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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 17 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Sue Paz

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

The service will return at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

You can still get in touch via

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Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

Coming up on

BBC South Today at 18:30: An Oxford man has been in prison for nine years despite a judge recommending he serve up to three-and-a-half years.

John McIntyre was given an indeterminate sentence for attacking another man - meaning there was no maximum jail term.

The BBC has learned he's one of 80 prisoners in the same position in Bullingdon Prison, near Bicester.

Murky night

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It will stay cloudy, breezy and mild overnight with a few outbreaks of rain.

Bee Tucker
BBC

Overall, it'll be another murky night with some hill fog, lows of 9C (48F).

Flood plan approved

Banbury Cake

A flood risk plan for Oxfordshire

has been approved by councillors.

Flood pumps on Abingdon Road
BBC

The county council's cabinet agreed to adopt the

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy at a meeting at County Hall on Tuesday.

It followed a consultation on the draft strategy between 27 June and 19 September.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Prayers will be said in the centre of Oxford this evening for the

children and staff murdered by the Taliban in Pakistan.

More than 140 people - mostly children - were killed in the attack at a school in Peshawar yesterday.

Join me for more on this and

all the headlines at 17:00.

Stitch in time

Oxfordshire County Council

A

new exhibition highlighting what women wore throughout World War One and World War Two will open in Woodstock in the new year.

The Oxfordshire Museum
Paul Shreeve

The Keeping Up Appearances exhibition opens on 13 January at The Oxfordshire Museum.

From glamorous gowns to practical overalls it aims to showcase the fashion from the 1900s to the 1950s.

Oxford win

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United's development squad have won 2-0 at Bournemouth this afternoon.

John Campbell and Aidan Hawtin were the scorers.

James Roberts played the second 45 minutes as he steps up his recovery from a hamstring problem.

Guildhall revamp plans

Oxford Mail

Plans for a

£3.5m revamp of Abingdon's guildhall, including two cinema screens, have moved a step closer.

Abingdon Guildhall
Basher Eyre

Earlier this year the town council's bid for £1.9m of Heritage Lottery Fund cash failed.

But council leaders have decided to continue with the project, with £1m of the total cost already set aside by the authority.

Good deeds

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Luke Cameron from Gloucester

has been awarded the title of "nicest man in Britain" after carrying out a good deed every day this year.

Tasks have included taking out rubbish for elderly neighbours, buying hot beverages for strangers and giving clothes to the homeless.

He was inspired by a close family member who died of cancer and says our generation has forgotten how to care about others.

What do you think - have we become so selfish that we no longer care about others?

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford: A theory put forward by an Oxford University scientist that the mythical yeti is a rare polar bear-brown bear hybrid
has been challenged.

Polar bear shaking water from its coat
Thinkstock

Last year, genetics professor Bryan Sykes revealed the results of DNA tests on hairs said to be from the Abominable Snowman.

The tests matched the samples with the DNA of an ancient polar bear.

But two other scientists have said re-analysis of the same data shows the hairs belong to the Himalayan bear

Travel latest

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's queuing traffic on the A4142 Eastern Bypass at the Headington roundabout in Oxford.

Traffic's also slow on the eastbound carriageway of the A40 Northern Bypass at the Wolvercote roundabout.

Plus, there are delays on the A34 between the B4027 and junction 9 of the M40 for Wendlebury.

For all the latest on the county's roads go the the

BBC Travel website.

£70k for F1 transporter

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

An F1 Marussia dual level race car transportation sledge (pictured) has sold at auction for more than £70,000.

Marrusia dual level race car transportation sledge
GA European valuations

It is

one of thousands of items that belonged to the collapsed F1 team that are going under the hammer in a series of online sales.

Day two of a

live webcast auction is under way. Items also include show cars, team clothing and memorabilia.

Christmas carol countdown

BBC Radio Oxford

Our countdown to Christmas is continuing with

The Batt Church of England Primary School in Witney singing
I Saw Three Ships.

The Batt C of E Primary School in Witney
BBC

You can have a listen to all the carols from previous weeks

here.

In the news

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The

Church of England's first woman bishop has described her appointment as an "unexpected joy".

Libby Lane
Reuters

The Reverend Libby Lane, a saxophone-playing Manchester United fan who went to St Peter's College in Oxford, will become Bishop of Stockport.

Listen to more on that story and others on

BBC Radio Oxford at 15:00.

Palace film set

Oxford Times

Filming

has been taking place at Blenheim Palace for Tom Cruise's latest Mission: Impossible movie.

Tom Cruise
Reuters

White pod-style structures were seen attached to cranes at the stately home, where filming on the latest spy thriller instalment began on Monday.

The

palace, which is currently closed to the public, reopens on 14 February.

Penny pinching?

BBC Radio Oxford

Alex Lester has been asking whether you use coupons, and if so is it thrifty or miserly?

Coupons
Thinkstock

On

BBC Radio Oxford's
Facebook page, Darren Grant said: "As long as the coupon offers real value. Often a coupon for use in a specific store ends up being more expensive than simply shopping around."

'Exorbitant' parking fees

Oxford Mail

A district councillor

has criticised Oxford's "exorbitant" car parking fees.

Oxford skyline
Mark Butler

Melanie Magee, Cherwell District Council Conservative vice-chairwoman, said the Labour-run Oxford City Council fees were also "damaging to businesses".

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford at 14:00: There's been
a fall in unemployment in the UK, according to official figures.

In Oxfordshire, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has also dropped.

It now stands at 2,927 - 28 less than the previous month.

Unemployment drops

BBC Radio Oxford

There's been

another fall in unemployment, according to official figures.

Job centre
Getty Images

In the period from August to October, the total fell by 63,000 to just under two million.

In Oxfordshire, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance dropped by 28 to 2,927.

Lunchtime TV

Laura Trant

Reporter, BBC South Today

Join me on

BBC One at 13:30 when we'll hear from a mother who woke up to find her son dead in her arms.

Louise Walters
BBC

Louise Walters, from Littlehampton, has spoken out to highlight the dangers of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

We'll also have the latest on a row about digging for the remains of King Alfred in Winchester.

In the news

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man

arrested on suspicion of trafficking for the purposes of child sexual exploitation in Oxford has been released on bail.

The 29-year-old from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, was detained as part of Operation Bullfinch.

Hear that story and more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00.

Menswear store saved

Oxford Mail

The future of a menswear store in Wantage town centre

has been secured following a buy-out, its new owner has confirmed.

Peter and Linda Badger have run the Market Place Badgers Menswear shop for the last 45 years.

It has now been bought by internet retailer Online Commerce Ltd, as the firm was keen to gain a presence on the high street.

Guns destroyed

Thames Valley Police has

tweeted that the 255 firearms handed in during a gun amnesty are in the process of being destroyed.

Surrendered guns
Thames Valley Police

The force said its two-week campaign, which ended on 7 December, also saw officers receive 127 lots of ammunition and a grenade.

Female bishop studied in Oxford

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

The

first female bishop for the Church of England, Reverend Libby Lane, studied in Oxford.

Libby Lane
Reuters

The new Bishop of Stockport currently sits on a steering group set up by the Archbishop Rowan Williams in September 2011 to explore the experiences of the Church's ordained women.

Born in Glossop, Derbyshire, she attended Manchester High School for Girls before studying theology at St Peter's College, Oxford, between 1986 and 1989.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford at noon: Eighty inmates at Bullingdon Prison, near Bicester, are serving indeterminate sentences, with no idea of when they will eventually be released.

That's despite these kind of terms being made illegal by the European Court of Human Rights two years ago.

Marrusia auction

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

Day two of a

live webcast auction of assets from the collapsed Banbury-based F1 team Marussia is under way.

Nose section of racing driver Max Chilton's Marussia Formula 1
GA European valuations

Yesterday,

a nose section of racing driver Max Chilton's car sold at auction for £15,000.

Today's lots include machinery and tools.

Coupon collecting

BBC Radio Oxford

Is coupon collecting savvy or stingy?

Alex Lester has been speaking to

Emma Mumford - a self-confessed coupon queen - on
BBC Radio Oxford this morning.

Emma Mumford
Emma Mumford

So, do you dash for a deal, or are you more of a relaxed shopper?

Bullfinch arrest

Peter Cooke

Reporter, BBC South Today

A 29-year-old man

arrested on suspicion of trafficking for the purposes of child sexual exploitation has been bailed.

The arrest, made as part of Operation Bullfinch, is in connection with offences committed in Oxford in 2011.

The man, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, was arrested in the town and bailed until 20 January.

£90m tech park plan

Oxford Mail

Plans have been submitted for a £90m Oxford Technology Park in Kidlington.

London Oxford Airport
Richard Smith

Developers say the 20-acre (8-hectare) site in Langford Lane, opposite London Oxford Airport (pictured) will bring 1,250 jobs.

On the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

West Oxfordshire, home to attractions like Blenheim Palace and Cotswold Wildlife Park, has seen an increase in tourism spending.

The latest figures show it brought in £278.3m in 2013 - up more than 2% on the previous year.

Listen to more on that story on

BBC Radio Oxford at 11:00.

Didcot defeat

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

In the FA trophy last night,

Didcot Town Football Club suffered a 3-0 replay defeat.

Didcot Town emblem
www.didcottownfc.co.uk

A Jon Parkin hat-trick gave Forest Green Rovers the win at Loop Meadow.

After mounting a late comeback on Saturday to take the game to a replay, captain Luke Carnell says a repeat performance was always going to be difficult after conceding so early.

First female bishop revealed

The

first female bishop for the Church of England has been revealed as the Reverend Libby Lane, just a month after historic change to canon law.

The Reverend Libby Lane
EPA

She will become the new Bishop of Stockport, a post that has been vacant since May.

Oxford had been thought to be one of the front runners to have the first female bishop following the

retirement in November of The Rt Rev John Pritchard.

The general synod voted to back plans for female bishops in July and formally adopted legislation on 17 November.

Congestion

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's congestion both ways on the A40 London Road in Oxford.

Traffic is particularly heavy around Merewood Avenue, close to Thornhill Park and Ride.

Not yeti?

Steven McKenzie

BBC reporter

A theory that the mythical yeti is a rare polar bear-brown bear hybrid animal

has been challenged.

Polar bear
Thinkstock

Last year, Oxford University genetics professor Bryan Sykes revealed the results of DNA tests on hairs said to be from the Abominable Snowman.

The tests matched the samples with the DNA of an ancient polar bear.

But two other scientists have said re-analysis of the same data shows the hairs belong to the Himalayan bear.

In the news

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford at 10:00: The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in the county has fallen.

It now stands at 2,927, a drop of 28 on the previous month.

Axe-wieding raiders

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Raiders

who stormed into an Oxfordshire antiques centre with an axe stole £150,000 of goods.

CCTV of burglars, including one wielding an axe
BBC

Watches and jewellery were among the items taken from The Swan in Tetsworth at about 02:40 GMT on 12 December.

CCTV footage shows the burglars breaking in and smashing the cabinets before leaving.

Cup heartbreak for U's

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United are

out of the FA Cup after losing a lead in last night's second round replay at Tranmere.

The FA Cup
Getty Images

The Merseysiders go through to a home tie against Swansea following their 2-1 win.

Captain Jake Wright says the players feel responsible for letting a big prize slip through their fingers.