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  1. Updates from Tuesday 7 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

We'll be back on Wednesday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: A court's been told that a woman stabbed her boyfriend by the River Thames when she was in a drunken rage.

Abingdon stabbing scene

Robert Dobinson was attacked in Abingdon last October and died later at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Join me at

18:30 for more on that and the regions other top stories.

Cold and murky night

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Once it gets dark

mist and low cloud will form, dense in places and quite chilly.

Bee Tucker

Lows of 4C (39F) for towns, but it will be colder in the countryside.

Yesterday evening

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Mark Hughes

@BBCOxford Eynsham sundown

Sunset in Eynsham
Mark Hughes

I wonder how tonight's sunset will compare? Be sure to send in your pictures

Facebook or

Chance to wolf down Dirty Dogs food

Banbury Guardian

A pop-up kitchen called Dirty Dogs will be at The Wine Vaults in Parsons Street, Banbury, on Saturday to give everyone

a taste of what is in store when it launches in late April/early May.

Canal boat stabbing

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today

A woman has gone on trial today accused of stabbing her boyfriend in Abingdon.

Police tape at scene

Robert Dobinson was

stabbed by the River Thames near Bridge Street last October.

Prosecutors claim 41-year-old Natasha Elderfield was in drunken rage when she stabbed him on her canal boat.

Natasha Elderfield, originally from Faringdon, denies murder.

City's mixed bag

Michael Allen

Oxford City FC

Oxford City collected four points over the Easter weekend to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Oxford City vs Boston United
Michael Allen

On Saturday, City suffered a frustrating goalless draw at home against playoff rivals Boston United, but it was a completely different game at Stockport County on Easter Monday as City played some sublime football in front of a bumper crown of almost 2,500 and came out 2-1 winners.

City remain five points adrift of the playoff places with three games to play.

Ride it right

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Like many bikers I have dusted off my riding gear and enjoyed the improving weather while travelling on two wheels.

Thames Valley Police

It's a good time to brush up on your riding habits and Thames Valley Police has

released a second video with tips for a safe journey.

A420 closure queues

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We're looking at

heavy traffic surrounding the westbound closure of the A420 between Botley and Cumnor.

Train delays

First Great Western

tweets: Delays of up to 60 mins to/from London Paddington due to signalling problems at Southall and Slough.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Those responsible for graffiti in Oxford must be caught Councillor Sussana Pressel has said, after an increase in vandalism in Summertown.

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


Ian the Rhino

BBC Radio Oxford

Cotswold Wildlife Park's new arrival, a baby Rhino, has been named after a conservationist who headed efforts to save the species.

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Curator of the Park at Burford Jamie Craig told

BBC Oxford's Nick Piercey that it was fantastic that Ian Player had been honoured.

He said: "I think it's fantastic that when he leave's this zoo and goes to be a huge breeding male at another zoo or park, they are going to have to refer to him as Ian."

You can see more pictures of Ian on the BBC Oxford

Facebook page.

A Brad Pitt fit

Henley Standard

A jacket worn by Brad Pitt in action film Fury has been

sold by a Henley man for £3,500.

Spring skyline

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's banner image was taken from the top of New College's bell tower, by Matthew Landells.

Oxford skyline
Matthew Landells

You can see more of his pictures on flickr, and why not

send in some of your own?

Canal cleaning

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The Canal & River Trust has been

carrying out a spring clean with a difference, maintaining the waterways by dredging and draining, abseiling and a lot of hard work.

Canal wall cleaning
Canal & River Trust

In Oxford volunteers removed graffiti that had been sprayed on the canalside walls and signs.

Ride backs animal charity

Witney Gazette

A fleet of 41 seasoned bikers revved their engines and took a spin to

raise money for Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The jury has been sworn in in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her boyfriend in Abingdon.

I'll have more on that at


Bicester Village fire 'accidental'

Adam Williams

BBC News

A restaurant fire in an Oxfordshire shopping outlet

started "accidentally", according to investigators.

Fire at Bicester Village

At its height, about 35 firefighters tackled

the blaze at Carluccio's restaurant at Bicester Village.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was caused by an electrical fault but forensic investigations were still taking place on Wednesday.

'Major benefit'

BBC Radio Oxford

The ability of Oxfordshire's Air Ambulance to fly at night will be a "major benefit", according to someone who has been treated on it.

Air ambulance
Getty Images

Russell Barratt, who was treated by the Air Ambulance last year and now raises money to support the service, told

BBC Radio Oxford that it was good news.

He said: "I think it will be a major benefit with road traffic accidents and the like that happen when the sun has gone down."

River body identified

A body found in the River Thames on 27 March has been

identified as Emily Stiff, who had been missing since 24 February.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained, but is not believed to be suspicious.

Petition battles busking bans

Oxford Times

An online petition campaigning against controversial anti-busking laws in Oxford has

received nearly 1,000 signatures since it was started two weeks ago.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The major fire at Bicester Village last week was caused by an electrical fault.

Join me for the full story at


Rhino birth captured on camera

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Cotswold Wildlife Park has been celebrating a new arrival, with the park's first male Rhino born.

Rhinos Ruby and Ian
Cotswold Wildlife Park

Ian's birth was captured on camera and you can see that


The calf is said to be healthy and mother Ruby is nursing her rather large little darling with great success.

A&E waiting hits new worst level

Nick Triggle

Health correspondent

The NHS in England has missed its four-hour A&E wait target for the past three months with performance

dropping to its lowest level for a decade.

Patient on stretcher

Just 91.8% of patients were seen in four hours between January and March - below the 95% target.

Oxfordshire fared even worse, with 78.6% seen in the target time in the week ending 29 March a fall from 84.9% the previous week.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Three quarters of accident and emergency patients were seen within the four-hour target in Oxfordshire according to latest weekly figures.

Join me for the full details at


Roaming rabbits returned

Wallingford Herald

A pair of Easter bunnies that got lost

have been returned home safe and well.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: The railway line between Reading and Paddington reopened on time this morning, following four days of major engineering work over Easter.

Railway works

Sections of track around Reading and Slough stations were replaced and the commuter chaos over Christmas caused by over running works was not repeated.

Join Jo Kent at


Big Ballot Box Tour

BBC Radio Oxford


BBC Radio Oxford Big Ballot Box Tour is in Bicester today.

BBC Radio Oxford Big Ballot Box Tour in Bicester

Come and say hello to to the team at Bicester Avenue, and let them know what you think about the

general election.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's disruption on the roads around Oxford this lunchtime due to emergency repairs to the A420.

Join me for the latest at


Two miles an hour

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

It took me 45 minutes to travel nearly two miles on the A420 eastbound.

Traffic jam

Here's the view at Botley. Check out the

BBC Travel site for the latest information.

Easter rail work an 'immediate benefit'

Adam Williams

BBC News

People travelling from London through the Thames Valley to the west and Wales should

feel the benefits of Easter engineering work immediately.

Reading Easter engineering work
Network Rail

Commuters should start to see "a marked reduction" in delays through Reading, James Pritchard from Network Rail said.

Trains between Didcot Parkway and Hayes & Harlington were replaced by buses from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

A420 'standstill'

Dan Woolaston

@BBCOxford traffic trying to join the A420 at Botley. Standstill for 20 mins!!

Queued traffic
Dan Woolaston

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There are long delays around Oxford this lunchtime because of emergency roadworks on the A420 which are due to last eight weeks.

Join me for the latest at


A420 problems

BBC Travel

Emergency works to repair the A420 between the Botley Interchange and the B4017 Abingdon Road junction is causing long delays in the area.

There's queuing traffic on the A420 northbound between Cumnor and the Botley Interchange, and on the A34 southbound approaching the Botley Interchange. That's stretching back to the Kidlington junction.

For the latest updates check the

BBC Travel site.

'Delighted' with holiday works

BBC Radio Oxford

Network Rail has successfully reopened the rail line from Oxfordshire into London Paddington after

four days of major work.

Rail workers

Network Rail's James Pritchard told

BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham that it was a relief the work went to plan after the chaos that occurred at Christmas.

He said: "It's all gone very well and we're absolutely delighted to have been able to hand the railway back on time. We've had 1,200 men and women on site working double shifts throughout the whole of the Easter weekend."

Night flight

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's Air Ambulance will start flying at night for the first time within the year.

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance
Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance says its new helicopter, capable of flying at night, will be delivered in November.

The new aircraft is costing the charity roughly £5m and and another £2m each year to run.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Delays are building around Oxford due to emergency repairs on the A420.

Join me for the latest at