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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 15 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from the BBC Local Live team for today, the service will resume from 08:00 on Thursday.

Don't forget - you can still

get in touch with the team.

Tonight's television

Jerome Sale

Presenter, BBC South Today

Coming up on

BBC South Today from 18:30, a woman accused of murdering her boyfriend in Abingdon describes the moments leading up to his death.

Police tape at scene
BBC

Our reporter Adina Campbell has been hearing the latest evidence in the continuing trial at Oxford Crown Court.

Mainly clear evening ahead

Alexis Green

Weather presenter, BBC South Today

Today was the warmest day of the year so far with temperatures in the low 20s.

Tonight will be a mainly clear but with a little more cloud than in previous nights. With the breeze, expect a low of around 8 or 9C (48F).

Alexis Green Thursday weather
BBC

Tomorrow it will start off on the mild side, but with the cooler air around we're looking at a high of around 15 to 16C (60F).

Bittersweet for MacDonald

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald says his team are disappointed not to have beaten Northampton, despite only earning a draw thanks to an injury time equaliser in

last night's 1-1 draw.

United went behind to an Ivan Toney free-kick which bounced over the top of goalkeeper Jamie Ashton and the U's were unable to find the net in reply until stoppage time at the Kassam Stadium.

MacDonald told BBC Radio Oxford there were positives, but he feels they didn't match the standards they demand of themselves.

Arrest after cannabis find

A man has been arrested after his car was stopped and

a quantity of cannabis plants found in Oxfordshire.

The 39-year-old from Cumnor was stopped on Palmer Road, Faringdon on Saturday.

Between 15 and 20 cannabis plants were found inside black bin liners inside the vehicle before a further 3,000 were also discovered at an address in Gilligans Way, Faringdon.

The man was arrested on the same day on suspicion of production of cannabis and possession of cannabis. He has been released on bail until 12 May.

Guess who's back?

Helen Catt

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

A Henley councillor who was expelled from UKIP for claiming flooding was a

punishment from God for the legalisation of gay marriage has founded his own political party.

Councillor David Silvester
Unknown

David Silvester is listed as the Leader, Treasurer and Nominating Officer of the Oxfordshire Independent Party.

He is running for re-election to Henley Town Council in Oxfordshire on 7 May.

Mr Silvester will be standing in Henley's North ward and a

full list of candidates is available here.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There have been promises for Oxfordshire in the Liberal Democrat and UKIP election manifestos, both launched today.

Hear the full story at

17:00.

Meet the manager

First Great Western

tweets: We're holding a Meet the Manager session at Paddington station tomorrow between 1600 and 1900. Pop along for a chat!

A34 slow

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Looking a little heavy this early evening on the

A34 southbound at the A4130 Milton Interchange as you head through the roadworks area.

Oxfordshire's drivetime

Danny Cox

Presenter, BBC Oxford

I'll be in the drivetime seat

this afternoon as David Prever enjoys his week off.

We'll be hearing more about what's in the manifestos of the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence Party following their launches earlier.

Ballot box
BBC

Plus, I'll be asking how strong party political loyalty is nowadays. Do you still vote for the first party you always voted for?

A40 problems

BBC Travel

There is a bit of

congestion on the A40 London Road in Oxford around Thornhill Park And Ride.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police are searching for three teenagers who robbed a 10-year-old girl in Cowley.

Hear the full story at

16:00.

Quintet bailed after raids

Oxford Mail

Four men arrested in dawn raids across Oxford and Banbury on Tuesday in a joint police and trading standards operation have

all been released on police bail.

Peppard Common accident

BBC Travel

Gallowstree Road in Peppard Common, South Oxfordshire is closed due to an accident involving two vehicles at Shiplake Bottom.

Police are attending the accident near the Memorial Hall.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

People in Old Marston are being asked if they want parking restrictions introduced to stop people using the area as a park and ride.

Hear the full story at

15:00.

Sunshiney afternoon

Adam Williams

BBC Local Live

Just back in the office after a lunchtime stroll around the perfectly-named-for-today Summertown.

Plenty of people were out and about enjoying the warmer than usual weather earlier.

Summertown churchyard
BBC

Here's a shot of a few people taking their lunch outside to the churchyard of St Michael & All Angels Church.

If you're out and about enjoying the weather in the county today, share your pictures with us.

Send us an

email or share them on
Twitter or
Facebook.

Bicester development concerns

Sue Paz

BBC News Online

A campaign group

claims no traffic infrastructure plans have been put in place ahead of a project to build 13,000 homes.

They are due to be built in Bicester over the next 20 to 30 years, under the

government's garden city plans.

Construction work at NW Bicester site
A2Dominion

Bicester Traffic Action Group wants a new bridge to be built over a rail line in the town as part of its campaign.

Cherwell District Council said transport needs had been considered.

Set to be a scorcher

The Met Office

tweets: We could see highs of 25°C in the south today. This would make it the hottest day in the UK since #Halloween

If you're out and about in Oxfordshire enjoying the sunshine, share your pictures with us via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

WI Baton relay

Diamond Light Source

tweets: WI ladies visiting us to see Designs for Life tapestries as centenary baton starts its county tour
@BBCOxford

Diamond Light Source WI Baton relay visit
@DiamondLightSou

Breakfast reporter Lilley Mitchell was following the baton's progress on air earlier and you can

find out more here.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A 26-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was raped in Banbury.

Hear the full story at

14:00.

Cowley robbery appeal

Investigations have begun after

a 10-year-old girl was robbed by three teenage girls in Cowley.

Police are appealing for information following the attack on Sunday morning between East Avenue and Chapel Street.

The girl was walking down an alleyway between 08:00 and 09:00 when she was approached by the teenagers, who started pushing, kicking and swearing at her.

The teenagers then grabbed her bag, which contained her lunch for the day, causing the food to spill to the ground.

Lunchtime news

BBC South Today

Coming up in your lunchtime

BBC South Today with Caroline Richardson from 13:40, three months since a fire all but destroyed the main offices of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, the public are being asked to review how the councils managed the crisis.

Council office fire
Ian negus

Bike and rail demand

BBC Radio Oxford

There aren't enough spaces to park bikes at the new Oxford Parkway Station according to campaign group Cyclox.

Around 150 spaces will be provided at the station,

which opens later this year. That compares to 236 at Didcot Parkway and 738 at Oxford.

Oxford Parkway
chiltern railways

Chiltern Railways says it'll monitor usage when the station opens.

Community policing

TVP Carterton

tweets: PCSO Colin Davies as part of the community safety work we do we will be delivering leaflets in Bampton this morning come and say hello #nhpt

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police have arrested a 26-year-old man after a woman was raped in Banbury.

Hear the full story at

13:00.

Quad bike theft appeal

Police are investigating the theft of

a quad bike, pedal bike and a number of hand tools near Henley.

Between 08:30 and 13:00 on Easter Monday (6 April) offenders forced entry into the garage of a property in Greys Green.

Quad bike
Thames Valley Police

A Mini Moto 49cc quad bike (pictured) and a purple Raleigh Chopper bike from the 1980s were among the items taken.

The offenders left behind a part for the quad bike which means that bike won't be able to start.

Introducing takes over Radio 1

Dave Gilyeat

Presenter, BBC Introducing in Oxford

Big news!

BBC Introducing in Oxford will be taking over the Huw Stephens show on BBC Radio 1 next week! (Well... a bit of it).

We'll be on in the last hour of the show (00:00 to 01:00) from Monday 20 April to Wednesday 22 April.

BBC Introducing in Oxford acts
BBC

Music will come from Esther Joy Lane, Maiians, Disco's Over, Willie J Healey, Charlie Cunningham and Candy Says.

You can listen live - or

online here.

Park rape arrest

Roz Tappenden

BBC News Online

More on the story we brought you earlier: A man is being held by police after

a woman was raped in a Banbury park.

Detectives have urged anyone who saw anything suspicious in Spiceball Park between 16:30 and 17:00 on Tuesday or who may have information to get in touch.

Spiceball Park
Scriniary

The 26-year-old man is in police custody and investigations are continuing at the scene.

A34 Lorry ban backed

Victoria Cook

Reporter, BBC South Today

Lorries could be banned from overtaking on the A34 through Oxfordshire.

The idea received overwhelming support in a vote by the county council on Tuesday.

A34 lorry ban report
BBC

The aim is to reduce congestion and improve safety.

Check out my report on the BBC Radio Oxford Facebook page.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police in Banbury arrest a 26-year-old man following the rape of a woman in Spiceball Park.

Hear the full story at

12:00.

Suspect bailed after Witney attack

Oxford Times

A man is arrested after a 20-year-old needed hospital treatment when

a glass was smashed in his face in Witney.

U's secure safety

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United are mathematically safe from relegation in League Two after denying former manager Chris Wilder a win on his return to the Kassam Stadium

in a 1-1 draw.

Oxford United's Josh Ruffels challenges Northampton Town's Diego De Girolamo
Getty Images

Wilder saw his Northampton side lead until stoppage time when sub Alex MacDonald struck an equaliser on his 25th birthday.

Ivan Toney's first-half free-kick had earlier given the Cobblers the lead.

Arrest in rape investigation

A man has been arrested in connection with the

rape of a woman in Banbury.

The 26-year-old is being held in custody following an incident in Spiceball Park on Tuesday between 16:30 and 17:00.

Police are continuing to carry out investigations at the scene.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Bicester isn't prepared for a big increase in the number of new homes, according to a new campaign group.

Hear the full story at

11:00.

'Investing in grassroots sport'

Leys Pools and Leisure Centre in Oxford is an example of a new facility to open in the region.

Sports stars and charities said they were concerned cutting facilities was "short-termism" that could impact on communities' health and fitness levels.

The government said it was investing in grassroots sport.

Cutting the sporting cloth

More than

£42m has been axed from councils' sports and leisure budgets since 2010, a BBC survey has revealed.

Among the regions which saw the biggest losses were London and north-west England, which saw cuts of more than £12.3m.

Leys Pool
Oxford City Council

That's in stark contrast to the south east, which includes Oxfordshire, where £12.3m has been spent in the same period.

On the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Funding for conditions such as dementia and strokes is still too low, according to a study by the University of Oxford.

Hear the full story at

10:00.

Reliving an Arctic nightmare

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On the show after 10:00, it's been nearly two years since the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise left a Norwegian port to start an expedition to protest against arctic oil drilling.

Philip Ball
Getty Images

Phil Ball from Chipping Norton said goodbye to his three children - expecting to see them in just a few weeks.

He'll tell us why the trip didn't quite go to plan and ended with him and his colleagues spending time in a Russian jail.

Bid to reopen rural stations

Banbury Cake

New trains for places such as Wantage and Yarnton are to be requested for the county's railway lines by Oxfordshire County Council.