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  1. Updates on Monday 11 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Marcus Liddell

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Our news coverage through the day

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

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

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

Latest headlines: Police seek more information following art dealer death

The top stories in Oxfordshire this evening:

Tonight's weather: Mainly dry before showers tomorrow

The rain should clear to the north soon leaving a rather cloudy evening.

Weather 11/4

More scattered heavy and slow-moving showers are likely to develop by tomorrow afternoon. Low temp 5C (41F).

You can get more details on the BBC weather site.

Flasher exposed himself in Bicester

Police are looking for a flasher who exposed himself to a woman in broad daylight last Thursday.

Thames Valley Police

They say a lady in her 50s was targeted by the man as she walked between the Co-op on Bure Park and Purslane Drive.

Police have released an image of the suspect.

Tonight's TV: The latest on the Oxford art dealer death

On BBC South Today at 18:30: We'll be bringing you the latest on the murder investigation following the death of art dealer Adrian Greenwood.

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We'll also hear about the challenges facing ex-offenders on their release from prison and there'll be more on a rise in the number of religious and racially motivated hate crimes in the Thames Valley.

Travel update: Heavy rain affecting traffic across the county

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

  • The A34 northbound is looking very patchy on the sensors from Kidlington to Weston-on-the-Green 
  • It's taking about 20 minutes to get from Cassington due to traffic through the Cutteslowe and Wolvercote Roundabouts, which is slow in both directions 
  • Traffic's queuing on A415 Faringdon Road westbound in Kingstone Bagpuize through the roadworks area at the Faringdon Road junction

You can visit the BBC Travel site at any time for the most up-to-date information.

Residents react to death of Oxford art dealer Adrian Greenwood

Peter Cooke

BBC South Today

Earlier we learned that a 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder by police investigating the death of Adrian Greenwood.

Latest news from the investigation into crime which has shocked east Oxford

Greenwood was found dead at a property on Iffley Road on Thursday afternoon.

South Today reporter Peter Cooke has been to the street to see what people knew about the man.

Hearing into court guard's death opens

A 23-year-old former Oxford resident caused "catastrophic" injuries to a guard who later died, a court's heard.

Blackfriers Crown Court
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Lorraine Barwell was attacked as she escorted a prisoner from Blackfriars Crown Court

Humphrey Burke attacked Lorraine Barwell, 54, as he was being led from holding cells at Blackfriars Crown Court to a prison van on 29 June last year. 

Burke, who used to live at Friars Wharf in Oxford, was found unfit to plead to a charge of murder at the Old Bailey as he's since been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. 

Jurors have been told they'll only have to decide whether Burke did the alleged act, not whether he was guilty.

Travel warning: Drivers urged to put lights on in the gloom

Attempted child abduction in Blackbird Leys

An attempted abduction of a 10-year-old boy in Blackbird Leys, Oxford is being investigated.

Cuddesdon Way
Cuddesdon Way

He was approached on Cuddesdon Way last Friday by a man who grabbed his wrist and said: "You're coming with me."

It happened between 17:10 and 17:20 and the boy was able to escape unhurt.

Police are looking for a suspect who's described as being white, between 35 and 40 years old, 5ft 9in to 6ft tall, of slim build, with short black hair and stubble. He also had one brown eye and one eye which was green and brown.

Publishing tax details was the right thing to do, says Cameron

Prime minister and Witney MP David Cameron has told the House of Commons why he agreed to publish his tax returns in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal.

PM tax statment

David Cameron told MPs there's a "strong case" for the prime minister, the leader of the opposition, the chancellor and the shadow chancellor to do so, because they're responsible for the nation's finances. 

But he said "we should think carefully" before asking all MPs to do the same.

CCTV footage released after attempted burglary of Foscote Hospital in Banbury

Oxford Mail

Images of two men who might hold information in connection with an attempted burglary at a Banbury hospital have been released by police.

Travel update: Rail disruption continues for passengers heading north

It's not been a great day on the rails for passengers heading north from Oxfordshire, following a signal failure at Birmingham New Street.

The latest is that some trains to, from and through New Street may be delayed by up to 25 minutes.

This is expected to continue until about 16:30.

You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

Latest headlines: Cambridgeshire man arrested over Oxford art dealer death

Chipping Norton man cleared of rape

A 20-year-old from West Oxfordshire's been found not guilty of raping a women at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.

Royal Agricultural University
The summer ball took place at the Royal Agricultural University

James Martin from Chipping Norton was one of four students accused of the offence at an end-of-year ball in May 2014.

Prosecutor Fiona Elder told Gloucester Crown Court that a decision not to offer any evidence against the defendants had been made after the case was reviewed last week.

Jewellery taken in Marston break-in

Police are asking anyone who's been offered jewellery for sale recently to get in touch as a matter of urgency.


It follows a break-in at a property on Marston Ferry Road on 23 March.

While some items from the break-in have been recovered, the jewellery is still missing and the victim is devastated as it has strong sentimental value to her.

Emilie TomannPolice constable, Thames Valley Police

Abingdon woman's Antarctic ambition

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

A woman from Abingdon is hoping to be on the first female-only expedition to Antarctica.


Rin Cobb is training for a place in the four-women Exercise Ice Maiden team.

If she makes it she'll be walking 1,700km in temperatures down to -80C and wind speeds of more than 60mph.  

Rather her than me...

Community bus made possible thanks to last-minute volunteers

Kat Orman

BBC Radio Oxford Presenter

A community shuttle bus for Chipping Norton is in service after volunteers came forward at the last minute.

Chippy Bus
Gordon Brown
David Cameron launches Chipping Norton's new community bus service

Ten new drivers were needed by Wednesday otherwise the bus would have been sold.

But after an appeal on Kat Orman's show on BBC Radio Oxford, 15 people came forward to help.

It all meant the prime minister, and Witney MP, David Cameron was able to inaugurate the bus last Friday.

Bicester's Ewan 'Forrest' Gordon to take on epic country-length fundraiser

Bicester Advertiser

For most people running more than 1,000 miles from one end of Britain to the other would be enough of a feat. But for one fundraiser, nicknamed Forrest Gump, one trip is not enough as he takes to the roads as part of a cycle team lead by his 16-year-old nephew.

Elephant-mask wearing robber hunted by police

A shop assistant in Eynsham has been threatened by a knife-wielding man wearing a green elephant mask.

Eynsham Cellers
Eynsham Cellers, the scene of the armed robbery

The incident happened at Eynsham Cellers, a wine shop in Mill Street, on Saturday night.

The robber, whose mask had a pink trunk, stole cash before leaving the scene on a bicycle. 

Police haven't released an image of the suspect, but said he was also wearing a thick black coat with the hood up, skiing gloves, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers with red stripes.

Weather: A largely cloudy afternoon

Staying pretty grey this afternoon with some showers arriving from the south.


It may be worth packing an umbrella if you're in the Cotswolds, as the rain could be quite heavy over high ground. High temp 14C (57F).

You can get more details on the BBC weather site.

Travel latest: New Street delays affecting trains to the Midlands

  • Disruption to trains travelling through Birmingham New Street is set to continue into the afternoon following a signal failure
  • One lane's closed on the A40 westbound at the M40 spur junction because of barrier repairs
  • And slow traffic through the roadworks area at Cutteslowe Roundabout is causing delays on the A40 in both directions, with congestion back to Marston and Cassington

For the latest information on the county's roads when you need it, visit the BBC Travel site.

Latest headlines: Second person arrested after Oxford art dealer death

The top stories this lunchtime:

Hate crime reports attributed to recent terror attacks

BBC Radio Oxford

This morning we've been hearing how the number of reports of religious and racially motivated hate crime is on the rise in Oxfordshire.


In the last year, the number of religious hate crimes has more than trebled to 16.

Police think it's still being undereported and Dr Sheik Ramzy from Oxford's Islamic Information Centre has been giving his reaction.

He thinks Islamophobia has increased following recent attacks in Paris and Brussels.

Islamophobia is very high, very high, and they have to eradicate it.

Dr Sheik RamzyDirector of the Oxford Islamic Information Centre

Remember your manners on our canals and towpaths

People using Isis Lock in Oxford are being encouraged to remember their manners while walking by.

Isis Lock, Oxford
Derek Harper/
Isis Lock, Oxford

Messages prompting people to "smile and say hi as you go by" have been sprayed onto the towpath.

It's because the lock's one of a number of areas to be included in a campaign from the Canal and River Trust aimed at reintroducing old-fashioned manners to the nation's canals and waterways.

Vandalism 'likely cause' of rail disruption at Birmingham

It's thought damage to power cables which caused major delays to rail services between Oxfordshire and the Midlands this morning may have been deliberately caused.

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Rail services are now starting to return to normal following the signal failure at Birmingham New Street, according to CrossCountry.

All lines through Birmingham New Street station have reopened but there may still be delays of up to 60 minutes until about 16:00.  

Oxford art dealer death: Police arrest 50-year-old man

A 50-year-old man from Peterborough has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Adrian Greenwood.

Thames Valley Police

He's the second man held on suspicion of killing the art dealer, after a 26-year-old man held on suspicion of murder was released without charge on Saturday afternoon.

Detectives launched the investigation after the 42-year-old was discovered in the hallway of a property in Iffley Road on Thursday.

Adrian Greenwood was last seen at Sainsbury's on Oxford Road in Kidlington and police would still like to speak to anyone who saw him after this.

BreakingOxford art dealer death: Second man arrested

A second person has been arrested in connection with the death of Adrian Greenwood in Oxford. More to follow...

PCC election: Do you know who's standing?

As well as the local elections, votes to elect Police and Crime Commissioners are being held on 5 May.


Inside Bicester's new library

The first books have been checked out of Bicester's new library which opened this morning.


It's hoped the new facility, which is part of Franklins House, will become a "focal point" for the town.

Howard Marks: Death of Oxford graduate turned drug smuggler and author

He went from Oxford University graduate to convicted drug smuggler and then best-selling author - but now Howard Marks has died aged 70 after losing his battle with cancer.

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Howard Marks

Marks started smuggling in the 1970s following his graduation with a degree in physics. He became famous thanks to his autobiography Mr Nice, which later became a film.

He announced last year that he'd been diagnosed with inoperable bowel cancer.

Travel update: Delays on trains to the Midlands following power failure

  • There's disruption to trains using Birmingham New Street station after a signal power supply failure
  • And traffic's slow in both directions on A40 through the roadworks area at Cutteslowe Roundabout 

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

Latest headlines: Rise of eligious and racially motivated hate crime reports

Phil Mercer

BBC Radio Oxford

The top stories in our county so far:

U's support 'incredible'

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United's travelling supporters have been praised by manager Michael Appleton.

Oxford celebrate
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Nearly 1,500 U's fans made the trip to Sussex to see their team thrash Crawley 5-1 on Saturday.

Michael Appleton thinks the fans can play a role again when his side face Luton at home next weekend.

If we can bring that kind of support to the Kassam next week, I'm sure it'll give us that little bit of extra edge.

Michael AppletonHead coach, Oxford United

Schoolchildren to look at box full of 'drugs' in prevention attempt

Oxford Times

Schoolchildren will be presented with replicas of potentially lethal drugs including freshly-banned 'legal highs' in a radical education initiative.  

Rise in hate crime reports is positive, police say

BBC Radio Oxford

A rise in the number of religious and racially motivated hate crimes in Oxfordshire has been welcomed by Thames Valley Police.

It's because the force believes many cases are still going unreported in the county.

Inspector Helen Roberts told BBC Radio Oxford they're encouraging more victims to speak out.

I think some people actually feel that accepting people being like this to them is part of their lifestyle, that it's something that they have to put up with... and it's [about] trying to get the message across to tell us about it.

Helen RobertsInspector, Thames Valley Police

Oxford research links National Minimum Wage to improved mental health

It seems a bit of extra money may well make you happier.


A University of Oxford study finds workers who got the National Minimum Wage in 1999 reported a decline in depression symptoms for at least 22 months afterwards.

The publication follows the introduction of the National Living Wage at the start of this month.

This suggests that the new National Living Wage is likely to have a similar positive effect in the short term for low-wage workers.

Dr Aaron ReevesOxford University's Department of Sociology

Work on controversial nursery in North Oxford to be completed by October

Oxford Mail

Work on a controversial nursery in North Oxford has got under way and could be completed by the start of the next academic year.  

New library opens in Bicester today

Bicester's new library opens for the first time at 09.30. It's at Franklins House and has been designed to cater for the town's development and growing population.

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Its benefits are set to include more computers, a broader choice of books, and WiFi.

BBC Radio Oxford's Lilley Mitchell is there and waiting for the grand opening.