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  1. Updates on Tuesday 28 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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That's all from the BBC Local Live team for today, the service will resume from 08:00 on Wednesday.

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Wet and windy

Holly Green

BBC Weather

We have the

risk of a few showers this evening, with an increasing wind overnight.

Holly Green

Cloud will thicken as we head towards the morning with average lows of about 6C (43F).

Wednesday will start wet and blustery, but some bright skies should emerge.

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

A campaign has started in Charlbury in defence of the town's postmistress Elaine Newbold, who faces losing her position because the post office may be moved into another shop.

Elaine Newbold

It's part of a shake up nationally of post offices.

Join me for that and more at


Mullins out for final game

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United are set to rule out defender Johnny Mullins for the final game of the season away at Newport, following a recent concussion.

Johnny Mullins

The defender was knocked out after falling awkwardly in

Saturday's 2-0 win against Cambridge at the Kassam Stadium.

Jobs fair 'inundated with interest'

Jobs within the emergency services, as well as positions for warehouse and prison staff, construction and care workers will be offered at a

jobs fair in Bicester.

The John Paul II Centre will host 45 organisations who have signed for stands at the event tomorrow.

Cherwell District Council, which is organising the day, says it has been inundated with interest from employers looking to attend the event.

Actress dies after stage collapse

Henley Standard

The co-founder of an amateur dramatics group in Shiplake has

died after collapsing on stage.

London Welsh sign four

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

London Welsh have made

four signings to their back row positions.

Kieran Murphy
Huw Evans picture agency

Kieran Murphy arrives from Brive, Ryan Hodson joins from Jersey, Gus Jones comes from Wasps and Will Skuse signs from Bath Rugby.

'One-off treatment' for bowel cancer

BBC Radio Oxford


new technique for treating bowel cancer undergoing trials in Oxford could improve outcomes for patients, according to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Radioactive beads

Prof Ricky Sharma

told Nick Piercey: "We hope it will improve the outcome for these patients with just two visits to hospital."

Slow rush hour

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

It's a

busy evening on the roads, with severe congestion on the approaches to the Headington roundabout in the roadworks area.

There are also queues on the northbound A34, between Peartree to the M40.

And the M4 has miles of standstill traffic London-bound after a closure at junction 11.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Oxfordshire's top stories:

Man injured by train

Lucy Bickerton

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A man has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital with severe head injuries after being hit by a train at Oxford station this lunchtime.

The ambulance service was called just before 12:30 and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

June date for Pooh stick competition

The World Pooh Sticks Championships will take place on Sunday 7 June at its

new venue at Langel Common, in Witney, its organisers have announced.

Pooh Sticks World Championships
Rotary Club of Oxford Spires

The Rotary Club of Oxford Spires decided to move from its original Little Wittenham location as the event grew, and contestants will now race their sticks in the waters of the River Windrush in west Oxfordshire.

Oxford council pride at floral success

via Facebook

Oxford City Council has been showing off its RHS finalist status on


Oxford City Council RHS banner
Oxford City Council

"Oxford has today received its banner from the RHS Finals 2015 of which they are very proud to be part of," the authority said.

"Also we have been informed that the Thames and Chiltern Regional in Bloom Judging will take place in Oxford on the 14th July 2015."

Constituency battles mapped

Election 2015

BBC News has

produced a map of constituency opinion polls across the country, including some from here in Oxfordshire.

Constituency polling map

These are, of course, just snapshots and in no way predict entirely accurately what could happen on 7 May, but if you want to see how things may unfold next week, why not

have a click.

City Stars summer trials

via Facebook

Oxford City Stars have announced details of this year's Summer League on their

Facebook page.

Oxford City Stars Summer League graphic
Oxford City Stars

"This year, it will be held on six consecutive Wednesdays between 10 June and 15 July at Oxford Ice Rink.

"For any players who are interested in playing for the Oxford City Stars in the 2015/16 season, it is highly recommended that they take part in Summer League as this will form a substantial part of our trials process."

House once owned by author for sale

Wallingford Herald

A converted barn once owned by The Thirty-Nine Steps author John Buchan

has gone on the market for nearly £1m.

Thame base for artist's first exhibition

Thame Gazette

An artist who impressed Saatchi Art so much they gave her an award will

display her work at a Thame-based gallery.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This afternoon's top stories on Oxfordshire's Local Live are:

  • A man has severe head injuries after being hit by a train
  • Pioneering bowel cancer trial offers
    one-off treatment
  • One lane is blocked on the A34 by
    overturned car

Overturned car on A34 northbound

BBC Travel


overturned car on the A34 northbound at Weston-on-the-Green has blocked a lane.

Congestion is running back to the Islip turn off.

Radioactive glass cancer trial

A brand new treatment for patients with bowel cancer that has spread to the liver is being

trialled in Oxford.

Illustration showing radioactive beads in the artery feeding a liver tumour
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

At least 20 people with cancer that has become resistant to chemotherapy will take part in the test.

The treatment involves microscopic radioactive beads, which will be passed directly into liver tumours.

Proxy poll deadline

South Oxon Elections

tweets: Last chance to apply for a proxy vote (to allow someone to vote on your behalf) we must receive your app by 5pm today

Boss wants Banbury stay

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Banbury United boss Paul Davis has insisted that he wants the chance to manage the club next season, as they attempt to recover from relegation from the Southern League's Premier Division.

He admitted that his future is uncertain as the ownership of the club was set to change, with the Banbury United Supporters' Club pushing to turn the Puritans into a Community Benefit Society.

Davis told

BBC Radio Oxford that he is eager to turn their on-field fortunes around despite the disappointment of failing to avoid the drop.

'Nothing matters more than this'

BBC Radio Oxford

UK aid flights are the most important missions at RAF Brize Norton, according to Group Captain Simon Edwards, who is over-seeing the operation.

RAF flight preparing to take off

He told

BBC Radio Oxford: "It always feels different when you've got a humanitarian aid or disaster relief operation. Everything that we do at RAF Brize Norton matters, nothing matters more than a mission like this.

"We can see and feel on the TV what's going on over there, and chatting to the British Army Ghurkhas, it's very real to them", he added.

Buried treasure

Henley Standard

Medieval artefacts have been discovered by a metal detector in a farmer's field in Nuffield.

Oxford rail line reopens

First Great Western

tweets: Lines through Oxford are now open although there are still delays. Please check updates to your journey

Lunchtime TV

Dani Sinha

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: There were scenes of jubilation and celebration last night as Bournemouth all but secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time.

Eddie Howe
Getty Images

The Cherries have a hugely superior goal difference that makes it almost impossible for them to be overtaken by rivals Middlesbrough.

I'll have all the South's top stories at


Earlier complaint against rapist nurse

Former nurse Andrew Hutchison, who was

jailed yesterday for 18 years for rape and sexual assault, had had an earlier complaint against him dismissed.

Andrew Hutchinson

Hutchinson admitted 27 counts committed from 2011 to 2013, but he had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour in 2009.

Catherine Stoddardt, chief nurse at the John Radcliffe Hospital, said: "It was fully investigated at that time and the allegations were dismissed. But as soon as we knew that the police were investigating this individual in November last year we provided our information."

Oxford railway blocked

First Great Western

tweets: All lines at Oxford are blocked as a person has been hit by a train. Journeys will be altered, please check

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Oxfordshire's top stories this afternoon:

You can keep up to date by catching the latest news on the hour at

BBC Radio Oxford.

Farming collective's online growth

BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxfordshire

farming co-operative is to start selling produce online.

Co-founder Dan Betterton inside the greengrocer van
The greengrocer van will stop off at 15 locations around Oxford

The project called "cultivate", which is not-for-profit, has been operating a mobile grocery van.

Nina Brown from the co-operative told BBC Radio Oxford that the money gets re-invested back into the county: "Buying and selling more local food within the local economy builds resilience and brings money back into the local farmers."

Former mayor dies

Witney Gazette

Former Witney mayor Chrissie Curry has

died at the age of 66 after a short illness.

A service of thanksgiving will take place at St Mary's Church on May 18 at 13:00.

New £5.4m fire control centre

Samantha McGregor

BBC News Online

A new £5.4m fire control centre covering three counties

has gone live.

All 999 fire calls in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire will be dealt with by Thames Valley Fire Control Service from Reading.

It replaces individual control rooms in the three counties and will save £1m a year, Oxfordshire County Council said. But, the Fire Brigades Union said 40 jobs had been lost.

Oxfordshire Nepalese shows support

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today

The Nepalese community in Oxfordshire has gathered together to raise money and collect clothes, to send over to those in desperate need of help after the

country's earthquake.

Nepalese people in Oxford

Tulasi Paudel's three brothers' homes were damaged by the earthquake and they are now living in tents.

He said: "It was so hard. On the Saturday we were crying for a couple of hours, but they are OK, they are safe."

Oxpens project push

Oxford Mail

Proposals for the multi-million-pound regeneration of Oxpens

took a step forward yesterday, with senior councillors agreeing to formally approve a strategy for the project.

Cameras reveal secret life of penguins

Timelapse images taken by researchers from the University of Oxford, UK, and the Australian Antarctic Division have

helped to study Antarctic penguin populations like never before.


Nearly 200,000 images were produced that needed to be carefully analysed and 1.5 million volunteers viewed the photographs online, helping to count the penguins, their chicks and eggs, and reported any strange or surprising behaviour in a citizen science project called

Penguin Watch.

Now 500,000 new images of penguins are being released to mark World Penguin Day.

Thousands take away free compost

More than 3,000 attended Cherwell council's free compost giveaway events, with more than

32 tonnes passed over to the public.

Compost giveaway
Recycle for Cherwell

Residents in Kidlington, Bicester and Banbury had the opportunity to take away a bag of compost and receive some gardening and recycling tips.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Local Live's top stories this morning:

Nepal aid leaves Brize Norton

Martin Eastaugh

Big Tour producer, BBC Radio Oxford

A Royal Air Force plane from RAF Brize Norton, carrying supplies and engineers, is en route to Nepal to help relief efforts there after the

massive earthquake on Saturday.

RAF Brize Norton

On board is food, water purifiers, tent sheeting for shelter and solar lanterns, which will provide light at night and help charge torches and mobile phones.