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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 22 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Thursday

Live Reporting

By Sue Paz

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live for today, thanks for joining us. The service will resume from 08:00 on Thursday.

But, you can still

get in touch with the team overnight.

Cloudy and misty

Holly Green

BBC Weather

There'll be some sunny spells this evening, but

it'll be cloudy and misty overnight.

Holly Green
BBC

Any clearer interludes could lead to a touch of frost through the Thames Valley. Lows of 3C (37F).

Pheasant update

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A bird expert at Otmoor Nature Reserve has told

BBC Radio Oxford the pheasant photographed by Matthew Gibbons in Weston-On-The-Green is a leucistic pheasant and not an albino.

The pheasant photographed by Matthew Gibbons
Matthew Gibbons

Peter Barker, who volunteers at the reserve, described it as "unusual".

A bird with leucism has partial loss of pigmentation in its feathers but not its eyes, as with albinism.

Coming up on South Today

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

Coming up on

BBC South Today at 18:00: A man has died after being found injured in a car in Barton, Oxford.

The scene in Barton
BBC

Part of Northway remained cordoned off today following the discovery by police late last night.

The man, in his 30s, was taken to hospital but later died. A man, in 20s, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Abingdon river death: Arrest caught on camera

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The jury delivered a unanimous guilty verdict after three days of deliberations in the trial of Natasha Elderfield.

She killed her boyfriend Robert Dobinson with a kitchen knife

during a row on a canal boat in Abingdon last October.

Natasha Elderfield on police camera
Thames valley police

Elderfield, 41, of no fixed address, was filmed by a body worn police camera as she was arrested.

She is heard saying: "Apparently I stabbed him… I had a knife in my hand. I was cooking."

Apprenticeship success

Oxford Mail

An Oxfordshire college

has topped the league for the success of its students on apprenticeship schemes.

Abingdon and Witney College
Steve Daniels

Abingdon and Witney College's success rate for 16 to 18-year-olds on apprenticeships is the highest in England out of 218 colleges, according to the latest statistics released by the

Skills Funding Agency.

More Didcot homes approved

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

More housing has been approved for Great Western Park in Didcot.

Great Western Park, Didcot
Fly

About 400 homes have been given the go ahead by the

Vale of White Horse District Council.

Overall more than 3,000 new homes are planned.

South Park attack

Thames Valley Police

A man in his 30s

has suffered chest injuries after a suspected attack in Oxford's South Park.

A view of Oxford from South Park
Steve Daniels

It happened near Morrell Avenue shortly before 16:30 yesterday.

Three local men, in their 20s, have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman's been found guilty of manslaughter after her boyfriend was found with stab wounds in Abingdon.

Natasha Elderfield, 41, has been on trial at Oxford Crown Court for more than two weeks.

That and more on

BBC Radio Oxford at 17:00.

M40 disruption

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Traffic is slow on the M40 northbound between junction 9 at Bicester and junction 10 because of an accident.

For all the latest on the county's roads visit the

BBC Travel website.

The making of a maestro?

Oxfordshire County Council

tweets: Does your child want to learn a musical instrument next term? Register your interest
here

Parrot theft

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing for witnesses

after a parrot was stolen in Wallingford.

Donna the African grey parrot
Thames Valley Police

The female African grey parrot called Donna was taken on Monday evening from The Shambles.

Abingdon river death: Woman convicted after boat stabbing

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

A woman who killed her boyfriend during a row on a canal boat

has been convicted of manslaughter.

Robert Dobinson (left) and Natasha Elderfield
Thames Valley Police

Natasha Elderfield (right), 41, stabbed Robert Dobinson, 33, from Faringdon, on the boat in Abingdon in October.

In the news

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Two armed men have kicked down the front door of a home in Carterton.

It happened at a property on Willow Drive some time between 23:30 on Monday night and 01:00 yesterday morning.

That and more coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford at 16:00.

Community garden volunteers sought

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

Banbury has new community garden and

members of the public are being asked to help out at its first volunteer day.

A man gardening
Thinkstock

Banbury Community Action Group's Bridge Street Garden needs raised beds creating and overgrown vegetation clearing.

England's strangest polling stations

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

A launderette, a caravan and a school bus are all going to be used as voters in England take to the polls on 7 May.

BBC News Online takes a look at some of the country's strangest polling stations today, The Ace Launderette at Girdlestone Road in Oxford, which will again open its doors to voters this year.

Poll clerks are seen in a public launderette being used as a polling station in Oxford, southern England
Reuters

Have you ever voted in an unusual location? Let us know via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter

Failing care homes

Oxford Mail

One in four care homes in Oxfordshire

either requires improvement or is considered inadequate by an independent health watchdog.

According to the

Care Quality Commission, 24 of the 92 active homes registered in the county have not met all the standards set by inspectors in the past year.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Oxford

More on the conviction of Natasha Elderfield, who's been found guilty of manslaughter after killing her boyfriend Robert Dobinson during a drunken row on a canal boat in Abingdon last October.

More on that and other stories on

BBC Radio Oxford at 15:00.

Abingdon stabbing: Natasha Elderfield convicted of manslaughter

A woman has been found guilty of manslaughter after killing her boyfriend during a drunken row on a canal boat.

Natasha Elderfield, 41, stabbed Robert Dobinson, 33, from Faringdon, on the boat in Abingdon last October.

Police tape at scene
BBC

In the ensuing fight she used a five inch kitchen knife to stab him in the chest and one of the palms of his hands, the prosecution said.

He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital but died from his injuries.

BreakingAbingdon stabbing: Guilty verdict

BREAKING NEWS

A woman has been found guilty of manslaughter after killing her boyfriend during a drunken row on a canal boat.

Natasha Elderfield, 41, stabbed Robert Dobinson, 33, from Faringdon, on the boat in Abingdon last October.

The court heard she had an affair with another man and was confronted by the victim after she had been drinking.

Triumph-ant tulip

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

An Oxford based charity will be represented at the Malvern RHS Spring Festival in May with a specially designed tulip.

Kate Durr with the Tulipa Caresse flowers
UCRE

Last year,

Urology Cancer Research and Education (UCARE) adopted a Triumph form tulip as their symbol of hope.

Named Tulipa Caresse it will feature in TV presenter Kate Durr's (pictured left) garden.

In the news

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A "loving and caring, fantastic character" - that's how a man stabbed to death in Banbury has been described by his family.

Kyle Byfield, 23, died in hospital after he was found injured at Jubilee Court last Thursday.

More on that and other stories on

BBC Radio Oxford at 14:00.

Shakespeare-related exhibits

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

Ahead of Shakespeare's birthday on Thursday, Oxford's Bodleian is inviting members of the public to visit it's

Marks of Genius exhibition.

Oxford's Bodleian Library
Bill Nicholls

The Bard's First Folio is on display alongside a host of other Shakespeare-related items.

The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, dating from about 1623.

Rare sight?

Matthew Gibbons, from Bicester, has emailed this photo of what he says is an albino pheasant.

Matthew Gibbon's photo of albino pheasant
Matthew Gibbons

He spotted the bird as he was passing through Weston-On-The-Green.

Birds with albinism have some or all of the normal pigmentation missing,

according to the RSPB.

Match decider

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Banbury United's place in the Premier Division of the Southern League will be decided on the final day of the season.

Footballer
Thinkstock

The team beat Slough Town 3-0 at the Spencer Stadium last night.

It means they'll avoid relegation if they win at Chesham on Saturday and nearest rivals Froome lose to St Neots Town.

News on the hour

Charles Nove

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Local volunteer and community groups in Oxfordshire are being invited to apply for a share of £250,000.

Thames Valley Police has offered the cash following the sale of unclaimed items and criminal seizures.

That and more coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00.

Speedy vintage

Thames Valley Police Roads Policing

tweets: Nice car shame about the speed. 57 in a 40 #speedkills

Vintage car caught speeding
Thames Valley Police

Wantage road scheme cash approved

Oxford Mail

Oxfordshire county councillor's

have approved £2.45m of funding towards a new road in Wantage (pictured).

Wantage
Steve Daniels

The authority's cabinet released the cash to begin construction of the Wantage Eastern Link Road, which will connect the A338 at Mably Way roundabout with the A417.

Barton car man death

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Police have

arrested a suspect over the death of a man in Barton.

The scene on Northway
BBC

The injured man was found in a car in Northway last night, and died later in hospital. Burchester Avenue and Northway have been cordoned off.

Local resident Chris Holt told

BBC Radio Oxford the area was "completely closed" to residents and added cars were being diverted.

In the news

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up at 12:00 on

BBC Radio Oxford: There's been a drop, by about a third, in the number of elderly and disabled people being helped with care by councils in the South, according to figures obtained by the BBC.

The

Southern Policy Centre says funding among councils in the region for adult social care has broadly stayed the same, but the number of people being supported has "collapsed".

Grass cuttings

BBC Radio Oxford

We've been asking your thoughts on news that Oxfordshire County Council is going to reduce its verge mowing regime to two cuts per year.

Grass cuttings in a wheel barrow
Thinkstock

On

Facebook, Simon Tavener said: Longer grass on verges means more opportunity for wild flowers to prosper and a greater diversity of insect life. Doesn't seem too bad a possible outcome.

Meanwhile, Malcolm Peedell commented: As if the county isn't scruffy enough as it is. Not a great advert to tourists is it.

Travel latest

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's

queuing traffic northbound on the A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road in Oxford, between the Horspath Driftway junction and Headington roundabout.

There's also disruption on North Way in Headington which is closed between the Burchester Avenue junction and the Edgecombe Road junction because of a police incident.

It's affecting bus route 8, where a diversion is in place.

Rail lines reopen

National Rail

tweets: All lines are now open at #Oxford following a signalling problem but trains may still be delayed by up to 15 minutes until 12:00.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man has been arrested after the death of a man who was found injured in Barton.

He was found injured in a car on Northway last night.

That and more coming up at 11:00 on

BBC Radio Oxford.

Car man death arrest

Stephen Stafford

BBC News Online

A man, in his 20s,

has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the death of a man found in a car.

The scene in Barton
Chris Holt

The injured man, in his 30s, was found in a red Mazda parked on Northway, Oxford, on Tuesday. He was taken to hospital but later died.

Mowing cuts

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's

grass verges will only be cut twice this year.

Lawn mower
Thinkstock

The

county council said it was prioritising funding for adult and children's social care services.

It said additional mowing will take place when there's a road safety reason.

BBC to air Clarkson's final Top Gear scenes

Footage of Jeremy Clarkson taken during his last days on Top Gear will be screened later this year.

Jeremy Clarkson
Getty Images

BBC Two controller Kim Shillinglaw said the scenes would likely be broadcast this summer.

Clarkson, who lives in Chipping Norton, did not have his contract renewed by the BBC following his 'fracas' with a Top Gear producer.

Read more on this story.

News on the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford at 10:00: An inquest will begin today into the
death of a man found with stab wounds in Banbury.

Kyle Byfield, 23, was taken to the Horton General Hospital last Thursday, where he later died.

Randolph Hotel: Drivers ignoring Beaumont Street closure

Oxford Times

Drivers have been reportedly

flouting a road closure outside of the fire-damaged Randolph Hotel.

Beaumont Street was shut following the blaze on Friday, but reopened westbound on Monday.