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  1. Updates from Friday 13 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Earlier this year we reported a rise in the number of people having weight loss surgery in Oxfordshire.

Man climbing stairs

But doctors say we could soon see a big drop in operations - because of who pays for them. There are now concerns that could be a burden on the NHS.

Over the last three months, we have been following the story of an Oxfordshire man who wanted to have gastric surgery - and who had the operation this morning.

Join me for that and more at


Turning colder

Holly Green

BBC Weather

We'll lose the cloud this evening, meaning

temperatures will take a bit of a tumble.

Holly Green

Towns and cities will see lows of 2C (36F), but we could see a touch of frost in the countryside.

'Collaborative' plan for West Way

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

After Doric Properties withdrew their appeal against the refused development of Botley's West Way shopping area,

new proposals will be submitted later in the year for a smaller development.

Botley redevelopment
Doric Properties

Developers Mace, now leading the project, will submit plans that excludes any redevelopment of Elms Parade, Field House and the vicarage.

Mace development director Huw Griffiths said: "We look forward to working on a replacement scheme that better meets the needs of the Botley community."

Revving up for the F1 season

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on BBC Radio Oxford - a full preview of the new F1 season and the opening Grand Prix in Australia.

Lewis Hamilton

We'll be hearing from Suzi Perry, Claire Williams and John Watson. Join us at


Didcot glitch tickets cancelled

Wantage Herald

More than 100 parking tickets issued over Christmas by Didcot's Orchard Centre had to be

cancelled after a technical glitch.

Looking for a Saturday activity?

via Facebook

Thames Valley Orienteering Club have invited people to their event this weekend on their

Facebook page.

Orienteering poster
Thames Valley Orienteering Club

"Q: What have lakes, boulders, paths, woods and a miniature railway got in common?

"A: They're all on the map for our orienteering races at Oxford's biggest park!

"Come and try orienteering at Cutteslowe Park on Saturday 14 March. Find the checkpoints around the park as quickly as you can! No experience is necessary; you can run or just walk."

Campaigners welcome West Way withdrawal

Campaigners have welcomed the decision to withdraw an appeal against the

refused planning permission for the development of the West Way shopping area in Botley.

West Way
Chris Church

West Way Community Concern co-chair Chris Church said: "This is a wonderful victory for the people of Botley. Two years ago we said we would work to save Elms Parade, Field House and the Vicarage. Thanks to all the efforts of our community, we have won that campaign.

"Now we will continue to work to ensure that any new development is what Botley wants and engage constructively with the consultation that Mace is planning."

Smart glasses for the blind

Oxford Mail

Smart glasses made in Oxford

which allow the blind to see could be on the market for the price of a mobile phone this time next year.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Chiltern railways say they have consulted extensively before changing the name of the rebuilt Bicester Town railway station.

Join me for the full story at


Coneygree wins Gold Cup

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Well I did suggest that if you were going to bet on the Cheltenham Gold Cup you should go for Oxfordshire trained Coneygree...

and of course he won.


With odds of 7-1 I just wish I had followed my own advice!

Swimarathon's £4,000 splash

Henley Standard

More than 140 swimmers took part in the Henley Lions Swimarathon on Saturday,

raising almost £4,000.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The train line from Oxfordshire to the Midlands has re-opened ahead of schedule after a landslip closed it six weeks ago, with a promise it won't happen again.

Join me for all the headlines at


Riding for Comic Relief

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today

Oxfam manager Jon Adsett has embarked on a 130 mile tour across the county's Oxfam 17 shops to raise money for Comic Relief.

Job Adsett

He started in Banbury and will aim to finish in Summertown in Oxford. You can sponsor him


Father appears on murder charge

A man

charged with murdering his 11-week-old baby son has appeared in Oxford Crown Court.

Jordon and Jayden Saxton

Jordon Saxton, 21, from Wingate Close in Oxford is accused of inflicting fatal head injuries on his son Jayden last November.

Mr Saxton appeared via video link from Bullingdon Prison.

Charity drive

Stagecoach Oxford

tweets: For Comic Relief, some of our drivers have dressed up in an 80s theme. Look out for them on your bus journey today!

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Rail passengers from Oxfordshire to the Midlands have welcomed the line reopening today after a landslip closed it six weeks ago.

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


Special track could silence Wolvercote campaigners

Bicester Advertiser

An innovative "silent rail track" could be laid at Wolvercote

to reduce noise from trains.

Oxfordshire's gold hope

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Retiring 19-time champion AP McCoy may be

hoping for a fitting finish in his last ride in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but we might be forgiven for cheering one of his rivals.


Coneygree, ridden by Nico de Boinville and trained by

Mark Bradstock near Wantage, is the forth favourite, so if you're having a flutter, why not back the local boy?

Bicester station name change 'logical'

BBC Radio Oxford

Changing the name of the rebuilt Bicester Town railway station to Bicester Village has been defended by Chiltern Railways on

BBC Radio Oxford this morning.

Bicester Town Station design
Chiltern Railways

Many local people don't agree with the name change but the managing director of Chiltern Railways, Rob Brighouse
told Howard Bentham that it makes sense.

He said: "It's a very logical name change, we have many overseas visitors for example who travel to Bicester to go to Bicester Village."

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Three burglaries that took place last week in Bicester are being linked by Thames Valley Police.

Join me for all the headlines at


Oxford sunrise

BBC Radio Oxford

Radio Oxford producer Georgina Sullivan took this picture of an early morning in Oxford today.


If you have a photo you'd like to share of the county, why not send it in to

Local Live?

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: The Chiltern rail line from Oxfordshire to the Midlands reopened today after a landslip forced it to close in January.

Harbury tunnel

Over the last six weeks, more than 300,000 tonnes of earth have been removed and it is estimated to have cost Network Rail more then £7m in clearance costs and payments to the rail operators.

Join Roger Finn for the region's top stories at


Shooting stars shoot darts

via Facebook

Ice hockey team Oxford Shooting Stars is advertising it's fundraising event tonight at Littlemore Rugby club on it's

Facebook page.

"Come along and help raise some money for your favourite sports team and our chosen charity, Children with Cancer UK

"Take part in our darts night - a fun filled evening for all the family. Enter the competition at just £5 per person."

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

New plans for a smaller scale shopping complex in Botley will be put forward after developers agreed to stop fighting to get their existing plans built.

I'll have the latest at


Poet 'speechless' after prize win

Oxford Times

A teenager from Nepal who found a new life in Oxford eight years ago

has won a national poetry contest.

'So relieved we're open'

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


reopening of the railway line between Banbury and Leamington after January's landslide is a "great relief", according to Chiltern Railways.

Harbury tunnel

Managing Director Rob Brighouse

told me that the weather had allowed the line to open earlier than thought.

He said: "I was concerned we'd be closed until Easter but they've been working around the clock and the weather has been kind to us. I'm so relieved and I'd like to give a big thank you to my passengers who have been so patient."

Fire sparks smoke alarm warning

Oxford Mail

An investigation has begun into a

boat fire in Oxford which left a man badly burned.

Smoke alarm

He has been treated in hospital after firefighters tackled a major blaze on the boat near the William Lucy Way in the north of the city.

Firefighters, said the man was lucky to survive and have renewed calls for all types of accommodation to have smoke alarms fitted.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford has learned that developers have withdrawn their appeal to try to build a new shopping complex in Botley.

I'll have the latest at


Abingdon accident

BBC Travel

BBC Travel


congestion in Abingdon around Stratton Way after a pedestrian was hurt in a collision with a car

Paramedics and police officers were called just before 11:00 this morning.

It's understood her injuries were not serious.

Railway reopening: Your views

Passengers have been taking to Twitter to give their thoughts on the reopening of the line between Leamington Spa and Banbury.

Rory Burnside

tweets: Very pleased to see the line reopened 3 weeks early. Just in time for Mothers' Day!

Warwick Town Mayor

tweets: Well done to all the teams who made this possible. Yeah.

Joesphine Groves

tweets: Looking forward to No Buses today. I'm expecting balloons and party hats.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Chiltern Railways

tweets: Here's a photo of the first train going to Bham by Harbury. S

Chiltern Railways train at Harbury
Chiltern Railways

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Chiltern Railways wants to encourage passengers to return to train services between Oxfordshire and the Midlands now the line is reopen.

I'll have more on that at


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A&E performance slips

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Oxfordshire's hospitals saw 87.8% of A&E patients within four hours in the week ending 8 March, down slightly from 88.5% the previous week.

John Radcliffe Hospital

Across England performance slightly improved with 92.8% of people seen in that time frame, an increase on 91.5%.

The government target of 95% is still being missed.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Chiltern railways say they are relieved to be back in business running train services between Oxfordshire and the Midlands.

Join me for all the headlines at


A34 blocked

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

The A34 exit slip road in Oxford is

partially blocked northbound at the Hinksey Hill Interchange, because of a broken down lorry and recovery work.

No trace of missing woman in river search

A search of the River Thames by police in Oxford found no trace of missing woman Emily Stiff.

Emily Stiff

The Specialist Search and Rescue team

toured the waterways between Osney and Donnington yesterday.

The 22-year-old has not been seen for 17 days. Officers say the search was part of several lines of inquiry and not because of specific information.