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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 February 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's it for today - thanks for using the service.

We will return from 08:00 on Wednesday with more news, sport, travel and weather.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Pupils are having to wear coats, hats and gloves in school - because their classrooms are too cold.

Rose Hill school

Poor insulation, broken windows and boiler problems mean children at Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford are being taught in temperatures below the minimum guidelines.

The school says it's being forced to "make do and mend" after missing out on government money to renovate the building - but parents, teachers and unions say it's simply not acceptable.

Join me for that and more at


Cloudy with frost for some

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Thick cloud should

stop the temperature falling too low as we head into the evening.

Bee Tucker

We could get some patchy frost in the countryside overnight, but most will see lows of 3C (37F).

Safe surfing with children

BBC Radio Oxford


Safer Internet Day, which promotes responsible use of online technology amongst children and young people.

Child with computer

Earlier on

Phil Gayle's show Maddie Moate,
a technology blogger from Witney, gave advice for parents concerned about how to support their children online.

She said: "If you notice that your child is suffering or acting differently then you want to investigate, but there are good internet practices, encouraging your children to be open about the way they use it, and establish that in the family."

School works 'could take weeks'

Oxfordshire County Council have said that work to fix the heating system of Rose Hill school in Oxford may not be completed until the end of half-term.

In a statement it said: "We are sorry for the obvious inconvenience and discomfort that on-going problems with the heating system have caused for pupils and staff at Rose Hill Primary School.

"Our engineers have been on site again this week and have identified a number of significant faults which they are working to correct. Unfortunately we can't guarantee to have these fixed before the end of the week but we hope to have the system running properly again at least by the time the children return from their half-term break."

Cold school 'totally unacceptable'

BBC Radio Oxford

Heating problems at a school in Oxford which is having to teach children in temperatures down to 10C should be sorted now, according to a local MP.

Rose Hill Primary School

Andrew Smith, the Labour MP for East Oxford told

BBC Radio Oxford's David Prever that the windows and roof needs to be replaced "as a priority".

He said: "I feel sorry for the poor kids sat there huddled in their coats and scarves trying to learn. In this day and age we shouldn't have children shivering in our classrooms."

Chief constable search begins

The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld, has

begun the recruitment for the next chief constable.

Sara Thornton
afp/Getty Images

Sara Thornton is

leaving the force at the end of March to take up the role as the chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council.

The closing date for applicants is Monday 2 March with interviews on Wednesday 11 March.

Jericho rejuvenation to be decided

Plans to redevelop Jericho's historic boatyard

could be given the go ahead later.

Jericho boatyard

The derelict site would feature a new community centre, housing, and a working boatyard.

Father Jonathan Beswick from St Barnabus Church, which will be part of the development, told

BBC Radio Oxford that hopes it will be given the thumbs up.

He said: "It's one of the few waterside sites left and if we can get this right it will really transform life for Jericho and the northern part of the city."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A post-mortem examination is taking place after a man was found dead in public toilets in South Oxfordshire.

Join me for the latest on this at


Tackling health

via Facebook

Oxfordshire County Council have posted a video on their

Facebook page of London Welsh players coaching some school children in a new partnership scheme:

Children playing rugby
Oxfordshire County Council

Here's a little video of pupils at Caldecott Primary School in Abingdon enjoying their physical activity session with London Welsh RFC this morning.

They've signed up to the Live Smart Tackle Heart programme. If your school wants to get involved contact

Clarke calls for consistency

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United are looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games against

Accrington Stanley tonight, who have lost their last five matches.

Ryan Clarke
Getty Images

Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke told me: "We can't take anything for granted, it's over to us now to make sure that we keep the run going. We can't keep saying we're going to turn a corner, we just got to do it."

There's full commentary from 19:00 on

BBC Radio Oxford 95.2FM.

A40 ring road lane closure

Al Ryan

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

From 17:00 to about 19:00

one lane will be closed eastbound on the A40 North Way between the Cutteslowe Roundabout and the B4150 exit at Marston for the emergency replacement of a collapsed manhole.

Window cleaner thief jailed

Oxford Mail

A window cleaner who

stole more than £10,000 worth of jewellery including a "treasured" engagement ring has been jailed.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The central heating that is broken at an Oxford school will not be fixed until at least Wednesday.

I'll have the latest on that at


What do you think?

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

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

Tell us what you think.

Historic shop closes to stay open

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

A department store in Oxfordshire is

battling to stay open by selling its top floor to developers.

St Mary's Street, Wallingford. 1905

Pettits of Wallingford, which opened in 1856, is one of the oldest stores in the town but financial losses has forced the family business to downsize.

The store will be closed from the end of March until December while its top floor is converted into nine flats.

Football assault

A 20-year-old man has been assaulted in Bicester while playing football in Pingle Field at 15:30 on Saturday 7 February.

There was an altercation on the pitch, and the victim was assaulted by another man.

He lost consciousness and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment.

He was later discharged and

police are appealing for information.

Collapsed manhole

One lane is closed on the

A40 North Way eastbound in Wolvercote between the Cutteslowe Roundabout and Marston, because of a collapsed manhole.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Be prepared for more congestion in central Oxford from Monday.

That's the warning from Oxford City Council as a major development of Frideswide Square gets underway.

Join me for the details at


Planning alert

West Oxfordshire District Council

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West Oxfordshire DC

Karate Champions come to Wantage

This weekend three karate ex-world champions (from Italy, Belgium and England) will be visiting Wantage & Vale Karate Club.

Along with members of the club, the champions will be teaching and training students.

Events take place from Friday 13 February and over the weekend. See the

club website for more information.

Firefighters praised for pub work

Wantage Herald

Villagers have praised the "fantastic" work of firemen who

saved their pub from being destroyed.

Cold school problems

BBC Radio Oxford

Teachers at a school in Oxford where the central heating's broken may have to teach the children in the cold for up to a week.

Rose Hill Primary School

The boiler broke at Rose Hill Primary School last Thursday and children have been having lessons in hats and coats.

Headteacher Sue Vermes told

BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham that the breakdown is the latest in a series of problems keeping the building warm.

She said: "Some of our families are struggling financially at the moment, struggling to keep their own homes warm and feed the children properly, so it seems particularly difficult to come into a school that doesn't seem to be valuing them."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A decision on removing a floor of controversial student flats overlooking Port Meadow in Oxford is being made.

I'll have more on that at


Wolvercote rail works meeting

Network Rail has

invited Wolvercote residents to attend a drop-in event to find out more about the upgrade work in their area on the railway line between Oxford and Bicester.

The work forms part of the

East West Rail scheme to introduce a new route between Oxford and London Marylebone.

The event will take place between 14:00 and 20:00 on Thursday 12 February at St. Peter's Church meeting rooms on First Turn Road in Wolvercote.

Constable sketch sold for £3.5m

Henley Standard

A painting sold by Lady Hambleden for £3,500 less than two years ago

fetched almost £3.5 million at auction after experts discovered it was the work of John Constable.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: A family is campaigning for a simple swab test to be given to mothers during pregnancy that they say would have saved their baby's life.

Thomas Cotton's parents

Thomas Cotton picked up Group B Streptococcus from his mother during birth, and could have been saved by antibiotics.

Join Tom Hepworth for the full story at


Students 'more important than dog walkers'

BBC Radio Oxford

The top floor of

Castle Mill student accommodation should not be removed, the president of
Oxford University Student Union has told
BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle.

Port Meadow

Louis Trup said: "It is more important to me, the welfare of people, than is the view of some dog walkers in north Oxford."

"It would take away rooms for 38 students, but also while the work is done over 300 people would be kicked out of those buildings, not just students but disabled students and students with families."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An investigation is underway after a body was found by firefighters in Faringdon.

I'll have the latest at


'Prolonged procedure'

BBC Radio Oxford

The bureaucratic process of applying for flood repair grants has put people off, according to the leader of Oxford City Council.

Abingdon Road flood
Mel holloway osman

Bob Price was speaking to

BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle as it emerged that only 31 applications have been submitted for a £5,000 grant despite 70 homes in Oxford being affected last year.

He said: "It requires a huge amount of evidence about what damage there was, what work you are going to do, then you have to get a quote from a builder, so there has been a lot of technical problems."

Sun and silhouettes

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The low sun at this time of year can lend itself to some striking images, as taken here in Abingdon by Becca Collacott.

Becca Collacott

If you have a photo you'd like to see on BBC Local Live,

send it in!

Arrest after Witney assault

Witney Gazette

A man has been arrested after a teen was

assaulted and knocked unconscious in Witney on Sunday.

Year round push for Oxford's tech firms

BBC Radio Oxford

After 16 years of bringing Oxfordshire's high tech businesses together in an annual event,

Venturefest is planning to offer year round help.

New executive chair Lynn Shepherd has taken charge and plans to make it more than just one networking event.

She told

BBC Radio Oxford: "We want to make it much more sustainable throughout the year, a series of events other than our July flagship one, to provide a platform to connect people."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An investigation is underway after a body was found by firefighters in Faringdon.

I'll have the latest at


Oxford's Frideswide Square roadworks 'disruption'

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

Motorists, residents and businesses have been warned to

expect disruption in Oxford city centre as roadworks get under way outside the railway station.

An artist's impressioon of how Frideswide Square will look
Oxfordshire County Council

Upgrade works at Frideswide Square will begin overnight on Monday, and are expected to end in December.

The work includes "significantly" reducing the amount of road space to create an "enhanced public space", the county council said.

Castle Mill flats vote


vote is taking place by Oxford University staff today, which could mean the top floor of the student flats overlooking Port Meadow is removed.

Castle Mill
Steve Daniels

A history professor has put forward a motion calling for the work, which if it gets passed will be binding.

Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch told

BBC Radio Oxford that he was ashamed what the university had done to Port Meadow.

He said: "It's very important to get rid of the top storey because it breaks the historic tree line of Port Meadow which every other modern development has preserved. This is a unique environment, 2,500 years of continuous use in the same way."

Van Morrison and Gregory Porter to play Blenheim

Legendary singers Van Morrison and Gregory Porter are the first artists announced on the bill of Blenheim Palace's summer

Nocturne concerts.

Van Morrison

The series of performances will be the first public concerts at the palace for 10 years.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The low take-up of flood repair grants in Oxford is due to the complicated application process, according to the leader of Oxford City Council.

Join me for more on that at


Drone break-in due in court

A man from Oxford is due in court today after security was breached at an RAF base.


Christopher Cole, 51, of Wilkins Road, together with three others, is charged with criminal damage and obstruction after a break-in at

RAF Waddlington in Lincolnshire on the 5 January.

The airbase is home to Britain's unmanned Reaper drones.