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  1. Updates from Thursday 2 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's it for today's BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire. We'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00.

On behalf of the team, we wish you a very Happy Easter.

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Tonight's television

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

Coming up

from 18:30 this evening - an Easter weekend of disruption ahead on the railway as major engineering work takes place through the Thames Valley.

Railway engineering work

Plus, Alastair Fee meets the Oxford University graduate who's designed a system to block cold callers and fraudsters.

Evening forecast

Alexis Green

Weather presenter, BBC South Today

Expect a wet night with low cloud, mist and fog. Temperatures will be very similar to last night, falling to around 6C (43F).

The Easter Bank Holiday looks set to be slightly warmer than today has been and mainly dry - but with a few spots of rain and cloud.

Highs this weekend of 13C (55F).

Rapist jailed

A man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for

repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a woman in Oxfordshire.

Shaun Allman, of Lammas Gardens, Nottingham, was jailed after a jury at Oxford Crown Court found him guilty of two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault.

Shaun Allman

The 24-year-old was also ordered to sign on to the sex offenders register for life.

Park and ride delays continue

BBC Radio Oxford

A date still hasn't been set to begin work on a multi-million pound park and ride in Bicester.

Construction was originally planned to be completed off the A41 at Vendee Drive by last Christmas - but had to be put on hold.

Oxfordshire County Council say work could get under way this month.

They've targeted the huge Black Friday sales this November to have it ready.

Station cycle hub backing

Oxford Mail

A government minister has backed calls for

a "cycle hub" at Oxford railway station with double the number of bicycle spaces planned.

Ice cream constituencies

Peter Henley

Political editor, South of England

Take a tour with me of

the South's key marginal seats ahead of the general election in May.

Find out which constituencies could go a long way to deciding the political make-up in Westminster come 8 May.

Peter Henley

Plus, why a few scoops of ice cream might symbolise the next government.

Burst water main

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On the B4027 between Woodeaton and Islip, a burst water main has been reported.

It's causing minor delays in the area and Thames Water are aware.

Tough day for students

Adam Williams

BBC Local Live

Cricket's got under way at The Parks in Oxford today despite a grey and blustery day.

But, it's been a tough day for the combined Oxford Universities against Worcestershire on the opening day of their three-day match.

Put in to bat, the students were bowled out for just 124.

You can follow the

latest score in Worcestershire first innings here.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A date still hasn't been set to begin work on a multi-million pound park and ride site in Bicester.

Hear the full story at


Vassell tipped for start

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

On-loan Oxford United striker Kyle Vassell could make his first start for the club

against Wycombe Wanderers on Good Friday.

Vassell came off the bench to score against Carlisle last weekend.

Kyle Vassell
Getty Images

Meanwhile, head coach Michael Appleton has no fresh injury concerns for the match against the side currently third in League Two.

Care home plan opposition

Oxford Times

The developer behind a new care home planned for Cumnor admits

some neighbours "absolutely hate it".

One in, one out for Welsh

Adam Williams

BBC Local Live

London Welsh have confirmed

James Buckland has joined the club as forwards coach.

He joins until the end of the season and returns to the club having previously been on the coaching staff in 2012/13.

Meanwhile, assistant coach Matthew Ferguson has the club with immediate effect.

Welsh have been relegated from the Premiership, having not won a game all season.

Guess that view

Chilterns AONB

tweets: Rusty's taking in the view from a #Chilterns hilltop today, but which viewpoint is this?

Chilterns AONB mystery viewpoint

Getaway under way

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Already looking very busy on my cameras across the county as the big Easter getaway begins in earnest.

There's slow traffic on the A34 Western Bypass Road Northbound between the A44 Woodstock Road Peartree Interchange and junction 9 of the M40 at Bicester.

Oxfordshire's drivetime

David Prever

Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up

on the show today, we'll be looking ahead to
tonight's Leaders' Debate with the help of Grazia political editor Gaby Hinsliff from Witney.

Will you bother to watch?

Also, we'll hear more about how the Oxford University women's boat race crew were

rescued after their boat flooded on the River Thames in Chiswick.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man has been jailed for eight years for sexually assaulting a teenager in Oxfordshire.

Hear the full story at


Band Ride again

Oxford Mail

Reformed Oxford rock group Ride have announced they will warm-up for their comeback with an intimate hometown gig at the O2 Academy in Oxford on Sunday.

U's start with Wanderers test

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United play the first of their Bank Holiday fixtures tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Adams Park to face League Two promotion chasers Wycombe Wanderers.

It's exclusively

live on BBC Radio Oxford from 14:00.

Adams Park
Getty Images

Tickets for the match will not be available for U's fans on the gate and United have sold more than 1,400 of their 1,800 allocation.

Shoplifting appeal

Police are hoping to speak to a man after

shoplifting at a Bicester Tesco store in March.

A CCTV image has been released following the theft from the Hart Place store on Wednesday, 18 March.

Bicester Tesco shoplifting appeal
Thames Valley Police

The man entered the store around 16:30, selected groceries and left without paying.

Police would like to speak to the man in the CCTV image about the incident.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Rail passengers are being warned of an Easter weekend of disruption as

major engineering work through the Thames Valley begins this evening.

Hear the full story at


Health service website launches

Witney Gazette

A new website service providing information about mental health, community nursing and social care has been made with children and young people in mind.

A34 accident

BBC Travel

BBC Travel

A three-vehicle accident has

partially blocked the A34 northbound at the B430 Weston-On-The-Green.

There's congestion back to the Kidlington Junction.

An unusual lunch offering

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

I foolishly told my team this morning in our production meeting before the show that I used to eat dog food as a child (occasionally!).

Kat Orman dog lunch

Cheers for my lunch guys!

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman is being treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital for serious head injuries after being hit by a car as she walked in Oxford High Street.

Hear the full story at


Lunchtime news

Laura Trant

Presenter, BBC South Today

Coming up in

your lunchtime news from 13:40 - gearing up for the Easter getaway: Thousands head to the south's airports and roads while a main railway line through the Thames Valley will close.

Also, investigations are continuing into a fire which

ripped through a restaurant at a major shopping outlet in Oxfordshire yesterday.

Video game behaviour study

Researchers at

Oxford University have found children who play video games for more than three hours a day are more likely to be hyperactive, get involved in fights and not be interested in school.

Video game player
Science Photo Library

The study examined the effects of different types of games and time spent playing on children's social and academic behaviour.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman has suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a car as she walked in the High Street in Oxford.

Hear the full story at


Easter flicks

Film journalist James Luxford

tweets: Great talking to
@KatOrman about Easter movies
@BBCOxford earlier, back at about 5.30 with this week's releases

Police keen to trace pair

Oxford Mail

Police have released CCTV images after

two women stole toiletries and groceries from a newsagents in Bicester.

It's Easter time....simples

Looks like the meerkats at

Cotswold Wildlife Park have been handed an early Easter treat.

Chris Kibbey, section head of primates at the park said: "Who doesn't love Easter? Chicks, lambs, nice weather and of course Easter Eggs.

Easter egg Meerkats
Cotswold Wildlife Park

"Our group of meerkats have been enjoying some hard boiled decorated eggs as enrichment.

"By rolling the eggs around, the meerkats need to work hard to receive their reward. This keeps them busy and helps stimulate them."

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A system to block cold callers and fraudsters has been invented by an Oxford University graduate.

Hear the full story at


Boat race rescue

Adam Williams

BBC Local Live

The eight-strong

Oxford University women's crew were training for the women's university boat race next weekend when they got into difficulty.

Oxford University boat race crew rescue

The boat was recovered and has now been returned to the university base in Oxford ahead of next week's race against Cambridge.

Boat crew rescued

Adam Williams

BBC Local Live

A week before the women's boat race, Oxford University's crew had to be rescued by a lifeboat on the River Thames.

It happened on Wednesday when their craft was overcome by choppy conditions while training.

Oxford University boat crew rescued

Three successive waves poured over the boats' riggers and caused it to flood.

The rescue was captured on camera by the crew of the RNLI Chiswick lifeboat.

Developers fence off park

Eynsham residents are furious after a developer erected a fence around a piece of woodland they use for recreation,

The Herald Series reports.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford University women's boat crew had to be rescued in choppy conditions during training for the boat race on the River Thames.

Hear the full story at


Cricket time (weather permitting)

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

It's the first day of the first three-day match of the new cricket season for the the combined Oxford Universities.

Cricket in the Parks
Getty Images


take on Worcestershire in The Parks from 11:00 this morning, as long as the rain clears of course.

Tweeting Chief Constable

New Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Francis Habgood began work yesterday as the head of the largest non-metropolitan police force in England and Wales.


spoke to BBC South Today's Peter Cooke about his aims for the year ahead.

Francis Habgood

Earlier, he

tweeted: Over the coming years TVP faces a number of challenges, I'm confident we can meet these with our innovative approach to tackling crime. You can
follow him on Twitter here.