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  1. Updates from Monday 29 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 for today's BBC Local Live.

We'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

Evening TV

BBC South Today


South Today this evening: The Prime Minister spent part of this afternoon crawling along a tunnel on his hands and knees, wading through muddy fields and climbing up ladders.

David Cameron

David Cameron was taking part in the annual Great Brook Run, but he wasn't alone - more than 100 people completed the cross country race.

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Freezing fog overnight

Dan Downs

Weather forecaster,

There will be a

widespread frost forming as we go through this evening with one or two mist or freezing fog patches.

Dan Downs

Temperatures in rural parts will fall to -3C (27F).

Witney museum plan receives boost

Witney Gazette

Plans to turn Witney's Langdale Hall into a museum have taken a step forward after the building was

lodged as an Asset of Community Value.

Your views

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to know what you think.

Social workers 'put off' profession

Amanda Dellor

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

People are being put off from becoming social workers in the wake of high-profile child abuse scandals like those in

Rotherham and

Child covering face


College of Social Work, the centre of excellence for the profession, said many employees have found the role impossible in the wake of "social work bashing".

Cameron on the run to 64th in charity splash

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Prime Minister David Cameron will be hoping for a better result in next year's election after

finishing 64th in a charity race.

David Cameron

The Witney MP waded through an icy brook, crawled through a tunnel and climbed a ladder during the mile-long

Great Brook Run in Chadlington, Oxfordshire.

He joined more than 140 runners at the event for the fourth time. Competitors collected a medal and a pint of ale at the end of the run.

A34 accident at Hanwell

The A34 northbound has

one lane blocked and queuing traffic for two miles in Harwell before the Milton Interchange, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

Congestion is running back to the Chilton Interchange.

Cameron joins Great Brook Runners

Tom Turrell

Reporter, BBC South Today

Prime Minister David Cameron has taken part in the annual

Great Brook Run in Chadlington.

David Cameron

More than 140 runners took part in the cross country challenge.

Mr Cameron finished somewhere in the middle of the pack after wading through a brook, crawling through a tunnel and climbing a ladder.

Waste not

BBC Radio Oxford

As the Christmas clear up continues in homes across Oxfordshire, new figures show that the county recycles

more rubbish than almost every other county in the UK.

Recycling bins

Oxfordshire also had the lowest amount of ordinary waste per household in the country last year.

Mark Watson, is the Waste Contracts Officer, at Oxfordshire County Council and told

BBC Radio Oxford that the festive season is particularly busy.

He said: "Collection days are disrupted by the bank holidays so there's a bit of a catch-up working to do and we have a lot more waste produced at Christmas."

Winter scene

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This picture from Becca Collacott in Abingdon captures a classic winter scene with a evocative purplish sky.

Winter scene
Becca Collacott

If you have a picture from around Oxfordshire that you would like to share with Local Live, why not

send it in?

Rural areas targeted in animal thefts

Oxford Mail

Partridges, bees, snakes and swans were among more than

2,400 thefts of animals in Oxfordshire in five years.

A34 congestion

There is very slow traffic on the A34 northbound between Kidlington Junction and Bicester.

Check the

BBC Travel site for all the latest information

Helicopter used to locate armed man

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Thames Valley Police helicopter - based at Benson - was

called out to search for a person with a gun.

A male with an air rifle was found and detained - by police in Bedfordshire, around 15:30 yesterday afternoon.

City Link owner defends actions

Katie Hope

Business reporter, BBC News

The founder of the investment firm which owned City Link has

defended the way the firm's administration was handled after it emerged 2,000 staff, including dozens in Bicester, would be made redundant on New Year's Eve.

City Link vans

Jon Moulton, the founder of

Better Capital, which owned the collapsed UK parcel delivery service, said the firm's administration could not have been handled any better.

The news was announced on Christmas Eve, but Mr Moulton said the timing could not have been avoided.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: A six-year-old girl from Oxford could be the first child amputee to benefit from a new design of bionic hands.

Amputee with bionic hands

An inventor has been given more than £125,000 in funding to create sophisticated but low cost prosthetics using a 3D printer - which could transform the lives of young patients.

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Bicester Village parking fines

Bicester Advertiser

Forty-one drivers were fined £50 each for

illegally parking near Bicester Village over Christmas, according to police.

The goals next door

BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford followed the footballers of

Oxford United in their first season in the Women's Super League as they faced challenges on and off the pitch.

Oxford women footballers

You can listen again to

The Goals Next Door on the BBC iPlayer.

Oxfordshire coldest in the UK

Temperatures in Oxfordshire have plunged to the

lowest recorded levels of the year in England, BBC Weather says.

Temperatures fell to -7.6C (18F) at RAF Benson last night.

The lowest temperature recorded at a Met Office Weather station this year was -8.9C (16F) at Braemar, Aberdeenshire, in early December.

United return to winning ways

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United won their final match of 2014, fighting back for a

2-1 win at Plymouth yesterday.

James Roberts
Getty Images

United bounced back from a miserable

Boxing Day defeat against Shrewsbury, taking advantage of the home side having a player sent off.

John Campbell's 70th minute equaliser cancelled out Lewis Alessandra's early opener for the hosts, and teenage striker James Roberts scored a late winner.

Ice warning and lane closure

Police have said that there is

ice on the A420 in Kingston Bagpuize around the A415 junction and A415 Shippon

And there is one lane closed on the A34 southbound in Abingdon between Abingdon North and Marcham Interchange, because of a broken down lorry.

Rail delay investigation started

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An investigation into

severe disruption on services from Oxfordshire through Reading to London Paddington is vital for the reputation of the rail industry.

Train screen

That's according to

First Great Western which says the overrunning engineering work which suspended services for hours on Saturday needs to be explained by Network Rail.

Dan Paynes from the train company said works also overran last year and customers deserve better: "It is vitally important for people's confidence in the industry as a whole for this investigation to happen and for us to work out exactly what went wrong."

Great Brook run

BBC Radio Oxford

A cross country run in an Oxfordshire village - that has attracted David Cameron in years gone by - is taking place this afternoon.


Great Brook Run - which happens around Chadlington - is a cross-country race that takes place half on land, half in water.

Adam Engberg is one of the organisers and told

BBC Radio Oxford that it has brought the community together.

He said: "We decided that we wanted to do something that would get the whole village out and it's just grown from there. We had 70 runners in the first year and last year we had 150."

Going for a walk?

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

If you're tempted to tread beyond the warmth of your front door, I expect a popular location for a little leg stretching would be Christ Church Meadow in Oxford.

Christchurch Meadow
George Pulford

Today's banner image captures the view across to

Deadmans Walk, and was taken by George Pulford. You can see more of his photos on his
fickr account.

Christmas timetable

Chiltern Railways

tweets: A special Christmas and new year timetable is operating until 2 January. More information here:

Fire investigations begins

Alex Therrien

BBC News Online

The cause of a fire which killed a man in Oxford is

being investigated by Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Thames Valley Police.

Firefighters were called to a home in Marlborough Road just after 22:00 on Saturday after a fire developed in the first floor and roof.

A man was removed from the home by firefighters, but later died in hospital.

Bright, cold and sunny

Dan Downs

Weather forecaster,

A very chilly start with temperatures

widely below freezing, and the risk of a bit of fog in a place or two.

Dan Downs

With mainly clear skies today we should get to see some glimpses of some bright winter sunshine.

The widespread frost will mean temperatures will be slow to recover this morning, and 4C (39F) is the best we can hope for.

Good morning

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire this Monday morning.

I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the county.

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