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  1. Updates on Tuesday 9 December 2014

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That's all for today. Local Live will be back on Wednesday from 08:00.

What's a weather bomb?

Peter Gibbs

BBC Weather

We are being warned of a "weather bomb" hitting the UK at the end of the week with gales and severe weather predicted for parts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland.

Peter Gibbs

But what is a weather bomb and is it as scary as it sounds? BBC weather's

Peter Gibbs explains.

Wind and rain easing later

Alexis Green

Weather presenter, BBC South Today

Tonight there will be outbreaks of rain at first, this will ease later in the night as will the strong winds.

Weather chart

Temperatures will drop to around 2C or 3C (36F or 37F) in the countryside. With all the cloud and the strong winds, a frost is unlikely to form.

For the full 10-day forecast, visit the

BBC's weather pages.

Flying club receives grant


RAF Charitable Trust has provided a grant to
RAF Brize Norton Flying Club to help buy additional training aids for pre-flight briefings.

The money has been spent on two interactive model aircraft to allow students to visualise the effects of the controls and the principles of flight from their first lessons.

Stuart Bannister of Pooleys Flight Equipment and Head of Training Wg Cdr Matt Lane

This is the second time the charity has supported the club.

A previous grant in December 2012 helped set up a ground training facility at the RAF Station in Oxfordshire.

On BBC South Today

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

Coming up on

BBC South Today this evening:

Trying to stop children suffering abuse like she did: How the head of a charity wants to help pupils protect themselves by knowing the signs and feelings to look out for.

And, the government is hailing its apprentice scheme a success after its two-millionth recruit was hired in Oxfordshire. Watch BBC One at 18:30.

Common sense on pushchairs?

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Earlier on

BBC Radio Oxford we asked you if it was necessary for Parliament to rule on whether parents with pushchairs should make way for wheelchair users on public transport, or should common sense prevail?

Science Photo Library

Lots of you have replied on our

Facebook page. Sharon Mannall said: "Not an easy job to fold up a pushchair while holding a baby, especially if there is a toddler to look after as well. And to try to do this while the bus is moving can be dangerous, the drivers often don't wait for you to get settled."

Tina Hawkins said: "Morally a more able bodied person in my eyes should move however that said, buses are only so big and If a bus pulled up and there was no room i would have to wait for the next one."

If you missed the show, you can listen again on

the BBC iPlayer.

Campaigners lose HS2 legal challenge

John Harrison

BBC News

Campaigners have lost their latest legal challenge to the first phase of the proposed HS2 high-speed rail line.

Opponents of the link - between Birmingham and London - accused the government of unlawfully failing to carry out a strategic environmental assessment (SEA).

Stop HS2 banner

They said such an assessment might help to alleviate problems being caused to local people and businesses.

However, three Court of Appeal judges unanimously rejected the challenge.

Striker signing will be tough

Oxford Mail

Michael Appleton admits Tyrone Barnett's upturn in form at the end of his Oxford United loan spell will

make it tough to re-sign the striker in the new year.

The 29-year-old scored just twice in his first 11 appearances for the U's, but has caught fire in the last two games.

M40 accident cleared

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

An earlier collision at the M40 Junction 9 on the roundabout at the Wendlebury Interchange involving a lorry and a car has been attended to by police.

The lorry has been totally cleared and the car moved to the side and coned off. For the latest, visit the

BBC travel pages.

Fire strike plans detailed

Oxfordshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service says it will respond to every emergency call it receives during the

24-hour national Fire Brigades Union strike, which began at 09:00 today.

It says: "A mixture of non-striking full-time personnel and on-call staff are providing cover in Oxfordshire during the strike period, the same arrangement that has been successfully utilised locally during all of the previous strikes since September last year.

"There is again an agreement in place with the local Fire Brigades Union branch in Oxfordshire which would see striking members return to duty if a serious incident which required significant Fire and Rescue Service attendance happened during the strike."

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 17:00: An Oxford care home says it's putting in place an improvement plan after it was found to be inadequate following spot checks by the Care Quality Commission.

The Albany Care Home in Headington has apologised for the problems.

Two millionth apprentice

Oxford Times

A young engineer has been revealed as the

two millionth apprentice in the UK since the coalition Government came to power.

Paige McConville, 16, from Abingdon, was honoured with a visit by Business Secretary Vince Cable at the Abingdon Campus of Abingdon & Witney College.

Striker to finish season with Didcot

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Didcot Town star striker John Mills has agreed to stay at the club until the end of the season, despite continuing interest from clubs elsewhere.

Didcot Town FC screen grab
Didcot Town FC

The 24-year-old has scored 33 goals this season.

Council scoops energy award

Cherwell District Council has won a European energy award.

It scooped the ACE Award Overall Winner in the Energy Smart Municipalities category for its Cherwell's Eco Bicester initiative, which combines a town-wide energy efficiency programme with the building of a new 6,000-home eco town.

Scouts find cars left unlocked

Thames Valley Police and scouts discovered
81 parked cars had been left unlocked during an operation in Cherwell.

Officers and youngsters from 1st Heyford Park Scout Group and 1st Grimsbury Scout Group visited four rural villages around Cherwell on Friday night.

Car door handle

They tested the door handles of parked cars and, if they discovered a door was unlocked, warned the owners and gave them advice.

Across the four villages, they discovered 81 cars had been left unlocked by their owners, including 50 in one village.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 16:00: Plans to build 22,800 new homes in Cherwell are being scrutinised by a planning inspector from today.

The two-week public examination of the revised Local Plan sets out where new homes can be built between now and 2031.

'A disabled person has no choice'

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Earlier on

BBC Radio Oxford we asked you whether it was necessary for parliament to rule on whether parents with push-chairs should make way for wheelchair users on buses and public transport.

On our

Facebook page, Daniel Emlyn-Jones said: "Able bodied people can move for a disabled person, and mothers with prams can put their child on their lap and fold up their pram. A disabled person has no choice and should get priority. If there is a loop hole in the law, it should be closed ASAP."

Simon Taverner said: "Common sense should prevail. Equality of opportunity is what needs to exist - not giving priorities and backing them up with laws. The courts are stretched enough as it is without asking them to rule on who gets to sit where on a bus."

Broken down van

BBC Radio Oxford

On the London-bound M40, there's a broken down van blocking one lane on the exit slip at junction 9 for Bicester.

There are queues coming off the motorway where lane two is blocked. For the latest traffic and travel, visit the

BBC website.

More recycling sites added

Three more glass recycling sites have been introduced in Cherwell.

Glass recycling


council has added the banks to laybys in Station Road in Hook Norton, the A423 Southam Road between Cropredy and Mollington and the A4095 between Chesterton and the Middleton Stoney Road.

It brings the total number of glass recycling locations across the district to 113.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 15:00: Campaigners have lost their latest legal battle over the Government's high-speed rail project HS2.

Objectors warned that large areas along the route could be unnecessarily hit by a costly planning problems for indefinite periods, saying the government had unlawfully failed to carry out a strategic environmental assessment.

But three appeal judges have unanimously rejected the challenge.

Common sense?

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


BBC Radio Oxford, we have been discussing the court ruling about wheelchair users being prevented by other passengers from using wheelchair spaces on buses. They found it is ultimately up to parliament to look at whether new legislation is needed on the issue.

What do you think - should common decency and common sense prevail or do we need parliamentary intervention?

Get in touch.

Your photos: Sunrise in focus

John Waine from Bicester sent us this stunning photo of this morning's sunrise.

Bicester sunrise
John Waine

Were you out and about this morning? Send us your photos

by email.

A41 accident causes problems

BBC Radio Oxford

There's slow traffic on the A41 in Wendlebury at Bicester because of an accident involving three vehicles in the road works area.

For the latest traffic and travel, visit the

BBC website.

Councillors vote for 19% increase

Oxford Mail

Oxfordshire County Council members have agreed to

increase their allowances by 19%.

The vote comes less than 24 hours after council leader Ian Hudspeth revealed the authority must make another £20m of cuts, on top of the £64m axed from services last year.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 14:00: An Oxford care home must make improvements or face further action following a report by the Care Quality Commission

It's after unannounced inspections at the Albany Care Home in Headington in both July and October.

'Tip of the iceberg'

The number of homeless people in Oxford is rising to unprecedented levels according to homeless charity Emmaus Oxford, and Wyon Stansfeld from the organisation says the official figures are just the tip of the iceberg.

Homeless person

He said: "The council officers who go out and count people on the streets don't spot people sleeping off the beaten track, for example.

"We are completely full at Emmaus, and we are having to refuse more and more people. It is a very worrying trend."

Feeling Christmassy yet?

BBC Radio Oxford

Earlier on Phil Gayle's breakfast show, we had the children from Stanton Harcourt Primary School singing Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree.

Stanton Harcourt Primary School

If you missed it, you can

listen again or you can hear the full programme on
the BBC iPlayer.

Buildings shortlisted for award

Oxford Times

Three Oxford buildings have been

shortlisted in the 2015 Civic Trust Awards in recognition of their outstanding architecture.

The John Henry Brookes and Abercrombie building on the Headington campus of Oxford Brookes University and the Maggie's Oxford cancer centre at the Churchill Hospital have been put forward.

Boundary changes consultation

The independent

Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Cherwell district to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

Voting slips


10-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 16 February.

The Commission's draft recommendations propose that Cherwell District Council should have 48 councillors in the future, two fewer than the current arrangements.

Hospital apologises over eye op

Wallingford Herald

A hospital boss has apologised after an "administrative error" meant an

OAP went almost a year without an eye operation.

Neil Cowan spoke after Rip Bulkeley, 73, complained he had not had the procedure since being referred by his GP last December.

News on the hour

Sarah Passmore

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 13:00: An Oxford care home has been told it must make improvements or face further action following a report by the Care Quality Commission.

It follows an unannounced inspection at the Albany Care Home in Headington in July and October.

Getting kids to cook


tweets: Great to talk to @BBCphilgayle about cooking with kids on @BBCOxford let's get everybody behind @KidsCookerySch and cook a little everyday

If you missed the show, you can listen again on


Councillors' expenses vote today

Oxford Mail

Five Conservative county councillors will

refuse to pocket any increase in their allowances if changes are voted through today.

Councillors Kieron Mallon, Lawrie Stratford, Arash Fatemian, Michael Waine and George Reynolds have said they will not accept the controversial allowance rise - a 19% increase in the basic rate to £10,000.

Pride and joy torched

Dexter West sent us this photo of his Mini, which he has owned since he was 17. He spent three years restoring it, only for it to be stolen, stripped and torched.

Dexter West in his Mini
Dexter West

Dexter said: "A lot of people have helped me along the way and a lot of money and love has gone into this car. After getting it on the road for the first time this summer, I only did about 500 miles in it to then wake up to a phone call by the police to be notified that it's on fire in Blackbird Leys."

Burned out Mini owned by Dexter West
Dexter West

It was found like this in the Blackbird Leys area of Oxford. Anyone with information should contact

Thames Valley Police.

On air this lunchtime

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford after 13:00:

How do you deal with homeless people? Are we judgemental? More people in Oxford are becoming homeless, according to charity Emmaus Oxford, which says it's getting more requests for help than ever before.

And should schools teach children to learn if they've been victims of crime? Charity Victim Support says some young victims in England and Wales don't even see themselves as victims - seeing robbery, assault or even rape as a natural part of growing up.

All this and more coming up so

tune in.

News on the hour

Alison Dawes

News editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 12:00: An Oxford care home has been told it must make improvements or face further action following a report by the Care Quality Commission.

It follows an unannounced inspection at the Albany Care Home in Headington in July and October.

One in hospital after A34 crash

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

One person has been taken to hospital following a

collision with a car and a lorry.

Emergency services were called shortly after 06:00 to the A34, near Abingdon and the Milton interchange.

Car crash on A43
Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police said a lorry and a car collided and the lorry then hit the central reservation. One lane was closed southbound to clear the debris, which was reopened at 08:30.

Fighting spread of Ebola


tweets: Listen out for IBMS Council member @SandraR1973 on efforts to support Ebola volunteers in Sierra Leone at 12pm on @BBCOxford radio

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Mixed bag of results for teams

Jake Durbin

Wheatley RUFC

There was another mixed bag of results for Wheatley at the weekend with the first team losing to title-chasing Swindon College Old Boys, 49-17 - a tough loss.

So yet again, it was down to the second team to provide the result to write home about - a 36-22 win away over Witney 4s.

Witney 4s V Wheatley 2s
Wheatley RUFC

This result came as a shock to most members due to the unlikely 9 and 10 combo of Gavin Belcher and James Pollard, who is usually a first-team prop.

This unorthodox, yet magical, pairing allowed man-of-the-match Harry Bower to score a brace, with George Van den Burgh, Mike Ward, Gareth Johnston and Matt Richards also going over.

Washing the dog

BBC Radio Oxford

To raise money for Children in Need, BBC Radio Oxford presenter Howard Bentham went and washed Sue and Byron's dog, Ziggy, after the Thame couple challenged him on air.

Howard Bentham washing a dog

Tune in to hear about his watery shenanigans. To see the rest of the photos, visit our
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