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  1. Updates from Thursday 26 February 2015

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from Local Live this evening, the service will be back from 08:00 on Friday

Evening TV

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: The extent of Sir Jimmy Savile's sexual abuse at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury has been revealed.

Jimmy Savile with Norman Fowler
Mike Stephens

There were 63 victims abused over 25 years, the youngest just eight years old, and despite 10 reports of abuse to staff, nothing was done to stop him.

Join me at


Cold clear night

Dan Downs

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

We'll have sunshine to end the day and it should be a

mostly dry evening.

Dan Downs

Clear skies mean it will be a cold night with a widespread frost and lows of 0C (32F).

Ex-wife claimed husband was a paedophile

Oxford Mail

An ex-wife launched a malicious campaign against her former husband

in which she claimed he was a paedophile, a court heard.

Education test for Oxford MPs

In the run-up to the general election, Oxfordshire NUT has organised an '

Education Question Time', chaired by BBC Oxford's very own Phil Gayle.

Andrew Smith and Nicola Blackwood

The panel will be asked about what they believe about education - and what they'll do about it in power.

Appearing will be MPs Andrew Smith and Nicola Blackwood, along with prospective parliamentary candidates Layla Moran and Ann Duncan.

The event is taking place at the Town Hall in Oxford from 19:30 until 21:30.

Oxford veteran honoured with concert

BBO Big Band is holding a special concert this evening to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, in memory of former member Peter Mayhew, from Headington, who died last November.

BBO Big Band
BBO Big Band

The trombonist was one of the founding members of the band and received support from the charity.

The concert is being held at the British Legion Club on Station Approach in Marlow.

Tickets are £6.

Cameron reveals 'perfect night in'

Pippa Simm

BBC News

David Cameron has given a

glimpse of his perfect night in during an interview with Woman & Home magazine.

David and Samantha Cameron
Getty Images

The prime minister said he would ideally spend it at his family home in Oxfordshire, and involve cooking and "watching a good detective drama on TV, or House of Cards".

In what has been described as a pitch to win over women voters, Mr Cameron described himself as "optimistic and fun" and praised his wife and children for supporting him.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A controversial decision to scrap Oxfordshire County Council's chief executive post is now "being reviewed".

I'll have all the details at


Traffic clearing

Things have improved on the roads since the

A34 reopened just after 15:00.

Congestion on the diversion routes has cleared and delays are easing on A4183 Oxford Road southbound in Abingdon, between the Twelve Acre Drive junction and Abingdon town centre.

Chief executive decision to be reviewed

The decision to

axe the chief executive job at Oxfordshire County Council is to be reviewed.

Joanna Simons

The leader of the council Ian Hudspeth said he accepted he may have "acted hastily" in asking Joanna Simons to stand down, but he still believes it was the right move.

Missing person appeal

Thames Valley Police has

appealed for the public's help in tracing a missing woman from Oxford.

Emily Stiff

Emily Stiff, 22, was last seen at 23:00 on Tuesday 24 February in the Botley area.

Rough sleeping rise

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The number of people sleeping rough on the streets has risen by 14% in the last year, according to figures from the

Department for Communities and Local Government.

Man on a bench

Alice Ashworth, senior policy officer at

told me that Oxford has the sixth highest number of rough sleepers in the country.

She said: "This is a shocking rise... and particularly in Oxford. There is a real shortage of affordable housing in Oxfordshire, but cuts in benefits are also a factor."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Nearly 12 hours after it was closed due to an overturned lorry, the A34 is back open southbound.

Join me for more on that and the other headlines at


University space

Oxford University colleges are to offer free space to arts and community groups.

Oxford University


Cultural Space-Sharing Scheme will see seven colleges allow local organisations to request facilities for rehearsals, performances and meetings.

The Oxford Playhouse, Pegasus Theatre, Oxford Fire Station, Oxford Contemporary Music and Modern Art Oxford will be among the organisations using from the scheme.

Big plans for Thame market

Thame Gazette

A new fieldsman and assistant auctioneer is coming to Thame market, with plans to expand the area it serves.

Ticket trouble

First Great Western

tweets: There are some issues with our ticket machines accepting card payments. Please speak to staff before travel if you need a ticket.

Ticket machine

BreakingA34 reopens


The A34 has been reopened after the southbound section was closed from Abingdon North to Marcham Interchange when a

lorry tipped over.

On air

Cristina Parry

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford


Kat Orman's show this afternoon: The award-wining comedy show One Man, Two Guvnors, is currently on its biggest-ever tour of the UK and this week it has reached Oxford's New Theatre.

Kat Orman and Shaun Williamson

Former Eastenders actor Shaun Williamson is the star of the show and you can hear his chat with Kat at


News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A Brackley man who lives near the proposed HS2 line has told a select committee that the noise levels quoted for his property were actually measured elsewhere.

I'll have the full story at


MP's tribute to Skye Hall's parents

The Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood is calling for greater funding to research childhood brain tumours.

Skye Hall

She held a debate in the House of Commons last night which was attended by Andrew and Sally Hall, whose five-year-old son Skye

died from cancer last August.

Ms Blackwood said: "They have demonstrated the most extraordinary bravery, and have set-up Blue Skye Thinking, a charity which supports research so that all children diagnosed with brain tumours will have a better chance of survival."

Cox and Pinker stay with U's

Hannah Cox, Lindsay Pinker and Helen King have

signed with Oxford United Women for this season's Women's Super League 2 campaign.

Hannah Cox and Lindsay Pinker
Oxford United Women

Midfielder King will miss the early stages of the season as she is studying abroad.

Man arrested after exposure incidents

A 46-year-old man has been arrested after

three indecent exposures in Kidlington.

The man from Oxford has been bailed until 12 March.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There are long delays for motorists in Oxfordshire as the A34 is closed southbound.

I'll have the latest on that at


'A complete lack of information'

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Hundreds of people in Cumnor and Appleton have been living without the internet and landlines after a cable was believed to have been accidentally damaged by workers digging on 12 February.

Phone, keyboard and cables
EyeWire Inc

Engineers are reconnecting people one at a time and they hope to have everyone back online by the weekend but residents say the process has been badly handled by BT.

Sue Sternberg

told me: "There's been a complete lack of information, you can accept that things go wrong occasionally, but you would expect that things would be dealt with in a more efficient and open manner."

Half of rail landslip removed

Banbury Cake

Engineers have

removed more than half of the landslip blocking rail travel between Banbury and Leamington Spa.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Full details of the
abuse carried out by the disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire have been revealed.

Jimmy Savile

The former TV and radio star used his celebrity status to gain unrestricted access to the hospital over decades.

Join Rob Powell for the full story at


News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Severe disruption continues for motorists as the

A34 remains closed southbound between the Hinksey Hill and Marcham interchanges.

The Highways Agency expects the road to stay shut until at least 15:00.

Join me for all the headlines at


Waitrose to create 200 jobs

Banbury Guardian

Plans for a multimillion-pound investment to bring supermarket chain Waitrose and

200 new jobs to Banbury have been confirmed.

Council 'firm' over developments

BBC Radio Oxford

Fears that Harwell will become a suburb of Didcot because of overdevelopment are ill-founded, according to the leader of the Vale of White Horse District Council.

Harwell and Didcot from the air

Matthew Barber said that despite developers applying for permission to build nearly 4,500 homes, the local plan's limit of 2,500 would be enforced.


told Phil Gayle: "It's a well known tactic to put in for something outrageous and come in later and offer 3,000. The developers can try but we'll be taking a very firm line."

Man jailed for screwdriver ordeal

Witney Gazette

A drug addict has been jailed for threatening three women with a screwdriver and demanding money from them in a

30-minute daylight crime spree in the centre of Witney.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

After two weeks without internet access, hundreds of people in the Cumnor and Appleton areas of Oxfordshire are still waiting to be reconnected.

Join me for all the headlines at


Lilley lifts

Lilley Mitchell

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

I have been trying my first powerlifting workout with the

University of Oxford Powerlifting Club.

Lilley Mitchell powerlifting

You can watch a video of first attempt on our

Facebook page.

A34 closure - Your stories

People have taken to Twitter after being caught up in the disruption on the A34. Here's a selection.


@BBCOxford caught in the mess of the A34 closure. In Abingdon no signs indicating suggested deviation, so lorries through centre. Joke!


tweets: When are they actually gonna do something to the #a34 ? Most pointless road (or carpark) and there's at least one crash every day

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's a call for greater funding to research childhood brain tumours from the Oxford West and Abingdon MP.

Join me for more on that and the other headlines at


A34 reopening delayed

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


A34 will remain closed southbound from Abingdon North to Marcham until at least 15:00, Oxfordshire County Council has said.

A chemical spill is causing the delay, I understand a barrel is trapped under a very large piece of machinery.

Lorry driver taken to hospital

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

The driver of the

lorry that overturned on the A34 has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

A34 lorry closure
Martin Blackwell

The lorry crashed on the southbound carriageway near Abingdon, shortly after 04:00.

Police have closed the road southbound from Abingdon North and Marcham, diverting traffic via Abingdon.

A34 closure disruption

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The A34 closure has caused

lots of disruption in the area around Abingdon North and on the diversion routes, with Abingdon very much blocked up.

Clifton Hampden and Frilford are congested and the Oxford ring road is busy.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's severe disruption for motorists as the A34 remains closed southbound.

Join me for the full story at