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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 27 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Michael Stoddard and Roz Tappenden

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

We'll be with you again from 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

Patchy rain and low cloud

Alexis Green

Weather presenter, BBC South Today

Tonight the cloud will thicken further and there will be outbreaks of mainly light and patchy rain. As well as the rain there may be low cloud mist and fog. Temperatures will drop to a mild 6 or 7C (43 or 44F).

Weather chart
BBC

For the full 10-day forecast, visit the

BBC website.

Tonight's TV

BBC South Today

Coming up on

South Today tonight:

The criminals who aren't paying for their crimes - how most of the money or items they steal are never recovered by police.

And the fire service that wants the law changed so sprinklers will have to be fitted in new buildings.

Suspected car criminals arrested

Police have

arrested two suspected car criminals in Wallingford.

Officers said two people were disturbed while inside a vehicle in the early ours of Thursday.

A 27-year-old man from Oxford is being held on suspicion of vehicle interference. A 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of going equipped to commit crime and for theft of a motor vehicle.

Freewheeling

BBC South Today

Anthony Morris, from Farmoor, sent us this photo of a woman riding a unicycle in Port Meadow.

Unicyclist at Port Meadow
Anthony Morris

He said: "Why use two wheels, when one is all that is needed?"

Over-subscribed school cash row

BBC Radio Oxford

We told you earlier how almost 200 children had missed out on a place at the over-subscribed

Cherwell School in Oxford.

Head teacher Paul James said it would have been able to meet the demand had its application for £7m worth of government funding for an expansion been granted.

But the Department for Education said it had given more than £35m to Oxfordshire County Council to spend on school buildings and facilities since 2010.

News on the hour

Martin Eastaugh

BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 17:00:

There are plans for Oxford to get its first secondary free school.

The group behind the proposed Oxford City Free School hope to open the comprehensive in September 2017.

M40 lanes reopened

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

All lanes have been reopened on the M40 following an earlier accident between junction 7 for the A40 and junction 6 for Lewknor - but the queues are yet to clear.

There's congestion to junction 8a, for the A418 Oxford Services.

For the latest, tune in to

BBC Radio Oxford or visit the
BBC website travel pages.

Election bumf

BBC Radio Oxford

Earlier, we asked whether you had been inundated with election leaflets or whether you had avoided the campaign clutter.

election leaflets
BBC

Tim Buckle, replied on our

Facebook page: "No real need for election leaflets now there's less demand for fire lighters"

Darren Grant said: "They go straight into the recycling bin as it is all empty rhetoric."

Helicopters leave Benson

The Herald

Six Merlin

helicopters left RAF Benson yesterday and headed to a naval air base in Somerset.

The move was part of an ongoing transition, as the RAF hands over the Merlin HC Mk3 and Mk3A helicopters to the Royal Navy, with 78 Squadron formally disbanded.

M40 crash

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The crash on the M40 is causing

long delays in both directions.

Two lanes are closed London-bound between junctions 7 and 6 after a car hit the central reservation but drivers are also slowing down on the northbound carriageway to look at the crash, which is causing problems in the other direction.

Long delays on M40

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There are two lanes closed and long delays on M40 London-bound between J7, A40 (Thame) and J6, B4009 (Watlington), because of an accident involving a car.

travel map
BBC

For the latest, tune in to

BBC Radio Oxford or visit the
BBC website travel pages.

News on the hour

Martin Eastaugh

BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 16:00:

Benefit claimants using a new system in Oxfordshire could end up in debt, a local charity is warning.

Oxfordshire Welfare Rights fears claimants will wait up to 49 days for their first payment when Universal Credit is rolled out next month.

Save the trees!

BBC Radio Oxford

Here are some of the election leaflets people working at

BBC Radio Oxford have had through their doors so far...

Election leaflets
BBC

But some people are saying they haven't received any yet!

Have you been targeted by the election leafleters? Or is your doormat staying clear of campaign clutter?

Boys held over sex assaults

Thames Valley Police said the victims of a series of sex assaults in Oxford were all women in their twenties and thirties who were touched inappropriately over their clothing.

The 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with seven sexual assaults, on Wednesday 18 March in Rymers Lane, Friday 20 March in Crowell Road and in Campbell Road, Saturday 21 March in Hockmore Street and three on Tuesday in Hockmore Street, Cowley Road and Church Cowley Road.

The two 14-year-old boys are being held over the Saturday assault in Hockmore Street. One of them is also being held over the Rymers lane incident on 18 March.

News on the hour

Martin Eastaugh

BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 15:00:

Police in Norfolk have confirmed the body found in the Thames in Oxford on Tuesday was that of convicted paedophile David Tuohy.

Paedophile teacher found dead

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

A former headmaster found guilty of sex attacks at a Norfolk school has been found dead in the River Thames.

David Tuohy
BBC

David Tuohy (pictured), 83, of Oxford, took charge of Eccles Hall, a special school at Quidenham, in the 1970s.

In February, he was found guilty of 15 counts of indecent assault on five boys with special needs aged as young as 10.

Literary Festival to smash records

Oxford Mail

As the Oxford Literary Festival

draws to a close this weekend, organisers have said this year's event has the potential to be one of the best ever.

Boys arrested over sex assaults

Three boys have been arrested in connection with a series of sex assaults in Oxford.

A 16-year-old and two 14-year-olds were arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, Thames Valley Police said.

Wear A Hat Day

BBC Radio Oxford

If you want to get ahead, get a hat! Alex has brought some of his favourite headgear in to the studio for

Wear A Hat Day in support of brain tumour research.

Alex Lester
BBC

Do you have a favourite hat?

Send us your pictures.

News on the hour

Martin Eastaugh

BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on the

BBC Radio Oxford news at 14:00:

Police have charged a woman in Oxford with keeping someone in slavery and forcing them to work.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today

On

South Today at 13:40: There are calls for courts and the police to get better at clawing back cash from criminals.

Police note
BBC

Figures revealed through a BBC South Freedom of Information request that authorities are only managing to retrieve a fraction of the money that criminals make every year.

Join Dani Sinha for more on this and all the headlines.

U's wait on U21 international

Oxford United winger Callum O'Dowda played the full 90 minutes for Ireland under-21s as they beat Andorra 1-0 in a European qualifier last night.

Callum O'Dowda
PA

O'Dowda won't be back in Oxfordshire until late this afternoon and boss Michael Appleton will delay a decision on whether he's fresh enough to

play against Carlisle tomorrow for as long as possible.

News on the hour

Martin Eastaugh

BBC Radio Oxford

A woman's been charged by police in connection with slavery and fraud offences in Oxford.

She's one of 10 people arrested by police in raids yesterday.

I'll have all the headlines at

13:00.

Home alone: Your thoughts

via Facebook

Over on

our Facebook page we've been asking you how old should your child be before you leave them at home alone?

Darren Grant

wrote: Some children are very sensible while on the other hand some adults should not be left alone. It is better that parents be expected to make their own assessment.

Anna-Marie McLachlan

added: I know a few 15 yr old that can't be trusted!! Yet very mature sensible 10 yr olds.

Paula Hall

said: My 11 yr old is very mature and I have left him alone to pop to shops or take other to school if he's been ill

Join the

discussion.

Are you older than Doris?

Oxford Times

Witney grandmother Doris Field is calling on Oxfordshire residents to see if

any of them can beat her 105 years of age.

Home alone arrests

BBC Radio Oxford

Thames Valley Police arrested nine parents on suspicion of leaving their children at home alone in the past three months.

That's the third highest number of arrests for this reason out of any of the forces in England.

We've been discussing the issue today over on

our Facebook page.

Election changes

Voters in Bicester will be sent information in early April advising them of their new

Bicester Town Council wards and possible changes to their polling station.

Ballot box
BBC

The changes see four existing wards disbanded and new boundary lines for seven wards set up.

The number of councillors will stay at 15 but the areas they represent are changing.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Villagers in Bampton are reflecting on the news that

Downton Abbey is to come to an end after the next series.

The TV show brought thousands of visitors to the area where some scenes are filmed.

I'll have all the county's headlines at

12:00.

New Bullfinch inquiry 'not useful'

Oxford Mail

A watchdog committee of the county council has

refused to back calls for an independent inquiry in the wake of Operation Bullfinch.

Yesterday the local authority's performance scrutiny committee was told those responsible for a "systemic failure" to stop the sexual abuse of girls in Oxford have not been held to account.

Home alone

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On today's show we've been asking you at what age do you think it is ok to leave children at home alone?

There's nothing in law to say you can't leave an eight-year-old home alone but it is an offence to leave a child alone if it places them at risk.

Join our

Facebook debate.

Jeremy Clarkson row

The Top Gear producer who was punched by Jeremy Clarkson has

told police he does not want to press charges.

Jeremy Clarkson
Getty Images

Clarkson, who is a Chipping Norton resident, was

dropped by the BBC on Wednesday after an investigation by the corporation found he launched an "unprovoked physical attack" on Oisin Tymon.

North Yorkshire Police has asked to see the report and said it would investigate but Mr Tymon has indicated he does not wish to press charges.

Anti-slavery raids update

Thames Valley Police has

sent an update on the anti-slavery raids in Oxford yesterday.

Police raids
BBC

Nine men and one woman were arrested after 150 officers executed warrants in Rose Hill, Blackbird Leys and at a travellers' site in Redbridge Hollow in Hinksey Hill.

Six of the men have been bailed, two remain in custody and one has been released without charge.

The woman has been

charged and is due before magistrates later.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman has been charged by police in connection with slavery and fraud offences in Oxford.

She was one of 10 people arrested by police in raids yesterday.

I'll have all the county's headlines at

11:00.

Anti-slavery raids charge

A woman has been

charged in connection with anti-slavery raids in Oxford yesterday.

Police raids
BBC

The 44-year-old, of Redbridge Hollow, Old Abingdon Road, faces one count of conspiracy to defraud, one count of conspiracy to hold another person in servitude and one count of conspiracy to require another person to perform forced labour.

The servitude and forced labour charges relate to offences against one victim between April 2010 and February this year.

The woman was remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Magistrates' Court this morning.

Putting the world to rights

Banbury Cake

More than 90 students from across Oxfordshire

met up to put the world to rights.

The sixth-formers - who came from nine schools from across the county and one from Cheltenham - gathered for a model United Nations general assembly.

School place disappointment

BBC Radio Oxford

Almost 200 children have not been given the place of their choice at

Cherwell School in Oxford.

School children in class
BBC

Out of a 450 parents, only 269 have been offered a place at Oxfordshire's most over-subscribed secondary school.

Head teacher Paul James said it would have been able to meet the demand had its application for £7m worth of government funding for an expansion been granted.

Leaders' TV grilling: Your views

Earlier we asked you what you thought of

David Cameron and Ed Miliband being grilled by former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman last night?

Ollie Perks said on

Facebook: Who was the winner? Sadly I think it was probably Nigel Farage

Bridget Gissing wrote on

Facebook: Same old same old

Elperro Havuelto

tweeted: I feel both did badly but Ed looked most uncomfortable

Nigel Barrett

added: Cameron stuttering with that smug face and no answers or Millipede with the most annoying voice in the world. Just seeing them makes me want to take a baseball bat to my tv screen.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Nearly £5m is being given to surgeries in Oxfordshire to give patients better access to their doctors.

It's to be used by three groups of GPs in the county to try out different schemes over the next year.

I'll have all the county's headlines at

10:00.