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  1. Updates on Monday 11 May 2015

Live Reporting

By Roz Tappenden

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

Tonight's TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

Join me on

BBC One at 18:30 for tonight's South Today: We'll have the latest on the Airbus military transport planes grounded at RAF Brize Norton following a crash in Spain.


And we'll tell you why the Countess of Wessex was in the region today. All that and more at 18:30.

Tonight's weather

It should remain largely dry overnight with clear spells. Late in the night cloud will increase bringing some outbreaks of light rain which will continue into the early morning.

Weather chart

For a full 10-day forecast for Oxfordshire visit the

BBC weather pages.

Palace's Indian room restoration

Blenheim Palace's iconic Indian Room has begun a 12-month restoration project beginning with removing the 189-year-old wallpaper for conservation.

Wallpaper restoration
Blenheim Palace

The decoration of the Indian Room was commissioned by the 5th Duke in 1826 and the restoration, estimated to cost in excess of £50,000, will restore the unique room to its former glory.

Bob the air ambulance

Martin Eastaugh

BBC Radio Oxford

The Countess of Wessex inspects Bob, the

Thames Valley Air Ambulance helicopter at RAF Benson.

Countess of Wessex at RAF Benson

She has been meeting volunteers, paramedics and people who have been helped by the service.

Latest headlines

Today's top stories on Local Live:

  • The Countess of Wessex is visiting
    Thames Valley Air Ambulance's new base at RAF Benson
  • All A400M aircraft, including two at RAF Brize Norton, have been grounded after a fatal crash in Spain
  • Disruption has returned to Headington as a result of new lane closures on the A40 Northern Bypass

Fatal crash arrest

A man has been

arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a pedestrian was run over and killed while walking along a main road.

Cutteslowe roundabout
Google Maps

The 29-year-old woman was struck by a grey Toyota Avensis as she walked along the A40 Northern Bypass in Oxford just before midnight on 1 May.

Police believe she may have got out of a silver Mercedes just before she was hit. She died at the scene.

A 38-year-old man, from Chipping Norton, has been bailed until 29 May.

Charity hair cut

BBC Radio Oxford

Last week, Emily Teagle cut off her 10-inch ponytail to raise money for her uncle who is being treated for two brain tumours.

Emily Teagle cuts off her hair

If you missed her interview with David Prever on BBC Radio Oxford, you can

listen again.

Touch rugby season starts

Chinnor RFC say Friday 6.30pm is the start of their touch rugby season. They say all are welcome, any age or gender, with barbecue and beers afterwards.

Teenager flies glider

The Herald

A 14-year-old took full advantage of new EU rules to

fly a glider on his birthday.

Oliver Dudley-Heidkamp, from Thame, flew the ASK-13 glider solo at the Upward Bound Trust's Haddenham Airfield after new EU rules changed the legal age to fly a glider from 16 to 14.

Countess opens air ambulance base

Martin Eastaugh

BBC Radio Oxford

Spot The Royal!

Countess of Wessex at RAF Benson

Look who's arrived to inspect the new Thames Valley Air Ambulance building at RAF Benson.

Latest headlines

Today's top stories on Local Live:

  • The Countess of Wessex is visiting
    Thames Valley Air Ambulance's new base at RAF Benson
  • Two new military aircraft based at RAF Brize Norton are being grounded after an A400M crashed in Spain
  • Interviews are taking place this week for the
    new Bishop of Oxford

Shops and bank to use BHS building

Oxford Mail

A former BHS store has moved closer to being revamped after a bank proposed using its

first floor as office space.

The Queen Street shop was finally closed in March this year after staff were told 12 months earlier that the store would shut.

Apprenticeship ambassadors


tweeted this picture of Apprenticeship Ambassadors Luke Mullan and Emily Joyce in the
BBC Radio Oxford studio earlier.

Apprenticeship Ambassadors in BBC Oxford studio

Did you miss the show?

Listen again.

Second art festival

Oxford Times

The first South Oxford art festival was such a success organisers have said they could

hold another one this year.

More than 100 adults and children went to the inaugural Lake Street Festival of Art over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Deal extended for U's Rose

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United have taken up a one-year extension on midfielder Danny Rose's (pictured) contract and a two-year option on young goalkeeper Max Crocombe.

Danny Rose
Getty Images

The club are still in talks with experienced goalie Jamie Ashdown as well as veteran midfielder Andy Whing who is discussing a new role at the club, but he won't be offered a new playing contract.

But United have informed Jon Meades, Will Hoskins, John Campbell, Josh Shama, Matt Bevans, and Jeremy Balmy that they will not be offered new deals and they have played their last games for the U's.

Post-election blues?

BBC Radio Oxford

Earlier we asked how you felt about the election result and some of you have replied on our

Facebook page.

Andrew King said: "Proof positive that we need some form of proportional representation. 63% of the voting public did not vote conservative."

Lesley Hennessyl said: " hope for the future."

'Best bus driver' loses route

The Herald

Just weeks after passengers voted her the best bus driver in her company,

Zek Mustafa is having to wave them goodbye.

Her company has said it will no longer be running the route where she is so well loved.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today

Join Roger Finn on

BBC One just after 13:30 for all the news in the South.

It's the first day at work in Westminster for the region's MPs, including new faces like Flick Drummond (pictured) and Royston Smith.

Flick Drummond
Conservative Party

Join Roger for more on this and all the other local headlines.

Wright renews contract

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United captain Jake Wright has agreed a new two-year deal at the club, ending uncertainty over the 29-year-old's future.

Jake Wright

The centre-back has been at the club for more than five years and his current contract was about to expire.

Latest headlines

Today's top stories on Local Live:

A PM for Witney

BBC Radio Oxford

BBC Radio Oxford's Lilley Mitchell was in Witney this morning, asking people how they feel about having the prime minister as their MP. Some of you have responded on our
Facebook page.

Laura Edney Grainger said: "In some ways it should be a positive thing to have the PM as our MP. But I do feel that, because of this, we don't really have someone fighting Witney's corner."

Steve Payne said: "Witney is the greatest place I've ever lived, and I've lived a lot of places. Streets are clean, shops are full, people are nice. He's doing a great job for Witney."

Oxon in quarters finals

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

In cricket, Oxfordshire have guaranteed themselves a place in the Minor Counties Trophy quarter-finals after a 50-run win over Staffordshire.

Ball hitting stumps

It means last year's finalists have a 100% record in the first three matches of the season.

Lane closed on the A40

BBC Radio Oxford

There's one lane closed on the A40 London Road in both directions in Wheatley between the Park Hill junction and the M40 junction 8 spur junction, because of repairs.

Traffic is still slow on the A34 in both directions at Milton Interchange. In the roadworks area.

Travel map

The A40 in Cassington is busy but moving eastbound between Eynsham roundabout and Wolvercote roundabout.

For the latest travel updates, visit the

BBC website travel pages.

Cyclist injured

Oxford Mail


cyclist has been taken to hospital after a collision in Cowley Road.

No other vehicles were thought to be involved when a cyclist came off a bike near Morrisons.

Victory for U's Women

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

A goal six minutes before half-time from Kat Nutman was enough to earn

Oxford United Women a 1-0 win over Durham in Women's Super League 2.

United are up to seventh after the victory at Northcourt Road.

New Bishop of Oxford

Interviews are taking place today and tomorrow for the new Bishop of Oxford.

The position has been vacant since the

Right Reverend John Pritchard retired at the end of October.

The Right Reverend John Pritchard
Diocese of Oxford

The Bishop of Dorchester Colin Fletcher has taken on the role in the meantime.

Many have called on the

new bishop to be a woman. Any potential successor has to be put to the prime minister and the Queen before being appointed.

Food intolerance


tweeted: Founder @GeniusFoods Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne & Becky @gfcuppatea live now @BBCOxford talking about how to get to grips with food intolerance.

Tune in.

Roadworks congestion

BBC Radio Oxford

There's heavy traffic on the A34 southbound at Milton Interchange in the roadworks area. The congestion is stretching to the Marcham Interchange.

Traffic map

The A40 London Road in Oxford is also busy but moving around the Thornhill Park and Ride.

For the latest traffic and travel, visit the

BBC travel pages.

On Air

Ali Jones

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford, we'll be talking to Radio 1's Edith Bowman about festivals.

Edith Bowman

She has been going to festivals for over 20 years and has written a book about them.

Tune in to hear what she has to say.

Apprenticeships ambassadors

@ApprenticesROx ‏

tweeted: Tune in to @BBCOxford 11am today to hear Luke & Emily talking to @KatOrman about being #Apprenticeship Ambassadors :D

Latest headlines

Today's top stories on Local Live:

Town & Gown run

Adam Williams

BBC News

Nearly 4,000 runners pounded the streets of Oxford yesterday as they took part in the

annual Town and Gown 10k.

Town and Gown run

The road race, which takes in the city's historic streets and the university parks, raises money for Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Second win for Oxford RL

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford Rugby League secured their second win of the season beating London Scholars 38-24 at Iffley Road.

Rugby ball
Getty Images

Your views on the election

BBC Radio Oxford

Speaking of last Thursday's general election,

BBC Radio Oxford's Lilley Mitchell was in Witney this morning finding out about how residents feel about their MP being prime minister.

David Cameron

Now the dust has started to settle, how do you feel about the result of the election?

Get in touch.

Cameron's cabinet

David Cameron, who celebrated retaining his Witney seat on Friday, is

expected to complete the selection of his first all-Conservative cabinet today.

David Cameron

Political correspondent Paul Rowley has been telling

BBC Radio Oxford the prime minister may recruit more women.

Oxfordshire's only new MP, Victoria Prentis who replaces Sir Tony Baldry in Banbury, said she is eager to get to work.

Although, she has ruled out a cabinet position.

Roadworks warning

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Later this morning you'll spot some new roadworks - a lane will be closed eastbound on the A40 between Marston and the Headington roundabout.

The work, due to start from 09:30, is to provide temporary entry to the new Barton housing development.

Latest headlines

Today's top stories on Local Live:

Train delays

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's disruption on

First Great Western services between Slough and London Paddington due to congestion - there are cancellations and delays of up to half an hour.

Lamb price fears

BBC Radio Oxford

Farmers in Oxfordshire are losing money rearing sheep as the price of lamb has fallen by nearly 20% in the past two weeks, according to the

National Farmers' Union (NFU).

Sheep and lamb

There are concerns supermarkets are not stocking enough local produce, choosing to import instead.

Chairman of the NFU for Berks, Bucks and Oxon, farmer Ian Waller said making ends meet was proving "incredibly difficult".


British Retail Consortium said retailers were "British sheep farmers' biggest customers and continue to promote British lamb in their stores".