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  1. Updates from Monday 15 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

Andrew Humphrey will be here on Tuesday from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Oxfordshire.

Cold frosty night

Holly Green

BBC Weather

We will see a few showers this evening but for most of us a dry night with clear skies and light winds which means

it will be fairly cold.

Holly Green

In the towns and cities we will see lows of 1C (34F), but I suspect it will drop to freezing in some spots in the countryside, and many areas are at risk from ground frost.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: More than 2,500 people in the Thames Valley have been breathalysed since the start of the month, as part of the police's Christmas anti-drink drive campaign.

Breath test

Officers have been carrying out early morning checks - to see if people are over the limit from the night before.

Join me for the full story at


Didcot stun Forest Green to earn draw

Joffy Chinnock

Didcot Town FC

Didcot came back from 2-0 to stun Conference outfit Forest Green in the
FA Trophy on Saturday.

Celebrating Didcot players
Roger Neal

The conference side, who are three leagues above Didcot, were reduced to 10 men after just 30 minutes when Clovis Kamdjo was sent off for a two footed challenge.

Despite being a man down, they scored two goals before Didcot hit back with 15 minutes remaining when substitute Lance Williams tapped home with his first touch of the game.

With Didcot pressing for an equaliser, top scorer John Mills scored his 34th of the season and earned the visitors a replay tomorrow night at The Draycott Engineering Loop Meadow Stadium.

The winners of the tie will face a trip to either Ebbsfleet United or Welling United in the New Year.

A34 Bus crash injury

Rebecca Crow got in touch to let us know that she was on a bus that was

involved in a collision with a lorry on the A34 last night.


@BBCOxford I was on the bus, it was insane. Very thankful for no fatalities; just a bust up face!

Rebecca Crow's injured face
Rebecca Crow

Thieves target farm

Wantage Herald

A farm in Dry Sandford was

targeted by thieves who stole two motorbikes and then set the storage building on fire.

Break down on Eastern By-Pass

There is

slow moving traffic on the A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road northbound in Cowley between Cowley junction and the Horspath Road junction, because of a broken down vehicle.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A series of measures to bring more people suspected of domestic abuse to justice are being brought in in Oxfordshire from today.

Join me for more on that and all the headlines at


Oxford hope for Barnett deal

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

The Oxford United chief executive Mark Ashton says the club is "in the queue" to sign striker Tyrone Barnett permanently when the transfer window opens in January.

Tyrone Barnett

Barnett scored the winner in

United's 2-1 win against Bury on the weekend but has now returned to his parent club Peterborough as
his loan spell at Oxford officially ends today.

He said he would not rule out a return: "Obviously I'd like to pick where I'm comfortable and where I feel would be right for me and I've had a very good experience here so I will consider everything."

Mark Ashton said bringing back Barnett would be difficult: "There are a number of factors here, the player, the agent, the club, it all has to click. We'll continue to talk to Tyrone and Peterborough, but I know there are a number of clubs interested in taking him."

Man hid crack bags in mouth

Oxford Mail

A man who hid bags of crack cocaine in his mouth when police confronted him has been

sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

Domestic violence cases to be fast-tracked

Domestic violence cases will be

fast-tracked through the court system in Oxfordshire from today.

Woman holding her hands in front of her face

The idea has already been tried in Buckinghamshire where police say there has been a significant improvement in conviction rates.

Now the pilot scheme is being rolled out in Oxfordshire where first hearings will be heard in specialist courts within 14 days of the suspect being charged.

Police say they want to make quicker progress with cases to bring more offenders to justice.

Jingle smells

Thames Water sewer workers have recorded their own Christmas song in an attempt to prevent customers from blocking their drains.

Singing sewer men
Thames Water

The singing sewermen's rewrite of the yuletide classic The Twelve Days of Christmas was

released on YouTube this week to show how pouring fat from roast turkeys can clog sinks and pipes.

According to the company 21% of people in Oxford will put their leftover cooking fat from their roast turkey down the sink, 6% will lift the drain cover outside their house and put it down there, and 1% will pour it down their toilet.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed says it will continue to offer services in the Henley area, despite not moving to the Townlands hospital.

It was due to move from its premises at Joyce Grove to a new facility being built at the redeveloped £10m site.

I'll have all the headlines at


Steventon street closure

Wallingford Herald

A highly-controversial plan to close a village high street for ten months next year has been

put on hold indefinitely.

Have a snappy Christmas

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Oxford-based photographer Philippa James, who runs

courses specifically tailored to family photography for mothers, has offered budding paparazzi
10 top tips for taking memorable photos of your family during the festive season.

Child riding a wheeled horse
Philippa James

Some of her advice includes never attracting the attention of your subjects by saying "smile", to capture what she describes as "true portraits and honest moments".

As well as being spontaneous, Philippa says she also has a number of locations that she knows provide a "safe spot" where there is good light and a helpful background, and suggests knowing when to put your camera down to join in the fun.

A34 now fully open

All lanes on the A34

have been reopened after a collision involving a
lorry and a coach this morning.

A34 wreckage
Thames Valley Police

There are still severe residual delays southbound between the Botley Interchange and the Milton Interchange.

Call for better brain care

BBC Radio Oxford

There needs to be better support for people in Oxfordshire affected by neurological conditions, according to a new report by the the

Oxfordshire Neurological Alliance.

Alzheimer's scan

Chairman Jamie Miller told

Nick Piercy that the issue was not down to a lack of money: "It's about pulling people together, pulling best practice together and improving awareness and links between services.

"Unfortunately it's one of those areas in our society that is ever increasing, we've seen a 33% increase in brain injury admissions into hospital in the last decade."

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An elderly man from Henley has been told he'll spend Christmas in jail after wrongly claiming almost £70,000 in benefits.

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



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BBC Local Live

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

Ice warning overnight

via Facebook

Oxfordshire County Council has taken to

Facebook to issue a reminder that drivers could face challenging conditions tomorrow.

A gritter waiting to be loaded


wrote: The ‪#‎gritters‬ will be out in ‪#‎oxfordshire‬ tonight with temperatures forecast to plunge to freezing.

VAT problems?

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There is a warning that small businesses in Oxfordshire which sell digital products could face being put out of business by

new VAT rules which come into force in the New Year.

The rules are designed to tackle big companies avoiding charging VAT by basing themselves in tax havens and require companies to pay VAT in the country where the customer is, rather than where the company is based.

Megan Kerr runs an

online educational resources company and told
BBC Radio Oxford that she will not be able to continue.

She said: "It is absolutely not possible for me to comply with the law. The past two weeks have been horrific, the more I research the more impossible it becomes, my entire business plan has had the heart ripped out of it."

Get in touch to share your story with us.

Shenington road blocked

The A422 Stratford Road, in Shenington, is

blocked and there's delays in both directions at Shenington junction because of an accident, warns BBC Travel.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

One lane of the A34 has reopened after it was shut southbound in Oxfordshire for more than 12 hours.

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


Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: We'll have the latest on the
A34 collision, which left three people injured after a rail replacement bus was hit by a lorry.

The First Great Western rail replacement service from Oxford to Didcot had 50 people on board, when it was hit at Drayton in the early hours of the morning.

The accident has caused long delays through the day. Join Tom Hepworth at


A34 reopens

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

One lane on the A34 has has

reopened southbound from Botley to Milton,
after a full closure.

The second lane will remain closed for at least another hour.

There are residual hour long queues on the road approaching the previous closure point and on the A338 from Tubney Wood to East Hanney.

It is also very heavy through Abingdon town centre.

Oxford car park opens

A new temporary car park behind the ice rink at Oxpens has opened this morning.

Aerial view of the new Westgate looking east along Thames Street

It is designed to help during the redevelopment of the

Westgate shopping centre - when the car parks behind the precinct will be closed.

The site offers an extra 420 parking spaces.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The A34 should partially reopen in an hour's time, after being closed all morning.

The road's been shut southbound between the Botley and Milton Interchanges after a delivery lorry hit a coach.

Inspector Colin Campbell from Thames Valley Police says it's a difficult operation to reopen the road.

Get the latest with me at


Beautiful view

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Sara Buck from Kidlington took this picture of the morning sun at St Mary's Church over the weekend.

St Mary's Church in Kidlington
Sara Buck

If you have a photo that you're proud of, why not share it with the rest of the county? Send it in to Local Live


Sir Tony honoured by diocese

Banbury Guardian

Sir Tony Baldry will become a

Lay Canon of Christ Church Cathedral next month, in recognition of the service he has given Oxford Diocese over the years.

From nowhere to market leader

Will Smale

Business reporter, BBC News

Oxfordshire-based Ella's Kitchen is the UK's best-selling baby food company, and its annual global turnover exceeds £100m.

Paul Lindley

You can read how they went from start-up to market leader in this

BBC News feature.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's an appeal this morning for help to save the lives of 51 people in Oxfordshire waiting for an organ transplant.

Join me for all the headlines at


A34 closure delays continue

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


closure of the A34 southbound this morning has led to delays on other routes:

  • 50 minute queues Kidlington to Botley
  • From the A420, the A338 through Frilford to East Hanney also has 50 minute delays
  • Very heavy in both directions through Abingdon on Ock Street and Stratton Way
  • Botley Road very heavy into Oxford
  • Stefan tweeted to say there's a lot of congestion turning right from the A415 on to Drayton Rd with traffic not giving way
  • Queues from the A4074 Golden Balls Roundabout into Clifton Hampden

A34 recovery work

Thames Valley Police

tweeted this picture of the recovery work on the A34 accident that has shut the road southbound this morning.

A34 recovery work

City win away at Wimbourne Town

Michael Allen

Oxford City FC

Oxford City dominated the game from the opening whistle as they overpowered Wimbourne Town to progress to the 2nd Round of the
FA Trophy.

Wimbourne Town versus Oxford City
Michael Allen

The home side were constantly chasing shadows and it was only the heroics of Jason Harvell in the Wimbourne goal that prevented a rout.

It came as no surprise when City opened the scoring on 16 minutes, with Tom Winters firing home from the edge of the box.

However City had to wait until the 58th minute to secure the game when Adi Yussuf headed home from close range. Felipe Barcelos saw his 25 yard effort cannon off the crossbar before Yussuf round off the scoring in added time.

Carol countdown

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We've been counting down to Christmas with the help of local primary school children.

St. Peter's C of E Primary School

Today we heard

St. Peter's C of E Primary School choir in Wootton sing
Where Do Christmas Songs Begin.

You can listen back to all of the carols


News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The recovery to clear the two vehicles involved in a collision on the A34 looks set to keep the road closed southbound until 14:00.

Join me for more on that and all the headlines at


A40 accident

A40 London Road in Oxford is

partially blocked after an accident, slowing down traffic eastbound between Headington Roundabout and the B4027 junction.

There is also congestion on the A40 North Way eastbound between Cutteslowe Roundabout in Wolvercote and Headington Roundabout in Oxford.

'People started screaming'

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We've been talking about the A34

collision in the early hours of the morning.

Adam Graves was a passenger on the bus and

told me that once the initial shock had passed people remained calm.

He said: "People started screaming and my phone was thrown out of my hand and then we realised the bus was actually down the verge.

"There was the smell of petrol in there so people were calmly getting out and helping people, but it was pretty scary."