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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

That's all from BBC Local Live for today, thanks for joining us.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

In the meantime, feel free to

email us.

In this evening's bulletin

Sinead Carroll

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: There have been almost 2,000 incidents of hare coursing in the region reported to Thames Valley Police in the past seven years, but only 14 convictions.


The practice - which involves hunting hares with dogs - was made illegal in 2004, but gangs are breaking onto private land to carry out the blood sport.

Join me for the full story at


Mild night to come

Holly Green

BBC Weather

As we head into the evening

we will see some patchy rain, but it shouldn't amount to much.

Holly Green

It will be a cloudy night, quite breezy, and that will keep it mild with lows of about 10C (50F).

The art of wine

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today

An Oxfordshire vineyard is hosting an exhibition of sculptures by more than 30 local and national artists.

Bothy Vineyard exhibition

The seven acre grounds will be populated by 160 pieces, with a further 40 indoors.

The exhibition is running until 7 June at

Bothy Vineyard at Frilford Heath, and you can see my report on
South Today at 18:30.

Car vandals jailed

Two men have been jailed after a Banbury man

woke to find someone jumping up and down on his car.

The car windscreen was smashed in the incident, which was filmed by one of the offenders on his mobile phone, last November.

Between them, the men were found guilty of possession of a class A drug, possession of a knife, criminal damage and a racially aggravated public order offence.

Vogue in

Rahil Sheikh

BBC Radio Oxford

The editor-in-chief of British Vogue is

speaking at the Oxford Union tonight.

Alexandra Shulman, editor in chief of British Vogue
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

Alexandra Shulman is the longest serving editor of the high fashion magazine which has a circulation of 220,000.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This evening's top stories on Oxfordshire's Local Live:

Traffic building

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford


A34 southbound from Abingdon North to the Milton Interchange is looking pretty busy through the roadworks.

It's also looking weighty on the A40 from Marston to the Headington Roundabout where we have a lane closed.

More marathon runners

BBC Radio Oxford

Organisers are expecting the new city centre route to attract more runners to the

half marathon.

Oxford Half Marathon

One of the race organisers, Jamie Warren, said: "It's a course designed to take bigger numbers".

He added: "We've had 3,000 entries so far and that's without seeing the route which is a massive improvement. I think we will exceed 5,000 from last year".

Home for dinner

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Steve Ward from Abingdon sent in this picture of a Blue Tit, presumably returning home with something to eat for its family.

Blue Tit
Steve Ward

If you have a photo from around Oxfordshire, do send it in to

Local Live.

Balancing the books

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire County Council is planning for its revenue support grant from central government to be reduced to zero, according to its leader.

Ian Hudspeth

Ian Hudspeth

told Howard Bentham that they would look to work with the voluntary sector to deliver some services.

He said: "The key thing is to balance the books, in 2010 we got £120m so we have to ask the question, where are we going to get the money from?"

Marathon route

Ross Heaton

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Organisers of the Oxford Half Marathon have announced a

brand new route for this year's event in October.

Route map
Oxford Half Marathon

For the first time competitors will race through the centre of Oxford.

It will start and finish in St Giles and go around some of the city's most famous landmarks, including the University parks, Sheldonian Theatre and the Natural History Museum.

Middle East Centre building opened

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

A new £11m building to accommodate a centre for Middle East studies has been

officially opened at Oxford University.

Investcorp Building at St Antony's College in Oxford
Luke Hayes / Zaha Hadid Architects

The glass-fronted structure, sandwiched between the Victorian buildings of St Antony's College, was designed by architect Zaha Hadid.

Family releases tributes to Didcot murder victims

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The family of the victims in a suspected triple murder have

described it as an "unimaginable" tragedy.

A statement on behalf of Janet and Derrin Jordon's family said: "Janet was a beloved daughter, sister and auntie. Dezzy was a breath a fresh air and truly one of a kind."

Philip Howard and his children

Philip Howard's children said: "You were the best there ever was Daddy. We're so glad to be part of you."

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This afternoon's top stories in Oxfordshire:

Stunning sunset

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This beautiful view from Chinnor Hill looking down across south Oxfordshire was yesterday

taken by Amber Shankland.

Chinnor Hill
Amber Shankland

If you have a picture you'd like to see on Local Live, just send it in

Facebook or

New croc on the block

Banbury Cake

A crocodile which was

once lost in a polluted river in Lebanon is now among friends at a crocodile farm.

Some bright spells at times

It will be rather cloudy but dry through most of the rest of the day, with some bright or sunny spells developing at times. A few outbreaks of slight rain will spread in from the west around dusk, accompanied by freshening winds.

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F)

A34 broken down lorry

BBC Travel

A lane has been

closed on the A34 southbound between Bicester and Weston-On-The-Green because of a broken down lorry.

Queen's Speech 2015: 'Metro mayors' able to replace PCCs

Directly-elected "metro mayors" will be able to undertake the functions of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in England,

under plans included in the Queen's Speech.

Queen's Speech 2015

PCCs were introduced under the former government to

replace the 41 police authorities in England and Wales.

But the new government wants to give their powers to mayors, as part of wider plans for devolution to cities.


more about the Queen's Speech here.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Abingdon Pool has been saved following a consultation over its future.

Abingdon Pool

More than 80% of people consulted voted to keep the pool and invest £500,000 to improve it.

The other two options would have seen the pool filled in and converted to alternative use, but the pool re-opened for the summer this week.

Join Roger Finn at


Hundreds hare coursing every year

BBC Radio Oxford

There have been almost 1,300 incidents of hare coursing in Oxfordshire reported to Thames Valley Police in the past seven years,

BBC Radio Oxford has revealed.

Greyhound chasing a hare

The practice, which involves hunting hares with dogs, was made illegal in 2004.

But gangs are breaking onto private land to carry out the blood sport, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act suggest.

Cold sore virus 'treats skin cancer'

Michelle Roberts

Health editor, BBC News online

Scientists say they have discovered a

revolutionary new way of treating cancer.

herpes simplex 1 virus

A genetically engineered version of a virus that normally causes cold sores shows real promise for treating skin cancer, researchers said.

The University of Oxford was one of the research centres which took part in the study.

Family's tribute to Didcot murder victims

The family of the victims in a suspected triple murder have described it as an "unimaginable" tragedy.

A manhunt was launched for Jed Allen, 21, who was suspected of killing his half-sister Derrin Jordon, aged six, his mother Janet Jordon, 48, (pictured) and her partner Philip Howard, 44.

Janet and Derrin Jordon

A post-mortem examination confirmed they died from multiple stab wounds.

Their bodies were found in Vicarage Road, Didcot on Saturday. Mr Allen's body was found in Oxford on Monday.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This afternoon's latest headlines on Local Live:

  • Post mortem examinations confirm the Didcot family
    murdered on Saturday died of multiple stab wounds
  • A 10-year-old Bloxham boy's
    tribute to BB King has been viewed five million times
  • Oxfordshire County Council will work with the voluntary sector to balance the books after expected funding cuts

True blue becomes 'lady in red'

Henley Standard

The new Conservative Mayor of Henley says she is

honoured to be the "lady in red".

Didcot family stabbed to death

The post-mortem examination results of the

three people killed in Vicarage Road in Didcot on Saturday have
confirmed that they died of multiple stab wounds.

Derrin and Janet Jordon

A manhunt was launched for Jed Allen, 21, after he was suspected of killing his half-sister Derrin Jordon, aged six, his mother Janet Jordon, 48, and her partner Philip Howard, 44.

Allen's body was found in a wooded area of Oxford on Monday.

Council cuts continue

Helen Catt

Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire could be

another £60m worse off, a report by council officials says.

They looked at the government's promises on borrowing and tax income and put it together with what has been said about which departments would be protected, to reach the conclusion that the total savings needed between now and 2021 would be £140m.

All should become clear after the Chancellor announces his emergency budget this summer.

Abingdon pool saved

Wallingford Herald

Abingdon's much-loved outdoor pool has been

saved by residents a second time after a campaign and a petition signed by more than 2,000 people.

BB King tribute goes viral

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A 10-year-old boy from Bloxham has became an internet sensation.

Toby Lee and Howard Bentham

Toby Lee's guitar tribute to BB King has had more than five million views on

Facebook and he has been getting 300 pieces of fan mail a day.


told me about the video's success: "I put this thing up for BB King and it just went mad. I put the tribute up as he was my favourite guitarist."

Botley roadworks

BBC Travel

The roadworks between the Botley Interchange and The Royal Oxford Traffic Lights are

causing queues on the A420 eastbound.

Complimentary compost

Vale of White Horse District Council

tweets: Spread the word (and the compost) - come to one of our giveaway days to get your green fingers on some FREE compost

Compost poster
Vale of White Horse DC

The compost will be available on Saturday 13 June at Rye Park Farm in Abingdon and Sunday 14 June at Old South Oxfordshire District Council car park in Crowmarsh Gifford.

Taylor-made for Oxford

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

New Oxford United signing Ryan Taylor has told
BBC Radio Oxford he turned down interest from other clubs to move to the Kassam Stadium.

Ryan Taylor

The 27-year-old former Portsmouth striker penned a two-year deal yesterday and becomes the third new recruit to join the U's since the end of the season.

He said: "I'm coming to a massive club so I'm very happy and I'm ready to get in there and hopefully we can have a good season."

You can hear more from Ryan Taylor on our

Facebook page.

Brookes marks 150 years with building plan

Oxford Mail

The new vice-chancellor of Oxford Brookes has spoken of the

£130m plan to overhaul the university.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Local Live:

  • Oxfordshire may have to cut up to £60m from its budget by 2021, according to the county council
  • Major signalling problems have led to serious disruption on Chiltern Railways services between Banbury and London
  • Nearly 1,300 reports of hare coursing have been made to Thames Valley Police in Oxfordshire in the last seven years

Didcot murders

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The post-mortem examinations for the victims of the

triple Didcot murders could took place today.

Janet and Derrin Jordon

On Saturday, Janet Jordon, her six-year-old daughter Derrin and Philip Howard, were found stabbed at their home in Vicarage Road.

The body of the suspect, 21-year-old Jed Allen, was found in woodland in Marston, on Bank Holiday Monday.

Fun fitness

BBC Radio Oxford

Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton has brought a summer camp to Oxfordshire for girls who want to be involved in sport.

Victoria Pendleton

The gold medallist hopes to roll out the

Active Girls camps across the country this summer.

She told

BBC Radio Oxford: "I thought I could help create a fun environment for sport, rather than just PE at school."

Review over man's death at assisted living unit

Samantha McGregor

BBC News Online


independent review will take place into the death of a man who died while staying at a supported living unit.

Nico Reed
Reed Family

Nico Reed, who had cerebral palsy and severe learning disabilities, was found dead at Barrantynes home in Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, in August 2012.

An inquest heard Nico may have been saved if checks were made on him more often.

Cow chase over

Lilley Mitchell

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

I'm on the cycle path that runs alongside the Marston Ferry Road and I can see, and smell, the cows safely back in their field following their escape earlier.

The 13 cows were from Medlay Manor Farm, and the farmer is busy mending the fence that they escaped from!