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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Hannah Bewley

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Good evening

The live page for Oxfordshire has finished for the day.

We'll be back with more updates on Thursday.

Strong winds becoming more moderate

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Weather

Any residual

showers should clear this evening eastwards to leave a drier, clearer remainder of the night.

BBC weather

The winds will be strong at first, but will gradually moderate through the overnight period. It is predicted to be on the cool side, but frost-free.

Coming up on BBC One

BBC South Today

Adina Campbell

has the full story on the programme at 18:30 on the man sentenced to five years in prison for causing the death of Andy Evans in a road crash.

Adam Lipowski, 42, from Tilehurst, was

driving a bin lorry when he collided with a car near Woodcote. Passenger Andy Evans, a former ambulance worker, died.

Adam Lipowski

Heavy rush hour traffic

BBC Travel

There is congestion

congestion in and around Oxford this evening, including between St Margaret's Road and Wolvercote roundabout.

The A40 is busy with heavy traffic at the Thornhill park and ride and traffic is also slow coming out of the city at Cowley.

Greenbelt plan to help 'nightmare' parking

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

Green belt land

could be turned into a park and ride site to help alleviate "nightmare" traffic and parking issues at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.

The county council said green belt land close to Marsh Lane and the northern bypass was being considered.

Latest headlines

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

Today's top stories on BBC Local Live include:

Speaking in a whisper

BBC Radio Oxford

Veteran broadcaster

Bob Harris speaks to Nick Piercey about how his career started, living in Oxfordshire and fighting cancer.

Bob Harris and Nick Piercey

The BBC Radio 2 DJ, who is known as Whispering Bob Harris and is famous for the TV programme The Old Grey Whistle Test, is appearing at The Theatre in Chipping Norton on Saturday 16 May.

Tables and chairs set alight at stadium

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

The fire at the Kassam Stadium started when a fire exit door was forced open and tables and chairs set alight, police said.

At 16:40 on Monday the fire started behind a door on the corner of the Oxford Mail stand.

Investigating officer PC James Salt said: "I am particularly interested to hear from some children who were in the area at around 16:30 as they might have vital information that can help our investigation."

Bin lorry crash survivor: 'It has been difficult'

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today

Adam Lipowski was

sentenced to five years for causing the death of Andy Evans in a crash while driving his bin lorry too fast in 2013.

Michael Jennings (pictured with his wife Christine), who was driving the car Lipowski crashed in to, killing passenger Mr Evans, said outside court: "It has been difficult... My hands were on the wheel when this crash happened and Andy lost his life.

Michael and Christine Jennings

"This trial has told me I was completely in the right."

Aid worker's diary

BBC Radio Oxford

Aid worker Cameron Higgins, from Oxford, has just arrived in earthquake-hit Nepal where he is working with the World Food Programme.

He said: "There are huge rows of tents where people are living.

Nepal earthquake

"I have been based at the airport for the last few days and we are trying to push out as much food as possible in to the affected areas," said Cameron, who is keeping an audio diary for Radio Oxford.

New players sign for London Welsh

BBC Sport

Relegated London Welsh have announced the signing of

three new players to take their total for next season to 12.

Welsh have added Darryl Marfo, Harry Allen and Ryan Glynn to their squad for life back in the Championship.

Four-minute mile watch to be auctioned

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

A stopwatch used to time Roger Bannister, the first man to run a four-minute mile, is

expected to fetch up to £8,000 at auction.

Roger Bannister stopwatch
Graham budd auctions

As a 25-year-old, Sir Roger, now 86, made sporting history with his landmark run at Oxford's Iffley Road track on

6 May 1954.

Auctioneer Graham Budd said it was from "one of those remarkable, historic moments in British sporting history".

Fallen power cables close road

BBC Travel

Station Road in Wallingford is closed between St Nicholas Road and Fir Tree Avenue due to fallen power cables.

It is causing disruption in the area.

Latest headlines

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

  • Teenager given two-year detention order for sexually assaulting an Oxford student
  • A fallen power cable has closed Station Road in Wallingford
  • The watch used to time Roger Bannister's four-minute mile is up for auction

Wind to ease this evening

Owain Wyn Evans

BBC Weather

It will become increasingly cloudy and also feel rather cool, with some rain possible as well as gales in places.

BBC weather

The wind should ease during the evening, with remaining rain clearing eastwards to leave a drier and calmer remainder of the night.

Life in the slow lane

Lilley Mitchell

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

A much-loved member of Regents Park College will celebrate reaching a grand old age on Saturday.

It is estimated that Emmanuelle, the college tortoise, will be between 79 to more than 100 years old.


A party is being held in aid of Meningitis Now in memory of a former student.

Scaffolding on Randolph Hotel

Mark Spooner took this photo on Tuesday of the scaffolding covering the front of the Randolph Hotel, which reopened today after it was

damaged by fire on 17 April.

Randolph Hotel scaffold
Mark Spooner

Five things you need to know about voting

South Oxfordshire District Council has

posted advice ahead of polling day tomorrow.

Have a look at how to return your postal vote, where and when to vote and who you can vote for with a list of all the candidates.

Short double yellow lines

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC Local Live

We asked whether a

"ludicrous" set of double yellow lines in Bristol were the shortest in England.

They clearly were not as we have been inundated with photos of even tinier double yellow lines that have left people across the country scratching their heads in confusion.

Adrian Gray photographed these petite double yellow lines in Wareford Lane, Headington, Oxford.

Double yellows
Richard Hillsdon

"I was completely flabbergasted when I saw them, as even by the standards of Oxford road markings they are truly, deeply, useless!"

Park and ride possibility?

BBC Radio Oxford

David Nimmo Smith, chairman of the Transport Advisory Panel at Oxfordshire County Council, said the possibility of a park and ride on green belt land near the John Radcliffe Hospital is being considered.

This comes after two days of callers telling BBC Radio Oxford what an "absolute nightmare" parking at the hospital is.

Some patients have missed appointments and others say it is quicker to go to Cheltenham General Hospital as the traffic in Oxford is so bad.

Trust's medical 'never events'

Laurence Cawley

BBC News

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust had six

"never events" last year, according to provisional figures from NHS England.

They are incidents so serious they should never happen.

Colchester Hospital University Trust had nine "never events", the highest in the country, including operations on the wrong site.

Caravan theft appeal

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after the theft of a caravan on Newtown Road in Henley on Thames.


At about 23:00 on Friday thieves broke in to a secure compound by breaking a padlock and the caravan, which was attached to a dark 4x4 vehicle, was driven off.

Latest headlines

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

Today's top stories on BBC Local Live so far include:

  • Bin lorry driver sentenced for killing car passenger in crash
  • Teenager detained for the sexual assault of Oxford student
  • Discussions continue about the "absolute nightmare" of parking at the John Radcliffe Hospital

Crash driver jailed for five years

A man who was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Adam Lipowski, 42, of Tilehurst, was found guilty in March after speeding and using his mobile phone while driving a bin lorry.

He crashed into a car at the turning to the Oratory School in Woodcote, killing 56-year-old passenger Andrew Evans and leaving Hungerford survivor Michael Jennings "devastated".

Can my pet vote?

Election 2015

What can and can't you do on election day?

You can't take a selfie or tweet while voting and your pet must stay outside of the polling station.

Find out more about how not to break the rules tomorrow and incur the wrath of polling station staff.

Trekker thankful to be alive

Oxford Times

Former nurse Angela Rowlands is back home and

lucky to be alive after getting caught up in the Nepal earthquake.

Teenager detained for student sex attack

Beth Rose

BBC News

A teenager has been

detained for a sex attack on a student who went on to publish an open letter about the ordeal.

Oxford University student Ione Wells, 20, was attacked as she walked home near Camden last month.

Ione Wells who has written an open letter to the man who sexually assaulted her

A 17-year-old, who cannot be named, was sentenced to two years' youth detention at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court after previously admitting the sexual assault.

New hospital chief

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has appointed a new chief executive.

Dr Bruno Holthof, who's worked with pharmaceutical, life science and medical equipment companies, said: "Over the next decade we will see unprecedented change in the way healthcare is delivered."

The medical doctor is moving from Belgium to Oxford with his family to start the role on 1 October.

BreakingMan jailed for fatal crash

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today

Adam Lipowski is jailed for five years for causing a crash on the A4074 in Woodcote which killed Andrew Evans, from Thatcham, in 2013.

Missing postal ballots

Helen Catt

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

About 150 postal voters in the ultra-marginal seat of Oxford West and Abingdon

have not received their ballot papers for the general election.

The constituency saw one of the tightest races in 2010, when Conservative Nicola Blackwood won the seat from the Lib Dems by 176 votes.

Returning officer David Buckle said postal votes were being reissued.

On this day

BBC Radio Oxford

On this day 61 years ago, Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in

less than four minutes.

Roger Bannister

He was a 25-year-old medical student at the time and more than 3,000 spectators watched at the Iffley Road track in Oxford.

Missing ballot papers

Helen Catt

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

At least 150 postal voters in the Oxford West and Abingdon constituency have not received their ballot papers, with less than 24 hours to go until voting opens.

The seat was decided by 176 votes in 2010 so this could have a big impact.

Latest headlines

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

Here's a round-up of the top stories on Oxfordshire Live today so far:

  • Oxford's historic Randolph Hotel - devastated by fire nearly three weeks ago - reopens to guests
  • A
    park and ride service is being considered for staff at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Aid worker who has just landed in Nepal sends his first audio diary

Five-star hotel reopens

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The five-star Randolph Hotel in Oxford, which was damaged in a major blaze in April, has reopened.

The fire at the 150-year-old building in Beaumont Street was

started by a flambéed beef stroganoff in its kitchen.

Randolph fire
Steve lambourne

Jonathan Dawson, regional management director for Macdonald Hotels, said he was "delighted" the hotel had reopened.

Replacement bus services

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There is a replacement bus service running on the

Chiltern Railway between Oxford and Bicester Town due to
engineering works.

Volleyball courts plan

Oxford Mail

Plans have been put forward to build Oxfordshire's

first two beach volleyball courts in Cutteslowe Park.

Rainbow over Botley

via Facebook

Mo Valipour posted this photograph, which BBC Radio Oxford is calling "Rainbow over the Botley Interchange".

Rainbow in Botley
Mo Valipour

Bluebells blooming


Angus Phillips took this lovely image of Bluebells near Chinnor.

Angus Phillips

If you have any pictures from across the county, do send them in to

Local Live.

U's season ticket prices down

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United has

reduced its season ticket prices to attract more fans of all ages.

The cheapest season ticket is now £239 and children aged under seven get in to matches free.

The tickets go on sale at 09:30.