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  1. Updates from Wednesday 3 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Dave Gilyeat

All times stated are UK

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That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

Tonight's television

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today tonight on BBC One at 18:30: We speak to the campaigners against the West Way shopping centre in Oxford who have described it as too big, intrusive and wrong for Botley

West Way plans
doric properties

We find out about the studio used by the artist William Blake that has been recreated in the Ashmolean Museum and there's news of a £20,000 reward that has been put up to help solve a 20-year-old murder

'Mostly dry'

Alexis Green

Weather presenter, BBC South Today

Tonight there'll be more cloud than last night but it won't be as cold. We'll see temperatures fall in the countryside to around 2C (36F).

Alexis Green

There's a chance of patchy rain tonight but most places will stay dry.


Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi

did not slow down sufficiently to avoid losing control when he crashed at the Japanese GP, an FIA accident report has found.

Jules Bianchi
Getty Images

The driver with the Banbury-based Marussia team suffered severe head injuries when he crashed into a recovery vehicle in wet conditions at Suzuka in October.

He is no longer in an artificial coma and is breathing unaided, but remains unconscious in hospital in Nice.

The FIA say he hit the 6,500kg crane at a speed of 126kph (78mph).

'You have to adapt'

Alexandra Vickers from Long Hanborough emailed us with her experience as a left-hander, following our discussion earlier.

"Scissors used to be a nightmare and I can't cut anything in a straight line much to the bewilderment of my husband.

"Luckily I've managed to teach myself to knit, right-handed. My writing is fairly good and I don't write at a very obscure angle like some of my fellow lefties.

"I don't have any learning difficulties as

the Daily Mail article suggests but come from a line of left-handers on my father's side so the genetic theory is interesting. You just have to adapt."

Bringing back Blake

Sonja Jessup

Presenter, BBC London News

A south London studio that was used by the artist and poet William Blake has been recreated for the first time in Oxford.

One of William Blake's paintings

Building blueprints and descriptions of the artist's London studio have been used to rebuild it after it was destroyed nearly 100 years ago.

Watch my report here to find out how the painter mastered his trade.

Bus delays

Oxford Bus Company

tweets: We are now experiencing delays of up to 60 mins on our city routes. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Politics in action

Oxford Mail

A team from Eynsham's Bartholomew School was voted the

winner of a Politics in Action day organised by West Oxfordshire District Council.

Abingdon Road incident

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We've had reports of a minor bump involving a taxi out of Oxford on the Abingdon Road near to the allotments.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The government says the latest tranche of money gathered from UK banks in

so-called "Libor" fines is being allocated to air ambulances.

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance has told BBC Radio Oxford that they're happy at the news, but need to look closer at the figures to see what it'll mean for them.

More with me at 17:00.

'Heavily congested'

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The Oxford ring road's already heavily congested from Kiln Lane to the Headington roundabout. Clockwise, it's heavy from Cowley across to the Hinksey Hill Interchange.

The A40 is busy towards Oxford from the Eynsham roundabout to the Wolvercote roundabout, and the A4144's getting heavy out of Oxford from Moreton Road to the Wolvercote roundabout.

On the A415 it's very heavy from Culham into Abingdon.

Science institute announced

Tom Airey

BBC News

A new £235m science research centre has been given the go-ahead for Manchester in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement, and it will have a branch in Oxford too.

Honeycomb structure of graphene

The Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials Research and Innovation will build on advances made in developing materials like graphene (pictured).

George Osborne described it as a "massive investment".

Botley makeover

via Facebook

Earlier Phil Gayle asked you what you thought of the

West Way plans for Botley.

Stewart Booth

says: I definitely think that we need an upgrade to the 21st century. Shops bars cinema etc anything will be better than what is there. And with the state of the traffic in Oxford I welcome anything that will stop me having to go into the city centre.

Simon Tavener

says: The current state of Botley is not good and whilst there will be disruption during the changes, the end result will be a positive addition to the area. But sadly NIMBY-ism is rife in our area...

But Kathy Fernandez Hand

says: I don't think we need another cinema.

Reindeer exhibit


Ashmolean Museum has been tweeting a picture of an exhibit each day as part of its 2014 advent calendar.

Today's seasonal offering is a watercolour copy of a medieval paving tile by A W Franks.

Watercolour copy of a medieval paving tile by A W Franks (reindeer)
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

This prancing reindeer is certainly making us feel all Christmassy here at BBC Oxford towers.

On air

Paul Kiernan

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

On the

David Prever show from 16:00: Nick Hillman, from the Oxford-based
Higher Education Policy Institute, tells us how students could tip the balance of power at the next general election.

We'll round up all of today's business stories and the Autumn Statement, and look at fun events happening across Oxfordshire this week with

Daily info.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

It's 50 years since the US political activist Malcolm X visited the Oxford Union.

Professor Stephen Tuck, the author of When Malcolm X Came to Oxford, said the visit was one of the most significant in the union's history.

More headlines at 16:00.

Left is right!

via Facebook

Earlier Kat Orman asked what it is like being a left-handed person in a right-handed world.

It's after a new study showed that

left-handers are at a disadvantage at work and will reportedly earn 12% less over their lifetime than their right-handed counterparts.

Writing on a pad

Jennifer Radbourne

says: Left-handed people are just as good, if not better than right-handed people. Left-handed people are quite often bright and more intelligent than right-handed people. I was punished at school for being left-handed.

Mark Stewart

adds: Quite agree! My father-in-law was forced to write right-handed, sheer ignorance really! Also my youngest son is left-handed and it was looking for scissors for him that inspired my wife and I to open our Left-handed shop.

Hospital cafe gets revamp

Oxford Times

A cafe which has raised more than £1m to buy hospital equipment

reopened this week after a £200,000 revamp.

Firearms surrender

A total of 121 firearms have been surrendered to police stations across the Thames Valley as part of a firearms and ammunition surrender.

Since 24 November people have been able to

hand in unlicensed guns, bullets and old or antique firearms to
Thames Valley Police, without facing prosecution for illegal possession.

Surrendered firearms
Thames valley police

Insp Lindsay James said she was "extremely pleased" with the response, adding that "every weapon handed in is one less that could end up in the wrong hands".

So far 16 weapons have been handed in to Abingdon station, eight to Oxford and 10 to Banbury. The surrender continues until Sunday.

Love is Enough

Listen back to last night's

Front Row on Radio 4 to hear all about artist Jeremy Deller's new exhibition.

The Turner prize-winner is curating the event at Modern Art Oxford, with works by his artistic heroes William Morris and Andy Warhol.

Elizabeth Taylor by Andy Warhol
AP/Sotheby’s Auction House

Love is Enough runs from Saturday until 8 March.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

If you're having a baby, it's better to deliver at home or in birthing centres.

That's according to new guidelines from the

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, recommending that almost half of pregnant women should stay out of hospital.

Mother-of-three Sarah Fishburn from Harwell helped develop the guidance. She said: "[This is the amount of] normal, healthy women who could potentially give birth outside hospital... that's what this guidance is about."

More headlines at 15:00.

Panto time

Thame Gazette

The cast of Cinderella gathered outside the Waterside theatre by the statue of comedian Ronnie Barker

for their first day of rehearsals.

Business survey

Oxfordshire County Council is looking for feedback from local businesses.

It wants to know how they prefer to interact with regulators, such as trading standards, the fire service and environmental health.

It has set up a survey which can be filled in


Castle Mill public exhibition


University of Oxford has set out the environmental impacts of its
controversial development at Castle Mill to
Oxford City Council.

Castle Mill
Steve Daniels

The £21.5m student flats have been criticised for spoiling views of Port Meadow, a Scheduled Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

There are

two public exhibitions at the Saïd Business School on Friday and Saturday for residents to view the environmental statement.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford


memorial will be held later for murdered Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson, a year after she disappeared.

I'll have more on this and the rest of today's headlines on

BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00.

Henley artist hacked

Henley Standard

A sculptor from Shiplake has told of how he was

targeted by telephone fraudsters.

Lunchtime TV

Laura Trant

Reporter, BBC South Today

Businesses, workers and families in the South will be absorbing this year's

Autumn statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Autumn statement document
European Photopress Agency

George Osborne is keen to point out that the South East now has the lowest unemployment rate of all the UK regions at 4.6%, with 58,000 fewer people unemployed compared to this time last year.

We'll have more on

BBC One at 13:30.

Coming up

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Hundreds of thousands of patients are languishing for more than 24 hours in A&E before being seen,

according to figures from the Care Quality Commission.

The most seriously ill are lying on trolleys waiting for a bed on a ward while others are forced to wait just to be assessed and sent home. So today I'm asking if you've had any recent experience of an A&E department.

Please get in touch.

Plus my guests include former social worker John Morgan, and Flo van Diemen van Thor, who recently set up her own coaching, mentoring and marketing business in Oxford.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

It has been revealed that 124 people in Oxfordshire have had an amputation because of diabetes in the past three years.

I'll have more on this and the rest of today's headlines on

BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00.

Carol countdown to Christmas

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


BBC Radio Oxford is counting down to Christmas with the help of local primary school children.

St Mary's Church of England Primary School

This morning it was the turn of

St Mary's Church of England Primary School in Chipping Norton singing
Little Donkey and Jingle Bells.

PM: 'Less pressure on A34'

Banbury Cake

David Cameron claimed improvements being done across the country

will help relieve pressure on the A34.

Ambulance staff recognised

This year's Ambies, the annual awards ceremony of the

South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) NHS Foundation Trust has taken place.

They were presented by Falklands War veteran Simon Weston OBE (pictured with A&E Person of the Year Wendy Mitchem-Lines).

Wendy Mitchem-Lines and Simon Weston
Mason Photography (UK)

Chairman Trevor Jones said: "I can assure you that it is a very moving experience when you hear the stories about staff and volunteers going above and beyond what they do in treating patients through the year."

SCAS covers Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Bloxham death inquest

Oxford Mail

A coroner was unable to establish a

cause of death for a 54-year-old Bloxham man who was not found for "some time" after he died.

South Today filming in Botley

Doric Properties
tweets: Speaking to @BBCOxford about our exciting proposed £100m investment Botley District Centre #BotleyRegen #Oxford

BBC Oxford Doric Properties filming
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News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford man with impaired sight has had to wait a year for cataract surgery to improve his vision.

Rip Bulkeley, from Summertown, has told BBC Radio Oxford he repeatedly had to chase up the appointment without having his calls answered.

Join me for more on this and all the headlines at

More at 12:00.

Blake's Heaven


Ashmolean Museum unveils its William Blake exhibition tomorrow.

William Blake's studio

His studio (pictured) will be recreated using archive blueprints.

William Blake: Apprentice and Master, which lasts three months, will also feature some of the works created at that very studio.

On air

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Today we met Clare from Thame. She's mum to little Josh who is 19-months-old and has severe cerebral palsy.

With the

Santa Run for Helen & Douglas House just a couple of weeks away, we wanted to find out how the help they offer is a lifesaver. Be sure to listen back on the

Still to come, it seems

left-handed people will earn less that those on the right!

Left hand

So what's it like being a southpaw in the right handed world?

Let me know.

Aiming for Rio

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Didcot shooter

Dan Rivers has his sights set firmly on winning a place in the Team GB squad that will travel to the
2016 Olympics in Rio.

After grabbing a gold and bronze at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Rivers capped off a memorable 2014 by winning sportsman of the year at the

Oxfordshire Sports Awards.

Dan Rivers
BBC Sport

"I've got a serious goal," he told

BBC Radio Oxford. "Hopefully we're going to press forward to next year to be even more successful."

Brawl in Cowley

Police are appealing for witnesses

to a brawl in Cowley yesterday at about 16:00.

The fight, near the Templar Square shopping centre on Between Towns Road, involved about five men and resulted in a 20-year-old being taken to hospital with a minor wound to his back.

The men are described as black and Asian. A 20-year-old man from London and a 16-year-old boy from Oxford were arrested on suspicion of affray.

Jayden memorial

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Family and friends of murdered Jayden Parkinson

will hold a memorial for her, a year after she disappeared.

Jayden Parkinson

The 17-year-old, who was last seen at Didcot Railway station on 3 December last year, will be remembered at a gathering in the town at 19:00 GMT.

Jayden's former boyfriend Ben Blakeley, 22, from Reading,

was sentenced to life for her murder in July this year.

He must serve a minimum of 20 years for murdering Jayden and burying her in his uncle's grave.