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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 21 April 2016

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By Chris Brown

All times stated are UK

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Our news coverage through the day

That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

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

Evening TV: 'Scandal' at the hospital refusing nursing care patients

South Today

On BBC South Today at 18:30: Campaigners have called it a "scandal" and "total mess", after it emerged a hospital in Oxfordshire is no longer accepting patients who need nursing care into one of its units, because there aren't enough qualified staff.

People across county have built beacons to burn to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday
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People across county have built beacons to burn to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday

We hear from the author of a report which says what school a girl goes to has a big impact on whether she's likely to develop an eating disorder.

And we look at how people across the county have been celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday - with school parties and beacons being built across the region.

Oxford musician Chad Valley stranded in US after van looted

An Oxford musician is stranded in the US without a passport, clothes or instruments after his tour van was looted.

Hugo Manuel
other

Chad Valley, whose real name is Hugo Manuel, was touring with American bands Blackbird Blackbird and Shallou.

The groups have since raised $7,000 (£5,000) through a crowd funding site to get new instruments following the theft in San Antonio, Texas.

Weather: Cloudy but dry overnight

Holly Green

BBC Weather

We tend to keep a lot of the cloud this evening and some breeze. For most, a dry night but it shouldn't get too cold. Low temp 6C (43F).

BBC weather Oxford April21
BBC

You can get more details on the BBC weather site.

Sport headlines: Oxford United players laid low by tonsillitis

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

The latest sport headlines this evening: 

  • Oxford United's Alex MacDonald and Callum O'Dowda have both been laid low by tonsillitis this week, the club has revealed
  • The top 15 players in League 2, as voted by the managers in the division, include three Oxford United players: Kemar Roofe, Liam Sercombe and John Lundstram

Travel latest: Heavy traffic between Abingdon and Botley Interchange

BBC Travel

  • There's slow traffic on the A34 northbound between Abingdon and the Botley Interchange in Oxford
  • It's also slow on the A361 South Bar Street in both directions in Banbury at Banbury Cross
  • And, of course, there is heavy traffic on the A44 Woodstock Road southbound in Oxford between Peartree Interchange and Wolvercote Roundabout, and on the A40 in both directions around Cutteslowe Roundabout

Latest headlines: Man held after fire at underground car park

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories in our county this evening:

Appeal after 14-year-old is robbed of scooter in Didcot

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 14-year-old boy was robbed in Didcot on Saturday.

The boy was approached by a group of older boys as he pushed his scooter along Wessex Road between 16:00 and 17:00. He was pushed and his scooter was taken.

Details of the offender and the scooter are available on the Thames Valley Police website. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

NHS defends child obesity tests in schools

The NHS has defended its child obesity measurements in schools after a family's four-year-old son was branded overweight in a letter sent to their South Moreton home.

Jack Houston, considered to be overweight by school obesity tests
John and Sarah Houston
Jack Houston, considered to be overweight by school obesity tests

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust said the tests, which take a child's height and weight into account, followed "nationally set guildelines" to ensure children are "growing and developing at a healthy rate".

The parents of Jack Houston says parents are the victims of witchhunts by schools, which aren't providing enough physical education and good teaching about good diets.

We understand some children may fall into a category by a small margin, however our priority is to ensure Oxfordshire children are growing healthily.

SpokesmanOxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Wind-down of Southern Health contract 'will take two years'

Oxford Mail

The transfer of services currently run by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust in Oxfordshire is likely to take two years, councillors were told today.

Councillor brands Chipping Norton Hospital bed closures a 'disgrace'

A Chipping Norton councillor says leaving 14 intermediate care beds at the town's hospital because of staff shortages is "a disgrace".

Chipping Norton Hospital
BBC

Tory councillor Hilary Hibbert-Biles spoke out after it emerged the hospital has temporarily stopped taking people who need 24-hour nursing care because of a shortage of nurses.  

The council said intermediate care is being provided but nursing care could not be provided in the short term until it increases the number of full-time staff from 11 to 15... but that process could take five months.

We've heard all morning about bed blocking and yet there are 14 beds there that could be used for sub-acute care that are not being used. It's a disgrace actually.

Cllr Hilary Hibbert-Biles

Oxford United latest: Winger Alex MacDonald back after tonsillitis

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald has revealed he has needed hospital treatment to treat a severe bout of tonsillitis.

Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald
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Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald

The 26-year-old first noticed the symptoms on Friday and has missed the last two matches for the U's - at home to Luton on Saturday and away at Newport on Tuesday. 

MacDonald has returned to light training for the first time today.

Meanwhile, Callum O'Dowda has also returned to light training today. The Ireland under-21 international has also been laid low by tonsillitis.

Free table tennis festival returns to Oxford

A festival of free table tennis will once again hit Oxford this summer.

Ping! Oxford
BBC

Ping! Oxford returns on Sunday 19 June with 14 free table tennis tables – with ping pong bats available for free – available across the city for eight weeks.

The city council is looking for volunteers, known as Ping! Makers, to help put out bats and balls, challenge people to games and help at events.

Fire service dealing with incident in Bloxham

Man arrested after fire at Oxford underground car park

Police have confirmed they have arrested a man in connection with a fire at an underground car park in Oxford city centre last night.

Fire crews at the scene of the underground car park blaze in Oxford
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Fire crews at the scene of the underground car park blaze in Oxford

The 45-year-old man from Oxford was held on suspicion of arson today after the blaze at the Gloucester Green car park at about 19:40 yesterday.

Firefighters using breathing apparatus were sent underground to deal with the flames coming from a silver BMW car.

Banbury man held over stabbing in town

A man has been arrested and released on police bail until 21 May after a stabbing in the town at the weekend.

The 31-year-old was held yesterday after the attack in which a man was stabbed in the stomach and shoulders. He was found by paramedics at a property in Centre Street late on Saturday.

Pupils at all-girls schools 'have greater risk of eating disorders'

Chris Brown

BBC News

Girls appear to be more at risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia if they go to all-girls' schools where the condition could spread like a contagious disease.

Anorexia
BBC

That's a finding of a study into eating disorders carried out by a joint British and Swedish team involving scientists from Oxford University.

Girls at schools with higher proportions of female students, and high proportions of university-educated parents, were more likely to be diagnosed with an eating disorder than girls at schools with lower proportions of female students and university-educated parents.

Unfortunately, this study can’t tell us what it is about schools that affects the rates of eating disorders: it might be an unintentional effect of the aspirational culture of some schools that makes eating disorders more likely; it might be that eating disorders are contagious and can spread within a school.

Dr Helen BouldChild and adolescent psychiatrist, Oxford University

Sport latest: MacDonald reveals need for hospital tonsillitis treatment

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Your afternoon sport headlines:

  • Oxford United winger Alex MacDonald reveals he has needed hospital treatment to treat a severe bout of tonsillitis
  • Callum O'Dowda, like MacDonald, has returned to light training this morning following his own bout of tonsillitis
  • The top 15 players in League 2, as voted by the managers in the division, include three Oxford United players: Kemar Roofe, Liam Sercombe and John Lundstram

Latest headlines: All-girls schools eating disorder fears raised

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories this afternoon:

  • Pupils at all-girls schools have a greater risk of developing eating disorders, which could spread like a contagious disease, a study involving Oxford scientists says
  • Chipping Norton Hospital has stopped taking people who need 24-hour nursing care because of a shortage of nurses
  • An Oxfordshire doctor says he is not impressed with NHS plans announced today to get GP services "back on their feet" across the country

Staff shortages force Chipping Norton Hospital to refuse nursing care patients

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

Chipping Norton Hospital has stopped taking people who need 24-hour nursing care because of a shortage of nurses. 

Chipping Norton Hospital
BBC

The running of the hospital's intermediate care beds transferred from the NHS to the Orders of St John Care Trust on 1 April to save money, but the shortage has arisen during the transition period.

Oxfordshire County Council and the trust insist the issue is temproary and the councl said it was working with the trust to rectify the situation as soon as possible, but campaigners against the transfer of the service away from the NHS said the situation had turned into a "farce".

Wantage teen becomes top RAF CCF cadet

A Wantage teenager has become the top Combined Cadet Force (CCF) RAF cadet in the country after picking up two awards from the service.

Joseph Kelly
Abingdon School
Joseph Kelly

Joseph Kelly, aged 18 and a pupil at Abingdon School, won the Sir John Thomson Memorial Sword accolade for 2016 and the De Havilland Medal Winner 2016.

It is a privilege to be able to bring something like this back to the CCF as recognition not only of what I have done, but of what the CCF has done for me and for all the other cadets that have passed through the CCF over the last few years.

Joseph Kelly

Friends of Abingdon Civic Society urges residents to embrace salvaged Abbey Buildings

Oxford Mail

A society that formed decades ago to save a set of dilapidated buildings from being demolished wants more people to use them.  

GP says extra NHS cash doesn't make up for cutbacks

An Oxfordshire doctor says he is not impressed with plans to get GP services "back on their feet" across the country.

Stethoscope
Tek Image/Science Photo Library

NHS chiefs in England have today announced a five-year plan which will see an extra £2.4bn a year ploughed into services by 2020 - a rise of 14% once inflation is taken into account.

It will pay for 5,000 more GPs and extra staff to boost practices.

Since 2010, general practice has had about £4-5bn cut from its funding. So by giving us back £2.5bn with strings attached by 2020, it still leaves us short of where we were in 2010.

Dr Pritt Buttar, a GP in Abingdon

Roll up for Abingdon Dragon Boat Festival

Oxfordshire Guardian

Friends, families and colleagues can band together to sign up as a team paddling to the beat of drums for Abingdon Dragon Boat Festival.

The Queen's 90th birthday: Carterton mayor 'inspired' by monarch's example

The mayor of Carterton, councillor Lynn Little, has spoken of the "inspiration" the Queen gives her in her role.

The Queen with her four dogs, her corgis Willow and Holly and dorgis Vulcan and Candy
Annie Leibovitz/PA
The Queen with her corgis Willow and Holly and dorgis Vulcan and Candy

The monarch's birthday celebrations get under way later with a walkabout in Windsor.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she will unveil a plaque marking The Queen's Walkway - a 6.3km trail that links 63 significant points in Windsor.

To reach 90 and still be the most active woman you could ever imagine, it's my inspiration in what I do. The Queen inspires me to go out and do the best I can for my community.

Lynn LittleMayor of Carterton

Sport: Oxford United reveal illness and injury latest

Weather: Cloudy, with chance of hazy sunshine

The cloud will remain throughout the afternoon, but we could see the odd spell of hazy sunshine. High temp 14C (57F).

Oxford weather April 21
BBC

Travel latest: Delays in East Hanney, Faringdon and Shillingford

BBC Travel

  • There are delays on the A338 in both directions in East Hanney near the Grove Park Drive junction, in the roadworks area
  • Traffic is queuing on the A420 Faringdon bypass eastbound in Faringdon between the Fernham Road junction and the A417 Park Road junction, because of temporary traffic lights
  • And there are queues on the A4074 Henley Road in both directions in Shillingford at the Oxford Road junction in the roadworks area. Congestion is spreading back to the A329 New Road junction

For more details, visit the BBC Travel site.

Latest headlines: Children's centres given stay of execution

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories this lunchtime:

Car fire emergency in Oxford underground car park

This is all that's left of a car that caught fire in an underground car park in the centre of Oxford last night.

Car fire
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

The blaze at the Gloucester Green car park drew six fire engines to the scene at about 19:40 yesterday, with firefighters using breathing apparatus sent underground to deal with the flames.

Smoke billowed into the evening air and it took three hours before the area was made safe. The car park's own sprinkler system prevented greater damage to other cars.

Cannabis farm found in South Oxfordshire village

A man has been arrested after more than 150 cannabis plants were discovered in a garage in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell.

Brightwell-cum-Sotwell cannabis farm
Thames Valley Police

Police discovered the farm in the south Oxfordshire village yesterday and released images on Twitter.

The Queen's 90th birthday: Crowds at Windsor Castle

Lilley Mitchell

Radio car reporter

BBC Radio Oxford's Lilley Mitchell has been meeting the crowds at Windsor Castle, as the Queen's birthday celebration get under way.

Queen's 90th birthday Windsor Castle
BBC
Queen's 90th birthday Windsor Castle
BBC
Queen's 90th birthday Windsor Castle
BBC

Florence Nightingale called Oxford's nurses 'the most wretched creatures'

Oxford Mail

Florence Nightingale branded the city's nurses "the most wretched creatures of all the private nurses" before sending in help, an anniversary talk revealed.  

Parents' anger at letter calling son 'overweight'

Parents in an Oxfordshire village are furious after their child received a letter telling them he was overweight.

Jack Houston, branded overweight by NHS letter
John and Sarah Houston
Jack Houston, branded overweight by NHS letter

John and Sarah Houston's four-year-old son Jack was branded overweight in the letter sent to their South Moreton home, following tests conducted on all pupils at his school.

Mum Sarah says parents are the victims of witchhunts by schools, which are blaming parents when schools are not providing enough support to help children make good choices about diet and get enough physical education.

I think the money could be used in a lot better ways. People are so confused about diet and health, that I think they could pump more money into giving us information that is accurate and simple to understand.

Sarah HoustonMother of Jack

Weather: Remaining dry, chance of hazy sun

BBC Weather

It will remain dry through this morning and into the afternoon. The cloud may break to leave some hazy sunshine later. High temp 14C (57F).

Weather mid morning Oxford April 21
BBC

Travel latest: Slow traffic in Faringdon and Shillingford

BBC Travel

  • There's very slow traffic on the A417 Park Road northbound in Faringdon at the A420 junction, due to the roadworks there
  • It's also slow on the A4074 Henley Road in both directions in Shillingford at the Warborough Road junction, again thanks to roadworks

You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

Latest headlines: Special messages to mark Queen's 90th birthday

Chris Brown

BBC News

Your mid-morning headlines:

Under-threat after school club launches walking bus to help kids get to activities

Oxford Times

A procession of youngsters from Windale Primary School filled Dunnock Way this week as the Dovecote Project launched its first walking bus.

Oxford United's youth team to hear if they have future at the club

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United's youth team players are set to learn in the next week whether they will be retained by the club. 

Andy Whing
Empics

Coach Andy Whing admits breaking the news to those who will be released is still the hardest job in football. 

Whing has been in charge of the U-18s this season - for a campaign which saw the players win their league with victory over Swindon on Saturday.

The Queen's 90th birthday: Oxfordshire's Lord Lieutenant pens special message

Oxfordshire's Lord Lieutenant, Tim Stevenson OBE, has prepared a special message for the Queen on her 90th birthday.

Gun salutes take place around the UK starting from noon, while the prime minister is expected to lead tributes to Britain's longest-serving monarch in the Commons.  

The Queen with her daughter, Princess Anne
Annie Leibovitz/PA
The Queen with her daughter, Princess Anne

Your Majesty, happy birthday and thank you for what you have done, for so many people for such a long time. The United Kingdom owes you a huge amount.

Tim Stevenson OBEOxfordshire's Lord Lieutenant