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  1. Updates on Friday 1 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Good evening

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

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.

Have a great weekend.

Turning grey and wet

Holly Green

BBC Weather

We're looking at a cloudy evening with a

bit of patchy rain spilling in.

Holly Green

There could be some hill fog overnight, with lows of 4C (39F).

Evening TV

BBC South Today

Thousands turned out for the traditional May Day celebrations in Oxford.

May Day celebration

There were no major incidents and the festivities passed off smoothly in stark contrast to 10 years ago when there were many injuries to jumpers from Magdalen Bridge.

Join Jerome Sale for the full story at


Simmons to defend title

Oxfordshire's Beth Simmons will be favourite to retain the women's singles title she won last year at the

National Deaf Tennis Championships this weekend.

Beth Simmons
Tennis Foundation

She gained a clean sweep in 2014, winning the singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles titles.

Nepal fundraiser

Oxford's Nepalese community are holding a special Prayer For Nepal event this evening at Bonn Square from 17:30-18:30.

Damaged buildings in Melamchi

The service is to remember those who lost their life on last

Saturday's earthquake in Nepal and raise funds for those who are left with nothing.

Exhibition examines photographs and memory

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

A new free exhibition by seven photographers from across Europe opens at

Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital in Oxford tomorrow.

Remembering I'm Ill
Sue Jones

The above image by Sue Jones, is called Remembering I'm Ill shows the photographer in various guises struggling with a relapse in ME, trying to learn new skills to replace the ones she has forgotten and trying to cope with her illness.

The work on display varies from landscapes to selfies, from trees and the East End of London, and explores the way in which people respond to photographs by addressing the notion of memory.

Friday travel troubles

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There has been a multi-vehcile collision on the A34 southbound at the Islip turn-off. The road is

partially blocked there.

On the trains a broken down train at Leamington Spa has caused delays of an hour, affecting Chiltern and Cross Country services.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This evening's top stories on Local Live:

Ritual art to go on show

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

May Day seems an appropriate time to draw your attention to a new exhibition at

Modern Art Oxford, called Shifting Sands.

Shifting Sands exhibition
Serena Korda

The free exhibit features works by Serena Korda and Dr Lakra which examine rituals and festival, folklore and rites, and explore issues of community, culture and history.

The exhibition opens on 23 May.

Mill Meadows May fair

Henley Standard

The May fair run by Henley Round Table will be held in Mill Meadows on

Bank Holiday Monday from 12:00 to 14:00.

'Essentials of life' needed in Nepal

BBC Radio Oxford

Aid being prepared for Nepal by Oxford-based charity

Oxfam is "essential", according to the charity.

Shaheen Chughtai

Shaheen Chughtai

told Ali Jones the
massive disaster had left thousands in "miserable conditions".

He said: "It's basically the essentials of life; people need food and water, medical equipment and shelter, it's important that we get that into the hands of people as quickly as possible and we're going to need more as well."

Chinook leaves for Nepal

An RAF helicopter has left Brize Norton to help respond to the Nepal earthquake, as the country has

appealed for more aircraft.

RAF Chinook
UK Crown copyright 2015

Fights have broken out with victims demanding to be evacuated and not enough space on board helicopters, the BBC's correspondent in Kathmandu reports.

The Chinook helicopter from Oxfordshire is the first of three to leave the UK.

Witney park attacks appeal

Five people have been attacked by two teenagers in an unprovoked assault in Witney.

The offenders stole two bottles of wine from the Tesco in Valence Crescent at 18:20 last Sunday before entering Deer Park and punching the victims. One, a 47-year-old man, needed hospital treatment.


police are appealing for witnesses.

Award for City boss

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford City manager Justin Merritt has been named the Conference North manager of the month after guiding his side to an unbeaten April.

May Day dancing video

via Facebook

Morris dancers performed as part of the revelries this morning in

Oxford's May Day celebrations.

Morris dancing

You can watch a dance, filmed by the Bridge of Sighs, on the

BBC Radio Oxford Facebook page.

Bank Holiday traffic building

BBC Travel

It's already looking

busy across the county.

  • Faringdon is looking very slow on the A420, with queues by the Stanford Road roadworks
  • Oxford's Eastern Bypass is looking heavy, not helped by the London roadworks in Headington
  • The A34 is choking up from Peartree up to the M40
  • The A40 is a crawl westbound from the Wolvercote roundabout to the Eynsham roundabout

'Beautiful and timeless'

BBC Radio Oxford

The head bursar of Magdalen College, Mark Landford-Baker, told

BBC Radio Oxford that this morning's May Day celebration was "really special".

Magdalen College

He said: "I was struck this morning on the top of the tower just how beautiful and timeless this occasion is.

"I get up there and do this every year, but this morning something was really special about it. The beautiful light, the spring quieting nicely, and the crowd enjoying itself in the street down below."

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Local Live:

Nepal aid prepared in Bicester

Stuart Tinworth

Reporter, BBC South Today

Ten tonnes of humanitarian aid is being prepared in Oxfam's Bicester warehouse to be shipped to Nepal for those affected by the

devastating earthquake.

Fork-lift truck

Shelters, water tanks, tap stands and sanitation equipment are being loaded into the shipment worth £80,000.

You can see my report on South Today at


Organ restoration enters final chapter

Banbury Guardian

Work to

restore a 150-year-old organ in Great Tew village is stepping up a gear as campaigners enter the final stages of fundraising.

Car in disabled bay damaged

A car belonging to a 77-year-old man was

damaged when it was parked in a disabled bay at Oxford rail station.

CCTV image of woman police want to speak to
British Transport Police

Dents and scratches were found on the blue-grey Honda Jazz shortly after 15:00 on Monday 6 April.

Police have identified a woman who they believe could help with their investigation.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today

Developers in Berkshire have been given permission to release sewage into one of the country's top fly-fishing rivers.


Though the Environment Agency says this poses no significant risk, anglers are furious.

Join Roger Finn at

13:40 for the full story.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This afternoon's top stories on Local Live:

Arsonist has mental health issues

Duncan Kennedy

BBC News

It has been revealed in court that the man who admitted a

series of arson attacks in south Oxfordshire in January has mental health issues.

Council office fire
Ian Negus

No explanation was given in court as to why Andrew Main started the fires, damaging the offices of South Oxfordshire District Council, a nearby funeral parlour and a cottage.

He has been remanded in custody.

BreakingMan admits council office arson attacks


The man accused of

setting fire to South Oxfordshire District Council offices in January this year has admitted he started the blazes.

Andrew Main, pictured in grey, led to security van

Andrew Main, 47, from Rokemarsh near Wallingford, pleaded guilty to four counts of arson, including setting fire to a nearby funeral parlour and cottage.

He denied a further charge of arson with intent to endanger life.

Randolph 'to open next week'

BBC Radio Oxford

Two weeks since a

major fire at the historic Randolph Hotel in Oxford, the building has still not reopened to guests.

Randolph Hotel

Manager Michael Grange

told Howard Bentham they will now be reopening on 6 May.

He says: "It's taken a little bit longer than we had planned, but we are confident we will be opening on the Wednesday."

Will tidal flow solve traffic jams?

Oxford Mail


"tidal" bus lane on the A40 approaching Oxford from the west is the centrepiece of new proposals to combat rush-hour congestion.

Choir sing at top of tower

Brennan Nicholls

BBC South Today

Thousands of revellers descended on Oxford at dawn for the

May Day celebrations.

Magdalen College

Magadalen College choir sand

Hymnus Eucharisticus from the top of the college tower.

The hymn was composed in the 17th Century and has been sung every year from the Great Tower on May Morning as the sun comes up. Watch a short video of today's performance


Man caught in quake to return home

BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxford man caught up in the

earthquake in Nepal will be returning to the UK and his home tonight.

Laurie Gerhardt
Sue Gerhardt

Laurie Gerhardt's father Paul

told Howard Bentham his son had trekked to a passable road and made his way to Kathmandu.

He said: "It's a huge relief that they managed to get out of the situation. They managed to get a flight pretty fast out of the country, so I'm meeting him at Heathrow at 18:30 and he will be back in Oxford tonight."

UK sends Chinooks to aid relief mission

Mario Cacciottolo

BBC News

Three RAF Chinook helicopters are

being sent from RAF Brize Norton to help the relief effort in Nepal, International Development Secretary Justine Greening says.

Soldiers from Gurkha Regiment leaving the RAF C-17 aircraft in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 29 April 2015
Department for International Development

The helicopters are in addition to the £2.5m donated by the UK to the UN's Humanitarian Air Service.

The military and UN helicopters will ferry people and aid supplies across remote and hard-to-reach terrain.

May Day in pictures and video

via Facebook

About 5,000 people took to the streets of Oxford early this morning to celebrate

May Day.

May Day celebrations

You can see dozens of pictures and some video from the revelries on the

BBC Oxford Facebook page. And why not add your own or send them to
Local Live?

Faringdon crash

BBC Travel

There has been a

collision in Faringdon, causing queues on the A420 heading towards Oxford.

Your pictures: May Day Dawn


Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Michael Lear sent this stunning picture of dawn in Christ Church Meadow this morning.

Dawn in Christ Church Meadow
Michael Lear

If you have a picture you'd like to share with the rest of the county, why not send it in to

Local Live?

'Never events' operations

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Four serious preventable mistakes, or so-called "never events", happened in Oxfordshire hospitals last year.

Hospital operating theatre

In two of these cases surgery was carried out on the wrong site in the body and in another an item was left inside after a procedure.

In a statement, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust said it took the occurrence of never events extremely seriously and it regretted the incidents had occurred.

It said all never events have been comprehensively investigated to learn lessons and minimise the chance of them happening again.

Breakfast programme breakfast

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

BBC Radio Oxford's Danny Cox was among the

May Day revellers in Oxford this morning, but won't be joining the Morris dancers in the pub, settling for a coffee instead.

Bap and coffee

May Day morning

Steve Burholt

tweets: Eynsham morris dancers enjoying a pint after May morning #oxford

Morris dancers in a pub
Steve Burholt

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories in Oxfordshire:

  • About 5,000 people
    celebrated May Day in Oxford this morning
  • Oxford-based charity Oxfam is packing £80,000-worth of humanitarian aid to be shipped to
  • Four so-called "never events" happened in Oxfordshire hospitals last year