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  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 February 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Dave Gilyeat

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for BBC Local Live in Oxfordshire for today.

The service returns at 08:00 on Thursday. In the meantime you can get in touch with us

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Tonight's TV

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford


South Today this evening: The contractors responsible for the heating at a school in East Oxford have admitted they may not have the problem resolved until after the half term break.

Children at Rose Hill Primary wearing coats because of lack of heating

Children at Rose Hill Primary have been attending lessons in hats, coats and gloves because their classrooms are too cold. The heating system broke down last Thursday.

That and more on BBC One from 18:30.

'Large amount of cloud'

Alexis Green

Weather presenter, BBC South Today

Tonight will be like last night, cloudy but mainly dry with lows of about 3C (37F).

The large amount of cloud should help prevent frost and fog patches from forming.

Jayden remembered

Oxford Mail

A memorial garden for murdered Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson planned to open by the end of the month

will reflect her "vibrancy and energy".

Sports headlines

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Defender Joe Skarz insists

Oxford United must put the disappointment of a
controversial defeat to Accrington behind them and not let it affect their preparations for a tough game away at Burton.

The U's development squad won 1-0 today at Birmingham City thanks to a goal from Will Hoskins, and United have appointed Sky Sports presenter

Dave Jones as a non-executive director.

'Think outside the box'

via Facebook

Our readers continue to be envious of the Marvel decor in Andrew Timbs' Wootton townhouse.

Daniel Emlyn-Jones

says: Great! Think outside the box! Break those conventions!

Lisa Langford

says: Wow I need this in my life !! My boys would be over the moon !! Help !!! How would I achieve this !!

Andrew Timbs painting The Hulk
Andrew timbs

Sarah Hendy

says: That's awesome! I know a little boy who would like this!

'Allegations are lies'

Victoria Cook

Reporter, BBC South Today

Ahmed Hassan-Sule, who is 20 and from Glyndebourne Gardens in Banbury, was the first to give evidence for the defence

as part of a child sex exploitation trial.

He's charged with 13 counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of assault by penetration.

He told the court that he didn't ever wish to sleep with girls under 16, and that it wasn't his thing.

He told the court about his bubbly personality and his charity work, and insisted that many of the allegations were lies.

Emergency repairs

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On the M40 northbound one lane is closed with delays of 10 minutes due to emergency repairs between junction 1A at the M25 and junction two for Beaconsfield.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man from Banbury has told Oxford Crown Court that he didn't know a girl he had sex with was 15.

Ahmed Hassan-Sule, 20, is one of

seven men facing trial for sexual offences against vulnerable underage girls.

On air

David Prever

Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On tonight's show Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, tells me how the recruitment will work

for a new chief constable.

We'll look at Ed Miliband's recent accusation that David Cameron is a "

dodgy prime minister surrounded by dodgy donors".

And we hear from the writer of a report that calls for the number of food banks to be cut in half.

Listen in on

BBC Radio Oxford until 19:00.

Secret door

Refurbishment works are almost complete on a 15th Century listed building in Chipping Norton.

Foreman Roger Compton working on The Guildhall

The Guildhall, now home to

West Oxfordshire District Council, has had its rotting wood and crumbling concrete replaced, and several original stone bricks unearthed.

A "hidden" entrance was also discovered, as well as a beam set into a wall, and a section of red bricks amongst the stone.

Banbury seniors beat Oxford

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Banbury United are through to the semi-final of the

Oxfordshire Senior Cup after a late goal gave them a 2-1 win over Oxford City at the Spencer Stadium.

'Busy but moving'

The A40 London Road in Oxford is busy but moving

around Thornhill Park And Ride.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police are linking three incidents of indecent exposure in Kidlington which took place over the last three weeks.

I'll have more on this at 16:00.

Quantum of Palace

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Could Daniel Craig be sitting back with a warm mug of coffee inside this luxury trailer?

After all, rumour has it that new James Bond film Spectre

is filming in Blenheim Palace.

Caravan on James Bond set

Perhaps the gothic architecture - also seen in films such as Hamlet, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Gulliver's Travels - is doubling for Rome, one of the locations lined up for the 24th 007 adventure.

Cash for schools

Witney Gazette

Headteachers have welcomed a government cash reward for using pupil premiums to

boost results of disadvantaged pupils.


Jamie Ryan

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

Andrew Timbs has been telling Howard Bentham about his decision to paint Marvel characters on a wall in his three-storey town house in Wootton, near Abingdon. The task took him 120 hours over a period of four months.

"I've always wanted a dedicated film room… and I thought I should paint the wall.

Thor and Loki
Andrew timbs

"My wife agreed to it and we went ahead and started painting.

"Our favourite character is Loki who's a baddy. We thought we've got to have a baddy in there."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A 22-year-old has been arrested after a man was seen wielding a large kitchen knife and a crowbar in Banbury.

More headlines at 15:00.

Flooding repairs

via Facebook

Thames Water is spending £6m replacing a pipe, first installed in 1957, that burst and flood homes in Cowley in September.

Kate Villiers

writes: I feel so sorry for those who have been flooded. I hope the work is completed and they get their homes back soon.

Tracy Pearson

adds: About time!

On it like a Rob Bonnet

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

I've been speaking to Rob Bonnet, one of the best known voices in sports broadcasting.

Rob, who is from near Thame and has interviewed everyone from Pele to Oscar Pistorius, came in to offer inspiration for the

BBC Radio Oxfordshire Young Sport Reporter competition.

Rob Bonnet and Howard Bentham

"Try to avoid cliches," he advised "Convey enthusiasm, convey passion, use good observation, and don't overtalk."

Abbey fishponds under new management

Oxford Mail


charity has taken over the management of a small nature reserve in Abingdon.

Outstanding in their field

Roving reporter Lilley Mitchell

tweets: @EastHendredAFC1's top goal-scorer & Steve Maulsford: award-winning groundsman, chairman, barman, kit washer...

Lilley Mitchell and East Hendred's top scorer

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An arrest has been made after a man ran towards a driver in Banbury, with a large kitchen knife and a crow bar.

More headlines at 14:00.

Painters assemble

via Facebook

Thanks for letting us know what you think of Andrew Timbs' superheroic living room, featuring a whole host of Marvel characters.

Darren Grant

says: Looks like a kids room to me but if that is what he likes good on him. The neutral colours thing only really applies when it comes to time to sell.

Andrew Timbs painting wall
Andrew Timbs

Ami Lewis

says: This is amazing! Next thing they'll be having is Percy pig in their sons room.

Pedro Almeida

says: Looking great. Would love to have one room like that.

Lunchtime TV

Tom Hepworth

BBC South


South Today this lunchtime: The custody facilities at courts have been criticised by the Chief Inspector of Prisons.

A report out today says there were "serious shortcomings" in the way people were treated while being held at court.

'Insanitary' custody facilities

Some facilities in Surrey and Sussex were overcrowded and insanitary. More on BBC One at 13:30.

'Requires considerable leadership'

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Applicants have until 2 March to apply for the

Thames Valley chief constable post, with interviews on 11 March.

Police and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said: "

Thames Valley Police is the largest non-metropolitan police force in England and Wales, and covers a highly diverse area composed of both major towns and cities and large areas of countryside.

"It will require considerable leadership, innovation and resource management skills to take Thames Valley Police through this period of challenge without a drop in performance."

Castle Mill: Academics vote 'no'

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

Plans to remove the top floor of student flats near a beauty spot

have been rejected by senior academics.

The £21.5m Castle Mill student accommodation, at Port Meadow, was granted planning permission in 2011 by Oxford City Council.

Castle Mill (aerial shot) with flats in red
dave price

Campaigners say the buildings, which house more than 300 postgraduate students, are "a mistake" and have ruined the magic of Oxford's skyline.

The university's "congregation" rejected a motion to lower the buildings.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Grammy Award-winning American Jazz vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter will be performing along with Van Morrison for the opening night of Nocturne, a new music concert at Blenheim Palace.

They will be taking to the stage at the palace on 25 June.

More headlines at 13:00.

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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.

Chief constable wanted

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Thames Valley Police is on the look out for a new chief constable.

The successful candidate, according to the job advertisement on the

Police and Crime Commissioner's website, will be "motivated" and "experienced", and embrace "diversity, equality and respect for human rights".

Happily, they will also work to reduce "disorder, crime and fear of crime".

Sara Thornton
AFP/Getty Images

The current Chief Constable Sara Thornton (pictured) leaves her post at the end of March.

'Super' superhero wall

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Andrew Timbs has sent us a picture of his lounge in Wootton.

Marvel wall
Andrew timbs

No neutral colours and magnolia paint here. It's (l-r) Thor, Loki, Captain America, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk.

But what do you think? Is it marvellous?

Let us know.

Roads clear

After many problems this morning, the roads in Oxford now look clear. For the latest,

check out the BBC Travel site.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A gas leak on a main road into Oxford has been repaired.

A member of the public alerted

Southern Gas Networks to a smell of gas on Banbury Road last Thursday.

More headlines at 12:00.

Memorial for Connor

Banbury Cake

Friends and family of murdered teenager Connor Tremble will hold a

remembrance service on Friday, a year after his death.

'Eco-town' progressing

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

The first homes at a new "eco-town" are set to be completed in late summer,

the developer has said.

Construction work at NW Bicester site

A2Dominion's construction of the first phase of the NW Bicester development, known as the Exemplar,
began in April.

Consultation on a document that will guide the layout of 6,000 planned homes at the site runs until 20 February.

A total of 393 initial homes are due to be completed within four-and-a-half years.

Southern Bypass slow

There's still very slow traffic on the A423 Southern Bypass in Oxford between the Hinksey Hill Interchange and Kennington Roundabout.

Irene has emailed BBC Local Live to say: "Traffic tailing back past my house at the top of Hinksey Hill.

"It's very slow... will have to cycle to station!"

Flood-hit road's £6m repairs

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

A water pipe that has burst twice, flooding homes in Oxford,

is to be replaced.

Normandy Crescent near Cowley

Thames Water has said it will replace 2km (1.2 miles) of water pipe running through Normandy Crescent, Cowley.

Out of 23 properties affected, 13 families are still in temporary accommodation following flooding caused when the pipe burst on 23 September.

The firm said £6m would be spent replacing the pipe, which was installed in 1957.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Broken central heating at a school in Oxford is unlikely to be fixed before the end of the week,

Oxfordshire County Council says.

Pupils at Rose Hill Primary are being taught in coats, hats and gloves because their classrooms are so cold.

More with me at 11:00.

Marvellous wall

Oxford Times

A Wootton artist has decorated his living room

with Marvel superheroes.