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  1. Updates from Tuesday 13 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 07:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening, thanks for joining us today.

Due to weather warnings for snow and ice on Wednesday, BBC Local Live will return at the slightly earlier time of 07:00 tomorrow, to bring you the latest on that and of course the rest of your news, sport and travel.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: A jury's been hearing how a 14-year-old girl from Banbury was passed around a group of men for sex.

The teenager, who's now 17, has been giving evidence in the trial of six men and a boy accused of sexually abusing girls in the town.

They deny more than 20 offences over a three-year period.

Join me for the full story at


Sleet and snow on its way

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Feeling cold with a risk of a few showers through the evening,

which will turn more wintry overnight.

Bee Tucker

We're expecting some snow on high ground and sleet at lower levels, with the risk of ice patches forming.

Temperatures will fall to 0C (32F) or lower so take care on the roads first thing.

From the air to the airwaves

BBC Radio Oxford

The red and yellow air ambulance is a familiar sight over the skies of Oxfordshire - and tonight, the

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance is going to become a star of the small screen.

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance
Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust

The crews have been followed by TV cameras for a

new series on Sky.

Paramedic Neil Plant told

BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle about the filming: "We're paramedics at the end of the day and it took a little bit of getting used to having a camera following you round all day."

St Aldates smoke

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Smoke has been seen rising from a manhole cover in St Aldates in Oxford.

Smoke in a street

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue said that an electrical installation was the source of the smoke and the relevant electrical company had been contacted.

Ticket to ride

The cost of some

Oxford SmartZone tickets, where passengers can use one ticket across different bus companies, will change from Sunday 25 January.

Oxford buses

Oxford Bus Company,
Stagecoach and
Thames Travel, say the first change in 12 months will see some SmartZone prices are coming down, some stay the same and some will go up.

Oxford vs Thame match off

BBC Oxford Sport

tweets: Oxford United's development squad friendly at Thame has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.#oufc

A34 accident

The A34 in Kidlington has a

lane blocked on the entry slip road from Kidlington, heading onto the A34 northbound at the Kidlington junction.

There has been a multi-vehicle accident.

Missing boys appeal

Thames Valley Police is

appealing for the public's help in tracing two teenage boys missing from South and Vale.

Tuan Than and Nam Hoang

Tuan Than, aged 15, was last seen at 15:30 on Saturday 10 January in Saxton Road, Abingdon.

Nam Hoang, also aged 15, was last seen at 09:00 yesterday 12 January in Joyces Road, Stanford in the Vale.

Both boys are Vietnamese and police say they could be together.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A girl who is giving evidence in the trial of six men and a boy accused of sexually abusing girls says she was passed around and forced to have sex with a group of men in Banbury at the age of 14.

I'll have more on that at


Crime minister praises Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police has been congratulated by Minister for Crime Reduction, Lynne Featherstone, for managing to cut crime while also becoming more efficient.

Thames Valley Police cars

Henley MP John Howell drew the minister's attention to the 30% reduction in crime in Thames Valley between June 2010 and June 2014, as published in the

Independent Crime Survey for England and Wales.

The minister responded by paying tribute to the force for "rising to the challenge of driving efficiency and cutting crime".

Royal ransom for royal carriage

A horse-drawn carriage built for King William IV is expected to fetch up to £300,000 at a

Bonhams auction in Oxford in March.

Horse-drawn carriage

The restored travelling landau - which has deep claret body panels decorated with royal crests and English pattern iron-shod red wheels with gold leaf lining - used to belong to the Royal Mews and dates from 1835.

It would have been used to carry representatives of the royal household across Britain and Europe and possibly carried the the King himself.

Young leader award from the Queen

BBC Radio Oxford

Nicola Byrom, who runs a national charity based in Oxford called

Student Minds, is among 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who are being recognised as exceptional leaders in their community.

It is the first time the

Queen's Young Leaders Awards have been presented, and the winners will be honoured by Her Majesty The Queen in June.

Nicola told

BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham about her charity: "Everyone says university is the best time of your life, but the first few months can be quite lonely, isolated and scary, so I was keen to help people feel less alone and make it easier for young people to support each other."

Gritters hit the road

via Facebook

Oxfordshire County Council have posted on their

Facebook page that Gritters will be out in ‪Oxfordshire‬ both this afternoon and tonight with sleet and some snow forecast.

Snow gritter
Getty Images

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's ambulance service has been rated "safe and effective" in its first inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

For more on that join me for the headlines online at


Oxford garden celebrates winter’s blooms

Oxford Times

The city may be wrapping up warm against the cold, but that doesn't mean residents can't enjoy

budding flowers ahead of spring in the Botanic Garden.

Time on the Thames

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's main image captures one of Oxford's pleasures, enjoying time on the River Thames.

Rowers on the Thames
Liam O'Connell

It was taken by Liam O'Connell, and you can see more of his photos on his

flickr account.

City set for cup clash

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

It is a big night for

Oxford City who face Conference high flyers Woking in the
FA Trophy second round replay.

Oxford City vs Woking Town
Michael Allen

City boss Justin Merritt told

BBC Radio Oxford: "They are a good side but we've matched them and we're aiming to win the game."

You can hear it live with us in a

sports special from 19:00.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was beaten and robbed in Banbury.

Detectives say three men were seen drinking lager on the nearby canal towpath moments before the attack.

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


Community bank opens

Wallingford Herald

A council-backed "community bank"

is to get a service point in Kidlington and is seeking volunteers.

Your views

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live?

We write all the news, sport, travel and weather updates in our newsroom here in Oxford

and would like to find out your views about the service.

Ambulance Service report praises staff

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

Staff at South Central Ambulance Service have been

praised in a report by the Chief Inspector of Hospitals.

Waving ambulance crew

The trust covering Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire had 12 areas of "outstanding practice", including showing care to patients.


the report also found emergency calls were not being answered within target times due to staff vacancies.

Parklife appeal

via Facebook

Oxford City Council parks and open spaces has asked for volunteers on its
Facebook page:

Park volunteers
Oxford City Council

Are you free tomorrow? Could you help?

Small, friendly group (all equipment supplied, including glover, waders - should they be needed and those amazing mechanical arms that enable you to pick things up without bending) seeks help to de-litter the Spindelberry park area. Hot drinks and biscuits are provided in the break.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The human skull found on Sunday at Wolvercote is thought to be historic and is being examined by forensic experts and archaeologists.

Join me for all the headlines at


Piper helps 100th birthday celebration

A resident of a Stanford-in-the-Vale care home

celebrated her 100th birthday with the help of a piper.

Kay Noble and piper
Forest Healthcare

Kay Noble, who lives at the Grange Care Centre on Church Green, has Scottish roots and was joined by her family on her special day.

Police discount skull

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

A human skull found in a lock on the River Thames in Oxford is

not being linked to any ongoing investigations Thames Valley Police have said.

It was discovered by a member of the public in Kings Lock, Wolvercote, on Sunday afternoon.

It is currently being examined by forensic officers and Oxfordshire County Council archaeologists to establish its date and origin.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: The new boss of Silverstone says he wants to bring ticket prices down for the British Grand Prix.

British Grand Prix

Weekend admission for the event currently costs at least £175, but new managing Director Patrick Allen says he wants to change that.

Join Roger Finn at


News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A girl has told a court she was forced to have sex with men in parks in Banbury when she under the age of consent.

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


'Forced to have sex in a park'

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today

A 17-year-old giving evidence in the trial of six men and a teenage boy accused of sexually abusing girls in Banbury says she was forced to have sex with men in parks in the town when she under the age of consent.

The teenager says the men took it in turns to have sex with her in places like the Spiceball Park when she was just 14. She told the court she thought it was normal, despite saying the men were rough and kept pestering her.

Ahmed Hassan-Sule, Said Saleh, Mohammed Saleh, Takudzwa Hova, Kagiso Manisae, Alexander Nae and a teenage boy

deny all the charges against them.

Selfies the sign of a psychopath?

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


my programme this morning I was joined by Dr Molecule, cell biologist John Runions, who posed for a photo before informing me that taking selfies can indicate a darker side.

Dr Molecule and Howard Bentham

He explained: "A

study out of America says that there is a correlation between the propensity of men to take selfies and being psychopathic or narcissistic. It is not saying everyone who takes pictures is a psychopath, but that the two are related."

Body found in home

BBC Radio Oxford

An ambulance crew called to a property in Oxford have found the body of a woman inside.

Thames Valley Police were sent to the scene on Abingdon Road just after 07:15 this morning.

The woman's death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious at this stage.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The body of a woman has been found by an ambulance crew in a house in Oxford.

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


Snow and Ice warning

A warning for snow and ice has been issued for Oxfordshire by the

Met Office.

Snow covered car

The Yellow warning states: Showers of hail, sleet and snow on Tuesday evening and overnight are likely to leave a covering of snow of 3 - 6 cm in places, especially on ground over 100m but also locally to lower levels too.

Icy patches will also form on untreated surfaces. The public should be aware of the risk of tricky driving conditions.

You can keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts


Football manager ‘lucky to be alive’

Witney Gazette

Former Abingdon United manager Andy Slater said he is lucky to be alive after being

knocked off his bike just after Christmas.

Spiceball robbery appeal

BBC Radio Oxford

Police are

appealing for witnesses after a man was beaten and robbed in Banbury.

He was struck on the head from behind as he walked through Spiceball Park, and then kicked in the face and knocked unconscious on Sunday evening.

The 32-year-old victim's wallet was stolen - and he needed hospital treatment.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A child's been hit by a car in Chipping Norton.

The 12-year-old boy and has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital with a head injury.

Join me for all the headlines at


Hoban hungry for Thame test

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

It may be a development squad friendly, but it is set to be a special night for Oxford United striker Patrick Hoban when he is given a run out at

Thame United.

Pat Hoban and Howard Beverland
Press Eye

The 23-year-old who signed for the U's in November has been forced to wait because of the need for international clearance and also an

ankle injury.

He said: "I'm just looking forward to it, to get out there and play competitively. Then maybe get in the squad for the league game."