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  1. Updates on Friday 20 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Andrew Humphrey

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Thanks for joining us today - the service has now finished for the week and will return at 08:00 on Monday.

Evening TV

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: A BBC investigation has revealed that hundreds of diabetics in Oxfordshire are being fined for getting free insulin because they don't have the correct paperwork.

Finger prick blood test

The NHS says that in order to qualify for free prescriptions you must have a valid exemption certificate.

But people diagnosed with diabetes before the rule change have never been told they need it. Join me for that and more at


Wintry night to come

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

The winds will pick up this evening bringing in a few showers, mostly rain but we

may see some sleet or even snow over the higher ground.

Bee Tucker

A wintry night with rural spots seeing temperatures fall as lows as -1C (30F).

Phone box library donated

BBC Radio Oxford

A working phonebox in Banbury, which has been used as a mini-library, has been offered to the the Town Council for adoption.

Phone box library


had ordered the removal of the books amid fears people could be hurt by books falling from insecure shelving.

The company's spokesman Graham Taylor

told Howard Bentham: "There's far too much goodwill in Banbury and elsewhere for this not to happen, so let's do it."

Bicester firm builds success


prestigious award's been given to a building firm based in Bicester.

Sporn Construction has been honoured by the Federation of Master Builders at a ceremony in London.

The company was recognised for sensitive work to restore a Victorian villa in Oxford which had been part of the University.

Twenty years a stranger

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

This morning I met Jazz Shaban, who is from Chipping Norton and was separated from her mother and sister for 20 years when they moved back to the Middle East when Jazz was a year old.

Jazz Shaban and her sister
Jazz Shaban

She has recently written a book about her and her sister's life, one Christian and one Muslim, called "Road to Damascus".

She told me about when they were reunited: "She was shy, as was I. I can't say there was instant bonding, I was a doing it out of curiosity, and the bonding process didn't happen until successive meetings and me trying to grapple with a world that I felt I'd escaped but wanted to be part of as well because it was who I was."

You can listen back to our interview


News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

People in south Oxfordshire are to pay 3% less in council tax next year, in what the council says will be one of the biggest reductions in the country.

I'll have all the details at


Exiles ring the changes

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

London Welsh have made nine changes to their team for tomorrow's Premiership game

away at Gloucester.

Nic Reyonlds
Getty Images

Among the changes Elliot Kear is named at full back in place of Seb Jewell, with Alan Awcock coming into the side on the left wing. Will Robinson and Piri Weepu will form a new look partnership at half back.

BBC Radio Oxford has full online commentary on that game at Kingsholm via the

BBC Oxford website.

Revving up for a return to the school run

via Facebook

Oxfordshire County Council has posted some travel advice on its

Facebook page:

Traffic jam

Had a week off from the school run? Major roadworks are still taking place, especially on the A34 at Milton, so be prepared for longer journey times

Oxfordshire joining 'inefficient' payment scheme

Stephen Stafford

BBC News Online

Oxfordshire County Council is to join a public sector partnership with Hampshire County Council and police and fire services.

The integrated business centre in Winchester

Figures obtained by the BBC showed the number of delayed invoice payments from Hampshire County Council have

trebled under the new system, which is expected to save Oxfordshire £4m a year.

Hampshire council's leader Roy Perry told the BBC that the benefits were clear: "The very real economies that we have achieved, the great efficiencies that these methods have produced and low council tax."

Banbury phone box library can stay 'if adopted'

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

A phone box library which has been threatened with closure

can stay open, if someone takes responsibility for it and the phone is removed, BT has said.

Phone box in South Bar
Basher Eyre

Banbury Town Council says it will be happy to look after the upkeep but wants BT to keep the payphone in place.

Graham Taylor, a spokesman for BT, said: "Unfortunately we can't allow dual use of the phone boxes but... there are phone boxes nearby, 350 yards away."

Benson avoids NPAS cut

A police helicopter will stay at Oxfordshire's Benson base, despite a reduction across the country from 20 to 15 bases.

A Gwent Police helicopter


National Police Air Service says it's
changing how it responds to emergencies to make it more effective and save money.

M40 and A34 delays

There are

long delays on the M40 after an earlier four vehicle crash between junction nine and 10. Queues are stretching back 14 miles from junction 8a at the Oxford services

That has also caused huge tailbacks on the A34, which are running down to the Botley Interchange.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A new public sector partnership is still expected to be joined by Oxfordshire County Council, despite claims by Unite that it's "woefully inefficient".

Join me for all the headlines at


Oxfordshire flood alerts

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

A flood alert has been issued for the River Thame and Chalgrove Brook.


Environment Agency has reissued the alert status - as river levels rose after recent rainfall this week.

Shoplifting pair sought

CCTV images have been

released by Thames Valley Police of two men they would like to speak to after items were shoplifted in Banbury.

CCTV image

Watches, wallets and shirts were stolen from TK Maxx on Calthorpe Street at around 16:30 on Thursday 8 January.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A public sector partnership that Oxfordshire County Council is set to join later this year has been criticised by the union Unite.

I'll have the latest at


Free prescription fines: Your views

via Facebook

We've been asking your thoughts on the fines that people with life-long illnesses have been facing after claiming free prescriptions without the correct paperwork.

Darren Grant

said: Bureaucracy at its best, fine people who are vulnerable and unwell (hence their need for free prescriptions) and add to their problems with fines.

Paul Cox

wrote: This happened to my wife. Thankfully when we received the letter informing us of the payments that needed to be paid, we spoke to an understanding woman who waived the charges and arranged the issue of an exemption certificate.

Debbie Stewart

posted: How am I supposed to know when they change the law if they don't tell us? Very frustrated, and now short of £96.90.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman has been taken to hospital with neck and back injuries after a crash on the M40.

I'll have the latest at


Tesco pulls out of Marston pub plan

BBC Radio Oxford

A plan to turn an old pub in Marston into a Tesco Express has been abandoned.

Marston pub

The company blames its

recent poor performance for the decision.

Liberal Democrat City Councillor for Headington Hill Mohammed Altaf-Khan said people will be pleased with the outcome.

He said: "Local people think there are enough market shops around, so we're looking forward to having something to benefit the community."

M40 reopened

The Highways Agency

tweets: All lanes have reopened #M40 J9-J10 northbound following the earlier accident and delays are starting to ease thanks for your patience

Two lanes closed on M40

On the M40 northbound

two lanes have been closed between Junction 9 and Junction 10 after a multi-vehicle accident.

Queuing traffic is stretching back for seven miles.

M40 closed

Trevor Dolan, who was a passenger driving past, tweets:

@HA_Westmidlands accident M40 northbound a Bicester. Motorway currently closed.

M40 accident
Trevor Dolan

Get your kicks on big walk

via Facebook

Oxford United Women have said on their

Facebook page that they will be taking part in a charity walk:

Big Walk advert
Oxford United Women

"Nine of our first team players will join Saturday's Yellow Army Big Walk ‪#‎oufc‬

"Proceeds from the Big Walk 2 will be split between the Oxford United Youth and Community Sports Trust and Oxford Domestic Abuse Services."

M40 accident

The M40 is

blocked northbound between junction nine for Bicester and junction 10 for Brackley, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

It's close to the scene of a

major multivehicle crash last Saturday - which saw 33 vehicles collided, closing the road for eight hours.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A prominent English classical musician from Oxfordshire has been jailed for what the judge called "exceptionally serious" sex attacks on two schoolgirls and a young woman.

I'll have the full story at


CCTV image released in GBH inquiry

A CCTV image has been

released by Thames Valley Police of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a GBH in Oxford.

CCTV image

Assault happened at 01:00 on 31 January in Maxwell's Bar in Queen Street.

The 36-year-old victim was involved in an altercation and fell down the stairs, dislocating a shoulder and fracturing a shoulder bone.

The spires from South Park

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

If you're looking forward to Spring I can whet your appetite with this view of Oxford from South Park, with a greener vista than is currently present.


It was taken by Salvador Busquets, and you can see more of his photos on


Music teacher jailed for sex attacks

Daniel Coles

BBC News

An internationally renowned music teacher has been

jailed for 11 years for sex attacks on two schoolgirls and a young woman in the 1970s and 1980s.

Philip Pickett
City of London Police

Philip Pickett, 64, from Lyneham, near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, attacked the girls and woman in sound-proof practice rooms.

He carried out the assaults whilst he was a teacher at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The deferral of a decision on the major expansion of the Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre at Kidlington has been welcomed by campaigners.

Join me for more on that and the other top stories at


'Fines amnesty needed'

BBC Radio Oxford

There should be an amnesty on

fines handed to patients with life-long conditions for collecting free prescriptions without the correct exemption certificate, according to
Diabetes UK.


Chief Executive is Barbara Young

told BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle that there needed to be an amnesty on fines while transitional arrangements were made.

She said: "They're entitled to these drugs, they've done nothing wrong so we're saying there needs to be a much bigger programme of awareness for both the medical profession, the pharmacies and the patients."

The NHS said it was the "patient's own responsibility to check their entitlement".

A&E waits worsen

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Accident and Emergency performance in Oxfordshire has fallen in the latest weekly figures.

Hospital ward

Oxfordshire University Hospitals NHS Trust saw 87.9% treated or admitted within four hours last week, down from 91.2% the week before.

Across England

performance also dipped with 91.6% seen, down from 92.9%.

This stands below the 95% target, which has not been achieved on a weekly basis since September.

Campsfield House expansion decision delayed

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

A decision on whether to double the size of an immigration detention centre in Oxfordshire

has been delayed.

Campsfield House

Cherwell District Council voted to wait and take legal advice before deciding if Campsfield House near Kidlington should expand.

The application was for additional detainee accommodation, staff facilities, car parking, landscaping and internal fencing.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

More than a million diabetics could face fines by the NHS for claiming free prescriptions without the correct paperwork - a BBC Radio Oxford investigation can reveal.

I'll have the full story at


Exposures man e-fit

An e-fit likeness of a man

sought by Thames valley Police in connection with a series of exposures in Kidlington has been released.


The incidents took place on 29 and 30 January, and on 10 February. One of the victims was a 12-year-old girl.