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  1. Updates from Tuesday 27 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from Local Live this evening, the service will be back from 08:00 on Wednesday.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Complaints that children were force-fed, grabbed and shouted at, has led to the permanent closure of an Oxford nursery school.

Park Town Nursery school

The education watchdog Ofsted was called to inspect Park Town Nursery after complaints from parents.

Join me from


A mild night

Holly Green

BBC Weather

There are cloudy skies overhead that will continue into tonight with

some patchy rain and drizzle.

Holly Green

There may be some mist overnight but it will stay mild with lows of 5C (41F).

Arrests after Wallingford crash

Wallingford Herald

Two people have been

arrested after a man was taken to hospital after a collision with a car in Wallingford.

Holocaust remembered in Oxford

Tom Turrell

Reporter, BBC South Today

A service to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day has taken place in Oxford.

Holocaust Memorial Day in Oxford Town Hall

The Town Hall hosted the event, which this year marks the

70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

Abuse trial told of 'spanking obsession'

Patrick Byrne

BBC News, East of England

A former head master "obsessed with spanking"

carried out sex attacks at a Norfolk school, a court has been told.

David Tuohy

David Tuohy, 83, who now lives in Oxford, took charge of Eccles Hall, a special school, in the 1970s.

At Norwich Crown Court he denied 18 counts of indecent and serious sexual assaults on five boys with special needs aged as young as 10.

New station to serve thousands

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The Oxford Parkway station will cater for around 1,000 passengers a day when it

opens in September, according to Chiltern Railways.

Oxford Parkway

Chief executive Rob Brighouse

told me that the station would "provide significant economic, social and environmental benefits for people in Oxfordshire.

"This will give us connectivity between Oxford, Bicester and London, with a journey time of one hour."

Blakeley jury sent home

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The jury in the trial of an 18-year-old charged with

preventing the lawful burial of murdered Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson has been sent home for the night after retiring to consider its verdict.

Jake Blakeley

Jake Blakeley said he helped his brother dig a hole but had not realised it was to bury Jayden.

Jayden, 17, was strangled by Ben Blakeley, 22, from Reading, in December 2013, and buried in his uncle's grave.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man has been arrested after a 58-year-old man had a bottle smashed over his head in Oxford - after refusing to give a couple money for a bus.

I'll have the full story at


Rail satisfaction

Passengers using Chiltern Railways are 91% satisfied with the service, or think it's good according to a

poll carried out by the watchdog, Passenger Focus.

Train pulling into station
Getty Images

First Great Western passengers were less pleased with just 81% rating themselves satisfied. Cross Country fared slightly better with a score of 83%.

Overall across the country the

survey recorded that 81% of people said they were happy with railways in Great Britain, compared to 83% in 2013.

Bloxham delays

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There are some

temporary traffic lights in Bloxham on the A361, near to the church.

They're causing delays of 20 minutes in both directions.

Escaping Nazi Germany

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

To commemorate 70 years since Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated from the Nazis, Thame's Reverend John Fieldsand

told us his tale about escaping Germany when he was a small child.

Holocaust survivors walk through the gate of the former Auschwitz concentration camp on 27 January 2015
Getty Images

Born Hans Heinrich Feige, he was one of the 669 Jewish children who came to Britain on the trains known as the


He was on the eighth train, the ninth train never made it as war had been declared.

No arrests over nursery abuse

Sinead Carroll

Reporter, BBC South Today

An Oxford nursery has closed down after after complaints from parents, including

allegations of force-feeding and that children were grabbed or shouted at.

Park Town nursery building

The education watchdog Ofsted was called to inspect Park Town Nursery which closed temporarily last November and has now resigned its registration.

The nursery is also subject to an investigation by Thames Valley Police, but no arrests have been made.

Charity worker's life in print

Oxford Mail

Oxford's Icolyn "Ma" Smith has been serving lunch to the homeless for nearly a quarter of a century and now a

book has been written about her experiences.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford Crown Court jury at the trial of a teenager accused of helping bury teenager Jayden Parkinson has retired to consider its verdict.

Join me for all the headlines at


Ebola countries 'need cash injection'

BBC Radio Oxford

The Oxford-based international charity Oxfam has

called for a multi-million dollar Marshall Plan-type scheme to get West Africa countries back on their feet after the Ebola crisis.

Suspected carrier of Ebola virus

Chief executive Mark Goldring spoke to

Howard Bentham from Liberia and explained the difficulties there and in Sierra Leone and Guinea.

He said: "We have to start with the poorest people and how they can get a chance to earn a living. We're talking about a short-term cash injection to give them buying power to stimulate the economy. The big countries that have helped the crisis must not walk away now."

Nursery school in abuse allegations

Oxford Times

A north Oxford nursery school has been closed following

allegations of children being physically abused.

Education watchdog Ofsted investigated Park Town Nursery in Dragon Lane in November after complaints were made about children being force fed.

Delay in planning applications

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

South Oxfordshire District Council say there is a fortnight's delay in deciding planning applications,

and anyone who posted proposals after 13 January must resubmit them.

Firefighters at the South Oxfordshire District Council building

A spokesperson said: "All planning applications and comments we received either by post or online on Tuesday 13 January and after were definitely lost in the fire.

The blaze destroyed 85% of the offices in Crowmarsh Gifford on 15 January.

'Modern transport hub''

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The structure of the first railway station to be built in Oxford in 80 years

has been completed.

Oxford Parkway station construction
Chiltern Railways

Oxford Parkway is located north of the city just off the A34, near Water Eaton park-and-ride, and will serve the new £130m line to London Marylebone.

Chiltern Railways called it a "hugely attractive modern transport hub" for those "wanting to escape the congestion of Oxford city centre".

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The jury in the trial of an 18-year-old charged with preventing a lawful burial, following the murder of Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson, has retired to consider its verdict.

I'll have the latest at


Early English books online

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and its partners have put more than

25,000 early English texts online.


Member of the public can read texts from the years 1473-1700, including well known works by Shakespeare and Milton, to little-known books about witchcraft, cookery and sword fighting.

The text files are fully-searchable and can be read online or downloaded in a variety of formats.

Getting out and about

via Facebook

Oxfordshire County Council has offered some tips for enjoying Oxfordshire's countryside on their

Facebook page.

The Oxford Canal in Cropredy

"What are your favourite free activities to do in Oxfordshire?

"We love this selection of walks and rides but what's your top suggestion for a cheap day out?"

More listed buildings 'than any other town'

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Burford has been included in a list of town's with the

prettiest streets in the country.


The Mayor John White

told me it was no surprise as Burford had more listed buildings than any other town in the country.

He said: "We have to work quite hard in keeping the ethos going, we live off tourist income and we've got to make the shops attractive, but that doesn't mean you have to knock out all the wonderful old frontages."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An arrest has been made by police in Oxford after officers carried out an anti-drugs raid.

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


Abduction attempt

via Facebook

Thames Valley Police have posted an appeal on

Facebook for information after a attempted abduction:

"Bicester Neighbourhood Team are investigating a reported incident of an attempted abduction of a 15 year old boy on Shannon Road, Bicester at 4.15pm yesterday, 26 January.

"We are providing advice and reassurance to the local community and there will be extra patrols in the neighbourhood."

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Building work on the first new train station in Oxfordshire for over 70 years has been completed.

Oxford Parkway
Chiltern Railways

It's expected to be used by thousands of commuters on the Oxford to London Marylebone line.

Join Laura Trant at

13:30 for all the region's top stories.

Every horse has its year

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Albert, an 18-year-old Irish draught cross thoroughbred who has worked as a

Thames Valley Police horse for a decade, is to retire next month.

Albert the horse

He is currently the longest-serving horse and has worked during demonstrations, football matches and Royal Ascot events over the years.

Last year he was named runner up in the RSPCA and Daily Mirror

Animal Hero Awards.

He will retire to

The Horse Trust in Speen, Buckinghamshire, where he will meet visitors and live with other former police and military horses.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An arrest has been made by police in Oxford, after officers carried out an anti-drugs raid.

Join me for all the headlines at


Ambulance strike warning

Oxfordshire's ambulance service has asked the public to only call 999 if absolutely essential during a

12-hour strike on Thursday.

Unison sign about the NHS

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said that they will "continue to protect our patients" and will prioritise the most life-threatening situations.

Stationary timelapse

BBC Radio Oxford

The building structure of

Oxford Parkway Station is now complete after the first diggers went in at the end of October.

Oxford Parkway station construction
Chiltern Railways

Chiltern Railways filmed a timelapse video of the construction, you can watch it on our

Facebook page.

Apple of his eye

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United's latest signing says it was the attraction of playing for boss Michael Appleton that made him choose the U's.

Joe Skarz

Joe Skarz

joined from Rotherham and is set to make his debut this weekend.

He said: "I spoke to a few players who previously worked with the gaffer and they've only got positive things to say about him. I want to develop as a player and I wouldn't have here if I didn't think the club had ambition."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford man charged with sexual assault and stalking is appearing in court this morning.

The 32-year-old was arrested by Thames Valley Police yesterday.

Join me for all the headlines at


BBC increases local TV news programme

BBC South Today

South Today's late bulletin has been
extended to twice the length in the run-up to the General Election.

Jerome Sale

Director General Tony Hall said: "This extension of our coverage will be a vital contribution to the national debate and I am delighted that we have been able to respond in this way."

The bulletin which follows the UK BBC News at Ten will be extended to 15 minutes, Monday to Thursday, from January 2015 until the beginning of June.

Oxfam calls for Ebola recovery plan

Lauren Turner

BBC News

Oxford-based charity Oxfam has called for a

multi-million dollar Marshall Plan-type scheme to help the three West Africa countries worst affected by Ebola to recover.

School children having their temperature tested in Guinea on 19 January 2015

More than 8,500 people have

died in the outbreak, the vast majority in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Oxfam wants an international pledge to agree recovery plans, with financial support given by wealthy countries.

New station on track

Tom Turrell

Reporter, BBC South Today

Oxfordshire's first new station in 71 years

will open later this year.

Oxford Parkway

Oxford Parkway will serve the Chiltern Railways line to London Marylebone.

The structure of the building is now complete, with the completed project expected to open in September.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford man charged with sexual assault and stalking is appearing in court this morning.

I'll have the full details at