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  1. Updates from Tuesday 31 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Hannah Bewley

All times stated are UK

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That's it for Local Live for today.

The service will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday. In the meantime you can get in touch with the team

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Chilly overnight

Alexis Green

Weather presenter, BBC South Today

Scattered showers at first this evening, but most parts will become dry and

rather chilly overnight with some clear spells, and with winds slowly easing.


Lows of 3C (37F).

Evening news

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

Ten employees, a 13 week trial and a fraud of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Tonight a group of workers from the Action For Employment firm were sentenced for taking money which should have rightly gone to helping people get back to work in the Thames Valley.

Get the full story on

South Today at 18:30.

Henley Royal Regatta to be filmed

Henley Royal Regatta will be available to view around the world via a live stream, organisers have announced.

All racing will be shown live and a daily highlights show will be available to watch on demand within an hour of the close of each day's racing from 1-5 July.

ALLSPORT/Getty Images

More than 250 races feature at the Regatta, which includes Olympians and emerging stars from around the world and is renowned for its gladiatorial match-racing.

BreakingSentences for back-to-work fraud

Joe Campbell

BBC South Today

Six people have been jailed for their part in a £300,000 fraud in which they claimed they were helping people get back into work.

Four others who also worked for Action 4 Employment (A4e) were given suspended sentences.

The company helped people in the Thames Valley get back in to employment.

The group who went on trial made up scores of files, forged signatures and falsely claimed they had helped people find jobs, enabling them to hit targets and get bonuses.

Give the dog a home

Banbury Cake

An unwanted dog is in

desperate need of a loving home after spending more than 400 lonely days an Oxfordshire animal centre.

Homeless hound Kenny, a collie-cross Staffordshire bull terrier, has spent more than 9,700 hours at charity Blue Cross' rehoming centre in Burford.

Blue Cross

Engagement ring stolen

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a burglary in Causeway, Banbury between 12:00 and 14:30 on Saturday 21 March, in Causeway, Banbury.

Jewellery was stolen including a gold engagement ring with diamonds on it, as well as a white iPhone 4 and cash.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact investigating officer Det Con Rebecca Sewell, from Banbury CID, via the 24-hour enquiry line 101.

News on the Hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A Malaysian fishmonger faces death by hanging after being found guilty of murdering two British medical students in Borneo.

Aidan Brunger and Neil Dalton, who were both 22, were attacked by Zulkipli Abdullah in August last year.

More on BBC Radio Oxford at


Pac-Man stuck in Oxford traffic

Counting down the minutes until home time?

Google Maps might have the answer as streets have been turned in to a popular 1980s computer game.


Can you spot which Oxford college Pac-Man is whizzing round?

Congestion on the roads

There is

congestion on the A40 London Road in Oxford around the Thornhill Park And Ride.

Oxford travel

It is also busy between A44 Cassington and B4449 Cassington.

Police identifying body

Oxford Mail

Police are still

working to identify the body of a woman that was found in the River Thames on Friday.

It is thought Thames Valley Police will not be able to name the woman, who was found in the water behind Weirs Lane, South Oxford, until the end of the week.

Motorcycle champion has big dreams

BBC Radio Oxford

Georgina Polden spoke to

Nick Piercey on BBC Radio Oxford about her ambition to inspire more women to take up motorcycle racing.

The Kidlington teenager is competing in the British Championships this year.

Georgina Polden
Georgina Polden

She said: "I would like to make it to the world championships, I would be the first British girl to make it there so it would be a dream."

Her parents run the Kings Two Wheel Centre in Kidlington.

Is the future bright for rural Oxfordshire?

Prospective parliamentary candidates for Oxford West and Abingdon are to debate the future of rural Oxfordshire at an event at St. Barnabas Church in Jericho, Oxford, on Thursday 9 April from 19:00 to 21:00.

The event, organised by CPRE Oxfordshire, will be hosted by Bill Heine, of BBC Radio Oxford.


Candidates attending are Conservative's Nicola Blackwood, Liberal Democrat's Layla Moran, Labour's Sally Copley, Green's Larry Sander, UKIP's Alan Harris, National Health Action's Dr Helen Salisbury and Socialist Party's Mike Foster.

Weather warnings removed

BBC Weather


Yellow weather warnings which were in place across southern England have been removed.

It is still

forecast to be very windy for the rest of the day.

News on the Hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Henley Royal Regatta is to be screened live on the internet for the first time this year.

The racing, which features top international competitors in early July, is being filmed and shown by YouTube.

Hear more on BBC Radio Oxford at


Police awards: PCSO saved suicidal man

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

PCSO Andy Clayton was commended for saving the life of a man who had tried to hang himself.

The PCSO, 23, from Loddon Valley police station, was on patrol in Wokingham when he took a call from the control room.

PCSO Andy Clayton and Chief Constable Sara Thornton
Alex Skennerton

He said: "I was literally there in 20 seconds, if that. The front door was open, I ran upstairs and the aunty has got her nephew down and then I have just commenced CPR."

The man regained consciousness just as the paramedics arrived.

PCSO Clayton said: "When he was on the stretcher going into the ambulance he shouted over to me and shook my hand and said thanks. I said 'Alright, look after yourself.' And that was it."

Classical music date for the diary

BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 is playing music from the Oxford Lieder Festival 2014 next week.


Tune in from 13:00 next Tuesday to listen to music from the Schubert Project at the Oxford Lieder Festival, featuring all of Schubert's songs alongside some of his best-loved piano music.

'More victims' of rapist nurse

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

There could be more victims of a former nurse who raped and sexually assaulted female patients including some who were unconscious,

police have said.

Andrew Hutchinson
Thames Valley Police

The unconscious victims of Andrew Hutchinson were unaware they had been attacked at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford until officers contacted them.

News on the Hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Office for National Statistics says British homes were slightly better off in the fourth quarter of 2014 than when the coalition came to power.

Labour claims people are £1,600 a year worse off than in 2010.

More on BBC Radio Oxford at


One hundred people facing redundancy

Oxford Times

About 100 staff at a Yarnton office are facing being

made redundant after US-based life sciences company Agilent Technologies decided to stop manufacturing one of its products.

Windy but bright

Expect a very windy afternoon with some sunny spells.

Oxford weather

Feeling cool in the strong winds which may reach gale force in places early in the day. Highs of 10C (50F).

Fallen tree in churchyard

via Twitter

Rupert Parsons ‏

tweets: Fallen yew tree at St Mary's after a stormy night

St Mary's church, Chipping Norton
Rupert Parsons

The tree came down in the churchyard in Chipping Norton.

News on the Hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There is a record number of horses being abandoned according to animal rescue charities.

The RSPCA says it had 22,000 reports last year. The Blue Cross in Burford says it is now coping with around a hundred at any one time.

More on

BBC Radio Oxford at 14:00.

A40 problems

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

There is

disruption on the A40 Northern Bypass Road in Oxford. The exit slip road to Marston is closed because of repairs.

Traffic issues on the A40

Lunchtime news

Laura Trant

Reporter, BBC South Today

A man is being hailed a hero by risking his own life for his colleague after a tug boat overturned in gale force winds last night.

One crewman was rescued from water at the Esso refinery marine terminal at Fawley in Hampshire and a refinery worker smashed a window on the boat to rescue a second man.

More on

South Today at 13:40.

An election to savour?

Peter Henley

Political editor, South of England

A number of key marginal seats in the south of England could play a pivotal role in the result of the general election next month.

Peter Henley

BBC South's Political Editor Peter Henley has been looking at the region's

main battlegrounds to see where power might be won or lost.

Don't be fooled

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

With the election looming the news seemed to be on a frantic spin cycle, but careful what you read tomorrow.

It's April Fools Day and newspapers and websites take delight in seeing whether they can trick readers with ridiculous yarns.

Selfie bans? Stinking train stops? Here are some of last year's


News on the Hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Two people from Oxford who've been charged with fraud and slavery offences are due in court.

More on BBC Radio Oxford at


Police awards: Sergeant saved suspect's life

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

Sgt David Pegg won an award for saving the life of a man in his 20s in the Milton Keynes custody suite after he had been brought in, out of breath, suspected of shoplifting.

He was found unresponsive in his cell with no warning.

Sergeant David Pegg and Chief Constable Sara Thornton
Alex Skennerton

Sgt Pegg said: "He was on the bed and he was clearly dead. It was a bit of a shock because I had only been in there a couple of minutes before."

The sergeant and his team worked on the man and he regained consciousness and was taken to hospital, where he made a full recovery.

Olympic champion out for a year

Richard Winton

BBC Sport

Double Olympic champion Andrew Triggs Hodge

will not row again this year after a recurrence of glandular fever.

The Men's Coxless Four celebrate after winning gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games

The former Oxford University student who took part in the Boat Race first suffered from the illness in 2012, but went on to win coxless four gold in London to reprise his success in Beijing in 2008.

However, he has not trained in 2015 and has conceded he will not be ready for September's World Championships in Aiguebelette, France.

Police awards: 92-year-old recognised

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

Frank Steiner, 92, from Deddington, received a Long Service Award from Thames Valley Police as he has volunteered for the force for more than 10 years.

He worked on the front counter at Deddington police office, in the press office and was a "mystery shopper" to find out how the police treated the public.

Asked what he enjoyed about the work, he said: "It was the very idea of doing something, of not being a completely idol OAP. The fact I was doing something which the police force considered useful was very satisfactory."

News on the Hour

Rahil Sheikh

BBC Radio Oxford

A landlord's been fined £5,000 for renting out an Oxford property in poor condition.

A city council inspection found the home in Henley Street in Cowley with broken electrical sockets, damaged basin and one of the bedroom floors was collapsing.

More on

BBC Radio Oxford at 12:00.

Police bravery awards: Girl, 5, saved in bath

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

PC Danny O'Driscoll and PCSO Penny Ling were commended for saving five-year-old Isabella Hayward, who was found unconscious in the bath by her mother.

PC Danny O'Driscoll and PCSO Penny Ling and Isabella
Alex Skennerton

They gave her CPR before the paramedics arrived and are credited with saving her life. She has now made a full recovery.

Isabella's mother Emma Hayward, 35, from Cheltenham, said: "Without the two of them and the paramedics, she wouldn't be here today. I am forever indebted to them. We are just incredibly grateful."

Council clears 23 trees from roads

Katharine Da Costa

Reporter, BBC South Today

An Oxfordshire County Council spokesman said a total of 23 trees fell or partially fell on highway land overnight due to the high winds.


These incidents led to road closures on the A4095 Kirtlington, the A338 Hungerford Hill and partial closures at the A4260 at Adderbury and the A4155 at Reading Road, Lower Shiplake.

Nearly 1,000 donations

BBC Radio Oxford

The recently refurbished blood donor centre at the John Radcliffe is opening later today.

It will be opened by Elise McConnachie, who received a large amount of blood after giving birth to her son.

John Radcliffe

Maurice Earp from Sandford told

BBC Radio Oxford he has donated a mixture of blood and platelets close to an astonishing 1,000 times and currently goes in every two weeks.

News on the Hour

Rahil Sheikh

BBC Radio Oxford

Police say they're ready to support victims of an Oxfordshire serial sex abuser who's admitted attacks against patients at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Former A&E nurse Andrew Hutchinson from Abingdon pleaded guilty to 27 offences at Oxford Crown Court.

More on

BBC Radio Oxford at 11:00.

Slavery charge for 81-year-old

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

An 81-year-old man

has been charged with holding a person in slavery over a five-year period.

Christopher Joyce, and Mary Joyce, 59, are charged with committing the offence between April 2010 and February this year.


The pair, both of Red Bridge Hollow, Old Abingdon Road, Oxford, have been remanded in custody and will appear at the city's magistrates' court later.

They have also been charged with conspiracy to defraud.

Election gets go ahead

Helen Catt

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Election writs are arriving in every constituency in the country today.

Sue Smith and Vic Amor

This is Sue Smith, acting returning officer for Banbury receiving theirs from Vic Amor from the Royal Mail special events team.

Vic was so worried about keeping it safe he slept with it next to his bed last night.

Hamilton deal could be worth £27m a year

BBC Sport

Britain's Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton

expects to sign a new Mercedes contract this week - and it could be worth an eye-watering £27m a year.

BBC Sport has learned that Hamilton will earn a basic - or not-so-basic - salary of £21m, and could earn over £6m in win bonuses.

Lewis Hamilton

That would take his total earnings to £3,082 per hour, £51.36 per minute, 86p per second or more than £7 in the time it took you to read this sentence from the team based in Brackley.

Thumbs up indeed.

News on the Hour

Charles Nove

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Two people from Oxford are due in court charged with slavery and fraud offences.

Christopher Joyce, 81, and Mary Joyce, 59, both of Old Abingdon Road in Oxford, are accused of offences relating to one victim.

More on BBC Radio Oxford at