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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 May 2015

Live Reporting

By Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from the Oxfordshire Local Live team for today.

We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday.

Tonight's television

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

Coming up in this evening's

South Today from 18:30, cyclists in Oxford say they're taking their lives in their hands as they negotiate roadworks around Frideswide Square.

Frideswide Square roadworks sign

Tom Turrell investigates the risks.

Clouding up

Alexis Green

Weather presenter, BBC South Today

Tonight will be dry with clear spells at first but the cloud and the breeze will increase.

Wednesday evening weather

Temperatures overnight will fall to around 9C (48F).

May set for 'strange' swansong

Nabil Hassan

BBC Sport

London Welsh captain Tom May says Saturday's final Premiership game will be "strange" but he is ready to retire.

May, 36, will quit after the weekend's fixture against Saracens at the Kassam Stadium.

Tom May
Getty Images

The centre, formerly of Newcastle and Northampton, is set to make his 247th top-flight appearance - third on the all-time Premiership list.

"It's going to be strange waking up on Monday morning and not having a job," May told

BBC Radio Oxford.

Fields of gold

Adam Williams

BBC Local Live

Many thanks to Paula Ramsbottom for sharing this early morning picture of fields near Didcot.

Didcot fields
Paula Ramsbottom

Paula captured the scene just after 06:30 as a bright day began.

Don't forget - if you've got a picture you'd like to share with us on Oxfordshire Local Live you can send us an

email or post them to
Twitter and

Get active, get walking

BBC Radio Oxford

The next

BBC Radio Oxford Get Active walk is just around the corner.

On Saturday 23 May, we'll be starting from Steeple Aston, meeting in the car park of The Red Lion at 10:15 to start at 10:30.

BBC Radio Oxford Get Active Walk

The route, almost six miles long, goes from Steeple Aston, south towards Rousham House, then joins the River Cherwell at Heyford Warf going north just pass Allen's Lock and back through Steeple Aston.

To join us, email by Wednesday 20 May. After that contact the main switchboard on 03459 311 444 or on Saturday morning 03459 311 111.

Traffic light failure

BBC Travel

Traffic lights are not working on the A4130 at the A34 Milton Interchange.

Half of the traffic signals are not functioning at the junction due to an electrical fault.

Latest headlines

Adam Williams

BBC Local Live

The top stories on Oxfordshire Local Live this Wednesday afternoon:

Police helicopter M40 incident

NPAS Benson

tweets: "...with
@tvprp providing containment and downlink as foreign lorry stopped containing suspected illegal immigrants"

Earlier delays on the M40 Northbound between junctions 8A and 9 have now cleared. One lane had been closed and traffic was slow past the scene.

Sercombe looking to future

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

New Oxford United midfielder Liam Sercombe says the club's plans for the future helped convince him to make the switch from Exeter City.

Liam Sercombe
Getty Images

"There was interest from other clubs, but the way Oxford are planning for the years ahead, I wanted to be part of that," the 25-year-old told

BBC Radio Oxford.

"I'm glad the deal is all complete now."

Sunshine walks

Chilterns AONB has

tweeted this picture: Gorgeous day for a walk in the Chilterns above Goring

Goring in the Chilterns

If you've been out and about taking in the sunshine today - share your pictures with us on

Twitter or

Swank address

BBC Radio Oxford

The American actress, Hilary Swank, who's won two Academy Awards for Best Actress will address students at the Oxford Union this evening.

Hilary Swank
Getty Images

Best known for her roles in Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don't Cry, tonight she'll be talking about her work in animal welfare.

Bicester app success

Oxford Times

A Bicester man made redundant after the collapse of Formula 1 team Caterham has bounced back by

creating an app promoting the town's shops, landmarks and businesses.

M40 disruption

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the M40 northbound between junction 8A and junction 9.

Lane one (of three) remains closed and speed limit signs are currently set to 50mph.

Latest headlines

Adam Williams

BBC Local Live

The top stories on Oxfordshire Local Live this afternoon:

Take a punt

Dave Gilyeat

Presenter, BBC Introducing

Get yourself in the mood for one of Oxford's live music events of the year this evening by downloading the latest

BBC Introducing in Oxford podcast.

In this week's show, I speak to regular Ronan Munro from Nightshift Magazine, who is also organiser of

The Oxford Punt.

One night, five venues, more than 20 new music acts playing live across the city from 19:00 this evening.

Costly clean-up

Ali Jones

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We've been talking about the problem of dog poo

on the mid-morning show today and we've learned it costs £28,000 a year to clean up the mess across the county.

That's from Oxfordshire County Council after receiving a whopping 1,400 complaints about dog dirt last year - up from 800 the year before.

There are calls for CCTV surveillance and DNA tests to catch dog mess offenders.

Roadworks safety concern

Sue Paz

BBC News, South

Two accidents involving cyclists at the site of

major roadworks in Oxford city centre have raised concerns over safety.

Upgrade works at Frideswide Square began in February and are expected to end in December.

Frideswide Square roadworks

Cyclist Sarah Rushmore described the area as "the most dangerous part of my daily commute".

Oxfordshire County Council said a diversion for cyclists was now in place.

Mural mystery revealed

Banbury Guardian

Mystery surrounding a Banksy-esque mural in Banbury town centre has been solved after it was revealed to be a promotion for a new bar.

Lorry breakdown

BBC Travel

A broken-down lorry has partially blocked the A423 Southern Bypass at the A34 Hinksey Hill Interchange on the roundabout.

The lorry is on the southern side of the roundabout, between the A34 southbound entry slip and the northern exit slip.

Bluebells in the Chilterns

Adam Williams

BBC Local Live

Many thanks to Martin Hickmore from Chalgrove for sharing this beautiful picture of bluebells in the Chilterns with us.

Cowleaze Wood bluebells
Martin Hickmore

This picture was taken just over the border into Buckinghamshire in Cowleaze Wood near Stokenchurch.

If you've got a picture you'd like to see featured on Oxfordshire Local Live, you can send them via

email or through
Twitter and

Eynsham metal theft

BBC Radio Oxford

A large amount of metal has been stolen in Eynsham.

More than 30 tonnes was taken from an industrial unit on Stanton Harcourt Road earlier this month.

It happened between Saturday 2 and Tuesday 5 May, but details have only just been released. CCTV cameras were moved before the theft took place.

Lunchtime news

Jo Kent

South Today

Tom Hepworth malnutrition report graphic

Coming up in this lunchtime's

South Today from 13:40, Tom Hepworth has a special report on how the number of patients admitted to the region's hospitals suffering from malnutrition has doubled in the last five years.

Different kind of paint job

Adam Williams

BBC Local Live

Earlier we told you about the start of restoration work inside Blenheim Palace's Indian Room

(see 09:40).

The palace has given us a sneak peak behind the scenes as they begin removing 189-year-old wallpaper.

Blenheim Palace Indian Room wallpaper
Blenheim Palace

Hand-painted by French artist Dufour, it was first created in the early 1800s and has never been removed.

The 12-month project will cost more than £50,000 and aims to restore the room to its former glory.

'Setting up for Henley Regatta'

Thames Valley Police has

tweeted this picture of the sunshine.

Henley riverside

They said: Lovely day setting up for

@HenleyRegatta July 1st - July 5th 2015, only 48days to go! #Henley #funontheriver #P7363

All change

Nick Piercey

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

the show after 13:00, I'll be hearing more about the changes to bus services around Oxfordshire from 31 May.

Hugh Jaegar from Bus Users Oxford will be telling us about which services are being reduced, those being increased and which will have a new provider.

Bus timetable changes

Oxford Times

Details have been released of the latest

changes to bus timetable and services around Oxford.

Liam's delight

New Oxford United signing Liam Sercombe

tweets: Absolutely delighted to have signed for
@OUFCOfficial big things happening at this club and can't wait to be part of it starting July #U's

Latest headlines

Adam Williams

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Oxfordshire Local Live:

  • Work has begun on building more than
    800 new homes in Oxford at Barton Park
  • More than 30 tonnes of metal has been stolen from an industrial unit in Eynsham
  • Oxford United have completed the signing of
    midfielder Liam Sercombe from Exeter City

B&B tops national list

Martin Eastaugh

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

An Oxfordshire B&B has been named the best in England.

The Glove House Woodstock award winners

The Glove House in Woodstock won Guest Accommodation of the Year at yesterday's AA Hospitality Awards in London.

Tattoo parlour facelift

An empty tattoo parlour in Blackbird Leys is set to become a community support centre for people with drug and alcohol abuse problems,

This Is Oxfordshire reports.

A foul mess

Ali Jones

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

I'm sitting in for Kat Orman on the mid-morning show today and after 11:00, we'll be talking dog poo.

dog fouling

More than 1,400 complaints about the mess were made to Oxfordshire County Council last year. They're now considering a dog DNA database to help track down dogs and their owners.

What punishment would you give to people who don't clear up after their pets? Join in the debate

on our Facebook page.

Branch line proposal

Oxford Mail

Plans to open the

former Cowley Branch Line to passenger services and link the new Oxford Parkway station would cost £450m

New homes to 'benefit first-time buyers'

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Work begins later on

a major £47.9m housing development in Oxford.

Barton Park will provide up to 885 new homes, including 354 affordable homes, as well as a food store, primary school and a nature park.

It is being built by Barton Oxford, a venture between Oxford City Council and Grosvenor Developments, and will be located off the A40 Northern bypass.

Council leader Bob Price said there would be a "strong emphasis on selling to local people and first-time buyers".

Sercombe signs on

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Liam Sercombe's move from Exeter City to Oxford United has been confirmed.

It's a two-year deal with a further year's option for the midfielder.

Liam Sercombe
Getty Images

Club chief executive Mark Ashton says a deal for the 25-year-old has been on the cards for months after he became a free agent.

Abingdon crash appeal

Adam Williams

BBC Local Live

Police are appealing to the public as investigations continue into

a crash in Abingdon last month.

A 19-year-old motorcyclist fractured his leg in the collision on Northcourt Road at the junction with Oxford Road.

As he travelled through a set of traffic lights, he collided with a dark coloured Audi at about 18:05 on 23 April.

The car briefly stopped at the scene but then left and the driver has not been spoken to.

Latest headlines

Adam Williams

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Oxfordshire Local Live:

Sewer repair closure

BBC Travel

Thames Water has closed the B480 in Cuxham from 10:00 for up to four weeks for emergency sewer repairs.

This will cause major disruption to the T1 Thames Travel bus service from Watlington to Oxford.

A special timetable and shuttle buses will operate around the closure.