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  1. Updates from Thursday 5 February 2015

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live for today, thanks for joining in the conversation.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: You may have seen films in the cinema in 3D - now there's a new dimension - with the arrival of 4D.


The first 4D cinema in the country has opened in Milton Keynes.

Audiences discovered it was more than just sitting back and and watching - it was a whole body experience.

Join me for that and more at


Freezing night to come

Dan Downs

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

The cloud will clear through the evening

leaving clear skies overnight.

Dan Downs

So there will be a widespread frost with temperatures down to -1C (30F).

Just one more thing...

Helen Catt

BBC Oxford Political Reporter


Oxford City Council channelling Columbo to increase recycling rates?

Recycle leaflet
Oxford City Council

Fine dining - more views

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Despite having a few Michelin starred restaurants in the vicinity, there are no establishments with the accolade in Oxford. I wanted to know your thoughts on how our culinary scene compared with London and some other big cities.

Jeremy Blanchard

tweets: We should have, of course Nut tree, Le Manoir do have. Would like something in the city though, Oxford deserves it

Malcolm Peedell

wrote on Facebook: I think this is all to do with economics. I doubt if there are enough people in the city and surrounding area to keep a place like that going unlike somewhere like London which would have a much larger client base.

Rob Gibbons

posted on Facebook: I think its more to do with having a closer relationship with the restaurants you know. In a small city like Oxford, you dont need to rely on M stars to know if food is excellent.

GBH man spared prison

Banbury Guardian

A man has been sentenced to

20 months' imprisonment, suspended for two years, for assault occasioning grievous bodily harm in Banbury town centre.

Ebola trial halted

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A clinical trial for an experimental antiviral treatment for Ebola - led by scientists from Oxford - has been stopped after the drug company involved pulled out.

Ebola virus

It follows a significant fall in new cases of the

virus in West Africa.

Dr Charlie Weller, from the

Wellcome Trust which funded the trial,
told me that has mixed feelings about the decision.

She said: "You can't be disappointed about the fact that the numbers of Ebola cases are reducing, and we need to work together globally to make sure there's no new cases of Ebola."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Chiltern railways says it will run more replacement services between Banbury, Leamington and Warwick to help passengers after a landslide closed the track.

Join me for all the headlines at


Protesters gather for Le Pen speech

Peter Cooke

Reporter, BBC South Today

Controversial leader of the right-wing French National Front party

Marine Le Pen is due to speak at the
Oxford Union this evening.

Marine Le Pen protesters

Protesters from Unite Against Fascism have already arrived but so have students who are queuing to see her.

Combating the cold

Oxfordshire County Council

tweets: Gritters will be out and about across Oxfordshire from 7pm. Here's some info about when, where & why we grit:

Arthur Rackham illustrations

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

Original books with drawings from an "iconic" illustrator

have gone on display to the public.

It was a golden afternoon from The Wind in the Willows
Bridgeman Image Library

Arthur Rackham's work is featured in an exhibition at the

River and Rowing Museum, in Henley-on-Thames, until 31 May.

The exhibition, entitled Through the Looking Glass: Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, has 15 original books on display, including A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, A Midsummer-Night's Dream and Hansel and Gretel.

CQC feedback 'taken seriously'

A care home that has been criticised by the

Care Quality Commission has said it will address the points raised.

Manor House Nursing Home in Main Street, Merton, was told it must make "urgent improvements".

In a statement, the home said: "We take all feedback from the CQC extremely seriously. We will continue to work with them to address the points raised and ensure that all residents receive the high quality care and support they expect and deserve."

Police helicopter base could close

Danny Shaw

Home affairs correspondent, BBC News

One-third of police helicopter bases in England and Wales, which includes Benson in Oxfordshire,

could be closed because of government funding cuts, the BBC has learned.

A Sussex Police helicopter
Getty Images

The National Police Air Service is considering plans to reduce the number of its bases from 20 to 15.

BreakingGary Glitter guilty


Gary Glitter

has been found guilty of historical sex abuse against young girls.

Gary Glitter

The 70-year-old former singer - real name is Paul Gadd and was born in Banbury - was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

Gadd, who denied all charges, was acquitted of three other counts.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There are to be more replacement trains and coaches to help shuttle passengers after a landslip closed the rail line between Banbury and Leamington Spa.

Join me for more on this at


Stay or Stray?

Men and women divide into two groups when it comes to sexual attitudes, with one more inclined to be promiscuous and the other more likely to be faithful,

an Oxford University study has found.

Couple on a bench

Unlike other species which tend to have a uniform mating strategy of promiscuity or partnership, both methods are employed by humans.

Dr Rafael Wlodarski said: "We observed what appears to be a cluster of males and a cluster of females who are more inclined to 'stay', with a separate cluster of males and females being more inclined to 'stray,' when it comes to sexual relationships."

U's re-sign of three

via Facebook

Oxford United Women have confirmed three players have re-signed for the club on their

Facebook page.

Gemma Simmonds, Rosie Lane and Laura Nichol
Oxford United Women

Gemma Simmonds, Rosie Lane and Laura Nichol all sign on for 2015! ‪#‎oufc‬

Caterham to hold auctions

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

The Caterham Formula One team are to

auction off its remaining assets, the administrator has confirmed.

Kamui Kobayashi in his Caterham F1 car

Finbarr O'Connell told me that the team would hold seven auctions in March and April but was still hopeful a deal to sell the team could be reached.

He said that there were two parties in discussions, but talks were "not advanced enough for my liking".


went into administration in October last year and administrators have been seeking buyers ever since.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxfordshire care home has been rated "inadequate" after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

I'll have the full story at


TV star to host home show

Henley Herald

Nick Knowles from BBC's DIY SOS,

is to MC the Home Decor Fashion Show at the Henley House and Garden Show on Saturday 28 February.

Nick Knowles

Yellow leaf road

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

With a risk of snow showers we may be more likely to see cycles blanketed in the white stuff than leaves today, but today's banner image taken by Niels Sampath, captures the ubiquitous bike on Oxford's streets.

Leafy Oxford streer
Niels Sampath

You can see more of his photos on

flickr and why not send in your own to
Local Live?

Lock keeper lookout


Environment Agency is asking for volunteers to help keep boating on the River Thames running smoothly.

A lock on the River Lee Navigation

Joining a team led by professional lock and weir keepers, volunteers will spend their days outdoors, helping boats through locks and gaining hands-on experience of lock keeping.

Passion for the river environment is essential but training and a uniform will be provided.

For more information

email or call 01491 828360.

What do you think?

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place.

We'd like to know what you think.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Urgent improvements must be made at an Oxfordshire care home following an inspection by the regulator the Care Quality Commission.

Join me for all the headlines at


Food fight - Your views

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Earlier I asked what you thought about the lack of Michelin starred restaurants in the city of Oxford, you've been letting me know:

Foie Gras

Positively Social

tweets: Plenty of amazing chefs in the county though! What about #AndrewHill
@redlionbritsal #gastropubchefoftheyear? #foodfight

Rosie Butler

tweets: We have some of the best pubs though!!! Who needs a Michelin star, eh?! :-)


tweets: Endless kabab shops that's it

Nursing home 'inadequate'

Manor House Nursing Home in Main Street, Merton, must make "urgent improvements" according to the

Care Quality Commission.

Care Quality Commission logo

During an unannounced visit in October, inspectors found the home was failing to provide care which was safe, effective, caring, responsive to people's needs or well led.

Overall, Manor House Nursing Home has been rated as "inadequate" and the report says improvement is required in several areas including recruiting more staff, putting in new working practices and better staff engagement with residents.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Figures from the Royal Mail show that in some parts of the South there's been an increase in dogs attacking postmen.


One postman in Poole has been bitten five times, once losing part of his finger.

The Royal Mail has put measures in place including dog awareness briefings and giving postmen posting sticks for protection.

Join Roger Finn at


News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A clinical trial for an experimental antiviral treatment for Ebola - led by scientists in Oxford - has been stopped after the drug company involved pulled out.

I'll have the details at


Tech jobs high

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The number of digital companies in Oxfordshire grew by 24% between 2010 and 2013, according to government analysis.

Artwork of computer keyboard

It found that nearly 22,000 people are working in digital jobs in the county.

Dave Fletcher is the chairman of

Digital Oxford, which represents industry locally,
told me it is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country.

He said: "We'd like to be identified as the top cluster in the UK, and I think we've got all the ingredients to do that."

Pint and a prayer

Witney Gazette

Churchgoers in Witney can now sup pints as they pray after a

community church set up home in a local pub.

MPs' background

Tom Moseley

Political reporter

The educational background of the House of Commons is

unlikely to change much after the election, a study suggests.

Houses of Parliament

The Sutton Trust education charity said 31% of new parliamentary candidates with a "reasonable chance of winning" on 7 May had been privately educated.

Some 55% of the candidates went to the leading Russell Group of universities, with 19% attending Oxford or Cambridge.

The figure is 33% in the current Parliament, and compares with 7% of the UK's population as a whole.

Bypass closed

The A420 Faringdon bypass is

closed in both directions between the Coxwell Road junction and the London Street junction for recovery work after an earlier accident involving a car and three lorries.

A diversion is in operation through Faringdon, or further afield for large lorries.

News on the hour

Alison Dawes

News editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Urgent improvements must be made at an Oxford care home following an inspection by the regulator the Care Quality Commission.

I'll have the details at


Putting the boot in

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This could be fun, or perhaps a tad depressing, but the BBC News website has created a

calculator to compare your salary with some of the best paid footballers in the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Getty Images

You can see how long it would take Cristiano Ronaldo to earn your weekly wage (probably a matter of minutes for the Real Madrid star), and how long it would take to earn his annual pay (several centuries for someone on average earnings).

Oh well, perhaps it's not too late to head down to the Kassam for a trial...

Schoolchildrens' best books

Banbury Cake

The shortlist for this year's

Oxfordshire Book Awards has been revealed, with 14 young authors vying for school pupils' votes in three categories.

'A different beast'

BBC Radio Oxford

Network Rail has been explaining why the

major landslip that closed the line at Harbury will take several weeks to sort out.

Harbury tunnel landslide

It has stopped all trains between Banbury and the Midlands.

Network Rail's Liam Sumpter told

BBC Radio Oxford that the collapse has complicated the work they'd already started to stabilise the embankment.

He said: "We now have to investigate what is currently happening with the embankment so we can re-stabilise it, because it is a different beast to what it was before the weekend."

News on the hour

Alison Dawes

News editor, BBC Radio Oxford

The scale of the

damage caused to South Oxfordshire District Council's offices in Crowmarsh Gifford by a huge fire three weeks ago may mean the authority never moves back there.

Join me fore more on that and the other headlines at


Warning for snow and ice

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Glancing out of the BBC Oxford office windows I can see some light snow falling, and the Met Office has issued a

Yellow Warning for snow and ice.

No stars

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

You may be surprised to know that there are no

Michelin-starred restaurants in Oxford.

UK's top five Michelin-starred cities

In the county we have the acclaimed

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons,
The Nut Tree and
The Sir Charles Napier, but the culinary clout of these country kitchens are not matched in the city.


BBC News' David Lumb has asked if there is a worthy restaurant scene outside of London, which dominates the Michelin list.

What do you think about our culinary choices? Send your thoughts to