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  1. Updates from Monday 30 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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That's all from Local Live today, thanks for joining us.

We will be back on Tuesday from 08:00 to bring you news, sport, travel and weather.

Cloudy night

Sarah Farmer

Weather presenter, BBC South Today

Thickening cloud this evening with rain and drizzle developing, before becoming drier.

Oxford weather

Very windy, with a risk of gales developing, especially over the Cotswolds.

Lows of 5C (41F).

Evening news

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

On South Today this evening, a former senior staff nurse at the John Radcliffe Hospital has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting and raping female patients.

We'll find out where the key battles will be in our region the forthcoming general election.

And we meet the Oxfordshire man planning to lead a team of 75 cyclists from Paris to London.

Join me at

18:30 on BBC One.

Hawks promoted

BBC Sport

Congratulations to Henley Hawks who have been promoted to National League One.

Henley Hawks
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They beat Shelford 66-17 at the weekend to secure their place at the top of the league - where they have been for 26 games.

Hawks' director of rugby Nigel Dudding described the win as "another great team effort".

Recycling hours extended

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's Household Waste Recycling Centres will be extending their opening hours from later this week.


Between April and September recycling sites will be open until 20:00 on a Thursday, in addition to the normal hours of 08:00 - 17:00 every day (including Sundays).

Stars survive

BBC Sport


Oxford City Stars can plan for a second season in Ice Hockey's National League One after a dramatic escape from relegation this weekend.

Oxford Stars
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A late equaliser for London Raiders against Cardiff Devils ensured the Welsh side were sent down at the weekend instead of the Stars.

Club secretary Richard Carpenter said: "We deserved to stay up - we've proven ourselves in this division".

Genius exhibition

via Facebook

Over on the

BBC Oxford Facebook page, you can have a look at some pictures taken at the new Marks of Genius' exhibition at The Weston Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Marks of Genius
Bodleian Libraries

Among the treasures there are some remarkable religious texts including a 13th Century map of the Holy Land, Handel's original conductor's score for The Messiah.

Slavery arrests

BBC Radio Oxford

Thames Valley Police have arrested

two more people after search warrants were executed in the Oxford area on Thursday.

Police officers in Operation Rague raid
Alex Skennerton

A 59-year-old woman and an 81-year-old man from Oxford were arrested on suspicion of fraud and slavery offences.

Two other people, both from Redbridge Hollow, Oxford, have already been charged with slavery offences and remanded in custody by Oxford magistrates.

'Bizarre' laws

A law that allows councils in England and Wales to ban certain activities in public is leading to

"bizarre new criminal offences", campaigners say.

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The Manifesto Club, which campaigns against over-regulation, says the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act is creating "a patchwork" of laws, with discrepancies from town to town.

Examples include young people in Oxford being banned from entering a tower block unless they are a visitor or resident.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's a warning of disruption to journeys from Oxfordshire into London over Easter as major signalling work is carried out.

I'll have more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 17:00.

Lights out

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Traffic light failures are causing a few problems this afternoon - traffic lights not working on A415 Ducklington Lane in both directions at Thorney Leys and Station Lane in Witney.

In Wolvercote, the temporary lights have failed on Godstowe Road.

More travel news on

BBC Travel.

Faringdon robbery

BBC Radio Oxford

Police are appealing for information after a 34-year-old woman was hurt in a robbery late last night.

The woman was walking along the pathway between Berners Way and Walker Drive in Faringdon at about 23:20 when she was pushed to the ground by a man and her bag was pulled from her shoulder.

She suffered swelling to the left side of her face due to the incident.

Murder appeal after 20 years

BBC Radio Oxford

Detectives have renewed their appeal for information about an

unsolved murder in Oxford 20 years ago.

The body of 29-year-old Nasreen Akhtar was found by two of her children as they returned to their home in Cobden Crescent from primary school in March 1995. She had been strangled.

Murder scene

The head of Thames Valley Police's major crime investigation review team, Peter Beirne, said: "Despite a thorough and professional investigation, the offence remains undetected.

"We are now in the process of starting a review in to the case and I ask that anyone who has any information about Nasreen's murder to come forward."

Traffic latest

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The earlier crash which blocked the A44 at Woodstock has now been cleared with traffic now flowing freely.

However the are delays on the M40 southbound at junction 14 after a diesel spillage closed two lanes.

I'll have the latest throughout

Drivetime on BBC Radio Oxford.

Scoring debut

BBC Sport

Oxford United now have an eight point gap between themselves and the League Two relegation zone after a 2-1 win over Carlisle.

Kyle Vassell
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United's chief executive Mark Ashton said he was "really pleased" with debutant Kyle Vassell who wasted no time in getting off the mark with a well struck winner only five minutes after coming on as a sub.

Patrick Hoban earlier equalised for the Us after the Cumbrians had taken the lead in Saturday's fixture.

News on the Hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A former senior hospital nurse has admitted sexually assaulting and raping female patients in the John Radcliffe Hospital and at a music festival.

I'll have more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 16:00.

Laptop robbery

BBC Radio Oxford

Police are appealing for information after a man was

robbed in his home by two men who come round to view a laptop computer he had advertised on Gumtree.

The two men threw liquid into the face of the 40-year-old victim from Thame last Monday, before hitting him and making off with the silver Macbook.

The victim was treated in hospital where the liquid was later identified as a fizzy drink mixed with chilli powder.

A44 blocked

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's been a serious crash involving several cars which is blocking the A44 in both directions at the Duke of Marlborough junction near Woodstock.

Stay tuned to BBC Radio Oxford for the

latest travel news.

Relegation 'opportunity'

BBC Sport

London Welsh head coach Rowland Phillips has said the last four games of the Premiership season provide an "opportunity" for his relegated side.

Rowland Phillips
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The Exiles will be back in the Championship next season following Sunday's 29-14 defeat by Bath - their 18th consecutive top-flight loss.

"A defeat is always going to touch on negatives, but we have to look at the performance, the energy of the group, at the ambition of the team, how they competed, and in that case it was a massive positive," he told BBC Radio Oxford.

News on the Hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Campaigning has got under way in earnest for what the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has described as "the most important General Election in a generation".

I'll have more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 15:00.

Hospital statement on rapist nurse

Peter Cooke

Reporter, BBC South Today

The John Radcliffe Hospital has issued a statement after

former nurse Andrew Hutchinson, 29, admitted raping, sexually assaulting and spying on female patients including some who were unconscious.

John Radcliffe Hospital

Mark Power, director of workforce said: "We have been shocked and horrified by the behaviour of the individual, who so badly let down both the patients he was entrusted to care for and his fellow colleagues, and who totally failed in his professional duties and responsibilities as a nurse.

"I would wish to reassure members of the public that the welfare and safety of our patients is always our first priority."

Hunting offences

Oxford Mail

Five men have been

charged with hunting offences near Wantage after allegedly being involved in hare coursing, where people bet on dogs chasing hares.

Baby talk

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


Oxford Brookes BabyLab is looking for babies and infants to participate in an innovative research project investigating how babies learn language and words.

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On the

mid-morning programme, Dr Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez explained how they would be looking at if some words were easier to learn than others.

The study will also examine language learning between different ages and languages.

News on the Hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of slavery, fraud and assault in the Oxford area.

I'll have more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 14:00.

Constituency profiles

Oxfordshire's politicians are on the starting blocks ready for the official start of the general election campaign.

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You can read the full profiles of all the constituencies in the county on the

BBC General Election website.

Lunchtime news

Laura Trant

Reporter, BBC South Today

On South Today this lunchtime, more on the news that a former senior staff nurse at the John Radcliffe Hospital has pleaded guilty to raping and spying on female patients.

And region gears up for the start of the general election campaign.

Join me at

13:40 on BBC One.

Ex-nurse admits raping patients

Former senior hospital nurse Andrew Hutchinson, who worked at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford,

has pleaded guilty to 27 counts including rape, voyeurism and sexual assault.

The 29-year-old also admitted spying on women at a leisure centre and sexually assaulting women at a music festival.

The offences took place between 2011 and 2013. Hutchinson was sacked by the hospital after he was arrested.

Bond trailer


trailer for the new Bond movie Spectre has been released - including what appears to be a flash of one of Oxfordshire's most famous sights.

Sony pictures

Scenes were filmed at Blenheim palace in Oxfordshire last year and a shot of the stately home appears in the trailer.

Daniel Craig returns to the leading role alongside new cast member Christoph Waltz playing the villain. Filming is taking place at Pinewood Studios and on location in Italy, Morocco, Mexico and Austria.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A former senior staff nurse has pleaded guilty to raping and spying on female patients at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital - I'll have more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00.

Son speaks out over murder

Michael Stoddard

BBC News, Southampton

The son of a 29-year-old woman found strangled at her home in Oxford 20 years ago today has spoken out as

police renewed an appeal for information about her murder.

Imran Khan

Nasreen Akhtar's son, Imran Khan, who was 10 at the time of the killing, said it had "shattered" the family.

He said: "The killer has been allowed to continue with their life. They have remained unpunished for the horrific act they have committed and the effects of their actions have had on four young children is unacceptable."

'Complicated case'

Peter Cooke

Reporter, BBC South Today

Thames Valley Police have given their response after former nurse Andrew Hutchinson pleaded guilty to raping and spying on female patients at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.

Andrew Hutchinson
Thames valley police

Det Ch Insp Mark Johns said: "This has been a complicated and unusual case as the victims of his sex offences were not aware that offences took place because they were not conscious. Thames Valley Police sent specially trained officers to personally speak to all the victims, who showed great courage when informed with such distressing news.

"I have no doubt that Hutchinson would have continued to offend had he not been arrested."

Steam campaign

Banbury Guardian

The Banbury Civic Society has called on the town to save the

historic steam engine factory in the former Burgess buildings in Canal Street.

Hebdo aftermath

BBC Three

Oxford journalist and comedian Shaista Aziz investigates the impact of the killing of 12 people in the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in a BBC Three documentary tonight.

Je Suis Charlie

She talks to politicians, youth groups and controversial French comedian Dieudonne in

A National Divided? The Charlie Hebdo Aftermath.

News on the Hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A former senior staff nurse has pleaded guilty to raping and spying on female patients at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital - I'll have more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 12:00.

Nurse spied on victims

Peter Cooke

Reporter, BBC South Today

Oxford Crown Court has heard how former nurse Andrew Hutchinson, 29, sexually assaulted four unconscious woman in curtained areas in the A&E department at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

He also used a camera to spy on a number of women and children at the White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon.

Since being arrested he has been sacked by the hospital.

Hutchinson has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 27 April.

BreakingNurse admits sexual offences

Peter Cooke

Reporter, BBC South Today

A former senior staff nurse at the John Radcliffe Hospital has pleaded guilty to raping and spying on female patients, some of them unconscious at the time, between 2011 and 2013.

At a hearing at Oxford Crown Court, Andrew Hutchinson, 29, from Abingdon admitted to a total of 27 counts including rape, voyeurism, sexual assault and making indecent images of children. One of his victims was a 10-year-old girl. The oldest was 35.

Heaven sent

Oxford Mail

Nine of Oxfordshire's churches are celebrating receiving grants of

£900,000 for building repairs between them.

Award for author

BBC Radio Oxford

A former Oxford schoolgirl has won a national prize for her Children's murder mystery book.

Murder most unladylike

Robin Stevens who grew up in the city won the Best Younger Fiction category at the

Waterstone's awards.

Her book, Murder Most Unladylike, is the first of her series of stories about a murder set in an all-girls boarding school.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Network Rail insists there will not be a repeat of the rail chaos at Christmas when it carries out work over Easter.

Buses will replace trains while signalling work is carried out on the line between Oxford and Paddington.

I'll have more at

11:00 on BBC Radio Oxford.

The grey vote

BBC Breakfast

One of the groups being targeted by the political parties in the forthcoming general election is the elderly.

Elderly voters

Older voters in Oxford have been

talking about their concerns to BBC Breakfast.