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  1. Updates on Monday 1 December 2014

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Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

That's it for Local Live for Oxfordshire for today. Thanks for stopping by.

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Man suffers head injuries in attack

Thames Valley Police

A 25-year-old man

has been seriously injured during an attack in Oxford.

The victim sustained serious head injuries after being assaulted by a man in Bonn Square, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Bonn Square
ceridwen

A 26-year-old man, from Oxford, was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

On the programme tonight

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today

Coming up on

BBC South Today at 18:30: There's been a big fall in the number of people being held in police custody in Oxfordshire, after a new pilot scheme to help people with mental health problems.

The street triage programme involves police officers and specialist nurses working as a team. It's also led to fewer people in the county being sectioned under the mental health act.

M40 tailbacks after crash

Tom Davies

BBC Radio Oxford

There's 10 miles of queuing traffic on the M40 northbound in Oxfordshire due to a crash between junction 10, for Brackley, and junction 11, for Overthorpe.

One lane has been closed and barrier repairs are being carried out. Visit the

BBC Travel website for all the latest on Oxfordshire's roads.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford at 17:00: A charity cafe at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford (pictured) has reopened following a six week closure.

John Radcliffe Hospital
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The

League of Friends café has undergone a £200,000 refurbishment.

New pool nears completion

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Oxford City Council has been

tweeting photos of the new Blackbird Leys swimming pool, which is nearing completion.

Blackbird Leys swimming pool - under construction
Oxford City Council

The new leisure centre includes an eight-lane, competition-standard swimming pool with moveable floor, a teaching pool and fun water area for children.

Solar panels on its roof are also expected to generate about £13,000 a year, according to the council.

Blackbird Leys swimming pool - under construction
Oxford City Council

Problems on A40 northbound

Tom Davies

BBC Radio Oxford

There's severe disruption on the A40 northbound at junction 11. One lane is closed because of a broken down lorry.

The A423 Southern Bypass is also busy between the A34 at Oxford and the A4144, between Hinksey Hill Interchange and Kennington Roundabout.

For all the latest on Oxfordshire's roads, visit the

BBC Travel website.

Town hall carol concert

Oxfordshire County Council

The Lord Mayor's Christmas carol concert will take place on 21 December at Oxford Town Hall.

Oxford Town Hall
David Hawgood

It will feature choirs from Oxford Spires Academy and Oxfordshire Young Singers, accompanied by the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra, and will be conducted by John Traill.

Analysis on roads cash claim

Richard Westcott

BBC Transport Correspondent

This is a large amount of money and a large number of schemes. The big question now, from many I've spoken to in the industry, is will they see it through?

Governments have a habit of announcing big plans for the roads, only to shelve them later on when the money gets tight. Even this coalition started life by announcing road maintenance budget cuts and cancelling projects.

Upcoming changes to the Highways Agency, giving it a guaranteed budget every five years, are meant to put an end to all that uncertainty.

Latest on future of Caterham

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Formula 1 team Caterham

will be allowed to compete in 2015 with this year's car - if a buyer is found for the team.

Caterham car at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Getty Images

The outfit

is in administration and has been given special dispensation to make it easier to find a buyer.

It means potential purchasers will not be under pressure to build a new car for next season.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Plans for a new children's home in Thame will be considered later.

Oxfordshire County Council wants to build a two-storey facility on farmland near the town to provide short-term accommodation for up to six young people who are at risk of entering the care system.

Listen to that story and more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 16:00.

Top police officer to leave force

One of Britain's most high-ranking female police officers is to leave the service after more than 30 years.

Oxford-born Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, who has degrees from Oxford and Cambridge, will join the Foreign Office next year.

Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick
Getty Images

Ms Dick's parents were Cecilia, a historian, and Marcus, senior tutor at Balliol College. She joined the Met in 1983 and held a number of high-profile positions including leading specialist operations from July 2011 until this summer.

Football focus

Oxford City Council

An open evening for all Oxford football clubs will be hosted by the city council tomorrow.

Football in a net - generic
Thinkstock

The authority says the evening will cover a variety of topics, including finding funding, support for attracting new volunteers and the provision of pitches and facilities across the city.

Train disruption until later tonight

Banbury Cake

Commuters are facing delays to Chiltern Railways services until 22:00 tonight.

Northbound delays, between Kings Sutton and Banbury, are due to signalling problems between Hatton and Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Chief Constable to leave force

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

The Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police

is leaving after being appointed the chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), a newly created association representing senior police officers.

Sara Thornton
afp/Getty Images

Sara Thornton will head the body which is replacing the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo).

Starting in April 2015, she will effectively replace Sir Hugh Orde, who is standing down as president of Acpo.

On the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford at 15:00: The A34 is to get £50m, as part of a
£15bn pot to be spent on roads in England.

A34 approaching the Botley Interchange
David Dixon

The money is to be spent on new technology to warn drivers about queues and changes to the Peartree and Botley interchanges.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said a long-term plan would be put together.

Patchy drizzle this afternoon

Holly Green

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be continue to be dull and cloudy in many places, with a touch of patchy drizzle, especially over high ground.

Holly Green
BBC

It will feel chilly, despite the light winds. Highs of 7C (45F).

Get the latest forecast here.

A40 and A420 congestion

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's congestion on the A40 eastbound at Cassington between the Eynsham and Wolvercote roundabouts.

Traffic is also very slow on the A420 southbound at Cumnor. For all the latest on the roads across the county, go the to the

BBC Travel website.

What's in a name?

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A parenting website claims to have a list of the most popular baby names, and I've been asking how parents go about choosing their child's name?

Thunderbird's character Lady Penelope and Parker
AP

On Facebook, Penny Ling got in touch and said: "I was named after Lady Penelope in Thunderbirds! Father was a huge fan and so am I."

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman from Bloxham whose father's ashes were inside a fibreglass pig stolen from her garden,

says they've been returned.

Missing fibreglass pig
Jane Gilmore

Jane Gilmore described the return of the life-size pig and piglet as "a relief", but said she'll have to make some repairs.

Hear more about that story and more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 14:00.

Carols countdown

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

I'm joining primary school choirs from across Oxfordshire in the run up to Christmas.

Wolvercote Primary School choir
BBC

Wolvercote Primary School kick-started the carols countdown this morning. Tune in live to
BBC Radio Oxford on weekdays at 07:40 and 08:40 or
listen again here.

Details on A34 improvement plans

Helen Catt

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid

has announced the A34 is to get £50m.

Sajid Javid announces £50m for A34 at Peartree Services
BBC

He made the announcement at Peartree Services. It's part of a

£15bn spending plan for roads across England.

Technology to warn motorists of problems on the A34, as well as changes to Botley and Peartree interchanges are expected.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00: A decision will be made later on plans for a new children's home in Thame.

Oxfordshire County Council wants to build a two-storey facility on farmland near the town to provide short-term accommodation for up to six young people who are at risk of entering the care system.

Black Friday chaos

Oxford Mail

Bicester Village shopping outlet staff have said

they'll take more precautions against traffic chaos caused by frenzied festive shopping next Black Friday.

Bicester Villages at Christmas - generic
PL Chadwick

Police were called to help manage traffic at the centre over the weekend, with queues along the A41.

The shopping village was

closed on Friday after shoppers gridlocked the town.

Ashes held in fibreglass pig returned

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

A woman whose father's ashes were inside a fibreglass pig stolen from her garden

says they have been returned, restoring her "faith in human nature".

Jane Gilmore
Jane Gilmore

The life-sized piglet and pig, containing the ashes of Norman Simmons, had been dumped in a hedge in fields near her home in Bloxham, Oxfordshire.

They were discovered by a dog walker who had seen the story in the media.

A34 cash confusion

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

There has been some confusion over the amount of cash which is to be spent on upgrading the A34.

It was announced it would benefit from a

£15bn pot for roads across England.

Culture secretary Sajid Javid (right) announces £50m for A34 at Peartree Services with MP Nicola Blackwood
BBC

Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon (pictured left with Culture Secretary Sajid Javid),

has given the figure £50m in a press release.

But the

Department for Transport has said it's £30m.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Plans are under way to boost the number of homes in Oxfordshire which have access to superfast broadband, according to the county council.

It says £8m will be made available if funding is matched by local authorities. If successful, coverage would be increased to 95% of the county by 2017. Listen to that story and more on

BBC Radio Oxford at noon.

School crossings e-petition

Oxford Times

A teenager

has launched a campaign to make his walk to school in north Oxford and Summertown safer.

Pelican crossing
Thinkstock

Cherwell School pupil Phoenix Sremcevic, 15, has started an

e-petition calling on Oxfordshire County Council to put in two pelican crossings.

He wants them placing at the Marston Ferry Road and Banbury road junction.

Baby names for 2014 'revealed'

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A league table of this year's most popular baby names in Britain

has been revealed today by a website.

Mohamed (in its various spellings) tops the boy list while Elsa, popular because of Disney's Frozen movie, enters the girl top 100.

Baby's feet - generic
BBC

I want to know how you came up with your child's name, and what's the story behind it?

Homophobic offences down

Charles Nove

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's been a fall in the number of violent homophobic offences recorded by Thames Valley Police so far this year.

They recorded 29 violent homophobic crimes between January and October. That's 13 fewer than in 2013, and 23 fewer than the year before.

Congestion around Kennington Roundabout

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

One lane is closed on the A4260 Frieze Way northbound in Kidlington from the A44 Woodstock Road junction, because of roadworks.

There's also heavy congestion on the A423 Southern Bypass in Oxfordshire between Hinksey Hill Interchange and Kennington Roundabout.

Get the latest on the BBC Travel News website.

News on the hour

Charles Nove

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford at 11:00: Power has been restored to almost 2,000 homes in Oxfordshire.

Supplies were cut just after 07:30 this morning. Southern Electric Power Distribution is investigating the cause of the fault and has apologised to customers.

A34 upgrade: Your thoughts

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We've been asking you this morning what you think about the announcement that £50m is to be spent on upgrading the A34 through Oxfordshire.

It's

part of a £15bn "roads revolution" for England.

A34 in Oxfordshire
David Dixon

Matthew Southwell has been in touch on

Facebook and said: "More roads, mean more cars. Improve public transport, to ease congestion."

Victoria Louise House asked: "Is there money for the potholes first?"

Sex exploitation

Oxford Mail

More than 150 young people

have been referred to a specialist exploitation unit set up in the wake of a city child sex ring, it has been revealed.

A total 153 cases were sent to the Kingfisher Team in its first full year of operation from March 2013. The 20-strong team was set up to bring together police, council and NHS bosses in the wake of

Operation Bullfinch.

Travel latest

Phil Mercer

BBC Radio Oxford

There's disruption on the A34 which has been partially blocked by a broken down vehicle. As a result traffic is slow southbound between Milton and Chiltern interchanges.

There's a contraflow and roadworks on the Oxford Southern Bypass which is causing delays from Rose Hill, and on the A34 from Abingdon North.

For all the latest on Oxfordshire's roads visit the

BBC Travel website.

Book prize for graduate

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

A debut novel written by Oxford graduate Jessie Burton and inspired by a dollhouse in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum

has been named Waterstones Book of the Year.

Jessie Burton
Getty Images

The Miniaturist is the story of a young bride in a wealthy quarter of 17th Century Amsterdam.

'Not been able to find the money'

Radio 5 live

Even with an extra £15bn for roads, spending on them is still "quite modest" compared with what's being invested in railways, says Professor Stephen Glaister, the director of the RAC Foundation.

On Wake Up to Money he says that quite a lot of the £15bn being spent on roads is for better quality and quieter surfaces. He warns that governments have failed to deliver previous road building schemes because they have not been able to find the money.