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  1. Frideswide Square businesses 'losing money due to roadworks'
  2. Appeal to find missing Kidlington man
  3. Search for new Bishop of Oxford will continue into next year
  4. Doctors' surgery in special measures
  5. Updates on Thursday 14 May 2015

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By Andrew Humphrey

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That's all for today's BBC Local Live.

We'll be back on Friday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

Weather: Rain clearing

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Some heavy spells of rain as we head into the evening, before

petering out overnight.

Holly Green

Skies will clear, with a bit of mist in places and feeling quite chilly with lows of 5C (41F).

Community champions

via Facebook

Oxford City Council has created a

Facebook album to celebrate the award of Certificates of Honour from the Lord Mayor of Oxford to 18 volunteers for their community work.

Community awards
Oxford City Council

For details of all the winners visit the council's


Coming up on South Today

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: A US military base in our region is set to more than double in size within the next five years, and for the first time has allowed BBC South Today take a look around.

US plane

There are currently about 1,000 service personnel at the base and by 2020 that figure will reach 2,500.

Join me for that and more at


Delay in bishop search 'disappointing'

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

The Acting Bishop of Oxford has described the

continued search for his permanent replacement "disappointing".

The Right Rev Colin Fletcher
KT Bruce

The Right Rev Colin Fletcher said: "While it is clearly disappointing that the vacancy is being extended until later next year, it is of course vitally important that the right appointment is made."

Candidates vying to become the new bishop failed to secure enough votes for nomination at a Crown Nominations Commission this week.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This evening's top stories on Local Live:

Carers break call


Helen & Douglas House is one of several hospices to sign an open letter to the government calling for help for carers.

They want a new ring-fenced fund, given to local authorities, to pay for short breaks for carers with children who are unlikely to reach adulthood.

Businesses 'will benefit from work'

The Frideswide Square businesses will benefit in the long run from the

roadworks and new public space, according to the county council.

Roadworks on Frideswide Square

David Nimmo Smith told BBC Radio Oxford: "We are improving the infrastructure in the area and trying to make it a gateway to Oxford which will make it a better area and make businesses more viable in the future."

Former teacher guilty of sex offences

A 70-year-old man has been

found guilty of a number of historical sex offences at schools in Oxfordshire in the 1970s.

John Collier

Former teacher John Collier, from Leafield Road in Cowley, committed the offences at North Kidlington Primary School and at St Ebbes First School in Oxford, where he was teaching at the time.

He will be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on 5 June.

M40 flood delays

BBC Travel

There is a

lane closed on the M40 northbound between junction 10 for Brackley and junction 11 for Banbury because of flooding.

There's also disruption to the south of the county on Bagley Wood Road in Kennington near the St Swithun's Road junction with a traffic light failure.

Train changes

Chiltern Railways

tweets: Don't forget the new summer timetable starts on Sunday.
Find out more now

Last chance for London Welsh

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

London Welsh are preparing for this weekend's

final Premiership game against Saracens aware that it is their last chance to avoid going the whole season without a win.

Tom May
Getty Images

The Exiles host the playoff chasers at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday still with a record of having lost every single game in all competitions during the campaign.

BBC Radio Oxford has full online commentary from the Kassam Stadium on Saturday at


Bishop search continues

The Diocese of Oxford remains without a permanent Bishop after

two days of meeting possible candidates failed to find a suitable candidate.

The Bishop of Oxford
Church of England

The next date for selecting a replacement for Bishop John Pritchard, who retired in October, will be February. The Right Rev Colin Fletcher will continue serving as Acting Bishop of Oxford.

In a letter the Archbishop of Canterbury explained: "The Commission has been unable to discern the candidate whom God is calling at this candidate received the required number of votes for nomination."

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This afternoon's top stories on Local Live are:

Getting England in focus

Every day

England's Big Picture features a photograph sent in from across the country - with the gallery growing throughout the week.

Wastwater, Cumbria
Mark Harwood

If you have a photo you'd like to share, email us at, post it on
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You can also find us on

Instagram - use #englandsbigpicture to share an image there.

More than a holiday

The money to fund short breaks for families with seriously ill children should to be ring-fenced, according to Oxford children's hospice

Helen & Douglas House.

Tania Beale, from Abingdon, who looks after her two severely disabled daughters, explained that it was more than just a holiday.

She told

BBC Radio Oxford: "It sounds ridiculous that respite involves me being with the girls, but it means that we go and we stay together. Somebody else cooks the meals, mixes the medications and does all the care and I just get to be mum."

Legionella risk at GP Surgery

Linda Serck

BBC News, Berkshire

Langford Medical Practice in Bicester was rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission

on health and safety grounds, including a risk of a Legionella outbreak.

A possible outbreak of the water-borne bacteria due to plumbing faults was one of the issues identified at the GP surgery.

The inspector said steps to prevent the spread of Legionella had not been carried out, despite a water company's report in February stating immediate action was needed.

On call firefighter experience

via Facebook

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has

posted an advert on Facebook for members of the public to get a chance to see what being an On Call firefighter entails.

On-call firefighter advert
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

"If you're interested in becoming an On-call firefighter

book yourself onto one of our taster sessions."

'Really concerned' over missing man

The partner of Luke Winter, the Kindlington man who has been

missing for five days, has said she has tried everything to find him.

Amy Woodhouse told

BBC Radio Oxford: "Everything was normal, no arguments, no stress. I'm in shock because he's never done this before. I'm really concerned, I've tried to find him but have had no luck."

Coming up

Jo Kent

South Today


South Today this lunchtime: He was shot and wounded in a foreign war, but a former IT worker from Bournemouth says he will continue to fight.

Jac Holmes
Jac Holmes

Jac Holmes is one of a growing number of westerners who have gone to Syria to fight against Islamic State, but there are fresh warnings from police that what he is doing may be illegal and he could face arrest when he returns.

Join me for the full story at


'Actively improving procedures'

A medical practice in Bicester that was rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission has said it is "actively improving our working procedures" to address concerns.


statement said they were disappointed by the report, and while there were positive findings they would "work closely" with the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group to make improvements.

Oxford scientist conservation 'hero'

The founding director of Oxford University's

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Prof David Macdonald, has been
ranked third in a list of Britain's 50 most influential conservation heroes.

Prof David Macdonald
Oxford University

BBC Wildlife Magazine's Wildlife Power List was chosen by a panel of experts based on who they believed would have the biggest impact on wildlife in the next decade.

Prof Mcdonald said: "I am bowled over and proud to have reached such dizzy heights on this prestigious list."

Latest Headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This afternoon's top stories on Local Live are:

Town hall closure

Witney Town Council

tweets: Please note, Witney Town Hall will be closed from 12 noon on Monday 18th May for the funeral of Councillor Chrissie Curry. Reopen Tues 08.30

Deep reef exploration

BBC Radio Oxford

A pair of Oxford University researchers are to use a new diving technique to explore previously unexamined coral reefs in the Caribbean.

Jack Laverick and Dominic Andradi-Brown will explore reefs off the coast of Honduras that exist at a depth too deep for conventional divers but too shallow for an under-water vehicle .

They told

BBC Radio Oxford it s an exciting chance to further research into the impact of climate change on coral reefs.

Hass deadline for drivers

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford


Haas Formula One team say that they have set an internal deadline to name their 2016 driver line-up by September.

Gene Haas
Getty Images

The American firm will use the former headquarters of the Marussia team in Banbury as part of their operations and will take their place on the grid as a

new entry next season.

Burford blockage

BBC Travel

Traffic on the A40 Oxford Road is running very slowly in

Burford at the B4020 Shilton Road junction where the roadworks are.

Doctors' surgery in special measures

Sue Kinnear

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The Langford Medical Practice in Nightingale Place, Bicester has been put into special measures after a

Care Quality Commission report.

Langford Medical Practice

The surgery was given an overall rating of inadequate after an inspection in February.

Areas of concern included medicine management and record administration, though the report noted that many patients spoke well of the care they had received.

Your photos: Blooming Bagley

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

You probably won't be surprised to know that this picture was taken earlier in the week, but on such a dreary day I thought a bit of sunshine from the beautiful Bagley Woods might be welcome.

Bagley Woods
Becca Collacott

It was taken by Becca Collacott from Abingdon. If you have a picture you would like to share, why not

send it in.

Frideswide Square: Works defended

BBC Radio Oxford

The county council "has done as much as we can" to reduce the impact on businesses in Frideswide Square during the roadworks, according to the councillor in charge of roads.

Frideswide Square

David Nimmo Smith

told Howard Bentham they had spoken to the business owners since work was proposed, and signs had been placed to remind the public that the area was open. But he conceded that "it is a building site and there are problems at the moment".

Flying club hopes to land new home

Banbury Guardian

Banbury's model flying club has renewed an appeal to landowners in a bid to

find a new home for the group.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Oxfordshire Local Live:

  • A man from Didcot is
    charged with sexual assault after a girl aged under 13 was attacked in Carterton
  • The council is doing "all it can" to help businesses struggling in Frideswide Square
  • Student researchers from Oxford University are to use pioneering diving technology to explore previously unexamined coral reefs in the Caribbean

Palace wallpaper restoration begins

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

A collection of antique wallpaper at Blenheim Palace is

being restored for the first time in 189 years.

Wallpaper restoration
Blenheim Palace

The delicate design bears hand-painted scenes by French manufacturer Joseph Dufour depicting a tiger hunt in India.

It is being removed and restored as part of a year-long, £50,000 project to restore the historic Oxfordshire home's Indian Room.

Carterton assault arrest

A man has been

charged with sexual assault and false imprisonment after a girl aged under 13 reported being attacked in a supermarket in Carterton on Tuesday.

Frideswide future

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The roadworks at

Frideswide Square have come in for criticism from road users delayed in their commute, cyclists concerned for their safety and businesses fearing for their future.

So what are the works, which began in February and are expected to finish in December, hoping to achieve?

An artist's impression of how Frideswide Square will look
Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council said the £5m scheme will be part of "a modern gateway for Oxford", improving traffic flow, while reducing road space and increasing access for pedestrians.