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  1. Updates from Friday 10 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Evening TV

Sinead Carroll

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: At the last general election, the Oxford West and Abingdon constituency had one of the closest results.

Oxford West and Abingdon hustings

The Conservatives pipped the Lib Dems with a majority of just 176 votes.

Last night constituents heard from the main candidates at a special event - organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Join me at


Mild, but wet night

Dan Downs

Weather forecaster, BBC South Today

The breeze will pick up this evening and the

cloud will thicken as we head through the night.

Dan Downs

Some mist and fog patches will form before showers move in. Mild, with lows of 8C (46F).

Compost coming

Recycle for Cherwell

tweets: #Kidlington folk are looking forward to next weekends compost giveaway. Lots are stopping for a chat this morning.

Compost stand
Recycle for Cherwell

'Very historic'

BBC Radio Oxford


staging of the men and women's Boat Race on the same day and both being shown on TV is a "historic change", according to Sir Steve Redgrave.

The Cambridge women's rowing team
BBC Sport

The Olympic champion told

BBC Radio Oxford that it showed rowing was leading the way with sporting equality.

He said: "Very historic that the women are going to the championship course, it's very special."

London Welsh reach Premiership funding agreement

Nabil Hassan

BBC Sport

London Welsh have

reached an agreement with Premiership Rugby over a settlement on current funding issues.

London Welsh
Getty Images

The relegated club

argued the odds of top-flight survival are stacked against newly-promoted sides.

The Exiles had called for "a level playing field" in funding to avoid the financial disparity,

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A fare-dodger from Oxfordshire avoided paying £23,000 worth of train tickets to London over more than two-and-a-half years a court has been told.

Join me for all the headlines at


Ticket to run

Chiltern Railways

tweets: Running the London Marathon? Information on free travel for runners & two extra early morning trains here:

End of season boost

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United forward Alex MacDonald says a strong finish to the season could help them start the next campaign with a bang.

Alex MacDonald

The U's are nearly mathematically safe from relegation but MacDonald told

BBC Radio Oxford they won't be taking their foot off the gas.

He said: "When you get a winning mentality you want to keep that and it's five fixtures we're looking to kick start us into next season."

Roaming charged

TVP Roads Policing

tweets: #M40 van driver thinking it's ok to have a chat on his phone while overtaking a HGV. #3pts+£100. Expensive call. #fatal4 #p5996

Fare dodger sentencing adjourned

The sentencing of a lawyer from Oxfordshire who may have carried out the largest ever fare-dodging scam has been

adjourned until July, so the exact loss to Chiltern Railways can be established.

Peter Barnett

It is claimed Peter Barnett, 43, boarded trains at Haddenham and Thame Parkway without a ticket and used an Oyster card to "tap out" at Marylebone.

Chiltern Railways claims it lost £23,000. Mr Barnett, who admits fraud, said it was £10,000 once leave was taken into consideration.

Wild Oxford

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

I expect many parents across Oxfordshire have been enjoying the challenge of entertaining their children during the Easter break over the last two weeks.

Bat in a hand
Wild Oxfordshire

And if you want to reward the little darlings,

Wild Oxfordshire is offering an afternoon of fun activities at the
Museum of Natural History tomorrow.

There's an opportunity to meet a crocodile and handle all sorts of interesting animals... and best of all it's free.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The DNA profile of an unknown man has been identified by Thames Valley Police which could hold the answers to the unsolved murder of an Oxfordshire woman.

Join me for all the headlines at


Network rail apology over signal delay 'disaster'

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

Network Rail has

apologised for creating a "disaster zone" after three days of signal failures on the Banbury to Paddington train line.

Network Rail engineers working on re-signalling in Watford
Network Rail

Issues at Slough in Berkshire since Tuesday have caused two-hour delays.

It comes after Network Rail replaced old signalling equipment at Slough over Easter and promised no rail chaos afterwards.

Your questions answered

This morning we ran updates on the BBC Radio Oxford Wantage constituency debate.

Hosted by Howard Bentham, the panel featured Ed Vaizey of the Conservatives, Alex Meredith of the Lib Dems, Labour's Stephen Webb, Kate Prendergast of the Green party and UKIP's Lee Upcraft - all answering questions of local significance.

Anna Dillon

tweets: Listening to the really good debate from local candidates on
@BBCOxford. Thanks for answering my question on affordable housing.

Missed it?

Listen again online here.

EDL assault image released

A CCTV image of a man has been released after a bottle was thrown at a police officer during an

English Defence League protest in Oxford.

CCTV image

The 31-year-old officer suffered a cut to his head during the demonstration on Saturday.

Police say they want to speak to the man in the image, as he may have information about the assault.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A fare-dodger from Oxfordshire avoided paying £23,000 worth of train tickets to London over more than two-and-a-half years, a court's been told.

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


'Planned and brutal'

On the 20th anniversary of an

unsolved murder in Radnage, near Chinnor, the daughter of the victim has spoken of her anguish and appealed for information.

Peter Beirne, Roxanne Brown, Zara Brown
Richard Vernalls/pa

Janet Brown, 51, was attacked on 10 April 1995 and found naked at her home.

Daughter Roxanne said she hoped new DNA evidence could bring the killer to justice.

She said: "Our mum's murder was planned and brutal, and the horror of her death stays with us everyday. We need your help to find who did it."

Pensioner sees red after paint explosion

Thame Gazette

A pensioner saw red after a

can of paint she was buying exploded at the checkout, ruining her coat and leaving her with a bill of more than £200.

New DNA sample over Radnage nurse murder

Andrew Woodger

BBC News Online

A new DNA sample has been produced by police investigating the

murder of an Oxford University nurse 20 years ago.

Janet Brown

Janet Brown, 51, was attacked on 10 April 1995 and her body was found naked at her home in Radnage the day afterwards.

Thames Valley Police said the sample belonged to an "unknown person" and Peter Beirne, from the major crime review team, said: "It could be a vital piece of evidence linking the killer to the scene."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A lawyer from Oxfordshire who has admitted scamming the system to avoid paying train tickets to London, could be the "biggest" fare-dodger to be prosecuted, a court has heard.

Join me for more on that at


Motorcycle accident

BBC Travel

The entry slip road to the A34 Southern Bypass at South Hinksey Gold Course is

partially blocked because of a collision involving a motorbike.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Thames Valley Police say they are one step closer to identifying the killer of a woman murdered 20 years ago today.

Janet Brown murder scene

Janet Brown's body was found in her home near Chinnor in April 1995.

New tests have produced a male DNA sample and detectives are now planning to swab people previously linked to the investigation.

Join Caroline Richardson at


Oxfordshire pubs in Camra's top 200

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Four of Oxfordshire's pubs feature on a list of

Camra's best UK local pubs.

Man drinking pint of beer
Getty Images

Volunteers from the

Campaign for Real Ale judged their region's best boozers, which will go through to regional heats to become the National Pub of the Year.

The entrants for Oxfordshire were

The Masons Arms in Headington Quarry,
The Red Lion in Horley,
The Plum Pudding in Milton and
The Royal Oak in Wantage.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

New DNA evidence has been found by Thames Valley Police investigating the unsolved murder of a woman 20 years ago.

Janet Brown, 51, worked at the University of Oxford and was found dead at her home in Radnage, near Chinnor, in 1995.

Join me for the full details at


Grimsbury Fish Bar batters rivals

Banbury Guardian

The Banbury Guardian Chip Shop of the Year winner has been revealed after our

readers voted for their favourite.

Hazy sunshine

BBC Weather

It's a fine, dry afternoon with some sunshine, though this will be

rather hazy at times.

Weather graphic

It will become warm once again though there will also be a more noticeable southerly breeze by the end of the day.

'European air'

BBC Radio Oxford

Dust from the Sahara and traffic fumes from the continent are causing poor air quality in Oxfordshire today.

Ian Ashpole from the

School of Geography at the University of Oxford
told BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham we won't be affected for too long.

He said: "We're experiencing a rather unusual weather pattern, normally we get our air from the west - the Atlantic and that's quite clean. But we're getting a feed of air up from the south."

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An investigation into the murder of a woman 20 years ago has uncovered new DNA evidence.

Join me for the full details at


A40 congestion

BBC Travel

There is

queuing traffic on the A40 North Way westbound in Oxford between Cutteslowe Roundabout and Wolvercote Roundabout.

No news for you Clarkson

Alex Therrien

BBC News Online

Former Top Gear presenter and Chipping Norton resident Jeremy Clarkson has

pulled out of his planned appearance as guest host of the BBC show Have I Got News For You.

Jeremy Clarkson on HIGNFY

He had been due to appear on 24 April in his first BBC appearance since being dropped as a co-presenter of Top Gear, following an attack on a producer.

Clarkson has hosted the satirical news quiz on numerous occasions.

'Repeating MS success'

BBC Radio Oxford

Researchers in Oxford are confident they'll find a treatment to halt the progression of multiple sclerosis.

Dr Jeremy Chataway is a consultant and lead researcher on the trial, and he

told BBC Radio Oxford Howard Bentham that the latter stages of MS really need to be addressed.

He said: "Twenty years ago there were no drugs for the early relapsing remitting part of the disease and now we have up to a dozen, so we hope to repeat this with progressive MS, which is the unmet need."

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

History is set to be made tomorrow - with both the men and women's Boat Race taking place on the same day and being shown on TV.

I'll have more on that at


Goodies that are good for you

Caroline Mentzer

tweets: Chatting Mood Foods with
@katorman at 11 this morning
@BBCOxford healthy chocolate fudge brownies!

Chocolate fudge brownie
Caroline Mentzer

Carriageway repairs

BBC Travel

There's a

lane closed on the A40 eastbound between the Cutteslowe roundabout and the Headington roundabout for repairs to the carriageway.