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  1. Updates from Friday 19 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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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.

Evening TV

Jerome Sale

Presenter, South Today


South Today this evening: South Central Ambulance Service are turning to overseas recruits and offering free university training to try fill more than 200 vacancies.


The union, Unison says patients are at risk with some people having to wait five hours for an ambulance because of high demand.

Join me for more on this and the other top stories from the region at


Dry and chilly evening

Holly Green

BBC Weather

For most it's a dry evening, with a blustery north-westerly wind

making things feel quite chilly.

Holly Green

The breeze should stop us getting a frost overnight, with lows in towns and cities dropping to 4C (39F).

New home for wood firm

BBC Radio Oxford

A wood recycling centre in Oxfordshire has found a new home - after fears its employees would have to give up their jobs.

Wood recycling factory

Oxford Wood Recycling, which helps people out of unemployment from the Milton Park estate, has to move because its premises are being demolished.

Chief executive Richard Snow told

BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle that its new home in Abingdon means it can grow.

He said: "It's fantastic, it's a great space. I'm so pleased especially for our staff who worked really hard to get us to the position where we can attract the investment needed to take on a big place."

Cybersecurity portal opens

The world's first international resource to help tackle cyber crime and attacks has opened in Oxford.

Cyber security graphic


Cybersecurity Capacity Portal, based at the Oxford Martin School, in partnership with Saïd Business School, will help coordinate cybersecurity through sharing of information and best practice.

David Upton, Professor of Operations Management at Saïd Business School, said the

recent attack on Sony was exactly the sort of threat the portal was designed to help counter.

He said: "This is a battle we are losing, the crooks are doing better than the defenders and the more we can do to help the defenders the better."

Children's home worker convicted of offences

A man who ran a children's home

has been convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault on boys between February 1976 and March 1983.

Rodney Smallman, 72, of Erica Close, Banbury, was found guilty by a jury at Oxford Crown Court following a two week trial.

The five victims were under the age of 16 at the time of the offences.

Earlier problems clearing up

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The delays on the A34 northbound after an earlier car fire at Milton

have cleared nicely.

The A40 Westbound is also free flowing after an earlier closure due to another car fire and oil spillage between the Witney East and Witney town centre turnings.

Ducklington to Curbridge is a bit busier than usual on the A415 to the A4095.

And heading out of Oxford, the Abingdon Road, London Road and the Botley Road are all heavily congested towards the ring road.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man who used to run a children's home in Oxfordshire has been convicted of a string of child sex offences.

I'll have the full story at


Crafty Christmas

Oxford Times

People looking to create unique decorations got the opportunity to make their own Christmas wreaths this week at a

wreath workshop at a pub in Iffley Fields.

Early present for the Bodleian

Bodleian Libraries

tweets: What did the Bodleian get for Christmas? Charles I's travelling library!

Travelling library
Bodleian Libraries

The collection of small books include classical texts by authors such as the poet Ovid and the philosopher Cicero, as well as bibles and religious books, some of which are believed to have been signed by Prince Charles I himself.

Hook Norton homes refused

Plans to extend the boundary of Hook Norton in north Oxfordshire, with a development of 48 new homes,

have been rejected by councillors.

Cherwell District Council's planning committee refused an outline application for the development at land north of Railway House off Station Road.

The plans, submitted by Nursery Ground Ltd, had been opposed by

Hook Norton Parish Council and residents, who said it was "inappropriate development on land which would be detrimental to the village".

Friday roads

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


A40 Westbound is closed due to car fire and oil spillage between the Witney East and Witney town centre turnings.

A lane is closed on the A34 northbound, also due to a car fire, just before the Milton Interchange, causing queues back to the Chilton Interchange.

And near Swindon, the A420 is closed both ways between the South Marston Turning and Bourton Turning, after an accident involving two lorries and a car.

Bored by the bird?

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

If you're looking for inspiration for a different Christmas feast this year, have a

listen to Kat Orman's guest Giancarlo Caldesi, who created some traditional Italian festive food in the studio.

Giancarlo Caldesi

He explained his recipes for Papdeli Duck Ragu, Rolled Stuffed Capon With Italian Cabbage, Canatoni Christmas Pudding and Ricachelli Christmas Biscuits.

I'll certainly be trying out the recipes, just perhaps not on the 25th.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The NHS in England has had its worst seven days in accident and emergency since it started publishing weekly performance figures four years ago.

Last week in Oxfordshire 89.8% of patients were seen and treated within four hours - missing the target of 95%.

I'll have more on that at


A40 closed at Witney


A40 is closed westbound at Witney East, because of a car fire and an oil spillage.

There is severe disruption in the area.

London Welsh ring the changes

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

London Welsh have named 12 changes to the side for their game

away at Saracens in the Premiership tomorrow.

Olly Barkley

Among the changes Olly Barkley moves from fly-half to inside centre, with Nick Reynolds returning to the side at outside centre.

There will be

full online commentary of that match .

Booze Black Friday warning

BBC Radio Oxford

Drinkers in Oxfordshire are being urged to take a holiday from alcohol after Christmas as hospitals brace themselves for the Black Friday of booze today.

Women in a bar

The Friday before Christmas is traditionally a day of revelling and last year saw a 114% rise of alcohol sales in pubs, bars and restaurants compared to an average Friday.

Nigel Watt, who's a

Street Pastor in Wantage and Grove told BBC Radio Oxford that he will be out with his team tonight to make sure people remain safe.

He said: "We tend to find some ladies go out in shoes that you can't really walk in, so when they've given up on them we are nearby with a pair of flip-flops, just to help them get home. That prevents them standing in broken glass and a hospital visit."

Under-fire councillors bite back

Oxford Times

When father-of-three Andy Beal emailed Oxfordshire county councillors asking how they voted after a hike in councillor's allowances, he was shocked to be told:

First tell me your salary and pension details.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 72-year-old man was punched by a motorcyclist after a crash in Oxford.

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


Motorhome death

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A body has been found after a fire at a motorhome at a caravan site in Hook Norton Road, in Chipping Norton.

Merry Weather Caravan Park

Police say it caught fire just after 22:00 and was parked at the time.

A body has been discovered at the scene - and has not yet been identified. The death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

Cuttleslowe crash assault

Oxford Mail

A pensioner was "severely" injured when he was

attacked in his car by a motorcyclist in Cutteslowe after the pair had collided, police said.

Nervous release

BBC Radio Oxford

A 14-year-old singer songwriter from Oxford has not only recorded her first EP, she's released it on her own label.

Phoebe Rose and Nick Piercey

Phoebe Rose began writing songs when she was nine and was a finalist in the Talent Oxford contest when she was 12.

She told BBC Radio Oxford's Nick Piercey she's learned to get over her stage fright and is happier performing her work now.

She said: "I didn't want to go on stage, because I was nervous, and I'd say I wasn't going on, then Mum and Dad would be there and remind me that I would enjoy it once I did it."

You can listen back to her interview and a selection of her songs


News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Burglars have broken into three houses in Banbury on one afternoon, stealing jewellery from each residence.

Join me for all the headlines at


Tips for a sensory Christmas dinner

Oxford University Professor Charles Spence has come up with

tips to make Christmas dinner a sensory event to remember.

Christmas dinner
Science Photo Library

He covers how to instil anticipation, the importance of the right glass of wine, how music can change the way food tastes and the perfect way to say goodbye.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: It is being claimed that patients are waiting up to five hours for an ambulance in the south, because of high demand and difficulty recruiting staff.

Ambulance and paramedics

The union Unison is calling for more to be done to help those already employed by South Central Ambulance to become full time paramedics.

Join Caroline Richardson for more on this at


News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A body found after a motorhome fire in Oxfordshire is being investigated by police.

Join me for more on that at


The last post

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Even Santa has some last minute Christmas cards to send and likewise those of us sending greetings or presents have a final opportunity to make the post, with the

deadline for first class mail tomorrow.

Santa and his 'angels' respond to Christmas letters
Getty Images

Wrap, stick, lick and scribble!

Photo from the scene

via Facebook

Following on from that stag rescue, Wantage and Kidlington Firefighters took a picture of the deer and have posted it on


Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Incident Commander Graham Turner said: "The extrication was made more difficult as the stag also had some nylon twine wrapped around its antlers and neck and this had to be cut away to avoid it being strangled once it was released, but we worked closely with the RSPCA in order to free the animal without causing it any injury and we are all pleased that he is up and about it time for Christmas in case he is needed to pull a sleigh on the big night!"

Deer's sheer slip

Wallingford Herald


rescued a stag after it slipped into a brook near West Hendred, and was unable to escape on its own due to the sheer drop of the bank.

Campbell coming home for debut

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Striker John Campbell looks set to become the latest

Oxford United debutant in tomorrow's game at Hartlepool, League Two's bottom club.

John Campbell

He said he was looking forward to the game: "It's a big occasion, it's up in my neck of the woods so all my family are going to be there and I'm really looking forward to it. I think I might rip my shorts off if I score."

We'll have the whole game exclusively live from Victoria Park tomorrow afternoon from

14:00 on 95.2FM and on digital radio.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's been a mixed reaction to news that the ban on women taking up front-line combat roles could be lifted by 2016, with a serving army officer in Bicester saying the mixed training exercises he's done prove it'll never work.

Join me for more on that at


Arrest over Blackbird Leys stabbing

A woman has been questioned by police after a man was stabbed in Oxford.

Thames Valley Police say the victim was involved in an argument in a park off Cuddesdon Way in Blackbird Leys.

He was left with a stab wound under his arm and had to be treated in hospital.

A 20-year-old woman from Oxford has been arrested and released on bail until next month.

Five hour delays on 999 calls

People in Oxfordshire are waiting up to five hours for an ambulance as the shortage of paramedics becomes dangerous, according to the union


Gavin Bashford

South Central paramedic Gavin Bashford, who is from Unison, said increased demand and staff leaving had put pressure on the service.

He said: "We can have big delays responding to 999 calls, three, four or five hours is not uncommon, and the pressure on staff is quite huge."

South Central Ambulance Service have said that more staff are needed but say that patients are not at risk as agency workers fill any gaps.

Traffic light failure

There has been a

traffic light failure on the Bicester Road in Launton between the A4421 Skimmingdish Lane junction and the West End junction.

There are delays in both directions.

Nowhere to shelter

Oxford Mail


bus shelter on the A34 was left in bits after a crash on the northbound carriageway at Botley.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A former army nurse from Oxfordshire has welcomed the decision in principle

to allow women to serve on the front line in British infantry units.

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


Christmas carol countdown

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

It's under a week until Christmas now and we're counting down the final few days with the help of Oxfordshire's primary schools.

Harwell Primary School

This morning we've heard

Harwell Primary School sing
Little Camel Boy and Wonderful Christmas Time.

BBC Radio Oxford's 12 Days of Christmas

via Facebook

Lilley Mitchell has been on a whistle-stop tour of Oxford, gathering gifts from the famous carol, The 12 Days of Christmas.

Lilley Mitchell with pantomime cow

You can see more images from her quest on our

Facebook page.