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  1. Updates on Monday 8 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Tuesday

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That's it for Local Live for today. Thanks for joining in. The service will return Tuesday at 08:00.

Tonight's TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

Coming up on

BBC South Today this evening:

A new year pending - and a new round of budget cuts. In Oxfordshire alone, an extra £20m will have to be saved.

And three years on - the developers who've failed to deliver a shop, bus stop and school as promised.

Weather warning

Oxford Times

A

severe weather warning for wind has been issued for Oxfordshire for Thursday and Friday.

The yellow warning from the Met Office is in place from 9pm on Thursday until 6pm on Friday.

Fake police officer robbery

A witness appeal has begun following a robbery in Reading last night.

At around 20:20 on Sunday, the victim, an 18-year-old man, was walking in Falmouth Road in Whitley with his friend when they were

stopped by two men who were impersonating police officers.

Busy but moving

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The A40 London Road in Oxford is busy but moving around Thornhill Park And Ride.

There's also some queuing traffic on A40 North Way in Cutteslowe, Oxford, between Wolvercote Roundabout and Cutteslowe Roundabout.

For the latest traffic and travel, visit the

BBC website.

Liberty Baker case

Oxford Mail

A 19-year-old accused of causing the collision that killed schoolgirl Liberty Baker will

return to court on March 6.

Cold frosty night

Alexis Green

Weather presenter, BBC South Today

Tonight will remain dry with a widespread frost and temperatures fall below freezing in urban areas, but down to -1 or -2C (30-28F) in towns and cities.

weather chart
BBC

For the full 10-day forecast, visit the

BBC weather pages.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 17:00: An extra £20m of cuts are set for Oxfordshire. The county council says increasing demand in adult social care and children's services means it needs to save the extra cash by 2018.

It's on top of £64m worth of cuts announced last year.

Children in training

Oxford Mail

Parents are taking their

children to see a personal trainer as figures show a 10 per cent rise in obese 10 to 11-year-olds.

An annual programme where children are weighed at primary school found 16.9 per cent in Year 6 were classed as obese in 2013/14.

Train problems

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A signalling problem near Acton Main Line is continuing to cause delays of up to 45 minutes to services to and from London Paddington.

Fewer trains are able to run between London Paddington and Oxfordshire and services to and from Swindon / Bath Spa / Bristol and Cardiff Central.

There are cancellations and delays of up to 45 minutes to most services.

For the latest traffic and travel, visit the

BBC website.

What do you think?

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

We produce Local Live from our base in Oxford. Let us know

what you think?

Bridge reopen

Wantage Herald

Drivers will be "thrilled" that

a bridge closed since October for modifications has reopened, a leading councillor said.

Network Rail demolished Challow Station Road Bridge on the A417 to build a new, higher one over the last two months.

Hedgehog Hugh

If you love hedgehogs, why not head down to the Museum of Natural History in Oxford this evening for the third of its winter talks.

Hugh Warwick
BBC

Hugh Warwick - AKA Hedghog Hugh (pictured) - will be talking about why this loveable creature is having such a hard time at the moment and explaining what what we can do to help it.

To find out more, visit the

BBC Things To Do pages.

Signalling problems

First Great Western have apologised after problems with signalling equipment caused delays to passengers in London and the Thames Valley area this morning.

FGW train
BBC

They said: "Data cables at Hanwell, west of Paddington which link signalling and safety equipment on the line to Network Rail's signalling control centre, were not working properly. This meant we could only safely run trains on two of the four lines into and out of London Paddington, severely limiting the number of trains we were able to run compared to normal.

"This had a knock-on effect on other services across our network, causing delays and cancellations as we worked to keep customers moving."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 16:00: A person has interfered with the electricity network in Chipping Norton, causing 18 homes to lose power.

Robbery appeal

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a

robbery in Oxford.

At around 20:00 on Friday, the victim, a 23-year-old man, was walking in Margaret Road, near the junction with Quarry Road.

He was approached by a man who demanded his belongings and he was then punched in the face.

Three other men then approached the victim and he was forced to hand over money from his wallet.

Anyone with information should contact police.

Brookes vice chancellor

Professor Alistair Fitt will take on the role of Interim Vice Chancellor at Oxford Brookes from 2 February 2015.

Professor Alistair Fitt
Oxford Brookes University

He's currently the University's Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, and is a highly respected researcher in the field of mathematics.

Meaningful gifts

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Earlier on

BBC Radio Oxford, we asked you what you thought about the Archbishop of Canterbury's call for people to give "small and meaningful" presents instead of spending lots of money at Christmas.

On our

Facebook page, Darren Grant said: "Perhaps the Church of England could give a small and meaningful gift from their £5.2bn investments."

Kate Villiers said: "I spent last Christmas period and Day helping at a homeless shelter. Best Christmas I have ever had."

Christmas memories

BBC South Today

BBC South Today have been asking for your photos of treasured Christmas decorations.

Santa decoration
Jo Law

Jo Law, of Abingdon, sent this photo of a Santa decoration her son made at nursery school. He is now 33.

Moving on

Plans for a 'move-on' home for older teenagers preparing to leave care and make the transition to adulthood are set to be unveiled in Witney.

Artist's impression of move-on home
Oxfordshire County Council

The

county council is proposing to build accommodation for up to four 16 to 19-year-olds as they develop independence skills, attend college or enter employment.

Singing gargoyles

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We have The Oxford Gargoyles a cappella ensemble in the BBC Radio Oxford studio this afternoon, singing carols between now and 16:00.

Oxford Gargoyles
BBC

We will also let you know how they did in the choir of the year competition.

Tune in.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 15:00: A person has interfered with the electricity network in Chipping Norton, causing 18 homes to lose power.

Message to criminals

Wallingford Herald

Police officers in southern Oxfordshire were out this weekend delivering a

Christmas message to known criminals.

Officers visited regular offenders on Friday and Saturday to deliver Christmas cards warning them not to cause trouble over the festive period.

Christmas gifts

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On

BBC Radio Oxford this afternoon, we are talking about Christmas presents.

British shoppers will spend more money on gifts than any nation in Europe.

Christmas presents
BBC

The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged people to reject consumer culture this Christmas and give "small and meaningful" presents instead.

Do you agree? We would like to hear about the gifts that have meant the most to you.

Get in touch.

Traffic light failure

Traffic light failure and power failure is causing disruption on the A34 roundabout at the junction with the M40 at Weston-on-the-Green at Bicester.

There's congestion on the M40 to junction 10. For the latest traffic and travel visit the

BBC website.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 14:00:

More than 250 firearms, together with ammunition and a grenade, have been handed in to Thames Valley Police during an amnesty.

Unlicensed guns, bullets and old or antique firearms could be handed in to police, without owners facing prosecution for illegal possession of the weapons during the two week initiative.

Nuisance calls

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On

BBC Radio Oxford this morning, we asked what you do when you get unsolicited sales calls for things like PPI or injury claims.

Some of you have replied on our

Facebook page.

Tasha Baker

said: "I leave them on hold and wander off to do something else."

Keith Turner

said: "Depending on my mood at the time i either:- keep repeating hello, hello as though i can't hear them and they soon end the call; place the phone in front of the hi-fi speaker and leave it; or simply end the call immediately."

If you missed the show, you can

listen again on iPlayer.

Scarlett's Christmas Song

Pupils from the

Dragon School in Oxford have recorded a Christmas song to raise money for blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, in support of a nine-year old girl with leukaemia.

Dragon School
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research

"Scarlett's Christmas Song" was written by 11-year-old Didi who, having heard that fellow pupil, Scarlett Clarkson had relapsed from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, wanted to use the track to try and support her fight against the disease.

Primary school delayed

BBC Radio Oxford

A primary school planned for Great Western Park in Didcot won't open until 2016 - twelve months later than promised.

New lay canons for Cathedral

Oxford Times

Banbury Tory MP Sir Tony Baldry is one of six people who will

become a lay canon at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford next month.

He is also the second church estates commissioner. Sir Tony said: "Becoming a lay canon will enable me to maintain close contact with the cathedral and the life of the church in Oxford."

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today

Coming up on

BBC South Today this lunchtime:

More than a 120 firearms have been surrendered to Thames Valley Police over the past fortnight.

It was as part of a two-week amnesty which ended last night, when unlicensed guns, bullets and antique firearms could be handed into police without prosecution.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 13:00:

The co-founder of the Oxford Food Bank says similar organisations should try to stop supermarkets wasting food.

Robin Aitken was speaking following a parliamentary report on hunger, which says low-income families have been badly affected by the rising costs of housing, fuel and food.

Coming up

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford this afternoon: We'll be asking you, what has been your favourite alternative Christmas present?

We will also be talking about the parliamentary report on food poverty, which calls for benefits payments to be speeded up and criticises utility companies for giving the poorest customers the worst deals.

The all-party inquiry into hunger was set up to investigate the increasing use of food banks, which are now helping hundreds of thousands of people a year.

Tune in for all this and more after 13:00.

Paedophile jailed

Oxford Times

A man who groomed and sexually abused a 14-year-old boy from Didcot has been

jailed for two years and eight months by a judge at Oxford Crown Court.

Contraflow removed

Alex Therrien

BBC News Online

A contraflow system which led to long delays for motorists in Oxford

has been removed.

Oxford traffic jam
other

Traffic works reduced the A423 to one lane between Hinksey Hill and Heyford Hill interchanges during a £6m scheme to create a roundabout at Kennington.

Pay benefits faster

Hannah Richardson

BBC News social affairs reporter

An income squeeze, benefit delays and excessive utility bills are blamed by a cross-party group of MPs for a huge rise in the use of food banks.

Food bank
BBC

Robin Aitken, co-founder of the

Oxford Food Bank, which passes surplus food from supermarkets to charities, said people had become more aware of food banks and this had contributed to their rise in popularity.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 12:00:

The co-founder of the Oxford Food Bank says similar organisations should try to stop supermarkets wasting food.

Robin Aitken was speaking following a parliamentary report on hunger, which says low-income families have been badly affected by the rising costs of housing, fuel and food.

Ask Ashton

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Mark Ashton says

Oxford United are in constant dialogue with Peterborough over the future of Tyrone Barnett, whose 93-day loan is coming to an end.

Danny Hylton of Oxford United (right) celebrates with Tyrone Barnett
Getty Images

But he says the future of the club is not just about Barnett and the club is already working on a number of possibilities ahead of the start of the transfer window on 3 January.

What do you think?

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

We produce Local Live from our base in Oxford. Let us know

what you think?