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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 9 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's it for Local Live for today, the service will return at 08:00 on Friday.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

On

South Today this evening: A west Oxfordshire business that was devastated by fire more than two years ago has finally reopened.

Alfred Groves & Sons
BBC

Alfred Groves & Sons, in Milton-under-Wychwood, has been trading for over 350 years.

Join me for that and more at

18:30.

Clear and cool night

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Largely clear skies this evening, but

some low cloud and mist will form overnight.

Bee Tucker
BBC

Another chilly night with lows of 6C (43F), or a bit cooler in the countryside.

Roadworks rethink

Oxfordshire County Council

tweets: We're looking at all options inc. better signs for diversion & rephasing of lights to minimise disruption during work on #A420 #oxontraffic

Boot-up

Oxfordshire FA

tweets: Last chance to get involved in the
@OMGFL U9 Development Festival on Saturday 16th May:
http://po.st/H3YvcK

Girls playing football
Oxfordshire FA

A34 break-down

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We have reports of a

broken-down lorry on the A34 southbound at the Marcham Interchange.

It's between the entry and the exit sliproads.

The Boat Race

BBC Sport

Meet the Oxford and Cambridge University female rowing teams as they prepare for their

historic race on the Thames on Saturday.

OXFORD UNIVERSITY WOMENS ROWERS
BBC Sport

The two women's crews will be competing on the same day and on the same course as their male counterparts for the first time in the race's history.

The Boat Races are live from 16:15-18:35 on BBC One and 16:50-18:50 on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

Watch the video here.

Online purchase robbery

A man and woman in Oxford have been

robbed after arranging to meet someone to complete payment for an online purchase.

The robbery took place at 19:50 on Monday 6 April on Freelands Road, with the suspect taking a quantity of cash by force before leaving in a car.

Thames Valley Police have appealed for witnesses.

UKIP signs vandalised

Helen Catt

BBC Oxford Political Reporter

A UKIP parliamentary candidate in the Prime Minister's Oxfordshire constituency of Witney claims boards carrying his campaign posters are being targeted by vandals.

Broken sign
UKIP

Simon Strutt says two prominent signs next to the A40 had been smashed within a week of going up.

The party says it faced similar problems during the European Elections in 2014.

You can see more information about this constituency

here.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

UKIP campaign boards have been vandalised in Witney, the party has claimed.

Join for all the headlines at

17:00.

Air pollution warning

Harry Low

BBC News

Parts of the UK, including Oxfordshire, could reach the highest level of air pollution on Friday,

prompting heath warnings.

Air pollution forecast for Friday
BBC

Warm, still conditions are expected to combine with traffic fumes, pollution from the continent and Saharan dust from the south as it rises to level 10.

Defra said overnight Atlantic winds will disperse polluted air by Saturday.

Fertiliser freebie

Cherwell District Council's

eighth annual compost giveaway is approaching, with work underway to fill 3,000 bags with 33 tonnes of material.

Compost bin
BBC

Residents in Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington can claim a free bag at events later this month, along with free food caddies and discounted blue and brown recycling bins.

£600,000 plea for canal restoration

Kate Wakefield

BBC News Cheddar

An appeal to raise £600,000 to "urgently"

restore a stretch of the Wilts and Berks Canal is under way.

Wilts and Berks Canal
BBC

The waterway links the River Thames at Abingdon with the Kennet and Avon Canal near Melksham.

The Studley Grange Project aims to bring a 1.2km (0.75 mile) section near Royal Wootton Bassett back to life.

Blooming Abingdon

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Becca Collacott has sent us this picture of a floral scene in Abingdon.

Flowers
Becca Collacott

Why not take a picture and

share it on Local Live?

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Two people were robbed in the Iffley area of the city when they went to pay for something they had bought online.

Join me for more on that at

16:00.

Windfall for Oxford Museum

Oxford Mail

A

windfall of £97,775 has been secured for Oxford Museum, courtesy of Arts Council England.

How women got Boat Race equality

Richard Winton

BBC Sport

It may be a surprise that in the 87 years since Oxford and Cambridge's women first took to the water in the Boat Race,

they have never been permitted to race on the same course as the men and on the same day in front of a live television audience.
Until this year.

Oxford celebrate beating Cambridge in the 2014 Women's Boat Race
Getty Images

The route to this historic day has been arduous to the last, with the Oxford crew having to be

rescued by a lifeboat from the choppy Thames waters just last week. But one moment of embarrassment matters little when you have endured almost a century of scorn.

You can read the full history of the contest, and how and why equality has been achieved

here.

Canoeing the Cherwell

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

My lunchtime expedition took me to the glistening waters of the Cherwell, where I spotted a pair of paddlers enjoying the fine day.

Canoes on the River Cherwell
BBC

If you have a picture from Oxfordshire, why not show the rest of Oxfordshire. Send it to Local Live via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

A40 problems

BBC Travel

There are

queues on the A40 in both directions in Eynsham, near the Cuckoo Lane junction, because of repairs.

And a bit further afield, the A40 is also partially blocked in Little Barrington because of a broken down vehicle.

No-phone villagers 'to receive compensation'

BBC Radio Oxford

BT has apologised for the

fault that has left dozens of people in Lewknor without phone or internet access, and said those affected will be able to claim compensation.

BT logo
Getty Images

Graham Taylor, from BT,

told BBC Radio Oxford's Kat Orman that 200m of a major cable was going to be replaced.

He said: "We're working to complete that in the shortest time possible and we've asked local authorities to impose the minimum possible restrictions in terms of roadworks and diverting traffic."

Lewknor villagers' three-week phone outage

Adam Williams

BBC News

More than 50 residents and businesses in Lewknor have been

without working phone lines for three weeks after underground cables were damaged.

Leathern Bottle Lewknor
Google

Landlady of the village's Leathern Bottle pub Julie Gordon told BBC Radio Oxford: "The only way to contact them has been online. You can't reach them on the phone. It's crazy."

She added: "It's very stressful and difficult when you're trying to run a business and can't use the services you rely on from day to day."

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Residents in Lewknor are without a phone line - and have been now, for two weeks.

Join me for all the details at

14:00.

Ardley Landfill site closes after 35 years

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

A major landfill site in Oxfordshire

is to close after 35 years.

Ardley landfill
Piranha Photography

Ardley Landfill near Bicester is a familiar sight to residents across the county, taking more than six million tonnes of waste since it opened in 1980.

Non-recyclable waste will now be used to generate electricity at the new £205m Energy Recovery Facility nearby.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today

On

South Today this lunchtime: Piles of litter scattered along the verge have become a familiar sight on many busy roads in the South.

Rubbish by the road
BBC

One council has said it can't clear it away unless it closes the roads to protect its workers, but it's been accused of over-interpreting health and safety legislation.

Join Caroline Richardson for the full story at

13:30.

The seat of power

Helen Catt

BBC Oxford Political Reporter

Before any candidates can take their seat in the House of Commons, they have to recline in the

BBC Radio Oxford Big Ballet Tour election debate chair.

BBC Radio Oxford Big Ballet Tour election debate
BBC

Hoping to convince the audience will be Alex Meredith from the Lib Dems, Kate Prendergast of the Green Party, UKIP's Lee Upcraft, Stephen Webb of Labour, and the sitting MP Ed Vaizey of the Tories.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Men who have had a brother or father convicted of sex offences are four or five times more likely to commit sexual crimes themselves.

Join me for all the headlines at

13:00.

Oxford 'fifth best' for students

Oxford Times

The University of Oxford offers the

fifth best student experience in the country according to an annual survey.

Wantage election debate

Rahil Sheikh

BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford's Big Ballot Box Tour Election Debate for Wantage constituency is taking place today.

BBC Radio Oxford's Big Ballot Box Tour
BBC

You can hear BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham talking to the candidates in the breakfast show tomorrow at

09:00.

Spring snaps

Sian Mitchell

tweets: It's beginning to feel like Spring in #Oxford

Oxford canal
Sian Mitchell

Sian took this picture near the Anchor Pub on the canal. If you have any image you would like to share with the rest of the county, why not send them to

Local Live?

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Research by the University of Oxford has suggested that genetic factors may play a role in how likely someone is to commit sexual offences.

Join me for all the headlines at

12:00.

New anorexia treatment

BBC Radio Oxford

Pioneering surgery for anorexia has taken place in Oxford to help a woman with anorexia.

Brain graphic
Science Photo Library

Scientists are now raising funds to carry out the procedure - which involves placing electrodes in a patients brain - on more people.

Neurosurgeon Prof Tipu Aziz carried out the operation, and told

BBC Radio Oxford that he is optimistic it has helped his patient.

He said: "There are perceivable benefits, certainly not losing weight is one and not being so bothered by the condition."

New direction for the Ridgeway

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Britain's oldest path is to be managed by a new group, which includes volunteers from the Chiltern Society.

Ridgeway sign
BBC

The Ridgeway National Trail is an 87 mile footpath which runs from Avebury in Wiltshire, through Oxfordshire, to Ivinghoe Beacon in Bucks.

The Ridgeway Trail Partnership has taken over from Natural England, but will continue to receive funding from the Government agency to maintain the trail.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman with anorexia has undergone pioneering surgery for the disorder in Oxford.

I'll have more on that at

11:00.