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  1. Updates from Thursday 22 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

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

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Helicopters are likely to play a key role in the future of counter terrorism according to the Defence Secretary.


RAF Benson in South Oxfordshire is home to the brand new fleet of Puma aircraft and their versatility is seen as paramount to helping provide security to the country.

Michael Fallon MP has been to visit the engineering facility in Kidlington which has developed them.

Join me for all the top stories from the region at


Widespread frost to come

Holly Green

BBC Weather

We have clear skies so it is going to be a very cold one with a

widespread frost to come.

Holly Green

There is a risk of freezing fog and some areas could fall as low as -5C (34F).

South Oxfordshire fire one week on

BBC South Today

South Today' Sinead Carroll has been to the remains of the offices of South Oxfordshire District Council a week after

a fire destroyed 85% of it.

Furniture being removed from SODC offices

She reports that undamaged furniture has been removed to be used in the temporary council offices in Abingdon.

You can watch her full report on BBC One at


Council leader 'pleased' by stadium decision

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

City council leader Bob Price said he was "very pleased" with the

High Court decision to reject a challenge to Oxford Stadium's conservation area status.

Oxford Stadium

"The court found that the designation process had been carried out in a thorough and exemplary manner which met all the statutory requirements," he said.

The owners the Greyhound Racing Association want to develop the site in Blackbird Leys, which has not been used for greyhound racing since 2012.

A44 closed

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Police have confirmed that they have an

overturned car that is part of a multi-vehicle collision on the A44 at the Duke of Marlborough Junction.

The road is closed in both directions.

Swanning around Henley

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Henley Business

tweeted this picture to us of Henley-on-Thames early this morning.


If you have an equally lovely picture from Oxfordshire, why not send it in to Local Live via

Facebook or

Simon Russell Beale comes to Oxford

Simon Russell Beale is to be the next

Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre, based at St Catherine's College at the
University of Oxford.

Simon Russell Beale

The actor and music historian will succeed Stephen Fry in February 2015.

The role includes a speech at a public event and undertaking student workshops in the art of theatre.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An easterly wind is responsible for increased aircraft noise over Henley - according to local MP John Howell.

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


Woman killed in Cane End collision

Alex Therrien

BBC News Online

A 20-year-old woman has been

killed in a two-car collision in Oxfordshire.

Police attended the A4074 Reading Road at 08:05 following a collision between a Nissan Micra and a Land Rover Discovery.

The driver of the Nissan was taken to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford but died shortly after.

Churchill's controversies

The UK is marking the 50th anniversary of the death of

Winston Churchill, and his subsequent burial in Oxfordshire.

Churchill statue, Westerham

He is regarded by many as the greatest Briton ever, but for some he remains an intensely controversial figure.

You can read about his 10 greatest controversies in the

BBC Magazine article.

BBC News app

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The BBC News app have been

revamped to include more local news from Oxfordshire.

BBC News app

Press "+Add topics" on top bar to add BBC Oxford to your app feed.

John Bayley dies

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Oxford professor

John Bayley, who was married to the author Iris Murdoch, has died.

He wrote the best-selling memoir Iris, which charted the decline of his wife's health and intellect after developing Alzheimer's disease.

The book was made into a film starring Judi Dench.

His college St Catherine's has

paid tribute to him - saying he was a "much-loved colourful character".

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The average Oxfordshire family that wants to save for a house will have to wait over 18 years - the longest in the south east, outside London - according to new figures from Shelter.

Join me for the full details at


Council recovering 'really quickly'

BBC Radio Oxford

The recovery plans for the Oxfordshire council buildings

devastated by fire a week ago is going very well according to the chief executive of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils.

South Oxford District Council building

David Buckle says they expect to have 170 staff back at work in temporary office space in Abingdon by the end of next week.

He told

BBC Radio Oxford: "We are very pleased with what we have got back up and running in a very short space of time. We have turned things around really quickly."

Stadium decision welcomed

Andrew Smith MP

tweets: Good news on Oxford Stadium. Developers' bid to overturn conservation protection defeated, with no appeal and costs awarded to council.

'Eighteen years to save a deposit'

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The average young couple with a child in Oxfordshire would have to save for almost two decades to buy a house,

according to new research by Shelter.

Ladder outside house

The charity's Zorana Halpin told me that young people were being "locked out from home ownership" and that currently we build 100,000 homes less than we need each year.

Listen again to my interview here.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The owners of the Oxford Stadium have lost their legal battle to have its conservation status removed.

Join me for all the headlines at



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.

Helicopters 'increasingly important'

Police helicopters could be increasingly important if the UK suffers a terrorist attack of the like seen in

Paris this month.


David Lewis from

Airbus UK, which is based in Oxfordshire, told
BBC Oxford that their products help law enforcement officers stay ahead of the criminals.

He said: "These are the most sophisticated police helicopters anywhere in the world, sadly in the light of recent events in France, I think the next development we will be seeing is the use of helicopters to deploy specialist teams when you have a marauding terrorist situation."

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford MP hopes a new owner can be found for Oxford Stadium after an order to protect the site from development was been upheld.

I'll have more on this at


Stadium decision 'a massive boost'

BBC Radio Oxford

The decision to reject an appeal against the conservation area status of Oxford Stadium is a "massive boost" to save the site, according to the local MP.

Oxford Stadium

Andrew Smith told

BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham that the developers who had wanted to build 220 homes should "face facts and listen to the people".

"They should allow the stadium to be used for recreation, get back Greyhound racing, speedway and invest in what should be a first rate facility for our whole community."

Why is snow so hard to predict?

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Over the last week we've been

forecast snow on a number of occasions, but it hasn't materialised for everyone.

The view from Defynnog, Powys, after heavy snow

Have you ever wondered how the weather presenters make up their minds that the time is right for the white stuff? Well you can read my colleague

Lucy Ballinger's answer.

Driver attacked by cyclist

A woman has been punched in the face by a man who got off his bike to hit her through the open car window in Carterton.

She suffered a bleeding nose, swelling and blackness under her eyes, in the attack at a mini roundabout at the junction of Black Bourton Road and Wycombe Way on Tuesday.

Thames Valley Police have asked anyone with information to contact them.

Fire-hit council 'years from return'

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

It will be two or three years before council staff return to their fire-ravaged building,

its leader has said.

Firefighters at the South Oxfordshire District Council building

Council leader John Cotton said they hoped to announce a temporary long-term office solution in the next week.

A blaze

destroyed 85% of the South Oxfordshire District Council offices in Crowmarsh Gifford on 15 January.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The owners of the Oxford Stadium have lost their legal battle to have its conservation status removed.

The decision to list the former Greyhound and Speedway track as a conservation area last year has been upheld by the High Court.

Join me for the latest on this at


Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: On the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's death this weekend, a lasting memorial is being created where he was buried.

Stained glass window design

Churchill requested to be laid to rest at St Martin's church in Bladon in Oxfordshire, where a new stained glass window has been commissioned.

Join us at

13:30 for the full story.

Stadium conservation area challenge rejected

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford Stadium is to remain a conservation area after the High Court rejected a challenge to

Oxford City Council's decision by the stadium's owners.

Oxford Stadium

The stadium has not been used for sport since December 2012, and the stadium owners the Greyhound Racing Association and Galliard Homes had proposed building 220 houses on the site.

The stadium was listed as a conservation area last year by the city council. a decision challenged by the GRA and Galliard in December 2014.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

In the past half an hour its been decided the Oxford Stadium will remain a conservation area.

Join me for the latest on this at


Cat found after five months

Henley Herald

A feisty feline with a taste for adventure has been

reunited with her owner after five months on the run. She was discovered by volunteers at the Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice Sales.

Oxfordshire 'the home helicopters'

The Oxfordshire headquarters of the UK's biggest helicopter manufacturer will get a visit from the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, today.

Airbus UK

Airbus Helicopters UK, who are based at Oxford Airport, supply most of this country's air ambulances and police helicopters.

David Lewis from Airbus UK told

BBC Radio Oxford that the county was the best place for the company: "Oxfordshire is world-renowned for its engineering and technical expertise and is the best place to attract new blood."

'I wanted to give him a big hug'

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

An Abingdon woman has finally met her American pen pal after 20 years of correspondence initiated by dropping a message in a bottle.

Gerald Roberts and Maria Young

Maria Young

told me about the moment she set eyes on Gerald Roberts, when they met in Mexico.

"I wanted to run over and give him a hug. I felt as if he was an uncle who I hadn't seen for a long time, and very gradually we spoke and chatted and formed a friendship."

She said they would continue to correspond and he had invited her to visit him again with her husband.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

New rules to keep children safe in schools are causing considerable upset and confusion, according to an Oxfordshire head teacher.

Unions say primary school teachers are being suspended if anyone living in their house has a criminal conviction.

Join me for the full story at


'Struggling to make sense of it'

BBC Radio Oxford

Lynn Knapp, who is the head teacher of Windmill Primary School in Oxford, told

BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle that they are struggling to make sense of new child protection rules.

She said: "Because of the lack of clarity about exactly who it affects and how to implement it. We want our children to be as safe as possible but I can't understand how a partner's conviction has implications for the safety of the children."

Money laundering arrest

Oxford Mail

A 36-year-old man was arrested yesterday on

suspicion of money laundering offences after a series of raids across the city.

School child protection confusion

BBC Radio Oxford

New guidance to keep children safe in schools is

causing confusion and concern, according to an Oxfordshire head teacher.

Child with hand up close up

Hundreds of teachers and support staff have been suspended over child protection rules in England's schools, unions have said.

Coming up

Will Wilkin

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

On this morning's

Howard Bentham show: On Christmas Eve we heard from Abingdon's Maria Young, who was finally going to meet her pen pal.

They had been writing to each other for 20 years since he responded to a message she left in bottle in the South Atlantic.

Message in a bottle

Join us to find out how she got along.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A week after fire devastated council offices in south Oxfordshire the recovery is going very well, according to the chief executive.

I'll have more on that at