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  1. Updates on Monday 4 April 2016

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By Marcus Liddell

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Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

That's all from BBC Oxfordshire Live for today.

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

Tonight's TV: Oxford students visit Calais to volunteer at 'The Jungle' camp

South Today

On South Today this evening: We get a glimpse inside the camp in Calais known at "The Jungle" and look at how some Oxford students have been trying to help.

Victoria Cook brings you the stories coming up at 18:30.

They'll be more reaction after Airbus, which has a base in Kidlington, decided to enter the EU referendum debate.

And of course, they'll be a chance to see all the goals from Oxford United's 3-2 defeat in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley yesterday.

Join Victoria Cook for all the region's top stories at 18:30.

Sport headlines: Oxford United find positives in Wembley defeat

Marie Indge

Radio Oxford Sport

A quick reminder, you can see highlights from Oxford United's day at Wembley on our Facebook page and you can see the goals tonight on South Today BBC One at 18.30.

Latest Headlines: Didcot man sentenced for historic child sex offences

  • James Summers, 83, from Didcot has been jailed for seven years after being found guilty of historic child sexual offences
  • Fifty students from Oxford University have been helping at the migrant and refugee camp in Calais
  • It's hoped an opera project involving patients from the John Radcliffe Hospital will help promote physical and mental health

Travel latest: Banbury Road partially blocked following crash

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

  • There's slow traffic in both directions on Banbury Road because of an accident involving a bus and a car
  • Traffic's queuing on A415 Faringdon Road westbound in the roadworks area at Kingston Bagpuize
  • And there's congestion in both directions on A40 London Road at Headington Roundabout 

You can see the latest information on the BBC Travel site.

Tom Cruise watch

Another sighting of Tom Cruise in Oxford has been reported.

It's understood he was in town filming for The Mummy which is due to be released next year.  

Lucy Ette took this picture in the city yesterday and has been speaking to BBC Radio Oxford.    

Tom Cruise in Oxford
Lucy Ette

He came over and spoke to us and he shook a couple of people's hands and stood for photograph.

Lucy Ette

Weather: A dry night across Oxfordshire

Any residual showers should die away over the next couple of hours to leave a dry night, with some clear spells developing in places.


Lows tonight of 5C (57F).

Lucky escape for 'Flipper' the terrapin

A terrapin would have met an early end but for the sharp eyesight of one worker at the Ardley incinerator in Oxfordshire. 

The reptile, who's been named Flipper, was rescued after being spotted amongst material heading for incineration. 


The incinerator's operations manager, Michael Hartley, said they sent Flipper to a local vet to be checked over and rehomed.

Franklins House opens for business

The first businesses are preparing to start trading at Franklins House in Bicester following a 15-month construction project. 

Cherwell District Council owns the building and says it completes a multimillion-pound regeneration project of the town centre. 

It'll be home to a new Travelodge hotel, a shop or restaurant, as well as the district council's Link Point office and a new library - which opens a week today.

Franklins House
Cherwell District Council

Creating a bustling town centre is a key priority for people in Bicester so this all fits in with a bigger plan to increase footfall and attract new businesses to the town centre.

Cllr Norman BolsterCherwell District Council's lead member for estates and economy

Loneliness: 'An epidemic of our time'

An Oxford charity needs volunteer drivers who can help them tackle loneliness in the city. 

It's estimated that it affects more than a million people in the UK. 


The Archway Foundation works with those facing loneliness and has around 30 people who'd like to attend a social group but need picking up from their homes.

It manifests itself in lots of ways, particularly in terms of depression and anxiety and so there is real adverse effects on people physically and psychologically.

Ray AtwoodTransport coordinator, The Archway Foundation

Bus and car collide on Banbury Road in Oxford

Here's a picture of that accident in Summertown that's partially blocked Banbury Road

Accident on Banbury Road

Travel update: Accident partially blocks Banbury Road in Oxford

  • Banbury Road in Oxford is partially blocked in both directions between the Portland Road junction and Summerfield Road after a crash involving a bus and a car
  • There's queuing traffic on the A415 Faringdon Road westbound in the roadworks area in Kingston Bagpuize
  • And there's congestion on the A40 in both directions through the roundworks at the Wolvercote and Cutteslow Roundabouts in North Oxford

You can always see the latest travel information by visiting the BBC Travel page.

Latest headlines: Staying in the EU is 'good economic sense'

  • Airbus - which bases the HQ of its helicopter operation in Kidlington - has written to its UK employees warning of the risks should we vote to leave the European Union
  • An Oxford charity that works to combat loneliness is looking for more volunteer drivers
  • And hospital patients from the John Radcliffe could perform alongside Garsington Opera's community chorus as part of a new project

Coming up on BBC Radio Oxford

David Prever

BBC Radio Oxford

This afternoon David Prever will be asking whether you should be prosecuted for staring at your phone while walking?

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It's a move that's apparently been proposed by a state assemblywoman in the US state of Jersey.

David will be live on BBC Radio Oxford on 95.2FM, digital radio and online from 4 o'clock.

Grassroots Out responds to Airbus taking pro-EU stance

Earlier we told you that Airbus - which bases the HQ of its helicopter operation in Kidlington - has joined those calling for Britain to stay in the EU. 

The intervention's already provoked a reaction from the euro-sceptic group Grassroots Out which has released a statement accusing the remain campaign of pedaling scare stories.

EU flags
Getty Images

Today's statement from Airbus flies in the face of their previous pledge to continue UK operations in the event of Brexit. It is just another case of Project Fear.

Peter Bone MPCo-founder of Grassroots Out

O'Dowda says promotion now main goal for United

Oxford United midfielder Callum O'Dowda says they will use their Wembley defeat in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final as a spur to help them seal promotion.

Callum O'Dowda
Rex Features

The U's lost 3-2 to League One side Barnsley on Sunday after O'Dowda, 20, had headed them into a first-half lead.

Oxford now shift their focus to securing automatic promotion from League Two with six games to play.

Sport headlines: Wembley defeat provides extra motivation for U's

Marie Indge

Radio Oxford Sport

  • Oxford United's players are hoping to use yesterday's JPT final defeat as a spur to finish the league campaign strongly and win promotion
  • Oxford City Stars have missed out on the chance to reach the semi-finals of the NIHL 1 play-offs after they lost to Streatham 4-3 on aggregate in sudden death overtime
  • Oxfordshire's Bradley Smith finished eighth at the MotoGP in Argentina  

Have you bumped into Tom Cruise in Oxfordshire?

Weather: Cloudy with showers and occasional sunshine

It'll be rather cloudy but you might need your umbrella as they'll be a few showers as well and some of them may be quite heavy.

They'll also be a few sunny outbreaks in-between the clouds.


Highs of 12C (54F). You can find a full forecast on the BBC Weather site.

Travel update: A34 blocked northbound after three-car accident

BBC Travel

  • The A34 is blocked northbound following an accident involving three cars north of East Ilsley
  • An accident has also partially blocked the A4260 in Kidlington at the Green Road junction
  • And there's the usual slow traffic on the A40 at the Cutteslowe and Wolvercote roundabouts with congestion stretching back to Cassington Traffic Lights

For more information throughout the day you can visit the BBC Travel site.

Lunchtime TV: Airbus backs case to stay in EU

South Today

Airbus has stepped into the Brexit referendum debate saying it makes "good economic sense" for Britain to stay in the EU.

EU flag and Union Jack

The aerospace and defence giant, which bases its helicopter operation in Kidlington, outlined its stance in a letter to all 15,000 of its UK-based staff.

They'll be more on South Today this lunchtime on BBC One 13.30.

Airbus warns EU Out vote may harm investment

One of the world's largest aerospace firms has written to its 15,000 UK employees warning about the risks of voting to leave the European Union.

Airbus manufacturing site
Airbus has large manufacturing sites across Europe

In a letter to staff, Airbus Group, which has a helicopter base in Kidlington, says it makes "good economic sense" for Britain to stay in the EU and suggests the company might reduce its investment in the UK if there was a vote to leave.

The campaign to quit the EU has claimed support from 250 business leaders.

Latest headlines: Airbus backs bid to stay in EU

  • Airbus, which has a base in Kidlington, has stepped into the Brexit referendum debate saying it makes "good economic sense" for Britain to stay in the EU
  • A 17-year-old girl from Oxfordshire is fighting for her life following a car crash in the early hours of Sunday morning in Hampshire
  • A flood victim from Oxfordshire has called for insurance companies to help homeowners protect their properties

Speed checks in Stadhampton

Dozens of drivers were clocked exceeding speed limits by police carrying out checks in Stadhampton this morning.

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Yellow dust 'wasn't from the Sahara'

Do you remember when many of us woke up to yellow dust covering our cars a couple of years ago? We were told it was sand from the Sahara.

But now the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology - which has a base in Wallingford - says it appears to have been man-made. 

Dust on car

There's a cocktail of pollutants that are emitted over Europe: sulphur dioxide from energy generation, nitrogen oxides from driving our cars, and ammonia from agriculture - put those gases all together and they start reacting and start forming fine particles.

Professor Mark SuttonCentre for Ecology and Hydrology

Oxford University students volunteer in Calais

Around 50 students have been volunteering at the migrant and refugee camp in Calais known as "The Jungle".

Calais camp

The team called Oxford-to-Calais provided first aid care and helped sort donated goods.  

You can see a full report from Adina Campbell's visit to the camp with the students on South Today tonight at 6.30 on BBC One.

Wallingford Festival of Cycling to double in size

Oxford Mail

The Wallingford Festival of Cycling will be twice the size when it returns for a second year on Sunday 26th June, according to organisers.

Nine-year-old mascot savours Wembley moment

It wasn't just a big day for the players at Wembley yesterday.

Jacob and Lucas were tasked with walking out alongside the U's for the JPT Trophy final - and they didn't let the side down.

Nine-year-old Jacob has been telling BBC Radio Oxford that he had butterflies in his stomach as he waited in the tunnel.

It was really exciting and the noise was really loud.

Jacob CrookMascot for Oxford United
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Latest headlines: 17-year-old fighting for her life after crash

  • A teenager from Oxfordshire is being treated for life-threatening injuries after her car hit a tree in Hampshire
  • Insurance companies need to do more work with homeowners to help protect their properties from flooding, according to a flood victim from Oxfordshire
  • And 50 students from Oxford University have travelled to the migrant camp in Calais to carry out volunteer work

Teenager in life-threatening condition following crash

A 17-year-old girl from Oxfordshire is being treated for life-threatening injuries after the Citroen Saxo she was driving hit a tree in Hampshire.

It happened in the early hours of Sunday morning on Amesbury Road, near Andover,

We believe there are no other vehicles involved, however, we would like to hear from anybody that may have seen a Saxo driving in and around that area at the time.

Steve AntrobusActing Sgt Steve Antrobus from Hampshire Police

Can you spot yourself in Wembley crowd?

The result might not have been the one we were hoping for, but at least there are the memories and the photos.

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Travel update: Broken-down lorry on A34

Danny Cox

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's a broken-down lorry on the A34 northbound.

It's affecting traffic from the Beedon turn-off back to the M4 Chieveley junction.

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New scheme could benefit residents in flood risk areas

BBC Radio Oxford

A multimillion-pound scheme designed to lower the cost of insuring properties in flood risk areas launches today.

Abingdon Road in Oxford
Abingdon Road flooded in 2014 after the River Thames burst its banks

Insurance companies have paid £180m into the government backed Flood Re but it may mean we all have to pay more through our insurance premiums.  

Adrian Porter, who lives in South Hinksey and has suffered from flooding, told BBC Radio Oxford that it would better if work was done to ensure properties were less vulnerable in the first place. 

We wanted to put some money from the insurance claim into protecting our property so we wouldn't flood again and the insurance company fought against that because they weren't interested in the long-term sustainability of the property.

Adrian PorterSouth Hinksey resident

Chuch bells to be restored for the first time in 800 years

Sue Paz

BBC News Online

The bells at St Agatha's Church in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell will be restored after villagers raised £70,000.

They're centuries old and once rang out to welcome King George II to the south Oxfordshire village.

St Agatha Church in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell

It's expected the bells will go on display for a few days, after the work is complete, before being reinstalled in around six months.

Bright pink stickers ordered to fight dog fouling in Oxford

Oxford Mail

Pink stickers featuring a 'Dog Poo Fairy' will be slapped on bins in Blackbird Leys urging pet owners to clean up after their pets.

Oxford United chairman thanks supporters

BBC Radio Oxford

U's chairman Darryl Eales has praised the club's fans following yesterday's 3-2 defeat in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

He's told BBC Radio Oxford that the backing supporters gave the team at Wembley was "magnificent".

Adam Hammill
Getty Images
Adam Hammill put Barnsley 3-1 up with a curling shot from 20 yards

As well as praising supporters, the chairman was also quick to say the focus would now be on ensuring that Oxford United win promotion from League 2.

"The real season starts now, we've got six games to go - six more cup finals.

Darryl EalesOxford United Chairman

Sport headlines: U's determined to bounce back from Wembley heartache

Robyn Cowen

Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

  • "A moment I'll never forget", that's how Danny Hylton described the experience of scoring Oxford United's second goal in yesterday's 3-2 defeat in the Johnston's Paint Trophy at Wembley
  • Meanwhile, United's Callum O'Dowda says the team's already thinking about next week's game against Crawley as they look to recover from yesterday's defeat 
  • Oxford City Stars have missed out on the chance to reach the semi finals of the NIHL 1 play-offs after they lost to Streatham 4-3 on aggregate in sudden death overtime
  • And Oxfordshire's Bradley Smith finished eighth at the MotoGP in Argentina