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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Dave Gilyeat

All times stated are UK

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Our news coverage through the day

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. Join us then.

Latest headlines: Mini sales reach record high

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The top headlines in Oxfordshire this evening:

Weather: Clear spells with mist

Alexis Green

BBC South Today weather presenter

Tonight, clear spells will develop with light winds and some mist and fog patches.

Oxford weather 12 April 2016
BBC

Temperatures will fall away to about 5C (41F).

Tomorrow will be dry with pleasantly warm sunny spells during the morning. There is the chance of the odd shower in the afternoon.

You can get more details on the BBC weather site.

Tonight's TV: Bishop of Oxford interview

South Today

On BBC South Today at 18:30 we'll be bringing you the latest on the appointment of the new Bishop of Oxford. 

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So why has it taken 18 months to find a permanent replacement? We'll have the explanations and an interview with the Right Reverend Steven Croft himself.

Petition for lights on footpath where baby was found

More than 500 people have signed a petition calling for lights to be installed on a footpath in Marston, where the body of a baby was discovered at the end of February

Police tape over Oxford footpath
BBC

The infant girl's body was found off Edgeway Road. Her mother has yet to be found, despite appeals and concern for her welfare. 

Now residents are calling for lights and CCTV to be installed along the path.

Free trees for Oxfordshire

David Prever

BBC Radio Oxford

The Woodland Trust is giving away free trees to groups in Oxfordshire.

Aerial shot of Oxford
Science Photo Library
Could Oxfordshire do with more trees?

It's because Oxfordshire apparently has a tree cover of 9.01% compared to the national average of 13%.

The trust, which is the largest woodland conservation charity in the country, hopes to make a difference by delivering the trees "to be planted by people of all ages and backgrounds, in a variety of places from schools to golf clubs to grand parks".

Man with 200 varieties of mint to appear on TV

Banbury Guardian

BBC television programme The Instant Gardener will soon be featuring the plants of local mint collector Jeffrey Moore.

Travel latest: B4017 Drayton road gas leak

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

In Abingdon there are delays through the temporary lights on the B4017 Drayton road due to emergency gas leak repairs.

The B4015 and A415 are slow through the lights at Clifton Hampden.

Oxford singer-songwriter Cameron A G on Radio 1

Oxford's Cameron AG appeared on Radio 1 last night, where he performed a session at Maida Vale and was interviewed by Huw Stephens.

Cameron A G and Huw Stephens
BBC
Cameron A G and Huw Stephens

You can listen back to the full interview and Cameron's live renditions of Lost Direction, Way Back Home, and Hold Your Crown here.

Half of businesses dumping waste incorrectly

More than half of small businesses across the country aren't disposing of their waste correctly, according to new campaign group Right Waste, Right Place

Dumped tyres
BBC

They've highlighted South Oxfordshire District Council and the Vale of White Horse District Council as councils that lead the way in catching flytippers in the act. 

Sam Corp, head of regulation at the Environmental Services Association, said the dumping of waste in this manner was "partly ignorance", though some flytippers were "potentially making profit illegally out of the waste they collect from people, so there's a criminal element".

Travel latest: Delays on A40 westbound

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

There are delays of about 10 minutes on the A40 westbound from Cassington to Eynsham. 

Meanwhile in Oxford, traffic is building along Marston Ferry Road between Cherwell Drive and the Banbury Road junction.

Imam welcomes Bishop of Oxford

Imam Monawar Hussain, founder of The Oxford Foundation and spokesman for Oxford's main mosques, has said he is "delighted" at the appointment of The Right Reverend Steven Croft as Bishop of Oxford.

The city of Oxford enjoys strong interfaith relationships that have been built over many years and we look forward to working with the new Bishop of Oxford in strengthening these further.

Imam Monawar Hussain

Your pictures: Grand Cascade, Blenheim Palace

Anthony Morris from Farmoor took this picturesque shot of the Grand Cascade in the grounds of Blenheim Palace earlier.

Grand Cascade at Blenheim Palace
Anthony Morris

"After a grey start, the sun came out," he wrote. "Fourteen degrees, no wind, felt quite warm."

If you have great pictures of our county, we would love to showcase them. Send them in via email here.

Latest headlines: Roofe nominated for league player of the year award

The top stories in Oxfordshire this afternoon:

Mini sales break new records

According to new figures released by the BMW group, Mini sales were higher in March 2016 than in any previous single month.

Mini Clubman
BMW Group
Mini Clubman

A total of 39,061 of the cars, which are assembled at Plant Oxford in Cowley, were delivered, which was an increase of 6.6% compared with the same month last year. 

In the first quarter of 2016 sales also broke a new record with 78,311 units delivered, an increase of 5.4% on last year. 

Kemar Roofe nominated for Player of the Year award

Oxford United striker Kemar Roofe has made the shortlist for the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Year award.

Kemar Roofe
Rex Features
Kemar Roofe

It's voted for by managers from clubs in each division, and he's up against former U's striker Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) and Ricky Holmes (Northampton Town). 

The winner will be announced at The Football League awards in Manchester on Sunday.

Health watchdog to inspect NHS trusts

The Care Quality Commission has announced it will inspect 12 NHS trusts to ascertain how learning disability services investigate premature deaths in hospitals and in the community.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust sign
BBC

It will also look at what "support" is given to families of patients who pass away.

Chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said: "Every year thousands of people under the care of NHS trusts die prematurely because their treatment or care has not been as good as it could have been."

An inquest into the death of Connor Sparrowhawk at Slade House in Oxford found that neglect from Southern Health staff contributed to his death.

Oxford's new bishop explores diocese

We have a TV crew following Oxford's new bishop around on the day his appointment was announced. More will be revealed on tonight's South Today.

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Concern grows over man missing from Oxford hospital

Alex Regan

South Online

Police have issued new images of a man who has disappeared from a mental health centre in Oxford, amid concerns for his welfare.

Sandeep Flora
Thames Valley Police
Sandeep Flora

Sandeep Flora, 27, was last seen at the Littlemore Mental Health Centre at 16:14 on Monday. 

Thames Valley Police said "he has no access to medication" adding that, although he is not thought to be a threat to the public, they are "concerned for his welfare due to his state of mind at the time he went missing". 

The 27-year-old, who is about 5ft 8ins, has black hair and a goatee beard. He was last seen wearing a baseball cap, a black Adidas top, blue jeans and Nike trainers. He was also carrying an Adidas rucksack with a gold logo.

GPs workload increasing, Oxford study finds

Paul Jenner

BBC Radio Oxford

Pressure on GPs is getting worse, according to a study by Oxford University.

GP (generic)
PA

The research found workloads are increasing, leading to longer waiting times. 

Professor Richard Hobbs, a part-time GP who carried out the study, said the ageing population was partly to blame, but it was not the only reason.

All of our data showed the workload was rising over and above the rise in population.

Professor Richard Hobbs

£11m relief road realised after 11 years in the pipeline

Witney Gazette

An £11million relief road has been "a long time coming" say residents and councillors who have campaigned for more than 10 years to have it built.

Weather: Chance of heavy showers

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

It's dry, bright and sunny for much of Oxfordshire, but increasingly through this afternoon we will start to see some showers arriving, and they'll tend to be rather slow moving and heavy.

Dan Downs with the weather map
BBC

Not everyone will see them, it will be a bit hit and miss, and away from the showers temperatures are not doing too bad, with highs of 15C (59F).

Lunchtime TV: Victims of blood contamination at Westminster

South Today

On BBC South Today on BBC One at 13:30 you can find out more about how the victims of the tainted blood scandal have taken their fight for justice to Westminster today.

Protesters demonstrate over blood contamination
BBC

There's been a long-running campaign by the families, including some from Oxfordshire, and MPs will debate whether the government's doing enough to help them.  

Latest headlines: CQC nationwide review into NHS trusts following death of Connor Sparrowhawk

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The top stories this lunchtime:

The future of Denman College under close examination

Banbury Cake

A difficult decision on the future of Denman College, the jewel in the crown of the Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes, is on the cards this year.

Premature learning disability deaths investigated

Alex Regan

South Online

England's health watchdog will look at how NHS trust services learn from the deaths of patients with learning disabilities.

Connor Sparrowhawk
Sara Ryan
Connor Sparrowhawk

The nationwide review comes after Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust was criticised following the death of Connor Sparrowhawk.

The 18-year-old drowned in a bath at an Oxford mental health facility after suffering an epileptic fit in 2013. 

Inspectors found the trust's review of deaths was not robust enough.

Travel latest: Lane closure on A40 London Road

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the A40 London Road westbound in Oxford between Thornhill Park And Ride and Headington Roundabout, because of repairs.

Victims can confront criminals as part of extended restorative justice scheme

Oxford Mail

Victims of crime can now directly confront criminals as part of an extended "restorative justice" scheme in the Thames Valley.

New bishop of Oxford: 'I look forward to getting to know you'

The Right Reverend Steven Croft's appointment was met with a round of applause after he was unveiled at Church House in Kidlington this morning.

The Right Reverend Steven Croft speaks about his new appointment.

Dr Croft will be the most senior clergyman in the Church of England for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Sport: Oxford City and U's U-18s in action

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford City are away to Whitehawk tonight in National League South. It's a game that has been re-arranged because the original fixture was abandoned due to floodlight failure at the Sussex ground.

And Oxford United's U-18s take on MK Dons at Abingdon United's Northcourt Road this afternoon. Kick-off is at 13:00 and is free for all spectators.

Latest headlines: New bishop of Oxford is announced

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The top headlines in Oxfordshire this morning:

CCTV of elephant mask armed robber released

Thames Valley Police has released CCTV images of a man wearing a knitted elephant mask robbing a wine shop in Eynsham.

Wine shop robbery on CCTV
Thames Valley Police
The robber with his distinctive elephant mask with pink trunk

The robbery took place at 21:42 on Saturday at Eynsham Cellars in Mill Street.

Police said after threatening the shop assistant with a knife the robber - also wearing a thick black coat with the hood up, skiing gloves, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers with red stripes - stole cash and then made off on a bicycle in the direction of John Lopes Road.

Brain tumour research 'needs much more funding'

Funding into brain tumour research needs to be increased to match other diseases, according to Vicky Price, a mother from Henley who was diagnosed with the disease four years ago. 

Debbie McGee has signed a letter calling for more brain tumour research funding
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Debbie McGee has signed a letter calling for more brain tumour research funding

A letter in The Times today, signed by the likes of Paul Daniels' widow Debbie McGee, BBC sports presenter Jacqui Oatley, boxer Ricky Hatton and the widow and daughter of footballer Emlyn Hughes, says funding needs to increase by £30million per year to match that of other cancers.  

MPs will debate the issue next week.

I think it's shocking really, they just need so much more money to carry out the research. It's not a lot money they get and there's a lot that individuals have to raise.

Vicky PriceBrain tumour sufferer

Bishop tweets Psalm ahead of appointment

Before his official announcement as the new Bishop of Oxford, Dr Steven Croft tweeted Psalm 131.

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New Bishop of Oxford Steven Croft calls appointment a 'great honour'

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The new Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend Steven Croft, has called his appointment a "really great honour".

The new Bishop of Oxford The Right Reverend Steven Croft
BBC
The new Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend Steven Croft

"A great trust has been committed to my charge," he told the gathered press.

Dr Croft, 58, lived in Oxford for five years and married his wife Ann in the city, before moving to Sheffield where he served as bishop.

Originally from Halifax in West Yorkshire, he studied at Worcester College, Oxford, and then St John’s College, Durham, where he trained for ordination at Cranmer Hall.

I look forward to getting to know you, to working with you, to serving all the communities of this Diocese, and to seeing God grow the church in this place, by God's grace, for many years to come.

The Right Reverend Steven Croft

BreakingNew Bishop of Oxford announced

The new Bishop of Oxford will be the Right Reverend Steven John Lindsey Croft.

The news was announced on Radio Oxford by the Right Reverend Colin Fletcher, the Bishop of Dorchester and Acting Bishop of Oxford.

The Right Reverend John Pritchard stepped down in October 2014.

Travel latest: Heavy traffic into Oxford

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

  • The A34 southbound is very patchy in places from Weston on the Green to the Botley Interchange
  • It's slow from Oxford Parkway down to the Cutteslowe Roundabout
  • And it's looking very busy on Botley Road and London Road, with Marsh Lane and Marston Road looking weighty, too

Inside sparkling new Townlands (but no beds)

Henley Standard

The new rapid access care unit at Townlands Hospital in Henley will not be open until the summer. The delay was revealed by Dr Andrew Burnett, south-east locality clinical director for the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, during a media tour of the £16million health campus last week.

Witney victim attends House of Commons contaminated blood debate

Paul Jenner

BBC Radio Oxford

Campaigners angry at government plans to reform payouts to people infected by contaminated blood will be heading to the House of Commons today for an urgent debate on the issue.

More than 7,000 people, many of them haemophiliacs, were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C during medical treatment in the 1970s and 80s.

David Leadbetter, from Witney, who is attending the debate, is one of the people living with Hepatitis C as a result of the treatment. 

Earlier this year he told David Prever how he felt when the doctor told him the news.

Missing hospital man 'has no access to medication'

Thames Valley Police has released a picture of a man who went missing yesterday.

Sandeep Flora
Thames Valley Police
Sandeep Flora

Sandeep Flora, 27, was last seen at about 16:14 at the Littlemore Hospital in Oxford.

He has no access to medication and we are concerned for his welfare. If you see Sandeep Flora please contact police immediately.

Sgt Alex FieldThames Valley Police, Cowley police station