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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates are back from 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live for today, thanks for joining in the conversation.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

In the meantime, feel free to

email us.

Murky night

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

We will see some rain this evening, heavy in some places before it

clears away overnight.

Bee Tucker
BBC

Following the rain will be some low cloud, mist and hill fog so a murky night to come with lows of 7C (45F).

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

On

South Today this evening: Police are warning people to avoid being caught by a scam that is targeting drivers in this region.

Gold coin
BBC

Hundreds of people say they've been approached by a man claiming to need money for fuel.

Some have accepted a gold ring in return, but all of them proved to be fake.

Join me for that the all the top stories at

18:30.

Smoking risks

via Facebook

On National No Smoking Day, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue have added their warning about smoking on their

Facebook page.

Smoking cigarette
BBC

"As well as the health dangers smokers need to be aware of the deadly risks of smoking in the home

http://ow.ly/JnjUZ"

Council of the year

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

On the day that their offices were

nearly destroyed by fire, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils found out they had been nominated for the council of the year.

Fire at SODC offices
Ian negus

Tonight, they will find out if they have won the prize at the

Local Government Chronicle Awards.

Oxford competing for green bus fund

Oxford is one of 12 cities across the country shortlisted to become "international beacons of ultra-low emission vehicle use".

Cornmarket in Oxford
BBC

The

Go Ultra Low city scheme will reward cities with a share of a £35 million fund to enable local authorities and bus operators to replace existing vehicles with greener alternatives.

The shortlisted cities will now develop their proposals and the winners - expected to be two to four cities - will be announced in the autumn.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Interviews are taking place today to find a new Chief Constable for the Thames Valley.

Join me for all the headlines at

17:00.

Banbury Museum wins cash for the future

Banbury Cake

Banbury Museum has received a

windfall of more than £35,000 courtesy of Arts Council England.

O'Dowda hails fab fortnight

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United winger Callum O'Dowda has described the last fortnight as the best two weeks of his life.

Callum O'Dowda
PA

The 19-year-old from Kidlington recently

agreed a new contract with the U's, scored the
winning goal against Bury on Saturday and has been called-up for the Ireland U-21 team for their qualifier against Andorra.

O'Dowda told

BBC Radio Oxford that he is eager to learn from his international experience and believes it will help develop him further as a player.

Not strictly news but...

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

I couldn't resist sharing this picture. And there are more!

Dogs and a helicopter
NPAS Benson

NPAS Benson

tweets: Pics of 9 week old Police dogs with the Helicopter just uploaded to our
Facebook page!

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Compensation offered to people living in south Oxford cut off from their internet and landline for three weeks has been described as derisory.

Join me for the full story at

16:00.

Diabetes 'un-vaccine' sought

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford is to host a new diabetes research centre, aimed at producing the first working vaccines for Type 1 of the disease within the next 10 years.

Diabetes testing
PA

It is one of 15 set up across the country, thanks to a multi-million pound investment from

Diabetes UK.

Leading researcher Professor Colin Dayan explained to

Nick Piercey that the they are aiming to make an "un-vaccine".

He said: "We are trying to switch off an immune response, the attack on the insulin making cells, and leave the rest of the immune system intact."

Debris on motorway

BBC Travel

There are some chunks of tyre on the M40 northbound between junctions 6 and 7 in the middle lane.

You can stay up-to-date on the

BBC Travel site.

Faringdon baby death: Father back in court on Friday

A man charged with the murder of his 11-week-old son

is due at Oxford Crown Court on Friday.

Jordon and Jayden Saxton
facebook

The baby, Jayden Saxton from Faringdon, was taken to hospital on 17 November, and died the following evening. A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of head injuries.

Jordon Saxton, 21, of Wingate Close, Oxford, appeared today at Banbury Magistrates' Court following his arrest on Tuesday.

Undertakers drugs arrests

Oxford Mail

Three men have been were

arrested on suspicion of drug offences at The Midcounties Co-Operative Funeralcare, in Cowley.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Ground-breaking research into a Type 1 diabetes vaccine will be carried out in Oxford.

I'll have the full story at

15:00.

'From whole car to nuts and bolts'

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

The remaining assets of the Oxfordshire-based Caterham Formula One team are being

sold at auction later.

Caterham car of Kamui Kobayashi competing at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Getty Images

Matt Hardy, from

Wyles Hardy & Co, who are selling the items told
Howard Bentham what potential bidders could buy.

He said: "From chassis all the way down to wheel nuts and virtually everything in between."

FGM 'is child abuse'

BBC Radio Oxford

Thirteen new victims of female genital mutilation have come to light in Oxfordshire since September.

Scalpel
TEK IMAGE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Katy Barrow-Grint, who heads-up the work by Thames Valley Police to stop the practice,

told Howard Bentham it's not an easy problem to tackle.

She said: "It is very difficult to prove and understand and know about, but we are trying to raise the profile of FGM to explain to everybody that it is child abuse and it will be dealt with seriously."

Hooky pulled at Houses of Parliament

Banbury Guardian

Hook Norton Brewery's Hooky Beer appeared in an unfamiliar location on this month -

the Houses Of Parliament.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Twelve people have been arrested following drugs raids, including two locations in Oxfordshire.

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

14:00.

Witney walkers warning

Witney Town Council

tweets: Cattle are grazing in the hay meadow. The cows have calves so please keep all dogs on a short lead while in this area

Witney map
Witney Town Council

Coming up

BBC South Today

On

South Today this lunchtime: A company in Reading that makes cycling clothing that uses infrared technology is testing its gear on one of the world's toughest routes.

Cyclist
BBC

Heat generated by the body reacts with minerals in the fabric. It's then converted into infrared which penetrates the muscles and allows more oxygen to be carried in blood vessels.

A local athlete will be completing the Tour de France circuit wearing the kit. Join Caroline Richardson at

13:30.

'With my family history, I'll get dementia'

A former Oxfordshire soldier's been explaining what it's like to live with the threat of early-onset Alzheimer's.

Chris Graham
BBC

Chris Graham, 39, from Carterton carries a rare gene mutation which means he will develop dementia, and he is already showing symptoms.

Watch his story here.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

In

the news at 13:00: An Oxfordshire man charged with murdering his 11-week-old son has appeared in court.

Arrests after drugs raids

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police have

carried out drug raids in Didcot and Botley this morning.

A total of 12 people have been arrested following warrants in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Essex and London.

More than 100 officers were involved in the operation to target supply of Class A and B drugs.

Bicester assault CCTV released

CCTV has been released of two men Thames Valley Police would

like to speak to in connection with an assault in Bicester.

CCTV images
TVP

The attack took place around 04:00 on Saturday 8 November last year, in Pioneer Square.

The 18-year-old victim took a bus journey from Oxford to Bicester and, having alighted the bus was assaulted.

The victim was taken to hospital and was treated for a laceration to his right ear.

Baby murder suspect appears in court

Peter Cooke

Reporter, BBC South Today

An Oxfordshire man

charged with murdering his 11-week-old son has appeared in court.

Jordon Saxton, 21, from Oxford, is accused of fatally injuring the boy at a property in Faringdon last November.

The baby was transferred to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children but died a day later. A post-mortem examination showed he had suffered head injuries.

Mr Saxton will next appear at Oxford Crown Court on Friday.

A40 queues

BBC Travel

There's

queuing traffic on the A40 Northern Bypass in both directions in Oxford near the Wolvercote Roundabout, because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

Congestion is stretching back to Cassington.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

In the past half hour, it has been announced police have carried out drug raids in Didcot and Botley.

I'll have the latest at

12:00.

Haas F1 on schedule for 2016 debut

BBC Sport

The US-owned Haas Formula 1 team have confirmed

they are on schedule to make their planned debut next year.

Gene Haas
Getty Images

The team led by Gene Haas (pictured), have bought the Oxfordshire-based former headquarters of Marussia and hired key technical personnel.

Ex-Marussia pair Dave O'Neill and Rob Taylor have been appointed team manager and chief designer respectively.

Feedback

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

BBC Local Live brings news, sport, travel and weather together in one place.

What do you think of it?

Raw sewage 'pumping from drains'

Oxford Times

Raw sewage has

engulfed the gardens and entrances to flats for a second time in a week.

Residents of homes in College Lane, Littlemore, say the foul waste was 'pumping' up from the drains.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

More victims of female genital mutilation in Oxfordshire need to be encouraged to speak out according to a new group which has been set up to tackle the issue.

Join me for the full story at

11:00.

Living with early-onset Alzheimer's

Fergus Walsh

Medical correspondent

A former soldier from Carterton who has early-onset Alzheimer's disease is raising money to research the condition that has devastated his family.

Chris Graham with his family
BBC

Chris Graham carries a gene mutation which affects just a few hundred families worldwide.

At the age of 39, he is already showing symptoms of the disease, which his father died from aged 42.

You can watch his interview with the BBC's medical correspondent Fergus Walsh

here.

Seatbelt campaign

Thames Valley Police are running a

campaign to encourage drivers to wear their seatbelts.

TVP Roads Policing

tweets: 53 tickets issued in 2hrs this AM in Thame for not wearing seat belts #beltup #TIPOLorg

Clarkson petition reaches 250,000

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Love him or loathe,

the suspension of Chipping Norton's Jeremy Clarkson by the BBC after allegations that he punched a presenter has captured the public's attention.

Jeremy Clarkson
National Pictures

An

online petition calling for the BBC to "reinstate" Clarkson has been signed by more than 250,000 people.

For his part Mr Clarkson has been

joking on Twitter about films that could replace this Sunday's show.

Coming Up

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On

my show this morning I'll be speaking to David and Sam Brabham, the son and grandson of the former Formula One world champion Sir Jack Brabham, on their
bid to compete at the Le Mans 24 hours race.

Brabham Racing
Jakob Ebrey

They had offered a stake in their team via crowd-funding, in an attempt to return the famous name to the sport and exceeded their target last year.

We'll find out how their plans are progressing on the race to the grid.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man is due in court around now charged with murder following the death of a baby in Faringdon.

I'll have the latest at

10:00.