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  1. Updates on Tuesday 3 February 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Wednesday

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That's all for today's BBC Local Live. Thanks for all the snow pictures today, keep them coming for the rest of the winter.

More snow for some

Holly Green

BBC Weather

We have the risk of some snow showers this evening,

with a cold night to come.

Holly Green

There will be a widespread frost and ice could be a hazard through the night.

Most of us will see lows of -1°C (30°F), but it could be colder in rural areas.

Coming up

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Network Rail has confirmed there's now likely to be weeks of disruption for passengers after a serious landslide on the London to Birmingham line.

Harbury tunnel

About 350,000 tonnes of earth slipped near Harbury in Warwickshire at the weekend, closing the route between Banbury and Leamington.

Join me for that and the other top stories at


Stone Age expert teaches contestants

Oxford Mail

A Botley Road resident put his skills to good use to

train the participants of new Channel 5 series 10,000 BC, which sees volunteers live like Stone Age people.

Hospital trust stubs out smoking

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has

announced it plans to go smoke free from 2 March across all its sites.

Man smoking

From that date, any patients, staff or visitors will be banned from smoking.

The trust said it was taking the step to bring them in line with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines.

'Royal bones' chests analysed

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

Six chests

thought to contain the remains of some of the early Royal Families of Wessex and England are being recorded and analysed.

Mortuary chests at Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral

The radiocarbon dating has been carried out by researchers at the University of Oxford.

The project is part of an initial assessment of Winchester Cathedral's Renaissance mortuary chests.

Snow no problem

RAF Benson

tweets: Did someone mention snow?
#TeamBenson made sure we are open for business as always!

Plane with snow

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The mother of a teenager who was murdered near Didcot screamed in court as a judge delivered a not guilty verdict to the man accused in trying to hide her body.

Join me for the full story at


World Cancer Day meeting

Oxford is marking

World Cancer Day tomorrow with a meeting at the Town Hall at 12:30.

Oxford Town Hall

The event is supported by

Cancer Research UK and local cancer charities.

People are invited to attend the meeting to find out more about the local support available to them and also how to support their local cancer charities.

Inspectors find care home 'inadequate'

BBC Radio Oxford

Inspectors from the

Care Quality Commission have identified serious concerns in a number of areas at
The Close Care Home in Burcot, which it rated as inadequate.

The Close Care Home, Burcot

Inspectors found staffing levels were not always sufficient to meet people's needs, and managers did not always respond appropriately to concerns when these were raised.

The care home said the findings were "not a fair reflection of the care provided at the home" and they had a plan in place to address all of the points raised.

Lorry driver's death an accident

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

A lorry driver's death in a crash as police slowed down traffic to remove a dead badger

was an accident, a coroner has ruled.

Fatal crash on a34

Jose Antonio Castro-Gonzalez, 61, died when the Budgens lorry he was driving hit another HGV on the A34 southbound carriageway near Marcham. Officers had shut the road to clear the animal carcass from the middle lane.

The inquest heard how a policeman heard the "screeching of brakes and the smell of burning rubber".

Landslip line faces further delays

Jennifer Scott

BBC News Online

A railway line closed by a landslip between Warwickshire and Oxfordshire is

expected to stay shut for several weeks, Network Rail has said.

Aerial view of the landslide
Dave Brassington

An estimated 350,000 tonnes of earth

slipped at Harbury Tunnel on Saturday, closing the Chiltern Line between Leamington Spa and Banbury.

It affects Chiltern services between London and the West Midlands.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A care home near Abingdon has been rated "inadequate" by the Care Quality Commission.

Join me for the full details at


Support for aspiring students

BBC Radio Oxford


learning centre in Blackbird Leys, run by Oxford University and children's educational charity Into University, is supporting hundreds of disadvantaged children in Oxford to help them go to university.

Christ Church Oxford

Director of undergraduate admissions at

Christ Church Oxford Samina Khan says Blackbird Leys was the obvious choice to set up the centre.


told Howard Bentham: "There are a number of schools there that work passionately with their young children and we wanted to support them in raising academic potential and attainment."

Wallingford in winter

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

We've received loads of brilliant pictures of Oxfordshire in the snow, you can look through many on our

Facebook page or on our
Twitter feed.

Wallingford Market Square
Dan Griffiths

I thought this was a particularly picturesque scene of Wallingford Market Square in the early hours of the morning, taken by Dan Griffiths.

Free bike-marking after thefts

Henley Standard

Police are helping Henley residents secure their bikes in

response to a spate of thefts in the town.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The rail line between Banbury and Leamington Spa will be closed for several weeks as the landslide by the track is still moving, Network Rail says.

Join me for all the headlines at


Ashdown pushing to play

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United have made the surprise signing of a goalkeeper this morning.

Jamie Ashdown

Former Reading and Portsmouth player Jamie Ashdown

has been given a contract until the end of the season and was able to sign after the transfer window closed last night as he wasn't registered to another club, having been released by Crawley in December.

He told me: "I'm ready, fit enough and it's just a matter of showing the manager in training."

Drunken text mistake goes viral

The Mirror

An Oxford man has become a

Twitter sensation after
sharing a drunken texting mistake.

Text message
Marcus Gray

Marcus Gray, 19, was out partying when he texted a friend to ask him if he was in town. When he later got home, he checked his texts and thought the message was for him, replying "Nah mate I'm home now".

His subsequent tweet revealing his mix-up has been retweeted over 11,000 times.

Snowball video views snowballing

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

A video of BBC South Today's political correspondent Peter Henley being snowballed live on air has been viewed thousands of times online.

Peter Henley hit with snowball

Peter was speaking to the BBC News Channel and didn't flinch as a young man hit him with the snowball.

You can see the clip


A34 lorry death accidental

Tom Turrell

Reporter, BBC South Today

An Oxford coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death in the case of a lorry driver who died in a crash on the A34 after police closed the road to remove a dead badger.

Jose Antonio Castro-Gonzalez, 61, died when his lorry hit another HGV on the southbound carriageway.

The crash happend

almost a year ago when officers shut the road to clear the dead animal from the middle lane.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Specialist engineers are currently assessing the large landslide near Harbury Tunnel, which will keep the railway line between Banbury and Leamington Spa shut for several weeks.

I'll have more on that from


Further snow warning

The Met Office has issued another

yellow warning for snow and ice for Oxfordshire from 18:00 this evening.

Snow covered bicycles

They said: "The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel. This warning has been updated to change it to a combined ice and snow warning.

"The start time has been brought forward to Tuesday evening and the end time brought forward to the middle of Wednesday."

Coming up

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Many of us woke up to a blanket of snow this morning.

South Park

Picturesque scenes across the region but it also caused travel problems, including miles of tailbacks on the A34 after vehicles collided on the slippery roads.

We'll have the latest at


Flying fair

BBC Radio Oxford


take turns to lead when flying in a V-formation to save energy, according to scientists at Oxford University.

Northern bald ibis

They discovered the birds worked in pairs, like a cycling peloton, allowing every ibis a much-needed rest.

Bernhard Voelkl

told Charles Nove the northern bald ibis were disciplined and fair in sharing the load.

He said: "We found birds matched the time they were flying in front and in the rear position quite accurately."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The rail line between Banbury and Leamington Spa will be closed for several weeks, according to Network Rail.

I'll have all the details at


Ashdown signs for U's

Oxford United FC

tweet: Warm welcome to goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown who has joined the U's until the end of the season

Jamie Ashdown

M40 overturned vehicle

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's an

overturned vehicle on the M40 northbound between Junction 3 at Loudwater and Junction 4 for High Wycombe.

The inside lane is closed, traffic is moving very slowly and there are lots of emergency service vehicles present.

Screams in court

Sinead Carroll

Reporter, BBC South Today

I've been in court for the verdict of Jake Blakeley and there were screams in the gallery as he was

found not guilty of preventing the lawful burial of Jayden Parkinson.

Jayden Parkinson

Jayden had been killed by Jake Blakeley's brother Ben, who was sentenced to life in prison in July last year.

Jake previously admitted perverting the course of justice and is due to be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court.

Campsfield House child processes 'poor'

BBC Radio Oxford

The Campsfield House immigration centre in Kidlington

detained three children in 2012 and 2013, the
HM Inspectorate of Prisons has found.

Campsfield House

The chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick told

BBC Radio Oxford that age assessments had failed and the children should have been looked after by social services.

He said: "Children, where there has been some dispute about their age, have been held and in some cases even where it has been suspected that they are a child, they have been detained nonetheless. I think those processes have been poor."

Overall the centre was found to be safe, and relationships between staff and detainees were deemed excellent.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man accused of preventing the lawful burial of murdered Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson has been found not guilty.

Jake Blakeley, 18, had denied the charge of preventing a lawful burial, but pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

He will be sentenced shortly.

Join me for more on this at


BreakingBreaking News

Jake Blakeley not guilty

A teenager has been cleared of preventing the lawful burial of murdered Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson by helping his brother bury her body.

Jake Blakeley

The 17-year-old's ex-boyfriend Ben Blakeley, 22, strangled her and buried her in his uncle's grave.

Jake Blakeley (pictured), 18, said he helped his brother dig a hole but had not realised it was to bury Jayden.

Inspection finds immigrant children detained

Three children were

detained at an immigration centre in Oxfordshire, an unannounced inspection has found.

Campsfield House

It said they were held at Campsfield House, Oxfordshire, in 2012 and 2013, despite a Government commitment to end the practice.

A Home Office spokesman said: "This Government has legislated to end the detention of children for immigration purposes in all but exceptional circumstances.

"But we have always been clear that there are certain situations where we may be forced to detain children temporarily. These may include border turnaround cases, or cases involving unaccompanied children, until alternative accommodation is arranged."

Mental health services praised

BBC Radio Oxford

An increase in the number of young people accessing mental health services in Oxfordshire has been welcomed by the Health Minister Norman Lamb.

Health Minister Norman Lamb

Figures obtained by BBC Radio Oxford show more than 11,300 under-18s accessed the service through Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in 2014.

Mr Lamb told

BBC Radio Oxford's Charles Nove: "I think it's very positive - if you catch a youngster straight away, you can often stop it in its tracks. I pay tribute to the services in Oxford for improving access in this way."

Had enough of the snow?

Combe Parish Council

tweets: We do have our bag of salt on the village green for residents of Combe to put on their paths/drives if needed

Combe village green
Combe Parish Council

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A care home near Abingdon has been rated "inadequate" by the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors identified serious concerns in a number of areas at The Close Care Home in Burcot.

I'll have more on that from


Travel troubles after difficult conditions

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


still awaiting recovery on the A34 southbound between the Milton and the Chiltern interchanges after a crash. Delays are running back to Abingdon North.

Also on the A34 Northbound between the Marcham interchange and Abingdon North, there is heavy traffic after a collision.

We've also had reports of a four vehicle collision on the A4329 at Little Milton High Street. The road is partially blocked.

Rise in young using mental health services

BBC Radio Oxford

Figures obtained by

BBC Radio Oxford show more than 11,300 under-18s accessed a mental health service through
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in 2014, a rise of 16% since 2012.

Boy covering his face

The clinical director for children and young people at the trust, Dr Wendy Woodhouse says she believes cuts to support through social care and education may have partly caused the rise.

She said: "We do know that other services have been cut back that traditionally have provided support services at a universal level for children and young people, and our experience is that that has increased referrals."