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  1. Updates on Thursday 4 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Friday

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Good evening

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

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

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

Man sought in trumpet theft

British Transport Police has

released images of a man they want to identify in relation to the theft of a trumpet from a Thames Valley train.

CCTV image of man and a trumpet

The £3,000 Brad Stradivarius trumpet was stolen on Wednesday 10 September, on the 20:15 train from Heyford to Cholsey.

PC Richard Willis said: "The victim got off the train without the trumpet, but inquiries to lost property proved fruitless. If you have been offered this trumpet for sale, or recognise the man in the CCTV image, please contact BTP."

Introducing introductions


BBC Oxford Introducing team are meeting their counterparts from across the country at an event in London. Dave Gilyeat
tweets: The future's bright/orange - With
@lizGreenRadio at Maida Vale studios for the BBC Introducing Away Day.

Liz Green adn Dave Gilyeat

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: It has been described as "one of the worst examples of modern design" -
student flats built on Port Meadow by the University of Oxford.

Port Meadow student housing

Campaigners say the flats should never have been allowed to be constructed because they spoil the views over the beauty spot, and now they want the buildings lowered.

A public meeting is being held this evening on the building. I'll have all that and more at

18:30 on BBC One.

A touch of frost

Holly Green

BBC Weather

A few patches of

showery rain a risk for all of us as we enter the evening.

Holly Green

It will be cloudy this evening, but that will clear overnight allowing a touch of frost and temperatures will struggle with lows of around 1C (34F).

Smartwater demonstration

Thames Valley Police South Oxon and Vale

tweets: PCSO Madden will be at the SYDENHAM Council meeting tonight with "SMARTWATER" come and have a look C9733 #Chinnor

Smartwater poster

Jeremy Thorpe dies

Former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe

has died aged 85 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease, his son Rupert has announced.

Jeremy Thorpe

Mr Thorpe attended Trinity College, and was president of the

Oxford Union in 1951.

He was elected leader of the Liberals in 1967, but his political career ended when his life was engulfed in scandal and he faced trial on charges of conspiracy and incitement to murder. He stepped down as leader in 1976 and was cleared of the charges in 1979.

Making road safety 'sexy'

Stephen Stafford

BBC News Online

"Sexy" lollipop men and women are being used in a

road safety campaign aimed at pedestrians who have been drinking.

'Sexy' lollipop patrols

A video, filmed in Oxford, appeared to show more pedestrians used a zebra crossing when accompanied by the scantily-dressed models.

Dan Campsall, of

Road Safety Analysis, who developed the campaign for
Thames Valley Safer Roads Partnership, said "something that disrupts that behaviour and gathers them to a safer crossing place does seem to have an effect."

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Scientists at the University of Oxford hope a new booster drug added to the first clinical tests of a new Ebola vaccine will improve its effectiveness.

Join me for more on that at


Social technology nomination

A Charlbury-based organisation that adapts video games to be

accessible to people with disabilities has been named on a list of 100 inspiring ventures from around the world.

Special Effect features on the
Nominet Trust NT100 global group of organisations that use digital technology for social good.

Lost voices of war

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The Museum of Oxford is inviting people with an interest in or who have stories about World War One to take part in a

workshop at Littlemore.

Soldier visits his home and family to celebrate Christmas in 1914
Getty Images

People can help the museum's

Lost voices of Oxford's Great War project, which will create an interactive visual and audio jukebox about the war.

Antonia Harland-Lang

told me that she was looking for new stories from Oxfordshire:

She said: "We chose to hold the meeting in Littlemore as it had one of the pioneering hospitals that treated soldiers with shell-shocked. Do come along as it will be a creative and interesting workshop"

Ring road at a crawl

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


very busy already across the Oxford Ring Road - clockwise is crawling along from Cowley to the A34 at the Hinksey Hill Interchange.

And Andrew has called to say anticlockwise is very slow from Horspath to the Headington Roundabout.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A new booster injection is being added to the experimental Ebola vaccine being trialled by Oxford University scientists.

Join me for all the headlines at


Updated dictionary corner

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Following on from our story that Oxford Dictionaries online are

adding thousands of new words, in case you weren't familiar with the modern vernacular, here's a little guide:

Mamil - Middle-aged man in Lycra.

Dominic Casciani in Italy

Al desko - Eating while working at one's desk in an office

Jel - Jealous

Lolcat - A photograph of a cat accompanied by a humorous caption written typically in a misspelled and grammatically incorrect version of English

Give us your feedback

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We write all the news, sport, travel and weather updates in our newsroom here in Oxford

and would like to find out your views about the service.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man who works in Botley is starting on a journey to help raise awareness of the problems of female genital mutilation.

Sam Barlow commutes to work in Oxford from London but instead of travelling by train or car today he's walking the 60 miles back home.

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


Low carbon economy 'to boost region'

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's future economy should look to the low carbon sector - according to a

new report from Oxford University.

Wind farm
Getty Images

It says a £300m investment in the sector annually could grow by £1.35bn a year and create 11,000 new jobs. Dr Gavin Killip co-wrote the report and told

Phil Gayle that Oxford is one of the best-placed cities for the sector in the UK.

"Something like 7% of Oxfordshire's economy is actually dedicated to these goods and services already, and we're talking about a bit more than doubling that."

Firefighter recruitment drive

via Facebook

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue has posted a recruitment advert for firefighters on its

Facebook page:

Fire engine

It reads: "Burford Fire Station's currently recruiting on-call firefighters. Interested? Click on the link for further information"

Latest lingo listed online

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford Dictionary has carried out its

biggest ever quarterly update to its
website reference adding words such as 'al desko', 'jel' and 'lolcat'.

Cat with computer
Getty Images

Head of dictionary projects, Angus Stevenson, told

Howard Benson that the new entries reflect the fact that people are increasingly using the words, like mamil (middle-aged man in Lycra).

He said: "What I like is we know the phenomenon, we know the people and we see words grow up to describe them."

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Newly retired Oxford Crown Court judge Gordon Risius has warned that cuts in public spending could jeopardise the fairness of the British justice system.

I'll have all the headlines at


Author returns for book class

Wallingford Herald

Author Rob Jones returned to the Abingdon nursery he attended

to show youngsters his new book.

Hygiene shuts school kitchen

Banbury Cake

A school kitchen had to be shut temporarily after the company running it was

slated for food hygiene and safety.

Oxford Stadium's day in court

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Campaigners hoping to restore greyhound and speedway racing to Oxford believe a High Court hearing on Monday will be pivotal to their chances of success.

Oxford Stadium

The owners are going to court to challenge the City Council's decision to

designate the stadium in Cowley as a conservation area.

Mick Weable, the former racing manager, says if the council wins he expects to see sports return to the stadium very quickly. He said: "This is the last throw of the dice for them, so a positive result for us and I believe the stadium could be open as early as the first half of next year."

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's future economy should look to the low carbon sector - so says a new report from Oxford University.

It says if £300m is invested in the sector annually then it could grow by £1.35bn a year and create 11,000 new jobs.

Listen live to the 13:00.

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The leader of Oxfordshire County Council,

Ian Hudspeth, has shared an image from a visit to
Rewley Road fire station on Twitter.

Ian Hudspeth


tweets: Fantastic views of Oxford 100ft up on the top of the platform

If you have any pictures of you out and about in the county, why not send them in to

Local Live?

On the lunchtime programme

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: A model wearing a bikini helping people cross the road. That's the latest initiative to be
trialled in the South as part of efforts to encourage safer walking at night - particularly when people have been drinking.

Road safety video still

The scheme was trialled in Oxford and saw a big increase in pedestrians using the crossing.

So, is this the key to safer streets?

Join Laura Trant to find out at 13:30.

Rural brand success

Witney Gazette

Farmers, food producers and retailers taking part in a pilot scheme to develop a Cotswolds Choice brand to promote produce from the area have

hailed the initiative as a success.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Pressure on hospitals must be eased if Oxfordshire's hospitals are to meet target times for treatment, according to Labour.

I'll have more on that at


Jingle Bell Rock

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Everyday until 24 December

BBC Radio Oxford is featuring Christmas carols from a primary school to get you in the mood for the festive season.

Watlington Community Primary School

Today it's the turn of

Watlington Community Primary School to perform with
Tree of Light and Jingle Bell Rock.

Political reaction to West Way rejection

Oxford MP Nicola Blackwood

tweets: Delighted cllrs rejected Doric's plans for Westway at packed Vale Planning meeting tonight: common sense prevails for Botley!

Treatment targets missed

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's hospitals are consistently missing targets for how quickly they arrange treatment.

Eye operation

Ophthalmology has missed the 18-week target for an appointment every month for the last 12 months.

Rip Bulkeley from Oxford told BBC Radio Oxford's

Phil Gayle he repeatedly had to chase up his eye appointment.

He said: "It's very hard to find out what's happening and obviously they've got flaws in the system somewhere."

Oxford University Hospitals Trust said it's focusing its efforts on the most urgent and longest waits.

Dim behaviour from unlit cyclists

Oxford Times

A crackdown on cyclists dangerously riding around at night without lights showed that almost

89% were still flouting the law.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A former Oxford Crown Court judge has told BBC Radio Oxford he's worried for the future of the British justice system - because of the cuts.

Join me for all the headlines at


Botley developers 'disappointed'

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

The developers of a £100m shopping and student housing development in an Oxford suburb say they are disappointed the project has been

turned down by councillors.

Artists impression of central square area of West Way development, suitable for community events
Artists impression of central square area of West Way development, suitable for community events

Simon Hillcox, of

Doric Properties, said: "We are now going to take some time to review and understand the decision before we decide on our next steps."

The company has not decided whether it will appeal against the decision.

Road safety bare facts exposed

via Facebook


road safety campaign group has filmed what they describe as a "social experiment" to see if it could improve the crossing behaviour of adult pedestrians at night.

Road safety video still

You can watch the result on the BBC South Today

Facebook page. Using models patrolling a zebra crossing, the experiment secretly filmed nearly 400 people.

It found that when the patrol wasn't there more than 40% didn't use the crossing, but that fell to just 8% when the lollipop staff arrived.

Police officer injured in collision

Witney Gazette

A police officer was taken to hospital last night after being

involved in a car crash in Witney.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

At a well-attended meeting in Abingdon's Guildhall last night, councillors unanimously rejected a £100m development scheme for Botley's West Way.

I'll have more on that and the other headlines at 10:00.