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  1. Updates from Monday 26 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 Tuesday

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 Tuesday 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: Prime Minister David Cameron has been talking about the hoax phone call he received during a weekend walk in his Witney constituency.

David Cameron in May 2010
Getty Images

He played down the security breach, wanting to concentrate instead on a pre-election pledge to lower taxes.

Our political editor Peter Henley followed the PM's day. You can watch that and the other tops stories from Oxfordshire, with Jerome Sale at


Quiet night

Holly Green

BBC Weather


fairly quiet evening to come with light winds and clear skies.

Holly Green

There will be a little high cloud which will stop it getting as cold as it might otherwise, with temperatures falling to 2C (36F).

Kidlington shoplifting image released

A CCTV image has been released by Thames Valley Police after a

shoplifting incident in Kidlington.

CCTV image

The offence took place at 15:20 on 12 January in Sainsbury's, Oxford Road.

Two men entered the store, selected a large number of bottles of spirits and left without paying.

'A wonderful day'

BBC Radio Oxford

The acting Bishop of Oxford has described the

ordination of the first female bishop Libby Lane as "a wonderful day".

Bishop Libby Lane and the Archbishop of Canterbury

Right Reverend Colin Fletcher told

BBC Radio Oxford's David Prever that it was "a great event all round".

"I thought back to my own consecration as a bishop and I don't think I was anything like as self-assured as she was. But self-assured in a humble way."

Ring road delays

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On the Oxford ring road southern bypass

we have big problems.

There's a lane closed at the Kennington hamburger roundabout due to an obstruction in the road, causing delays of about half an hour.

We still have lane three closed on the M40 north and southbound between junction three at Loudwater and four at High Wycombe.

Countdown to vote

BBC Oxford's political reporter Helen Catt

tweets: 100 days to go until #GE2015, I've visited
@duncanenright &
@VictoriaPrentis on unusual campaign trails. Hear it at 1720 with

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Former consultant paediatrician Michael Salmon has appeared in court facing sex charges.

The 79-year-old denies charges of rape, indecent assault and using an instrument with intent to procure a miscarriage whilst working at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

I'll have more on that at


Duke 'not living at Blenheim'

BBC Radio Oxford

The 12th Duke of Marlborough is not permanently living at

Blenheim Palace.

Blenheim Palace

His aunt, Lady Rosemary Muir, told

BBC Radio Oxford that James Spencer-Churchill has settled into the role well and visits the historic family seat but has chosen to live nearby instead.

She said: "He is taking a huge interest and as far as I can make out he is doing very well indeed. He goes over for weekends occasionally I think."

'Best ever' Red Nose Day

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

This morning comedian and impressionist Rob Brydon joined me to tell us all about this year's

Comic Relief.

Rob Brydon

He said: "It's going to be a huge thing, it's the 30th anniversary, a really glitzy night live at the London Palladium. It's going to be one of the best ever."

You can listen to his, and Michael Caine's appearance


One (mostly) careful owner

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

One of the most unusual sights to be seen on Oxfordshire's roads is to become a thing of the past as Rowan Atkinson is

parting with his ultra-rare McLaren F1 car.

Rowan Atkinson

Only 64 of the supercars were made, and Oxfordshire's famous resident is selling his after over 40,000 miles and

two crashes.

BBC young voter panel

If you are aged between 18 and 24, and eligible to vote in May's General Election,

the BBC wants to hear from you.

BBC generation 2015 project

We are building Generation 2015, a UK-wide group of young voters who will take part in local and national BBC programmes in the run up to the General Election in May.

You could find yourself on the One Show, Radio 1 Newsbeat, or Newsnight - in fact, anywhere across BBC output where the Election is being discussed.

Read more online now.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A former consultant paediatrician at Stoke Mandeville Hospital has appeared in court facing sex charges.

Join me for more on this at


Sports building named after Acer Nethercott

Oxford University is naming the first building of its new sports centre at

Iffley Road after the Olympic rower and scholar Dr Acer Nethercott.

Acer Nethercott
Getty Images

Dr Nethercott,

who died two years ago today aged 35, coxed three Oxford crews to victory in the Boat Race and won an Olympic silver medal and two World Championship bronze medals as a cox for Great Britain.

Listen again: Badger cull

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The National Farmers Union says a

badger cull in the West should be extended to Oxfordshire to stop the spread of TB in cattle.

Getty Images

The idea is supported by Rupert Davis, a beef farmer near Bicester, who found TB in his herd in 2013.


told me: "It's quite a shock when you get told you have TB in the herd. It's not what you farm for, to kill calves. They should test the badgers on my farm, and if they've got TB they should get rid of them."

You can listen back to this interview and other contributors on the issue


Red Nose Day 2015

This year's Comic Relief campaign has been launched.

Red Nose Appeal 2015

Last year - £2.5m was raised by people in the West Midlands - and this year's campaign is "

make your face funny for money".

This year nine noses have been launched, question is, which one is your favourite?

Put it in your diary - Friday 13 March.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's an appeal for witnesses to a robbery in Littlemore - which left a shopkeeper with an eye injury.

I'll have the details at


Consultation extended over 'eco-town'

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Residents have been

given more time to comment on a document that will guide the layout of 6,000 new homes in Bicester.

An artist's impression of how North West Bicester might look

The "eco-town", made up of energy-efficient houses, will be built over the next 20 years on land to the north west of the Oxfordshire town.

Cherwell District Council's draft Supplementary Planning Document for the site is out to consultation until 20 February.


BBC Local Live brings you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think.

Cat owners feline relief

Bicester Advertiser

An intrepid missing cat has been found in Bicester,

200 miles from its home.

Church holds 1915-style centenary service

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

A special service has been held at an Oxford church to

mark its 100th anniversary.

St Columba's United Reformed Church
St Columba's United Reformed Church

St Columba's United Reformed Church, on Alfred Street, in the city centre, began as a Presbyterian chaplaincy to the University of Oxford.

The 1915-style service featured prayers and hymns sung at the church's dedication service 100 years ago.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A shopkeeper has been hurt after a robbery in Littlemore.

Join me for the full details at


Council tenants satisfaction falls

Oxford Mail

City council tenants' satisfaction with their homes has

plummeted over the past year.

Lunchtime TV

Laura Trant

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: The number of cows infected with Bovine TB in Oxfordshire is at its highest level for three years.

Science Photo Library

Latest government figures show there are currently 44 disease restricted herds in the county - meaning thousands of cattle can't be moved or sold.

The increase is said to be down to more regular testing, but some farmers blame badgers carrying the disease from neighbouring counties.

Join me at


Misty Oxford

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

An eerily misty Oxford was photographed by Becca Collacott from Abingdon yesterday.

Misty Oxford
Becca Collacott

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

Local Live?

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Church of England's first female bishop has been consecrated at a ceremony in York Minster.

The Reverend Libby Lane is being appointed the Bishop of Stockport.

Join me for all the headlines at


Honorary fellowship for female bishop

BBC Radio Oxford

The Reverend Libby Lane who is the

Church of England's first female bishop, is to be made an honorary fellow of Oxford University's
St Peter's College.

The Reverend Libby Lane
Getty Images

Mrs Lane studied Theology at St. Peter's and the college's Master Mark Damazer CBE told

BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham about the award.

He said: "She doesn't know it yet but we elected her to an honorary fellowship last Wednesday at the governing body."

Absconder found

via Facebook

Thames Valley Police have

posted the news on Facebook that the second prisoner who absconded from Spring Hill Prison in October has been found:

Lewis Hoare (left) and Kenneth Simmonds
Thames Valley Police

"Lewis Hoare (pictured left) and Kenneth Simmonds walked out of Spring Hill Open Prison on Sunday 26 October 2014.

"Hoare handed himself in to British Transport Police at South Ruislip Station on 28 October last year and Simmonds was arrested in Sutton, London, on Saturday 24 January and recalled to prison.

"Our appeals were broadcast on BBC's programme Crimewatch in December and it was as a direct result of this broadcast that a member of the public recognised Simmonds."

PM award for Homeless charity

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

This week an Oxfordshire charity will be given one of the

prime minister's Big Society Awards.

Homeless woman
Getty Images

Oxford Homeless Pathways' PATHS initiative, which helps people who would otherwise struggle to gain access to health services, has been selected to receive the award from David Cameron.

Chief Executive Lesley Dewhurst

told me that it is more complex than just chaperoning the patients to the doctors.

She said: "People have very complex lives and very different needs and our volunteers have gone through quite a lengthy training process to give them the skills to work with people who might behave a little erratically and have underlying problems."

Collapsed manhole

There is

slow traffic and a lane closed on the A40 London Road westbound into Oxford between Thornhill Park And Ride and the Headington Roundabout, because of a collapsed manhole. Disruption could continue until mid-afternoon as repairs are carried out.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

In the past hour, a ceremony has been taking place at York Minster to consecrate the Church of England's first female bishop.

The Reverend Libby Lane - an Oxford graduate - is being appointed the Bishop of Stockport.

Join me for all the headlines at


Badger cull: Your views

via Facebook

We asked if badgers should be culled in an effort to combat TB in Oxfordshire's cattle. Here's what you've been saying on our

Facebook page:

Laura Walton

wrote: We need to concentrate on a vaccine, not cull a protected species. Even the government's scientist has said the cull in other areas isn't working.

Sue Powell

said: They are animals and culling is just keeping them under control.

Duncan Russell

posted: Price and Profit will always win over doing the right thing. Badgers are not to blame, Farmers practices are to blame.

M40 fatal crash disruption

Disruption is continuing after two cars collided and caught fire on the M40 between Loudwater and High Wycombe yesterday evening.

A convertible BMW crossed the central reservation and hit a Renault Clio, the driver of the Clio and a passenger died.

A 32-year-old man from Ealing was

arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drugs.

On air

Will Wilkin

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

Every week

BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham goes out into the wilds of Oxfordshire to show and tell you all about the wonderful things that are made here.

Dog teddy in a coat

This week he went to Woodstock and met Alex Edwards - the managing director of the

Cotswold Tailor - who make perfect overcoats for your pooches.

Canon's scrumping chutney

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Canon Roger Humphreys, from Bampton, sent us this picture of apples being collected from a lane near Burford. "Great for chutney!" he writes.

Apples being collected
Canon Roger Humphreys

Why not share what you have been up to in the county this weekend?

Email Local Live.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A former head teacher from Oxford is due to go on trial today, for multiple sexual offences involving children.

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


Football coaches needed

Mark Heelis, manager of the Oxford City Casuals, a pan disability football team,

tweets: Can you help? VOLUNTEER football COACHES needed for the
@OxCityFC Casuals
@Eng_Dis_Sport #volunteerfc

Football equipment
Mark Heelis

Beautiful Burford

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The Hill in Burford has been selected as one of the prettiest streets in Britain in a

Telegraph article.


They describe the town as one of the best in the Cotswolds, and say the view from the top of the Hill is "a great treat".