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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 February 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday.

Evening TV

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: The cost of childcare in our area is among the most expensive in the country and reaching record levels.

Child at a nursery

That's according to new research by The Family and Childcare Trust.

It shows families here are paying more than £7,000 a year for a part-time nursery place, for a child under two.

Join me for that and the other top stories at


Rain easing overnight

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Weather

Heavy rain will persist this evening,

eventually clearing overnight.

Owain Wyn Evans

The winds will also lighten and temperatures will fall to 3C (37F).

Wallingford men held

Wallingford Herald

Two Iranian men have been arrested on

suspicion of immigration offences.

'Childcare support increased'

BBC Radio Oxford

The rising cost of childcare is being tackled by the government, the minster responsible has

told BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle.

Child at a playgroup
Getty Images

Sam Gyimah said: "We've increased how much we're spending on childcare from £2bn to £3bn even though there's been a lot of austerity in other departments because we recognise how important this is for working families."

Baldry bowled over by Banbury phone box book row

Local MP Sir Tony Baldry has expressed his lack of understanding as to why BT would ask the organisers of a library in a phone box to

remove the books.

Phone box library

He said: "Sometimes I have to check that I am not losing a sense of perspective but I am somewhat at a loss to understand how a few books in a telephone booth can be a health and safety issue.

"I don't actually think people are queuing up there to make telephone calls and I would be amazed if any telephone user had felt threatened by a few books or whether the Health & Safety Executive would deem a few books in a telephone box unsafe!"

Bicester loses out on MoD base

Jerry Chester

BBC News, North West

A new army logistics centre

is to be built in Shropshire rather than Bicester, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced.

MoD Donnington

The base will be built next to the existing MoD Donnington facility, in Telford.

It was hoped 200 new jobs would have been created.

Banbury phone box goes international


tweets: Bibliocabina de Maschwitz in Argentina Support PhoneBookLibrary fom Bambury. A big hug! #SaveOurPhoneboxLibrary

Phone box library

Police seek suspected arsonists

BBC Radio Oxford

Arsonists who

set fire to 2,000 hay bales in West Oxfordshire are being hunted by police.

Minster Lovell hay fire

Police say a firework may have been used to start the fire at Bushey Ground in Minster Lovell late Tuesday afternoon.


appealing to anyone who saw what happened to come forward.

Campsfield deferred decision welcomed

A decision on the expansion of

Camspfield House detention centre in Kidlington has been deferred

Campsfield House

Councillors have decided more time is needed on the Home Office plans for more accommodation.

Liz Peretz from the

Close Campsfield Campaign told
BBC Radio Oxford that she was pleased by the development.

She said: "Very happy that it is delayed - which means it is more likely to be thrown out."

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A decision on whether to expand Camspfield House detention centre in Kidlington has been deferred.

I'll have all the details at


BT willing to 'open new chapter in phone box saga'

BBC Radio Oxford

BT have responded to criticism of their

request for a small library to be removed from one of their phone boxes.

Banbury phone box notices

BT spokesman Graham Taylor said: "We have opened libraries in phone boxes across the country with the co-operation of parish councils, local authorities and charities. In all 2,400 boxes have been adopted for £1 for all sorts of uses - book exchange, heart defibrillators, libraries, map sales, and an ale house.

"This is a page turner because the flimsy, Heath Robinson shelf was put into a phone box that is very well used. Unfortunately no one asked to use it for books. We then had a complaint about the wobbly shelving from a Banbury resident and we can't just ignore it.

"If people want to adopt a phone box in Banbury please contact us at: and we will see if we can open a new chapter in this running saga and book worms in Banbury can review the situation and plot a new course for a library."

You can hear his interview with

BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham here.

Phone box row: Your tweets

Here's a selection of your views on the

row over the Banbury phone box library:

Laura Wood

tweets: There are so few examples of community spirit these days and now BT wants to destroy this one! Shame on them!

Iain Ritson

tweets: It's not BTs fault it's society we live in now. If someone was injured using the phonebox it would be BTs responsibility.

Feckless Codpiece

tweets: Far from being a safety hazard I have escaped many dangers by entering another world through books

Drugs raid

Thames Valley Police Bicester

tweets: A male was arrested following a drugs warrant in Pontefract Rd on 18/2 #KnockKnock #WeBroughtOurOwnKey #P6826

Bicester police raid

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Plans to expand Campsfield House immigration removal centre are being debated around now.

I'll have more on that and the other headlines at


Big Feastival to be bigger

Witney Gazette

A music and food festival organised by chef Jamie Oliver and rock star Alex James

could run later into the night.

'I feel safe'

Victoria Cook

Reporter, BBC South Today

After the controversial

order by BT to remove a miniature library installed in one of their phone boxes in Banbury, I went to have a look.

Victoria Cooke in phone box

I've never seen anything like it before, it doesn't seem to be precariously balanced. I feel safe, it's a sweet idea.

Sustainable pub nomination

Henley Standard

A Shiplake Row restaurant with an environmentally friendly ethos has been

shortlisted for an award.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A decision to expand a Ministry of Defence base elsewhere will not mean the end of jobs in Bicester, according to MP Tony Baldry.

A Defence Fulfilment Centre is to be built next to the existing MOD site at Donnington, despite calls for Bicester to be chosen instead.

Join me for more on that at



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A40 blocked

The A40 in Witney is

partially blocked westbound before Witney Town Centre, because of a broken down petrol tanker.

Giorgio Rasulo joins Oxford United on loan from MK Dons

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United have

signed MK Don's attacking midfielder Giorgio Rasulo on loan until the end of the season.

Giorgio Rasulo

The 18-year-old is from Banbury and has made 10 senior appearances for MK.

He told

BBC Radio Oxford: "It's a really good club, I'm here to get some game time because obviously it's difficult at MK. I'm really looking forward to getting going."

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The A34 northbound won't be fully reopened until 22:00 - causing severe disruption for drivers travelling into Oxfordshire.

I'll have all the details at


Phonebox library: Your views

You have been giving your thoughts on news that users of an anonymously installed library in a phone box say they have been asked by BT to remove the books in case someone gets hurt.

Helen Williams

wrote on Facebook: Public liability and that - if its a working unit, then I get it. A shame of course.

Paul Barlow-Heal

posted: Speechless!

Allan Jordan

wrote: An idiotic idea in the first place. Next news story will be, "Should children be able to obtain inappropriate books from local phone box?"

Join the debate on

Facebook or

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Plans to expand an immigration removal centre in Oxfordshire will be decided later.

Campsfield House immigration removal centre

The Home Office wants to put more detainees in Campsfield House in Kidlington and has applied for planning permission to build more accommodation.

Join us for more on that at


Phonebox library 'loved by community'

BT has

ordered the removal of a miniature library setup in a phone box in Banbury, to the disappointment of those who use it.

BT phone box notice
Natalia Lovat

Natalia Earney told BBC Oxford that: "The founder of the phone box is and will remain anonymous, but I am happy to speak on their behalf. It was set up to make use of what is anunused phone box, we don't really use them any more.

"It is something that spreads some love and joy, give a little love and it all comes back to you! The community love it and have really got involved in borrowing books and putting in new books. I have been involved with making some new shelves when someone had stolen then back in September."

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

I'll have the latest on the A34 at


A34 closure extended

The A34 northbound will not be fully reopened until 22:00 tonight,

according to the Highways Agency.

One lane may be clear by around 17:00.

A34 car transporter

A car transporter

overturned around 08:15 this morning between the M4 Chieveley and East Ilsley.

Lane two of the southbound carriageway has also been blocked.

Bjork to enter the Wilderness

Bjork has been confirmed to headline

Wilderness Festival, which takes place from August 6 to 9 at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire.

Record Company

The Icelandic singer will follow the release of new album Vulnicura with a headline set on the Friday of the festival.

Organisers confirmed today that Ben Howard and George Clinton will also appear as headliners.

Five-year freeze

BBC Radio Oxford

Council tax is set to be frozen for the fifth year in a row in

West Oxfordshire.

Council tax bill

Next year's budget has been recommended for approval and the full council meeting next week.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The A34 northbound is expected to partly reopen by early this afternoon after a car transporter overturned between the M4 at Chieveley and the East Ilsley.

I'll have the latest at


Childcare costs review urged

The cost of childcare in Oxfordshire is higher than the average for the South East.

Children at nursery

Figures from the Family and Childcare Trust show putting a child under two in nursery for three days a week here costs almost £7,200 a year.

Last year, the trust revealed many parents were spending more on childcare than their mortgage.

The trust has

urged all political parties to join forces to review the UK's childcare system.

Childcare costs: Your views

via Facebook

The cost of nursery care in Oxfordshire has risen 22% in three years, and families are spending on average almost £7,200 per year for 25 hours of childcare a week. Can we make it more affordable? You've been giving your views:

Julie Gage

posted: I don't understand why children have to go to nursery when they hit 3 years of age. Don't parents realise what they are missing not bringing up their children for at least another year.

Geoff Smith

wrote: My wife wanted to look after them and not work so I worked as much overtime as I could to make ends meet. Our children, our choice, our responsibility. You choose, you pay.

Rosie Wilkins

said: My daughter goes to nursery full time so I can work and earn money to pay the mortgage, put food on the table and heat our house.

Working mothers 'good for economy'

BBC Radio Oxford

Families should receive more help to pay for childcare to allow parents to return to work, one mother has told

BBC Radio Oxford.

Child writing
Getty Images

Catherine Warrilow from Abingdon spends £900 a month on childcare for her son, and

told BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle that tax breaks or allowances would help mothers who work.

She said: "I run a small business, employing people and contributing to our economy and I think we need a break."

Banbury phone box library 'ordered by BT to close'

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Residents using a red phone box as a library say they have been

asked by BT to remove the books in case someone gets hurt.

Phone box in South Bar
Basher Eyre

About 50 books are available to borrow from the working phone booth in South Bar, Banbury, Oxfordshire.

But a notice written on BT headed paper says the company is "concerned the books and shelving could cause injury if they were to fall". A deadline of 3 March has been set for their removal.

A34 closed until 'early afternoon'

The Highways agency has said that the A34 will be closed northbound until early this afternoon.

A34 accident

Paul McWilliam told

BBC Radio Oxford that: "I'm hopeful by early afternoon we will have the vehicles recovered. It will then just be to repair the barrier and I'm confident that we will have one lane in each direction open by early afternoon if not fully open by this evening."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's major traffic disruption heading into Oxfordshire as the A34 has been closed northbound.

I'll have more on that at


Concerns over council rent increases

Oxford Times

Council tenants are to be hit by an average

rent hike of nearly £190 a year.

A34 to be 'closed until 13:00'

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

The Highways Agency has said that the A34 was

not expected to reopen until about 13:00 after a car transporter overturned.

A34 accident
Simon Nash

Police have shut the road northbound from the M4 at Chieveley. One lane of the southbound carriageway has also been closed.

The lorry crashed on the northbound carriageway near East Ilsley, shortly before 08:30.