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  1. Updates from Thursday 8 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for BBC Local Live for today.

The service will be back again on Friday from 08:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: A woman has told a jury at Reading Crown Court she was raped by a former Buckinghamshire doctor after he had given her an illegal abortion.

Michael Salmon

She claimed Michael Salmon sexually assaulted her over a four-year period in his office at Stoke Mandeville hospital.

The 79-year-old from Salisbury faces 16 charges, including rape and indecent assault.

Join me at

18:30 for the full story.

Wet and windy night to come

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

This evening will start off dry, but thicker cloud will push in from the west, the winds will ramp up as well and then

we'll see some rain spreading in.

Bee Tucker

The rain will be heavy at times but temperatures will be comfortably above freezing with lows of 5C (41F).

USAF to pull out of airbases

Andrew Woodger

BBC News Online

The US Air Force base at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk - home to more than 3,000 personnel - is to close, with the

majority of personnel to be transferred to RAF Croughton on the Oxfordshire border.

RAF Mildenhall
Mike Page

Two smaller American bases in Cambridgeshire, at Alconbury and Molesworth, are also set to shut - with the bases handed back to the MoD.

Appeal for cyclist crash witnesses

BBC Radio Oxford

Police are

appealing for witnesses after a white Mercedes Sprinter van collided with a cyclist on the A41 near Graven Hill in Bicester.

The 40-year-old cyclist is being treated for serious injuries at the John Radciffe Hospital in Oxford, after the crash that took place at around 05:30 on New Year's Eve.

Home health

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A new system is allowing patients to be monitored by their doctors from the comfort of their own home.

Doctor checking blood pressure


Florence System - named after Florence Nightingale - allows people to take readings of their blood pressure and send them to your surgery via text.

Cathy Clark from Chinnor uses the system and

told me that it has allowed her to take control of her health.

She said: "Because you're at home you're more relaxed and it's not just a one-off snapshot. It's taken over a week of normal life, doing everyday activities and a more accurate picture of your blood pressure."

Drainage work to tackle 'Headington Lake'

Oxford Mail

Pedestrians blighted by a flooded road crossing

could this month see an end to rising waters.

Heavy in Headington

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

It's very busy on the

A420 London Road towards the Oxford Ring Road from Lime Walk out towards the Headington roundabout - there's temporary lights around the junction at Walton Road.

Windmill Road is also busy approaching The Slade.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

After tenants complained to Oxford City Council about a cockroach-infested property, the landlord has been fined £4,500.

I'll have the full story at


Animal arithmetic

BBC Oxford's Victoria Cook

tweets: Filming @CotsWildTweets for their annual animal count! Just hanging out with Astrid, the 18 month old Rhino

Victoria Cook and rhinos

You can watch Victoria's report from Cotswold Wildlife Park on South Today at


Ambulance call outs 'not hindering fire emergencies'

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue, which has been used to answer ambulance calls, said attending medical emergencies
had not affected its ability to tackle its own critical calls.

Emergency call centre

Fire engines have been used to respond to emergency ambulance call outs in Oxfordshire following a surge in demand over the Christmas period.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue's chief fire officer Dave Etheridge said: "Our staff have made this transition successfully, from the call handling to arriving at scene and assessing the patient up to the final handover to ambulance crews."

Fire appliances, with trained trauma technicians and defibrillators onboard, were sent out if it was quickest to do so.

Service and bill not included

BBC South Today

A café has opened in Banbury - where none of the food and drink has a price.


Customers are asked to donate what they think it's worth. Naomi's café bar is one example of a new way of doing business.

You can watch Stuart Tinworth's report on our

Facebook page.

Start-ups filling business centre

Witney Gazette

Seven new office suites are being added to a West Oxfordshire business centre to

make room for more start-ups.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman has told a jury she was raped by a doctor based at Stoke Mandeville hospital, after he had given her an illegal abortion.

For more on that story join me at


The list of the dead

The famous and noteworthy people who died in 2011 have been added to the

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Christopher Hitchens

Well-known figures in the new edition include the journalist and writer Christopher Hitchens, the artist Lucian Freud, film composer John Barry, and the musicians Bert Jansch, Gerry Rafferty and Amy Winehouse. The disc jockey, television personality and serial sex offender Jimmy Savile was also added.

Away from the spotlight of fame, Claude Choules was the last surviving British-born veteran of World War One, who served in the Royal Navy and witnessed the scuttling of the German fleet at Scapa Flow in 1918.

Church recital raises Oxfam funds

Oxford Times

Hong Kong-born pianist Linda Yi Pui Chan raised

£100 for Oxford charity Oxfam by giving a concert.

Landlord fined for poor conditions

BBC Radio Oxford

Fines totalling £4,500 have been handed to an Oxford landlord, for

renting out a property that was infested with cockroaches.

Jeffeth Junior Latchman, 49, from Lower Road in Garsington, had been renting out an unlicensed house in a state of disrepair.

A tenant at the property on Nowell Road in Oxford had complained to the city council about poor living conditions.

News of the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Inspectors have highlighted problems at a nursing home in Oxfordshire that looks after people with learning disabilities.

I'll have all the details and the other top headlines at


Whisper for a drink

Hook Norton Brewery

tweets: Competition Time! If you see MD James Clarke in our tied estate pubs whisper 'Lion' he will buy you a #Hooky beer!

James Clarke
Hook Norton Brewery

Didcot A power station development plans revealed

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

Proposals to redevelop the site of the demolished Didcot A Power Station site

have been unveiled.

Didcot Power Station

Developers Clowes and Graftongate want to build 400 new houses, shops, a hotel and a pub on the 116 acres (47 ha) of land.

The three enormous cooling towers at the disused Didcot A Power Station were demolished in July.


public consultation on the proposals opens at Cornerstone Arts Centre on 17 January.

'A record of human endeavour'

BBC Radio Oxford

The latest update of the

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has been published today.

Elizabeth Taylor

Over 200 men and women, who have left their stamp on British life, including the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Amy Winehouse, have been added.

Philip Carter is the Publication Editor and explained to

BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham how people are selected for inclusion.

He said: "What we are doing is laying down a record for future generations, the people the most noteworthy in various aspects of human endeavour, the great majority are not well-known figures but contributed hugely to public life."

A40 disruption

There is

slow traffic on the A40 westbound in Minster Lovell because of a lane closure due to roadworks.

The work is just before the B4477 junction.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A nursing home in Oxfordshire for people with learning disabilities has failed parts of an inspection.

Join me for the headlines online at


Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: As the pressure on our emergency health services continues it's emerged that firefighters are being called in to respond to ambulance call outs in Oxfordshire.

Defibrillator being used on heart attack victim

It's because of high demand for paramedics - fire crews across the county are medically trained so they can begin treatment before an ambulance arrives.

Join Caroline Richardson at


Concern over time in cells

Concern about the amount of time prisoners spend locked in their cells at HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire has been raised by a report.

Bullingdon Prison

The Independent Monitoring Board, which reports on the prison to the Secretary of State, said there could be "serious consequences" for prisoners' rehabilitation as a result.

It also highlighted low morale among staff and high rates of sickness.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Oxford

The Oxford Foundation, which challenges Islamic extremism, has condemned the killings in Paris as barbaric acts.

Founder Imam Monowar Hussain told BBC Radio Oxford they should be treated as criminal terrorists.

Listen online for the headlines at


Warm cats feline frisky

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


Blue Cross centre near Burford has announced that the warmest year in Oxfordshire for two centuries has led to it having its busiest ever year.

Olice the cat
Blue Cross

Laura Cross is their small animal unit manager and

told me that they have received "a relentless amount of kittens".

She explained: "We usually have a kitten season in Spring and Summer, but having a warm year has led to continual breeding and unfortunately more and more people are not in a position to neuter their cat."

Bicester survives Tesco cuts

A new Tesco store in Bicester will not be affected by plans to

close 43 stores across the country, the company has said.


The beleaguered supermarket chain's chief executive officer Dave Lewis said: "We've carefully reviewed our planned new store developments across the country and it remains our intention to open our planned store in Bicester.

"We continue to believe that the store will provide a valued service to the local community as well as bringing new jobs and investment to the area."

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Tesco has announced it is still planning to open a big new superstore in Bicester despite saying it will close more than 40 other shops.

Join me for all the headlines at



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BBC Local Live

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How deep is your love?

Banbury Cake

Take That star Howard Donald has

married his long-term girlfriend Katie Halil at 17th century house Aynhoe Park, Aynho, near Banbury.

Call for arts boost to garden city area

BBC Radio Oxford

A professional musician has started a campaign to build £150m worth of art facilities in north Oxfordshire.

Sheep Street in Bicester
Jonathan Billinger

Kristopher Reeder, who's the Director of Music at

St Leonard's Church in Banbury, wants to build a concert hall and an arts academy in the Bicester and Banbury area.

He says as the government wants to expand Bicester into a

garden city - it is important the arts aren't forgotten.

He said: "It needs a city-standard concert venue so that the area can really benefit from high-level international artists coming and performing here."

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Thames Valley Police officers have paid tribute to the two police officers murdered in yesterday's Paris shootings.

They held a two minute silence at 10:30 this morning, and journalists are also showing their respect for the 10 cartoonists and journalists killed at the Charlie Hebdo magazine with a silence now.

Join me for more on that and the other headlines at


City stars on the road

via Facebook

Oxford's ice hockey team the City Stars have

encouraged supporters to join them on a 350 mile tour of the country taking in two away games.

He said: "Next away games are on the 17th January to Isle of Wight and 18th January to Cardiff.

"If you would like to come and watch the Stars why not come on the coach?"

Paris attack marked

Thames Valley Police

tweets: At 1030 this morning Thames Valley Police will be holding 2 mins silence to remember those who died yesterday in Paris.#PoliceTributeToParis

Police forces across the UK will be paying tribute to those that

died in the attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebro.

Golden Oxford

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's main image shows Oxford's colleges with their creamy golden stone and the iconic skyline from the heights of the

Sheldonian Theatre.

Oxford skyline
Baz Richardson

If you have an image of Oxfordshire that you would like to see on Local Live, why not

send it in. And you can see more of Baz Richardson's photos on his
flickr page.

Stones on the road

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There has been a

collision on the southbound M40 between junction nine at the Wendlebury Interchange for Bicester and 8A at Oxford.

It has already been moved onto the hard shoulder but we have reports of large stones in the road.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A project that has been piloted in the county since the summer has seen firefighters used to attend medical emergencies in Oxfordshire to relieve pressure on paramedics.

I'll have the full details at