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  1. Updates from Wednesday 14 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Emma Harrison

All times stated are UK

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That's all from the BBC Local Live team for today, thanks for your company. The service will resume from 08:00 on Thursday.

Tonight's TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening, the number of so-called "bed-blockers" in Oxfordshire is still among the highest in England despite measures last June to address the problem.

Hospital corridor
Getty Images

And police are still searching for a

rare bulldog puppy worth £16,000 which was snatched from its breeder's home and is thought to be in Oxford.

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Gale force winds

Rain and strong to gale force winds are forecast to spread east this evening.

This will clear to scattered showers in the west by morning with calmer winds.

Weather forecast
Emma Harrison

Lows of 7C (45F) overnight.

For a full forecast visit

BBC Weather.

Search for stolen boat

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

A boat has been stolen from its moorings in Henley-on-Thames.

The theft happened in Walton Avenue between midnight on Christmas Eve and 16:30 on 6 January.

The boat, which has its name Water Baby written in white on the sides, has a Mariner 15HP engine which has a grey hood with a red stripe.

The engine serial number is 0R532321 and the engine model number is 7F15312ZL.

CCTV images released

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Images of a woman police want to speak to after bottles of alcohol were stolen from a shop

have been released.

The bottles were taken at 18:49 on 7 December from the Co-op in Bassett Avenue in Bicester.

CCTV images of woman
Thames Valley Police

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Improvements still need to be made at a care home in Wantage, according to the Care Quality Commission.

Although the watchdog said St Katharine's House was improving after it failed six consecutive inspections over 18 months.

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Blue skies

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on our Facebook page.

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He said there was no snow just lots of blue skies.

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Flood alerts

The Environment Agency

has issued flood alerts for the River Thame from Marsworth to Dorchester and the Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton.

Flood alerts

A flood alert means flooding is possible.

Hare coursing arrests

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Five men

have been arrested on suspicion of daytime trespassing in pursuit of game in Southmoor near Abingdon.

Police said they received reports on Friday at 08:55 that a number of people in a vehicle were believed to be involved in hare coursing.

Officers attended and a saw people and dogs run away across fields towards Hanney from Southmoor.

The five men, a 19-year-old, two 24-year-olds, a 26-year-old and a 58-year-old, all from Pontypool in Gwent, have been bailed until 9 February.

Weather warning

The Met Office

has a yellow weather warning in place for Oxfordshire for wind and rain.

Weather warning map
Met office

Gales or severe gales are expected to develop tonight and a spell of heavy rainfall is expected.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There is a warning from police about a spate of so called "courier frauds" in Cherwell.

Last year, there were 37 attempts in Cherwell and six successful frauds.

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U's miss out

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United have missed out on the signing of full-back Joe Riley after he

signed a two-year deal to join Bury from Bolton.

The 22-year-old impressed in a five-month spell with United and the club were seeking to bring him back to the Kassam Stadium after his initial loan had expired.

Joe Riley
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Elderly man found safe

Thames Valley Police

tweets: Officers have located the man they were looking for in Oxford earlier today. He is safe and well. Thank you everyone for your help.

Meat swiped from shop

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Police have released CCTV images of three women they want to speak to after

£400 worth of meat was stolen from a shop.

CCTV image of three women
Thames Valley Police

Officers said the meat was taken from the Co-op in Barberry Place, Bicester, at 17:42 on 7 December.

Flats approved

Oxford Times

Plans to build more flats by the A34 in Botley

have been approved on appeal.

Churchill carriage restored

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC News Online

The carriage which carried Sir Winston Churchill's coffin to his final resting place

has been restored.

Southern Railway luggage van No 2464 has spent four months being stripped and repainted at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum in Shildon.

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The carriage transported Churchill's coffin from London to Oxfordshire in 1965.

Manager Gary Campbell said the restoration was something a lot of people in the town were "proud of".

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

St Katharine's House care home in Wantage is still in need of improvement after six failed inspections, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors found care provided at the home was good but safety and management concerns continued.

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Helicopter search

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

The police helicopter as well as officers on foot are searching the area for

an elderly man who was spotted walking barefoot in pyjamas.

The man, who is white and has grey hair, was spotted in Aristotle Lane, Oxford, at 12:30.

Banbury confirm signing

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Banbury United

have confirmed the signing of former Birmingham City trainee Deqwon Ebanks.

The 19-year old recently had a short spell at Hereford and also has played for Tamworth, Daventry and Limerick.

Courier fraud 'is sickening'

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Police have issued a warning following

a spate of "courier fraud" crime in Cherwell.

Det Sgt James Bonner, from Banbury CID, said: "This type of crime is sickening and deliberately targets the elderly and vulnerable members of our community, who are often duped into handing over their life savings to these criminals.

"It is vital that members of the public are aware of this re-emerging scam to prevent further victims, and follow the crime prevention advice we have issued.

"Police officers or banks will never ask you to withdraw cash or handover bank cards and PIN numbers."

Cat food stolen

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

This is the CCTV image of a man police want to speak to after a

box of cat food was stolen from a shop.

CCTV image of a man
Thames Valley Police

The incident happened between 16:23 and 16:37 on 9 December 2014 in the Co-op in Ferriston, Banbury.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Members of the public are

being asked to help locate an elderly man seen walking barefoot in pyjamas in Jericho.

Police say he was seen on Aristotle Lane at 12:30 GMT this afternoon and they want to check that he is OK.

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Island theatre axe

Oxford Mail

Plans for an island theatre and new footbridge in Abingdon

appear to have been scrapped.

Vale of White Horse District Council said project group Isis, which wanted to build on Nag's Head Island, had ditched the idea.

'Bed-blocking' issue

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) said the increase in "bed-blocking" numbers since November was "disappointing but to be expected when more people become ill at this time of year with flu and colds especially in the elderly".

It said the group has been working with Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and South Central Ambulance Service Foundation Trust to tackle delayed transfer of care.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime, the numbers of patients who are so-called "bed-blocking" is still higher in Oxfordshire than elsewhere in the country - despite measures last June to address the problem.

Hospital ward
Science Photo Library

Join Caroline Richardson for this and more at 13:30.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman has

denied murdering a man who was stabbed to death in Abingdon.

Robert Dobinson, 33, from Faringdon, was found dead at a mooring area in October.

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'Courier fraud' victim

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

An elderly man from Banbury has been conned out of £10,000 by someone claiming to be a police officer.

The victim, in his 80s, was contacted by a man who said he was a detective inspector at Leighton Buzzard police station on 8 January.

He was told his card had been cloned and had been used to buy items totalling £3,700.

The same fraudster told the victim that police had put counterfeit money into his bank accounts and told him to withdraw £5,000 from two accounts, which a courier picked up from the victim's house later that day.

Repeat offender avoids jail

Oxford Mail

A repeat offender who threatened his friend with a wine bottle and kicked him as he lay on the ground

has been spared prison.

Woman denies murder

Michael Stoddard

BBC News

A 41-year-old woman has

denied murdering a man who was found stabbed in Abingdon.

Police tape at scene

Robert Dobinson, 33, from Faringdon, was discovered at a mooring area by the river near Bridge Street in the town in October.

He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

Natasha Elderfield, of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody ahead of her trial at Oxford Crown Court on 7 April.

Courier fraud warning

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Police have issued a warning following

a spate of "courier fraud" crime in Cherwell.

This is when a victim is asked by someone who pretends to be from their bank or the police to withdraw money.

They then hire a courier or taxi to pick up the cash from the victim.

In 2014, there were 37 attempts in Cherwell and six successful frauds and in 2015 there has been three attempts and one successful fraud.

Rail worker memorial

Oxford Times

Passengers and train staff have

created a memorial to a rail staff member who died on Saturday.

Munitions man re-bailed

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

A man arrested in connection with the discovery of a number of World War One and Two munitions at a house in Oxfordshire has been re-bailed until 11 March.

Police sealed off Buckingham Crescent in Bicester

The 35-year-old was arrested on suspicion of theft from heritage and protected sites

following the find in Buckingham Crescent, Bicester, in September.

A34 accident

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

One person has been taken to hospital after a crash involving several cars on the A34.

South Central Ambulance Service was called to the crash on the northbound carriageway near Milton at 10:04 GMT.

Two people are being treated for minor injuries.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A quarter of a million pounds has been set aside to take a step forward in the plans for a

new bridge across the Thames in south Oxfordshire.

Wokingham, Reading and two Oxfordshire councils have pledged money for a traffic modelling plan later this year.

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Today's discussion

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Do you expect your children to care for you in old age? And if you don't have children are you worried you'll be alone?

By 2030, it's estimated that two million people in the UK will be over the age of 65 without children.

This month a conference, the first of its kind, will be held for childless adults over 50 to meet and discuss their care needs in later life.

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via Facebook

It seems a few of you were disappointed by the lack of the white stuff overnight.

On our

Facebook page Sarah Wilson said: "None in North Oxford - summertown."

Judith Payne added: "Nothing in Wallingford or to the East of Oxford :("

Samantha May wrote: "I'm moving to Scotland!!"

But Chris Fox said: "Yes, just been snowing here in Bampton."


BBC Radio Oxford

In response to

statistics that show Oxfordshire had one of the worst bed-blocking problems in the country in January, a Department of Health spokesperson said: "While long waits to be discharged are unacceptable, there are actually fewer as a proportion of hospital admissions over the last few years.

Hospital bed

"But we know there are issues in some areas and hospitals are working with the social care system to resolve this.

"We've given the NHS an extra £700m for thousands more doctors, nurses and beds this winter. The NHS has ensured there are plans in every area to manage extra demand."

Money for Thames bridge

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

Oxfordshire County Council and South Oxfordshire District Council are two of four councils

who have pledged £250,000 for a feasibility study into a third River Thames bridge in the Reading area.

Reading Bridge
Philip Halling

The pedestrian and bicycle crossing over the River Thames could be built near Reading town centre.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

More than 10% of hospital beds in Oxfordshire are taken up by people who don't need to be there.

Susanna Pressel, deputy chairman of Oxfordshire County Council's health overview and scrutiny committee, says there's a lack of places for people to go after leaving hospital.

There'll be more in the headlines at