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  1. Updates from Tuesday 17 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Dave Gilyeat

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for following BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire today.

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'Murky conditions'

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Overnight we'll see clearing skies further west and further east we'll see some thick cloud pushing in.

Bee Tucker

There'll be widespread hill fog, a bit of mist, and generally murky conditions, but for most it should be a frost-free night. Lows of 2C (36F) or 3C (37F).

It will be a grey and misty start tomorrow morning, and it should be a dry day with more brightness than today.

Tonight's television

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

The reports on tonight's

BBC South Today at 18:30 include:

John Radcliffe Hospital
  • The investigation that's underway after a 64-year-old man went missing following brain surgery at an Oxford hospital
  • A look at how the average person affected by the so-called Bedroom Tax is now about £80 worse off every month in Oxfordshire
  • We meet three members of one family who all have Type 1 diabetes, as Oxford is announced as one of the key areas for a study to find a vaccine

Wall of trinkets

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Earlier Kat Orman spoke to explorer James Chilton about his adventures in Burma, India, South America and The Himalayas.

These exotic places couldn't be much further from his home town of Chipping Norton.

Burmese trinkets
james chilton

The same goes for the artefacts James has picked up during his travels. Above are just some of the keepsakes he treasures at home.

'Ask Google'

via Facebook

Earlier David Prever asked if people were losing essential life skills, such as making tea.

Penny Ling

says: I not only make my own tea using a tea pot and tea leaves, I blend my own tea too. I wonder if people are forgetting how to do the basic things as we've developed a culture of asking Google how to do stuff.

Tim Buckle

says: It's not so much forgotten but more like can't be bothered to learn, life for some at least is too easy. Younger people in the UK don't need the skills their grandparents needed, although both my nieces and nephew taught themselves to cook, sew, clean and iron when they were still at school.

Keeping up with 'Refashion'

More than a third of a tonne of textiles have been swapped or recycled at an event at Oxford Town Hall.

The fourth annual ReFashion, part of

Oxford Fashion Week, was attended by more than 600 people and included workshops, live performances and Q&As showing how best to give old clothes new life.

ReFashion at Oxford Town Hall
oxford city council

Jenny Carr,

Oxford City Council's sustainable energy officer, said: "So many people came along and saw students modelling their upcycled creations on the catwalk, swapped old clothes for some new ones, and were inspired by the fantastic shops and stallholders who attended."

'Biggest of the season'

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

A match against the team who are four points adrift at the bottom of the Football League has been labelled a big game for
Oxford United by boss Michael Appleton.

The U's management are wary of a Hartlepool side who won at Morecambe on Saturday, and Appleton is determined that his team continue their five match unbeaten run which has taken them nine points clear of the drop zone.

Not Specified

He said: "Without a shadow of a doubt it's the biggest game so far this season. End of story."

BBC Radio Oxford has exclusive full match commentary from the Kassam Stadium from 19:00.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A boat owner has been fined for driving it recklessly during the Henley Festival last summer.

I'll have more at 17:00.

Oxfordshire woman, 105, dies

Oxford Mail

A woman believed to be one of the oldest people of Oxfordshire

has died aged 105.

'Attention seeker' fined

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

A man who woke other boaters during a festival on the Thames

after recklessly driving his boat - named Attention Seeker - has been fined.

Malcolm Howell, 29, of no fixed abode, admitted failing to navigate his boat at a safe speed and with due care and caution at Henley Festival last year.

Henley Festival

He caused other boats to rock violently which broke cabin contents on the floor, woke occupants and ripped boats from their moorings.

He was ordered to pay £4,567 in total.

A4130 blocked

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

In Didcot the A4130 is blocked in both directions at the top of Hadden Hill due to an accident between Long Wittenham Road and the B4016 Broadway, outside the garage and cattery.

And in Kennington, there are reports that the temporary traffic lights on the Bagley Wood Road are stuck on red.


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

We'd like to know what you think.

On air

David Prever

Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

It seems us British have lost an essential life skill - we don't know how to make a cup of tea.

Cup of tea and teapot

Researchers from University College London say most people do not allow the leaves to infuse for long enough for the complex flavours to emerge.

What other basic life skills do you think people have forgotten?

Let me know.

Getting in the carnival mood


Cowley Road Carnival fundraiser has been announced for next month.

Up and coming five-piece alt-rockers Balloon Ascents

will play the event at the UPP cinema, on Jeune Street, Cowley Road, on 29 April.

Balloon Ascents
Gina hood

It will be followed by a screening of spoof rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap. The carnival takes to the streets on 5 July.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The spare room subsidy is leaving Oxfordshire's disabled people unable to pay their bills, it has been claimed.

The National Housing Federation says that people claiming housing benefit here have on average lost more than £81 a month compared to almost £65 elsewhere in the country.

I'll have more on this at 16:00.

'Too much hate'

via Facebook

You've been getting in touch in droves after we asked your views on whether large people should pay extra for taking up more space on public transport.

Joff Thompson

says: Of course they should. They choose to be that way so they should have to put up with the consequences.

Marisa Jane Grant

says: I am a plus size but don't take up both seats on trains, not unlike some people who place their bags on seats!

Alexandra Chaloner

says: Obesity is not a disability. Obesity disables you yes, but it's a lifestyle choice... I have to work hard to maintain that I don't put on weight, why shouldn't others?

But Spencer Cameron

says: How stupid, so next skinny people should only pay for half a seat. Try respecting people. Too much hate in the world and you want to add to it.

Julia strikes

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Oxford resident Julia Golding's book Struck has won the

Romantic Novel of the Year prize.

Julia Golding

The novel, written under the pen name Joss Stirling, is published by Oxford University Press.

The accolade comes from the

Romantic Novelists' Association. Congratulations Julia!

Police targeting journalists?

Witney Gazette

Thames Valley Police has again refused to confirm if it has been misusing anti-terrorism laws to spy on journalists,

claiming it has been asked "too many times".

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Plans for a £60m redevelopment on land next to Didcot Parkway have moved a step forward.

The Didcot Gateway would include shops, leisure facilities, apartments, and a hotel.

I'll have more at 15:00.

Glowing posters

Cherwell Council

tweets: Glow in the dark posters are going up in Cherwell warning dog owners who fail to scoop the poop they're being watched.

Cherwell District Council glow in the dark poster
cherwell district council

Two seats or not two seats?

via Facebook

Earlier Kat Orman asked you if obese people should pay for two seats on a train or on other public transport.

Danni Turnbull

says: If you take up 2 seats, you should pay for 2 seats!

Daniel Emlyn-Jones

says: I think there needs to be respect and kindness here. Obese people are seldom happy with their physical state... being put in a position like this would be extremely humiliating.

Helen Williams

says: This is crazy... No they absolutely should not!! What has happened to people being allowed to be human?

Betty Doussain Agha

says: Maybe they should have larger seats for bigger people. They provide for wheelchair users but what about bigger people? Sometimes obesity is due to illness and charging these people more should be called discrimination.

Early stage

Pegasus Theatre

tweets: Looks like a mess at the moment but this is going to be the amazing set for the Pegasus Youth Theatre Companies [next week].

Pegasus stage
Pegasus theatre

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman is in a critical condition after a fire at Little Coxwell near Faringdon this morning.

I'll have more at 14:00.

Exploring the palace

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The Duke of Marlborough is opening up his private apartments to the public so we can see how the other half lives.

The opulent chambers at

Blenheim Palace include The Billiard Room, complete with a full size snooker table sat within antique taxidermied deer, and the Servants Bells (pictured), rather reminiscent of the opening titles of Downton Abbey.

Servants' bells at Blenheim Palace
Mark Hemsworth

If that's not enough there's the Smoking Room containing full size tapestries from the Alexandra the Great series commissioned by the first duke, and the remains of the Stubbs Tiger, a present from the Governor of Bengal in 1763 and which lived on the estate.

Or there's the private Dining Room, complete with its Mahogany George III dining table. Dinner's not included.

Lunchtime television

Dani Sinha

Reporter, BBC South Today

Two former pupils from Winton House School in Winchester have waived their anonymity to speak exclusively to BBC South Today about the serious physical and sexual abuse they claim they suffered in the 1970s.

Winton House School

A number of staff are accused of being complicit in the sexual abuse of children there over two decades and more than 30 alleged victims have now come forward to take Hampshire County Council to the high court.

We'll have the full report

on BBC One at 13:40.

'You will be believed'

Oxfordshire County Council, the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Board, the police and the health services have made a promise to protect children from child sex exploitation.


"CSE promise" commits the organisations to listen and act if approached by potential victims. "You will be believed," they say.

Signing CSE promise
oxfordshire county council

Council Leader Ian Hudspeth (pictured signing the promise with Ch Insp Julian Collinson) said: "We got things badly wrong in the past, so we want to speak directly to children and reassure them that child protection agencies in Oxfordshire are looking out for them and will leave no stone unturned to tackle this despicable crime."

Victims of a child exploitation gang in Oxford

have previously criticised the authorities for not spotting vulnerable children.

Milk floats stolen

Four milk floats

have been stolen from a depot in Oxford, with one being used to ram the security gates so they could escape.

It happened on Sunday between 02:00 and 08:00 at Dairy Crest Ltd, Towles Mill, Abingdon Road.

Milk bottles

One van has been found in Colley Wood, Kennington. Another was seen in Blackbird Leys.

PC Stuart Mclaren, from Oxford Local CID, said: "Patrols of the area were carried out today and the public should be reassured that we are doing everything we can to catch the culprits of this burglary."

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man's appeared via videolink at Oxford Crown Court charged with murdering his newborn son.

Get the full story at 13:00.

Mystery plaque

BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Mercer

tweets: Spotted this on Quaking Bridge in Oxford. Anyone know who's behind it? #urbanheritage

Quaking Bridge plaque

Should large people pay more?

Jamie Ryan

Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

The latest figures from the

Health & Social Care Information Centre suggest 25% of adults are obese.

But seats on buses, trains, planes, in theatres and cinemas don't always come in different sizes.

Obese woman on street
AFP/Getty Images

So if someone is too big to sit "comfortably" in one seat and would encroach into someone else's space, should they pay for more space?

What do you think - should large people have to pay for two seats?

Let Kat Orman know.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The preliminary hearing for a man

charged with the murder of his 11-week-old son has taken place.

Jordon and Jayden Saxton

Jordan Saxton, 21, of Wingate Close, Oxford, appeared via videolink from Bullingdon Prison to Oxford Crown Court and was remanded in custody.

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.

Get the full story at 12:00.

Do we need pharmacists to help?

via Facebook


Howard Bentham asked whether you'd had any difficulty seeing your doctor, after leading health professionals said
an "army" of pharmacists was needed to help treat patients at GP practices.

Sarah Needle

says: It is difficult to see a Dr... I do think surgeries should be open later, maybe a couple days a week. But I think the bigger problem is people going to the Dr because they have a cold/mild cough/sore throat!

Renee Watson

says: This is how it works in Australia and with pharmacists trained to approach their work as healthcare providers in the community, closely linked to their local doctors surgery, it can be incredibly successful.

Darren Grant

asks: Now hands up who thinks this is a ploy by the pharmacy chains to ensure they catch all the business from surgeries?

Brain surgery patient 'wandered off'

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

A hospital patient who had undergone brain surgery was found 30 miles away

after wandering off from a ward.

John Howe
Thames Valley Police

John Howe, 64, vanished from John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford at about 18:00 on Sunday.

Mr Howe's daughter, Zoe, said her father had been disoriented following his surgery.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A crash near Thame has led to a man being taken to hospital with leg injuries.

A car hit a telegraph pole on the A4129 in the early hours of this morning.

More headlines at 11:00.

Having a ball

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Oxfordshire installation artist Impro has struck again.

The man who mystified Uri Geller

with a mystery postbox on Sonning Bridge, says he recently added a special exhibit at the Albert Hall.

Hitler "ball" in Albert Hall

Signed simply as "Hitler's other ball", if you know the British war song, you can figure out the rest.

"When I anonymously pointed it out to a guy he laughed so much he needed help standing," he told us.

Museum gets lottery grant

Banbury Guardian

Exhibits at Bloxham Village Museum will now have the protection they deserve

thanks to a £9,900 Heritage Lottery grant.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Popular footpaths in Yarnton are being closed off to the public after years of free access.

Oxford Royale Academy, which owns
Yarnton Manor, says it's against its safeguarding policy for children studying at the Jacobean mansion.

Yarnton Manor
Des Blenkinsopp

Dogwalkers and local people are upset and say they plan to apply to

Oxfordshire County Council for permanent right of way.

More on this at 10:00.