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  1. Updates on Monday 18 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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Joe Nimmo

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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 on Tuesday. Join us then.

Parkinson's disease sufferers 'feel need to hide their symptoms'

Some people in Oxfordshire with Parkinson's disease feel the need to hide their symptoms from others, according to a charity.

Paul Mayhew Archer
Paul Mayhew Archer

Parkinson's UK says it's because they don't want friends or family to feel awkward or they were afraid of being judged. 

But Oxfordshire resident Paul Mayhew Archer, who wrote the BBC comedy series The Vicar of Dibley, says he's always been very open about living with the condition.

When you tell people, and it may be one of the reasons why people don't tell, one of the first reactions I got was 'oh no, oh I am so sorry'. It makes you think Parkinson's must be truly terrible and there's no reason to say that it absolutely, definitely will be.

Paul Mayhew Archer

Tonight's TV: Police hunt driver of car crashed into Cowley shop

Jerome Sale

BBC South Today

Coming on South Today this evening, police are still trying to establish who was driving the silver Peugeot, which crashed into the furniture store in Oxford's Cowley Road.

Jerome Sale brings you the stories coming up at 18:30

And if you haven't registered to vote by midnight, you'll lose your right to vote in the upcoming elections to find a police and crime commissioner. We'll have a report on what the candidates said in a special BBC debate earlier.

Join Jerome Sale 18:30 on BBC One.

Fingers on the buzzers: Oxford students gather for University Challenge final

Tension is building at a Oxford University college in advance of tonight's University Challenge grand final. 

St John’s is taking on Peterhouse, Cambridge 

The team will be joined by friends at a televised screening of the final in the college.

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Ecuadorian earthquake: Oxfam team helps with recovery operation

A rapid response team from Cowley-based charity, Oxfam has arrived in Ecuador to help with the recovery operation following Saturday's earthquake.

The city of Pedernales

At least 350 people are thought to have died and two thousand are injured. 

Support teams from Switzerland, Spain and several Latin American countries have also begun arriving to assist.  

Travel update: Henley Road partially blocked after road accident

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Latest headlines: Under-fire NHS boss to appear before MPs

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

The top stories this evening:

Weather update: Cloudy overnight with some rain possible

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

Tonight it will stay cloudy through the evening and overnight, with the odd spot of light rain possible.

Emily Wood

For most it will remain dry and winds will be light, with lows of 7C (44.6F) overnight.

Drone owners 'need TV licence-style permit'

A former airline pilot from Wallingford has called for TV licence-style permits before people can buy drones.


Roger Gwyver's call comes after it emerged a passenger plane approaching Heathrow Airport was hit by what is believed to have been a drone.

Police are investigating and, if it's confirmed, it's thought it would be the first such incident in the UK.

They need to take all these imports [drones] and not allow them into the country unless they at least have a serial number. And when you buy one, in the same way as when you need to register for a television licence, you need to have the same with these drones.

Roger GwyverFormer airline pilot

Under-fire Southern Health CEO to face MPs tomorrow

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust was criticised after teenager Connor Sparrowhawk drowned in a bath and was told to significantly improve protection of mental health patients.

Its chief executive Katrina Percy has resisted calls for her to resign.

Southern Health boss 'won't resign'

Tomorrow she will attend a meeting in Parliament, which has been organised by Fareham MP Suella Fernandes.

Appleton: Young players must step up and take their chance

Michael Appleton has called on the young players in his squad to stake a claim for a place in his side for the rest of the season, as injury woes build ahead of tomorrow's game at Newport County.

Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton

The Oxford United head coach says Kemar Roofe and John Lundstram are doubtful for the match at Rodney Parade. 

Illness also means that Alex MacDonald and Callum O'Dowda are unlikely to play.

They should be looking at it as a massive opportunity to stay in the team for the next four games. It's up to the players who have to come in to do the job and the rest will take care of itself.

Michael AppletonHead coach, Oxford United

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Travel update: Roadworks continue to cause delays in north Oxford

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

  • There are delays of about 10 minutes on the A40 westbound from the Marston flyover through the roadworks at the Cutteslowe roundabout.   
  • On the A40 eastbound there is the usual slow moving traffic from Cassington to Wolvercote
  • And as expected traffic is queuing on the A44 southbound between the Peartree interchange and the Wolvercote roundabout
  • That is also having a knock on effect on traffic on the A4165 southbound at the Cutteslowe roudabout

Man appears in court charged with Headington sexual assault

A man has appeared in Oxford Magistrates' Court charged with sexual assault following an attack in Headington Hill Park early on Wednesday.

Headington Hill Park

Thames Valley Police said a woman was dragged into bushes in Headington Hill Park early on Wednesday.

The suspect is in custody will appear at Oxford Crown Court on 20 May.

Soon you could pick up Oxford United clobber at the covered market

Oxford United are in talks with the city council - about opening up a club shop in the Covered Market.

Kassam Stadium

If it goes ahead, it'll be their first store in the centre of Oxford. Their current outlet is opposite the Kassam Stadium.

Police and paramedics at Queen Street in Oxford after crash

Oxford Mail

Police and paramedics are at Queen Street, Oxford, after a crash earlier this afternoon.  An ambulance and several police officers are at the scene, and bus drivers have been told to take a different route while the incident is ongoing.

Latest headlines: Drivers hit out at Oxfordshire County Council for roadwork delays

Joe Nimmo

BBC News Online

  • Drivers have taken to Twitter to voice their frustration after a new road layout at the Wolvercote Roundabout caused long delays
  • The demolition company working on Didcot Power Station has denied reports workers warned bosses the building "was going to come down"  
  • Thames Valley Police is taking part in a European Traffic Police Network police campaign to crack down on speeding drivers

'Be on your guard' police warn after Oxford distraction burglary

Who do you think won this morning's Thames Valley PCC debate?

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

This morning we covered two debates between the candidates standing to be Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, on BBC Radio Oxford and BBC Radio Berkshire.

The highlights are still available, so you can make up your own minds about who should get the job.

Travel update: Delays still being caused by north Oxford roadworks

BBC Travel

There are still delays being reported on the A44 and Banbury Road in north Oxford because of work near the Wolvercote roundabout. 

Oxfordshire County Council is advising drivers to expect delays until mid July.

Council says more than 25 tonnes of electrical goods recycled

Vale of White Horse District Council has said people living in its area recycled over 25 tonnes of old toasters, kettles and irons since the launch of a new service in October.

Generic electrical waste

The new collections include small unusable electrical items like broken hairdryers, electric toys and radios, and tired textiles like old clothes, bedsheets and curtains.

For more information, visit the council's website.

A stunning view of some of Oxford's dreaming spires

Hear from the man in charge of making sure every child in Oxfordshire gets a school place

It's been announced that more than 91% of Oxfordshire children due to start primary school in September have been offered a place at their first-preference school.

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Here is a county council map explaining the Cutteslowe roundabout roadworks

The map
Oxfordshire County Council

All clear now? Let us know on BBC Radio Oxford's Facebook page what you think of the disruptions.

Can you help police solve a burglary near Abingdon?

Thames Valley Police is urging anyone with information to get in contact following a burglary in Kingston Bagpuize, near Abingdon.

Between 02:00 and 06:30 on Saturday a house in Witney Road was broken into and jewellery, mobile phones, cash, bank cards, an iPad and car keys were taken.

A white Mercedes E250 was also stolen from the property's driveway.

First motorists caught out by Thames Valley Police's traffic crackdown

Including this driver, whose car was removed after officers found it had no insurance.

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Oxford United manager Michael Appleton

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton appeals for calm after a stumble in their quest for League Two promotion.

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Thames Valley Police joins European speeding crackdown

Thames Valley Police is taking part in a European Traffic Police Network police campaign to crack down on speeding drivers.

Police car

All police forces across Europe will be tackling drivers who fail to keep to speed limits throughout the week. The campaign started today and will finish on Sunday.

The force will conduct random checks throughout the Thames Valley area at all times of the day and night. Drivers who are caught speeding will be issued with anything from a Fixed Penalty Notice to a summons to attend court.

Didcot Power Station collapse: Demolition company deny warning reports

The demolition company working on Didcot Power Station has denied reports workers warned bosses the building "was going to come down".

The collapsed power station

A spokesman for contractors Coleman & Company said: “At no time did any of our missing colleagues, individually or collectively, raise any concerns with the senior management team, who were based full-time on site, about the stability of the structure or the work they were undertaking.”  

Four died and five were injured after half of the building collapsed in February.  

Our coverage of Thames Valley's Police and Crime Commissioner debate

You can recap our coverage of the lively debates on BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Oxford, recorded on Friday, between the four candidates vying to be Thames Valley's Police and Crime Commissioner.

The contenders debated everything from child sexual exploitation and gang crime, to the EU and government cuts.

Latest headlines: More than 91% of youngsters get their choice of primary school

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

To recap, this morning's top headlines are:

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Oxfordshire County Council: More than 90% of children get first choice primary school

More than 91% of Oxfordshire children due to start primary school in September have been offered a place at their first-preference school, the county council has said.

school children

The figure is up by 3.47 percentage points compared with 2015 and in total 98% of families have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools.

I’m delighted we’re once again in the position of being able to deliver the best possible news to the vast majority of families.

Roy LeachOxfordshire County Council school organisation and planning manager

Man stabbed in the stomach and shoulders in Banbury

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

A man has been stabbed in the stomach and shoulders in an attack in Oxfordshire.

Centre Street, Banbury, where the stabbing took place in a property

The 29-year-old was found when paramedics were called to a property in Centre Street, Banbury, late on Saturday.

He remains at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where his condition is described as "stable".

Police said they did not believe it was a random attack and are appealing for information.

Didcot Power Station workers allegedly warned bosses the building 'was going to come down'

Daily Mirror

Three of the men killed when the power station they were working in collapsed had allegedly warned their bosses somebody would die, according to reports in today's Mirror. In a joint statement, Health and Safety Executive and Thames Valley Police said the priority "remains to recover the missing men and return them to their families. Thames Valley Police and the Health and Safety Executive are also jointly working to investigate what caused the building to collapse.”

Man changed with sexual assault after attack in Oxford park

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

A man has been charged with sexual assault following an attack in an Oxford park.

Headington Hill Park
Headington Hill Park

Thames Valley Police said a woman was dragged into bushes in Headington Hill Park early on Wednesday.

Officers arrested a 31-year-old man from the Headington area of the city on Saturday.

He was charged with one count of sexual assault and will appear at Oxford Magistrates' Court later.

Headington bereavement charity wins national award

An Oxfordshire charity which helps bereaved children and young people has won a national award.

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Seesaw - based in Headington - has received a GSK Impact Award, which recognises charities that improving health and wellbeing.