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  1. Updates from Monday 24 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from us today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Evening TV

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: NHS workers across our region
have been on strike today - for the second time in two months.

NHS strike picket line

They're protesting over the size of next year's pay rise, and today's action comes as we found out that a fifth of nursing posts in Oxfordshire are currently vacant.

And, the mother of former Oxford United footballer Robert Hughes, who was attacked outside a nightclub in Greece, says she's worried about raising the money she needs to fly witnesses to Crete again next year

after the retrial was postponed.

Join me for more on those stories at


Foggy and cold

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

With light winds,

temperatures are going to drop fairly quickly this evening.

Bee Tucker

We'll see some mist and fog forming quite widely, particularly in northern parts where it will be fairly dense in places.

We could possibly get down to -3C (27F) in some rural spots.

Pepperell swipes 100,000 euro prize

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Eddie Pepperell finished tied for 26th at the

World Tour Golf Championships in Dubai.

Eddie Pepperell
Getty Images

He improved as the weekend went on and it was worth it as the four rounds of golf earned the

Frillford Heath member 100,000 euros.

History centre closing for works

via Facebook

Oxfordshire County Council has announced that the

county's history centre is closing for
three weeks:

Oxfordshire History Centre
Oxfordshrie County Council

"Oxfordshire History Centre is closing for three weeks as of Tuesday while we work on a new and more comfortable reception area.

"But you can still check the catalogues online, or pop in to see them at their temporary home at Oxford Central Library!"

Welsh run goes on

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Another weekend another defeat for London Welsh who scored the

first try of the match against Leicester at the Kassam stadium.

London Welsh vs Leicester Tigers
Getty Images

Nick Scott's effort was quickly cancelled out as the Tigers went on to win 26-5.

Barbecuing Brit enters low and slow battle

Banbury Guardian

Chef Spencer Richards is bravely going where few Brits have been before -

taking on the US in a national barbecue competition.

Easter By-pass blocked


queuing traffic and one lane blocked on the A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road westbound in Oxford between Littlemore roundabout and Heyford Hill roundabout.

It's being caused by a broken down vehicle.

School walk death accused to appear in December

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

Robert Blackwell, who has been charged with causing the death of a 14-year-old girl by dangerous driving,

will appear at Oxford Crown Court on 8 December.

Robert Blackwell

Liberty Baker died in hospital after a car mounted the pavement as she walked to school in Witney, Oxfordshire, on

30 June.

Mr Blackwell, 19, of Hayway Lane, Bampton, is also charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He appeared at Banbury Magistrates' Court to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a woman was assaulted in the car park of a pub in Kidlington.

I'll have all the details at


Last jam disappointment for Oxford Roller Derby

Robot Alicorn Attack

Oxfordshire Roller Derby

Oxford Roller Derby took on
Big Bucks High Rollers in the
Heartland Series finals yesterday as the year-long tournament drew to a close.

Oxford Roller Derby
Graceless Kelly & Monica Jefferson

The nail-bitingly close game came down to the last jam but ultimately ORD lost 142-145.

They may have lost by three points, but they got to support their Big Bucks training buddies who proceeded to win third place.

Congratulations to the Heartland Series 2014 champions

Romsey Town Rollerbillies.

Orchard centre extension

BBC Radio Oxford

The long-awaited second phase of Didcot's shopping centre development is finally looking like it is happening.

The Orchard Centre was opened in 2005 - with a theatre, cinema, Sainsburys superstore and parade of shops.

The leader of South Oxfordshire District Council John Cotton told BBC Radio Oxford that Marks and Spencer's had committed to phase two of the precinct.

He told

David Prever: "I would hope we could be doing something towards the end of next year, and if all goes well we could be shopping in those new shops as soon as 2016 or early 2017."

Non-stop salsa

Oxford Times

Sixteen dancers who

took part in a 10 hour salsa marathon in Oxford on Saturday were only allowed two toilet breaks each all day as they raised £5,000 for a cancer charity.

Bicester flooding

Sinead Carroll

Reporter, BBC South Today

I've been to the Stratton Audley Road in Stoke Lyne to cover the

flooding caused by the burst water main. Thames Water now clearing up.

Flooded road

Man in court over school walk death

A man has appeared in court

charged with causing the death of a 14-year-old girl by dangerous driving.

Liberty Baker
Thames Valley Police

Liberty Baker died in hospital after a car mounted the pavement as she walked to school in Witney, Oxfordshire, on

30 June.

Robert Blackwell, 19, of Hayway Lane, Bampton, is also charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man and a woman have been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital with injuries following a crash on the A44 at Begbroke.

I'll have all the headlines at


Mixed results for Wheatley

Jake Durbin

Wheatley RFC

A mixed bag of results for

Wheatley with the first team slipping up against league rivals Gosford All Blacks, losing 16-3 in a pretty uneventful game.

Wheatley Vs Harlequins
Gavin Belcher

Luckily there was a

second team game taking place at the same time on the other pitch, which could provide the faithful Wheatley supporters with the excitement they needed.

Five tries from the home side was enough to see off a spirited Harlequins side, 40-5, with the big talking point being the illegal felling of Jake Durbin just metres short of line that robbed him of his first try of the year.

On air

Cristina Parry

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

Alex Lester is sitting in for Kat Orman this afternoon, and joining him is Simon Townsend, the
Banbury Museum's director.

The Museum is currently hosting the Royal Photographic society's International Print Exhibition, and Simon will talk us through his favourite pictures.

Snowy mountains
Dominique Dubied

One of them is called Lonely Heart, and was taken in Landmannalaugar, Iceland by

Dominique Dubied from Switzerland

You can see more images on our

Facebook page.

Chiltern Interchange accident

There is slow traffic on the A34 northbound at Chilton Interchange because of an

accident on the A4185.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A burst water main has caused disruption to traffic on Stratton Audley Road in Stoke Lyne near Bicester.

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


U's wait on Roberts

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United are assessing a hamstring injury picked up by teenage striker James Roberts in their
goalless draw against AFC Wimbledon.

James Roberts
Getty Images

The U's chief executive Mark Ashton told us the extent of the damage is not yet known.

He said: "You had to feel for young James, unfortunately we won't know until tomorrow the depth of the injury. I spoke with our physio last night and he said that he wasn't as sore yesterday as he was directly after the game so we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed."

Anti-terrorism appeal

via Facebook

Thames Valley Police have posted an appeal on

Facebook for the public to engage in their anti-terrorism operations.

"As police forces across the country take action this week to involve the public in preventing terrorism,

Thames Valley Police and the
South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) are calling for people and businesses to get involved in keeping the south east area, and the rest of the UK, safe."

Det Ch Insp Dennis Evernden from SECTU said: "The danger we face from violent extremists has changed; they are no longer a distant problem in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Now they are often born and bred in the UK. We need the public to continue to be vigilant to things that are out of place or suspicious and report it to the police."

City keeper's impressive debut

Mike Allen

Oxford City FC

Oxford City climbed up to sixth in the Vanarama North table following a comprehensive 2-0 victory at strugglers Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday.

Salva de la Cruz punching a football
Mike Allen

Former Spanish Under-20 International Salva de la Cruz made an impressive debut in the City goal, producing a string of fine saves.

Stalybridge were unable to cope with City's slick passing game and on 24 minutes, Adi Yussef beat the offside trap to put the visitors ahead.

City continued to dominate the game after the break and it was Yussuf who again exploited the static Celtics defence on 63 minutes for his second brace in consecutive games.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

NHS workers in Oxfordshire have returned to work after staging a four hour strike in a dispute over pay.

Join me for all the headlines at


MP for the day

Oxfordshire teenager Tara Paxton-Doggett became an MP for the day when she accompanied Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson for

Takeover Day on Friday 21 November 2014.

Justin Tomlinson MP and Tara Paxton-Doggett

Tara, who is the elected Member of the

UK Youth Parliament for South Oxfordshire, got an insight into what a member of parliament does by attending meetings and spending time in the Conservative Party office.

A44 closed

The A44 Woodstock Road in Begbroke is still

closed southbound between the Langford Lane junction and the Sandy Lane junction, because of an accident.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Police are hoping to cut the number of illegal weapons in the Thames Valley through a
two week gun amnesty that starts today.

Thames Valley Police armoury

Firearms were used in nearly 150 recorded crimes in the Thames Valley last year.

For the next fortnight, unlicensed guns, bullets and antique firearms can be handed into police without prosecution.

Join Roger Finn at


Freezing in Abingdon

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

We have received this picture of a misty and frosty looking Abingdon from Becca Collacott.

Lake in Abingdon
Becca Collacott

If you have captured a picturesque scene, who not share it with Oxfordshire through Local Live? Email it to us


News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man's suffered serious head and leg injuries after being hit by a car on the A44 north of Woodstock.

The road was closed for around two hours, after the collision near the Duke of Marlborough pub just after 08:00 this morning.

Get the latest with me on

BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00.

Horse killed by car

Bicester Advertiser

A horse was

killed after it collided with a car near Steeple Aston yesterday.

Fog warning

The Met office has issued a fog warning for the region for today

today and tomorrow: Yellow severe weather warning for #fog has been issued. Stay #weatheraware at

Weather warning graphic
Met Office

Nurse recruitment 'a national issue'

BBC Radio Oxford

Almost a fifth of nursing posts are vacant in Oxfordshire, with the cost of living being blamed for lagging recruitment and staff leaving.

Hospital corridor
Getty Images

Phil Gayle spoke to Catherine Stoddart, chief nurse at
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust to ask what was being done to address the issue.

She said: "We have had an open day and invited potential applicants to have a look. We go to schools, we go to universities and have undertaken an international recruitment campaign to build our numbers of more experienced nurses."

She explained: "Nursing recruitment is a national issue, but Oxford is very close to London, so nurses often move there. Oxford is an expensive place to live but we're hoping that by providing staff with opportunities for career advancement you can offset that."

You can listen back to this interview


A44 blocked by accident

The A44 Woodstock Road in Begbroke is

partially blocked southbound between the Spring Hill Road junction and the Sandy Lane junction, because of an accident.

And in Abingdon one lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the A34 northbound in at Abingdon North, because of a shed load.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Firefighters have been pumping water away from a burst main after an eight inch pipe ruptured on Stratton Audley Road in Stoke Lyne near Bicester.

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


Oxford Heart Centre's technology boost

Oxford Times

Heart patients were given a tour of a

new £1.8m unit at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital equipped with cutting-edge technology that aims to cut down waiting times.

Didcot demolish Wimborne to extend unbeaten run

Joffy Chinnock

Didcot Town FC

John Mills struck consecutive league hat tricks as

Didcot thrashed Wimborne 5-1 to extend an unbeaten league run to 11 matches.

Didcot vs Wimborne
Roger Neal

Didcot took control of the contest after just 90 seconds when Pablo Haysham fired home. Mills scored two of his goals in the first half, his second taking his tally to an incredible 30 goals already this season.

Wimborne hit back just before half time when Jamie Davidson scored, however Mills got his hat trick and his 50th for the club, and Matt Clark scored his first Didcot goal to make sure of the victory.

£800m to widen A34

Wallingford Herald

Plans to widen the A34 in both directions through Oxfordshire

would cost at least £800 million, a new report has revealed.

Keeping guns out of the wrong hands


firearms amnesty in the Thames Valley is intended to prevent criminals gaining access to guns and ammunition.

Ch Insp Lindsay James

Ch Insp Lindsay James told BBC Oxford: "We are offering a surrender so people can bring in any unwanted guns, ammunition, stun guns, CS spray and pepper spray into the police stations because they will be free of prosecution.

"Licence holders are also encouraged to use this amnesty to consider the surrender of weapons they no longer have a use for."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Fish like chub, barbel and dace are being put back into the River Thames in Oxfordshire today by the Environment Agency.

Join me for all the headlines at