland vs England fans

Graham Lewis 55, and George Policelli, 33, along with Alexander Dredge, 31, David Stewart 33, Darren Bigglestone, 46, Lee George, 34, Charles Kennet, 28 and John Willet, 30, were all arrested on 18 November.

They are charged with engaging in a fight at the Thistle Hotel on Cambridge Street in Glasgow after the game.

All men made no plea and were granted bail at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Teenage gang 'terrorising' Grove

Wallingford Herald

A shopkeeper beaten up by a member of a teenage gang he says have been terrorising his shopping precinct has

called on police to do more.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxfordshire teenager who raped and sexually assaulted seven girls has been described by a judge as a dangerous sexual predator who told Thames Valley Police a "pack of lies".

I'll have more on this story at


Jonny Greenwood classical concert

One of the biggest music stars Oxfordshire has ever produced has announced he'll play a one-off classical gig at a church in Oxford.

Jonny Greenwood

Radiohead lead guitarist

Jonny Greenwood will be performing pieces from his award-winning film soundtracks, as well as pieces by classical composers.

He told BBC Oxford: "We like to decide on the set list at the last minute. It's more interesting to rehearse lots of things and see what sounds good and play the best that we can."

You can hear the full interview on

BBC Introducing on Saturday at 20:00.

Fish stocks scaled up

BBC Radio Oxford


Environment Agency will release stocks of fish into the River Thames in Oxfordshire next week.


They have been spawned at a farm in Nottingham and are being transported down to

King's Weir in Oxford in a special vehicle.

Tom Sherwood, who's organising the operation said the fish are popular with anglers: "They're course fish, common to the Thames, most people associate Trout and Salmon, but we're releasing Chub, Dace, Barbel, Roach and Gudgeon, these are what people who fish in the area are trying to catch."

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Patients who don't leave hospital when they're better could be given a seven day deadline - and possible legal action to force them to leave.

Crowded hospital corridor

The Royal Bournemouth hospital says it's introducing the drastic measure to cope with increasing numbers of so called "bed blockers". But they insist patients will always be safe.

Join David Allard at


Clicks up for University's Instagram

via Facebook

The University of Oxford has posted on

Facebook about it's success on another social media platform:

"See the full collection of our new University Instagram channel, to celebrate and thank you all for passing 2 million likes:"

St Giles in Oxford
University of Oxford

And don't forget you can share your pictures of the city and county with us on

Local Live.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxfordshire man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for sexual offences against seven girls, including the rape of a 12-year-old.

I'll have the full story at


Decades for Ebola recovery

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Earlier I spoke to Alfred Fullah who lives in Witney, but hails from Freetown in Sierra Leone, the centre of the

Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Health worker in Sierra Leonne
Getty Images

He said he phones home everyday to speak to his family, and said the country had been devastated by the disease.

He told me: "All the structures have collapsed so its going to take decades for us to recover."

You can listen back to the interview


'Brave victims'

Archie Collicutt assaulted

seven girls in Oxfordshire between March 2012 and September 2013.

Archie Collicutt

In March 2012, Collicutt raped a 13-year-old and said he would kill her and her family if she were to tell anyone.

Investigating officer Det Con Ian Gibbard from Banbury Force CID said: "I would like to take this opportunity to commend the victims' bravery in coming forward to tell police what had happened to them."

BreakingPaedophile jailed

An 18-year-old man who admitted the rape and sexual assault of young girls has been

jailed for 10 years.

Archie Collicutt, of Wilcote Riding, Finstock, Oxfordshire, admitted two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual activity with a child and attempted rape.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A long term plan is needed to combat the impact of Ebola, according to a Witney man who comes from Sierra Leone.

I'll have the full story at


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M40 vehicle fire

There has been a

vehicle fire between junction 11 (A361 to Banbury) and junction 12 (B4451 Gaydon) on the Northbound M40.

Two lanes have been closed at the scene and traffic is building up.

Marussia fail in Abu Dhabi GP bid

Andy Cryer

BBC Sport

A late bid to get

Marussia to the final grand prix of the season in Abu Dhabi this weekend
has failed.

Max Chilton
Getty Images

A fortnight ago administrators said the Banbury-based team

had ceased trading with the loss of 200 jobs.

Talks have been ongoing with potential investors in the hope Marussia could take their place on the grid at the Yas Marina circuit.

But negotiations have broken down and it is now too late for them to take part in the event.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford University study predicting the geographical spread of Ebola is to benefit from a share of £1.34m of government funding.

I'll have more on that at


Weather blamed for roadworks delays

BBC Radio Oxford

The weather is being blamed for delaying the end of roadworks in Kennington.

Traffic in Oxford

The contraflow on the A423 had been due to be removed by the end of this month, but now won't be removed until 8 December.

David Nimmo-Smith is in charge of roads at

Oxfordshire County Council and said: "We haven't been able to programme in the weather, or one of the subcontractors going into liquidation."

"Drivers have been patient for sometime and we do appreciate that, we just ask them for one more week and the road will be open for Christmas."

Pepperell's diabolical Dubai

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire golfer Eddie Pepperrell has just finished his first round at the

Dubai World Championships.

Eddie Pepperell
Getty Images

Reporting from the event, the BBC's Nick Dye described the performance as "not the most auspicious start".

He explained: "He double-bogeyed the last for a round of 76 which puts him way-back at the foot of the field at four over par."

Housing shortage impacting refuges

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Women in Oxfordshire living in refuges after

fleeing domestic violence have told us they are stuck there because there isn't enough permanent social housing available.

Woman with head in her hands

This has led to fears that some women may be turned away from refuges or forced to stay with violent partners for longer because there's no space for them.

One lady fled her partner of 20 years after he tried to kill her, and has been living in a refuge with her daughter: "When I first came here they said within six months I'd be out, so I have been here a year and four months and there's definitely a housing problem."

You can listen back to this interview in full