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  1. Updates on Tuesday 2 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Good evening

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

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

In the meantime, feel free to

email us.

Wind continues

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Drying and brightening up this evening, but the

wind will continue.

Bee Tucker

There could be one or two isolated showers overnight, and temperatures will fall to about 10C (50F).

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today


BBC South Today this evening: Organisers have called it the the UK's first ever conference for people working with traumatised children and parents.

Book cover

Experts from across the country have been in Oxford to hear how local groups are dealing with issues such as sexual abuse and child exploitation.

I'll have that and more at


Stolen motorcycle recovered

TVP Roads Policing

tweets: Stolen BMW m/cycle false plates located today by
@tvprp Beckley Oxford

Thames Valley Police

Oxford leisure centre thefts

A man stole jewellery, money, phones, car keys and clothing after

forcing entry to lockers at Ferry Swimming Pool in Summertown and Barton Leisure Centre.

Thames Valley Police

The thefts took place between 08:30 and 09:30 on Sunday 24 May. Police would like to speak to the man pictured.

Sleuth neighbours win justice for friend

Oxford Mail

A former solicitor has been handed a record £305,000 fine for taking advantage of a "vulnerable and elderly" lady by acquiring her house at a knockdown price.

His activities were only discovered when two neighbours became concerned Ilse Seldon's wishes were not being carried out after her death in 2010.

Giving the best gift

BBC Radio Oxford

What's the kindest thing a stranger has done for you or you have done for someone else?

Lee and Amelie Beck

Lee Beck and his daughter Amélie from Oxford decided to do

39 acts of kindness to celebrate their birthdays this year, as Lee is 32 and Amélie is 7.


told Howard Bentham about the idea: "It makes me feel really good, it makes me happy because other people are enjoying themselves."

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This evening's top stories in Oxfordshire:

Primary places push

Bicester Advertiser

MP Nicola Blackwood is urging the county council to

review its school places allocation system after parents missed out in the latest round.

A40 congestion

BBC Travel

The A40 London Road around the Thornhill Park and Ride is

busy in both directions.

Our Father: Why is God not female?

A group in the Church of England is calling for services to

address God as "She" as well as "He".

Strigel, Bernhard (circa 1465 / 1470 - 1528), painting, "god the father in clouds"

The idea was supported by Emma Percy, the Chaplain of Trinity College, Oxford.

She said: "God isn't a man in human terminology and the difficulty with 'it' is that it sounds impersonal, so we need a mixture."

Jed Allen died by hanging

Adam Williams

BBC News

The results of a post mortem examination on Jed Allen have been released, giving a

provisional cause of death as hanging.

Jed Allen
Jed Allen / Instagram

Mr Allen was

found in woodland in Oxford, 48-hours after his six-year-old half sister, his mother and her partner were found dead at their home in Didcot.

Police had been searching for him as the prime suspect for their murder.

M40 fire

BBC Travel


van and trailer are on fire on the M40 northbound at J10.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue said two appliances from Bicester and Banbury were on their way.

Banbury attack appeal

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A 19-year-old woman has suffered a suspected broken nose during an attack by two men in Banbury.

She was walking through People's Park with a friend at 05:30 on 23 May when she was followed by five men.

Three of the men held the victim's friend while the attack took place. Police are

appealing for information.

Railway staff up for award

Banbury Guardian

Staff at Banbury Railway Station, and those who were part of the Harbury Landslip Timetable team, have been

nominated in this year's Rail Staff Awards.

Didcot murder inquest to open

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The inquests into the deaths of the victims of a

triple murder in Didcot will open at
Oxford Coroner's Court tomorrow.

Janet and Derrin Jordon
Jordon Family

Derrin Jordon, aged six, her mother Janet Jordon, 48, and partner Philip Howard, 44, were stabbed to death in their home in Didcot on 23 May.

Jed Allen, 21, the prime suspect and half-brother of Derrin and son of Janet, was found dead on 25 May.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This afternoon's top stories on Local Live:

  • The inquests into the triple murder in Didcot in May open tomorrow
  • Police have
    carried out dawn raids as part of an investigation into historical child abuse
  • A woman suffered a broken nose in an
    assault in Banbury

Henley ground improvements passed

Planners have approved plans to

build an additional stand and extend the existing one at Henley Town Football Club

South Oxfordshire District Council said the change was in keeping with the character and appearance of the surrounding area, and wouldn't have an adverse affect on nearby properties.

The extra capacity is required to meet FA requirements for the team to play in the Hellenic League Premier Division.

Raining Catts and dogs

BBC Oxford's political reporter Helen Catt

tweets: Fear I may have to abandon any attempt at a piece to camera for my report tonight...

Helen Catt

The joys of reporting outside in the British summer!

Your Pictures: Kidlington canal

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Elaine Lanighan sent us this lovely picture of a peaceful looking scene of a narrow boat on the Oxford Canal in Kidlington.

Canal boat
Elaine Lanighan

Why not

send a picture to Local Live of whatever you're up to today?

Mobility scooter theft

A CCTV image has been released of a man police

would like to speak to in connection with the theft of a mobility scooter in Henley-on-Thames.

CCTV image
Thames Valley Police

At about 10:00 on Wednesday 20 May a black Mayfair mobility scooter was stolen from outside the Salisbury Conservative Club in Queen Street.

Students 'devastated' by college course cut


dropping of some degree courses by Ruskin College has "devastated" students currently on the courses.

Anne Hughes, 63, from Thame, has been studying BA English Studies part-time at the college for two years and lamented that alternative funding was not sought to provide the opportunity to study for future undergraduates.

She said: "I think its a tragedy that they didn't go after funding that was available to colleges that specialise with disabled, disadvantaged or mature students."

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: More than 100 police officers have taken part in raids on suspected child sex offenders in Oxford.

Police raid
Thames Valley Police

Eight men were arrested at eight separate properties suspected of offences including rape, sexual grooming, and indecent assault on girls dating from 1999 to 2007.

Join Roger Finn at

13:30 for the latest.

Horse shootings

Banbury Guardian

Residents of South Newington are being urged to be vigilant after

several horses were shot with a pellet gun.

Goalkeeper glut

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United say uncertainty over their goalkeeper situation will cleared up in a matter of days.

Ryan Clarke
Getty Images

Last month they revealed they had tabled an offer to out of contract Jamie Ashdown and they already have New Zealand under-21 keeper Max Crocombe and the club's longest serving player Ryan Clarke on the books.

Clarke said he

accepts he is in a battle to stay as the club's number 1: "There is uncertainty but until things change I'm still with Oxford and giving 100% to keep hold of my place."

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

This afternoon's top stories on Local Live:

  • Police investigating child sexual exploitation have
    arrested eight men in a series of dawn raids in Oxford
  • Henley Town Football Club has been granted planning permission to extend its existing stand and build an additional one
  • A virtual gym has been opened in Oxfordshire to help young people cope with painful conditions

Bearded postman delivers donation

Witney Gazette

A postman who has not shaved since November will finally

ditch his facial hair for charity Sobell House.

Electric excitement

BBC Radio Oxford

Making sustainability sexy is part of the mission for Low Carbon Week.

BMW i8

A £100,000 hybrid sports car may not be for everyone, but BMW's Luke Abbot

told Kat Orman that features on this model would appear on more affordable cars in the future.

Commemorative stamps for Magna Carta anniversary

A special set of stamps to

mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta has been issued.

Magna Carta stamps
Royal Mail

Twelve places that are linked to the charter, including Oxford, will also have their own Royal Mail van featuring one of the stamps.

The six stamps mark the major declarations and bills that have shaped law around the world following Magna Carta.

Child exploitation 'a priority'

The fight against child sexual exploitation is "an absolute priority" according to Thames Valley Police.

Supt Joe Kidman
Thames Valley Police

Speaking after dawn raids this morning saw eight men arrested on charges of rape, grooming and indecent assault, Supt Joe Kidman said that they were supporting the victims, and encouraged others to come forward.

He said: "We would encourage all victims of child sexual exploitation to come forward and speak to us in confidence. We will listen to you and we will support you."

Coming Up: Low carbon campaign

Kat Orman

Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The second annual

Low Carbon Oxford Week starts a week on Saturday and will feature more than 80 events designed to inspire residents to take local action against global climate change.

This year organisers Oxford City Council have challenged people to make an environmentally friendly pledge for the whole week.


Organiser Jennifer Carr will be joining me at just after

11:00 to tell me why she will be giving up meat.

Charles Kennedy tribute

Henley MP John Howell

tweets: We are all saddened by the death of Charles Kennedy. A talented politician who has died too young. Our thoughts are with his family.

'He stopped the traffic'

BBC Radio Oxford

Charles Kennedy was a "larger than life" character, the Liberal Democrat's Oxfordshire MEP Catherine Bearder has said.

Charles Kennedy


told Howard Bentham that her "thoughts go to his family, but we're all devastated" by
his death.

She said: "I campaigned out with him in Oxford, and on the Cowley Road we stopped the traffic so large was the crowd."

Discontinued courses 'an economic decision'

Adam Williams

BBC News

The decision by Ruskin College to

drop three courses was because of the current economic climate, the college principal said.

Chris Wilkes, Ruskin College principal

Chris Wiles said: "The decision was related to low student numbers rather than any other reason. I think in time we will get back up to the numbers we have got now, hopefully it's a short-term thing."

'Complex operation'

The arrest of

eight men on charges connected to child sexual exploitation is part of a "complex operation",
police have said.

Police raid
Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is investigating alleged 60 offences dating between 1999 and 2007.

The alleged offences all relate to female victims, with the men arrested aged between 29 and 45.

Latest headlines

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

The top stories in Oxfordshire this morning: