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  1. Updates on Friday 12 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Good evening

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

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

Have a good weekend.

Cold night to come

Holly Green

BBC Weather

This evening the winds will continue to die down and the skies will clear

leaving a cold night to come.

Holly green

There will be a few showers perhaps and that could lead to some icy patches and for many of us a frost is on the cards.

Temperatures will fall to 0C (32F) in the towns and cities, but will be colder in the countryside.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers



South Today this evening: The largest turbine on the mainland UK is being built on Oxford Diocese-owned land near Aylesbury.

Wind turbine

This new turbine will be 143 metres (470ft), making it taller than the London Eye.

Join me for that and all the other top stories from the region at


Chipping Norton collision death

Thames Valley Police has confirmed

a man died in the collision between a car and a lorry on the A361 Banbury Road in Chipping Norton.

The road will continue to be closed while officers continue their investigation and police have appealed for witnesses to the accident to come forward.

Injury-time homes deal saves club

Witney Gazette

Chipping Norton Football Club is to be saved from financial ruin after

securing a multi-million-pound deal with a developer.

'Short-term solution' for Bicester Village

David Prever

Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Measures aimed at alleviating the

traffic gridlock that occurred at Bicester Village on Black Friday are just a "short-term solution", according to Thames Valley Police.

Bicester Village traffic

Traffic officers will work with traffic management teams to

prevent the three hour-long queues people experienced on 28 November.

Ch Insp Henry Parsons

told me there were longer term plans, but they could not be ready in time for a busy Christmas period.

Boxing day traffic plan for Bicester


traffic chaos on Black Friday at Bicester Village,
police say they have joined together with the retail outlet and council to put in place measures to make sure there is no repeat on Boxing Day.

Bicester Village at xmas (from 2011)
P L Chadwick

The shopping outlet was gridlocked by bargain hunters on 28 November, with road closures and Thames Valley Police warning motorists to avoid the area.

Bicester Village has

brought in a new traffic management operator and electronic signs to improve navigation to park-and-ride locations and warn about car park capacity and congestion.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A major operation is planned to stop traffic gridlock at Bicester Village this Boxing Day.

Join me for all the details at


Little Milton accident

There has been

an accident on the A329, Church Hill in Little Milton.

The road is partially blocked and there is very slow traffic in both directions near the Gold Street junction.

New homes for Blackbird Leys

BBC Radio Oxford

A large number of the 485 new council houses announced by

Oxford City Council will be built in a regeneration of Blackbird Leys.

Windrush Tower and Evenlode Tower
Nigel Cox

The deputy leader of the city council Ed Turner told BBC Radio Oxford's

Howard Bentham that a number of smaller sites would also receive new homes.

He said: "It's really good news for council housing, we'll be funding it from our tenants' rent and borrowing on the future rent of the new properties."

Christmas Jumper Day

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

You may not have heard of it before, but today is Christmas Jumper Day, an initiative to raise money for

Save the Children by sponsoring people to wear those loveable winter warmers.

Peter Cooke


BBC South Today's Peter Cooke's attire today.

Oxford firm wins sloe gin championships

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

An Oxford producer has been crowned "Sloe Ginster World Champion" for 2014 at an event near Tunbridge Wells.

Demijohn shop

Demijohn, which has one of its four "liquid delis" on Little Clarendon Street in Oxford, produced a drink which was described as "not too sweet, not too dry and a perfect drink for the winter".

Sloe gin is made by infusing gin with sloe berries for about a year.

Oxford Airport disrupted

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford Airport says it is experiencing "some delays" as a result of the

closure of London airspace, mainly affecting services arriving from overseas.

Local air traffic is not affected.

London airspace has been closed until 19:00 GMT after a computer failure, air traffic controllers have said.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Two drivers are believed to have been seriously hurt in a collision in Chipping Norton. The air ambulance has been sent to the scene.

I'll have the latest on this and the other headlines at


Original Rabbit Foot Spasm

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

I was joined in the studio by the

Original Rabbit Foot Spasm this morning.

Stuart Macbeth and Mike Wilkins with Howard Bentham

The Oxford group have played Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, Ronnie Scott's, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, and sell out gigs at Oxford's O2 Academy.

You can listen back to our interview, and some Christmas ditties played by Stuart Macbeth and Mike Wilkins


Chipping Norton accident

The A44 Banbury Road in Chipping Norton has been

closed after a serious accident involving a lorry and a van.

There is queuing traffic in both directions between the Albion Street junction and the B4026 Over Norton Road junction.

Tangled up in tape

via Facebook

It's that time of the year when we all get out the sticky tape, scissors and wrapping paper. Howard was challenged to wrap this unusual gift... he didn't get on very well!

Howard Bentham

If you have any pictures of your wrapping successes, why not send them in to

Local Live or post them to our
Facebook page.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Firefighters have blocked off part of the high street in Summertown after a fire broke out above a shop.

It's thought it may have been caused by an electrical fault, in the flat above the Charles Clinkard shoe shop.

I'll have all the headlines at


Replacement car park for Westgate centre

Oxford Times

A temporary replacement car park for Oxford's Westgate multi-storey

will open on Monday.

Christmas Tree festival

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

If you aren't already in the Christmas mood then a church in Bicester has the solution.

St Edburg's annual Christmas Tree Festival

St Edburg's annual Christmas Tree Festival opened this morning and will be open all weekend, concluding with a 'Carols in the Trees' service at 6.00pm on Sunday.

You can see more pictures from the church on the BBC Oxford

Facebook page.

Jo Brand backs homeless appeal

Bicester Advertiser

People across Oxfordshire have been hosting Christmas parties this week to raise money for homeless charity Crisis and its Skylight Oxford centre.

And now they have been

joined in the fundraising efforts by stand-up comedian and former mental health nurse Jo Brand.

Summertown fire

A fire engine was called to the Summertown parade of shops in North Oxford after reports of a fire.

Summertown fire

BBC Radio Oxford's Will Banks took this picture of a smoky Banbury road. There were no reports of any injuries.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford City Council has promised £96m to pay for 485 new council houses in an effort to tackle the housing shortage in the city.

Join me for all the headlines at


Spiceball Santa sprint

Banbury Guardian

Spiceball Park was full of Santas young and old as they embraced the chilly weather for Katharine House Hospice's fifth

Santa Fun Run.

Nursery closed

The schools watchdog

Ofsted has closed down a nursery school in Oxford over concerns for the children's welfare.

Police have confirmed they are investigating an alleged incident at the

Park Town Nursery in Bardwell Road.

The nursery, which is in the grounds of the Dragon School but separate from it, has not commented.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: " Plans have been released to build nearly 500 homes close to one of the country's last remaining usable World War One airfields.

Old Sarum airfield

The land - at Old Sarum near Salisbury - is a conservation area and the hangers there are listed buildings.

While there's strong local opposition - Wiltshire Council says the area needs more housing.

Join Roger Finn for all the regions' top stories at


Park sexual assault

Wallingford Herald

A teenager was

sexually assaulted by a stranger in a Wallingford park after being asked for a lighter.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An extra £96m has been promised by Oxford City Council to build more council houses.

Join me for all the details at


Lewis Watson plays intimate gig

BBC Radio Oxford

A Oxfordshire singer-songwriter, who has been backed to be an international star, has performed an intimate gig in Oxford.

Lewis Watson

Lewis Watson, from Bicester, who has just completed an American tour and has more than 83,000 subscribers to his
YouTube channel, played to an audience of 400 at St Barnabas Church.

The 22 year old's told

BBC Radio Oxford what it means to him, to play near home.

He said: "I'm a big fan of Oxford, most of the gigs I've been to in my life are in Oxford so it's amazing now to come and play a few."

Abingdon hydro power scheme raises £500,000

Wantage Herald

More than 250 people have

invested a total of £500,000 in a hydroelectric power plant for the Thames at Abingdon - and there are just days left for others to invest.

Water bill fall 'not in Thames Valley'

BBC Radio Oxford


fall in water bills of 5% has been ordered by the industry regulator
Ofwat, but the full benefit may not be felt by people in Oxfordshire.

Getty Images

Thames Water says it's taking time to digest the complicated ruling before commenting, but
BBC Radio Oxford understands bills here won't drop by what amounts to £20 a year because of investments Thames Water is having to make in its infrastructure.

Water industry journalist Karma Ockenden says a

super sewer for London for is to blame: "If you are a Thames Water customer, even if you are not in London, you will have to pay your share of the cost of construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, which will actually take bills up."

Housing crisis pot of £96m

Oxford Mail

A total of

485 council homes will be built in the city over the next 10 years to help ease Oxford's housing crisis.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A fall in water bills of 5% has been ordered by the industry regulator Ofwat, but the full benefit may not be felt by people in Oxfordshire.

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


Special delivery for MP

Henley MP John Howell

tweets: Visited Royal Mail sorting office in Henley to say thank you to all who work extra hard with Christmas deliveries.

John Howell at sorting office
John Howell

Man sprayed in eyes during robbery

Oxford Times

A 21-year-old man was

sprayed in the eyes with an unknown substance by an attacker who also threatened to stab him.

The man was walking in the alleyway from Cinnaminta Road to Leidon Road in Oxford between about 15.00 and 15.15 on Monday.

Bicester food bank opens


Bicester Food Bank is opening it's new home today.

It has taken over a new room in the town's market place.

In the last nine months it has provided food parcels for 3,000 people, up from 2,500 in the whole of last year.

A423 delays

Resurfacing works on the

A423 Southern bypass at the Hinksley Hill Interchange is causing delays at the roundabout with the A34.

Two lanes are closed for the works.

Children's Christmas carols

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

It's less than two weeks to Christmas, and

BBC Radio Oxford has been counting down to the big day with the help of primary school children in the county.

Barley Hill Primary School

This morning

Barley Hill Primary School in Thame sang
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem and Ding Dong Merrily On High.

You can listen back to all the carols we've featured


News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The care company running the supported living unit in Oxfordshire where a young man died has admitted staffing levels prevented them from checking on him as often as they were advised.

Join me for the full story at