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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday
  2. Updates on Friday 17 April 2015

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Good evening

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

That's all from BBC Local Live in Oxfordshire for today.

Don't forget, you can tune in to

BBC Radio Oxford until 19:00 for the latest on the Randolph fire, and watch South Today at
18:30 and 22:30.

This service will be back at 08:00 on Monday. In the meantime you can still leave us a message or send us your pictures by clicking


Clear and dry

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

For the bulk of the evening and night it will be dry, but there could be

one or two isolated showers.

Bee Tucker

The breeze should keep things frost free with lows of around 4C (39F).

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: We'll have the latest on the fire at Oxford's iconic Randolph Hotel.

Randolph Hotel

Join us for the latest at


Former Jesus College boat sinks in Thames

Chirag Trivedi

Journalist, BBC London

A floating restaurant that was once owned by Oxford's Jesus College began to

sink into the River Thames in south-west London when the pontoon it was moored to failed.

Teddington RNLI crews attended the scene

The Boat restaurant and other vessels started to take on water as the pontoon in Richmond dragged them down.

Lifeboat crews were called at about 01:00 this morning. They made the area safe and no-one was injured.

Water pouring down

Helen Catt

BBC Oxford Political Reporter

I can see the firefighters using water from the hydraulic platform, the water pouring down the outside of the iconic building.

But the flames have died down and the smoke is abating as well.

Fire visible

Stuart Tinworth

Reporter, BBC South Today

Flames can now be seen on the roof of the Randolph hotel.

Randolph Hotel

Lots of activity

Helen Catt

BBC Oxford Political Reporter

I'm outside the Randolph Hotel on St Giles, which has been closed by police.

Randolph hotel fire
Richard Seddon

I can see at least four fire engines, and incident support unit and a hydraulic platform. There are hundreds of people watching.

Fire crews at Randolph Hotel

Ladey Grey

tweets: Rather nasty looking fire at the #RandolphHotel in #Oxford, hope everybody is ok. Firefighters on the scene.


Fire closes road

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Beaumont Street has been

closed both ways to allow emergency services access to the Randolph hotel in Oxford.

Buses are on a diversion route.

Black smoke

Anabel Bacon

tweets: Smoke
@RandolphHotel from roof of Ashmolean

Randolph fire
Anabel Bacon

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Firefighters have been sent to central Oxford to tackle a blaze at the Randolph Hotel.

Join me for the latest at


A40 delays

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We have reports of an

accident and glass on the road, on the slip at Marston, just off the A40 Oxford Ring Road Northern Bypass, affecting traffic both ways between Headington and the A40.

There's also a broken down lorry on the A40 westbound on the stretch from the Cutteslowe roundabout to the Wolvercote roundabout.

Randolph fire

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

There are reports of large plumes of smoke above the Randolph Hotel in Oxford.

Randolph fire
Jenni Shaw

Jenni Shaw tweeted this picture.

'Young and vulnerable'

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today

There was a high turnout in Oxford Crown Court to hear the sentences given to the

Banbury sex abuse gang.

The judge described the men as a "sexually promiscuous group, having activity with girls who were young, vulnerable and lacking maturity".

Banbury sex abuse victim: 'I was brainwashed'

One of the

Banbury sex abuse gang's victims has spoken exclusively to the BBC.

She said: "I got in the car because the others left and I was on my own and I didn't know what to do, so I just went with them.

"I was in the back of the car but I was in the middle... I was just scared. I didn't know what to do, but they'd planned it beforehand.

"It gradually started to become more people. He asked me if I would work for him and I said 'no' and I just laughed it off but, as I realise now, I did it without even knowing - [I did] sex work.

"I thought it was OK because I was brainwashed. They made me think it was my decision but it wasn't."

Tribute for murdered Banbury man

A tribute is being held for a man

murdered in Banbury yesterday.

Sky lanterns will be lit in Foscote park this evening at 20:00.

Gang 'groomed girls at parties'

The gang of six men from Banbury groomed vulnerable young girls at parties they had organised on social media, and

were found guilty of subjecting the girls to offences including rape.

From left to right - Said Saleh, Mohamed Saleh, Takudzwa Hova, Ahmed Hassan-Sule, Kagiso Manase

Attacks took place over five years on seven victims, aged 13 to 15, in cars, woods or at the defendants' homes.

BreakingBanbury sex abuse gang sentenced

Peter Cooke

Reporter, BBC South Today

A judge has sentenced the Banbury gang of six men who

groomed underage girls before subjecting them to sexual abuse.

  • Ahmed Hassan-Sule, 21, of Glyndebourne Gardens, Banbury, has received a sentence of nine years, and five years on licence.
  • Mohamed Saleh, 21, of Orchard Way Banbury, has been given four years and nine months.
  • Said Saleh, 20, of Orchard Way, Banbury, was sentenced to four years in prison.
  • Takudzwa Hova, 21, of Broughton Road, Banbury received a sentence of six years and four years on licence.
  • Kagiso Manase, 20, of Warwick Road, Banbury has been given a five year sentence
  • Zsolt Szaltoni, 18 of Portway, Banbury has been sentenced to three years.

Puppy problems

via Facebook

Thames Valley Police have shared a fun video on their

Facebook page of some very playful pups.

Puppy with police officer

"Never work with children or animals!

"We tried to get photos of our new puppies, to help promote our puppy socialising program. Lets just say they're not quite highly-trained police dogs yet.

"But if you would like to help turn them into some of Thames Valley's finest canines then now is your chance.

"Thames Valley and Hampshire Police are looking for volunteers to help train up our future police dogs."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The sentencing is underway of six men found guilty of a series of sexual offences in Banbury.

I'll have the latest at


Bicester Village to be enlarged

Plans to increase the retail space at Bicester Village by almost a quarter

have been given the go ahead.

Bicester Village

The proposals, which include demolishing the supermarket and part of the outlet, are similar to those approved last summer.

Nearly a 150 new car parking spaces will be created in the latest plan, as well as 28 new shop units.

Life's a ditch

TVP Roads Policing

tweet: M40 j9 to 8a @OxonFireRescue and @SCAS999 working to free driver from collision. No injuries.

Car accident

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Bicester Village is to increase in size by nearly a quarter, after plans were approved by Cherwell District Council.

Join me for all the headlines at


10,000 drivers receive penalties for mobile use

John Harrison

BBC News

Thames Valley Police issued the

second highest number of penalty points for using mobile phones at the wheel, police figures suggest.

Man driving with using mobile phone

The Metropolitan Police issued the most FPNs - 22,729 - last year, while TVP issued 10,579. Staffordshire Police issued just four fixed penalty notices for mobile phone use last year.

Overall the number of drivers given penalty points for using mobile phones at the wheel fell by 24% last year in England and Wales.

A34 problems

BBC Travel

There has been an accident on the A34 northbound at Kidlington.

Part of the carriageway is blocked and congestion is running back to Peartree.

An earlier lane closure at the Milton Interchange has been reopened, but there are still delays in the area.

Castle Oxford's favourite place

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford's Castle Quarter has been voted the county's favourite attraction in the
Living in Oxford Awards.

Oxford Castle
Oxford Castle

Operations Manager Sam Pace

told me the fact the awards were decided by members of the public made it even more special.

She said: "I'm so happy and thrilled. We have a great space and it's a great team effort from our commercial businesses and the Castle Quarter team."

Ex-United footballer Chris Zebroski jailed for attacks

Ben Frampton

BBC news

Newport County footballer Chris Zebroski has been

jailed for four years and four months for two attacks.

Chris Zebroski
Getty Images

The 28-year-old ex Oxford United striker admitted four charges of robbery, attempted robbery and assault relating to two incidents.

Unwanted Wantage developments

Wantage Herald

Three-hundred residents gathered in Wantage market place to find out what their parliamentary candidates propose to could do about

controversial unwanted housing developments.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

An extra 3,000 primary school places will be added in Oxfordshire by 2018, according to the county council.

Join me for all the details at


After ewe

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

First thing this morning Blenheim Palace's shepherd crossed 300 ewes over the Grand Bridge to their new lambing pasture, as photographed by Melodie Manners.

Ewes in Blenheim Palace grounds
Melodie Manners

It's good to share, so if you have a picture from across the county, why not send it in to

Local Live.

Bicester 'carmageddon' warning

Bicester Advertiser

Campaigners are warning that

Bicester will face "carmageddon" in 2019 due to the major developments proposed for the town, unless action is taken now.

Sir Tony becomes Katharine House patron

Sir Tony Baldry, who is stepping down from parliament as Banbury's MP, has become patron of the

Katharine House Hospice.

Sir Tony Baldry

He said: "I know from all of my years as the local MP, from friends who have had treatment there and from the care given to friends who have died there, what a fantastic resource Katharine House is for the local community."

Bereaved family playgroup

BBC Radio Oxford

A playgroup for bereaved parents in Oxfordshire, thought to be the first of its kind, has been launched.

Lydia Berry has set up the Rainbow Group in the

Ace Centre in Chipping Norton to help provide support to others after losing her daughter Evelyn shortly after birth.


told Kat Orman why it's called Rainbow: "When you talk about a child you've had, after your loss, you call them your rainbow baby. The rainbow after the storm, the sunshine has come out and it's a neat way of describing your children."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford Castle Quarter has been voted Oxfordshire's favourite attraction.

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


Barkley extends Welsh stay

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

London Welsh have confirmed they have agreed a contract extension with Olly Barkley.

Olly Barkley
Barkley has made 23 appearances for England

The fly-half joined the Oxford-based side in June last year when they were promoted to the Premiership, and will continue with the team despite their

relegation this season.

A34 lane closed

BBC Travel

There has been a

multi-vehicle accident on the A34 southbound, just before the Milton interchange.

One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic and long delays back to the Marcham interchange.

There is also slow traffic heading northbound with people slowing to look at the accident.

Oxfordshire festivals offer food to funk

Wallingford Herald

An eclectic line-up of Michelin-starred chefs, TV presenters, pop stars, DJs and intellectuals have been

unveiled for three West Oxfordshire music festivals.