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  1. Updates from Monday 12 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 all from the BBC Local Live team for today, thanks for your company. The service will resume from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Evening TV

BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Justice has finally caught up with the former head of a children's home who sexually abused young boys in his care.

Rodney Smallman

Some of Rodney Smallman's victims - now grown men - were in court today, to hear him sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison.

For more on this and other top stories join Jerome Sale at


A lot of rain to come

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It will turn

increasingly wet as me move through the evening and it is going to be fairly windy as well.

Bee Tucker

Overnight that will really get going with a spell of heavy and persistent rain, clearing by morning and a chilly feel with lows of 4C (39F).

Scouting for girls

via Facebook

Oxford United Women has posted on their

Facebook page that they have appointed a new scout:

Simon Gardener
Oxford United Women

Oxford United are pleased to announce the arrival of Simon Gardener in a scouting role for our girls' Centre of Excellence and WSL sides.

Gardener, who is also chairman and CEO of Conference South side Farnborough, will use his contacts at WSL 1 clubs to help identify targets, as well as providing scouting expertise throughout the south of the country at senior level and younger age groups.

Listen again: Gaz Coombes

BBC Radio Oxford

Former Supergrass frontman and Oxford musician, Gaz Coombes has been speaking to

Kat Orman ahead of the release of his new solo album
Matador, which is due for release on Monday 26 January.

Gaz Coombes playing at The Oxford Playhouse in 2005

You can hear the full extended interview


Rail disruption caused by bad planning

Howard Mustoe

Business reporter

Equipment failure and

bad planning for delays caused the disruption to rail travellers over Christmas,
a report by Network Rail has said.

Finsbury Park

Thousands of passengers

had their journeys disrupted when work near King's Cross took longer than planned.

Work near London's Paddington station finished on time, but a safety check took eight hours longer than planned.

Keeping ahead of the roadworks

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Work has begun on the Milton Interchange "Hamburger" roundabout in the

latest raft of works to hit Oxfordshire's roads.

Oxford roadworks

For up to the minute information about delays and closures you can check the

BBC Travel site.

And Oxfordshire County Council have posted a link on their

Facebook page to their site which details all the works and offers you the chance to
sign-up to email alerts of future plans.

Child sex exploitation trial begins

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today

The trial of six men and a teenage boy

accused of sexually abusing girls in and around Banbury, has started.

Today the jury were given an overview of the case by prosecutors claiming the group sexually exploited vulnerable girls aged between 13 and 16, between 2011 and 2014.

They are charged with a number of offenses including rape and sexual activity with a child.

Bicester development starts next phase

BBC Radio Oxford

Work starts today on the next phase of

Bicester's Pioneer Square development.

Final phase of Pioneer Square development
Cherwell District Council

A £6.6m community centre is being built on the Franklin Road car park site.

Mayor of Bicester, Lynn Pratt has been telling

BBC Radio Oxford it's a real plus for the town.

She said: "I think having the library in the town centre will definitely be a plus, there is so much going on here and a very good community spirit - it's a great place to live."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Wheatley campus of Oxford Brookes University is to close as part of a 10 year plan to save a £130m.

Join me for more on that and

all the headlines at 17:00.

Oxford bus services 'stable'

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire has bucked the trend of reducing council funding for bus services according to the

Campaign for Better Transport.

A man using a bus

Martin Abrams from the group

told me that support for local bus services has been
radically reduced across the country in the past year.

He said: "The picture in Oxfordshire is looking pretty stable, funding has increased by about 1% since 2010, so its one of the more unusual local authorities who are seemingly putting their faith in bus services."

He added: "But we have seen bus cuts in Witney, so if that is happening in the prime ministers backyard, then no where is safe."

Wheatley win win!

Jake Durbin

Wheatley RFC

It finally happened! Both

Wheatley teams managed to win on the same day for the first time this season.

Wheatley vs Bicester
Gavin Belcher

The firsts won away at Chipping Norton 15-3 and the seconds narrowly beat Bicester 25-24 at home.

Both teams started with a minutes silence before the game to remember Gosford All Blacks Player Stephen Edwards, who

passed away on New Years Eve and also one of our own, Jason Laman,
who passed away this time two years ago and two hard fought wins was the perfect way to honour their memories.

Drug dealer jailed for arson threat

Oxford Times

A drug dealer and mother-of-two who told a customer she would burn down his brother's house if he did not hand over £5,000 has been

jailed for blackmail.

Event in memory of Liberty Baker

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online


festival is being held in memory of a "kind, loving girl" who was hit by a car and killed while walking to school.

Liberty Baker
Thames Valley Police

Friends of Liberty Baker, 14, who died in June in Curbridge Road, Witney, are organising Lib Fest, which will take place almost a year after the accident.

Perry Kerslake and Kieran Butler have set up a

website ahead of the festival.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford Brookes says it is to close its Wheatley Campus and its 2,500 and 400 staff are to be moved to the university's two other sites.

I'll have more on that at


Brawl ends spectacular win

Andy Roberts

Oxford City Stars

A mass brawl brought a frankly spectacular night of ice hockey to slightly premature close, as the referees abandoned Oxford City Stars' game against London Raiders with nine seconds to go.

Oxford City Stars
Andy Roberts

Oxford were leading 8-6 at the close and walk away with both points meaning they're off the bottom of the table and into 8th place.

A packed out rink enjoyed the drama as the Stars pulled on special edition yellow and blue jerseys for the annual Oxfordshire United game - a linkup between the ice hockey club and Oxford United - and boy did they pick the right game.

United fans, players and officials joined the hundreds of Stars regulars to help create a cauldron of atmosphere as goals from Josh and Joe Oliver, Zsolt Mastaleriu, Evan Mackintosh, Josh Florey and a hattrick for Alan Green sealed the points for the Stars.


Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live, which is written by reporters across Oxfordshire to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Witnesses to a break-in at a college in Abingdon are being asked to come forward.

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


Binge drinking bus success

BBC Radio Oxford


emergency medical bus in Oxford has treated 101 patients, in less than two months.


The SOS Bus is intended to offer a safe place and medical care for binge drinkers, preventing them going to A&E.

It's parked in the city centre on Friday and Saturday evenings and Steve West from South Central Ambulance Service told

BBC Radio Oxford that they're working to ease the strain on accident and emergency.

He said: "We've treated 101 patients, only 19 needed to go to hospital, so that has released ambulance crews to life-threatening patients that really need those intensive units."

Teenagers arrested over college vandalism

BBC Radio Oxford

Three teenage boys from Abingdon have been

arrested after a college in the town was broken in to and vandalised.

Rooms and offices at Abingdon and Witney College were damaged on Saturday morning between 08:00 and 09:00.

The three 15-year-olds have been bailed until 15 February.

Work starts on A34 'Hamburger' upgrade

Stephen Stafford

BBC News Online

Work has started to

upgrade a road junction in Oxfordshire to a "hamburger" style roundabout, as part of a £11m scheme to ease congestion.

Milton roundabout
Oxfordshire County Council

The A34 Milton Interchange is to have a carriageway built through its centre. A tunnel will take travelling from Didcot onto the northbound A34.

Oxford County Council's cabinet member for transport David Nimmo-Smith said the work would boost capacity by 30%.

Lane closures will be in place while the work runs over the next year.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The head of former Oxfordshire children's home has been sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison after being convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault.

I'll have the full story at


Henley drivers overcharged

Henley Standard

Parking machines in Henley are

overcharging drivers because they are outdated.

Volunteers get to grips with litter

Bicester Advertiser

A voluntary group has taken to the streets to

clean up Bicester's countryside.

'Routinely abused'

Stuart Tinworth

Reporter, BBC South Today

Rodney Smallman, the head of a children's home in Oxfordshire, " routinely abused" vulnerable children

the court at his trial and sentencing heard.

Rodney Smallman
Thames Valley Police

Det Con Joanne Waddington said he "abused his position in the worst way imaginable".

The court heard that Smallman subjected boys as young as 10 to vicious beatings, or groomed them and offered treats after intimately touching them.

He was jailed for 12-and-a-half years at Oxford Crown Court after being convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault on children during the 1970s and 1980s.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Bad weather has been hampering efforts to salvage the huge car transporter Hoegh Osaka in the Solent.

Hoegh Osaka

At the weekend, she dragged her anchor in high winds and a tug collided with the ship.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says all salvage activity is now dependent on the weather - which is forecast to be very poor this week. Join Roger Finn at


Plans for party on town’s agenda

Banbury Guardian

Members of Banbury Town Council's resources committee has supported proposals that the

council is to oversee the Old Town Party.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A prison sentence of 12-and-a-half years has been given to a "predatory paedophile" who was the head of a former Oxfordshire children's home.

One of Rodney Smallman's victims said "he has ruined my life".

Join me for all the headlines at


Oxford City 2 - 2 Woking

Michael Allen

Oxford City FC

Two goals in two minutes saw

Oxford City achieve an improbable draw with Football Conference high flyers Woking in the Second Round of the
FA Trophy.

Greg Pearson
Michael Allen

For much of the game, the visitors demonstrated why they are in the mix for a play-off place for promotion to the Football League.

'People will see the difference'

More than a year of roadworks at Milton Interchange on the A34

begins tonight.

Traffic jam

Work to convert the junction to a hamburger roundabout will cost more than £10m.

Councillor David Nimmo-Smith, in charge of roads at the County Council, told

BBC Radio Oxford that hamburger roundabouts are tried and tested and will improve capacity.

He said: "It's running more-or-less to capacity at peak times. In a year's time people will see the difference."

Glass Animals win BBC Introducing in Oxford's Band of the Year

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Glass Animals have been announced as BBC Introducing in Oxford's

Band of the Year.

Glass Animals at Glastonbury

The Oxford four-piece broke through in 2014 with

their debut album Zaba, and went on to tour Europe and the US, as well as playing a
packed out tent on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

I'll have more on the story below about Rodney Smallman being jailed for 12 years.

Join me for all the headlines at


BreakingPaedophile jailed for 12 years

Stuart Tinworth

Reporter, BBC South Today

A "predatory paedophile" who was the head of former Oxfordshire children's home sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison at Oxford crown court.

Rodney Smallman, 73,

abused five boys in the 1970s and 80s.

One victim said: "He has ruined my life - he was a very scary person who could terrify any child. He took away any chance of me having a happy life."

Benefits form fines: Your Views

via Facebook

Phil Gayle asked for your thoughts on the news that two councils in Oxfordshire were fining people £50 if they make mistakes on their benefits forms.

Paul, son of Gary

tweets: Is this how they regain on their cuts? Despicable behaviour.


tweets: That is beyond disgusting!

Anthony Greenfield wrote on

Facebook: Would fight it if a genuine mistake.

Lionel Richie to headline Henley Festival

Alex Therrien

BBC News Online

Lionel Richie is to be one of the

headline acts of this year's Henley Festival, organisers have confirmed.

Lionel Richie

The American song writer will make his debut at the event, which takes place between

8 - 12 July alongside the River Thames in Berkshire.

On Friday, there will be a philharmonic celebration of American composer and pianist George Gershwin, entitled Who Got Rhythm?

Stewart Collins, the festival's artistic director, said: "It's total delight as far as we're concerned, we've got a pretty high flyer and it's incredibly exciting."

Green for sale to end historical anomaly

Witney Gazette

A parish council in West Oxfordshire wants to

sell a village green it rents out for just £1 per year as part of a historic leasing arrangement.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Work to convert the Milton Interchange junction to a hamburger roundabout will encourage economic growth, according to the councillor in charge of roads at the county council.

I'll have more on that at


Oxford vigil attended by 200 people

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

More than three million people have taken part in

unity marches across France after the terrorist attacks left 17 dead in Paris.

Oxford vigil
Robin Malloy

A solidarity vigil was also held in Oxford outside the Sheldonian Theatre to remember the victims.

Robin Malloy was one of the organisers and

told me that it gave people the space to grieve: "There was a real feeling of unity and togetherness and open discussion. I think everyone took something away from it."

You can see a video from the gathering on our

Facebook page.