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  1. Updates on Thursday 23 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Andrew Humphrey

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Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

That's all from Local Live this evening, the service will be back from 08:00 on Friday.

Chipping Norton's 'seaside'

BBC Radio Oxford

The completion of

renovation work at Chipping Norton's Lido has been hailed by the trustees of the community-owned pool.

Chipping Norton Lido
Chipping Norton Lido

Claire Jarvis told

BBC Radio Oxford: "The pool is hugely popular, it's probably the only family day out in Chipping Norton. We're so far away from the seaside that this is our day at the seaside."

Diabetes trail appeal

Nick Piercey

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A new study at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford is looking for men with type 2 diabetes to

join a trial to correct low levels of testosterone

Diabetes trial

Volunteers will be injected with a new hormone which researchers have discovered can boost the release testosterone.

Dr Jyothis George

told me about the trail: "We are stimulating the body's own production of testosterone, using a naturally occurring brain hormone, and the good thing is that the testosterone values will remain in the normal range."

On the programme tonight

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Wallingford school is warning parents to be vigilant after several pupils reported being sent graphic pictures by the same stranger on Facebook.

Will Willis, Wallingford School headmaster

The head teacher has urged parents to keep a check on who their children are speaking to online.

Its thought the pictures could have originated from America, but the user could have hidden their true location.

Join me for all the region's top stories at


Sun sets on fine weather

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Clear skies and light winds will allow some mist and

low cloud to form this evening.

Holly Green

There could be a touch of frost in the countryside, but urban areas will fall to around 6C (43F).

'There are no customers'

Businesses are warning that redevelopment work in the centre of Oxford is so disruptive, they could go under before it's finished.

Frideswide Square

Anny Benadel runs a café on the square and told BBC South Today that the future is very uncertain.

She said: "I don't think I will survive, customers are not coming in, they are trying to avoid this area, there are no proper pedestrian crossings for them to come around and it is putting them off."

Arctic veterans honoured

After 70 years the bravery of the Oxfordshire veterans who took part in the arctic convoys of World War Two is finally being recognised.

Arctic convoy
Getty Images

The Russians did not acknowledge the efforts of the veterans, who helped wartime convoys to deliver supplies, until last year.

Today a representative from the Russian embassy has presented the Ushakov medal to veterans at a special ceremony in

Oxford Town Hall.

Frideswide Square fears

Alastair Fee

Business correspondent, BBC South Today

Businesses in Oxford say they face going under before

major redevelopment work at Frideswide Square is complete.

An artist's impressioon of how Frideswide Square will look
Oxfordshire County Council

Traders claim that their takings have fallen by 50%.

They want better signs around the site and are calling for a drop in their business rates.

A34 closed again

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A two-vehicle collision on the A34 northbound between the Marcham Interchange and Abingdon North has

closed the carriageway.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Businesses in Oxford say they are facing bankruptcy before the major redevelopment at Frideswide Square is complete.

Hear more about that with me at


Oxford bar assault CCTV released

CCTV footage has been released in connection with an

assault in Maxwell's Bar in Oxford.

CCTV footage

On Saturday 31 January at about 01:00 the victim, a 36-year-old man was assaulted, falling down the stairs.

Thames Valley Police would like to speak to the man shown in the


Collins continues to next campaign

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United midfielder

Michael Collins will be at the club next season.

Michael Collins
Getty Images

The 28-year-old has made enough appearances this campaign for a clause to be activated in his contract to extend his stay at the Kassam for another year.

He told

BBC Radio Oxford sport he's determined to help United achieve their goals next season: "I'm happy here, I think this is one of the only clubs in the lower leagues that will be pushing for promotion, not only to League One but the Championship in years to come."

A34 update

BBC Travel

There is now one lane closed northbound on the A34 at the Chilton interchange

because of an earlier accident.

Congestion is running back to the Beedon Turn Off.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman's being given emergency treatment at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after a collision on the A34.

Join me for all the headlines at


Educational app

A new Android smartphone game called

The Life Cycle of Malaria has been created by an Oxford University developer, based on malaria research at the University's Nuffield Department of Medicine.

University of Oxford

Aimed at 12 to 18-year-old students, it will be officially launched on

World Malaria Day (25 April).

Players learn about why mosquito bites itch, why pregnant women are more likely to be bitten, and how the parasite manages to survive.

Randolph opening delayed


reopening of the Randolph Hotel in Oxford has been postponed for a second time.

Fire at The Randolph
Jenni Shaw

The fire-damaged landmark had originally been hoping to welcome guests from Saturday, just eight days after a serious blaze devastated three floors of the building.

That was then put back until the start of next week, and now management says the hotel will not accept guests until Saturday 2 May.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Two men - described as "violent offenders" - have been jailed at Oxford Crown Court after a stabbing and an assault with baseball bat.

I'll have more on that at


A34 closed northbound

BBC Travel

The A34 is

closed northbound at the Chilton Interchange, because of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

Dabble with a paddle

Young people have been invited to have a dabble with a paddle at a discounted canoe course in Banbury.

Kayak in a swimming pool

Cherwell District Council and Cherwell Canoe Club have launched a five-week course for eight to 25-year-olds at

Woodgreen Leisure Centre starting on 13 May.

Places must be booked in advance and for more information email or call 07887 777632

Second murder arrest in Oxford

Adam Williams

BBC News

More on the story we told you earlier - A

second man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man found injured in a car in Oxford died.

Police in Cowley

Police are questioning the man in his 30s, from Oxford, following the

discovery of a man in a red Mazda on Tuesday evening.

A 31-year-old man, from Oxford, also arrested on suspicion of murder, continues to be questioned.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The newly refurbished Lido in Chipping Norton has re-opened today after six months of work.

Join me for all the headlines at


Ringing for England

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

To celebrate St George's Day this year a

campaign has been launched to get bells ringing right across the county in honour of our national day.

Bell ringer

I was in Kingston Bagpuize to hear Stan ringing the church bell.

£250,000 park to make a splash

Witney Gazette

Splash pools, climbing frames, tents, slides and swings have all made it through to the

final designs for the Leys Splash Park in Witney.

Race for Oxford Half places begins

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

There is to be a new route for this year's

Oxford Half Marathon.

Oxford Half Marathon

Now in it's fifth year, the race has previously started and finished at the Kassam Stadium, taking in some of the big town areas, such as the BMW car plant.

This year it is going to be more centred on the university, starting and ending in St Giles.

Entries for the October event are now open.

A40 - Your views

via Facebook

The A40 has been named as Oxfordshire's most congested road, which won't be news to many of you who use it. But what are the solutions?

Deborah Clewley

posted: Train line plus dual carriageway in both directions. Takes me 70 minutes to go from Carterton to Cowley on a Tuesday afternoon at 4pm

Shane Rae

said: Witney to Oxford by car= 90 mins, by motorbike= 30 mins. Everyone on motorbikes

Manja Hoevenaars Uglow

wrote: Park and Ride in Witney with sections of bus lanes added along A40 in and out of Oxford. Secure cycling storage would be great as well.

Lunchtime TV

Dani Sinha

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: For anyone living with type 1 diabetes, managing the condition is a daily event.

Diabetes blood test

Many people can also develop complications with their eyesight or kidneys.

But now a charity says not enough children are getting the number of health checks needed to screen for the early signs of those complications, potentially putting them at risk of further health problems. Join me at


News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A second man's been arrested by police investigating the murder of a man in Oxford.

The victim died in hospital after being found with severe chest injuries in a car in Barton. I'll have the latest on that as


Are you Bikesafe?

via Facebook

Thames Valley Police has shared some photos from the year's first Bikesafe event on its

Facebook page.

Bikesafe event

Ten motorcyclists met at Abingdon Police Station where they undertook a classroom session discussing the concepts of advanced motorcycling.

During this session some of the more common causes of collisions were covered along with their solutions. Participants then undertook an observed ride with police motorcyclists.

Smooth running

First Great Western

tweets: Disruption caused by earlier issues problems between Hayes & Harlington and Paddington has now ended. Apologies for the delays this morning.

BreakingFurther arrest in Barton murder probe

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

A second man has been arrested in connection with the

murder of a man found in a car in Barton on Tuesday.

Hillsborough Road, Oxford

A man in his 30s from Cowley was arrested last night.

Police officers are also

searching a property in Mayfair Road, and an area on Hillsborough Road in Cowley.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A second man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Oxford.

I'll have the latest on that as


Community-run lido reopens

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

A community-run outdoor swimming pool in Oxfordshire has

reopened following £75,000 of renovations.

Chipping Norton Lido
Chipping Norton Lido

Work started on repairing the 45-year-old Chipping Norton lido in November.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A road in Oxford remains closed for a third day as police investigating the murder of a man continue their inquiries.

I'll have the latest on that at


Fuse box warning

BBC Radio Oxford

The death of a man in a house fire in Kidlington has brought an urgent warning from the fire service for neighbours to check their electric circuits.

Christopher Butler died at his home on Wilsdon Way last September, when the cables to his cooker started a fire.

Oxfordshire's home, road and community safety officer Gabby Heycock told

BBC Oxford that they are calling on people to make sure their fuse boxes meet modern electrical standards.

He says: "The letter was just to raise awareness and help people understand what they could look out for, without having to take any direct actions."

Coming up this morning

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

What lies beneath? Well we know at least part of the answer thanks to the work of a team of archaeologists, who have found bones, offerings to the gods and the remains of a Roman temple and amphitheatre, during 10 years of excavations in Marcham.

This weekend some of these valuable finds are on display at the

Abingdon Museum, and
I'll be hearing all about it from one of the people behind the project, Prof Gary Lock.