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  1. Updates on Friday 24 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Good evening

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

That's all from BBC Local Live for today, thanks for joining in the conversation.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

In the meantime, feel free to

email us.

Cloud and rain tonight

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Cloud and patchy rain will work its way through the region this evening,

leaving some low cloud and mist behind it.

Bee Tucker

It's a mild night to come, with lows of 8C (46F).

Oxford United v Cambridge

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United play their penultimate game of the season and their final match at home tomorrow afternoon as they

take on Cambridge at the Kassam Stadium.

Michael Appleton
Getty Images

The U's suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat at the Abbey Stadium in the away fixture back in October.

Head coach Appleton said that result was a huge turning point in the season: "It was a difficult day for us but it gave me an idea of what needed to be done."

BBC Radio Oxford has exclusive

full match commentary, live from the Kassam Stadium tomorrow afternoon from 14:00 on 95.2FM and digital radio.

'Pay as you feel' at cafe

Oxford's Food Surplus Cafe is

holding its first 'pay as you feel' event on Saturday, with all the meals prepared from food that was destined for the bin and customers given the opportunity to settle-up in a number of ways.

As well as deciding how much money they'll pay, diners can also exchange their labour and wash-up or entertain other customers for a free meal.

The cafe will be open from 12:00 to 16:00 at the

East Oxford Community Centre.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: It is one of Oxford's biggest annual events, but there are worries the Cowley Road Carnival is at risk because of a shortage in funding.

Cowley Road Carnival

Organisers say they need to raise £65,000 by the end of June after bigger turnouts increased the cost of holding the free event.

Join me for that and more at


Owners' joy as parrot returns to the nest

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The owners of Donna, the missing parrot from Wallingford, are said to be "over the moon" their pet has returned.

Donna the African grey parrot
Thames Valley Police

The parrot was reported stolen from a property on Monday, but it is

now believed the bird escaped from its cage.

The bird, a female African grey, flew into a house in Wallingford on Wednesday and a neighbour, who had seen the appeal to find the bird, then informed the police.

Week of action on bed-blocking

BBC Radio Oxford


week-long crackdown on bed-blocking at hospitals in Oxfordshire is under way.

Hospital ward
BBC Sport

The county is

consistently one of the worst areas in England for so-called "delayed transfers of care", being ranked bottom in January.

The problem arises when a patient no longer needs hospital treatment but a care package is not in place for them to leave.

Award for new cancer care building

A special architecture award has been given to a charity in Oxford for its new treehouse-style home.

Maggie's Oxford new treehouse-style centre
Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Maggie's Cancer Centre, in the grounds of the Churchill Hospital, took six years to plan and cost £3m to build.

The building, which offers a retreat for cancer patients and their families, has been recognised with a

RIBA South sustainability award.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

After a series of anti-slavery raids in Oxford, two men and a woman have pleaded guilty to knowingly requiring another to perform forced labour.

Join me at

17:00 for more on this.

Conman who targeted elderly couple jailed

A Bicester man who stole £800,000 from an elderly couple has been

jailed for three years, says Thames Valley Police.

Gary Watts
Thames Valley Police

Gary Watts, from George Street in the town, admitted stealing from a 92-year-old woman and an elderly man who had trusted him with their finances.

He lost the money gambling online.

Slow going on A34

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

It's already looking very busy on the roads tonight. The A34 is stop-start northbound from Botley up to the M40 junction.

It's heavy southbound as well,

approaching the roadworks at Milton.

On your bike

via Facebook

Oxfordshire County Council has taken to

Facebook to promote its cycle hire scheme.

Oxfordshire County Council

"Whether you're off to enjoy the sun, or trying to dodge the April shower, why not borrow an OxonBike to get from A to B?

"Check out the

map of hire points!"

Mass hysteria and female bonding

Rebecca Thomas

BBC News reporter

Director Carol Morley and star Maisie Williams have

spoken to the BBC about why they wanted to explore the phenomenon of mass hysteria in The Falling, which was filmed in Oxford.

Maisie Williams and Florence Pugh in The Falling

Set in 1969 at a strict English girls' school, the film tells of a mysterious fainting epidemic that breaks out in the aftermath of a tragedy.

Maisie Williams, best known as Arya Stark from TV's Game of Thrones, plays 16-year-old Lydia, who is best friends with the charismatic Abbie, played by newcomer Florence Pugh, who is from Oxfordshire.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Production has returned to normal after a fault at the Mini Oxford car plant in Cowley.

There will be more on that in my bulletin at


Fire-hit hotel reopening delayed

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The reopening of the five-star Randolph Hotel in Oxford, which was damaged in a major blaze,

has been delayed.

Randolph fire
Steve Lambourne

A fire at the 150-year-old building in Beaumont Street was sparked by a flambéed beef stroganoff in its kitchen on 17 April.

Management originally said the hotel would reopen on Saturday, before putting the date back to Monday, but now says it will not be guaranteeing when it will reopen its doors.

Free ride for Didcot residents

Didcot Railway Centre is offering residents of the town free admission this Sunday.

Didcot Railway Centre

The mayor of Didcot will be there and there will be the usual attractions, including riding on the trains behind heritage diesels and the chance to see steam engines in the engine shed.

People who wish to enter for free will need to provide evidence they live at an OX11 postcode.

Council deputy to step down

Henley Standard

The deputy leader of South Oxfordshire District Council is

stepping down because she is too busy.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Flooding has causing disruption at the Citizen's Advice Bureau in Oxford.

It happened at the office in St Aldate's overnight between Monday and Tuesday, and they are operating a very limited service "until further notice".

Join me for all the regions top stories at


Pangbourne problems

First Great Western

tweets: Due to a vehicle hitting a railway bridge at Pangbourne, trains are currently running at reduced speed on all lines. Delays expected.

International charity documentary

Banbury Guardian

The work carried out by a Deddington-based charity in Guatemala to help victims of gang violence, drug addiction and prostitution

is the subject of a new TV documentary.

Oxford 'yarns' on election views

Arryn Moy

BBC News

The Daily Politics is touring the UK talking to voters at 18 locations and asking for their views on the general election - and

Friday's stop was in Oxford.

Oxford Yarn Store

Reporter Giles Dilnot spoke to Karen Draisay, Lucia Giles and James Edwards, in Oxford Yarn Store, about what political parties they could vote for on 7 May.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A treehouse-style building in Oxford, which is home to a cancer charity, has won a special architecture award.

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


Arctic convoy medals

BBC Radio Oxford

Veterans who served on the arctic convoys in World War Two have been awarded medals by the Russian Embassy for their bravery.

Arctic convoy

BBC Radio Oxford sport's Andrew Self watched while his father, George, was honoured at Oxford Town Hall.

He said: "We tend to forget as a society sometimes what actually people have been through for us. My Dad doesn't ever talk about the war, but to see him awarded his medal, I could say 'good on you'."

Lunchtime TV

Dani Sinha

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: They preyed on their elderly victims - betraying their trust. Today, two funeral directors will be sentenced for defrauding elderly customers out of thousands of pounds.

Join me for all the region's top stories at


London delays

First Great Western

tweets: Due to a broken down freight train between Ealing Broadway & Hayes, local services towards Reading may be altered or delayed.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Oxford

In the

13:00 news bulletin: Teachers are being forced to turn to internet translation sites to make sure their multi-national classes understand the lesson, a union claims.

Drugs raid arrests

Seven people have been arrested in Oxford by

police carrying out a drugs raid.

A significant quantity of what is believed to be class A drugs was recovered in a raid at Bookbinders Court, on St Thomas Street.

The police said it was part of a crackdown on drugs offences in the city.

Point 'was least Oxford deserved'

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport

Oxford midfielder Kayleigh Hines says a point against Women's Super League Two leaders Reading was the "least they deserved" in

Wednesday's 2-2 draw.

Kayleigh Hines
The FA

Hines twice put the third-from-bottom U's ahead, with Lauren Burton responding with a brace of her own.

"It's a bit disappointing considering we took the lead twice, but we knew the quality of Reading," Hines says.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Mini Oxford car plant in Cowley has refused to disclose why staff had to be sent home yesterday.

You can hear more on that at


Congestion in Faringdon on bypass

BBC Travel

There are

queues in Faringdon on the bypass where temporary lights have replaced the normal ones which are being painted.

Candidates call for cycling boost

Stephen Stafford

BBC News Online


safety of cycling in Oxford needs to be improved, some Oxford East's parliamentary candidates say.

Bicycles in Oxford

Speaking at a hustings event about environmental issues, the Green Party and Liberal Democrat candidates said more investment was needed to improve safety for cyclists in the city.

Labour criticised the county council's record in repairing potholes on roads and cycle paths. The Conservative and UKIP candidates did not take part in the event.

Runners attempting world record

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

This Sunday thousands of people will head to London to take part in the biggest road race of the year - the London Marathon.

Kat Orman with runners Laura, Andy and Heather

This morning I was joined by Buzz, Woody and Jesse - well Laura, Andy and Heather - who told me they are attempting a Guinness record, for completing the race together in a toy box.

You can listen to our interview


News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Calls to reopen the Dean Pit recycling centre in Chipping Norton have been made by several of the candidates standing to be the next MP in the prime minister's constituency of Witney.

I'll have all the details at


Teachers 'forced to use Google Translate'

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire teachers are having to resort to using Google Translate to make sure all their pupils understand the lessons, according to a union.

Silhouette face and Google homepage
Getty Images

Schoolchildren in Oxford speak 120 different languages and the

Association of Teachers and Lecturers says its members need more support.

County secretary Diane Wilson

told Howard Bentham teachers used translation software "to get the main message of what you would like the youngsters to do, written down so they can follow the instructions".

Talking W1A

Kat Orman

Listen again to my chat with #W1A stars @MonicaDolan & @Jason__Watkins.

W1A cast

Richard and Judy in Chippy

Banbury Cake

Television favourites Richard and Judy will be among the stars making this weekend's

Chipping Norton Literary Festival one of the best yet.

News on the hour

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Internet translation sites are being used by teachers across Oxfordshire so all the pupils in their multi-national classes can understand the lessons, according to the National Association of Teachers and Lecturers Union.

Join me for the full story at


End of the Witney debate

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

That's the end of the Witney constituency election debate, I hope you enjoyed it.

BBC election debate

If you missed anything you can listen back


Cameron no-show

As mentioned earlier, David Cameron did not attend the BBC Radio Oxford election debate.

He explained: "As prime minister I need to get all over the country."

In response Ian Bryan

tweets: And?