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  1. Updates from Thursday 27 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 it for Local Live for Oxfordshire for today. We'll be back to bring you all the news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: It's Thanksgiving - the celebration of harvest is almost as big as Christmas in America and now it's having an impact here too.

Greg Klaes

A former Oxfordshire teacher who started growing pumpkins thirty years ago says demand for his produce has never been higher.

Join me for that and more at


Dry and mild night

Dan Downs

BBC Spotlight weather presenter

Into this evening there will be one or two showers around, but

for many it should stay dry.

Dan Downs

Some clear spells, but also a fair amount of cloud and hill fog with a bit of mist.

There will be a breeze which should disperse some of the mist overnight, and temperatures will stay mild with lows of 7C (45F).

Is the download dead?

BBC Radio Oxford

More than

one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK so far this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996.

A hand on a record

Gary Smith owns two record shops in Oxfordshire, and told

Howard Bentham that his customers fall in to two categories.

He said: "You get the collectors and people that have always known vinyl, and loved it, and for them it's never gone away, but there's certainly a much younger crowd that are new to vinyl."

He explained: "To download or stream something doesn't have that sense of ownership, and to really buy-in to a band you want an actual artefact to hold in your hand. It's a more rewarding experience."

Recycling views win prizes

Cherwell District Council is offering some recycling products as prizes for people who complete an
online questionnaire suggesting ways to create a cleaner, greener environment.

Recycling bins

It is the councils third annual Energy and Environment survey to find out more about waste, recycling and energy issues across the area.

Everyone who completes the short survey will automatically be entered into the prize draw, with 20 lucky winners offered a free blue recycling bin or five rolls of compostable bio-liners.

Didcot assault appeal

Thames Valley have

released CCTV images of two victims that officers would like to speak to after a series of assaults in Didcot.

CCTV of victims of an assault in Didcot

Two men kicked a man and woman in a kebab shop in Broadway before punching a member of staff and damaging the shop.

Officers want to trace the customers hurt in the attacks on 15 November.

United sign second striker

Oxford have

signed their second striker today, with Wes Burns joining on loan from Bristol City.

Wes Burns
Bristol City

The 20-year-old Welsh under-21 international has scored twice for City this season.

United Boss Michael Appleton said: "We needed to strengthen up front and the fact that Wes can play in two or three positions is a massive bonus for us."

M40 lane closed

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On the M40 southbound

one lane is closed due to a broken down vehicle on the exit slip road at junction six for Watlington.

There are problems in Didcot - I'm just getting reports that the A4130 westbound is partially blocked by a broken down car near to Great Western Park at the B4493.

The queues on the A4130 are back to the A34 Milton Interchange and on the B4493 to Cow Lane.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford


closure of a hostel for young people in Oxford has been welcomed by local residents and Oxfordshire County Council.

Join me for all the headlines at


Fish released into River Thames

The Environment Agency have been adding fish stocks to the River Thames. They

tweeted: 3000 chub, 3000 dace & 3000 roach stocked into R #Thame this morning. All swam off happily. Good size fish!

Fish release
Environment Agency

Tributes to PD James

Authors have been taking to twitter to pay tribute to PD James, who

died at her home in Oxford today.

PD James

Patricia Cornwell

tweets: RIP #PDJames &thanks for encouraging me when I was getting started.

Tracy Chevalier

tweets: RIP PD James. Met her several times
@Soc_of_Authors when she was President. Elegant, sharp, modest. Best example of growing old w grace.

Ian Rankin

tweets: So sad about PD James. Every event I did with her was a joy. Sharp intellect, ready wit. She will be missed.

Dairy farmers face difficult future

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Dairy farmers have seen the price they are paid for the milk they produce drop from around

33p per litre in the spring to around 27p.

Getty Images

Rob Harrison has a dairy farm in Moreton-in-Marsh and

told me that farmers are facing a difficult time: "Farmers are struggling to make money, they have bills to pay, animals to look after, it's a 365-day-a-year job. There's a lot of pressure."

But he said there was hope for the future: "There is a growing global population so there is an opportunity, we need to overcome the current volatility and we need to see retailers and consumers buying British dairy products."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police have released CCTV footage to try to trace the victims of a series of assaults in Didcot.

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


Ebola 'turning point'

BBC Radio Oxford

There are "encouraging signs" in the fight against the

Ebola virus in west Africa, according to the director of the
Welcome Trust in Oxford.

Girls look at a Unicef poster on how to prevent the spread of Ebola

Jeremy Farrar has been speaking on the day the trial of an experimental

Ebola vaccine has been called a success by US scientists.

He told

Howard Bentham that the international response was finally beginning to make a real difference: "Communication, building of trust, vaccines, drugs, working with communities - that jigsaw puzzle is now in place and if we live up to our promises and the vaccines prove effective then we are at a turning point."

Staffies dominate dog sanctuary

Wallingford Herald

Every dog has his day, but staff at Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary are hoping their Staffordshire Bull Terriers have a special month, with

17 out of the 62 dogs at the sanctuary Staffies.

Protest at Tommy Robinson speech

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Unite Against Fascism

staged a protest outside the Oxford Union to protest the a talk being given by the founder of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson.

Unite Agaist Fascism protest
Oxford Union

Weyman Bennett, national secretary of UAF, said it had called the demonstration because it believed Mr Robinson still held racist views.

He said "I don't believe by giving him a platform we contribute to stopping far-right views, in fact we endorse them. The danger is it gives respectability to a part of politics that should not be given respect."

Tommy Robinson 'happy' with Union speech

The founder of the

English Defence League gave a speech to the
Oxford Union last night, and told
BBC Radio Oxford that he was
pleased with the response he received.

Tommy Robinson
Oxford Union

He said: "It went very well, I was completely honoured and I'm happy. It was a good reaction from the audience, they said I was not what they expected and they were happy to hear what I had to say."

Mr Robinson decried a protest by 20 people outside the venue, and an attempt to

stop his appearance: "The definition of fascism is trying to prevent someone having a difference of opinion to you. All those 200 who signed a petition to have me banned. That's fascist. Come and debate me."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There are likely to be long delays on roads around North Oxford after Thames Water put in temporary lights on the Banbury Road so that it can repair a collapsed sewer.

Joni me for all the headlines at


Albert falters at final hurdle


Thames Valley Police horse has been named as a runner up in a star-studded national award.

Albert the horse
Thames Valley Police

Albert, a 17-year-old Irish draught cross, was nominated in the public sector category of this year's

RSPCA and Daily Mirror Animal Hero Awards.

He has worked on demonstrations, Royal protection and football matches but was pipped to the award by a Metropolitan police dog.

Along with Albert and host Amanda Holden, celebrities including singer Alexandra Burke, former Pussycat Dolls member Ashley Roberts and animal enthusiast and TV presenter Bill Oddie were also present.


Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

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Kidlington disruption

There is a

lane closed on the A4260 Frieze Way in Kidlington, near the A44 Woodstock Road junction, because of roadworks and restrictions.

PD James sold millions

PD James penned more than 20 books

and sold millions around the world, with many adapted for television and film.

PD James
Getty Images

Among her best known novels include The Children of Men, The Murder Room and Pride and Prejudice spin-off Death Comes to Pemberley.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

One of the most respected British crime writers, PD James, has died at her home in Oxford at the age of 94.

I'll have more details at


BreakingPD James has died

Novelist PD James has died, aged 94, at her home in Oxford, her agent confirms.

She was known as the Queen of crime fiction, the creator of the suave, cerebral police officer, Adam Dalgliesh.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: A three-year-old boy has been left with permanent kidney damage after contracting a rare and potentially life-threatening form of E-coli following an outbreak in Dorset.


Since July, 10 people in Blandford and Bournemouth have been diagnosed with the bacterial illness - which can come from poor hygiene and raw food.

Join Roger Finn at


Oxfam CEO defends £120,000 salary

BBC Radio Oxford

Mark Goldring, the chief executive of the charity

Oxfam has defended his salary.

Oxfam's Mark Goldring

He acknowledged that explaining his salary was "difficult", when they had to ask lower paid people to donate.

He told

Howard Bentham: "We need to be open, you are running a large enterprise, far bigger than most businesses, but we also need to balance that with our values of running a charity. Out of every pound, nine pence is spent on running the charity and paying staff."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Thousands of fish are being released into the River Thames at Kings Weir in Oxford today to boost depleted fish populations.

I'll have more on that at


'Step up' for striker Campbell

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United's

new striker John Campbell told BBC Radio Oxford's
Howard Bentham that the move to the Kassam was "a big step up".

He said: "I scored 24 goals in 15 games and have had a lot of interest from different clubs, but the lads at Oxford were great so I wasn't interested in any other club, but it took three weeks to go through and it was the longest three weeks of my life.

"I just want to be out there playing and scoring goals and winning games for the club."

Sunrise in Didcot

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

We've been sent this picture of this dramatic sunrise in Didcot by Paul Bodsworth.

PAul Bodsworth

If you have a photo you'd like to share with the rest of Oxfordshire, why not

email to me.

Lorry cycle guards

Oxford Mail

Lorries should be

forced to fit life-saving side guards, city councillors will be urged to tell transport bosses.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Survival rates for patients diagnosed with cancer in Oxfordshire will be hit because of the length of time they have to wait before being referred for treatment, according to the Macmillan Cancer Trust.

I'll have more on that at


Pedestrian killed by car in Abingdon

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

A woman died when she was

hit by a car in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

The 81-year-old was struck by a Ford Focus as she walked along the A4183 Oxford Road, Lodge Hill on Wednesday at about 17:00.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, Thames Valley Police said.

Nurse recruitment reopens beds

BBC Radio Oxford

Beds that have been

closed since September at the Abingdon and Witney Community hospitals are about to be brought back into use.

Witney Community Hospital
Oxford Health NHS

Director of Nursing at the

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Ros Halstead told
BBC Radio Oxford that the hospitals were close to being back to full staff levels.

She said: "We do have capacity peaks and troughs so as we are heading into the winter months now we want to be at full capacity."

Abuse charity expanding

Witney Gazette

An Oxfordshire domestic abuse charity is going to

expand throughout the Thames Valley as it eyes its 10th birthday.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A lecture by the former leader of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, was attended by 250 people at the Oxford Union.

Join me for all the headlines at


Weather watch

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

As we heard from Dan Downs, it's a murky day.

Summertown in Oxford

The view from the BBC Oxford newsroom is certainly abruptly curtailed by a curtain of cloud. What's the scenery like where you are? Send in you pics to

Local Live.

John Campbell signs

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United have completed the signing of Jarrow striker John Campbell.

John Campbell

The new arrival will be on BBC Radio Oxford with Howard Bentham at


Cycle networks

Oxford Times

Oxford has today been named as one of eight to share in a £114m Government pot to

accelerate development of local cycling networks, increase protection for cyclists at dangerous junctions and help prevent accidents.

Emergency sewer works

BBC Radio Oxford

Thames Water are carrying out emergency sewer works in Summertown, north of the shops on the A4165 at the junction with Grove Street.

Temporary lights began at 09:30 this morning and will be in place 24 hours a day. Severe congestion is expected until 15 December.

Sarah Sharp from Thames Water told

Phil Gayle: "We have got a collapsed sewer pipe and we need to repair it to prevent any sewer flooding to nearby homes. Unfortunately the manhole is right in the middle of the road. We are sorry about this."