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  1. Updates from Thursday 12 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live in Oxfordshire for today.

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Evening TV

BBC South Today


South Today this evening: A plan to expand Campsfield House near Oxford has been abandoned by the government.

Campsfield House

Last September the Home Office said it wanted to more than double the size of the Immigration Removal Centre, making it one of the largest in Europe, but today that's been withdrawn - to the delight of many campaigners.

Join Jerome Sale at


Heavy rain overnight

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

After a dry day there will be rain this evening,

pushing in from the east.

Bee Tucker

It could turn quite heavy overnight, but it will be mild with lows of 3C (37F).

Bicester railway row: Your views

via Facebook

Social media has been inundated with your thoughts and opinions on the news that Bicester Town railway station is to be renamed Bicester Village. Here's a selection:

Rob Jeffreys

@chilternrailway please do not name the new station in Bicester as 'Bicester Village'!

Ashcroft & Portman

tweets: Being a new shop ownee in the town of Bicester, I was looking forward to the new station bringing in more people. Not now

Stefan Paetow wrote on

Facebook: Well, Bicester North doesn't quite make sense anymore either then...If they rename Bicester Town to Bicester Village, they should at the very least rename Bicester North to just Bicester since it's smack bang in the middle of the town (but not the town centre).

A34 massive congestion

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There has been an accident on the

A34 southbound at the Marcham Interchange. Police and ambulance are there, but it's causing a lot of disruption.

Minister's flying visit

Alastair Fee

Business correspondent, BBC South Today

The Defence Minister Philip Dunne has visited

RAF Benson to view the upgraded helicopter fleet.

RAF Benson

You can get the full story in South Today this evening at


Campsfield decision part of wider review

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire


withdrawal of a proposal to double the size of Campsfield immigration detention centre was part of a wider reassessment of the detention system.

Campsfield House immigration removal centre

The Home Office said that the independent review by the former prisons ombudsman Stephen Shaw will report back later this year and help inform the future requirements of the detention estate, including its capacity and location.

The statement added: "Detaining and removing people with no right to be in the country, with dignity and respect, is an essential part of effective immigration controls."

Intercity internet

First Great Western

tweets: Exciting news! We're pleased to announce that Free WiFi is now available across all of our
High Speed train services

Man using laptop on train

Islip accident

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's reports of an accident on the

entrance to Islip village, blocking the B4027 in both ways.

The police say it was a vehicle fire but it's now out.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

With support from her MP a mother is involved in a row with Thames Valley Police and social services over a sexual abuse case involving her son - which happened in Oxfordshire.

I'll have all the details at


Fooling around with Flint

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

On her show this morning

BBC Radio Oxford's Kat Orman was looking at the issue of whether dogs should be kept on leads at all times.

Kat Orman and Flint

Her concerns were realised when in the studio, Flint, who belongs to her guests Sue and Byron Harvey, took a little bit too much of a liking too her.

But fortunately for this Kat, Flint was only interesting in playing and giving her ear a lick.

A40 disruption

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

It's looking heavy on the A40 where

one lane is still closed westbound in Wheatley near the Wheatley entry sliproad because of a collapsed manhole and emergency repair works.

First new high-speed train arrives

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

The first "Super Express" train, that will replace ageing trains in the UK,

has arrived from Japan.

Hitachi train

It will be used as a test train by staff on the rail network from April.

The train is part of the £7.5bn modernisation of the Great Western railway line.

Bicester name change: Your views

via Facebook

Bicester Town station will be renamed Bicester Village, Chiltern Railways has announced. You've been giving us your thoughts on our

Facebook page:

Sallie Wright

wrote: It is a disgrace to name it after Bicester Village - we are more than an outlet design shopping centre.

Lawrence Webb

posted: So the town of Bicester - one of the newly announced garden cities - is to have a railway station that calls it a village. Simple!

And Bigtop design

tweets: no surprise there. It was obvious in the meeting it's what they were going to do. Annoying.

Rail line set to reopen

Chiltern Railways

tweets: 1 day to go until the line reopens between Banbury and Leamington Spa:

Chiltern Railways graphic
Chiltern Railways

On air

David Prever

Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

In the last hour it has been announced that the fantasy writer, Sir Terry Pratchett,

has died aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Terry Pratchett

He was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007, but continued writing, completing his final book last summer.

I'll be speaking to Oxford author Philipp Pullman who saw him only a few months ago.

Why wasn't mother warned of paedophile?

Peter Henley

Political editor, South of England

A woman whose son was abused by a man while she was caring for his disabled children has

accused police of not warning her because of his "human rights".

David Cullen

David Cullen was supposed to be actively monitored by Oxfordshire social services and Thames Valley Police. And despite that he was able to abuse Suzie's young son 25 times in six months.

Cullen was jailed for life after admitting offences against Suzie's son and eight others. You can read more of her story


News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A mother and her MP are involved in a furious row with Thames Valley Police and social services over a sexual abuse case involving her son which happened in Oxfordshire.

I'll have the full story at


Shoplifting CCTV released

A CCTV image has been released by

Thames Valley Police of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a shoplifting incident.

CCTV image

On Saturday 21 February at 12:30 a man entered the Next store on Oxford Retail Park in Cowley and left without paying for some jeans that he concealed.

Outrage over railway station rebrand

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The decision to rename Bicester Town railway station as Bicester Village was "very disappointing",

according to the town's mayor.

Bicester Town Station
Sarah Charlesworth

Lynn Pratt said: "The town council hadn't been informed the decision had been made."

Chiltern Railways said an independent poll of Bicester households by Wavelength Insight, found 49% of residents were in favour of a name change, compared to 23% in favour of keeping it.

Castle Mill fire

Oxford Mail

A man was taken to hospital after a

fire on a canal boat near the William Lucy Way towpath last night.

Roofe extension

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United have

extended the loan of West Brom midfielder Kemar Roofe until the end of the season.

Kemar Roofe

Manager Michael Appleton said: "It's nice to feel part of something and hopefully he feels that here. I don't think he's got any grand designs to go back to West Brom, I think he's enjoying himself and being involved in our environment."

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Campaigners celebrating the government's announcement to not extend Campsfield detention centre say they fear the proposals may come back after the election.

Join me for all the details at


£1 coin sells for £46,000

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

A rare solid silver £1 coin struck in Oxford a year after the English Civil War broke out

has sold at auction for £46,000.

Declaration Pound
Duke's auctioneers

The 5.2cm (2in) coin was taken to the auction house in Dorchester, Dorset, by its owner who was unaware of its significance.

The Declaration Pound, which dates from 1643, was described by auctioneers as "extremely rare".

Your views

We've introduced BBC Local Live, which is written by reporters across Oxfordshire to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think.

Missing girl appeal

Police have appealed for help in tracing a missing girl from Bicester.

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore, 15, was last seen at 22:30 on Wednesday 11 March in a garden in Banbury Road.

She has links to the Kidlington area, according to

Thames Valley Police.

Town to Village

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The new Chiltern Railways station in Bicester, that was

previously known as Bicester Town, will now be called Bicester Village.

Bicester Town Station design
Chiltern Railways

The station is located by the outlet village and is on the new line currently under construction between Oxford and London Marylebone.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The rebuilt train station in Bicester will be called Bicester Village and not Bicester Town.

I'll have more on that at


'Giant lobster' discovered

Jonathan Webb

Science reporter, BBC News

A bizarre human-sized lobster ancestor that lived 480 million years ago has been

discovered by scientists from Oxford and Yale universities.

reconstruction of Aegirocassis benmoulae
Marianne Collins, ArtofFact

An unusually well-preserved fossil from Morocco was the key to the discovery.

It apparently used spiny "limbs" on its head to sift food from the ocean and also had pairs of fins along both sides of its 2m-long body, which are precursors of the double limbs seen in many of its living relatives.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: The first new train which will eventually carry most commuters through the Thames Valley arrived in Southampton docks this morning.

Hitachi train

The Hitachi train has been shipped from Japan - where the first few are being built -and are expected to be put into service in 2017.

Join Roger Finn at


'Absolutely delighted'

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The new chief constable of Thames Valley Police, Francis Habgood, has said he was "absolutely delighted" to have been

chosen as the preferred candidate.

Francis Habgood

He added: "It will be an honour and privilege to lead the officers, staff and volunteers in the work to keep our communities safe."

Mr Habgood, who is the force's current deputy chief constable, is expected to start in his new role in April.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Campsfield Detention Centre near Kidlington will not be extended after a U-turn by the government.

The Home Secretary has this morning withdrawn planning permission to almost double the size of the centre which houses asylum seekers.

Join me for more on that and all the other headlines at


'Delighted at Campsfield decision'

BBC Radio Oxford

The decision to cancel a expansion to Campsfield House immigration detention centre has been welcomed by groups that have campaigned against the proposal.

Campsfield House

Kate Smart from

Asylum Welcome told
BBC Radio Oxford that it was the right decision.

She said: "We've got a general election looming so I think that this is the end of the story for a while, but we're delighted and I'm sure there will be a lot of people delighted by this, there had been very wide ranging concern about this."

Solar farm application to be decided

Oxfordshire Guardian

A planning application to install a solar farm on land at Shilton Downs Farm near Carterton is set to be

decided by West Oxfordshire District Council next Monday.

Fire chief receives OBE

Oxfordshire's chief fire officer has

picked up his OBE from the Queen at Windsor Castle this morning.

Dave Etheridge
Oxfordshire County Council

Dave Etheridge said the investiture ceremony made for a "hugely memorable day, one I will treasure for evermore".

He is the first person in the country to have risen from on-call firefighter to chief fire officer within the same force.

Campsfield House reaction

Local MP Nicola Blackwood

tweets: Great news: After long campaign the Home Sec is withdrawing Campsfield Expansion Planning Application. Common sense prevails!

Dogs on leads: Your views

via Facebook


Kat Orman heard from Simon, whose dog was killed by another dog while walking in the park. Kat wanted to know if dogs should always be kept on a lead. Here's what you've been saying on

Geoff Smith

posted: YES!!! No matter how well trained, as an owner you must do all possible to remove any risk. No dog is without risk...

Christine Parmenter

said: Of course they should be allowed off the lead...owners are responsible for making sure its the right place to let them off

Kate Villiers

wrote: Absolutely not but if someone owns a dangerous dog it should be muzzled

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Campaigners against the expansion of the Campsfield detention centre near Kidlington are celebrating after hearing it's not going ahead.

Join me for more on that and all the other headlines at


Osney river search

A stretch of the River Thames from Donnington Bridge to the Botley Road Bridge and the East Street junction will be searched today by officers attempting to find a missing person.

Emily Stiff

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

Police have asked anyone with knowledge of her whereabouts

to get in touch.