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  1. Updates from Friday 9 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from the Local Live team.

Enjoy your weekend, we will be back with all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Monday.

Exceptionally mild night

Holly Green

BBC Weather

There will be some really strong winds into this evening and we will continue to

see some rain and drizzle around.

Holly Green

It will stay cloudy which will help keep it exceptionally mild for the time of year with most places staying up at 12C (54F).

Evening TV

BBC South Today


South Today this evening: A project which uses mobile phones and the internet to monitor patients' health is set to be expanded to help ease the pressure on the NHS.

Woman using mobile phone

Telehealth allows patients with long term conditions to monitor themselves at home rather than going into hospital or a GP surgery.

The scheme has so far focussed on patients with high blood pressure, but it could be used to help treat many other conditions.

Join Jerome Sale for all regions top stories at


Pupil's blue jeans RAF day

Witney Gazette

An Oxfordshire teenager is calling on her

whole town to wear jeans for one day to support air force families.

Roofing conman jailed

A man who conned an elderly Oxfordshire man out of thousands of pounds for unnecessary roof repairs has been jailed for 18 months following a prosecution by

Oxfordshire County Council's Trading Standards.

Mark Cooper, 48, of Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh, claimed he had spotted a leak after cold-calling at the house of a man in his 80s, in Goring-on-Thames in November 2013.

Cameron tribute to election agent

David Cameron has paid tribute to his election agent who has stepped down after two decades at the

West Oxfordshire Conservative Association.

Barry Norton

The prime minister said: "Barry Norton has been the finest example of an election agent for 20 years. For 13 out of those 20 years we have worked closely alongside each other and he has been a tremendous support to me both professionally and personally."

Mr Norton is standing down from his role for health reasons, but he'll continue with his role as leader of the

West Oxfordshire District Council.

Thieves spirit away wine stock

Henley Standard

Thousands of pounds' worth of stock was

stolen in a raid at a wine merchants.

M40 lanes all open

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

All lanes have

reopened on the M40 southbound after a two lorry accident, the vehicles have now been cleared to the hard shoulder just after junction six for Watlington.

There is also what looks to be a previously broken down vehicle just before junction six southbound - also contained to the hardshoulder.

Residual queues of half an hour are stretching back to junction seven for Thame.

Building block robot rumble

BBC Radio Oxford

Pupils from schools in Oxfordshire will face students from across the country in a Lego robotics tournament tomorrow.

Lego robot

The competition is being run by the

Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Richard Perring, the Lego League Manager in charge of organising the event,
told Kat Orman that the winners could go on to a global event.

He said: "The winning team from the tournament in Newbury will go on to the UK and Ireland finals, and the winner from that will go on to the world festival in the USA."

Tipper truck break down

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There are

30 minute delays on the M40 southbound with one lane closed after an accident involving two lorries between junction six for Watlington and five at Stokenchurch.

The A34 has one lane closed northbound between the Chiltern and the Milton interchanges because of a broken down tipper truck. Recovery is ongoing.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Nearly a quarter of people going to A&E in Oxfordshire haven't been seen within the four-hour government target time according to the latest figures.

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Indecent exposures

Thames Valley Police

has appealed for witnesses after three separate incidents of indecent exposure in Abingdon and Didcot.

On Tuesday 6 January at 07:50, a white man aged in his late forties with a large build with very short cropped hair exposed himself while in a blue Peugeot 206 car, to a woman as she walked past between Wessex Street and St Andrews Street in Didcot, near to the fire station.

On the same day at around 16:00 a white man in his forties of average build and over 6ft tall, with stubble and light coloured hair exposed himself to a woman and touched himself inappropriately in Cotman Close, Abingdon. The man drove slowly by the woman as she walked along.

On Thursday 8 January in the Boxhill Park area of Abingdon at approximately 18:45, a white man in his early twenties of slim build with short dark hair and a sweeping fringe exposed himself and touched himself inappropriately in front of a female cyclist.

M40 lorry collision

Thames Valley Police

tweets: M40 j6 to j5. Lanes 1 and 2 open. Some delays. C.I.Parsons

M40 lorry collision

BBC Travel reports tailbacks for four miles caused by the accident above, which involved two lorries.

Fundraising ball for cancer charity

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxfordshire family determined to do something positive in memory of their son who died when he was seven have launched a fundraising project.

Taylan Rawlinson

Taylan Rawlinson, who lived near Bicester, died from an inoperable,

incurable brain tumour in 2009.

His mother Figen, who runs the charity

Taylan's Project, is planning a black tie ball to raise money for research into the condition and to raise awareness.


told me: "This can't continue, it's such an underfunded disease, it's the biggest cancer killer of children and those under 40."

Your views

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like

your feedback about this service.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's hospitals have recorded A&E waiting times that are more than 10% worse than the national average.

I'll have more on this at


Tom May to retire

Nabil Hassan

BBC Sport

London Welsh's captain Tom May has

announced that he will retire from rugby at the end of the current season.

Tom May
Getty Images

He has been capped twice by England and also represented England Saxons and England Sevens.

Explaining his decision to the

London Welsh website he said: "It's a tough decision to make because I've been playing for quite a while and it's what I've grown up knowing, so there's a certain amount of fear that goes with making that decision but also a huge amount of excitement."

Oxfordshire hospitals 'working hard'

A&E departments in Oxfordshire's hospitals have performed well below the national average, according to the

latest figures from the NHS.

John Radcliffe hospital

The director of clinical services at

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Paul Brennan, issued a statement in response.

He said: "As you would expect, during the winter months we are extremely busy and our capacity to see, assess, treat and admit patients fluctuates on an hourly basis."

He added: "Our teams our working hard to prioritise the provision of safe, effective, dignified care for all patients. We want all of our patients to be referred and treated as quickly as possible and we are working hard with all our health and social care partners across the county to improve the flow of patients in and out of our hospitals."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police have launched an investigation after a man died following a crash involving a lorry, van and car at Littleworth, near Faringdon.

Join me for all the headlines, online at


Flood alert issued for River Thame

A flood alert has been issued by the

Environment Agency for the River Thame and Chalgrove Brook.

Flooding is possible for the River Thame from Marsworth to Dorchester including: Long Marston, Rowsham, North Aylesbury, Cuddington, Thame, Shabbington, Ickford, Waterperry, Cuddesdon, Wheatley, Quarrendon, Drayton St Leonard, Overy, the Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton.

The spying game

Spies are wanted in Oxford to check the

city council are getting things right.

Mystery shopping footage

The council is to train mystery shoppers between 18 and 30 years old to test the services they offer.

It says their reports will help shape services in the future.

Back on ice

via Facebook

Oxford City Stars have

welcomed back on Facebook an old player for this weekend's game:

Alan Green
Oxford City Stars

A familiar face is making a return to the ice to give the Oxford City Stars a boost ahead of a crucial weekend.

Alan Green, who left the Stars in the summer to join NIHL2 side Slough Jets, has signed for the club on a two-way agreement, similar to the one recently agreed with Andy Cox, who has already played one game for the Stars this season.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Only 76% of people who went to casualty units in Oxfordshire were seen within the government's target of four hours last week.

I'll have all the details at


No new police for growing Bicester

BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford has learned that there are no plans for a new police station or extra officers in Bicester - despite the major population growth expected in the town.

Police officers

Bicester is set to get

13,000 new homes over the coming years and the government has
named it a new garden city.

Supt Kath Lowe, who is in charge of policing for the area, told

Phil Gayle that while there are no plans to increase officer numbers they will be stationed in public places like libraries.

She said: "Our resources are allocated according to various different formula, at the moment there are no plans to increase, but also it's important to say there are no plans to decrease the numbers of police in the area."

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: The World Pooh Sticks Championships is becoming so popular it's now looking for a new riverside home.

Pooh Sticks

After 31 years of being hosted at Day's Lock on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, organisers say there's not enough space for the event which attracts more than 1,000 people each year.

Based on the game played by the characters from AA Milne's books, the annual event began in 1984.

Join us for all the top stories from the region at


A&E waiting times increase

Waiting times at A&E units in Oxfordshire have got even worse in the new year,

according to new figures out today.

John Radcliffe hospital

In the week up to Sunday, 73.9% of patients were seen within four hours, well short of the target of 95%.

The average across England fared better than

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, with an average of 86.7% of people seen within the four-hour target.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Accident and emergency departments in Oxfordshire's hospitals performed well below the national average, according to the latest figures from the NHS.

Join me for more on that and the other headlines online at


Winston Churchill's funeral pallbearer

BBC Radio Oxford

This year marks the 50th anniversary of

Winston Churchill's death, and to commemorate
BBC Radio Oxford has been talking to some of the people who were there that day.

The coffin of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is loaded onto a train at Waterloo Station, London
Getty Images


Howard Bentham heard the extraordinary story of Barry De Morgan, the man who laid Churchill to rest and the only surviving pallbearer of his coffin.

He said: "It was a day of great respect being given to a man who had done so much for the country over so many years. He was one of the greatest living Englishmen."

You can listen back to the whole interview


Broken down bus

There's a

lane blocked on the A34 in Wendlebury at Bicester, because of a broken down double-decker bus.

It's on the roundabout for the M40 junction nine.

Brackley land Sinclair

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Brackley Town have made a stunning short-term signing, the former Chelsea star Frank Sinclair has answered an SOS from Saints boss John Brady who has a defensive crisis ahead of tomorrows
Conference North game to Harrogate.

Frank Sinclair

He told

BBC Radio Oxford: "Frank said he was up for it, you know, the enthusiasm he has got to play is just magnificent. He's 43 now, he knows the game inside out and has played at the top level for many years and I just think he will be brilliant in the changing room with my youngsters."

Riding the curb: Your views

via Facebook

MPs are to

debate a ban on vehicles parking on pavements in England and Wales, and you've been giving your thoughts on whether it should be banned on our
Facebook page.

Samantha May

said: Yes it blimming well should, becoming a big problem on the paths of Watlington in Oxfordshire.

Ollie Perks

posted: Sometimes on narrow roads it is necessary but maybe a minimum gap on the path would be better.

Desiree Correia

wrote: Yes, and in this modern time, proper cycle paths would be a good idea too. We need to get out of our cars more!

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The development of a new Tesco superstore in Bicester will create 250 jobs.

The reassurance from the supermarket giants been given to Cherwell District the day after Tesco announced it was closing 49 stores.

Join me for more on that and the other headlines online at


Traffic light failure


disruption on the Abingdon Road in Culham at Culham Bridge due to traffic light failure.

Bullingdon prison 'stable'

The Ministry of Justice has described the regime at HMP Bullingdon as "stable and safe and secure", despite a report

raising concerns about staffing shortages leading to prisoners spending too much time locked in their cells.

HMP Bullingdon

A statement by Prisons Minister Andrew Selous said he was pleased that the report by the

Independent Monitoring Board had "highlighted the good work at Bullingdon"

He said: "Staff continue to run a stable environment with consistent levels of purposeful activity and rising prisoner attendance at activities helping rehabilitation."

He also said that a national recruitment campaign was underway.

Mental health problems rise

Oxford Times

The number of young people and families in Oxfordshire who were referred to mental health services in the county

rose by 12.1% in a year.

Parking peeves

Kat Orman

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

I'm sitting in for

Howard Bentham this morning and want to know what you think about people parking on the pavement.

Blind person with guide dog blocked by car on pavement

Pavement parking has been illegal in London for over 40 years, but today

MPs will debate whether to introduce a blanket ban in England and Wales.

Would you support a ban on pavement parking?

Let me know - call 03459 311 111 or text 81333, starting with the word "Oxford" or message me on

Facebook or

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Bullingdon prison near Bicester is not on the verge of an explosion of violence and suicides according to the Ministry of Justice.

It was responding to an independent report that has raised concerns about staff shortages and prisoners spending up to 23 hours per day locked in their cells.

I'll have the full story at


'A ticking time bomb'

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Concern about the amount of time prisoners spend locked in their cells at HMP Bullingdon has been

raised by a report by The Independent Monitoring Board.

HMP Bullingdon

Jodie Prin's fiancée Jonny is in there for GBH. She

told me what conditions were like: "It just creates tension, it's been described to me as ticking time bomb - and that's from the prison officers themselves."

She went on: "It's not just the prisoners suffering, it's the prison officers as well and the likelihood of there being a riot or something like that is increased."