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  1. Updates from Thursday 26 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

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: More than 100 police officers have carried out a series of raids across Oxford - as part of an operation to tackle slavery, exploitation and fraud.

Police raid at Redbridge Hollow

Police arrested 10 people, mostly from a site at Redbridge Hollow. We'll have the latest on that and the region's other top stories at


Clear night

Holly Green

BBC Weather

A clear and dry evening, with the winds easing off through the night.

Holly Green

We do have the risk of some frost but for most of us it should stay above freezing with lows of 2C (36F).

Didcot racist abuse

Wallingford Herald

A father and his teenage son were

racially abused in Didcot, police said.

Feeling hungry?

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

We've missed lunch, but if you're looking for somewhere to eat this evening or over the weekend, BuzzFeed have put together

18 Things You Must Eat In Oxford.

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I've managed to try four from the list, which means I've got a busy Easter coming up to tuck-in at the other 14!

Bye bye Bonneville in Bampton

Neil Smith

Arts reporter

The next season of ITV's period drama Downton Abbey will be its last,

its makers have announced.

The cast of Downton Abbey

Created by Julian Fellowes, the show follows an aristocratic family's fortunes from 1912 to the mid-1920s, and was filmed on locations in Oxfordshire.

Peter Fincham, ITV's director of television, said the show would come to an end later this year with a "concluding special" on Christmas Day.

HS2 tunnel proposed

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Plans for a tunnel under the Chilterns to

preserve the area from the high speed rail link HS2 have been announced by campaigners opposing the project.

HS2 tunnel proposal

The proposals, drawn up by local councils and conservationists, includes a 15-mile tunnel from the M25 to Wendover.

They were unveiled at the House of Commons.

Missing girl

A 15-year-old girl from Bicester has gone missing. She was last seen at around 23:45 in Headington last night.

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore is 5ft 6in (1.67m) and was wearing black jogging trousers, black trainers and grey hoody.

Police have asked anyone with information to

contact them.

United City

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United's French midfielder

Jeremy Balmy has signed for Oxford City on a month's loan.

Jeremy Balmy

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's economy faces the loss of more than £3m per year if the planned closure of kitchens at five hospitals goes ahead, local campaigners say.

I'll have all the county's headlines at


United land Vassell on loan

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Peterborough striker Kyle Vassell has

joined Oxford United until the end of the season.

Kyle Vassell

He told me that he was "delighted to be here" and was attracted by the challenge.


Armand Gnanduillet and
Giorgio Rasulo have returned to their parent clubs.

Fancy being a firefighter?

via Facebook

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service have

taken to Facebook to advertise an event where you can get involved with them.

Fire event poster
Oxfordshire Frire and Rescue Service

"What are you doing on Saturday? On-call have a go day at ‪#‎Didcot‬ Fire Station 10 'til 2."

Didcot development

BBC Radio Oxford

Plans for the £50m expansion of Didcot's

Orchard shopping centre have been submitted.

The development will include 24 new shops, as well as six new restaurants and cafés.

Anna Robinson, who has responsibility for planning at

South Oxfordshire District Council told
BBC Radio Oxford she believes this development is vital.

She said: "We're seeing the population of Didcot increasing rapidly, we need a much stronger shopping offer than we have at the moment."

Hospital food

The closure of kitchens at five hospitals in Oxfordshire could deprive the local economy of more than £3m a year - local campaigners say.

Hospital kitchen
Science Photo Library

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust plans to close kitchens at its community hospitals in Chipping Norton, Didcot, Wallingford, Wantage and Witney and replace them with deliveries of pre-prepared ready meals.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The body of a soldier who died while training in Cyprus is being repatriated to Oxfordshire.

Private Jamie Sawyer' body from The Second Battalion, The Mercian Regiment Battlegroup is being transported via RAF Brize Norton.

Join me for all the headlines at


Three flee house fire

Three people have been taken to hospital after a

fire in a house near Witney.

The blaze had broken out in the back of a large house in Minster Lovell.

Firefighters say it was a challenging blaze to bring under control, but the occupants were not thought to be seriously hurt.

Have your say on the NHS


tweets: Recently stayed in hospital? Tell us about your care - it helps our staff. What was good? Could anything be improved?

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News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An investigation into slavery, exploitation and fraud in Oxfordshire has led to the arrest of 10 people.

I'll have the latest at


More arrests after human exploitation raids

TVP Oxford

tweets: Three further arrests after warrants at Redbridge Hollow today (26/3) 3 men aged 18, 19 and 27 from Oxford as part of Operation Rague

Police cars

Lorry break down

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

There is a lane blocked and slow traffic on the A420 westbound in Kingston Bagpuize, after the A415 junction, because of a broken down lorry.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Two teenagers have been arrested following an attack on a 17-year-old in Abingdon.

I'll have more on that at


Lunchtime TV

Dani Sinha

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: A rare albino badger found with deep wounds on its neck and back is being nursed back to health.


The five-year-old creature was found sheltering in an outside toilet in Dorset.

It's thought he's been fighting with other badgers, which is not uncommon at this time of year. Join me at


Room with a view

BBC Radio Oxford

A competition to find an Oxfordshire location fit to adorn the toilet walls of the next generation of

Chiltern Railways trains has been launched by the company.

After he was kicked off the train, the man was assaulted by a woman who thought he was trying to take her handbag

Commercial Director of Chiltern Thomas Ableman,

told Kat Orman that they are keen to hear about unusual locations.

He said: "I would much rather it was somewhere that people didn't know about and learnt to discover through visiting a Chiltern Railways toilet."

Timeless Oxford

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's banner image shows contemporary Broad Street in what could be an antique photograph, capturing Oxford's timeless quality.

Broad Street

It was taken by David Olds and you can see more of his images on


News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Around 150 police officers investigating human slavery have carried out a series of raids in Oxford this morning.

Join me for the latest at


Seven arrested in human slavery raids

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Seven people have been arrested after police carried out a

number of raids in relation to human exploitation, slavery and fraud.

Redbridge Hollow

The raids took place at Redbridge Hollow, Hinksey Hill and at two properties in Rose Hill and Blackbird Leys in Oxford at around 06:00.

Supt Andy Boyd said: "These alleged offences are matters which are taken extremely seriously by Thames Valley Police and I would urge anybody with any information to contact us."

Train toilet: Your design ideas

via Facebook

Chiltern Railways are hoping to do a mural in a carriage of their new train, on the new line, with a depiction of a something that represents Oxford.

Here's some of your suggestions:

Oxford scenes

Frances Carroll Nutrition

posted: The Sheldonian Theatre was the first place I ever came to in Oxford long before I moved here and it was such a memorable evening that for me it will always be that which I think of

Sharon Mannall

wrote: The Dreaming Spires!

Paul Willis

said: Traffic Jam. Simples!

The joys of Spring

Lilley Mitchell

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

This morning I have been at

Earth Trust in Little Wittleham, where I met this little bundle of cuteness who was born last night.


And if you have any photos of spring scenes, why not send them in to

Local Live?

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Officers investigating human slavery in Oxford have arrested seven people in a series of raids this morning.

Join me for the latest reaction at


Police 'caring for human slavery' victims

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Thames Valley Police has said that its priority is caring for the victims of human slavery, exploitation and fraud, after around 150 officers

carried out raids in three locations.

Thames Valley Police raid

Supt Andy Boyd said: "At this time we are caring for those individuals with our colleagues in the local health service and the local authority."

The force executed warrants in Redbridge Hollow, Hinksey Hill and elsewhere in Oxford.

Grass cutting road blockage

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

There's a

lane closed on the exit slip road on the A4142 Eastern Bypass at the Cowley Junction because of grass cutting on the roundabout.

Park and Ride: Your views

via Facebook

Plans to relocate Oxford's Park and Ride schemes will turn greenbelt land "into a car park" say campaigners, but what do you think?

Jacqueline Hathaway

posted: You can't expect to have a rise in population like we have without needing to increase the infrastructure. I'm not saying I agree with it, but it's inevitable.

Betty Doussain Agha

wrote: No keep the green!! Make train and bus tickets cheaper so people don't need to use their car

Fliss Emptage

said: Why is it the Green belt only exists until the council want to build on it?

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's fears six new Park and Ride car parks on the outskirts of Oxford will destroy greenbelt land.

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


O'Dowda set for to turn out for Greens

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United winger Callum O'Dowda could get his first taste of international football this evening.

Callum O'Dowda
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The 19-year-old is part of the Ireland U-21 squad for their friendly

against Andorra in Waterford.

Police preparing for raids

TVPSouth Oxon & VOWH

tweets: TVP officers being briefed before warrants carried out for slavery, exploitation and fraud today #Op_Rague

Police officers

Tubney traffic

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The A420 is

blocked westbound in Tubney with queuing traffic between the Oakesmere junction and the Digging Lane junction, because of an accident involving a Lorry.

Congestion running back to to the A338 junction.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

More than 100 police officers have carried out a series of raids in Oxford in relation to human exploitation.

I'll have the latest at