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  1. Updates from Monday 2 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's it from BBC Local Live for today. The service will return at 08:00 on Tuesday.

Evening TV

BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Genetically modified mosquitoes created by scientists in Oxfordshire are being released in Brazil, the Caribbean and Panama to help reduce disease.


But plans by the Didcot company Oxitec to release the insects in Florida Keys have caused controversy - with more than 140,000 people signing an online petition to stop them.

Join Jerome Sale at


Chilly frosty night

Holly Green

BBC Weather

As we move into the evening the temperature

will drop swiftly.

Holly Green

There is a chance of one or two wintry flurries, but it won't amount to much. We will see a widespread frost with lows of -2C (28F).

'Something useful to be involved in'

BBC Radio Oxford

The Oxford statistician who's

involved in an Ebola trial in Oxford has told
BBC Radio Oxford he wanted to do something worthwhile.

Dr Neil Walker volunteered to take part in a trial of an Ebola vaccine run by Oxford University and has been given the first of two injections of the virus to monitor his reaction.

He said: "I was interested in an altruistic, but also an academic sense, in the work they're doing. Obviously it would be great news if this can lead to a successful vaccination programme which helps to end this epidemic."

Feeding a family on £100 per month

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

How much do you spend a week on your shopping bill? The average weekly shopping bill in the UK is £100, but Caroline Mentzer set herself a target of feeding her family healthily for a

quarter of that price.



told me: "We were so low on the budget that we've been eating out of the food waste bin. We had potato peelings fried like crisps with a tomato chutney and it was delicious!"

You can listen back to Caroline's interview


Landslide 'still moving'

The landslip that has caused the closure of the track between Banbury and Leamington Spa is still moving according to

Network Rail.

Harbury tunnel landslip
Network Rail

Liam Sumpter told

BBC Radio Oxford's Nick Piercey that a drone had been used to map a 3D image of the site.

He said: "We can't physically get on to the site at the moment, and as the earth settles will be in a better position to understand what we need to do."

Playhatch Road works delayed, not cancelled

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire County Council say the money earmarked to stop the road up to Sonning Bridge being closed by flooding for prolonged periods, has been

spent on other projects.

Sonning Bridge

The man in charge of transport at the council, David Nimmo Smith says the money isn't there for the work any more.

He told

BBC Radio Oxford: "It is taking a lot longer than we hoped and we had put aside money in the last financial year, but we can't just sit on money. We'll have to find the money somehow, but it means other projects will be delayed or shelved."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Network Rail has apologised for the inconvenience caused to train passengers whose journeys have been disrupted by the landslip between Banbury and Leamington Spa.

Join me for more on that at


Reduce risk and stay healthy

via Facebook

Oxfordshire County Council have posted information about NHS Health Check on their

Facebook page:

Man eating toast
Oxfordshire County Council

If you are aged between 40 and 74 you are eligible for a free NHS Health Check.

For more information visit:

Bicester assault appeal

A CCTV image has been released by

Thames Valley Police of two men they would like to speak to in connection with an assault.

CCTV image

At about 16:15 on 5 December a refuse collector was working in Sheep Street in Bicester when two men and two young boys taunted him and stole items from his rubbish cart.

A nearby shop worker came to the aid of the refuse collector, and was struck several times by one of the men, who then threatened him with a spade taken from the cart.

Mum defies Kidlington grave decoration deadline

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

A grieving mother has

ignored a council deadline to remove decorations from her baby daughter's grave.

Jade Beadle at Tanya's grave

Jade Beadle was sent a letter telling her to remove colourful gravel and items from baby Tanya's grave, at Kidlington cemetery, by Saturday night.

Ms Beadle said: "I haven't removed anything. I have been down there a couple of times and it is all still there."

Kidlington Parish Council said it was deciding what action to take.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford statistician who has volunteered to test a potential Ebola vaccine says he's more worried about the bruise from the jab than the strain of the virus he's being injected with.

Join me for more on this at


Brighter pool brings in new swimmers

Wallingford Herald

A £50,000 facelift at a leisure pool near Wallingford

will bring in more swimmers young and old, according to one of its managers.

Deadline day update

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United are still waiting on the decision of

Tyrone Barnett.

Tyrone Barnett
Getty Images

The club have agreed a deal with his club and the player, but the deal is not yet done.

More players have left the squad today, with the season long loans of Wes Burns and Tareiq Holmes Dennis brought to an early end.

John Campbell has also returned to Jarrow Roofing and David Hunt has had his contract terminated.

Oxford councillor to stand as MP

Oxford councillor Simon Hoare, who represents Witney West and Bampton, and also sits on West Oxfordshire District Council is to stand in the General Election.

He has been

selected as the Conservative candidate for Dorset North.

The sitting Conservative MP Robert Walter who is retiring had a majority of 7,625.

World Wide Wait

BBC Radio Oxford

Access to broadband at the

Great Western Park housing estate near Didcot is so slow, some residents are complaining they can't work from home.

Broadband cable and symbols

Mark Hopwood lives there and says he wants the developers of the site and BT Openreach to sort out lengthy delays getting broadband connected and the parts of the new development have no access.

He told

BBC Radio Oxford: "It's very very disappointing. In 2015 you expect people to build houses with a decent broadband connection. They need to focus on getting it fixed rather than blaming each other."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A permanent fix to prevent a key road on the Oxfordshire border with Berkshire from flooding in the future has been delayed.

I'll have more on that at


Oxford bar assault

BBC Radio Oxford

A man has

fallen down a flight of stairs after being assaulted at a bar in Oxford.

The victim, a 36-year-old man, had got into a row with another man in Maxwell's Bar on Queen Street, just after 01:00 on Saturday morning.

He suffered a dislocated shoulder and broken shoulder bone, and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Bid to stop commuters streets parking

Banbury Guardian

A campaign has been launched to

tackle the problem of selfish commuters using the streets of Grimsbury as a car park.

Compensation for delayed passengers

BBC Radio Oxford

One of the train operators affected by the

closure of the Banbury to Leamington Spa route because of a landslip has said they are "very disappointed" at such significant disruption.

Richard Gibson from

Cross Country Trains
told Howard Bentham that thousands of people would be inconvenienced.

He said: "It is a difficult thing to maintain the railway infrastructure, it's unfortunate when things like this happen, but our customers are entitled to compensation and we operate a no quibble scheme if our customers are delayed."


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Flood road delay could hit funding

Stephen Stafford

BBC News Online

Delays in plans to raise the height of a flood-damaged road linking Oxfordshire and Berkshire

could affect its funding, a council has admitted.

Playhatch Road
Andrew smith

The B478 Playhatch Road in Sonning cracked and its embankments eroded when river levels rose early in 2014.

Oxfordshire County Council wants to raise the road as a long-term solution but said it was still working to meet Environment Agency criteria.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Criticism's being levelled at Network Rail for not improving the railway line between Banbury and Leamington, which has collapsed for a second time following a landslide.

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


Warning after two girls 'followed'

Witney Gazette

Parents of pupils at Wood Green School in Witney have been warned to be vigilant after

two girls said they were followed.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: The railway line between Banbury in Oxfordshire and Leamington Spa will be closed this week.

Harbury landslip
Network Rail

Passengers on Crosscountry routes from Southampton, Oxford, Reading and Bournemouth to the north are affected.

Rail replacement buses will add 90 minutes to some journey times.

Join Laura Trant for more on this and the rest of the region's top stories at


Church bells ring out for Churchill

Michael Stoddard

BBC News, Southampton

Church bells rung out in Oxfordshire to

mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's funeral.

Church bell-ringers

The wartime prime minister died on 24 January 1965 aged 90 and was buried six days later at St Martin's in Bladon, near his birthplace of Blenheim Palace.

A full peal was held on Saturday at his final resting place, to echo the one performed at his burial.

Barrier repairs

There is

one lane closed on the A4074 northbound in Oxford between Sandford On Thames and the Heyford Hill roundabout, because of barrier repairs.

Via Twitter

TVP Roads Policing

tweets: Final results for the national mobile phone campaign we have caught 422 drivers in Bucks Berks & Oxon in 7 days... very disappointing P4031

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Engineers are beginning work to assess a landslip which has closed the main train line between Oxfordshire and the Midlands.

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


City triumph over Tamworth

Michael Allen

Oxford City

Oxford City brought high flying Tamworth down to earth on Saturday, ending a 12 game winning run.

Oxford City vs Tamworth
Michael Allen

City took a deserved lead in the second half when recent signing Luke Coulson held off several challenges before firing in a cross that Adi Yussuf slotted home past the advancing James Belshaw in the Tamworth goal.

But within two minutes they were down to 10 men, when for the second Saturday running City keeper Santa de la Cruz saw red after being adjudged to have handled the ball outside of the area.

However, it was the visitors who lost their composure and failed to exploit the numerical advantage.

Benefits Street stars boost charity day

Banbury Guardian

A couple from Banbury

smashed their fundraising target at their fifth charity day in memory of their son, which featured appearances by stars from Benefits Street.

Man takes part in Ebola vaccine trial

Kate Wakefield

BBC News Cheddar

A man who has volunteered to be injected with a strain of the Ebola virus said it was

"nice" to be involved in finding a vaccine for the disease.

Neil Walker

Dr Neil Walker, from Gloucester, will have a course of injections as part of a trial at Oxford University.

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust scientist said the Ebola DNA had been engineered so it cannot replicate and was not infectious.

Inspirational Woman award

BBC Radio Oxford


national award has been given to a Southmoor woman for charity work she's done in Africa and this country.

Children playing outside at Nyumbani Children's Home in Kenya

Nancy Hunt set up the Nasio Trust and Exit 7 to provide education, food and healthcare to orphans living with HIV in Kenya.

She told

BBC Radio Oxford how she began after a visit to Africa: "I thought I will do something about this, I can't just walk away, so I told all my friends and family to just give me money because I've got 15 orphans to feed."

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

It's feared the main line between Oxfordshire and the Midlands may have to stay closed for longer than a week while engineers assess the safety of an embankment following a land slide.

Join me for all the headlines at


Chipping Norton Pool closed

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Chipping Norton News

@GLL_UK Chipping Norton pool is currently closed; seems to have had heating problems for several years. Any comment on what's going on?

Well, we decided to find out. I spoke to staff at the leisure centre who said that the facility was

closed for maintenance and they hoped to open the pool at some point later today.

Disease reducing mosquito 'not wanted'

BBC Radio Oxford

Genetically modified mosquitoes created by scientists in Oxfordshire, are being released in Brazil, the Caribbean and Panama to help reduce dengue and chikungunya diseases.

Getty Images

But plans by the company

Oxitec to release them in Florida Keys
has caused controversy - with
more than 140,000 people signing an
online petition to stop them being used.

Mila De Mier set up the petition and told

BBC Radio Oxford about her concerns: "We don't have a need for this. This place is paradise for everybody who lives here. We don't want to have this experiment here."

TVP complaints rise

The total number of complaints against Thames Valley Police rose 9% to 1,043 last year.

Thames Valley Police car

The Independent Police Complaints Commission

figures show one in every five complaints was upheld.

The IPCC said that the increase could be down to a widening of the definition of complaints that could be considered.

Deadline day develops

BBC Oxford Sport

tweets: #oufc Burton winger Alex MacDonald arrives at Kassam Stadium for medical with Ox Utd

Alex MacDonald