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  1. Updates on Tuesday 24 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 all for today's BBC Local Live.

We'll be back on Wednesday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

Evening TV

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: The electrification of the railway through the Thames Valley is running up to a year behind schedule, the BBC has learned.

Railway works

It has also seen costs increase by more than a £1bn. The first of a new fleet of electric trains is already on its way from a factory in Japan - but could now stand idle until 2018.

Join me at

18:30 for the full story.

Very wet night

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Weather

It's turning cloudy this evening with rain arriving from the west,

with some heavy showers.

Owain Wyn Evans

The rain will persist overnight and temperatures will fall to 3C (37F).

Thames' oldest weir automated

The oldest weir on the River Thames has been automated as part of a multi-million pound programme designed to reduce flooding.

Rushy Weir
Bruton Knowles

The work to Rushey Weir near Faringdon marked the completion of the project by

Bruton Knowles and the
Environment Agency to update water management systems on the river.

Rare animal numbers 'inaccurate'

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Flaws in the method commonly used to measure the numbers of rare wildlife may mean there are fewer animals than thought,

according to a new study.

Bengal tiger
Getty Images

Scientists from the University of Oxford, Indian Statistical Institute and Wildlife Conservation Society, suggest that recently reported 30% rise in tiger numbers may be false.

The index-calibration method counts numbers in a small area and then extrapolates the figures to larger regions, which the scientists say can be unreliable.

Fire strike advice

via Facebook

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service has posted advice on

Facebook in relation to a strike tomorrow:

Striking firefighters

"A 24 hour period of FBU industrial action starts at 7am tomorrow - Please take extra care and follow our top fire safety tips.

"1. Be prepared - make sure you have working smoke alarms and have a fire escape plan - ensure everyone in the household knows what to do

"2. Take care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended especially when cooking with hot oil - it can catch fire easily."

Archbishop presenting refugee project prizes

The Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend & Right Honourable Dr. John Sentamu, is in Oxford today presenting prizes for refugee self-reliance projects.

Dr John Sentamu

The three finalist teams will present their ideas to a panel chaired by Michael Buerk at Lady Margaret Hall.


Ockenden International Prize is worth $100,000 (£65,000) for the winner, with two runner-up receiving $25,000 (£16,000) each.

Your views

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.

Broken bus

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We're getting reports of a

broken down double-decker bus on the A40 westbound out of Oxford between Cassington and the Eynsham roundabout.

It's very heavy all the way on that stretch.

Campaign fuels food recycling rise

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Over 1,000 households in West Oxfordshire

signed up to food waste recycling after a district-wide awareness campaign over the festive period.

Food recycling

Recycling food waste saves the council money in landfill charges and produces electricity and a fertiliser.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

More than 350 new affordable homes are to be built in Barton thanks to a deal between developers and the city council.

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


Kassam from the clouds

NPAS Benson

@LondonWelshRFC Kassam stadium taken by Police Helicopter
@NPAS_Benson #NPASstadiumtour #p6572

Kassam Stadium
NPAS Benson

Piri Weepu leaving Exiles

Oxford Mail

New Zealand World Cup winner Piri Weepu

will quit London Welsh at the end of the season after signing a two-year deal at Top 14 French club Oyonnax.

Piri Weepu
Getty Images

Safe driving for students

via Facebook

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are offering on their

Facebook page to bring their road safety talk to schools in the county.

Choices and Consequences graphic
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

"Firefighters from Abingdon are presenting our Choices & Consequences road safety talk to pupils at St Helens and St Katherine's School this afternoon - Every choice has a consequence"

Spring is in the air

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

We're (hopefully) in the tail-end of winter and whilst heading out for lunch today was certainly bracing, I was struck by nature's turn to colour as the sun shines longer each day.


I'm sure you can do better than my hastily snapped scene, so why not send in your pictures to

Local Live.

'Unreserved apology'

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

A bowling alley

has apologised after a security guard refused entry to a group of women, claiming the place had a "no traveller" policy.


The six women, from the Redbridge Hollow travellers site, had turned up for a birthday party at Bowlplex in Oxford when they were asked to leave.

In a statement, Bowlplex said: "Bowlplex would like to apologise unreservedly to anyone that has been caused offence by these comments and re-iterate that no such policy exists."

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

After a security guard at an Oxford bowling alley turned travellers away from the venue - Bowlplex say they have no policy against them.

Join me for more on that and the other headlines at


Oxfordshire charity is model for rest of UK

Oxford Times

A Chalgrove-based charity which lends to business start-up is so good

it should be a model for others around the UK, according to a Government minister.

CCTV released after burglary

Images of a man that

Thames Valley Police would like to speak to in relation to a burglary in Eynsham have been released.

CCTV image

At 04:00 on Monday 23 February an offender smashed a window and then stole cigarettes before leaving the area on foot.

Carterton emergency services to combine

BBC Radio Oxford

The police, fire and ambulance services in Oxfordshire are to come under one roof in the county for the first time.

Fire engine, police van and ambulance

The new base planned for in Carterton will be called a "Community Safety Centre".

Oxfordshire's Assistant Chief Fire Officer Simon Furlong told

BBC Radio Oxford that it is a rational approach.

He said: "We attend the same kind of incidents so it's about the decision making and jointly prioritising tasks."

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxfordshire MP has told the House of Commons she won't give up until the government protects 16 and 17-year-olds from child sexual exploitation with new laws.

Join me for the full story at


Oxford to build hundreds more council homes

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

Oxford City Council is to add

354 new affordable homes to its social housing register at a cost of £47.9m.


The authority has signed an agreement with developers to fund affordable homes in a new planned neighbourhood in the Barton area, east of the city.

The new development will include 885 homes, a food store, primary school and community facilities, including a park.

Travellers discrimination 'routine'

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Discrimination towards travellers is so common it has become routine, according to a lawyer.

Margaret McDonagh, Rosanna Gallagher, Natasha Joyce

Martin Howe

told me that the
bowling alley refusing entry to a group of girls was not unusual: "It's become such a routine part of their lives, but some people stand up for it and it needs to be broken."

A34 partially blocked

The A34 in Weston-on-the-Green is

partially blocked northbound before Bicester, because of an accident involving a van.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

More than 350 new homes are to be built in Barton thanks to a deal between developers and the City Council.

I'll have more on that at


Advance warning

Chiltern Railways

tweets: Travelling on Sun 8, Sat 21 or Sun 22 March? We have engineering works on our line.

Under clear blue skies

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

It looks like a bright cold winter's day for most of Oxfordshire, very similar to the one pictures by George Pulford in our banner image today.

Christ Church meadow
George Pulford

If you've got a photo of somewhere as picturesque Christ Church Meadow, why not send it in to

Local Live, or have a look at Charles' other photos on

Coming up

BBC South Today

Firefighters across the south are learning new procedures for tackling fires in high rise tower blocks.

Get that and the rest of the region's news

at 13:30 on BBC One.

Field finders

Playing fields in Bicester, Bloxham and Burford dating back to the 1920s, are at the centre of a search by a national charity.

Playing field


Carnegie UK Trust wants the public to help them to find them, so they can be protected from developers.

The organisation says they are not sure where the grounds are, or if they still exist.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's an appeal for witnesses to a stab attack in Bicester, Thames Valley Police are describing it as an "isolated incident".

Get more on that with me

at 13:00.

'No anti-travellers policy'

An investigation has been launched by a bowling alley in Oxford that refused entry to a group of travellers.

Bowlplex Ltd has apologised and issued a statement in relation to the incident, which was captured in a

mobile phone video.

They said: "During that process one of the security staff involved made claims regarding Bowlplex company policy - these were completely incorrect and are now the subject of a full investigation by the third party company that are contracted to provide these team members."

Heating oil heists

A series of heating oil thefts have prompted

Thames Valley Police to appeal for witnesses in relation to the crimes.

Six homes were targeted in the space of 24 hours , as Keiron Tourish reports

Officers are investigating 17 offences in the Banbury and Bicester rural areas since October 2014.

Fuel was taken from residents' oil tanks in all of the incidents.

Bicester man stabbed

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A 21-year-old man

has been stabbed while walking along an alleyway off Blake Road in Bicester.

Two men approached him shortly before 19:30 on Friday evening and one of them stabbed him in a shoulder.

The victim was treated at the John Radcliffe hospital were he was given stitches.

Travellers bowling incident: Your views

via Facebook

You've been giving your thoughts on the bowling centre that refused entry to a group of travellers.

Kimberley Gann

wrote: If it's a certain individual just ban them not the whole lot. I don't believe that all are the same.

Andrew Henderson

posted: The security staff were probably just trying to head off any problems before they started, having already had recent experience of the same thing. That's their job.

Leah Bernardo-Ciddio

said: So if they had like, a rowdy group of men in there who caused trouble once, would they ban all men from the bowling alley?

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An apology's been made by Oxford Bowlplex, after a group of Irish travellers were turned away from a bowling alley in the city.

Join me for all the headlines at


Temperature fix 'temporary'

BBC Radio Oxford

Classrooms are back up to the proper temperature at an Oxford school, where the heating was broken for weeks.

Children in classroom

Headteacher, Sue Vermes told

BBC Radio Oxford that the long term problems had not been fixed though.

She said: "The fabric of the building makes it difficult to keep the structure warm enough, which is why the boiler failed in the first place."

Chipping Norton closure

The A361 in Chipping Norton is

closed in both directions at the B4450 West Street junction, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

Two hospitalised after collision

Two people have been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after a crash in Shillingford.

It happened just before 07:00 on the A4074 and involved a car and a van.

The road remains

partially blocked.

Travellers denied entry to bowling alley

A group of Irish travellers from Oxford have said they were publicly humiliated after they were refused entry to an Oxford bowling alley after security said they had a "no travellers policy".

Bowling alley security

The incident on Friday night was filmed by the girls on their mobile phones and is on the BBC Oxford

Facebook page.

Natasha was one of the girls involved and told BBC Radio Oxford: "I felt upset and we were victimised. I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

After a group of Irish travellers were refused entry to a bowling alley in Oxford by security staff - Bowlplex has apologised for comments made to the girls.

Join me for the full story at