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  1. Updates on Friday 5 December 2014
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Good evening

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

That's all from BBC Local Live in Oxfordshire for today.

This service will be back at 08:00 on Monday. In the meantime you can still leave us a message or send us your pictures by clicking


Have a great weekend.

Evening TV

Jerome Sale

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Dorchester-on-Thames has a village Christmas tree for the first time in five years.

Dorchester-on-Thames Christmas tree

Health and Safety rules had stopped them from plugging the old lights in to someone's bedroom socket, but some clever technology has let them light up the festivities.

Join me for that and more at


Flats row

BBC Radio Oxford


public exhibition looking at ways to disguise the
blocks of student flats on Port Meadow, which have been strongly criticised as an eyesore, opens today.

Castle Mill
Steve Daniels

The University favours building trees but campaigners want the top floor removed.

Toby Porter, from the

Save Port Meadow campaign, told
Phil Gayle: "These buildings unnecessarily spoiled high-value heritage assets and only removing the top floor will have an impact."

Rare mushroom spotted

Natural England

tweets: Whiskery milkcap found on our Aston Rowant reserve, Oxfordshire. Exciting find of a threatened species

Natural England

More on tree decorations' removal

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

An artist has been told to

remove his roadworks-themed decorations from a Christmas tree in Oxfordshire.

Summertown Christmas tree

Summertown's 18ft Norwegian pine was decorated with orange mesh, barrier fencing, red and white striped tape, topped with a traffic cone.

One local business, which sponsors the tree, called for their removal following complaints from residents. Oxford artist Ted Dewan said it was designed as a tribute to the city's road workers.

Oxford summerhouse for £750,000

Oxford Mail

For three quarters of a million pounds, a house hunter might expect several bedrooms, a garage and a yard, but that is the

list price of a summerhouse at the bottom of someone else's garden - and buyers will still need to fork out up to £100,000 on finishing it off.

Wright wants U's cup run

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Jake Wright is viewing tomorrow's second round tie against Tranmere at the Kassam Stadium as a real opportunity to join the Premier League big-boys in

Monday's drawer.

Jake Wright
Getty Images

He said: "If we win it's five unbeaten, we need to win at home, I think there will be a decent crowd."

We'll have exclusive full match commentary from 14:00 on

95.2FM and on digital radio.

Widespread frost

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

A cold evening, with a particularly

brisk north-westerly wind.

Bee Tucker

Overnight will see some showers, with perhaps some sleet mixed in, and then a widespread frost and temperatures falling to -2C (28F) out in the countryside.

News on the hour

Martin Eastaugh

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman from Bodicote, who trains dogs for disabled people, has been given an award for her work by the prime minister.

I'll have all the details and the other headlines at


A34 congestion

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


severe congestion on the A34 - delays of up to an hour north and southbound

On the southbound carriageway, one lane is closed due to a three vehicle accident at Kidlington causing queues to the M40 Junction 9 - drivers are advised to use M40 J8 instead.

And on the northbound side of the A34 between Peartree and Kidlington, a broken down lorry has been cleared but there's still congestion and diverting traffic is piling off the A34, blocking the Botley Road into the city.

The A41 is queuing southbound from the Bicester Little Chef Roundabout to the M40 J9.

Starved man's sister 'wants answers'

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

The sister of a man who starved to death four months after his benefits says

she wants "straight answers" after a government review into his case.

Mark Wood

Mark Wood, from Bampton, Oxfordshire, had his income support stopped in 2013 after he was found fit to work despite having serious mental health issues.

In March, the

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) admitted its decision was wrong, following new GP evidence.

Pullman 'delighted' by book ruling

Oxford author Philip Pullman has welcomed a ruling by the High Court that the government's

ban on sending books to prisoners is unlawful.

Philip Pullman
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

The author of the

His Dark Materials series said he was delighted.

He said: "The ban on sending prisoners books seemed to me strikingly unjust and inhumane. Treading should be a right not a privilege to be withheld or allowed."

Stolen sign

The Museum of Oxford

tweets: PLEASE SHARE: This was stolen last night @ 8.30pm, please let us know if you've seen anything

Museum of Oxford

A34 accident

An accident involving three cars has

closed a lane on the A34 southbound at the Killington Junction.

There is an overturned vehicle and queues running back along the carriageway to Bicester.

And on the northbound carriageway of the Western Bypass there is a lane blocked because of a broken down lorry, with congestion stretching back to the Botley interchange.

News on the hour

Martin Eastaugh

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man from Oxford has been found guilty for his part in a major cocaine dealing operation in the city.

Officers investigating the operation have seized around 13 kilos of cocaine as well as several kilos of heroine from properties around the city.

Join me for all the headlines at


Animal cruelty arrests

via Facebook

Thames Valley Police

arrested eight people yesterday on suspicion of hunting offences and animal cruelty offences in south Oxfordshire.

Dogs in a cage

They posted information about the operation on their

Facebook page.

"Seven of the eight men were from outside the Thames Valley and live in Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey. During searches carried out by police, five dogs were seized as well as other items related to the alleged offences."

'Hidden' Oxford tours

BBC Radio Oxford

Anthony Ralph lost his job and found himself living on the streets of Cowley for three months, but now

offers tours of the area.

Cowley Road

He told

Howard Bentham how he went from sleeping on the streets to talking to tourists about them.

He said: "I ran out of money, and had nowhere to go. My motivation went, but then I got that back and since then I've been highly motivated to get on."

Student suffering from tuberculosis

An Oxfordshire School pupil is being treated for tuberculosis.

The pupil at

Blessed George Napier School in Banbury is reported to be responding well to treatment.

Public Health England is investigating and has reassured parents and people in the area that the chance of the disease spreading is very unlikely.

There were more than 1,000 cases of TB in the Thames Valley last year.

Cone tree to come down

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

A Christmas tree in Summertown is to be removed after complaints about its decorations.

Christmas tree

The 18 ft Norwegian pine uses road safety equipment as a tribute to the city's road workers.

Artist Ted Dewan designed the tree at the last minute after the original lights and barriers he had intended to use were discovered to be inappropriate for an outdoor Christmas tree.

'Morning after' drivers targeted

Thames Valley Police is on the fifth day of its annual Christmas drink-driving crackdown, and it says it has caught nine people in Oxfordshire already.

Breath test

Insp Colin Carr told

BBC Radio Oxford that this year the force is targeting the "morning after drivers" in particular.

He said: "We'll be targeting the early morning drivers who still have alcohol in their system, who are getting up to go to work or do the school run, and also the people who have out partying and then heading home."

News on the hour

Martin Eastaugh

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An investigation is under way after the discovery of a case of tuberculosis at an Oxfordshire School.

I'll have the full details at 15:00.

JLS star visits Didcot school

Katharine Da Costa

Reporter, BBC South Today

The former JLS star Oritse Williams has been visiting

St Birinus school, in Didcot, as part of a Music Skills and Schools day.

JLS star in Didcot school

He was joined by experts and music executives who gave talks to pupils about about jobs in the industry and the skills employers are looking for now and in the future.

You can see more on this in my report in South Today at


News on the hour

Martin Eastaugh

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man from Oxford has been found guilty for his part in a major cocaine dealing operation in the city.

Join me for more on this at


A40 queues


disruption on the A40 in High Cogges because of a closed lane on the exit slip road westbound at Witney East.

It's closed to carry out resurfacing work.

Council to vote on honour

Wallingford Herald

Former leader of South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) Ann Ducker

has been nominated for a posthumous award — being made an Honorary Alderman.

Carols by Candelight

Homeless charity

St Mungo's Broadway held its annual Carols by Candlelight service on Wednesday in the the
University Church in Oxford.

Carol service in University Church Oxford
St Mungo's Broadway

The service was based on the traditional festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with musical accompaniment from

Oriel College Chapel Choir, and was attended by the
Lord Mayor of Oxford, Mohammed Niaz Abbasi.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Nearly £75,000 has been raised for charity - three months after a little boy from Oxfordshire died from a brain tumour.

Skye Hall and his mother

Before his death, five-year-old Skye Hall from Abingdon and his family

started a charity encouraging people to make loom bands.

Dozens of schools in Oxfordshire have held loom-making events, to help raise money for children affected by cancer.

Join Rob Powell for all the news from the south at


News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford University graduates have revealed that they have stopped donating to it in protest against the building of eight blocks of flats near Port Meadow.

I'll have more on that and other headlines at


Counting down 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.

Southwold Primary Scholl


Southwold Primary School in Bicester is singing
Tell Me A Story Shining Star and Jubilate Deo.

You can also listen back to all the carols in the series


Left or right beaked?

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Scientists from the

University of Oxford have found that crows show a tendency to be left or right beaked, in the way humans favour one hand and foot over the other.


Their study showed that the birds preference for holding a tool on the right or left side of their beaks.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford University graduates have revealed they have stopped donating to it in protest against the building of eight blocks of flats near Port Meadow.

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


Port Meadow flats - Your Views

via Facebook

We what you thought about the appearance of the

Castle Mill student accommodation near Port Meadow, here's a selection of your
Facebook comments:

Alison Lewis

wrote: What more is there to discuss? If those buildings were owned by ordinary people they would be toast either demolished or shortened it just leaves a undemocratic smell in the air

Karen David

posted: Yes the flats are ugly, but they aren't on Port Meadow itself, they're on a brownfield site next to the railway.

Ann Furtado

wrote: Absurd time-wasting campaign from people with too much time and money on their hands. There are plenty of badly designed buildings in Oxford.

Band help motorway crash victim

Members of band The Script

rescued a woman from her car after she crashed on the M40 motorway.

The Script
Getty Images

The pop rock group were on their way from London to a gig in Manchester when they saw the car hit the central reservation and spin out of control.

Singer Danny O'Donoghue said the band ran to help, and pulled the woman out of her car once they saw smoke coming from the engine.

Port Meadow flat options

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Members of the public can give their views on the environmental impact of the

Castle Mill student flats near Port Meadow.

Castle Mill options
Nicholas Pearson Associates

Three options have been proposed, the first involves changing the appearance of the buildings, the second flattening the roof and planting more trees, and the third option requires the removal of the top floor.


public exhibition is open from 16:00 today until 13:00 tomorrow at the Saïd Business School, and you can also share you views on our
Facebook page.

'Proper planning process followed'

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford University is holding an

exhibition on the different ways it can change the appearance of controversial
student flats built next to Port Meadow.

Port Meadow student flats

Professor William James, the university's Pro-Vice Chancellor for Planning told

Phil Gayle the visual impact of the flats was stronger when built than anticipated.

"We did go through a proper planning process, though we are enhancing our consultations on all our new projects."

'Lessons not learned'

The sister of a Bampton

man who died months after his benefits were stopped is calling for a meeting with the disabilities minister.

Cathie Wood told

BBC Radio Oxford that the government's latest review of her brother Mark's case is disappointing, unclear and shows "lessons have not been learned".


Department for Work and Pensions has since admitted his benefits should not have been stopped, but quoted the coroner who blamed Mark's death on his eating disorder and not his benefits being stopped.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police have caught nine people drink driving over the alcohol limit in Oxfordshire already in the run-up to Christmas.

Join me for all the headlines at


'Thousands of 101 calls lost'

Also in the Thames Valley Police area,

there were 1,985,217 calls made to the 101 service in the last year, but 64,145 were cut off or abandoned.

Data from 33 UK police forces shows there were a total of 1,085,829 dropped or abandoned calls from October 2013 to September this year.