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  1. Updates from Tuesday 25 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Alex Therrien

All times stated are UK

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

Evening TV

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: The number of people in Oxford classed as "homeless" has risen by more than 10% in a year.

People sleeping rough

That's according to the charity Crisis which says the cost of housing in the city is one of the main causes of the problem.

Also, a 24-year-old man arrested after a woman reported she was raped in Kidlington has been released on bail.

Join me for more on those stories at


Prolonged dry spells

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Cloudy, with mist and low cloud becoming widespread, and outbreaks of rain affecting the region during the evening and throughout the night.

Some prolonged dry spells are possible also.

Bee Tucker

Winds gradually easing overnight with lows of 5C (41F).

Life-saving alarm

Henley Standard

A woman says she would have died if her home

had not been fitted with a carbon monoxide alarm that cost £20.

Jill Emerson, of St Mary's Close, Henley, said she had been suffering headaches for weeks and her four-year-old golden retriever Alfie had appeared sleepy.

Pet problems

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Earlier today I spoke to Dr Muriel Brasseur, a zoologist and animal behaviourist, about misbehaving pets.

She spoke to me about barking dogs and how to deal with the problem, among other things.

Listen again

here on iPlayer.

A34 blocked

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The A34 in the Oxford lane is blocked on the exit slip road southbound at Hinksey Hill Interchange because of a broken down car.

Your views

Alex Therrien

BBC News Online

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to find out what you think.

Unpaid fines

BBC Radio Oxford

Nearly 50% of people found guilty of crimes in the Thames Valley don't pay the fines they are given.

The figures from a Freedom of Information Request are from penalties handed out in the last financial year. Hear more on

BBC Radio Oxford.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Two men have been arrested following an attack in Sutton Courtenay.

A 21-year-old man suffered bruising and swelling to the head after he and a 28-year-old man were attacked on the way home from the Plough pub.

Join me for more on that at


Unclaimed premium bonds

BBC Radio Oxford

More than £400,000 worth of premium bonds remain unclaimed in Oxfordshire.

There are four people in the county who are due to receive £1,000 after failing to claim their prizes in previous draws.

More on that

here at 17:00.

Kebab shop assaults

Two men have assaulted customers and staff

at a kebab shop in kebab shop in Didcot.

One of the men kicked a female and male customer and the other demanded chicken and, after being told it had sold out, reached across the counter and punched a member of staff in the face.

Staff then removed the men from the store, but they re-entered several times and one of the men damaged the window of the shop.

The incident took place at Delight 2 in Broadway at 00:45 on 15 November.

Checking Oxfordshire's health services

BBC Radio Oxford

All this week BBC Radio Oxford is taking the temperature of the NHS in Oxfordshire - finding out about the pressures services are facing and talking to those in charge.

Yesterday, our reporter Bethan Phillips told us how 2,500 people each week turn up at A&E in Oxfordshire.

Today, Bethan has been finding out about the food served at our hospitals.

Listen back online


Pongathon comes to Oxford

Oxford City Council has been awarded funding from Sport England for

another new table tennis project.

Table tennis
Getty Images

The council said Pongathon is an after-work ping pong party that brings the sport of table tennis into a social environment and encourages people to get together after work to de-stress, get active and have fun.

Congestion and replacement services

There is

congestion on the A40 around Merewood Avenue and on the A423 and A4142.

Trains are running fine, with the

exception of the ongoing Chiltern Railways replacement bus service running between Oxford and Bicester Town due to engineering works.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Scientists have discovered a possible link between Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia - which typically develops in much younger adults.

Join me for more on that at


Men attacked in Sutton Courtenay

Two men

were assaulted in Oxfordshire as they walked home from the pub on Harwell Road, Sutton Courtenay, at about 00:45 on 16 November.

A 21-year-old man and a 28-year-old man were walking home from the Plough public house when they were assaulted by two men.

Busy by-pass road

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A4142 Eastern by-pass road in Oxford is busy but moving, and one lane is blocked southbound between Cowley Junction and Littlemore roundabout because of a broken down car.

Fibreglass pig stolen

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

A woman whose father's ashes were inside a

fibreglass pig stolen from her garden says she is "devastated" and fears they will never be returned.

Fibreglass pig
Jane Gilmore

Jane Gilmore, of Bloxham, Oxfordshire, believes the theft of the life-size pig and piglet was premeditated because both had been attached to the ground.

Military support award for Oxford

Oxford Mail

Oxfordshire County Council has won a

national award for its work linked to its support for military reservists.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

The need for a surgery in the Oxfordshire village of Cholsey is becoming more desperate.

That's according to Cholsey councillor Mark Gray, who says it's time the village was given a practice.

Join me for more on that at


Autumn woods

BBC South Today

This photo of Stoke Lyne woods in North Oxfordshire was taken by South Today viewer Stuart Bebb.

Photo in Stoke Lyne woods
Stuart Bebb

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Unsung hero

BBC Sport

Bernard Wilkins, an athletics coach from Oxfordshire, has won the

BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award for the South.

Bernard Wilkins

He was nominated by Vicky Tilling, who is part of his training group at Abingdon Athletics Club.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

A link has been discovered between Alzheimer's and schizophrenia in a study led by Oxford University.

The research, funded by the Medical Research Council, found that similar networks of nerve cells in the brain were damaged in both groups of patients.

Join me for more on that at


Defibrillator campaign

Bicester Advertiser

A campaign to

install hundreds of units of life-saving equipment across the county has smashed the halfway point.

South Central Ambulance Service's Dick Tracey wanted 320 defibrillators across Oxfordshire so nobody was more than 10 minutes away from one.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Plans for a new multi-million pound development in Oxford have been
criticised for having no affordable housing.


The revamp of the Westgate Centre will include new shops, homes and a cinema.

However, the plans have drawn criticism from some councillors in the city for including luxury flats - but no cheaper housing.

Join Roger Finn at


Teaching staff improvement

On 26 November,

an event in Oxford will mark the close of a two-year programme run by Oxford's two universities and funded by the city council to help primary school staff develop their leadership skills.

Oxford University

Senior and middle leaders from 14 primary schools in the city took part in the programmes which support efforts to improve the attainment levels of children at the schools.

Three by-elections

Three by-elections will take place on Thursday 27 November following the resignation of councillor Val Smith from Oxford City Council's Blackbird Leys ward and the county council's Leys division, and the resignation of councillor Steve Curran from the city council's Northfield Brook ward.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

A potential buyer for Leafield based F1 team Caterham could put them back in business within weeks, according to the administrator.

Join me for more on that at


Firefighter retires after 34 years

An on-call firefighter who has given 34 years of service to Oxfordshire County Council's fire and rescue service in the Burford area is to

retire at the end of the month.

Retired firefighter
Oxfordshire County Council

Transfer deals

BBC Sport

Two Oxford United players are among those in the

BBC's transfer round-up.

Chey Dunkley has moved from Kidderminster to Oxford United on loan, while Pat Hoban has moved from Dunbalk on a free transfer.

Ashes stolen from fibreglass pig

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A life-size fibreglass pig containing the ashes of a World War Two veteran has been stolen from his daughter's home.

At 12:20 we'll hear from the daughter who is trying to catch the swine who stole her dad's ashes. Listen live


Antisocial pub fears

Oxford Times

Worries over housing and antisocial behaviour have been

raised over plans for a new Hungry Horse pub in Cowley.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire is one of just five places in the country that's missed a government target to put together a plan to join up health and social care.

Join me for more on that at


Caterham deal

BBC Sport

Oxfordshire-based Formula 1 team Caterham are in talks with a potential buyer who could put them back in business within weeks,

according to their administrator.

Caterham car of Kamui Kobayashi competing at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Getty Images

They entered administration last month with 230 staff later made redundant.

Heavy traffic

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There is heavy traffic on the A40 eastbound in Witney between the A415 Ducklington junction and Witney East.

There is also very slow traffic on the A34 northbound between Marcham Interchange and Hinksey Hill Interchange.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A potential buyer for Leafield-based F1 team Caterham could put them back in business within weeks, according to the administrator.

Join me for more on that at


Chance encounters

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

I'm asking today when have you seen someone you know in a place you didn't expect to?

You can get in touch via

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Weak spot for dementia

The brain has a

weak spot for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, according to UK scientists who have pinpointed the region using scans.


The researchers, led by Dr Gwenaëlle Douaud of Oxford University, looked at how the brain naturally changes as people age.

Convertible stolen

Henley Standard

A blue Audi S4 convertible has been

stolen from Upton Close in Henley following a burglary at the weekend.

Teenager arrested over assault

A 15-year-old teenager from Oxfordshire has been

arrested on suspicion of assaulting a shopkeeper in Grove.

Supt Andy Boyd, LPA Commander for South and Vale, said: "This is a rare incident for Grove, and so our Neighbourhood Policing Team has visited the shopkeepers in the immediate area to discuss the incident and to put their minds at ease."