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  1. Updates from Wednesday Monday 23 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Stephen Stafford

All times stated are UK

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Good Evening

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

We'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday morning.

Cloudy night

Alexis Green

Weather presenter, BBC South Today

Cloud will continue to thicken this evening with patchy rain spreading southeast.


Rain and thick cloud will then move away to the southeast leaving a mainly dry night with some clear spells nearer dawn.

There will be a mostly dry and cold start to Tuesday with partly cloudy skies and sunny spells.

Overnight lows of 1C (34F).

Evening news

Sinead Carroll

Reporter, BBC South Today

On this evening's South Today, we report from the inquest into the death of a four-year-old boy, who died after being crushed by a mirror at a designer shop in Bicester Village.

And First Great Western has signed a deal to run trains through the Thames Valley for another four years - we'll hear what it means for commuters.

Join me at

18:30 on BBC One.

Acoustic duo


Pop over to the

BBC Oxford Facebook page to watch the video of Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker playing live ahead of their performance at The Nettlebed Folk Club.

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

Evening congestion

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

It's a busy evening on the

roads around Oxfordshire.

There is congestion on the A40 London Road in Oxford around Thornhill Park and Ride.

And its busy in Abingdon on the A4183 Vineyard between Our Lady and St Edmund Church and the A415 Stratton Way junction.

Serial offender spared jail

Oxford Mail

A serial offender who turned to drugs and alcohol after killing his girlfriend in a car crash

has escaped a further prison sentence.

Inside the Weston Library


Part of the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford has been transformed following a £80m refurbishment.

Weston Library

It's taken three years to turn what used to be called the New Bodleian, into the Weston Library.

Watch Adina Campbell's report, with some remarkable timelapse footage, on the

BBC South Today Facebook page.

News on the Hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A police investigation is continuing after three intruders broke into a house in Banbury last night.

They made off with cash, bank cards and hair dressing equipment.

A couple in their sixties were in the house at the time of the incident in Greensward Wardington.

I'll have more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 17:00.

Paramedic shortage

Inside Out

An investigation by Inside Out South has revealed a

shortage of hundreds of paramedics across the South of England.


In the last five years demand for frontline services has risen by a third and ambulance trusts are struggling to fill vacancies.

You can see more on

Inside Out South with Jon Cuthill at 19:30 on BBC One.

Scrap metal operation

BBC Radio Oxford

An operation targeting

unlicensed scrap metal collectors in Oxfordshire, has failed to catch anyone breaking the law.

Scrap metal generic

Around 20 Thames Valley Police officers were involved in two days of roaming patrols, using automatic number plate recognition to find dealers.

Thirty four vehicles were stopped by police in Cherwell District, but no one was arrested.

Father tells of shop death

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

A father has described how his four-year-old son died after an

unstable shop mirror fell on top of him.

Austen Harrison

Austen Harrison was crushed by the furniture at the Hugo Boss shop in Bicester, Oxfordshire, in June 2013.

In evidence read to an inquest jury in Oxford, his father Simon Harrison said he had been trying on a number of suits in the shop when the free-standing mirror fell on his son, causing "devastating" head injuries. Austen died four days later in hospital.

Spring pictures

Spring looks like it has sprung in this picture of daffodils in Farmoor sent in by Anthony Morris.

Daffodils photo by Anthony Morris
Anthony Morris

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News on the Hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A row over a working phone box in Banbury being used as a micro-library has been resolved.

BT wanted to stop the dual use of the facility amid concerns books could fall on people making calls.

I'll have more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 16:00.

Top cops

BBC Radio Oxford

Thames Valley Police is looking for nominations for its officers, staff or volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help to improve community life.

Thames Valley Police
Thames valley police


Community Policing Awards 2015 include categories for Community Police Officer of the Year and Special Constable of the Year.

Nominations from the public will close on 27 April, after which a team of judges will decide the final winners. The winners will then be announced on 29 June.

BreakingMirror death inquest


A four-year-old boy died from "devastating" head injuries when an unstable shop mirror fell on him, an inquest has heard.

Austen Harrison

Austen Harrison was playing with a heavy fitting-room mirror while his father tried on a suit at a Hugo Boss shop at the Bicester outlet village when it toppled over and crushed him in June 2013.

An inquest into his death at Oxford Coroner's Court heard that the mirror was not fixed to the wall and that its free-standing position meant it could easily overbalance.

U's promise action

BBC Sport

Oxford United said it would be taking internal disciplinary action after an incident involving goalkeeper Ryan Clarke and forward Alex MacDonald.

Ryan Clarke
Getty Images

The team-mates were both booked after squaring up to each other following Shrewsbury's second goal during the

2-0 defeat on Saturday.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Transport company FirstGroup has extended its deal with the government to run services on the Great Western rail network until 2019.

Planned improvements include electric train services for the first time on the network as well as additional train capacity at peak times.

I'll have more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 15:00.

Theatre debate

Henley Standard

A proposed new arts centre in Henley would have an

impact on the existing Kenton Theatre, its chairman of trustees has claimed.

Cloudy afternoon

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It'll turn increasingly cloudy from the northwest this afternoon.


Conditions should remain dry with the odd brighter spell, most likely around Wallingford or Thame. Highs of 11C (52F).

All change on BBC News website

Stephen Stafford

BBC News Online

You may have noticed a few changes to the way the BBC News website looks this afternoon. That's because

the desktop version of the site has been switched off with all visitors now being directed to a newer, responsive design.

BBC News website on PC, tablet, mobile

The new site adapts its layout depending on what type of device it is being used on, be it a desktop PC, tablet or mobile.

Feedback about the new website

is being gathered on the BBC Internet Blog where initial reactions to the new design have been mixed. Feel free to have your say about the change there.

News on the Hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An investigation by BBC Inside Out has discovered there's a shortage of paramedics in the South East of England.

South Central Ambulances Service currently has 275 vacancies and is struggling to fill them.

I'll have more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 14:00.

New phone box offered

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

A phone box library that was threatened with closure has been saved after

BT offered to install a second red booth to house it.

Banbury Phone box
Basher eyre

About 40 books and shelves were installed in the working red phone box in South Bar, Banbury, but BT subsequently ordered their removal.

The town council initially agreed to adopt the box but BT said the phone would need to be removed.

Lunchtime news

Laura Trant

Presenter, BBC South Today

On South Today this lunchtime, a BBC investigation has revealed a shortage of hundreds of paramedics across the South of England.

And there's more on First Great Western signing a new deal to run trains through the Thames Valley for another four years. The company will also buy some new commuter trains for services between Oxford, Reading and London.

We'll also have a look back at the weekend sport, from

13:40 on BBC One.

Train deal signed

Paul Clifton

Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

First Great Western has signed a deal to run

trains through the Thames Valley for another four years.

First Great Western

The new franchise was expected but the scale of spending on new trains was not. First Great Western plans to replace its old diesels with a fleet of new trains to run through the Thames Valley to Plymouth and Penzance

New commuter trains will also be bought for services between Oxford, Reading and London, easing overcrowding and making space for growth.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Three men in balaclavas have forced their way into a house in Banbury and raided the property.

I'll have more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00.

Kids' food


How do you get your kids to eat their food? Users of the

BBC Oxford Facebook page have been posting their tips.

Boy eating a meal
School Food Plan

Melissa Denham posted: "Introduction at the earliest possible time in puree, then as they get older make a variety of fruit n veg normal every day finger food. If they start getting fussy they are not hungry enough."

Janet Clarke said: "Growing it in the garden helps, my son is often covered in blackberry/tomatoes/strawberries in the summer!! He also loves searching for potatoes in the ground."

Stars made to sweat

BBC Sport


Oxford City Stars season ended with a 2-2 draw against ice hockey's NIHL 1 champions Chelmsford at the weekend.

Oxford City Stars
Oxford City Stars

The result means the Stars will have to wait until next week to see if they're safe from relegation.

A loss for their rivals Cardiff at London Raiders will secure the Oxford team's position in the division.

Orange ambassador

Banbury Guardian

Clifton student,

Rebecca Jardine has become a "UK orange ambassador" for a Spanish family fruit firm, as part of her business management degree.

'Genius' works on show

BBC Radio Oxford

A new exhibition, Marks of Genius, has been opened by Prof Stephen Hawking and Sir David Attenborough to mark Oxford University's Weston Library reopening to the public after an

£80m transformation.

Weston Library

Prof Hawking, who studied at Oxford as an undergraduate, said: "The works are the product of genius, be it Einstein, Newton or Shakespeare.

"I hope that thousands of people, young and old, will be inspired to develop ideas of their own, to experiment, try out new ways of thinking, and share their ideas with others."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A tuberculosis vaccine in a spray has been created by scientists in Oxford which, it's hoped, will be much more effective than the traditional BCG jab.

The team based at Oxford's Churchill Hospital started trialling the new vaccine, which is administered like an asthma inhaler.

I'll have more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 12:00.

Loan signings 'possible'

BBC Sport

Oxford United's chief executive CEO Mark Ashton has told BBC Radio Oxford the club has not ruled out signing another player before the loan window closes on Thursday.

Kassam Stadium

United lost 2-0 for the second consecutive match at the weekend.

They remain six points away from the League Two relegation zone.

Bicester's masterchef

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Sarah McCready from Bicester has been enjoying a weekend of adulation after her appearance on

Masterchef on Friday night.


Despite having to re-do her soufflé desert, she did enough to impress Gregg Wallace and John Torode enough to get through to knockout week.

"I've learnt so much, it's the most intense experience," she said.

Cycling safety


Over on the

BBC Oxford Facebook page you can join in the debate about how safe it is to cycle in Oxford.

Bikes in Oxford

Victoria Louise House posted: "Everyone should do a cycle proficiency test like we did at school. All the colleges should teach their students. And people should not be talking on their phone. Listening to music or eating while cycling."

Simon Hopkins said: "Yeah - I do feel "safe" - even after being knocked flying off my bike at St Giles by a minicab. In all fairness it was my fault, no lights and jumped a red."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A rise in the use of personal cameras by motorists is behind a surge in the number of road rage incidents being reported in the Thames Valley, according to a lawyer specialising in motoring offences.

There were more than 200 reports of the crime in the Thames Valley last year.

I'll have more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 11:00.

Road update

Earlier problems on the roads have calmed down with just a bit of congestion left on the A422 and the A34.

For more details,

go to the BBC Travel site.

Topless man wanted over criminal damage

Banbury Guardian

The wing mirror of a silver Ford Focus was kicked by a man

following an incident in West Street, Banbury last Friday.

It happened at about 12:10 and the man is described as white, in his early forties, 5ft 6ins and stocky. He was wearing black jeans and not wearing a top.

Your photos

Steve Gunn sent in this beautiful image of Chinnor Windmill at sunset on Sunday 22 March.

Chinnor Windmill at sunset. Sunday 22 March 2015
Steve Gunn

Gorgeous picture Steve, thanks for sharing. If you have an image you'd like to share with us, email it in:

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A four-year deal has been agreed for First Great Western to run trains through the Thames Valley.

Services between Oxford, Reading and London will benefit from new commuter trains.

Get the full story

with me at 10:00.

Chiltern landslip route closed again

A major rail link between the Midlands and London, which closed for five weeks because of a landslip,

was closed again for engineering works this weekend.

Network rail

The Chiltern line closed between Leamington Spa, in Warwickshire, and Banbury, in Oxfordshire, in January and reopened last Friday.

Changes to BBC News website

Dave Lee

Technology reporter, BBC News

The desktop version of the BBC News website will be switched off later today and all visitors will be directed to a newer, responsive design.

BBC News website

The new site adapts its layout depending on what type of device it is being used on, be it a desktop PC, tablet or mobile. Desktop visitors to the BBC News site have been prompted to try out the new responsive design for the past few weeks.

But as of 14:00 today, everyone will be forced to make the change - with users automatically taken to the new look site.