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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 16 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 it for Local Live for today, the service will be back at 08:00 on Monday.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

On

South Today this evening: Engineers from Oxford are preparing for the world's largest rat cull.

Rat
BBC

The team leave on Monday to head to South Georgia in the Atlantic Ocean, where they will fly over the island and drop around 95 tonnes of rat poison.

The expedition is part of an international effort to wipe out the Norwegian Brown Rat, which is decimating the island's bird population.

Join me for that and all the region's top stories at

18:30.

Turning very cold

Holly Green

BBC Weather

We'll have clear skies and light winds this evening leaving a

widespread frost by the morning.

Holly Green
BBC

Some locations could fall to as low as -7C (19F) so a very cold night.

Do a 20p safety check

via Facebook

Oxfordshire County Council have posted a reminder on their

Facebook page for motorists to check the safety of their vehicles before driving in wintry weather.

Tyre tread depth
Oxfordshire County Council

We're expecting rain and icy weather next week, and driving conditions could be difficult so please check your tyres have enough grip. All you need is 20p, easy. Who's checked theirs?

River Cherwell flooding

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Ian Fallon has sent in a picture from the air of the area south of Banbury, showing the River Cherwell bursting its banks.

River Cherwell from the air
Ian Fallon

There are a number of flood alerts across Oxfordshire, issued by the

Environment Agency.

If you have any images of the county you would like to share, why not send them in to

Local Live?

Courier fraud warning

via Facebook

Thames Valley Police have posted a warning on their

Facebook page for the public to be vigilant after a spike in "courier fraud" in the Cherwell area.

Courier van
Getty Images

Courier fraud is when a victim is asked by someone pretending to be from their bank or the police, to withdraw money. The offender then hires a courier or taxi to pick up the money from the victim.

Offenders target vulnerable members of society, including the elderly, and for this reason the incidents have been described by a senior officer as a "sickening".

Man jailed for Bicester sex offences

A 12-and-a-half year sentence has been

handed to a man for sexual offences against children in Bicester and Northampton.

The Crown Prosecution Service has said Terence Sturgeon-Clegg, 63, from Irvine in Scotland, has shown no remorse.

He had been found guilty of 13 counts of sexual offences and three counts of child cruelty by a jury at Oxford Crown Court.

The offences were against six victims, all under the age of 16.

Farming's James Bond

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Who will win this year's

sexiest farmer competition?

Elliott Rillie
Elliott Rillie

The 10 finalists will be put forward to a public vote to decide which man and which woman wins the title of Britain's Sexiest Farmer.

Elliott Rillie (pictured) from Burford explained to me why he applied: "I got told by a friend in university about it, they made a joke that I should enter, and I thought, well why not!"

Stolen £16,000 puppy found in Wantage

Stephen Stafford

BBC News Online

A rare lilac bulldog puppy worth £16,000 that was snatched from its breeder's Surrey home

has been found.

lilac British Bulldog
Surrey police

A man who said he was interested in buying the eight-week-old pup

ran away with the bulldog, known as Lila, from a property in Tadworth in October.

Police said Lila was found on Thursday evening in Wantage, Oxfordshire, following information from the public. She has been reunited with her owner.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A Banbury woman charged with attempted murder has appeared in court.

Julia Knight from Sycamore Drive was charged after an 80-year-old hospital patient was given a

potentially lethal dose of an un-prescribed medication at the Horton General.

I'll have all the headlines at

17:00.

Councils shortlisted for award

Helen Catt

BBC Oxford Political Reporter

On the day that the offices of South Oxfordshire District Council and the Vale of White Horse District Council were

ablaze after an arson attack, they were shortlisted for Council of the Year by the
local government industry paper.

'Thankful that everybody is safe'

Jean Gladstone, whose thatched cottage was destroyed during the

arson attacks in south Oxfordshire yesterday, has described her relief that no-one was injured.

Burning cottage
Jackie Williams

Miss Gladstone, 80, escaped from her home in Rokemarsh unharmed during the blaze, which began at around 03:00.

"I just want to thank all my friends," she said. "I was very fortunate. We are thankful that everybody is safe."

Exiles ring the changes

Brendon Mitchell

BBC Sport

London Welsh have changed all 15 players for their Challenge Cup match against

Bordeaux-Begles on Friday.

Olly Barkley
Getty Images

The Exiles faced Newcastle just five days ago, prompting coach Justin Burnell to make wholesale changes.

Olly Barkley returns at centre, while Rob Lewis and Tristan Roberts form the half-back combination.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man has been sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in prison for sexual offences against children in Bicester and Northamptonshire.

Join me for the full story at

16:00.

Oxford United's new Chairman

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There'll be a new man in charge at Oxford United for tomorrow's game

against Southend.

Chairman for the day will be 12-year-old Tommy Greenwood from Wheatley Park School, after his father won a silent auction for the prize.

Tommy

joined me this morning for his pre-match media briefing, he said: "I'd just like to pick the team really because I think they can get a playoff spot so I think he can do better for them."

Oxfordshire's A&E miss target

BBC Radio Oxford

Hospitals are still failing to meet the government target of seeing 95% of patients within four hours,

according to new A&E figures.

Patient on stretcher
BBC

Last week Oxfordshire's hospitals saw 81.5% of people within four hours - up from 76.3% the week before.

Potter leaves United

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United have confirmed that forward

Alfie Potter has left the club.

Alfie Potter
Getty Images

The scorer of the decisive goal in United's Conference

promotion final win at Wembley in 2010 is expected to join a new club shortly.

Council phone line inundated

South Oxfordshire District Council say they have received a lot of calls to their emergency phone number and have asked people with non-urgent enquiries to use their

temporary website instead.

The emergency line, 01235 520202, is only for urgent issues such as people are at risk of being made homeless today, or they have a dangerous structure that needs urgent inspection.

South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse councils hope to have their online services restored next week after their offices were damaged in a

fire yesterday.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A stolen British bulldog said to be worth £16,000 has been found in Grove and reunited with its owner.

I'll have the full story at

15:00.

Flooding on M40

Flooding has caused a lane to close on the M40 - southbound at junction eight.

Bishop to visit Crowmarsh Gifford

The Acting Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, is to visit

St Mary Magdalene Church in Crowmarsh Gifford at 15:30 today for prayers, following
the fires yesterday.

Rt Revd Colin Fletcher
K T Bruce Photography

He said: "My sympathies go out to all of the officers and other staff who work for the council. I greatly value my own relationships with them and know the magnificent job they do around the district and in conjunction with the Vale of White Horse District Council.

"This will be a terrible shock to all of them and I will be praying for them at this difficult time."

Post-fire meetings

The Herald

Emergency meetings as councils

get services back online.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police have been given an extension until Friday evening to question a 47-year-old man on suspicion of arson.

Join me for all the headlines online at

14:00.

A&Es given safe nurse staffing rules

Nick Triggle

Health correspondent

A&E units in England are being given strict guidelines on how

many staff they need on duty to provide safe care.

Nurses on a ward
Science Photo Library

The draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends one nurse for every four cubicles.

Councillor resigns over Hook Norton pub

Banbury Guardian

A Hook Norton

parish councillor has resigned after Cherwell District Council backed a plan to convert the village pub into a house.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today

On

South Today this lunchtime: A group of MPs that monitor government spending has cast doubt on whether the High Speed Two rail project, that passes through Oxfordshire, is good value for money for taxpayers.

HS2 train
other

The Public Accounts Committee says it's concerned that funding of the project held in reserve could be used to mask any increasing cost of the project.

The Department For Transport has welcomed the scrutiny and has said it's committed to keeping costs down.

Join Caroline Richardson at

13:30.

'Low demand' for bus

BBC Radio Oxford

Stagecoach stopped the S2 running through the village last July - now the only bus stop is on a main, unlit road.

Stagecoach has apologised for any inconvenience, but say the S2 was rerouted because of low passenger numbers in Minster Lovell, and because of demand for a faster, more direct service from Carterton.

Minster Lovell 'penalised' by bus company

BBC Radio Oxford

People living in Minster Lovell say they'll fight to reinstate a bus service through the village.

Stagecoach changed the S2 route in July and now it stops a mile and half outside the village on a main road.

Residents such as Paula Crowder say the current level of service is wholly inadequate.

She told

BBC Radio Oxford: "You feel you're being penalised. If it's too busy the bus won't stop because there's no spaces, so it's just potluck really."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police have been given an extension until Friday evening to question a 47-year-old man on suspicion of arson.

Join me for all the headlines online at

13:00.

Beagle2 found on Mars

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The Beagle2 space probe, which was partly build in Oxfordshire, has been

found intact on the surface of Mars.

Artist's impression of Beagle on the surface of Mars
ESA

It now seems that contact with the probe was lost because its solar panels didn't deploy on landing.

Colin Wilson helped build the probe, and

told me that he contributed "a total of 15g" of weather station equipment for the project.

He said: "It's incredible to see it after all these years. This was my student project and we knew it was a high-risk mission."

Campsfield House expansion opposed

BBC Radio Oxford

A charity that visits detainees at Campsfield House is opposing plans to expand the centre.

Campsfield House
BBC

The Home Office wants to extend the immigration removal centre in Kidlington so that it can house more detainees.

Kate Smart from the

Asylum Welcome charity told
BBC Radio Oxford that this could lead to more serious incidents.

She said: "There are risk issues, when you look at the harm that occurs in the larger centres. Proportionally there is more likelihood to be welfare concerns, disturbances like riots and difficulties managing the centres."

Pride returns to Paradise

Oxford Times

The city's biggest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) parade is

set to return to Paradise Street this year.

Wintry weekend

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

According to the

weather forecast we could see a little snow this weekend.

The Thames in snow
Tejvan Pettinger

I'm not promising a full white-out like we had in December 2010, captured here by Tejvan Pettinger. You can see more of his photos on

flickr.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police have been given extra time to question a 47-year-old man over three suspected arson attacks in South Oxfordshire.

Join me for the headlines online at

12:00.

HS2 value for money questioned by MPs

Tom Moseley

Political reporter

MPs

say they are "sceptical" about whether the government's HS2 rail line will deliver value for money.

Generated image of an HS2 train on the Birmingham and Fazeley viaduct
Other

The Commons Public Accounts Committee said the £50bn price tag included a "generous contingency" which could be used to mask cost increases.

Ministers lack a "clear strategic plan for the rail network", they added.

Veteran Sinclair 'mulling next move'

Owen Phillips

BBC Sport

Former Chelsea and Leicester defender Frank Sinclair says he is happy to just fully focus on playing again while he

mulls over his next management move.

Frank Sinclair
PA

The 43-year

resigned as boss of Colwyn Bay last week and is playing for Conference North rivals
Brackley Town.

Sinclair, who made his debut in a

1-0 win over Harrogate on Saturday, told BBC Sport: "I was aching a bit on Sunday but I really enjoyed it. I have decisions to make and a few offers but am in no rush."