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  1. Updates from Friday 30 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's it for BBC Local Live for today.

The service will be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Oxfordshire.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: More than £2m has been spent by Thames Valley NHS services on people who've turn up to Accident and Emergency departments - without being treated.

NHS sign

Figures seen by the BBC show more than 30,000 people visited A&E in the past year, but ended up leaving. It's thought to be down to things getting bored of waiting or being drunk.

Join me for all the top stories from the region at


Wintry showers overnight

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Brisk winds will keep it

feeling rather cold as we head into the evening.

Bee Tucker

A quiet night follows, with a few wintry showers and the chance of some snow first thing, with lows of 0C (32F).

Controllers now banking on Philae wake-up call


European Space Agency says it will conduct
no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander Philae.

Presumed location
Esa/Rosetta/MPS for osiris

The probe touched down in November - thanks to technology built in Oxfordshire - but quickly went silent when its battery went flat.

Since then high-resolution photographs taken of the comet have failed to identify the lander's location.

Fraud charges at BMW Mini plant

A man

has been charged with fraud offences which allegedly took place at BMW UK in Cowley.

BMW plant in Cowley

Johannes Franken, 50, from Bromsgrove is accused of two counts of fraud by false representation and one count of money laundering.

BMW said they were "supporting the authorities with their investigation".

United 'ready for war'

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United striker Danny Hylton says his team must be prepared to face "a warzone" when they take on

Stevenage tomorrow.

Danny Hylton
James Williamson

The Hertfordshire side have a reputation for a highly physical style of play and have an impressive home record.

He said: "I think we are capable of beating anyone on our day and we need to make sure we are up for every game."

BBC Radio Oxford has exclusive full match commentary on

95.2FM from 14:00.

'No power grab'

BBC Radio Oxford


removal of the role of chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council is "not a power grab", the leader of the council has said.

Ian Hudspeth

Ian Hudspeth told

BBC Radio Oxford that he was cutting the job to save £250,000 for frontline services.

He said: "It won't be a case of other people getting uplifts, there will be a flattening of the service so at lower levels people will be making the decisions. The leader will have to take on more responsibilities."

Boomerang bike

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A good news story for Friday - Rob from Abingdon called

BBC Radio Oxford about his wife's bike, which was stolen.


He thought it was lost forever - and went to a bike shop in Abingdon to buy her a new one.

But when he got there he saw it outside - and someone was in the shop trying to sell it.

He confronted the man and got his wife's bike back. Happy cycling!

Alex Davies set for return

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport

Versatile London Welsh back Alex Davies is

set to return to action in Sunday's LV=Cup game against Saracens after nine months out with a knee injury.

Alex Davies
Getty Images

The 28-year-old has not played competitively since suffering ligament damage in the first leg of their Championship semi-final against Leeds.

Oxfordshire 'needs a chief executive'

Plans for the chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council to

step down and not be replaced "are not right" according to the opposition Labour leader.

Liz Brighouse

Liz Brighouse told

BBC Radio Oxford: "Oxfordshire's a very large, complex organisation with a massive budget and I don't believe it can be run without a chief officer, and by the law it has to have a head of service."

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council, who last year earned £186,000, is standing down and won't be replaced as part of plans to protect frontline services.

Join me for more on this at


International visitors for Churchill graveyard

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We marked the

50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's funeral by presenting my show this morning from the churchyard in Bladon where he is buried.

Churchill's grave

A number of tributes were laid on the simple grave, including a Union flag by Rev Beckman from Chattanooga in the US.

You can listen back to the special programme


Training cuts could harm patients, doctor warns

BBC Radio Oxford

A junior doctor in Oxford says reforms to

reduce the length of time it takes doctors to train is dangerous for patients.

Surgeons gloves

Dr Ben Dean has joined senior member of his profession in warning that reforms suggested in an independent review will compromise the care of patients if they're adopted.

He told

BBC Radio Oxford: "It means the person operating on you as an emergency, or the physician treating you when you come in with shortness of breath is potentially less trained."

Bulbs budding

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Spring is on its way, says Becca Collacott from Abingdon, who sent in this picture of a flowering plant.

Budding plant
Becca Collacott

Given the cold weather it feels we may have a bit longer of winter yet, but here's hoping! If you have any images from out and about Oxfordshire, why not send them in to

Local Live or
tweet them to us.

Bullfinch influence?

Helen Catt

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire County Council says that

Joanna Simons is standing down from the role of chief executive in a
cost-cutting effort, but there are questions about whether the results of the serious case review of the
Bullfinch case had any influence.

Joanna Simons and Emily Maitlis

The serious case review into the grooming of girls in Oxford is due out this year, and at the time of the trial Joanna Simons took a lot of the flack, including an

appearance on Newsnight.

At that time she said she was not going to resign because she wanted to see through changes to make sure the council could deal properly with the issue, so the question is, is the job done, or have they heard what has come out of the case review that this is a way of managing it?

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

After more than a decade in the role, the chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council has been told to step down in June - and won't be replaced.

Join me for the full story at


United going to the wire

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United's dealings in the transfer window could go to the wire and continue into February.

Michael Appleton
Getty Images

The window closes at 23:00 on Monday night and already five players have left the club with fullbacks

Joe Skarz and
Richard Brindley coming in.

Boss Michael Appleton said: "It would be really nice to wake up on Tuesday morning with three or four new faces in the building, and people we're going to have at the club for the next few years."

M40 building up


busy on the M40 around junction 10 for the Brackley Cherwell Valley services in both directions.

Council chief stepping down 'a big change'

Alex Therrien

BBC News Online

The chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council is

to step down and not be replaced, as the authority "flattens its structure".

The council said Joanna Simons would go at the end of June as part of a "plan to protect frontline services".

Council leader Ian Hudspeth said: "This is a big change for the council and it has not been a decision I have made lightly, but it is borne of the need to find new ways to deliver essential frontline services in the certain knowledge that further austerity is coming the way of the public sector over coming years."

Precedent for removal of chief executive

Helen Catt

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford


removal of the position of chief executive from Oxfordshire County Council may sound radical, but it has been done elsewhere.

South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse share a chief executive and further afield West Sussex County Council got rid of its chief executive and now its their Council Leader who takes over a lot of that role.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The scrapping of the role of chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council has been criticised by Labour.

Join me for more on that at


Early A&E leavers cost CCGs £4.8m

Alex Therrien

BBC News Online

More than 70,000 people have left A&E departments in the south of England in the past nine months

without being treated, the BBC has learned.

A&E sign

Some patients left because they were bored, while others had minor problems like coughs and colds doctors would not treat, medical bosses said.

In Berkshire, there were 12,600 people who left without treatment, costing £816,482, in Oxfordshire 14,630, costing £993,670, and in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 23,208, costing £1,644,235.

Each A&E visit costs CCGs about £70 in staff costs, including an initial assessment by triage nurses.

Warning for ice

The Met Office has issued a

Yellow warning for ice in Oxfordshire from this afternoon to Saturday lunchtime.

It says the public should be aware of the risk of difficult driving conditions.

Winter wisdom

via Facebook

Oxfordshire County Council is offering some essential winter information via its

Facebook page:

"The last of our Winter in Oxfordshire information events will be on the Thursday 5th February at Waitrose Henley-on-Thames.

"From trading standards, to safety and public health — we will be sharing useful information & answering your winter questions from 10am. We hope to see you there!

"For more winter information visit:"

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire County Council's planning to get rid of the role of chief executive this summer, but its not been made clear why she is standing down now.

Join me for more on that at


Cameron's tribute to Churchill

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Prime Minister David Cameron has paid tribute to Sir Winston Churchill as events mark the 50th anniversary of his funeral.

David Cameron

Mr Cameron, who's constituency contains Churchill's final resting place, described his predecessor as a Renaissance man.

He said: "He was a brilliant journalist, a great historian, a ferocious warrior, a great prime minister, brilliant speaker, and also a pretty accomplished painter and not bad at building walls. He combined all of these things and I'm not sure we'll see anyone quite like that again."

You can listen back to the full interview


Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Imagine having a cardiac arrest and instead of being injected with adrenaline, the paramedics use saline solution instead.


That is happening at South Central Ambulance Service as part of an experiment to find out if adrenaline is a help or hindrance to those in cardiac arrest.

Join Laura Trant for the full story at


Churchill tributes

BBC Radio Oxford presenter Hopward Bentham

tweets: People lay wreaths at the grave of Churchill on the 50th anniversary of his burial at St. Martin's Bladon

Churchill's grave

Andrew Main returns to court over Oxfordshire arson attacks

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

A man

has reappeared in court accused of arson following a series of fires in Oxfordshire, including one that caused major damage to council headquarters.

Andrew Main, pictured in grey, led to security van

Andrew Main, 47, of Rokemarsh Farm, Rokemarsh, is charged with two counts of arson with intent to endanger life and two counts of arson reckless as to whether life was endangered.

He appeared via video link from Bullingdon Prison but did not speak. The hearing at Oxford Crown Court was adjourned until 10 April.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire County Council's chief executive Joanna Simons is to

stand down in June, and will not be replaced.

Join me for the full story at


Mixed picture for waiting times

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Oxfordshire has seen a

slight fall in the number of patients being seen in A&E with four hours, although performance has improved nationwide.

A patient is taken from an ambulance to A&E
Getty Images

Accident and Emergency units across England saw 93% of patients within four hours, short of the 95% target.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust managed 87.1% within the target time in the week to 25 January, down from 88.7% the previous week.

'Radical change'


removal of the post of chief executive from Oxfordshire County Council has been described as a "radical change", by the present incumbent Joanna Simons.

Joanna Simons

In a statement she said: "Radical change is needed to transform the public sector so it can cope with the financial challenges ahead."

The council said the move was part of a "wider plan to protect frontline services in the knowledge that more cuts to local government are inevitable in future years."

Chief executive standing down

Oxfordshire County Council's chief executive Joanna Simons is to

stand down in June, and will not be replaced.

In a statement the council said that they were "moving to a more distributed model of leadership" and the the structure would be "flattened to bring everything closer to our residents".

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Waiting times to be seen at Oxfordshire's A&E departments have worsened in the past week.

Join me for the full story at


Call for F1 inquiry

BBC Radio Oxford

After two Formula 1 teams based in Oxfordshire

went out of business at the end of last year one of Oxfordshire's MEPs is calling for an investigation.

Marussia and Caterham F1 cars

Labour's Anneliese Dodds now wants the EU to investigate the Formula 1 industry for anti-competitive practices.

She told

BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle: "Thirteen years ago the EU brokered a deal, but since then a number of teams had said this deal isn't being kept to and the interests of the smaller teams haven't always been listened to."

City Stars' yellow shirts to stay

Oxford City Stars will

continue wearing yellow, after a supporters poll revealed an overwhelming 77% of respondents voted to wear yellow and blue jerseys for the remaining home games of the season.

Oxford City Stars
Oxford City Stars

The kit had been created for the annual

Oxfordshire United game two weeks ago, and they have remained undefeated since.

The cost of care

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford has learned that more than 14,000 people visited accident and emergency departments in Oxfordshire last year, but left without being treated.

Hospital ward

Our Health reporter David Fenton

explained to me what effect this had on the Horton and John Radcliffe: "A £64 cost is incurred the moment a person registers at A&E, and is paid by the hospital to the local doctors groups, the
CCG, who pay for care for all of us and are in charge of the budgets.

"So in one way it is one part of the NHS paying another, but the point is that it is payment for people who have had no treatment so is wasted money."