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  1. Updates from Tuesday 10 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from the BBC Local Live team for today, the service will resume from 08:00 on Wednesday. See you then.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: The brother of an Oxfordshire man who murdered his ex-girlfriend has been sentenced to three years in prison for perverting the course of justice.

Jayden Parkinson

Join me for all the reaction at


Cold clear night

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

This evening the clear skies will see

temperatures fall and the risk of frost.

Bee Tucker

For most towns and cities the overnight low will be around 2C (36F), but it will be colder in the countryside.

Oxford United 'progressing'

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United's owner admits the club isn't out of the woods as far as relegation is concerned - but he already knows the areas of the team where he'll be funding strengthening work this summer.

Kassam Stadium
Getty Images

In an interview with

BBC Radio Oxford Sport, Darryl Eales told us the position of manager Michael Appleton has always been and is safe - as he's been able to see progress throughout the campaign.

He said: "For me it's about the performances and I think this side is improving."

Cost of landslip

Clare Lissaman

BBC News Online

The cost of clearing up a

350,000 tonne landslip between Leamington Spa and Banbury is likely to run into several million pounds, says Network Rail, although the exact cost is not yet known.

Network rail

The body said it would need to pay compensation costs to train operators affected by the disruption. Replacement buses have been taking passengers between the two stations since 31 January. The line is set to reopen on Friday.

Councillor quits Cherwell position

Banbury Guardian

Cherwell District Councillor Jon O'Neill has

resigned from the authority with immediate effect, it has been revealed.

Proud to quit

via Facebook

Oxfordshire County Council has posted a reminder about No Smoking Day on its

Facebook page:

"Who says that no-one likes a quitter?

"Get encouragement and join other quitters on the

No Smoking Day forums, and check out the support and advice on stopping smoking. Are you stopping smoking tomorrow?"

Oxford sowing floral success

Oxford has been selected to take part in the

Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2015.

Christ Church

The city will be visited by judges who will meet community representatives and go on a tour of local projects, assessing everything from local recycling initiatives to areas of natural habitat and conservation.

Results will be announced at an awards ceremony this October and will be attended by representatives of all 70 finalists.

Ring Road break down

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

One lane is blocked on the

A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road in Oxford, eastbound between Heyford Hill roundabout and Littlemore roundabout, because of a broken down van.

Police are in attendance.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

It's time the government asked if religious action groups are contributing to radicalisation in the UK, according to Oxfordshire security expert Anthony Glees.

I'll have more on that at


A&E choices campaign

BBC Radio Oxford

A campaign to help reduce pressure on the health service in Oxfordshire has been launched.

Campaign poster
Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group


Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group's four week campaign has urged people to think before going to A&E and use the most appropriate medical service.

Dr Paul Park, from the OCCG, told BBC Radio Oxford: "It's nice to know what the options are, what conditions they cover and were they are. So if you

download the choose well app, it will tell you."

'Seat belts are common sense'

Drivers are being urged to wear seat belts at all time in a

campaign by Thames Valley Police.

Sgt Chris Appleby said: "If everybody wore their seatbelts you would have less people injured and killed on our roads. If you're not restrained inside the vehicle you're going to be thrown around more and you're going to sustain more injuries."

MS centre celebrates anniversary

BBC Radio Oxford

A centre to help people in Oxfordshire with MS is celebrating its 30th anniversary.


Chiltern MS Centre recently moved to a new site five times the size of its old one.

Linda Oakley who was diagnosed sixteen years ago and is heavily involved in the supporting others, told BBC Radio Oxford that the services provided are better than those of the NHS.

She said: "We offer more services for longer periods of time and it's affordable. We ask people to make a donation for their treatment but if they can't then it's free."

Bicester broadband battle victory

Bicester Advertiser

High-speed broadband will finally reach all residents living on Bicester's new Kingsmere estate

after a developer agreed to stump up the cash.

Eyesore attachment: Your views

via Facebook

Earlier on our

Facebook page we wrote about a Didcot resident who missed the power station so much after its demolition that she had a tattoo done. You've been giving your views on our love for ugly buildings.

Didcot power station
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

Samantha May

posted: I so agree I cried when the three towers where demolished. We've lost Oxfordshire's most iconic and much loved land mark.

Kathy Fernandez Hand

said: They were always a welcome sign that I was nearly home after a long journey.

Johnathon Andrew

wrote: Get over it. The rest will be gone soon enough.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Two Oxfordshire companies have been shortlisted for a prestigious award for their work to develop sustainable energy.

Join me for all the county's top stories at


Funny face cake

via Facebook

Julia from Happy Cakes in Oxford helped the BBC Radio Oxford breakfast team "bake their face funny" for Comic Relief.

Julia from happy Cakes and Charles Nove

Here is Charles Nove's effort. Are you baking anything for

Comic Relief? See more of the team's effort and post your photos on our
Facebook page.

Temporary lights in Grove

The A338 in Grove has some

temporary traffic lights while works are carried out on the rail bridge.

The works are scheduled to be finish by this evening.

Gold ring scam

Thame Gazette

A scam

involving a man with a broken-down car is being carried out at roadsides across the region.

The man states that he needs money to get petrol and as payment he offers his victim one to three "gold" rings, which are worthless.

Your views

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

More must be done to keep track of registered sex offenders, according to the NSPCC, after it emerged five are missing in the Thames Valley.

I'll have the full story at


Seat belt safety drive

BBC Radio Oxford

Police will be cracking down on motorists and passengers not wearing seat belts in the Thames Valley.

Random checks will be carried out all week.

During the last campaign, almost 750 people were caught not wearing one and Sgt Chris Appleby told

BBC Radio Oxford the number needs to come down.

'Never forgive or forget'

The family of Jayden Parkinson have given their reaction to the sentencing of Jake Blakeley for

perverting the course of justice following her murder.

Jayden Parkinson
Thames Valley Police

Jayden was murdered by Jake Blakeley's brother Ben, who is serving a life sentence.

In a statement the family said: "Time will never erase the evil that took Jayden from us. We can never forget or forgive the Blakeley brothers. Our nightmare will never end."

'Treehouse' up for design award

Oxford Times

A centre for cancer sufferers in Oxford, designed to look like a treehouse, is one of three buildings

shortlisted for a design award.

Jake Blakeley jailed for three years

Peter Cooke

Reporter, BBC South Today

The brother of an Oxfordshire man who murdered his ex-girlfriend has been sentenced to three years in prison for perverting the course of justice.

Jake Blakeley

Jake Blakeley, 18, from Didcot, was

cleared last month of being involved in hiding the body of Jayden Parkinson.

He has already spent 15 months on remand so he will be eligible for release in three months time.

Jayden was murdered in December 2013 by Jake's brother Ben who is serving a life sentence.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man's been sentenced to three years in jail for perverting the course of justice, in connection with the murder of Jayden Parkinson.

I'll have the latest at


Charlatans to headline Truck festival

The Charlatans are to headline Oxfordshire's

Truck festival in July.

The Charlatans

The indie stalwarts released their 12th album earlier this year, and join Basement Jaxx as the main acts at the event.

Lane closed on A34

BBC Travel reports one lane is closed on the A34 southbound between Marcham Interchange in Abingdon and Milton Interchange in East Hendred because of a broken down vehicle.

'Ugly' buildings we can't part with

Dave Wade

BBC News, East Midlands

When crumbling chimneys, mining headstocks and dilapidated factories come under threat of demolition, locals often spring to their defence, armed with petitions.

But why do we get so attached to these often ugly vestiges of our industrial past?

Didcot Power Station and tattoo

When Didcot A power station saw three of its towers brought down, Kelly Green, who grew up in the Oxfordshire town, had an image of the towers tattooed on to her shin.

She says people living nearby would miss the sight of the power station. "It still reminds me of my childhood and where I come from."

Coming up

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: The brother of the man who murdered the teenager Jayden Parkinson from Didcot will be sentenced for perverting the course of justice.

Jayden Parkinson

Jake Blakeley, 18, admitted the charge at a previous hearing.

His 22-year-old brother, Ben Blakeley, was jailed for life last year after murdering 17-year-old Jayden and burying her in his uncle's grave.

Join Caroline Richardson at


News on the hour

BBC Radio Oxford

There's a warning from Oxford University that women who take hormone replacement therapy face an increased risk of stroke and blood clots.

Hear more in the

13:00 bulletin.

CCTV appeal in shoplifting inquiry

CCTV images have been released by Thames Valley Police of two men who left a store without paying for some baby products.

CCTV images

The theft took place at about 13:30 on 6 February at the Buckingham Road Co-op.

Big Ballot Box Tour

Serena Martin

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford


BBC Radio Oxford Big Ballot box Tour has rolled into Thame.

Big ballot box tour

Come and see us at the market where we are taking your questions for the candidates.

Police horse Albert retires

Thames Valley Police Mounted Section

tweets: Momentous day. From beautiful foal with mum to day of retirement from the Police force .We'll miss you Albert.

Albert the horse

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A centre to help people in Oxfordshire cope with MS is being praised for its work as it turns 30-years-old.

Join me for all the headlines at


Volunteers tackle litter levels

Oxford Times

Hundreds of people spent their weekend

giving the streets of Oxford a spring clean in this year's annual rubbish collection drive.

Leys Pool parking to be expanded

BBC Radio Oxford

The new facilities at

The Leys Pool and Leisure Centre were used by 50,000 people last month.

Leys Pool
Oxford City Council

The £7.6m development was completed in December and there are now plans to extend the parking by 50% before June.

City Councillor for Leisure Mike Rowley told BBC Radio Oxford it's a great venue. "It has taken us by surprise how many visits there are, and I'm delighted," he said.

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Andrew Humphrey

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