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  1. Updates from Tuesday 16 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for today from BBC Local Live - the service will return at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Wet and windy night

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Tonight the cloud will thicken up from the west and bring with it some rain that will spread to all parts tonight so a

wet and windy night to come.

Bee Tucker

Temperatures will creep up through the night, with lows of 8C (46F).

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Three councils in our region have made major announcements - outlining big changes to the way they work.

Council banners

Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire county councils announced a major alliance along with Northamptonshire.

And Aylesbury Vale District Council says it's considering becoming a unitary authority.

We'll have the full story at


Close encounters

BBC Radio Oxford's Clare Woodling

tweets: Astronaut Chris Hadfield meets Earthling in #Oxford.

Clare Woodling with Chris Hadfield

The first Canadian in space was in the city to sign copies of his new book You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes

Victim ‘forced to hand over wages'

Oxford Times

A man accused of a seven-month

"campaign of bullying and extortion" has gone on trial.

Antiques raid near Thame

More than £150,000 worth of jewellery, watches and other expensive goods were stolen from an

antiques centre in Tetsworth on Friday.

Antique raid aftermath

Police say they were called in the early hours of 12 December when an alarm was set off.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact

Thames Valley Police on 101.

The raid was captured on CCTV, which you can watch on our

Facebook page.


Natalie Jamieson

Newsbeat reporter

An Oxford University student has spoken to Newsbeat about how she was raped when unconscious following a poker night in her bedroom.

Poster shows image of women on a night out drinking and laughing while the caption reads 'drinking is not a crime, rape is'.
Greater Manchester Police

She says she was advised by police not to pursue her case and has called for attitudes to change about people being raped while drunk. You can read her experience


News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A 67-year-old man has died in a crash in Burford on the A40 this morning.

A 66-year-old woman has also been taken to hospital with serious injuries and a 50-year-old man was also injured.

Join me for the full details at


Part of continued investigation

Peter Cooke

Reporter, BBC South Today

The arrest was made as part of

Operation Bullfinch, a continued operation into child sexual exploitation in the Thames Valley.

Thames Valley Police say the arrest is in connection to offences committed in Oxford in 2011.

Man arrested on suspicion of trafficking

Peter Cooke

Reporter, BBC South Today

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking for the purposes of child sexual exploitation.

The man, who is from High Wycombe,

was arrested at an address in the town shortly after 09:00 this morning and is currently in police custody.

Couple 'racially abused' on train

Oxford Mail

A man and a woman were

racially abused and threatened onboard a train at Bicester North, British Transport Police have said.

School's festive fundraiser

Banbury Guardian

Staff and students at Bloxham School

swapped school uniform for festive jumpers to raise funds for Katharine House Hospice.

Esther Rantzen at Sobell House

Esther Rantzen, the former That's Life presenter, will be the special guest at the Sobell House Hospice Charity and SeeSaw

Christmas Concert at Christ Church Cathedral tonight.

Esther Rantzen

She will be joined by the Oxford Gospel Choir, the Dragon School Choir and Summertown Singers for a selection of seasonal music.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There are still major delays around Oxford after a closure on the Eastern Bypass earlier.

Police were dealing with what they described as a "fear for welfare incident" involving a woman.

Join me for all the headlines at


Boundary consultation begins

A 10 week consultation on new council boundaries in Cherwell has started.

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.

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

Gun surrender

Sinead Carroll

Reporter, BBC South Today

More than 250 guns have been collected during Thames Valley Police's two week amnesty.

Handed firearms at Thames Valley Police

They include machine guns and weapons from World War One. Hear my full report at 18:30.

Christmas crime tips

via Facebook

Thames Valley Police have posted some advice for avoiding vehicle crime during the festive season on their

Facebook page:

Car theft graphic

Including making sure nothing is left on display in your car and never leaving your keys in the ignition while your vehicle is unattended, even for a few minutes.

A platinum couple

Lilley Mitchell

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

It's a very special day for one Oxfordshire couple today.

Joan and Arthur Clifford

Joan and Arthur Clifford from Ducklington are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

They told me that the secret to their long and happy marriage was sharing everything and having no secrets. Listen to my

interview with them, here.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man has died in a crash in Burford. The collision involving two cars happened this morning on the A40.

Two other people have been injured. I'll have more details on this at


On air

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Yesterday I was not only at a panto, I was in it!

Kat Orman in beauty and the beast

I was lucky enough to join the cast of Beauty and the Beast, you can see how I got on on our

Facebook page, and
hear my interview with the writer and director of the production Peter Duncan.

Missing man appeal

Thames Valley Police has

issued an appeal to help trace a man missing from Oxford.

Daniel Wilson

Daniel Wilson, aged 33, was last seen in Littlemore on Friday 12 December.

Police describe him as white, around 6ft (1.82m) tall and has short dark blonde hair. When he was last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt, beige shoes and a black and white cowboy-style jacket.


Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We write all the news, sport, travel and weather updates in our newsroom here in Oxford

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

Edwardian hospice move falls through

Michael Stoddard

BBC News,


Sue Ryder hospice based in an Edwardian house in Oxfordshire
will not move to a purpose-built centre as planned.

Joyce Grove in Nettlebed

Services were due to relocate from Joyce Grove in Nettlebed to a new 12-bed facility at the Townlands Community Hospital in Henley.

The hospice says it's been unable to reach agreement on a "number of key areas" with local NHS providers, but the charity says it's still committed to finding a new location.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Two incidents are causing major traffic delays across Oxfordshire.

Police have shut the Eastern bypass around Oxford between Rosehill and Cowley and there's been a serious crash on the A40, just outside Burford school.

I'll have more details along with the other headlines at


Carpet of leaves

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Niels Sampath captured this picture of an autumnal Oxford street, that we've used for our banner image today.

Cycling warning sign
Niels Sampath

You can see more photos from Niels on


Tree car crash left person trapped

Banbury Cake

A car crashed with a tree near Barford St Michael, near Deddington,

leaving one person trapped on Sunday.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today

The Trussell Trust charity is warning that people working on low wages are pushing up the numbers using food banks to record levels.

Food bank

In the past six months the Wiltshire charity has helped half a million people. A report by the trust has also found nearly half of those having to use food banks have had problems getting benefits.

Join Tom Hepworth at


Oxford Living Wage - Your views


via Facebook

Saffron Costello wrote on

Facebook: With property prices as high as they are in Oxon there should be a 'weighting'

Peter from Abingdon called to say an employer who can't pay a living wage should cease trading.

Robin Toon posted on

Facebook: It's a two edged sword. If oxford weighting were introduced landlords would simply raise rents to absorb the increase. Demand and supply for the rental market.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An extra £20m of new cuts will be formally considered by the most senior members at Oxfordshire County Council later.

I'll have more on this at


'I'm just barely living'

BBC Radio Oxford

Last month NHS workers in Oxfordshire

went on strike over wages, and figures obtained by BBC Radio Oxford show about one in 10 hospital employees are paid less than the Living Wage.

Imram Hussain is a porter at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and is on the lowest salary band. He told

Phil Gayle that he is struggling financially.

He said: "I'm just barely living, especially with Oxford houses. I'm in debt on my credit cards and with the rent in Oxford I haven't got enough to live on."

Oxford Eastern ByPass closed

The A4142 Eastern Bypass in Oxford is

closed in both directions between the Cowley Junction and Littlemore roundabout, because of a police incident.

Congestion is stretching back to the Horspath Road junction.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford


live at 12:00.

Talks will be held to examine how to increase the number of Oxfordshire's health workers who are paid the Living Wage.

Oxford Living Wage

BBC Radio Oxford

New figures obtained by BBC Radio Oxford show around one in 10 hospital employees are paid less than the

Living Wage which is £7.85 an hour.

Hospital porter

It's calculated on the basic cost of living in the UK, and employers don't have to pay it, but it has public backing from the prime minister and eight other health trusts have already signed up. So should Oxfordshire's hospitals sign up?

Severe delays in Burford

The A40 in Burford is

closed in both directions between the A361 High Street junction and the B4425 junction because of a accident involving two cars.

Traffic is being diverted via Burford High Street.

Top of the cold spots

BBC Weather

tweets: Looking at Met Office observations, Benson in Oxfordshire was the coldest spot in the UK last night with the mercury falling to -3.2C.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford


live at 11:00. Proposals which would double cuts to children's centres and early intervention hubs in Oxfordshire will be formally considered by senior councillors later.

Temporary lights near Five Mile Drive

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


Bicester Road is heavy from Gosford to the Kidlington Roundabout, and then staying very busy into Oxford on the A4165 to the Cutteslowe Roundabout.

Some temporary lights have gone in for roadworks overnight near Five Mile Drive.

There is also congestion on the A4260 Oxford Road to the Bicester Road junction.

Oxford eye FA Cup prize

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United players head up the M6 this morning for tonight's second round

FA Cup replay at
Tranmere Rovers.

Danny Hylton
James Williamson

A Tuesday night trip to Tranmere might not smack of FA Cup glamour, but with Premier League Swansea awaiting the winners, Danny Hylton (pictured) says tonight is all about the prize at stake.

You can hear the whole game live with BBC Radio Oxford

95.2FM, on digital radio and online.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford


live at 10:00. There is a warning the health of hospital staff who are the poorest paid in Oxfordshire may be badly affected by working overtime to make ends meet.