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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 20 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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.

Clear night

Holly Green

BBC Weather

This evening we keep our light winds and clear skies which means we risk

some mist and low cloud.

Holly Green
BBC

Some patchy frost in some prone locations, but typically we'll see lows of 5C (41F).

Evening TV

Jerome Sale

BBC South Today

On

South Today this evening: The damage to Oxford's historic Randolph hotel could run into millions of pounds following Friday's fire.

Randolph fire
BBC

The manager of the five star hotel has told the BBC the Randolph could be open again as soon as the weekend, but some areas have been devastated as our reporter Adina Campbell discover.

Join me at

18:30 for that and more.

Carer cheated our daughter

Henley Standard

A couple have spoken of their anger at a care worker who was

jailed for stealing more than £4,000 from their disabled daughter.

Gale Penny Mutton was sentenced to 16 months in prison on Friday after admitting taking the money from the bank account of Helen Towner, who lives in assisted housing in Gainsborough Road, Henley.

Smith's second sixth

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire rider Bradley Smith is returning to Europe from Argentina after

claiming his second successive 6th place finish in MotoGP.

Valentino Rossi
Getty Images

The race itself was won by Valentino Rossi.

The Italian was involved in a tangle of wheels with World Champion Marc Marquez - who crashed out with one and half laps remaining in the race.

Abingdon river death: Jury out

A jury in the trial of a woman accused of murdering her boyfriend during a drunken row on a canal boat

has retired to consider its verdict.

Police tape at scene
BBC

Natasha Elderfield, 41, denies stabbing Robert Dobinson, 33, from Faringdon, on a boat in Abingdon last October.

Could you take on a police puppy?

David Prever

Drivetime presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Thames Valley Police are asking people to help them train and socialise the next generation of police dogs.

Puppy
TVP

Trainer Paul Whitty

told me what they are looking for: "We're looking for volunteers to take on an eight-week-old to keep it with them until they're ready to join us for police dog training.

You can see a video of the delightful dogs on our

Facebook page.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford's fire-damaged Randolph Hotel will be partly reopened on Saturday - eight days after a serious blaze ripped through the iconic building.

Join me for all the headlines at

17:00.

The birds are back

via Facebook

Have you heard your first cuckoo of the summer yet? Are there any birds nesting in your garden this Spring? Perhaps blue tits or house martins?

Cuckoo
BBC

Ornithologists say the light winds and warm temperatures during the last week provided the perfect conditions for migrant birds held up in southern Europe.

Let us know what feathered friends you've seen on our

Facebook page.

Benefits shake-up

BBC Radio Oxford

The roll-out of

Universal Credit hits Oxfordshire today.

Job Centre
PA

The combination of six benefits into one has been described as the biggest change to the welfare system in a generation.

Welfare rights advisor Peter Turville said: "It's a big adjustment for people to make and vulnerable claimant groups are going to have a lot of trouble."

Randolph Hotel: 'Chimney effect'

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's assistant chief fire officer has explained that the

blaze at the Randolph Hotel was "extremely unusual".

Randolph fire
BBC

Simon Furlong

told me that the fire started in the kitchen, bypassed the middle floors and then spread to the roof.

He said: "There is fire damage on the external walls and it seems to be funnelled in a chimney effect. It's a very rare occurrence but in some ways it's saved a part of the hotel."

Train delays all day

First Great Western

tweets: Signal problems between Oxford & Charlbury. All lines blocked. Trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption expected until 23:59

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The jury has retired to consider its verdict at the trial of a woman accused of murdering her boyfriend in Abingdon.

I'll have the latest at

16:00.

Randolph Hotel: Fire recovery

Oxfordshire County Council

tweets: "Beaumont Street in Oxford will partially reopen later today following Friday's Randolph fire. More information
here.

Staying dry and sunny this afternoon

BBC Weather

Plenty of sunshine and light winds this afternoon.

It will feel noticeably warmer than yesterday.

MAP
BBC

Maximum Temperature: 17 Deg C (63 Deg F)

Banbury murder accused remanded

A woman has been remanded in custody after appearing in court

charged with murdering a man in Banbury.

Jubilee Court, Banbury
Google

Kyle Byfield was found stabbed at a flat in the town on Thursday morning.

Natasha Capell, 26, from Jubilee Court in Banbury appeared at Wycombe Magistrates Court and is due before Oxford Crown Court tomorrow.

Monday Magnolia

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Well, this has certainly brightened an already pretty bright day for me, a luxuriant Magnolia flower, taken in Abingdon by Ann Wilkinson.

Magnolia flower
Ann Wilkinson

If you have a picture you would like to share, why not send it in to

Local Live?

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Thames Valley Police says a rise of 52% in the number of rapes reported over the last year, shows a growing confidence in the force to investigate and support victims of the crime.

Join me for the full details at

15:00.

Crazies Hill pub bid

Henley Standard

Villagers could be willing to

take over The Horns pub in Crazies Hill if Brakspear decided to sell it.

Oxford from the air

NPAS Benson

tweets: Pic of John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford taken by Police Helicopter
@NPAS_Benson just now
@SilverstarStar #p6572

Oxford
NPAS Benson

If you have any pictures of Oxfordshire, why not send them to Local Live via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

More rapes reported: 'High profile cases' behind increase

The

52% rise in the reports of rape in the Thames Valley could be because of high profile cases such as
Operation Bullfinch.

Francis Habgood
BBC

Thames Valley Police chief constable Francis Habgood told BBC Oxford that the actual number of rapes was unlikely to have increased.

He said: "About a third happened before April 2014, so there are quite a number of historic reports of rape, and I think that is about the high profile cases, so some of them are linked to child sexual exploitation, but some relate to domestic cases."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A 52% rise in reports of rape in the Thames Valley is down to more victims coming forward, not more rapes taking place, according to the chief constable.

I'll have the full story at

14:00.

Landfill wildlife haven

Banbury Cake

A landfill site where hundreds of thousands of tonnes of Oxfordshire's waste has been dumped for decades

could be turned into a haven for wildlife.

Region's recorded rapes increase

The number of rapes recorded across the Thames Valley has

risen by more than 52%.

Thames Valley Police sign
BBC

Thames Valley Police says an increase in all sexual offences demonstrates victims are confident the force will support them.

The latest figures also show violent crime against individuals is up by 10%, but overall there has been a drop of about 6,000 crimes across the region in the past year.

Fire farewell

Peter Cleary

tweets: Randolph hotel Oxford last night - Superb firefighting skills to save our heritage, my last job before retirement...

Randolph fire
Steve Lambourne

Assistant chief fire officer Simon Furlong told Howard Bentham that Mr Clearly had closed a 29-year career at the weekend.

He said: "An excellent career and he was part of the command team at the Randolph. We wish him the best for the future."

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today

On

the lunchtime programme: It is the last day for people to have their say over a proposed toll increase at Whitchurch Bridge.

Whitchurch Bridge
BBC

The owners want to put the price up from 40p to 60p to cover repair costs.

Although the extra 20p doesn't sound that much, regular users say it'll soon add up. Join us for that and more at 13:40.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Oxford

In the

13:00 bulletin: Insurance assessors have arrived at the Randolph Hotel in Oxford.

They're counting the cost of Friday's serious fire, which is thought to have started in the kitchen when a chef was flambeing a beef stroganoff.

Toll bridge boost

BBC Radio Oxford

It is the last day for people to have their say over the proposed

toll increase at Whitchurch Bridge.

Whitchurch Bridge
Whitchurch Bridge Company

The owners want to put up the charge from 40p to 60p to pay for the reconstruction work that ran over budget by more than £2m.

Geoff Weir from the

Whitchurch Bridge Company told
BBC Radio Oxford they have no other option.

Dead bird cause of level crossing problem at Sandy Lane in Yarnton

Witney Gazette

A level crossing in Yarnton with a history of problems has stopped working

after a dead bird got stuck on the track.

The barriers of the Sandy Lane level crossing are stuck down, stopping traffic from crossing the railway line.

Candid camera

TVP Roads Policing

tweets: Speed check today in Alvescot West Oxon after complaints from residents. 12 tickets issued in 40mph limit

Speed camera
TVP

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

If you are unhappy about the plans to put up the toll for Whitchurch Bridge, today is the last day you can have your say about it.

Join me for more on that at

12:00.

Defender set for longer stay

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

It's been confirmed

Oxford United will take up the option to extend defender Sam Long's contract.

Sam Long
other

The 20-year-old from Bicester received widespread praise from fans and coaching staff after his performance in the

3-0 win at Tranmere at the weekend.

Chief executive Mark Ashton said: "I think all of the youngsters have done well this season and Michael Appleton has managed them well. Sam was fantastic on Saturday, and yes he will be here next season."

Beef stroganoff blaze

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today

I'm covering the

Randolph Hotel fire for
South Today. The manager has told me that it was the cognac in a beef stroganoff that started the fire.

Rubble
BBC

There is a lot to do before the hotel can reopen. All the loose roof tiles and debris is visible outside.

You can watch my report on South Today at

18:30.

Gas guidance

Wheatley Fire Station

tweets: We just attended a possible gas leak in Wheatley, if you think you can smell gas, get out, stay out and call us out!

Election expedition

Helen Catt

BBC Oxford Political Reporter

Get your politics here! Last stop on the

BBC Oxford Ballot Box Tour - Abingdon Market.

Abingdon market
BBC

Come and meet the team and let us know what you think about the general election issues.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The fire at Oxford's Randolph Hotel was probably caused by cooking with flames, according to the manager.

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

11:00.

Train troubles

First Great Western

tweets: Due to signalling problems between Oxford & Charlbury, services running through these stations may be amended or delayed.

Fire 'caused by Flambé'

BBC Radio Oxford

The fire at Oxford's Randolph Hotel was probably caused by cooking with flames, the manager has said.

Flames at Randolph Hotel
BBC

Michael Grange

told Howard Bentham that 95% of the hotel was undamaged, and investigations were ongoing as to the cause.

"It hasn't been completely confirmed but I think they were perhaps doing some flambé work and they perhaps put a little too much cognac in the pan."

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Reports of rape in the Thames Valley have increased by more than 52% in the past year according to the latest figures.

Join me for the full story at

10:00.