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  1. Updates on Monday 19 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Good evening

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

We'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

Cold and frosty night

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Temperatures are going to

drop rapidly this evening and there will be a widespread frost.

Bee Tucker

Perhaps there will be some cloud out to the west but it will be cold with -5C (23F) out in the countryside.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Oxfordshire could save up to £32.5m if it merged all of its six councils into just one.

Oxfordshire County Council

The figure comes from an independent report commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council.

But it would mean the loss of as many as 500 jobs, and district councils say the report itself is flawed. Join me for more on that and Oxfordshire's other top stories at


Jewellery and cash burglary

Banbury Cake

Cash and jewellery were stolen by burglars

from a Banbury home on Friday.

Unitary council 'could save council tax'

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

Merging Oxfordshire's six local authorities into one

could save up to £32.5m a year, a report has claimed..

The £40,000 report, commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council, said the move could mean up to 500 job losses.

'We need to tackle extreme wealth'

A new study out this morning by Oxford-based charity Oxfam suggests the wealthiest 1% will

soon own more than the rest of the world's population.

Bundles of cash

Oxfam's Head of Global External Affairs Katy Wright told

Phil Gayle fighting poverty was becoming more difficult.

She said: "Inequality creates further inequality and as economic elites become political elites they rig the rules in their favour so they're paying less tax."

A34 reopens northbound

Both lanes have

reopened northbound on the A34 after an earlier accident between the Milton and Chiltern interchanges.

The road remains closed southbound with long delays on the diversion route.

Power restored after outage

Oxford Mail

Power has been restored to four parts of Oxfordshire

which were hit by a power cut.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The trial of a teenager charged following the murder of Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson has started at Oxford Crown Court.

Jake Blakeley, 18, is charged with preventing a lawful burial.

I'll have the full details at


Checks system 'does not work'

The criminal records checking system being used by Thames Valley Police is a chaotic mess, according to former chief constable Peter Neyroud.

BBC Radio Oxford has seen figures showing the force is the

only one in the country to miss every target for the time it takes to get checks, during the whole of last year.

Mr Neyroud told

Phil Gayle the system did not work. The force said it had had a higher than forecast volume of checks and a number of unexpected vacancies, but measures were in place to deal with the work.


Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

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

your feedback about this service.

Criminal checks - your views

via Facebook

Delays have led to Thames Valley Police becoming

the only force in Britain to miss every criminal record check target over the past year.

Thomas Machurot

posted: After 3 months my application wasn't even started yet. I knew things can go slow, but this was just unbearable.

Larry Shaw

said: These checks have been turned into a business - that is not the prime purpose of the police service. The checks prove nothing.

Naz Price

wrote: Still waiting for mine despite only having one a month before.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Oxford

In the

16:00 news bulletin: Drivers are facing major delays throughout this afternoon's rush hour after a car transporter
crashed on the A34 this morning.

'Truly frightening'

via Facebook

The A34 was closed this morning after a car transporter drove through the central reservation.

Richard Maynard posted on our

Facebook page: "I saw it happen - I was right at the front in the blue car behind the white van. It was truly frightening and a miracle that no one was hurt."

Council 'quality more important than cost'

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's local government could be merged into a single authority to save money, according to a report commissioned by the county council.

Oxfordshire County Council

But the idea has met with criticism from the four rural district councils, including the

Vale of White Horse, whose leader Matthew Barber
told Phil Gayle he wished the report had consulted the other authorities.

He said: "We dispute some of the facts in this, I'm all for sharing things and reducing the number of councillors but I don't think we can lose sight of the fact that as well as providing value for money we have to look at what level provides the best quality of service."

News on the hour

BBC Radio Oxford

In the

15:00 news bulletin: Work is continuing to reopen the A34 southbound after a car transporter crashed though the central barrier from the opposite carriageway this morning.

Canine contest

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

If the BBC's

dog map has got you musing about mutts and considering canines, why not test your terrier knowledge and ponder our puppy puzzles in the
doggy quiz?

Dog in sunglasses

'Mega council' could save millions

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire could save up to £32.5m a year if it merged all of its six councils into just one, according to an independent report commissioned by Oxfordshire County Council.

Ian Hudspeth

Leader Ian Hudspeth told

BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle he was just interested in establishing the facts around the idea.

He said: "It's not about me or Oxfordshire County Council, it's about getting the best value for money for the residents of Oxfordshire. Let's have a debate and discussion and be open and honest about what's the best form of local government."

A34 accident video

via Facebook

Footage of the aftermath of a car transporter that crashed through the central reservation of the A34 has been sent to us by Mike Lawton.

A34 accident
Mike Lawton

The A34 was completely shut between the Chilton and Milton interchanges.

You can keep up to date with the latest updates on the

BBC Travel website.

Challenges at crash scene

TVP Roads Policing

tweets: #A34 photos show challenges at scene. Fuel tank ruptured on transporter so working to prevent environmental issues as well. C.I.Parsons

A34 crash

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Protestors hoping to stop the building of a second runway at Gatwick Airport have been out in force this morning, as West Sussex County Council meets to decide whether or not to support the expansion.

Gatwick airport

The second runway is one of the options shortlisted by the Airport Commission, to increase capacity in the South East.

Join Tom Hepworth at


News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Drivers are facing major delays throughout this afternoon's rush hour - after a car transporter crashed on the A34 this morning.

I'll have the latest update on this at


Marussia F1 team 'close to rescue deal'

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Marussia boss John Booth is hopeful the team can put together a

rescue deal in time for them to take part in the first race of the new season.

Getty Images

The team have

been in administration since last October and missed the final three grand prix of 2014.

But Booth said the team were "at a fairly advanced stage with a new investor - a credible investor", and have cancelled a planned auction of the team's 2014 cars.

Missing person

via Facebook

Thames Valley Police has posted a missing person appeal on its

Facebook page.

Sheila Weatherhead

It writes: "Please help us find a missing woman from Oxford.

"Sheila Weatherhead, aged 61, was last seen on Thursday morning near her home in Butler Close, Oxford."

News on the hour

Martin Eastaugh

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The A34 remains closed southbound, causing about an hour-and-a-half of delays in the Didcot area.

It's after a car transporter hit a van and crashed through the central reservation, which left three people with minor injuries. I'll have the latest on this at


Top dog

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

According to the

BBC's interactive map, Oxfordshire's favourite breed of dog is a Labrador.

Midas the dog

My own personal experience can certainly bear this out, but when I was young we had a lovely golden retriever called Midas.

Why not share your pictures and stories of your delightful doggy? Send in a picture via

Facebook or

£1 'bed tax' warning

Oxford Mail

A top hotel has warned that a £1 a night 'bed tax'

could drive tourists away from Oxford.

Skeleton staffing for arson councils

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

Council staff from South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse district councils have

started work at a temporary base in Abingdon this morning, after their
HQ was set alight on Thursday morning.

Council office fire
Ian negus

Inquiries will be dealt with by the 72 staff, but officials say people should only contact them in an emergency.

A local man

has appeared in court charged with arson.

A34 latest

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The A34 southbound is still

completely closed between the Milton and Chilton interchanges, after a northbound car transporter crashed through the central reservation after colliding with a van at about 07:30 this morning.

It's currently in a ditch on the southbound side awaiting recovery.

All lanes are currently open and moving well now northbound between Chilton and Milton but closures are expected when recovery begins.

News on the hour

Martin Eastaugh

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There are too few police officers on the streets to keep us safe from a terror attack, according to a former chief constable of Thames Valley Police.

Join me for all the details at


Have your say

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to find out what you think of the service.

Grass-cutting budget trimmed

Witney Gazette

Grass verges may only

get cut twice a year under the latest savings scheme from Oxfordshire County Council.

'Terrible accident'

Ruth Johnston

tweets: Terrible accident this morning. A34 northbound still open but queues southbound are crazy!

A34 accident
Ruth Johnston

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A car transporter's ploughed through the central reservation on the A34 after crashing with a van, closing the southbound carriageway completely between Milton and Chilton interchanges.

Join me for the latest on this at


Richest 1% 'to own more than the rest'

Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani

Business Reporter, BBC News

The wealthiest 1% will

soon own more than the rest of the world's population, according to a study by charity group Oxfam.

Homeless people beg in a street next to a luxury store in Paris

The charity's

research shows the share of the world's wealth owned by the richest 1% increased from 44% in 2009 to 48% last year.

On current trends, Oxfam says it expects the wealthiest 1% to own more than 50% of the world's wealth by 2016.

Scene of the lorry crash on A34

Andy has

tweeted a picture of the A34 collision: "
@BBCOxTravel car transporter overturned north bound A34 between Milton & Chilton."

A34 accident