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  1. Updates from Tuesday 5 May 2015

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

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

Evening TV

Jerome Sale

BBC South Today


South Today this evening: A new housing development in Wantage, which features futuristic technology, is one of the first of its kind in the UK.


The homes are kitted out with things like light switches and power sockets which can all be controlled by a smartphone or tablet.

Developers say the technology will save people hundreds of pounds a year on energy bills.

Join me for that and more at


Heavy rain

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Weather

There will be plenty of heavy showers around this evening, with

longer spells of rain overnight.

Owain Wyn Evans

It should stay mild with temperatures falling to a low of 7C (45F).

Gents gig

Nick Piercey

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Community choir

Man Choir are doing their first ever solo concert at St Barnabas in Jericho, in aid of
Helen and Douglas House, this Friday.

Man Choir

They are described by the choirmaster as 40 hairy blokes aged 20 to 60 years old.

We managed to squeeze 14 of them into our studios to hear what they sound like. You can watch a video on our

Facebook page.

Posthumous exhibition for Oxford artist

An exhibition of the work of artist Oliver Wortley, who lived and studied in Oxford, is running at

Hatch on Little Clarendon Street from 9 May.

Oliver Wortley

Put together by friends, family and former peers, the exhibition showcases work made when Oliver was a student at Oxford Brookes University.

Somnium mundi - translated directly from the Latin meaning 'dream world' - takes the viewer on a journey along mountain trails, rivers and coastal paths, presenting glimmers and moments caught on film, sketch book scraps, and in handwritten text.

Brill's windmill on the hill

A 17th century windmill on the Oxfordshire border is being handed over to villagers in Brill today.

Brill Windmill

Buckinghamshire County Council is handing over the keys for the Windmill to the
parish council.

Built in the 1680s, the iconic landmark was used for the production flour up until 1919.

McCaffrey leaves London Welsh

Josh Hunt

BBC Sport

Leicester Tigers have

signed back-rower Lachlan McCaffrey from London Welsh.

Lachlan McCaffrey
Getty Images

The Sydney-born 25-year-old made 14 Premiership appearances for relegated Welsh this season, having signed from Brumbies in July 2014.

Man rescued from fallen tree

A man has been freed from underneath a large overblown tree in Minster Lovell this morning.

Oxfordshire fire crews used specialist cutting gear and heavy-lifting equipment to remove the tree and release the man, whose condition is not thought to be life-threatening.

Incident commander Matt John said: "With the recent high winds we have been alerted to a fair few incidents where trees have fallen. The trauma trained fire crews worked really well with the paramedics to stabilise the casualty's condition."

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This evenings' top stories on Local Live:

  • A man has been freed from a overblown tree in Minster Lovell
  • A fire at Oxford's United's Kassam Stadium is thought to have
    been started deliberately
  • Thames Valley Air Ambulance is celebrating its 15th anniversary

Happy birthday

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live


Thames Valley Air Ambulance is marking its 15th anniversary today.

Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance
Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust

The charity will be taking delivery of a new helicopter this autumn, that will allow night flying.

Chief executive Mark McGeown,

told BBC Radio Oxford it was an exciting time: "It's a wonderful privilege to be part of the charity, and celebrate 15 years of saving lives and serving the community."

Winds close Harcourt Arboretum

Wallingford Herald

Harcourt Arboretum should be open tomorrow after being forced to

shut today because of strong winds.

Park and Ride build begins

Phil Mercer

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Construction work on Bicester's

new Park and Ride has started.

Bicester Village

It is the first one built in the county outside Oxford and is to help tackle delays around Bicester.

The 580 spaces should be open for visitors by December.

Missing girl

A 15-year-old missing girl from Milton Keynes is thought to be in the Oxford area.

Elizabeth Skevington

Elizabeth Skevington, also known as Eli, was last seen in Milton Keynes at about 16:00 yesterday.

Police have

appealed for information.

Fallen tree

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

It's very windy out there and a fallen tree has

blocked the A361 Bloxham Road in Broughton around the Wykham Lane junction.

Oxford's Whing considering retiring

Nabil Hassan

BBC Sport

Oxford United defender Andy Whing has

hinted at retirement, admitting he is sick of tablets and injections to get him through games of football.

Andy Whing

Whing, 31, has suffered from various injuries over the past two years.

He has been offered a coaching role at the League Two club and is now considering hanging up his boots.

Church's charity beer tasting

Witney Gazette

Dozens of real ale lovers flocked to St Mary's Church, Witney, on Saturday, to enjoy the

fourth annual Witney Beer Festival.

Police probe Kassam Stadium fire

Indy Almroth-Wright

BBC Online

A fire at the home ground of Oxford United football club is

thought to have been started deliberately.

Kassam Stadium
Getty Images

Fire crews were called to the blaze in the East Stand of the 12,500 capacity ground in Grenoble Road on Monday evening.

In a statement, the League Two club said: "The fire was quickly contained and no serious damage was caused."

Council 'could do more' on JR parking

BBC Radio Oxford

Tackling parking problems at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital is a "priority" for the city council.

David Edwards, Oxford's executive director for city regeneration, told

BBC Radio Oxford the authority has been looking for a solution.

He said: "We could do more, I've asked to take this forward with the universities as well as the trust because it's not just a hospital issue - the traffic in the area. We see it as a priority but it does need all of us."

Vandalised play park restored

Oxford Mail

A play park in Witney

has been rescued after being wrecked by vandals, thanks to the efforts of the local community.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The top stories on Local Live this afternoon:

  • A 15-year-old girl missing from Milton Keynes is
    thought to be in the Oxford area
  • A police officer injured when a car crashed into his parked vehicle is still in hospital
  • Brill windmill and surrounding land handed to parish council

Injured officer still in hospital

BBC Radio Oxford

A Thames Valley Police officer -

injured when a car crashed into his parked vehicle - remains in a stable condition in hospital with hip injuries.

A40 Northern Bypass

Another officer was also hurt in the crash in Oxford in the early hours of Saturday morning.

They were guarding the scene of a collision on the A40 in which a woman in her 20s was killed.

F1 team's homes plan

Oxford Times

The Williams F1 team is

considering plans to build 180 homes next to its factory in Grove.

Life on Mars?

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Is there life on other planets? For centuries man has looked up to the stars and wondered "are we alone in the universe?".

Science Photo Library

Don Crosbie Donderi - an expert on aliens - joined me to try to answer that question ahead of his lecture at Nuffield College this evening.

You can listen to our interview


Randolph to open tomorrow

The five-star Randolph Hotel in Oxford, which was

damaged in a major blaze, will reopen tomorrow.

Randolph fire
Jonathan Weekes

Regional managing director Jonathan Dawson said: "We are delighted to announce that Macdonald Randolph Hotel will reopen its doors on Wednesday.

"We would like to thank Oxford Fire & Rescue, the hotel team, the local community of Oxford and the contractors for all their support and efforts over the last few weeks."

Pedestrian hit

BBC Travel

There has been a

crash involving a pedestrian on Lime Walk in Headington, between the A420 London Road junction and the Old Road junction.

Lunchtime TV

Dani Sinha

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Bosses at the John Radcliffe Hospital say they are looking into the possibility of more parking spaces for patients.

John Radcliffe Hospital

The trust says it is in talks with local councils to review the situation. There are currently 730 spaces for visitors compared with just over 1,600 for staff.

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Fight for flood compensation

Oxford Times

A landlord whose Cowley house was struck by a flood more than six months ago has said

he is still waiting for compensation.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This afternoon's top stories in Oxfordshire:

Land Rover stolen in Witney

Police have

released images of a Land Rover Defender that was stolen from Woodford Way car park in Witney.

Stolen Landrover

The vehicle was taken at 14:15 on Thursday 12 March and seen entering Swindon on the A420 at 15:50 on the same day.

Airshow dazzles crowds

Wantage Herald

Thousands of people gathered to watch the annual Air Abingdon and Country Show on Sunday.

Housing enforcers

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Oxford's housing issues have been a key point of discussion during the general election campaign, but a BBC programme has examined a different aspect - the disputes between landlords and tenants.

Matt Allwright

In the first episode of Housing Enforcers, Matt Allwright joined housing officers and police on a raid in Oxford.

You can watch the programme on the

iPlayer here.

Caravan theft

Thames Valley Police in Woodstock

tweets: This caravan & awning was stolen from a campsite near Chipping Norton between 9pm 30/04/15 - 7am 01/05/15

Stolen caravan

A34 lorry breakdown

BBC Travel


broken-down lorry at the Milton Interchange is causing slow traffic on the A34 northbound back to the Marcham Interchange.

Web warning

Vale of White Horse District Council

tweets: We'll be carrying out some maintenance work on our website this morning, so there could be some disruption to services.

Sercombe set to sign

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford Sport understands Exeter City midfielder Liam Sercombe is set to become
Oxford United's first signing of the summer.

Liam Sercombe
Getty Images

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale confirmed Sercombe has played his last game for them.

He said: "He has given terrific service, he's played well over 250 games, and there comes a point when everyone is entitled to move on and try something else. We'd have loved to have kept him."

Hospital parking is 'complex problem'

Oxford University Hospital's NHS Trust (OUHT) has said it has no plans for more parking spaces at the John Radcliffe, but discussions are under way with the city and county councils about whether more could be made available.

John Radcliffe Hospital

In a statement, Mark Trumper, director of development and the estate at OUHT, said the "provision of parking amenity on site is a complex one".

He added: "In order to minimise both traffic flow on to the site and demand on the capacity of staff parking, our staff are always encouraged to use alternative methods of transport."

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Local Live:

  • An Oxford trekker says he faced death when he was caught up in the Nepal earthquake
  • The city council says tackling parking problems at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital is a "priority"
  • A broken-down lorry is
    causing delays on the A34 northbound

Nepal survivor critical of embassy

An Oxford man caught up in the

Nepal earthquake disaster has described his frustration at the lack of help he and his fellow British tourists received from the British embassy.

Laurie Gerhardt
Sue Gerhardt

Laurie Gerhardt

told Howard Bentham: "We were walking up to a lodge and we watched the two-storey building crumble into the ground, a dry stone structure which just turned into rubble."

He went on: "We tried to speak to the British embassy but the number rang endlessly, we got no information. Other nationalities managed to speak to their embassies and collaborate with insurance agencies and organise rescue helicopters."

The 24-year-old managed to walk to Kathmandu before making his way back to the UK on Friday.

Simmons claims hat-trick

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxfordshire tennis player has

dominated the National Deaf Tennis Championships.

Beth Simmons
Tennis Foundation

Beth Simmons from east Oxford retained the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles after winning all three last year.

It is the third time she has completed the hat-trick, first achieving it in 2005.