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  1. Updates from Monday 5 January 2015
  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 it for BBC Local Live for the day, the service will return at 08:00 on Tuesday.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Ambulance trusts and hospitals in our region say they came under intense pressure over the holiday period.

South Central Ambulance Service said it saw unprecedented demand and even came close to declaring a major incident between Christmas and new year after 999 calls to the service rose by over 20%.


A lot of hospitals are also reporting that the people they treated were genuine cases and could not have got help elsewhere.

Join me for that and all the regions top stories at


Mild, drizzly night

Holly Green

BBC Weather

A blanket of cloud will keep it feeling mild, with just a touch of

patchy rain about for most of us.

Holly Green

Through the night there will be some drizzle in places, and some hill fog possible, with lows of 6C (43F).

A420 delays

There is still congestion and

delays on the A420 London Road in both directions in Headington around the Windmill Road junction.

Caterham's administrators will not fund testing

Lawrence Barretto

BBC Sport

Caterham's administrators

will not fund the team to attend the first pre-season test if a buyer is not found in time.


The team went

into administration in October and
made 230 staff redundant.

Testing starts on 1 February at Jerez with the first race of the season taking place in Australia on 15 March.

"Talks with interested parties continue, but if a buyer is not found before the test, we will not put up the money to go," joint administrator Henry Shinners told BBC Sport.

Listen again

BBC Radio Oxford

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville

spoke to Phil Gayle this morning.

Hugh Bonneville

They started by talking about Bampton, the Oxfordshire village where Downton is filmed. There is a campaign in Bampton to

save the Old Grammar School that doubles as the Downton Cottage Hospital.

Hugh Bonneville told Phil that he wanted to give something back to the community and save the building so that they would have somewhere to film.

£11k for children's leisure schemes

Banbury Cake

Five organisations will be

handed a total of £11,000 from Oxfordshire County Council's Chill Out Fund.

Child exploitation police's 'number one priority'

Serena Martin

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Tackling child sexual exploitation and safeguarding victims is

Thames Valley Police's number one priority in Oxfordshire, the force has said.

Young girl browses the internet
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

More than 200 at-risk children have been referred to a specialist unit to combat exploitation in Cowley, since the

Bullfinch Investigation.

The force says changes brought in since the conviction of

seven men in 2013, means they're in a "much better position" to identify the crime earlier on and target the offenders.

Supt Christian Bunt told me about the focus of their work: "It's very much a preventable model now, taking the front foot and the message is that if you are grooming or sexually abusing children then we will come looking for you."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman in her 50s has been flown to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, after being found lying by the side of a railway line in Grove.

British Transport Police say the woman had not been hit by a train however her condition is not life-threatening, but she has suffered a shoulder injury and a possible injury to her neck and back.

Join me for all the headlines at


Making tracks to see Thomas

Wallingford Herald

Train lovers jumped aboard steam locomotives as they enjoyed the first day of the new year with the chance to ride along the centre's two demonstration lines and

make friends with Thomas the Tank Engine.

Deta Hedman hints at darts retirement

Nabil Hassan

BBC Sport

Oxfordshire's Deta Hedman has hinted

she may retire from darts following her defeat by Lisa Ashton in the first round of the BDO World Championship.

Deta Hedman
Getty Images

Top seed Hedman also

lost to Ashton in the final last year and in 2013.

"This year my darts has been okay but not as good," the 55-year-old told

BBC Radio Oxford.

A420 London Road delays

There are

delays on the A420 London Road in both directions in Headington around the Windmill Road junction.

Woman flown to hospital from railway line

BBC Radio Oxford

A woman has been flown to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, after being found lying by the side of a railway line in Grove.

The emergency services were alerted shortly after 12:30 this afternoon.

British Transport Police say the woman had not been hit by a train and the extent of the woman's injuries, if any, are unknown.

There are some delays to services running through at Didcot Parkway railway station.

Oxfordshire's oldest lawyers

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


Hedges law firm is one of the oldest in the country and is celebrating their 225 anniversary this year.


Nicola Poole is the managing director and

told me that the company was founded in the same year as the French Revolution, and had a member of the Hedges family at the helm until 1982.

She said: "We hold on and treasure our traditional values but we have been able to offer progressive services to our clients, combining the best of the old world and the best of the future that a modern day client demands."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman's health is being assessed by doctors in Oxford, after being found lying by the side of a railway line in Grove.

I'll have more on that at


Life's a pitch

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United chief executive Mark Ashton has told
BBC Radio Oxford he attended the
London Welsh game at the Kassam Stadium yesterday to observe how they prepare the pitch on match days after the state of the playing surface was called into question as United lost
2-1 to Cheltenham on Saturday.

Kassam Stadium
Getty Images

Speaking on

Phil Gayle this morning, Mr Ashton said both clubs have to work together to find the best solution.

He said: "At times the pitch here will be a challenge, it's not the worst pitch in the world but it's bobbley and we have to find a way to play."

You can watch the key incidents from the Cheltenham game on

BBC South Today tonight at 18:30.

Stunning sunset

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This picture was sent in to BBC Oxford Local Live on Friday evening and shows a beautiful sunset in Wittenham Clumps, taken by Andrew Searle.

Wittenham Searle
Andrew Searle

If you have a picture from the county, why not

share it?

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Several flood alerts are in place for rivers in Oxfordshire.


Environment Agency says that flooding is possible on the River Ray from Otmoor to Islip, the Thame near Dorchester.

Join me for all the headlines at


Four arrested in drone base protest

Greig Watson

BBC News

Four campaigners, including one person from Oxford,

have been arrested after cutting through the wire at an RAF base in Lincolnshire.


The group were protesting at RAF Waddington about the use of armed drones, controlled from the base, which they claim cause civilian casualties.

The four people are currently in police custody. An RAF spokesman said operation of the drones - known as Reapers - was unaffected.

Exiles 'disappointed' by close loss

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

London Welsh put in a battling performance against Harlequins but were eventually defeated

24-13 at the Kassam Stadium.

Nick Easter
Getty Images

The Exiles wasted numerous chances to win their first game of the season and scrum-half Paul Rowley, who scored their try, said they are disappointed that they did not seize their opportunity.

He said: "You definitely get frustrated, the boys will come in and look at the analysis and see the chances that went begging and it does effect lads."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There has been an unprecedented demand for Oxfordshire's ambulance service over the festive period.

South Central Ambulance service says it even came close to declaring a major incident between Christmas and new year after the number of 999 calls made rose by 42% on 27 December.

Join me for more on this at


Jayden memorial garden planned

Victoria Cook

Reporter, BBC South Today

A memorial garden is being planned to remember a Jayden Parkinson, who was

murdered by her former boyfriend in Oxfordshire.

Jayden Parkinson memorial garden site

The 17-year-old was killed by Ben Blakeley, who then hid her body in his uncle's grave.

Blakeley was found guilty of murder earlier last year and now friends and family are hoping to create a memorial garden close to Jayden's last home in Didcot.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Thousands of rail passengers have experienced an elevated view of Reading this morning as the first big commute of the year got underway.

Reading viaduct

Their trains were among the first to travel over a new mile long viaduct which aims to cut delays by removing the region's worst rail bottleneck.

It's part of a £950m redevelopment of Reading station which should be completed this summer.

Join Caroline Richardson for the full story at


Downton star backs £250,000 restoration

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville has

backed a campaign to save a 400-year-old building that features in the hit TV series.

Hugh Bonneville
Save Bampton's Old Grammar School

Villagers in Bampton, Oxfordshire, want to raise £250,000 to

restore their library and museum, which serves as Downton Cottage Hospital for the show.

It is hoped the former school could house a Downton Abbey museum.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A teenager and six men from Banbury have been in court today charged with a string of offences against girls.

Join me for more on that at


Via Reading Viaduct

BBC Radio Oxford

Train journeys from Oxfordshire to Paddington should be swifter from today.

Reading station viaduct
Commission Air Ltd

Trains are running over and under a

new viaduct at Reading for the first time - designed to stop trains to and from Didcot and Oxford queuing outside the station.

Dan Panes from

First Great Western told
BBC Radio Oxford that it will feel different on board: "You'll feel a gradient upwards and then back down again."

Farmers peel clothes for calendar

Oxford Mail

A team of farmers and friends have

stripped off for charity this winter.

'I can enjoy my life'

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

You've probably eaten a bit too much over Christmas, but what if you were so overweight that you were considering surgery?

Man measuring his waist
Science Photo Library

BBC Radio Oxford discovered that the number of obese people having weight-loss surgery at NHS hospitals in Oxfordshire has almost trebled in the last year.

Jason Southgate, from Wooton,

told me how the gastric bypass he had 18 months ago has affected his life.

He said: "My health conditions started getting worse, I was 27 stone (171kg) and I've lost 13 (83kg). I feel a lot better, I have a lot more energy and I can enjoy my life as normal."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford man is among four anti-armed drones protestors arrested at an RAF base in Lincolnshire.

Join me for more on that at


Minors a major attraction

Bicester Advertiser

Morris Minors descended on Bicester Heritage yesterday as it celebrated its first

Sunday Brunch Scramble of the year.

A40 Barrier repairs

There is

a lane closed on the A40 London Road eastbound in Wheatley around the B4027 Wheatley Road junction, because of barrier repairs.

Child sex exploitation trial begins

BBC Radio Oxford


trial of six men and a teenager from Banbury, charged with sex exploitation, is underway at Oxford Crown Court this morning.

Prison van at Oxford Crown Court

Charged with a string of sexual offences against seven victims, five of them girls aged between 13 and 15, in Banbury over a period of five years.

Ahmed Hassan-Sule, Said Saleh, Mohamed Saleh, Takudzwa Hova, Kagiso Manase, Alexandru Nae and a 17-year-old who can not be named deny the charges.

What is bariatric surgery?

Nick Triggle

Health correspondent

Bariatric surgery, also known as

weight loss surgery, is used as a last resort to treat people who are dangerously obese and carrying an excessive amount of body fat.

Gastric band

This type of surgery is only available on the NHS to treat people with potentially life-threatening obesity when other treatments haven't worked.

The two most common types of weight loss surgery are:

  • Gastric band, where a band is used to reduce the size of the stomach so a smaller amount of food is required to make someone feel full
  • Gastric bypass, where the digestive system is rerouted past most of the stomach so less food is digested to make someone feel full

Depending on the complexity of the procedure and the care required after surgery, NHS England says bariatric surgery costs can vary between £3,000 and £11,505.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A teenager and six men from Banbury are in court today charged with a string of offences against under-age girls.

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


Blackwell's hold Blake festival

Oxford Times

Visionary poet William Blake has inspired Blackwell's to organise a

two-week festival in his honour.

Ice day for a walk

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

It may be a mild return to work for many of us but today's banner image captures a wonderfully wintry day in December 2010 on Port Meadow's Willow Walk.

Geese on Port Meadow
Jeremy Welch

It was taken by Jeremy Welch, and you can see more of his photos on his

Flickr page.

Deaf service at school to close

Oxford Mail

A support service for deaf children at Rush Common School in Abingdon is

set to be approved for closure today.

Bampton building bid backed by Bonneville

BBC Radio Oxford

A fundraising campaign to save a 400-year-old Oxfordshire building has been backed by a star of

Downton Abbey.

Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville - who plays the Earl of Grantham - has

produced a video urging people to donate money to a restoration project for the Old Grammar School in Bampton, which features in the ITV programme as Downton Cottage Hospital.

Hugh told

Phil Gayle that Bampton had been "incredibly important": "It's been a central part of the show, so when people told me about the troubles facing the building I thought the least we could do was to shout about it and try to save it for generations to come."