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  1. Updates on Friday 27 February 2015

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 Monday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

On South Today this evening

Jerome Sale

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Oxfordshire needs more women to drive our buses, so says the Oxford Bus Company.

Woman driving bus

It's launching a new campaign to recruit more female drivers and engineers - only one-in-every-20 of their 500 drivers is a woman.

I'll have more on that and the other top stories at


Rain on its way

Dan Downs

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

The cloud will thicken through this evening, bringing some

patchy showers overnight.

Dan Downs

The breeze will also pick up and temperatures will fall to around 4C (39F).

Soldier's tale financial fight won

A social media project, which tells the fictional story of a World War One soldier and his friends and family in real time 100 years on, has received funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Fictional WW1 characters

The online story is run by Oxfordshire communications company DNA, and has been supported by local MP Ed Vaizey.

Mr Vaizey welcomed the £50,000 grant. He said: "Getting young people today to engage with the real impact of the First World War is a challenge, but this project is a truly imaginative and effective way to do just that. I am delighted that the future of this project is now more secure"

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Marussia named on 2015 F1 entry list

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

The revived Banbury-based Manor Marussia team have been named on a 10-team entry list for the start of the 2015 Formula 1 season.

Max Chilton of Marussia

The list, which does not include the

failed Caterham team, said Manor F1, who raced as Marussia last season, would compete with Ferrari engines.

The team, which has to pass a crash test next week, were rescued

from administration and have
named Britain's Will Stevens as one of their drivers.

Ruffs not Crufts

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live


RSPCA is holding an alternative to traditional dog show
Crufts, with Snowy from south Oxfordshire one of the finalists.

Snowy the dog

Ruffs will celebrate hounds which have overcome adversity, rather than breed conformity and appearance.

Snowy is 17 and in the golden oldies category. In his early years he was passed from pillar to post, and by the time he was 18 months old he was already on his third home.

Voting for Ruffs opens on Monday on the

RSPCA Official Facebook page.

U's need you

via Facebook

Oxford United Women have taken to

Facebook to appeal for help:

We need you poster

"We have some great opportunities for volunteers this season. Click

here for more info.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a group of people in masks carrying baseball bats and bottles threatened young people in Didcot.

Join me for the full story at


'No hard feelings'

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Portsmouth assistant manager Gary Waddock has said he would be delighted if his current club beat Oxford United at

Fratton Park tomorrow - but only to help the south coast side embark on a late promotion push.

Gary Waddock

Until now Waddock has been reluctant to talk about being sacked as Oxford boss last summer - the moment the club's new owner took over.

He said: "I know the business that we're in, these things happen. What's the point of being bitter? I've moved on so I'm looking forward to the game."

Portsmouth against Oxford United is our commentary game from League Two tomorrow afternoon. It's exclusive to

BBC Radio Oxford Sport from 14:00.

Snug as a hedgehog in a rug

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Tracey French sent in this terribly cute picture of some hedgehogs she rescued in Brackley.

Tracey French

She said: Over the past few months I have rescued these lovely little chaps. Each was taken to Brackley Hogwatch (rescue centre) where they were checked over and received medication for lungworm.

"They are now living in my conservatory where they get looked after, cleaned out and get well fed! All are doing well and gaining weight ready to be released in the warmer weather."

If you have any pictures you would like to share, why not send them in to

Local Live?

Wolvercote roundabout collision

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

A car has been driven into

barrier at the Wolvercote roundabout. Police are at the scene.

Car accident

A34 woes

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


A34 northbound is partially blocked by an accident between Peartree and Kidlington.

It's causing massive congestion, there are eight miles of queues back to Hinksey.

Southbound it is also virtually stationary in places from Marcham down to the Milton Interchange roadworks.

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

First Great Western - which runs services through Oxfordshire - has been judged the best rail company in the country.

Join me for all the headlines at


Creating peacemakers

BBC Radio Oxford

There has been special recognition for the work of a school in Abingdon in creating world peacemakers of the future.

Carswell Community Primary School

Carswell Community Primary School is only the fifth in the UK to be named a Beacon Peaceful School.

Headteacher Tina Farr explained to

BBC Radio Oxford how their philosophy works.

She said: "We ask the children and the grown-ups to think 'is it true, is it kind, is it necessary' before they say something. If children do make an error of judgement we take responsibility, we reflect and we put right our mistakes."

Award for First Great Western

First Great Western won the top prize at the

Rail Business Awards last night.

Train passes through level crossing

They gave their reaction in a

tweet: Wow. We're so honoured to accept the Rail Business of the Year award from #RailBA. Congratulations to all the winners tonight, too.

Flying the flag for LGBT

Oxford Mail

A rainbow flag will today fly from the town hall in Oxford to

mark the 10th anniversary of LGBT month.

Rainbow flag
Getty Images

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A school in Abingdon is being recognised today for its work in creating world peacemakers of the future.

I'll have the full story at


Parking plea

TVP South Oxon & VOWH

tweets: £30 for parking on the Double Yellow Lines at the M40 Bus Stops Lewknor. Please park in the designated areas #p7907

Car parked on yellow lines

Science hub expands to power station

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Proposals to expand one of the UK's major science hubs include

redeveloping the land around Didcot Power Station.

Science Vale

Science Vale incorporates Harwell Campus, Culham Science Centre, and Milton Park in south Oxfordshire.


Science Vale Area Action Plan intends to regenerate "large brownfield sites, such as the former power station site at Didcot A to provide an opportunity to help improve Didcot".

Rugby game on top of the world

Henley Standard

Ollie Phillips, once captain of England's rugby sevens, is one of two former international skippers who will take part in

the most northerly rugby match in the world, at the Magnetic North Pole.

Savile 'did not visit' Penhurst School

Allegations that Jimmy Savile regularly visited a school for disabled children in Chipping Norton are untrue

according to a report for the Department for Education.

Jimmy Savile

The report, by

Action for Children, which ran the home until it closed in 2013, did say he visited National Children's Home Penhurst once to open a fete.

The charity's David Derbyshire said: "One staff member recalled seeing Jimmy Savile open a school fete, but that he arrived, he opened the fete, said a few words and left straightaway."

News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Banbury-born singer Gary Glitter has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for historical sexual offences against three young girls.

I'll have the latest reaction at


Out in the sun

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

On my lunch break I took a slightly soggy sunny stroll to enjoy the late winter sunshine in north Oxford's Sunnymead meadow.

Sunnymead meadow

If you've got a picture you'd like to send in to Local Live, whey not

email or
tweet it?

Cannabis crackdown

Bicester Advertiser

Children smoking cannabis and yobbish behaviour in Kidlington have led to

police action to crack down on the drug.

Police appeal for help in finding missing woman

Fears are growing for the safety of a woman who has been missing from her Oxford home for three nights.

Emily Stiff

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

Police officers searching for her want to reassure Emily she is not in any trouble, but say her family are worried about her.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: They're yet to win a game this season, so London Welsh have turned to the RAF for inspiration.

London Welsh player in plane cockpit

Welsh player and former RAF armourer Josh McNally took some of his team mates to RAF Brize Norton.

The Welsh take on local rivals London Irish in Oxford tomorrow - the two clubs currently occupy the Premiership's bottom two spots.

Join Rob Powell at


News on the hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The disgraced singer Gary Glitter, who was born in Banbury, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for historical sexual offences against three young girls.

Join me for the latest at


Plaque celebrates Oxford biologist

A plaque honouring Dame Honor Fell, who made major contributions to the understanding of rheumatoid arthritis, is to be unveiled next week by the

Society of Biology at Wychwood School in Oxford.

Blue plaque
Society of Biology

The plaque is part of a new

series of 10 plaques around the UK celebrating eminent, but unsung heroes of biology.

'No emotion' as Glitter sentenced

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Former singer Gary Glitter has been

jailed for a total of 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

Gary Glitter
Metropolitan Police

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd and who was born in Banbury, was sentenced for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13.

Sentencing, judge Alistair McCreath said he could find "no real evidence" that Gadd had atoned for his crimes.

The 70-year-old show no emotion as he left the dock at Southwark Crown Court.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Banbury-born Gary Glitter has been jailed for 16 years at Southwark Crown Court for a string of historic sex attacks on three schoolgirls.

Join me for the latest at


Request for Brackley HS2 station

Brackley should get a new railway station as part of the HS2 project - according to the town's council.



High Speed 2 select committee has been hearing from politicians, residents and business people as part of its scrutiny of the planned London to Birmingham link.

Brackley Town Council's Linda Carter said: "We'd quite like a station. We're half-way between London and Birmingham and we think there's a real benefit to it."

Female driver Jorda joins Lotus team

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Spaniard Carmen Jorda has become the second woman to join a Formula 1 team in a back-up role after

signing up with Enstone-based Lotus as development driver.

Carmen Jorda
Getty Images

The 26-year-old will work on the team's simulator with a view to having a test in the F1 car later this year.

Jorda, who finished 29th in last year's GP3 feeder series, said: "It feels like a dream come true."

Professor of poetry sought

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The search for the next

Professor of Poetry at Oxford University is to begin in May.

Seamus Heaney

Previous post holders include the current Prof Sir Geoffrey Hill, as well as John Keble, Matthew Arnold, WH Auden and Seamus Heaney (pictured).

Anyone can apply for the role, but they must be nominated by 50 members of the Convocation, the body that includes former students and the dons.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's been a drop in the number of patients being seen within four hours at Oxfordshire's A&E departments.

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


Farewell Phil

via Facebook

Today saw Phil Gayle's

last show on BBC Radio Oxford. You have taken to
Facebook to say goodbye.

Andrew Jenks Jenkins

wrote: It's like the end of an era...... Phil took over from Malcolm, who was also excellent, and excelled. My drives to work are going to be sad now not having him on. Good luck Howard!

Sarah Needle

posted: This makes me sad. I love Phil, his gorgeous voice and his brilliant show. All the best Phil xx

Geoff Smith

said: Brightens my morning. Tells it like it is and sees the funny side of most things. Sad to hear your leaving. But very best wishes for the future and thanks for starting the day with a smile

A&E performance declines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Accident and emergency performance in Oxfordshire has fallen again in the

latest weekly figures.

Hospital sign

Oxfordshire University Hospitals NHS Trust saw 85.4% treated or admitted within four hours last week, down from 87.9% the week before.

Performance slightly improved across England, with 92% seen, up from 91.6%.

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