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  1. Updates from Thursday 19 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 it for today. Local Live will return at 08:00 on Friday.

Evening TV

BBC South Today


South Today this evening: The phrase "housing crisis" is something we hear frequently and today one of the region's MEPs is calling for radical solutions. The Green MEP Keith Taylor is launching his housing strategy in Oxford tonight.

Estate agents sign

It includes rent control, new Council Tax bands above H - so owners of larger houses pay higher taxes, and the decriminalisation of squatting.

Join Jerome Sale at


Cloud continuing

Holly Green

BBC Weather

The cloud will increase this evening, bringing

some misty conditions as we head into the night.

Holly Green

Temperatures will depend on how much cloud we see, but most will stay frost free with lows of 3C (37F).

The Goals Next Door

BBC Radio Oxford

As part of the build up to the new Women's Super League season,

BBC Radio Oxford is replaying the documentary about Oxford United Women's 2014 season, The Goals Next Door.

Goals Next Door

You can listen from 19:00 on 65.2FM or


Abingdon odour identified

Thames Water

tweets: We've identified the cause of the unusual odour in the tap water in #Abigndon for more details see #OX14

Friday's eclipse, explained with fruit

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This Friday, at around 09:30, we'll witness a

solar eclipse, an event people once thought heralded the end of the world.

Nigel Henbest

Fortunately that shouldn't happen, and if you want to know exactly how and why the eclipse is taking place, why not

watch an explanation by astronomer Nigel Henbest, describing the phenomenon using only a torch and some fruit.

Bicester Eco homes vote

Final planning approval for more than 2,500 eco homes in Bicester is being discussed by councillors this evening.

An artist's impression of how North West Bicester might look

Construction of

393 tester homes has already started, but this proposal includes infrastructure such as schools, roads and an energy centre.

Vanuatu aid arrives

An RAF plane from Oxfordshire has arrived in Vanuatu - to help with relief efforts after last week's

devastating cyclone.

C-17 aid for Vanuatu

The C-17 transport plane flew out from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on Monday, bound for Australia - before linking up with international agencies.

It was carrying more than 1,600 shelter kits and almost 2,000 solar lanterns.

Banbury arrest from the air

NPAS Benson

tweets: 1300hrs, Banbury, search for male wanted for assault. Male broke cover, chased by officers, we provided his location until arrested.

Police helicopter

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Rent controls are among the ideas being put forward to solve the south east's housing crisis by the Green Party.

I'll have more on this at


Clarke condemns referee abuse

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Referee Patrick Miller won't take charge of another professional game after the knee injury he sustained during the game between

Oxford United and Hartlepool on Tuesday night.

Ryan Clarke
Getty Images

He was due to retire at the end of the season and the patella ligament damage meant he was stretchered off what has proved to be his final match.

Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke has criticised some fans who mocked the official while he was bent over on the pitch.

He said: "Some of the stuff that was said to him with his face in the mud was pretty disgraceful. If that had been one of our players then people wouldn't have said the same things."

Heart help

BBC Radio Oxford

The team at the

Oxford Heart Centre in the John Radcliffe Hospital, has been given a grant of nearly £94,000 by
Heart Research UK.

Science Photo Library

James Gamble, who is a research fellow working on the project, told

BBC Radio Oxford's Nick Piercey that the money will be used to advance a technique invented in Oxford which resynchronises the heart with a pacemaker.

He said: "It will make a huge difference for people who the standard method to put a pacemaker in doesn't work. So people who really don't have any options, have nasty symptoms - this can help them."

Breathe easy

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Defra officials

have warned of unusually high levels of air pollution across the country today.

Cyclist with face mask
Getty Images

But there's been reassurance the air quality in Oxfordshire is moderate to good. The smog can be dangerous for people with asthma and other respiratory problems.

School Report

BBC Radio Oxford


BBC News School Report day and BBC Radio Oxford has been joined by school reporters from across the county.

School report

Banbury Academy students joined Kat Orman in the studio, taking over the show for an hour and featuring the issues that matter to them. You can listen back


And Howard Bentham was joined by pupils from Lord Williams school in Thame. You can hear them interviewing Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth


News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Higher council tax bands, rent controls and the decriminalisation of squatting is how you solve Oxfordshire's housing crisis, according to the Green Party.

I'll have more on this at


Award for Oxford chemist

BBC Radio Oxford

The first female Professor of Chemistry at both the University's of Oxford and Cambridge has picked up a global honour.

Dame Carol Robinson

Professor Dame Carol Robinson, who lives in Islip has been awarded the

European Laureate award in Paris.

She told

Kat Orman: "I like to think that my science is influencing medical research and of course it's always wonderful to win an award such as this, it was an amazing event."

'I'll never ride again'

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman who broke her back in two places after her horse was chased by three dogs has told

BBC Radio Oxford that she will never ride again.

Katie Henderson's riding accident
Katie Henderson

Katie Henderson

told me that the accident near East Hanney also ended her hopes of a career in the police force.

She said: "It's more than the physical effect, I'll never ride again, and I'll never be able to get my strength up to standard to pass the fitness test again for my dream job."

How will Budget 2015 affect you?

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

It's been 24-hours since the

Budget, and as the
politicians squabble about who has the answer to improving the economy, you can now see how the changes made will affect your household finances with the
BBC Budget calculator.

Budget calculator

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A £94,000 grant has been awarded for heart research at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Join me for the full details at


Rally steams ahead

Banbury Guardian

The annual Bloxham Steam Rally

will definitely take place according to a statement from the Banbury Steam Society this week.

The event was in doubt because of a division between members of the committee.

Back-up bottles in Abingdon


tweets: Reports of low pressure and taste and now a water delivery!!!

Bottled water

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Thames Water says an investigation is continuing into Abingdon customers reports that their supply has a strange odour or taste.

I'll have more on that at


Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Proposals to make more parking available at Stonehenge will be considered today.


English Heritage has put in a planning application because visitors regularly had to use the overflow car park and there were frequent queues.

Councillors are expected to approve the enlargement plans.

Join us at

13:40 for all the top stories.

Water response

Thames Water have responded to residents in Abingdon with concerns about their water by issuing a statement insisting that the water was safe to drink.

Kitchen tap

David Reynolds, water quality manager at Thames Water said: "After a burst pipe yesterday (Wednesday) caused low pressure our engineers moved water from other areas into Abingdon to boost supplies.

"Into the evening we began to receive calls from a small number of customers reporting an unusual taste or odour to their drinking water supply.

"We have no evidence to suggest there is any public health risk, however we have made bottled available should customers have any concerns."

Beautiful Blossom

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Despite the recent colder weather I keep telling myself that it is spring and photos like this one by Becca Collacott in Abingdon help!

Becca Collacott

If you have a picture from Oxfordshire, feel free to send it in to

Local Live.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's been reassurance the air quality in Oxfordshire is moderate to good today despite officials warning of unusually high levels of air pollution.

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


Abingdon assault appeal

A 17-year-old boy was

assaulted yesterday at around 13:00 on the junction of Bath Street and Letcombe Avenue in Abingdon.

He was sat on a bench with a friend when two teenagers on bikes and a girl on foot approached them.

The two teenagers punched the victim, leaving him with a broken nose and swollen face.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

A34 delays

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked causing slow traffic on the A34 southbound in Kidlington between Kidlington Junction and Peartree Interchange, because of a

broken down Bus.

Abingdon water problems

via Facebook

Joanna Garner contacted BBC Radio Oxford via our

Facebook page to ask if there was a problem with the water in Abingdon.

She wrote: Is there any news about problems with water in Abingdon please? My husband said the water tasted foul this morning and there were officials with replacement bottles on the green nearby.

Other people have taken to twitter with similar concerns.


tweets: Anyone else's water smell/taste like chlorine in #abingdon? #thameswater

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Professor Dame Carol Robinson, who lives in Islip, has been awarded the European Laureate award in Paris in recognition of her contribution to science.

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


Spandau Ballet 'couldn't refuse Henley'

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

Spandau Ballet will close this year's Henley Festival,

organisers have confirmed.

Spandau Ballet

The 1980s band will perform on the festival's Floating Stage on the Sunday followed by fireworks.

In a statement the band said: "Summer by the Thames at Henley sounds like an offer not to be refused. We can't wait to see everyone there."

Dog control: Your views

via Facebook

Howard Bentham heard from a woman in Didcot who broke her back after her horse was chased by some dogs. He asked: Should dogs be on a lead at all times? Here's what you've been saying on Facebook.

Jeff Tyrrell

wrote: Depending on the dog the owner and the environment. It's just common sense which unfortunately some dog owner's don't possess!

Harry Traherne Bowler

posted: This is ridiculous, a horse that easily spooked should be kept away from public places until it is ready deal with normal everyday activities.

Vikki Eaton

said: Yes! Dogs freak me out, and they come running up to you and the owner says he's fine!!! Don't worry!!! Well he's not and I do!! Keep them restrained!!!!!

Foster family shortage warning

Oxford Times

A foster carer has warned

children's futures could be at risk unless more volunteers sign up to provide a home for them.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's dog owners have been warned to take more care around horses after Thames Valley Police reported a growing number of incidents.

Join me for more on that at


Oxford women 'looking to push on'

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United's Women Captain Sahara Osbourne-Ricketts said the team have earned the right to play in the

Women's Super League and deserve a chance to show what they can do.

Sahara Osborne-Ricketts
Oxford United Women

She said: "Players are starting to believe in themselves a bit more, we learnt a lot from our first season so we know what to expect so hopefully we can push on and finish higher than we did last season."

After a patchy debut season in women's football's second tier, the U's begin the new campaign this evening when they host Watford at Abingdon United's Northcourt Road ground. You can listen to commentary of the match on 95.2FM, digital and


Dog warning

BBC Radio Oxford

Dog owners in Oxfordshire are being warned by police to keep their pets under control after a rider broke her back in two places when her horse was spooked by three dogs.

Getty Images

Kevin Simmons from Thames Valley Police, told

BBC Radio Oxford that it is a growing problem.

He said: "It's not the dog's fault because they have these natural instincts so it's down to the owner to keep control of them and depending on the circumstances they may well be committing offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act."

University presses ahead with Castle Mill flats work

Oxford Mail

Oxford University has said it will

change the look of the Castle Mill student flats, involving a change of the colour, texture and cladding of the flats, and tree screening, at a cost of £6m.

Looking down on the High Street

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's banner image shows Oxford High Street in sunnier conditions than today, and was taken by Tim Green from St Mary's Tower.

Oxford High Street
Tim Green

You can see more of Tim's images of Oxford on his

flickr page. And do
send in your pictures from across the county.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An eight-year-old girl has been hurt after she was hit by a car as she crossed the road in Oxford.

It is understood her injuries were minor and she was unlikely to have needed hospital treatment.

Join me for all the headlines at


Uncontrolled dog 'could ruin someone's life'

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman from Didcot who broke her back in two places when her horse was chased by dogs has called for owners to keep their pets on a lead.

Katie Henderson

told me that the accident near East Hanney last October ended her dream of becoming a police officer.

She said: "If you cannot call your dog back or you think your dog might get over excited, please please please keep them on a leash, because at the end of the day you could be ruining someone's life."