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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 April 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Dave Gilyeat

All times stated are UK

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Our news coverage through the day

That's it for Tuesday's BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire.

We'll pick things up again tomorrow at 08:00 with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport for the county. See you then.

Latest headlines: Delay for streetlight repairs

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The top stories on BBC Local Live this evening:

Weather: Dry night with clear skies

BBC Weather

It will stay dry through the evening and night with the cloud tending to dissipate. 

Weather pic
BBC

With light winds and clear periods it will turn chilly in places by dawn. Lows of 4C (39F).

Mysterious markings in Thame 'not targeting dog owners'

Oxford Mail

Mysterious markings that appeared on buildings in Thame are not targeting dog owners, police have said.

Tonight's TV: Health trust executive faces questions in Parliament

South Today

On BBC South Today tonight: The boss of a heavily-criticised health trust has been facing questions from MPs this afternoon. 

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Katrina Percy is chief executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. She's already been told by the Care Quality Commission to take urgent action to improve patient safety. 

Now MPs want reassurance that action is being taken and have summoned her to a meeting in Parliament.

We'll have more on BBC One at 18:30.

Road traffic collision at Kingston Lisle

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service crews are currently at the scene of a road traffic collision at Kingston Lisle, near Wantage.

RTC at KIngston Lisle
Oxon Fire Rescue

Hydraulic cutting equipment was used to release a man from a vehicle. The air ambulance is also in attendance.  

Wolvercote roadworks: Turning down government cash is 'not an option'

Earlier today, David Nimmo-Smith, head of roads at Oxfordshire County Council, admitted: "To actually turn down the money because we can't deal with it, is not an option."

Roadworks at Wolvercote
BBC
Traffic at the Wolvercote roundabout roadworks this morning

Letting go of power and money "doesn't come naturally to Whitehall", as former deputy PM Nick Clegg said as he hailed the Oxford City Deal.

The fear for Oxfordshire's councillors is that if they crumble in the face of road rage now, the brakes will be put on any chance of securing more government cash and devolved powers.

Wolvercote roadworks: Oxford needed to accept risk and reward

Development of the roundabouts was seen as a crucial part of the the proposed Northern Gateway development and therefore of Oxford's bid for 'city deal' cash.

Part of the criteria for winning the funds though was the plans put forward - including the now notorious roundabout works - and, crucially, a willingness for Oxford to "accept risk alongside reward".

Driven to distraction: Why the Wolvercote roadworks happened

The roadworks at Wolvercote and Cutteslowe roundabouts that have driven motorists to distraction this week were announced as part of the Oxford and Oxfordshire 'City Deal' in January 2014.

City Deals were the coalition government's attempt to rebalance the British economy away from Westminster, devolving power and resources to cities and regions around the country.

But they came at a price...

Travel latest: Broken-down lorry on A34 northbound

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

In the south of the county, all lanes are now open on the A34 northbound - a broken-down lorry has now been removed from between the M4 Junction 13 (Chieveley / Newbury) and the Beedon turn off.

Elsewhere there are delays of about 15 minutes through the temporary lights on the A4095 through Enstone. 

How do you get picked for University Challenge?

Jon Kelly

BBC News Magazine

There are few television quiz distinctions greater than triumphing in the series final of University Challenge. 

Peterhouse, Cambridge on University Challenge
BBC

Peterhouse, Cambridge, did so on Monday, thanks to their knowledge of prime numbers, Mesopotamian architecture and Scotland in the 1690s. 

They beat St John's College, Oxford, by 215 points to 30.  

But how are teams selected for the famously rigorous quiz? The BBC News Magazine takes a closer look.

Milk Cup Final: Send us your memories

BBC Radio Oxford

In April 1986, more than 90,000 fans watched Oxford United beat Queen’s Park Rangers at Wembley to win the Milk Cup.

United legend Jeremy Charles will be live on Howard Bentham's breakfast show tomorrow on the anniversary to relive that memorable day.

But we want to hear you share your Milk Cup Final memories, so email us with your stories, and we'll read our favourite ones out.

'Widespread concerns' over mental health services

A report by Healthwatch Oxfordshire has found "widespread concerns" at the difficulty in accessing mental health services "in a timely and effective manner", resulting in unwell people being turned away.

Mental health
Thinkstock

It described mental health professionals as being "stretched beyond capacity" with "very long waiting times" to access mental health services for children and adolescents. 

In a statement, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust said in urgent cases children receive appointments in seven days and, in emergency cases, 24 hours.

It said: "The trust knows it can be very difficult for families who are waiting for an appointment... and we are working very hard to reduce the waiting times."

Larger crowds expected on May Morning

Oxford City Council is already gearing up for this year's May Morning, with thousands of people expected to congregate on Magdalen Bridge on Sunday 1 May.

Crowds on Magdalen Bridge
BBC
Crowds on Magdalen Bridge

As it's taking place on a weekend for the first time since 2011, it is likely that more people will turn up than usual.

May Morning is one of the local traditions that makes Oxford such an exciting place to live and work. People should be aware that there will be a lot of people on Magdalen Bridge at 06:00 this year, so please make sure that you look after yourself and those around you.

Peter McQuittyCorporate lead for culture and events, Oxford City Council

Help to Buy new builds not taken up in Oxford

Joe Nimmo

BBC News Online

A scheme to help people buy new build homes has not been taken up by anyone in Oxford since it was introduced. 

Oxford from the air
BBC

Help to Buy Equity Loans were introduced by the coalition government in April 2013 and have been used almost 1,000 times elsewhere in the county. 

Campaigners said there are too few new homes in Oxford and they are too expensive for the scheme to work. 

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: "We know there is more to do."

Independent review into devolution

A "once-in-a-generation" independent review is to take place looking into the options for a devolution deal for Oxfordshire.  

Advisors PwC will carry out a study, which will end in June, and meet stakeholders and partners across the region to get feedback.

It's been been jointly commissioned by Cherwell District Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, Vale of White Horse, West Oxfordshire District Council, and Oxford City Council, as well as Cotswold and South Northamptonshire District Councils.

Oxfordshire County Council has said it is willing to take part in the study, but is still waiting on several stipulations being met.

Sercombe confident of Oxford United promotion

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United midfielder Liam Sercombe is confident the U's will maintain their position in the automatic promotion places, despite the gap between themselves and the playoffs now cut to just a single point.

Liam Sercombe
Rex Features
Liam Sercombe

United travel to Newport County this evening aiming to respond after Saturday's loss to Luton

With their rivals also in action tonight, Sercombe says they're under no illusions as to how important a win in South Wales would be.

It's pretty tight but it's in our hands and, as long as we keep winning, they've got to do the same and it won't be enough for them. We'll be the ones that get automatic promotion.

Liam Sercombe

Travel latest: X90 bus delayed

Fire crews battle Weston-on-the-Green thatch blaze

Emergency crews spent several hours tackling a fire at a thatched house in Weston-on-the-Green yesterday.

Thatched fire in Weston-on-the-Green
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue
Thatched fire in Weston-on-the-Green
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

Six fire engines and support vehicles were sent to the scene after receiving a call at 17:35 and managed to remove the burning thatch material, while salvaging the contents inside the house.  

Thanks to a very early call to our control room, and the speed and weight of response, the rapid action of our crews meant we were able to save the majority of the thatch... The neighbour discovered the fire in the very early stages and raised the alarm [and] the owner did exactly the right thing in evacuating the building.

Darran HookwayStation manager

'Culture shift' for women in Oxford sciences

Oxford University has launched a new website called Women in Science, which aims to share the experiences of successful women scientists at the university.

Women scientists at Oxford
University of Oxford

It includes 39 video interviews, many of which suggest an ongoing culture shift where "discrimination is rarely experienced and the work is fun, interesting and exciting".

Whereas previously there was a culture of exclusion to contend with, women now tell us they experience greater autonomy in their work... Indeed, very few of the women we spoke to had been aware of any discrimination at Oxford.

Sue ZieblandProfessor of medical sociology in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Carterton wanted man located and arrested by police

Oxford Times

 A wanted man from Carterton has been arrested by police and recalled to prison.

Lunchtime TV: Long wait to repair street lights

South Today

It could take up to 18 months to repair broken streetlights in Oxfordshire. It's after the energy company SSE terminated its contract with the county council. 

Street lights in Oxford
BBC

The authority says emergency repairs will happen quickly, but residential streets will now have to wait.

More headlines on BBC South Today at 13:30.  

Travel latest: One-mile queue at Oxford roundabouts

BBC Travel

There's currently a one-mile queue on the A40 in both directions between the Wolvercote Roundabout and the Cutteslowe Roundabout in the roadworks area.

Weather: Dry afternoon with light winds

Holly Green

BBC Weather

We've got some reasonable spells of sunshine out there, though there is cloud around.

Oxford weather 19 April 2016
BBC

It should be a dry afternoon with light winds and temperatures getting up to about 13C (55F).

Latest headlines: Roadworks branded 'bedlam', and Arch of Triumph unveiled

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The top stories this lunchtime:

Palmyra model shows 'heritage is universal'

The two-thirds scale model of the Palmyra arch will be on display at Trafalgar Square for three days before then going on display at other locations around the world, including New York and Dubai.

Model made using 3D technology and photos of arch blown up by so-called Islamic State

It is intended that it will then be taken to Palmyra next year, to find a permanent home near the original arch, said Roger Michel, executive director of the Oxford-based IDA.

It is a message of raising awareness in the world. We have common heritage. Our heritage is universal - it is not just for Syrian people.

Maamoun AbdulkarimSyria's director of antiquities
Wolvercote Roundabout

A review takes place in a bid to speed up major roadworks in Oxford which motorists brand "utter bedlam".

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Oxford man remanded in custody for sexual assault

Joe Nimmo

BBC News Online

A man has been remanded in custody following a sexual assault in Headington Hill Park.

Headington Hill Park
Google

A woman was dragged into bushes in the early hours of Wednesday last week.  

A  31-year-old man from Oxford was arrested and charged on Saturday.

He appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with one count of sexual assault and was remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Crown Court tomorrow. 

Thirty-year break from London Marathon is over for grandfather

Banbury Guardian

This Sunday’s London Marathon will mark a return to the event after over 30 years away for a Banbury guest house owner.

Gaz Coombes nominated for Ivor Novello

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Oxford's Gaz Coombes has been nominated for a prestigious Ivor Novello Award.

Gaz Coombes
BBC

The former Supergrass frontman has been recognised for his second solo album, Matador, which was also nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.

Adele has not been so lucky and failed to win any nominations, despite having the biggest selling album of 2015.

It sounds like Gaz is pretty chuffed to be nominated though.

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Do you need a WEEE?

Oxford City Council wants residents to dispose of their lithium batteries in pink WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) banks.

Find your nearest recycling centre via the council's official website.

The campaign follows an incident in Little Tew last September when a rubbish truck caught fire, after a laptop containing four lithium batteries was put in a household bin.

This is a prime example of why correct waste disposal is not just about reducing waste, but also about preventing serious injuries and damage.

Amy BridgfordOxford City Council's recycling team leader

Get Involved: Anger at Wolvercote roadworks

Nickie writes to us on Facebook: "I think the people of Oxfordshire have been very understanding so far. But this new 11-week section is beyond a joke. What really frustrates people is the fact that there is, so often, very few people working. I drove through Wolvercote roundabout four times one day last week and saw a grand total of one man working. Surely there is a way of at least improving the times scale." 

'I am going to lose my job at this rate!'

Rebecca Coupland contacted BBC Oxford via Facebook with this video showing the gridlock caused by roadworks at the Wolvercote Roundabout.

Drivers have been fuming at the gridlock caused by roadworks at Wolvercote Roundabout

"This is my journey this morning on the A44. I should have been in my office 10 minutes ago. I am going to lose my job at this rate! It's utterly awful," she said.

Fortunately she got to work (and kept her job), but added: "I have just arrived in work. 9.06am-10.30am, Bladon roundabout to Woodstock Road. Utter bedlam."

Oxford scientists replicate Syrian arch in London

Lauren Turner

Entertainment Reporter

A replica of a Syrian monument, two millennia old and destroyed by so-called Islamic State in Syria, has been erected in Trafalgar Square.

Arch in London
Getty Images

The scale model of the Arch of Triumph has been made from Egyptian marble by the Oxford-based Institute of Digital Archaeology using 3D technology, based on photographs of the original arch.

It will travel to cities around the world after leaving London.

Syria's director of antiquities said it was an "action of solidarity".

Wildlife Trust's new plan to target unprotected land

The Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust has announced a new five-year plan to target 8% of land across the three counties by 2020. 

Meadow Farm
BBC

It wants to create more natural havens for wildlife, especially land not currently protected by designation, to create more wildlife-rich ecological networks.

CEO Estelle Bailey said: "This is an ambitious plan, engaging organisations and people from all walks of life who can commit to leaving a positive local legacy for the environment where they live."

She said nature would also be brought into new developments, such as Bicester Eco-town.

Oxford St John's University Challenge team beaten

Did you watch the University Challenge final last night?

Jeremy Paxman
BBC

Oxford's St John's College were sadly thrashed by Peterhouse, Cambridge, with the final scores 215 to 30.

Oxford's captain Angus Russell said: "I think they just had a very good day and we quite obviously didn't."

However, he assured us that host Jeremy Paxman was "very nice" and "keen to know everything's OK for you".

Travel latest: Queues through Kidlington

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

Traffic is still backed up through Kidlington due to the roadworks further ahead at Cutteslowe Roundabout, with congestion from Begbroke.

Kidlington roundabout traffic - Wolvercote roadworks
BBC
Traffic in Kidlington - Wolvercote roadworks
BBC

Getting to work in Oxford: 'An hour and a half from Kidlington'

BBC Radio Oxford's Cristina Parry has finally made it into work - having spent 90 minutes travelling the three and a half miles from her home in Kidlington to Oxford's Banbury Road.

She says the traffic has been "far worse" today than yesterday, and it's all been caused since the A44 between Wolvercote Roundabout and Pear Tree was reduced to one lane at the weekend.

The lane closure is expected to be in place until July...

Latest headlines: Roadworks review, and health chief questioned

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The top stories on BBC Local Live this morning:

Travel odds: Can BBC Oxford's Cristina beat the bus on foot?