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  1. Updates on Wednesday 24 December 2014

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Happy Christmas

That's all from the BBC Local Live team for Christmas Eve. We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from Oxfordshire.

Don't forget - you can still get in touch with the team - by dropping us an

email. Have a merry Christmas.

'Little chance' of a white Christmas

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

This evening it will be quite windy and that will

make it feel quite chilly.

Bee Tucker

Overnight it will be largely dry and with clearing skies it will be cold , with lows of 3C (37F) in towns and down to freezing in the countryside.

And Christmas Day will be bright and wintry, but won't feature snow.

'We all feel sick'

BBC Radio Oxford

The owner of a dog that was

stolen from a house in Banbury has said the family is "sick" with worry.

Paul Clayson told

BBC Radio Oxford that not knowing what was happening to their 10-year-old Springer Spaniel Charlie was the worst thing.

He said: "We don't know where he is, what's happened to him, who took him away, is he being looked after, that's the most worrying thing, is he being cared for."

Drink drive arrests down

Thames Valley Police

has arrested 185 people on suspicion of drink-driving after the first 21 days of the December anti-drink and drug drive campaign.

Man having breath test

This is down on the 195 arrests made in the same period last year.

In total, 101 of the 185 arrested have been charged, 56 have been released on bail and 28 people have been released with no further action. It is estimated that more than 7,600 people have so far been breath tested.

Bicester shoppers urged to ditch the car

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Shoppers are being urged to travel to Bicester Village by rail or bus on Boxing Day to avoid possible traffic chaos like that seen on

Black Friday.

Bicester Village at xmas (from 2011)
P L Chadwick

This year Chiltern Railways is running a special service from London to Bicester on Boxing Day hoping that the out-of-town shopping crowds will ditch their cars and ease the pressure.

Chad Collins from Chiltern Railways

told me that it was the second year they had run the service.

He said: "We've got shuttle buses running from Bicester North station and Bicester Village and we've got free parking at all our stations along the Chiltern route on Boxing day, so we're hoping that people can ditch their cars."

Students wrap up business

Oxford Times

Pupils from Cherwell School in Marston Ferry Road

set up a Christmas wrapping paper business as part of the Young Enterprise scheme.

Public transport 'quicker and more reliable'

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

Six months of road works have led to

improved access and public transport into Oxford, according to the county council cabinet member for transport.

Kennington Roundabout sign
Oxfordshire County Council

David Nimmo Smith said: "The improved access through this key route into and around Oxford means that public transport services will also be quicker and more reliable, and I would encourage people to use these services."

In July, motorists

were warned by the council to use alternative forms of transport because of delays of up to three hours.

Banbury restaurant assault

Banbury Guardian

A woman was

assaulted in a Indian restaurant in Brackley on Friday.

Cowley flooding 'needs review'

BBC Radio Oxford

A full review of the handling of a devastating flood in Cowley must be carried out by Oxford City Council, according to a former councillor.

Normandy Crescent flooding

Three months after a water main burst wrecking dozens of homes in Normandy Crescent,

many residents are still in temporary accommodation.

Bob Timms was in his office when a burst main flooded the same area in 2007. He told

Phil Gayle that the way the incident's been dealt with this time needs official scrutiny as "residents are worried that the pipe could blow again".

Reindeer opportunity

Witney Gazette

Children were able to

get up close and personal with reindeer on Sunday at the Woolgate Centre in Witney.

Message in a bottle

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Maria Young was 11-years-old when she moved to Abingdon from Saint Helena in the South Atlantic.

Message in a bottle

During a trip back to the island a couple of years later she did the old Robinson Crusoe trick and put a message in a bottle.

Three years later she received a letter from Gerald Roberts in Albuquerque in New Mexico - and tomorrow, 25 years later they will be meeting for the first time.


told me: "I wrote a brief note asking whoever found the message to write to me. It has never occurred to me to call him, I just like the letters. I'm hoping that we get along well, and he can tell me about how he found my message."

Man assaulted outside Berinsfield pub

Wallingford Herald

A 25-year-old man was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for head injuries

after being assaulted in Berinsfield, South Oxfordshire, police said.

Kennington roundabout works complete

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Work is now complete on the £7m roadworks scheme that has

caused chaos on the A423 Southern Bypass in Oxford.

Traffic on the southern bypass during roadworks

Construction began in June to introduce a "hamburger" layout to the Kennington roundabout. It is designed to increase capacity by up to 30%.

Officers face death probe

Clark Ainsworth

BBC News

Five police officers are

facing a criminal investigation following the death of an Oxfordshire man who became unwell in the back of a police van.

Duncan Tomlin, 32, who previously lived in the county, was restrained and placed in a police van in West Sussex in July.

He became unresponsive and officers carried out CPR, but Mr Tomlin later died in hospital. Officers will be questioned under caution by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Lorraine Pascale to become foster ambassador

TV chef Lorraine Pascale is to

become the government's first fostering ambassador.

Lorraine Pascale

She was fostered as a young child in Oxfordshire, and has spoken about her background on a number of occasions. Earlier in the year Lorraine told

BBC Radio Oxford about her experiences.

She said: "I have mixed memories, and they were difficult times, but I love Oxford and I go there a lot now. But they were difficult times and as a child you don't know that it's not normal, you just get on with it and it effects you more in your adulthood. "

Oxford stadium decision due

Oxford Mail

A court decision on whether Oxford Stadium can be flattened for homes is

now expected next month.

Binsey village development fears

Oxford Times

A bid by an Oxford college to stop land in West Oxford being protected from development has

prompted fears there could be building on the site.

Dog stolen in Banbury

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a

dog was stolen near Banbury.


The incident took place between 09:00 and 18.15 on Wednesday 17 December in Burdrop. Offenders broke into a kennel in the back garden of the house and stole Charlie, a 10-year-old Springer Spaniel, who has been micro-chipped.

Neighbours reported seeing a white Ford Transit van driving slowly around the area before the theft.

Didcot post woes

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There are complaints that people living at Great Western Park in Didcot aren't getting the post they should.

Science Photo Library

Residents have told Royal Mail they have had post opened, some post's not being delivered and parcels are going to the wrong addresses. Chandni Rosser has reported the losses of packages to the police and invested in CCTV.


told me: "I would suggest that people around here do not send money around Christmas time as there's not much we can do stop people going through them and stealing it. I'm gutted as you can imagine."

Royal Mail has told BBC Radio Oxford they are "extremely sorry" to hear of customers' problems with their service in the Great Western Park area and they are investigating the matter.

Broadband boost for Bicester

BBC Radio Oxford

Super-fast broadband is to be made available for some people living on the Kingsmere estate in Bicester.

Kingsmere development

BBC Radio Oxford

reported yesterday that some residents were very unhappy about the slow speed of their internet connection.

Now Bovis Homes says it'll pay to get the necessary super-fast broadband infrastructure to the new cabinet which will serve the homes it's already built at Kingsmere. It's hoped work will get underway in the New Year.

Share your views

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.

Final Christmas carol

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

All through December we have been counting down to Christmas with the help of Oxfordshire's primary school children.

Bloxham CofE Primary School

Our Christmas Eve carol came from

Bloxham C of E Primary School, who sang
'Chritsmas Hit' and 'Child In A Manger Born'.

U's agree Tareiq Holmes-Dennis extension

Nabil Hassan

BBC Sport

Oxford United have extended left-back Tareiq Holmes-Dennis's youth loan from Charlton

until the end of the season.

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis

Holmes-Dennis, 19, has made 12 appearances for the League Two club this season.

"I'm really pleased to stay, the whole club has been so welcoming, the fans have been great and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself," he said.

Burton and Bonham Carter split

Jimmy Blake

Newsbeat reporter

Hollywood film director Tim Burton and the British actress Helena Bonham Carter who have a house in Sutton Courtenay,

have split up.

Director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham Carter

The couple, who never married, have two children but live in adjoining homes in London.

A spokesman said the pair had separated amicably, earlier this year.

Are DIY breathalysers safe?

BBC Radio Oxford

Should you trust the do-it-yourself breathalysers that you can buy over the counter?

Pint of beer


study by Oxford University researchers says that the sensitivity of different brands of shop-brought breathalyser can vary hugely - and that could lead to drivers thinking they're safe to drive, when they're not.

Dr Helen Ashdown told

David Prever that her research suggests that the results raised concerns about people driving after drinking and testing themselves.

She said: "The worst performing breathalyser only detected one person in four who was over the legal drink drive limit."

Barriers up around Temple Cowley pool

Alison Dawes

News editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Metal barriers have been put in place around the car park at Temple Cowley Pools following the council's confirmation of its decision to

sell the facility to developers.

Temple Cowley Pools

A succession of council vehicles and other utility vehicles have gone on to the site as men in fluorescent jackets stand at the entrance.

Although the lights are on inside the pool there is a sign on the door which states it is now closed from now onwards.

Campaigners continue swimming pool fight

BBC Radio Oxford

Temple Cowley Pools may have shut for the final time, after

Oxford City Council agreed to sell the site to developers for £3.5m.

Temple Cowley Pools in Oxford
Steve daniels

The building is closed for the Christmas break, and may never re-open, but campaigners have vowed to continue to fight to save the facility.

Nigel Gibson from Save Temple Cowley Pools told

Phil Gayle that the council had broken promises to properly consider their proposals.

He said: "It's not done at all, it is not clear that the £3.6m that is being promised to the council will actually come in, what they are proposing is twice the density that's allowed on that site. We will be opposing the planning permission."

A white Christmas?

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Probably not according to the weather forecasts. But I thought a reminder of Oxford in the snow might be appropriate on Christmas Eve, so I've selected this photo as our banner image, taken in January 2013 from the tower of the University Church of St Mary.

Radcliffe Camera
Jun Aishima

The festive photo was taken by Jun Aishima, and you can see more photos on his

flickr page.

A lovely day to come

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

A lot of cloud about first thing, but that will lift and

break up through the morning.

Bee Tucker

As it brightens up it will also become more chilly with a north-westerly breeze, but temperatures will stay on the mild side with highs of 9C (48F).

Good morning

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on Christmas Eve.

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