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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday
  2. Updates from Tuesday 6 January 2015

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Good evening

That's it for Local Live for today, the service will return at 08:00 on Wednesday.

Frosty night

It will be fine and dry with mostly clear skies allowing a frost to form overnight.

Weather for tonight

A few shallow mist or fog patches may develop in rural parts. Lows of 3C (37F).

Evening TV

BBC South Today

In tonight's programme: There is too much pressure on accident and emergency departments as all the main hospitals in our region have missed the four-hour waiting time target.

That and more,

on BBC One at 18:30.

Car in ditch in Shillingford

The A4074 Henley Road in Shillingford is partially blocked in both directions because of a car in a ditch.

For more, see the

BBC Travel news site.

Hoskins' great return

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United striker Will Hoskins scored in a 4-0 win for the U's development squad against Barnet this afternoon.

Will Hoskins - began his career as a youngster at Notts County
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It was Hoskins' first game since picking up an injury against Southend in September.

John Campbell netted twice and defender Sam Long was also on the scoresheet against the Bees.

Pacemaker man to do marathon

BBC Radio Oxford

A man from Henley is hoping to become the first person to complete the

North Pole Marathon with a pacemaker.

Mike Shepherd plans to run 26.2 miles (42km) in temperatures as low as -60C (-76F) at a Russian science station in April.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The case of the footballer Ched Evans has shown change is needed in the way we view sex abusers.

That's according to a Thames Valley charity which works with sex offenders. I'll have all the details

at 17:00.

Recycling your Christmas tree

If you want to recycle your Christmas tree Oxford City Council says it has set up 17 sites across the city.

Real Christmas tree


collection points are listed here and are open until Thursday 15 January.

Barnett return 'unlikely'

Oxford Times

The chances of former loan striker

Tyrone Barnett's returning to Oxford United from Peterborough during the January transfer window are remote, according to U's head coach Michael Appleton.

Support for MP's campaign

BBC Radio Oxford


tweeted about Ann Coffey MP's campaign to stop the term "child prostitute" being used in laws, and you've taken to Twitter to support her:

M Curtis

tweets: @BBCOxford And she is right!

Graham Belton

tweets: @BBCOxford i totally agree. We shouldnt label the children as that

A&E Tracker

Stephen Stafford

BBC News Online

The additional pressures of cold weather, norovirus and flu have an impact on all A&E departments across the UK.

John Radcliff Hospital


tracker by BBC Health allows you to find out how the NHS is doing in Oxfordshire.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The universal condemnation of convicted sex offenders has to stop if victims are to be better protected.

That's from a Thames Valley charity which supports sex offenders. I'll have all the details

at 16:00.

Lane closed on A40

There is

one lane closed on the A40 London Road eastbound in Wheatley because of maintenance work.

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Cash leaves 'homes at risk'

Oxford Mail

A proposed £120m flood relief channel will still leave

600 homes in Oxford at risk of flooding, the Environment Agency revealed.

Campaign against 'child prostitute' term

Following high-profile cases of child sexual exploitation in Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford and Telford,

an MP is campaigning to have the term "child prostitute" removed from legislation as it "protects abusers".

Ann Coffey MP

Ann Coffey, Labour MP for Stockport, wants amendments to the Serious Crime Bill, being discussed in Parliament, as the phrase "belongs to another age".

There are currently 16 pieces of legislation that use the term.

Greatest Day

Banbury Cake

Take That star Howard Donald was joined by bandmates Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and former member Jason Orange for his marriage to long-term girlfriend Katie Halil at Aynhoe Park in Banbury, a band spokesman confirms.

Cyclist attacked

Thames Valley Police is

appealing for witnesses after an assault on New Years Day in Dry Sandford, Oxfordshire.

The 47-year-old victim was cycling along the Honeybottom Lane when he got into an altercation with a motorist, who was driving a silver Mercedes E Class.

The motorist then punched the victim in the head, causing bruising to the cheek and a split ear.

The offender is described as white, 6ft, medium build, with a dark scruffy beard.

Child horror stories

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


this afternoon's show we're discussing child horror stories after I had a nightmare start to the day when I locked my daughter inside the car.

It seems a lot of people have accidently mislaid a child - remember when the

Prime Minister left his daughter at the pub?

Graham from Bloxham phoned in to tell us about taking a crowd of 14 kids for a day out at a wildlife park for his daughter's 11th birthday, only to later discover he had left one at home, happily reading.

Add there are more tales on the

BBC Oxford Facebook Page.

News on the Hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

More than 20 bicycles have been stolen in Henley on Thames in the past three months.

Investigating officers say the thefts are all linked. I'll have all the details

at 14:00.

Fighting Ebola

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford doctor Tom Boyles has been telling me about his time in Sierra Leone helping tackle the

Ebola outbreak.

Ebola worker - generic

Following a six week deployment in Freetown, he was on the same flight back to the UK as nurse

Pauline Cafferkey who is currently being treated for the disease in London.

He said the screening process of the health volunteers was "very thorough, but not absolutely foolproof" and said it was "extremely rewarding and very hard work".

Listen online now.

Refocusing on farming

BBC Radio 4

UK agriculture has been focussing on the wrong priorities and now needs wholesale reform, according to a report from the New Economics Foundation.

Grazing cows

Redefining Success in Food and Agriculture will be presented at the Oxford Real Farming Conference, which starts today.

It claims that UK farming is unsustainable, too energy-intensive, and socially unjust in its use of land.

Anna Hill talks to the report's author, Stephen Devlin, for BBC Radio 4.

Grand Prix weekend drive for Wolff

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

The Grove-based

Williams Formula 1 team has confirmed test driver Susie Wolff will be given the drive on the first day of the pre-season test at Barcelona next month.

Susie Wolff

It's the latest Formula 1 track-time for the Scot who become the first women in 20 years to take part in a Grand Prix weekend when she drove in Friday practice at Silverstone and Hockenheim last season.

News on the Hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

More than 5,000 children in Oxford are living in poverty, according to figures from Public Health England.

The figures put Oxford lower than the national average, although the numbers show a fall year-on-year.

I'll have reaction on

BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00.

Spate of Burglaries

Charles Nove

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's been a series of burglaries across Oxfordshire.

Homes in Chinnor, Faringdon and Little Milton were targeted between last Monday and Saturday. In one, thieves stole keys to vehicles parked on the driveway, making off in one of them - a grey BMW M3.

There's was an attempted burglary at a property in Winterbrook near Wallingford, in which a person smashed a window to get in, and then damaged the victim's stair lift.

The glory of our home

Banbury Guardian

A constant feature in the Banbury Guardian dating back to its years as a broadsheet publication, our weekly Big Picture

remains as popular as ever.

Testing safety of vaccine

Dr Matthew Snape, from the Oxford Vaccine Group, part of the University of Oxford Department of Paediatrics, said: "The main aim is to understand the safety profile of the vaccines."

The trial involves volunteers receiving an additional booster dose one or two months after the initial injection.

Similar small trials will also get under way in the US and three African countries unaffected by Ebola.

First humans to get Ebola vaccines

Scientists at Oxford University

have begun immunising healthy volunteers with a new Ebola vaccine.

Ebola vaccine

Initial tests in monkeys showed the vaccine, developed by Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson, gave complete protection against Ebola.

The volunteers in Oxford are the first humans to receive the vaccine.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's major hospitals have missed the four-hour waiting time target for patients in Accident and Emergency.

And volunteers from Oxfordshire are wanted to take part in a trial for a new Ebola vaccine.

I'll have more on that story

at 12:00.

Min wage v Living wage

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

This morning I spoke to Shadow Children's Minister Alison McGovern about poverty in Oxford and she said it's something the council needs to work on.

"It's a challenging thing - we have to look at wages and make sure we're focussed on the minimum wage. As well as that, people in Oxford have rightly campaigned for the living wage," she said.

Listen again to the programme online.

More on Waterstock fatal crash

Police have released more details about the crash

that killed a pensioner in Oxfordshire.

A lorry pulled out of a nearside lay-by on the A418 Oxford Road in Waterstock and was invovled in a collision with a Ford Focus travelling to Thame.

The crash happened at about 18:10 on Monday on the Thame-bound carriageway.

The driver of the car, an 81-year-old man from Thame, was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where he died.

The unkillable soldier

Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart was a one-eyed, one-handed war hero who fought in three major conflicts across six decades, surviving plane crashes and PoW camps. His story is like something out of a Boy's Own comic.

De Wiart

Read more about the story of the former Oxford student who went on to serve in the Boer War, World War One and World War Two and in the process was shot in the face, lost his left eye, and was also shot through the skull, hip, leg, ankle and ear.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's major hospitals have missed the four-hour waiting time target for patients in Accident and Emergency.

From October to December 87.5% of patients were seen in four hours - below the 95% target.

The rest of the UK is also missing the target. I'll have more on that story

at 11:00.

Ebola vaccine trial

A new Ebola vaccine trial will be launched in Oxford today.

The Oxford Vaccine Group aims to vaccinate 72 healthy adult volunteers by the end of January.

Dr Matthew Snape says it will be a long project.

People interested in volunteering can find out more at and to find out
more about Ebola click here.

Congestion near temporary lights

BBC Oxford Travel

tweets: Traffic congestion around #Headington due to #A420 temp lights nr Wharton Rd easing.

More on BBC Travel News for


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Farming event

Oxford's Town Hall is hosting the 2015 Oxford Real Farming Conference today.

The two-day conference, made up of talks and debates, is the sixth such event organised by The Campaign For Real Farming, an organisation that aims to encourage ethical farming methods.