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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Friday

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Joe Nimmo

BBC News Online

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: Oxford man sectioned for killing court guard

Joe Nimmo

BBC News Online

The top stories this evening:

Weather: Band of rain moving north through the evening

A band of occasionally heavy rain will move up from the south during the evening.

Bee Tucker

This should clear southern counties during the early hours, but perhaps lingering in the north. Lows overnight of 9C (48F).

Sport update: U's skipper says he's excited about promotion run

Jerome Sale

BBC South Today

The evening's top sport headlines:

  • Johnny Mullins, the stand-in skipper at Oxford United, has admitted he's as excited as any fan about the promotion run
  • Abingdon golfer Eddie Pepperell has just teed off his opening round at the Open de Espanya

Tonight's TV: Widow of man fatally stabbed in Poundland speaks for first time

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

Coming up on South Today this evening, the widow of a man stabbed to death in Abingdon's Poundland shop speaks exclusively to the BBC about her campaign for tougher restrictions on selling knives.

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Also we’ll hear about the phone app designed in Oxford that allows heart patients to carry out medical tests at home. 

And we'll show you the newly restored Randolph Hotel - unveiled a year after fire ripped through the roof.

Join Geraldine Peers at 18:30 on BBC One.

Attempted sex assault in Headington linked to flasher

Police in Oxford are linking an attempted sexual assault in Headington yesterday to two previous incidents where a man exposed himself to passers-by.

The victim of yesterday's attack, a 21-year-old woman, was walking on Headington Hill between 5am and 6am when was grabbed from behind by a man, who then dragged her into Headington Hill Park.

The man is aged between 30 and 40, about 6ft tall and was wearing dark clothing. He fled the scene after the woman screamed.

Officers are linking the attack to two incidents in which a man exposed himself to members of the public. 

The first incident was in Old Road at about 2.30pm on Wednesday 30 March. The second in Pullens Lane at about 11am on Thursday 7 April.

Oxford researchers to scan 100,000 people organs

Lucy Bickerton

BBC Radio Oxford

Scientists from Oxford are to create MRI scans of 100,000 people's internal organs in the hope of finding medical breakthroughs.

Brain scan

The nationwide study could lead to treatments for conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. 

It's thought scans of the brain could show markers that later develop into the disease - meaning people in the future showing these markers could be treated before the disease takes hold.

Travel update: Heavy traffic on the A34 and around Oxford

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

  • On the A34 northbound it's slow between Abingdon north to the Kidlington junction
  • It's very busy around the city this afternoon and especially slow on the Woodstock roundabout where delays are about 30 minutes
  • There are also lengthy delays from Oxpens Road to Botley Road of about 25 minutes
  • And there are delays between Stadhampton on the A329 and Little Milton after a two-car collision

Refurbishment work worth £6.5m is completed at Randolph Hotel

Chris Brown

BBC News

The fire at the Randolph Hotel in April 2015, sparked by a flambéed beef stroganoff in its kitchen, ripped through three floors. 

The refurbishment work on Oxford's prestigious hotel has finally come to an end

Now £6.5m renovations at Oxford's prestigious five-star hotel have been completed.

Brian Blessed to head to Chipping Norton Literary Festival

IPCC instigation launched after Oxforshire man dies in police custody

Five Sussex Police officers could face criminal charges following the death of a man who died after he was arrested.

Duncan Tomlin
Family handout
Duncan Tomlin

Duncan Tomlin, 32, from Oxfordshire, was restrained on 26 July 2014 and put in a police van in Ryecroft, Haywards Heath, where he became unresponsive.

He was taken out of the van and given CPR, but died later in hospital.  

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it had passed files on the sergeant and four PCs to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Pictures of Oxford from the county council's history centre

Abingdon stabbing: Widow of Poundland victim calls for new knife law

Justin Skrebowski, 61, was buying balloons when he was attacked by a man who grabbed a knife from a shelf in the Abingdon branch of Poundland on 7 December. 

Widow of Abingdon Poundland victim speaks about his death and campaign on knife sales

His widow speaks to BBC Oxford for the first time about the horror of the day she heard her husband died, and her campaign to restrict the sale of knives in shops.

Oxford man sectioned indefinitely for killing court guard

An Oxford man who caused "catastrophic" brain injuries to a guard at a court has been sectioned indefinitely at a secure hospital.

Lorraine Barwell
Lorraine Barwell

An Old Bailey jury decided unanimously this morning that Humphrey Burke, 23, from Oxfordshire, killed Lorraine Barwell, 54, by kicking her in the head while she escorted him to court.

Mr Justice Singh imposed a hospital order and said Burke should remain indefinitely at Broadmoor secure hospital.

Aerial shots of Oxford taken by the Thames Valley Police helicopter

Aerial photo
Thames Valley Police
Aerial photo
Thames Valley Police
Aerial photo
Thames Valley Police

Oxford Brookes to host first university-wide student research conference

Research ranging from the use of lasers, the representation of food in 17th Century Dutch paintings and cult mindsets linked to the radicalisation of terrorists, will be exhibited at Oxford Brookes tomorrow.


Dozens of students will present their work at the Get Published! Student Research Conference.

Police officers could face charges over death of Oxfordshire man

Joe Nimmo

BBC News Online

Five police officers may face criminal charges following the death of an Oxfordshire man who had been restrained and placed in a police van

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has sent a file to prosecutors to consider possible charges.

Mr Tomlin was restrained and placed in a Sussex Police van just before midnight in July 2014, after officers were called to a disturbance in Ryecroft in Haywards Heath, West Sussex. 

The 32-year-old was taken out of the van and CPR was carried out on him as he was not breathing, before he was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he died on 29 July.

Modern Art Oxford prepares to celebrate 50-year anniversary

Modern Art Oxford is preparing to mark 50 years of being open with a series of new exhibitions called Kaleidoscope.  

Modern Art Oxford
Modern Art Oxford

From 16 April to 10 June, works from the past return to the gallery as part of a year-long programme of displays, commissions, performances, talks and events.

BBC South Today: Fire-damaged Randolph Hotel one year on

Jeremy Stern

BBC South Today

Lunchtime TV: Fatally stabbed man's widow praises knife rules

South Today

Coming up on South Today this lunchtime at 13:30 on BBC One, the widow of a man stabbed to death while shopping in Abingdon last year has praised tougher restrictions on selling knives.

Gulsen Alkan and MP Nicola Blackwood
Gulsen Alkan (left) and MP Nicola Blackwood

Justin Skrebowski was buying balloons in Poundland in December when he was attacked by a man who grabbed a knife from a shelf. His widow Gulsen Alkan told us more needs be done.

Weather: Showers and some brightness this afternoon

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

There could be heavy showers in among some brightness this afternoon.

Weather chart

Heavy, slow-moving showers are likely to develop in the north with thunder possible, but the south should become mainly dry and sunny. Highs of 14C (57F).

You can get more details on the BBC weather site.

Latest headlines: Jury finds prisoner killed Serco guard

Joe Nimmo

BBC News Online

The top stories this lunchtime in Oxfordshire:

Bodleian Library marks birthday of Augustus Pitt Rivers who founded Oxford museum

John Whittingdale backs out of referendum rally after sex worker revelations

John Whittingdale will not now attend a rally in Oxford for the campaign to leave the EU following news of his relationship with a sex worker.

John Whittingdale
John Whittingdale

The Vote Leave event on Saturday in Maplethorpe Hall, St Hugh’s College, will instead be attended by justice secretary Chris Grayling.

Mr Whittingdale, who says he had not known the woman was a sex worker, said it had not affected his decisions.

Renovations worth £6.5m completed at Randolph Hotel

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The £6.5m renovations at a five-star hotel in Oxford damaged in a major blaze have been completed.

The Randolph
The Randolph
Jenni Shaw
The Randolph

The fire at the Randolph Hotel in April 2015, sparked by a flambéed beef stroganoff in its kitchen, ripped through three floors.

Jury takes 20 minutes to say Oxford man killed prison guard

A prisoner killed a female Serco guard by kicking her head like a "football", a jury has taken just 20 minutes to decide.

Lorraine Barwell
Lorraine Barwell

Law degree drop-out Humphrey Burke, 23, carried out the fatal attack on 54-year-old grandmother Lorraine Barwell at Blackfriars Crown Court on 29 June last year.  

Burke, formerly from Friars Wharf, Oxford, was ruled unfit to stand trial for Mrs Barwell's murder as he has since been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

Following a trial of the facts at the Old Bailey, the jury decided this morning that he did commit the act.

Met Office issues yellow weather warning for heavy rain in Oxford

The Met Office has warned that heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected this afternoon.

Met Office map
Met Office

A spokesperson said: "Not everywhere will see these, but where they do occur be aware of localised impacts, from hail and lightning, as well as heavy rain producing standing water on roads and reduced visibility."

Randolph fire: Beef stroganoff that caused blaze is taken off menu

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Nearly a year after a fire ripped through Oxford's iconic hotel The Randolph, the final scaffolding is being taken down and business is getting back to normal.

The Randolph fire
Steve Lambourne

General manager Michael Grange said the fire was started when the chefs were "preparing a beef stroganoff and they put too much cognac in, and the rest is history".

Beef stroganoff is no longer on the menu, he added.

Oxfordshire's dedicated HIV support clinic the Terence Higgins Trust given six-month reprieve

Banbury Cake

The only specialised support and preventative service for people with HIV in Oxfordshire has been thrown a lifeline, securing its immediate future.

Deadline approaches for getting a stall at Oxford's Big Green Day Out

Latest headlines: Randolph revamp completed one year after fire

Joe Nimmo

BBC News Online

Woodstock residents vote on whether fields should be protected

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Polling takes place in Woodstock today, with people being asked to vote on whether land east of Woodstock should be protected from development.

Blenheim Palace
Neil Kennedy
Reduced proposals are due for new housing on part of the Blenheim Palace estate

A reduced proposal for new housing on part of the Blenheim Palace estate is being worked on by developers following criticism.

Polling hours are between 4pm and 9pm, with details of where you can vote listed here.  

Oxford University: Do mice have social networks?

Oxford University ecologists in Wytham Woods are mapping the social networks of small mammals.

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Travel update: Traffic still queuing on the A34 northbound

BBC Travel

There are still queues on the A34 northbound at the Milton interchange because of overrunning overnight roadworks. Traffic stretches back to the West Illsley turn off.

Oxfordshire doctor holds 'permanent protest' outside Department of Health

A junior doctor from Oxfordshire has taken the protest over NHS contracts straight to the Government's door.

Rachel Clarke and friend
Rachel Clarke
Rachel Clarke says doctors were "absolutely ready to talk"

Rachel Clarke yesterday began what's being called a "permanent protest" outside the Department of Health, inviting Jeremy Hunt to re-open talks over new contracts.

She said the doctors were "absolutely ready to talk" at any time of the day or night.

The first ever all-out junior doctor strike is planned for for later this month.

Travel update: New road layout causes delays in Bicester

Appleton: Keeping Roofe would be easier in League One

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton says if the club secures promotion it will make it easier to hang on to star players like Kemar Roofe.

Kemar Roofe
Kemar Roofe

A host of Championship clubs have been linked recently with the U's top scorer, who is one of the three nominees for the Football League's League Two player of the year award. 

Appleton wants the 23-year-old to stay, but concedes keeping Roofe will be less difficult if the U's are playing in League One next season.

Randolph Hotel fire: What a difference a year makes

Lilley Mitchell

Radio car reporter

Almost a year after a serious fire damaged Oxford's Randoph Hotel its refurbishment will be completed today.

Fire at the Randolph Hotel, Oxford
Fire at the Randolph Hotel, Oxford

The blaze started in the hotel's kitchen last April and spread to the area in the roof.