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  1. 64,000 sign petition against Oxford City Council rough sleeping plans
  2. Updates on Monday 13 April 2015

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By Andrew Humphrey

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Good evening

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

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

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

On the programme tonight

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: The director of an Oxfordshire company who sold what have been described as "potentially deadly" cots has appeared in court after admitting making an unsafe product.

Child in cotbed

The case was brought against Philip Dickens and his company Baumhaus after two children were left hanging by their necks after their heads became trapped in the cots.

Join me for the full story at


Murky night

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It will turn increasingly

cloudy and murky this evening, but it will stay mild with lows of 6C (43F).

Bee Tucker

Car overturns in crash

A person has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital after an accident involving a car and a lorry on the A40 at Witney.

In the incident, the car overturned and the lorry hit the central barrier.

The Ambulance Service was called just after 12:00. You can keep up to date at

BBC Travel.

Motorcycle collision

Al Ryan

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There has been a serious accident between a motorcycle and a van

on the A415 Frilford Road in Frilford.

It's now closed between the A338 junction and the A420 junction.

First night for The Falling

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The premiere for The Falling, written and directed by Carol Morley and filmed in Oxfordshire, is taking place at

the Phoenix Picturehouse in the city tonight.

Kat Orman and Florence Pugh

Earlier I met Oxford's very own Florence Pugh, who stars in the film, and described the movie.

She said: "It doesn't make much sense, only because it is so bizarre, and you definitely come not knowing how you should feel, happy or sad, but you're emotional."

You can listen back to our interview


Easter party opens revamped hospital

Banbury Cake

A spruced-up children's ward at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury

has welcomed its first visitors.

Raising the profile of women in sport

BBC Radio Oxford

The lack of female sporting role models needs to be addressed, according to the president of the

Oxford University Women's Boat Club.

Oxford women's boat race
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Two days after her team

won the Boat Race, and rowed for the first time on the same course as the men, Anastasia Chitty told
BBC Radio Oxford the profile of women in sport should be raised.

She said: "There's very little coverage of women's sport on the television and even less in the newspapers. It's not normal for girls to see women competing in elite sport and so it's not something they think of doing."

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The dangers of poorly maintained barbecues fuelled by gas cylinders are being highlighted by Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Join me for all the headlines at


Horsebox blockage

Al Ryan

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


one lane blocked on the A4074 northbound in South Hinksey at the Heyford Hill Roundabout, because of a broken down horsebox.

Bloodhound races into Oxford

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The car that aims to break the land speed record by

travelling at over 1,000mph is rolling into Oxford tomorrow.

Bloodhound SSC
Bloodhound SSC

It's part of an

open afternoon to showcase how Oxford University's supercomputing facility, ARC, contributed to the
Bloodhound Super Sonic car project.

You can

meet the Bloodhound team and even try your hand at driving at 1,000mph (literally faster than a speeding bullet) in the Bloodhound simulator.

'A pioneering feminist'

Tributes have been made to the natural childbirth expert Sheila Kitzinger,

who died at the weekend.

Sheila Kitzinger
Uwe Kitzinger

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the

Royal College of Midwives, said: "Sheila Kitzinger had a pioneering and inestimable influence on the role of modern midwifery over the last 40 years.

She added: "She challenged the orthodoxy of a passive, over-medicalised approach to childbirth, from the 1970s to today, and gave women a sense of their entitlement to choice. A doughty feminist."

New on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford University's women's appearance in the Boat Race on Saturday was the most watched women's sporting event outside of Wimbledon, the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games.

I'll have all the details at


Train fault

First Great Western

tweets: Due to a train fault under investigation between Slough & Maidenhead, the Reading bound main line is blocked. Delays of 30mins expected.

Oxford v Cambridge... again

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

It's the old rivals again, this time in the final of University Challenge.

Jeremy Paxman

You can cheer on at

20:00 on BBC Two.

TVP 'could cope with more cuts'

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

Thames Valley Police could

cope with more cuts as one of the most successful forces in Britain, the Home Secretary has said.

Charles Smith (Lab), radio presenter Andrew Peachm Theresa May (Cons), Herbie Crossman (UKIP) and Tony Hill (Lib Dem)

Theresa May was speaking at a cross-party debate in Maidenhead where she is standing for re-election as MP.

Her comments go against the force's crime commissioner and fellow Tory Anthony Stansfeld, who said the force could not afford another budget slash.

She said despite cuts, crime had fallen by about 30% in five years in the area.

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A car has overturned and a lorry has hit the central barrier in an accident on the A40 Westbound this afternoon.

Join me for more on that and the other top stories at


Lewknor phone line fixed

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Phone and internet access has been restored to people in Lewknor.

Leathern Bottle Lewknor

More than 50 residents and businesses

had been without a connection for three weeks.

Graham Taylor from BT

told me that an underground cable had failed.

He said: "We do have to apologise for the fact that it took this long to short to short things out."

Smith takes sixth

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford-based rider Bradley Smith achieved a respectable sixth place finish at the

MotoGP in Texas yesterday.

Bradley Smith
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BBC Radio Oxford's Nick Harris described it as "the best MotoGP ride of Smith's career."

He said: "He fought tooth and nail with the likes of world champions Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi, and finished in sixth, easily the highest placed non-factory bike."

News on the hour

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Thames Valley Police could handle further budget cuts, according to the Home Secretary.

Join me for all the headlines at


A40 accident

BBC Travel


A40 is closed westbound in Witney, between Witney East and the town centre because of a serious collision between a lorry and a car.

There's a diversion in place that take you through Witney.

Cameron's Witney commitment

Witney Gazette

David Cameron has promised his plan to only be a two-term Prime Minister

will not affect his work as Witney's MP.

Abingdon peace rally

Wallingford Herald

Campaigners are

holding a peace protest in the town centre today.

'Criminalising instead of helping'

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Public Spaces Protection Orders would

criminalise rough sleepers according to the Green councillor for the Carfax ward.

Man on a bench

Ruthi Brandt

told me that: "It is a complex issue but the bottom line is these powers do criminalise rough sleeping, begging, instead of helping."

She added: "Oxford has an excellent support system but it's using very heavy handed tactics instead of something delicate which is what is required."

News on the hour

BBC Radio Oxford

Sport needs more strong female role models to inspire young people, according to the president of the Oxford University Women's Boat Club.

We'll have the full story at


'Just happy to take a wicket'

BBC Radio Oxford

The 19-year-old fast bowler who took Kevin Pieterson's wicket in

Surrey's match against Oxford MCCU has said he did not celebrate the achievement.

Kevin Pietersen for Surrey
Getty Images

Abi Sakande told

BBC Radio Oxford that Pieterson's 170 had already put the game beyond his side.

He said: "At that point he was pretty much trying to just whack anything. I was just happy to take a wicket for the team but I guess in the future I'll look back on it. He's probably one of the better batsman in the world and I've got his wicket now."

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Where should the line be drawn when it comes to free prescriptions? A man whose condition is not on the set list of illnesses exempt from paying is backing a campaign to extend charge-free medicine to everyone with a long-term illness.


The Department of Health says some financial help is already available.

Join Laura Trant at


News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Sport needs more strong female role models to inspire young people, according to the president of the Oxford University Women's Boat Club.

I'll have the full story at


Otis Ferry fails to pay

The Independent

More than a year after agreeing to pay thousands of pounds in damages for his part in the civil assault of two women at the Heythrop Hunt, based in Chipping Norton, fox hunting advocate Otis Ferry

has yet to give his victims a penny.

Hustings row

The only Witney hustings event to include David Cameron on the panel has come under fire from an election candidate.

David Cameron
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Independent candidate Chris Tomson told

BBC Radio Oxford that he was turned away, despite having a ticket and saying he would not disrupt the debate

Organiser Churches Together said it would not have been possible to include all 12 candidates standing, and it had invited the five main parties. You can see a full list of those standing


Safe between the sticks

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton has confirmed that goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown will retain his place in the side for the final four games of the season.

Jamie Ashdown

The 34-year old made his first team debut at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, and kept a clean sheet in the

goalless draw at the Kingsmeadow Stadium.

Ashdown said: "I've been trying to push Clarkey as much as I can, he's been playing very well lately, so it's nice to get an opportunity and prove what I can do."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Homeless people on the streets in Oxford will be criminalised if fines are imposed on rough sleepers, according to campaigners.

For the full story, join me at


'Barbecues can be very dangerous'

BBC Radio Oxford

With the weather improving,

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has urged outdoor chefs to take extra care with barbecues fuelled by gas cylinders.


It follows a blaze at a property near Thame on Friday where one caught fire.

Watlington fire station manager Marcus Reay told

BBC Radio Oxford it's important to check for leaks in the cylinder or pipework.

He said: "They can be very dangerous, if the flame goes on to the gas cylinder, it could heat up and explode with a fireball of over 25m (82ft) wide and causing the cylinder to fly through the air, over 200m (656ft) sometimes."

Pietersen hits century for Surrey

Sam Sheringham

BBC Sport

Kevin Pietersen launched his bid for an England recall with a sparkling

170 for Surrey against Oxford MCCU.

Kevin Pietersen for Surrey

Pietersen, 34, unleashed some trademark shots to score his first hundred in any form of cricket since the Old Trafford Ashes Test in August 2013.

In front of a hearty crowd, he hit 24 fours and two sixes in 149 balls before being caught at midwicket.

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