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  1. Updates from Friday 23 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 all for today's BBC Local Live.

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

Evening TV

BBC South Today


South Today this evening: It's that time of year, post Christmas, when the bills come in that many may find themselves struggling with their finances.

Debt counselling service

Today, a free debt counselling service has been launched in south Oxfordshire to help those struggling to make ends meet.

Join Jerome Sale at


Wet and cold night to come

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

As rain moves across the county this evening

there will be some heavy downpours, but it will clear through quite quickly leaving clear skies.

Bee Tucker

It will be a clear night and temperatures will fall to freezing or 1C (34F).

The house of fun

BBC Radio Oxford

Comedian Arthur Smith is attempting to banish the January Blues at the

Playhouse in Oxford tonight.

Arthur Smith

Ahead of that, here's our favourite Grumpy Old Man

telling off Radio Oxford's Tim Smith - for being too chirpy!

Frozen out

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Paul Boodell sent in this picture of a frozen Oxford canal at Hythe Bridge Street today.

Ducks on ice in Oxford
Paul Boodell

If you have snapped a picture you would like to share with the rest of the county, why not send it in to

Local Live?

Olympian carries injured deer home

Katy Lewis

BBC News

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford

carried an injured deer about two miles to his home in a bid to save its life.

Injured deer

The RSPCA was informed but he later took the deer to Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital near Thame.


later revealed the muntjac "had to be put to sleep due to her injuries".

M40 lane closure

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


one lane closed on the M40 northbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

After two major floods Thames Water has now pledged to replace at least 1.5km of pipe under Normandy Crescent in Oxford.

Join me for all the headlines at


Lewis Hamilton celebrated in Banbury

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Formula One fans can get up close and personal with some of the possessions of World Champion Lewis Hamilton at

Banbury Museum.

Lewis Hamilton

For four weeks from 24 January a range of items worn by Lewis Hamilton will be showcased.

On display will be the race suit and boots worn at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where

Lewis won the title.

Also on display will be his iconic yellow helmet from the 2013 season and his Nomex protective clothing.

Pipe replacement welcomed

David Prever

Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A Normandy Crescent resident who has not been able to return home for more than four months

after a water main burst, has welcomed the news that Thames Water is to replace the entire stretch of water pipe.

Normandy Crescent near Cowley

More than 50 homes were flooded in September

in the same place where a pipe burst in 2007.

Brett Hayes

told me it was "good news", but said "they should have done it the first time round".

Child exploitation awareness

BBC Radio Oxford

Police have

begun training staff in the hospitality industry to spot the signs of child exploitation.

Police holding a sexual exploitation session

A scheme has been set up in the wake of

Operation Bullfinch - in which seven men were jailed for their part in a child sex ring in Oxford, with some of the abuse taking place in bed & breakfasts and hotels.

Ice warning for Saturday

Oxfordshire County Council

tweets: Gritters will be out after 1am on Saturday. Rain is forecast late on Fri before temperatures fall leading to icy conditions. #oxonwinter

Flood pipe to be replaced

Normandy Crescent residents in Oxford have been told by Thames Water that the water pipe that has

burst on two occasions will be replaced.

Normandy Crescent near Cowley
Karen Cherry

The company will also install leak-monitoring equipment to reduce the risk of a repeat of the damage caused

last September, and previously in 2007.

A meeting will be held for all residents with further details next month.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

In the past hour, it has been confirmed that Thames Water will replace the entire stretch of water pipe running through Normandy Crescent in Oxford after two major floods.

I'll have more on this at


Model pupils

Witney Gazette

Two Burford School pupils are the

models for the famous Hogwarts students in the first illustrated edition of Harry Potter, set for release this year.

Oxford stadium 'will return'

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford will have its stadium back for speedway and greyhound racing, according to the leader of the city council.

Oxford Stadium

Bob Price spoke to

Howard Bentham after the owners of the Oxford stadium
lost their legal battle to get its conservation status removed and to allow development to go ahead.

He said: "We have been approached by two people who have bid well over £1m to takeover the stadium and convert to it into greyhound racing and speedway racing again."

Jayden burial trial

Peter Cooke

Reporter, BBC South Today

The brother of Ben Blakeley,

who killed Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson, has told a court he would have gone to the police if he'd known she'd been murdered.

Jayden Parkinson

Jake Blakeley admitted helping Ben dig a hole in a field near Didcot on the night of the day Jayden was last seen alive in early December.

But he claims Ben told him they were burying weapons. When asked if he thought that was unusual, he said: "I thought it was very likely."

Jake Blakeley, 18, denies the charge of preventing a lawful burial.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Oxford Stadium can be given a new lease of life now its owners have been stopped from developing it for housing, according to the leader of Oxford City Council Bob Price.

Join me for all the headlines at


Listen again

Marking the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's death on 24 January, 1965, BBC Radio 4's William Crawley has travelled to the wartime leader's final resting place in the Oxfordshire village of Bladon.

Churchill's grave

Following the same journey taken by Churchill's coffin from London to this small village six miles north west of Oxford, William met members of St Martin's Parish, Bladon residents and the visitors who continue to make their own pilgrimage to the graveside to pay their respects.

You can listen to the programme


Professor is right 'Fitt'

Oxford Mail

Oxford Brookes university has chosen Professor Alistair Fitt

as its new vice chancellor.

Farmland homes agreed

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

Plans to build 350 homes on farmland south of Banbury

have been approved.

Salt Way in Banbury

The development, south of Salt Way and west of Bloxham Road, will include public open space, outdoor sports pitches and 105 affordable homes.

Salt Way, a bridle path which forms part of a medieval network of salt distribution routes between Droitwich and London, will be preserved, Cherwell District Council said.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Weekly figures show a major improvement in waiting times at Oxfordshire's A&E units.

I'll have the latest reaction to the figures at


Labour 'sorry' over underage drinker

The Oxford University Labour Club has

apologised for serving alcohol to an underage student at an event that offered "unlimited" drinks.

The event at Corpus Christi College was attended by Oxford East MP Andrew Smith and Reading West candidate Victoria Groulef.

Corpus Christi College

Co-chairwoman Hannah Lovell said she was "really sorry" for the error.

The club said it had "learnt a lesson" and put in place a new policy to routinely check IDs.

Creating a Didcot landmark

BBC Radio Oxford

Plans for landmark buildings to

transform land opposite Didcot Parkway Railway Station are being put on show today and tomorrow.

View from Didcot Parkway Station

South Oxfordshire District Council's proposals for the new £60m Didcot Gateway include shops, leisure facilities, apartments and a hotel.

The council's strategic director Anna Robinson told

Phil Gayle that it was "going to look good".

She said: "The main element of the scheme is to create an environment that looks good and is welcoming and essentially landmark buildings where people will say 'ah, we're in Didcot' for all the best reasons."

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Work has started on a centre of excellence for robotics in Oxfordshire.

RACE centre in Culham

It's hoped technology pioneered at the

RACE centre in Culham will be used to develop driverless cars, wind farms and nuclear power.

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News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The first batch of an experimental vaccine against Ebola, developed in Oxford, is on its way to Liberia.

The shipment will be the first potentially preventative medicine to reach one of the hardest hit countries.

Join me for the full details at


A&E waiting times improve

Waiting times in A&E units in England

have improved to their best level since November - but the target is still being missed, figures show.

Hospital sign

In the week to 18 January, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust saw 88.7% of patients in four hours or less, up from 81.5% the previous week.

Nationally, 92.4% of patients were seen in four hours in the seven days up until Sunday. The target is 95%.

'Axe man' hoax

Thame Gazette

Police investigating reports of a

masked man wielding an axe have said they are "completely false".

Bed-blocking funding

Oxfordshire is

getting a share of emergency government funding to tackle bed-blocking.

Hospital trolley

The county council has to spend the £520,000 grant by March, and says there has already been a 34% reduction in the number of delays in discharging patients from hospital that it is responsible for.

But figures for bed-blocking in Oxfordshire's hospitals are still among the highest in England.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Waiting times to be treated in accident and emergency in Oxfordshire have improved, according to the latest figures.

Join me for the full details at


Coat of arms for Cherwell

Banbury Guardian

Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry will announce plans to present Cherwell District Council with its

own coat of arms at a dinner in his honour.

University to pay Living Wage


University of Oxford is seeking accreditation as a Living Wage employer.

Oxford University

It guarantees people who work for them, including regular contractors, will earn £7.85 per hour.

The university will join

Oxford City Council if it wins accreditation as a
Living Wage Employer.

Didcot development - Your Views

via Facebook

The council is proposing to spend £60m improving Didcot near the railway station. We asked what you would like to see in the area:

Nikki Smith wrote on

Facebook: So all the current parking will be gone? What a sensible decision.....not!


tweeted: I'd like to see £60 million! That'd be nice!


tweeted: Reliable buses?

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A new helpline for teachers concerned about changes to child protection rules has been set up by Oxfordshire County Council.

It's after dozens of schools contacted them as they try to apply the regulation.

Join me for more on that and the other headlines at


Child's grave decorations row

Oxford Mail

A mother who lost her unborn daughter has been told to

remove colourful decorations from the grave.

Icy roads

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

South Oxfordshire Ambulance Service has outdone my picture already with this

tweet: This was our pretty view from Oxfordshire today. Beware, stopping distances can be ten times greater on icy roads


Dangerous wiring caused fatal fire

Oxford Times

A Kidlington man died in a fire

caused by poor-quality wiring done 25 years ago, a coroner ruled.

Helicopters rise to terrorism challenge

BBC South Today

Helicopters are likely to play a key role in the future of counter terrorism, according to Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

Adina Campbell

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

Mr Fallon has been to visit the engineering facility in Kidlington that's developed them.

You can watch Adina Campbell's report on our

Facebook page.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The University of Oxford is to commit to paying it's employees and regular contractors the Living Wage.

Join me for all the headlines at