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  1. Updates on Monday 02 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Tuesday

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By Roz Tappenden and Linda Serck

All times stated are UK

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Today's Local Live updates have come to an end. We will be back with more from 08:00 tomorrow.

Frosty overnight

Holly Green

BBC Weather

After a mostly dry start, scattered

wintry showers will spread from the west overnight, possibly heavy in places by morning.


Cloud breaks will allow a touch of frost to develop here and there overnight.

Kanye's Oxford quotes


tweets quotes from Kanye West's speech in Oxford earlier: "Clothing should be like food. There should never be a $5,000 sweater." --Kanye West at Oxford.

United's loan striker

BBC Sport

Chesterfield striker Armand Gnanduillet

has joined Oxford United on loan until the end of the season.

Armand Gnanduillet
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The 23-year-old, who has played 30 times for the Spireites this season, scored two goals while on loan with Tranmere Rovers in October.

£3m boost for cycling link

Oxford Times

A £3m cash boost will make a

proposed cycling link between East Oxford and the city centre using a new bridge over the Thames a reality.

Today the Government announced Oxfordshire County Council has been successful in its bid for the city's share of a £114m national cash pot.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

In the 17:00 news bulletin: Young people have been banned from a block of flats in Wood Farm after residents complained about anti-social behaviour.

People in Foresters Tower said their lives were being made a misery because of it all.

Oxford City Council hastaken action, and become the first authority in Oxfordshire to use the enforcement legislation.

Cruelty ban for goldfish swallower

Michael Stoddard

BBC News, Southampton

A man who was filmed swallowing a goldfish for the "Neknominate" online drinking game has been been

banned from owning fish for five years.

Luke Berry admitting causing unnecessary suffering to an animal at Oxford Magistrates' Court.

Luke Berry swallowing goldfish

Berry, 26, from Faringdon, Oxfordshire, was prosecuted after he posted a video on Facebook in August 2014.

So who is Kanye anyway?

Kanye West, who's been addressing Oxford University this afternoon, is a 37-year-old

American rapper, songwriter and record producer.

He is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 21m albums and 66m digital downloads.

Kanye West
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He has won 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all-time and the most Grammy-awarded artist of his age.

Time Magazine also named West one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Can you home Splidge and Splodge?

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

Oxfordshire RSPCA are looking to home two sibling cats Splidge and Splodge.

Splidge (pictured) is three-years-old and needs "some fuss". He can be a little shy but becomes more confident when he sees his sister "getting all the attention".

RSPCA Oxfordshire

Accident closes M40

Oxford Mail

The M40 has reportedly been closed northbound between J8 and J8A near the Wheatley services due to an accident.

The air ambulance is reported to be on its way to the incident, which happened at 15:20 GMT.

Kanye has left the building

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

So hip hop king Kanye West has finished giving a talk at Oxford's Museum of Natural History.

Oxford University students site Versa news

tweets that the rapper talked about the class system, race and consumerism among other topics.

He went out a back door but did wind his window down to a fan and shook hands.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

In the

16:00 news bulletin: An Oxfordshire man has been given 120 hours of community service and a £560 fine - for swallowing a goldfish.

Luke Berry, 26, from Faringdon, had been taking part in an online drinking game and posted video online aspart of a "neknomination" craze"in August.

RSPCA brought the case under Animal Welfare Act - Berry has also been disqualified from owning fish for five years.

Gypsy PC accused force of racism

BBC South Today

South Today's

lunchtime news bulletin reported on a gypsy police officer who complained of discrimination in the Thames Valley Police force.

PC Jim Davies has said he nearly left his Banbury post because of the casual racism towards travellers and gypsies.

Jim Davies

As a result of his complaints the force has been carrying out a review and says progress is now being made.

The Kanye queue

Bethan Phillips

BBC Radio Oxford

A long queue has formed outside the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, where rapper Kanye West is due to give a speech.

Outside Museum of Natural History

Listen for more details on

BBC Radio Oxford.

Banbury Market on the move

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

Banbury Market is going to move from its current location in Market Place (red) back to a spot round the corner in Cornhill (green).

Cherwell District Council

The market began by the site of the Cross on Cornhill in the 12th Century.

From Thursday the market will return there to increase footfall and free up nearby parking spaces.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Oxford

In the

15:00 news bulletin: Reporter Bethan Phillips is outside the venue where Kanye West is due to give a talk.

The music star is giving a speech at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford after coming over to England for the Brit Awards last week.

Kanye believe he's here?

Kanye West is set to give a speech at Oxford University this afternoon.

The rapper's address will be hosted by the Oxford Guild Society - the UK's largest and oldest professional society.

Kanye at a fashion show
Getty Images

It will take place at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History at 15:00.

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Skeleton unearthed at college

Oxford Mail

The skeleton of a woman thought to be nearly 400 years old has been

unearthed at an Oxford college.

The remains were found with a Charles I period coin during excavation works for a building project at St Cross College, Pusey Street.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 14:00:

Motorists are being advised by an Oxford lawyer to carry details of prescribed medicines from today. It comes as a new offence of "drug driving" comes into force, giving police the power to carry out roadside tests.

£1 coin could fetch £50,000

Linda Serck

BBC Local Live

An "extremely rare" £1 coin is expected fetch up to £50,000

when it is auctioned this month.

Declaration Pound
Duke's auctioneers

The solid silver Declaration Pound dates from 1643, one year after the start of the English Civil War.

It was struck in Oxford, where Charles I created a new mint to launch an official currency in Royalist control. The owner had no idea what it was worth until it was taken to an auction house.

Your pictures

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Guy Jehan sent us this great picture of ducks on a walkway over the Thames at Henley.

Guy Jehan

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School places announced

Wallingford Herald

Pupils across the county will

find out today whether they have got their first-choice of school as Oxfordshire County Council issues places for secondary schools today.

Applications for school places had to be sent by parents to the council by October 31.

U's hold Pompey to draw

BBC Sport

Ryan Clarke's goalkeeping heroics earned Oxford manager Michael Appleton

a draw on his return to Portsmouth on Sunday.

Ryan Clarke
Getty Images

Pompey created more than enough chances to seal a fourth successive League Two victory, but Clarke defied them with a string of saves.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Oxford

In the

13:00 news bulletin: Motorists are being advised by an Oxford lawyer to carry details of prescribed medicines from today.

It's as a new offence of drug-driving comes into force, giving police the power to carry out roadside tests.

Man robs bookmakers in Bicester

Oxford Mail

A man brandishing a broken bottle

robbed a bookmakers in Bicester on Saturday.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information about the robbery, which took place at 4.30pm on Saturday at the Coral bookmakers in Sheep Street.

Kanye's coming to Oxford

via Facebook

It's been confirmed American rapper and record producer

Kanye West is giving a talk in Oxford this afternoon at the Museum of Natural History.

Kanye at Louise Wilson's memorial service
Getty Images

He'll be speaking at 3pm after being invited to the city by the Oxford Guild Business Society - a careers service run by students at the University of Oxford.

Organisers say it will be an inspiring and insightful talk by the guild's "Biggest Speaker of the Year".

Talks could secure Post Office

The Herald

A village's threatened

Post Office may have secured its long-term future following crunch talks, its postmaster has said.

The future of the Cumnor branch was in doubt following an assessment by the Post Office as part of its national transformation programme.

Westgate Centre start date

Work to transform one of Oxford's shopping centres into a £440m retail, leisure, and residential complex

is due to at the end of the month.

Artist's impression of new Westgate development
Westgate Oxford Alliance

The Westgate development in the city centre will eventually boast over 100 new shops, 25 restaurants and cafes, a boutique cinema and 61 luxury flats.

There will also be a 1,000-space underground car park, rooftop terrace dining and new public spaces when it's due for completion in autumn 2017.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 12:00:

Nearly a third of military families in Oxfordshire claim they feel let down by financial services companies, according to research by a new organisation which aims to offer a better deal to service personnel.

Traffic lights power failure

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The traffic lights are still out at the Kennington roundabout on the A423 Southern Bypass in Kennington.

Travel map

Drivers are being urged to approach with care. For the latest traffic and travel, visit the

BBC travel page.

Hundreds victim of grooming gangs

Oxford Mail

More than

350 youngsters in Oxfordshire have been identified as victims of grooming gangs over the past 15 years, the Oxford Mail understands.

Tomorrow Maggie Blyth, the independent chair of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board, will present a report into the grooming and abuse of six girls by the 'Bullfinch' gang of seven men in Oxford.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 11:00:

Motorists are being advised by an Oxford lawyer to carry details of prescribed medicines from today as a new offence of 'drug driving' comes into force.

New stadium for U's

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United CEO Mark Ashton has told
BBC Radio Oxford that his team is exploring all options when it comes to securing a new stadium for the U's.

Kassam Stadium
Getty Images

He said: "It is a priority for Oxford United to own and play in its own home. We are asking the fans to bear with us but it is a priority."

Colleges opening up their doors to the arts

Oxford Times

Seven of Oxford's colleges

have signed up to trial a landmark scheme to work with city arts organisations.

From April it will allow groups receiving funding from Arts Council England to request space for rehearsals, performances, and meetings through Oxford City Council.

It could range from traditional, oak-panelled college rooms to contemporary spaces with lots of natural light, to Lincoln College's sports pavilion.

Drug driving legislation change

Police officers across Thames Valley will be receiving

specialist training to help enforce new drug-driving legislation which comes into being today.


Roads Policing Unit officers will be trained to use a piece of equipment brand new to the Force. The DrugWipe 3S allows officers to take a specimen of saliva at the roadside or police station, and perform a preliminary test to detect a number of illegal drugs in the system.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up in the news at 10:00 on

BBC Radio Oxford:

Financial services companies are failing to recognise the needs of military families according to new research by specialist organisation Military Mutual Insurance.

Ferrari seized

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

A £200,000 Ferrari has been

seized by police because the driver did not have a valid licence.

Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police impounded the supercar on the M40 in Oxfordshire, near Junction 9 at Bicester, after pulling the driver over following reports of a speeding sports car.

Jayden's garden unveiled

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online


garden was unveiled in memory of murdered teenager Jayden Parkinson at the weekend.

The 17-year-old was strangled by her boyfriend in December 2013 and buried in his uncle's grave.

Jayden's memorial garden

Volunteers are creating the garden on donated land close to where Jayden's body was found, in All Saints Church, Didcot.

It is due to open to the public at the end of March.

Blue plaque unveiled at school

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online


plaque in honour of a biologist who studied at an Oxford school and went on to make "major contributions" to the field is being unveiled.

Dame Honor Fell plaque
Society of Biology

Dame Honor Fell will be remembered by the Society of Biology with a plaque at Wychwood School.

News on the hour

Charles Nove

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 09:00:

Racism is normalised at Thames Valley Police and in society, according to a Banbury officer and Romany gypsy, who's brought court action against the force for racial discrimination.

Thames Valley Police says it's realised its own failings and says there is a need for change.