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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Monday

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By Alex Regan

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That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

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

Weather: Cold but dry overnight with sunshine in the morning

Alexis Green

BBC South Today weather presenter

Showers will dissipate this evening with clear skies overnight and lows of 2C across the county. 

It will be sunny in the morning with cloud cover over the course of the afternoon, with the chance of an odd shower. 

Alexis Green

Evening TV: Oxford University could cut ties with student union

On BBC South Today at 18:30, doctors in Oxford have started a new study using a statin which could help find better treatments for people with Parkinson's disease.

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Oxford University students are threatening to cut ties with the National Union of Students, after the newly-elected president has been accused of anti-semitism. 

And parents of a four year old have received a letter warning them that their son is in danger of becoming obese - even though they say he's physically very fit.

Sports headlines: Three games left for The U's to clinch promotion

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

  • Three games are left for Oxford United and if they win all three they'll get automatic promotion
  • Kemar Roofe and midfielder John Lundstram look set to be available for the home match against Hartlepool tomorrow

Evening headlines: Man charged with arson after underground car park blaze

BBC Radio Oxford

Here are the latest headlines this evening in Oxfordshire:

  • A man has been charged with arson following a fire at an underground car park in Oxford
  • The founder of a Facebook group where university students post pictures of doodles found in library books does not condone besmirching the texts
  • The group in charge of commissioning Oxfordshire's health services has taken action to prevent a "harder financial situation" in 2017

Travel latest: Three-car collision in Woodeaton and M4 closed

BBC Travel

  • A three-car collision has left the Woodeaton road partially blocked, causing delays on the B4027
  • If you are travelling to London, the M4 westbound is currently closed due to a serious accident, traffic is building up in Henley as traffic diverts from the motorway
  • In Oxford Thames Street heading towards Botley Road is queuing

Study under way into whether statins can slow Parkinson's

Researchers at Oxford University have begun a study looking into whether statins can slow the progression of Parkinson's. 

The drug is traditionally used to lower cholesterol, but could help slow the degenerative disease. 

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My gut reaction was that all research into Parkinson's was good. I've said in presentations previously that there's no better time to have Parkinson's as so much research is going on."

Sally BromleyOxford resident who lives with Parkinson's

Man charged after fire in Gloucester Green car park

Alex Regan

South Online

A man from Oxford has been charged with arson after a fire in the Gloucester Green underground car park. 

Jason Griffiths, 45, of Bath Street, appeared at Oxford Magistrates' Court today. 

Car fire Gloucester Green
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

On Wednesday six fire engines were needed to put out the fire in central Oxford. 

Automatic sprinklers helped supress the fire and no-one was hurt. 

Hundreds attend groundbreaking biomedical research day

Hundreds of people visited an open day at the John Radcliffe hospital which exhibited the groundbreaking biomedical research done in Oxford. 

Demonstrations included extracting DNA from strawberries, new ways of treating cancer and the future of meningitis vaccines. 

BRC open day
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) open day clearly demonstrated the enormous scale and scope of the research partnership between the Oxford University Hospitals and the University of Oxford."

Professor Keith ChannonDirector of the BRC

Oxford University backs Britain in Europe

Oxford University has backed the government's campaign for Britain to stay in Europe, ahead of the EU Referendum in June. 

The institution highlighted that it had received £66m in EU research funding between 2014 and 2015. 

EU Referendum

Travel latest: Slow patches on the A34 towards M40

BBC Travel

Here's the latest drive time news from BBC Oxford Travel:

  • The A34 from Abingdon to J9 on the M40 is slow in patches
  • New temporary signals have been put in place at the A34 Marcham interchange, causing delays
  • Wolvercote and Cutteslowe are already looking busy due to ongoing roadworks
  • The A420 is currently slow out of Oxford on the Botley Road towards Cumnor
Defaced book in English Faculty Library, University of Oxford

The founder of a Facebook group where university students post pictures of doodles found in library books does not "condone besmirching" the texts.

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Sports headlines: Kemar Roofe and John Lundstram likely to start against Hartlepool

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

  • Top scorer Kemar Roofe and midfielder John Lundstram look set to be available for the home match against Hartlepool tomorrow
  • Wingers Callum O'Dowda and Alex MacDonald have shown no reaction to their return to training yesterday. Both had been laid low by tonsillitis and missed the last two U's games
  • Josh Ruffels - normally a midfielder - could potentially return to left back after playing in that position against Bewport on Tuesday

Ten phones stolen in three hours at Oxford nightclub

Ten phones were stolen in the space of three hours at an Oxford nightclub on Thursday. 

Police have said the phones were taken from patrons of the Wahoo bar in Hythe Bridge Street. 

Other stolen goods included a passport and a driving licence.

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Following these mobile phone thefts, which we believe were pre-planned, from customers attending the Wahoo night club, we are requesting that members of the public pay particular attention to the security of their mobile phones."

Sergeant Graham HortonThames Valley Police

Latest headlines: Route for Headington hospital pipeline to be revised

Alex Regan

South Online

Public asked for their views on Northern Gateway plans

Oxford Mail

People have been asked for their views on master plan proposals for the Northern Gateway science park.  

'Communication over Headington pipeline has improved'

Communication between residents and an NHS trust over a controversial heating pipeline between two Headington hospitals has improved, according to a local councillor. 

Glynis Phillips said Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - which runs the Churchill and John Radcliffe Hospitals - has shown they're willing to collaborate with the community. 


The route of the £14.8m pipeline linking the two hospitals in Oxford is being revised after a retrospective planning application was rejected.  

I feel very much encouraged, I feel that a lot more is coming out in the open and there's a willingness to collaborate with people a lot more. Let's hope they listen to the [residents] comments."

Glynis PhillipsOxford City councillor

Moment of panic causes fireball to scorch ceiling in Banbury house

Banbury Cake

A 'moment of panic' during a chip pan fire caused a fireball to scorch the kitchen ceiling of a woman's house in Banbury.   

Roofe, O'Dowda, Lundstram and MacDonald hopeful for starting 11 against Hartlepool

BBC Sport

Four key players for Oxford who have been injured could start in Saturday's promotion-defining game against Hartlepool. 

Irish u-21 Callum O'Dowda, forward Kemar Roofe, John Lundstram and Alex MacDonald all trained with Oxford United today. 

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

Oxford Times

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

Change of leadership at under-fire health trust 'should be considered'

Changes to the leadership of an under-fire health trust should "be considered", a member of Oxfordshire County Council's committee on health has said. 

Labour councillor Laura Price spoke at the council on Thursday and called for major changes at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust's top level to be considered. 

Katrina Percy

Chief executive Katrina Percy has refused calls to resign and has been questioned by MPs. 

The trust came to attention after 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk drowned in a bath at an Oxford facility after having an epileptic fit in 2013

School for children with autism prepares for royal visit

Oxford Mail

 A school for children with autism will be officially opened by Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex next month.  

Weather: Scattered showers clearing in the evening

A band of rain is moving up from the south coast which is likely to hit Oxfordshire at about 16:00 BST.


The rain will remain scattered until about 23:00 BST when there will a clear sky overnight. 

There will be highs in the day of 11C to 12C and lows in the evening of 2C.

Latest headlines: Milton roadworks to finish in May

Alex Regan

South Online

  • The £11m project to create a hamburger roundabout at the Milton interchange will be finished in May, according to reports
  • A carer in Oxfordshire has spent her first night in her new home after being forced to sleep in her car for six months
  • The body in charge of commissioning Oxfordshire's health services has said "tough decisions have to be made" to avoid a worsening financial situation

Aspirant musician turned concert photographer talks to Radio Oxford

Nick Piercey

BBC Radio Oxford

Mervyn Butler dreamed of becoming a famous musician and although he never realised that ambition, he still cast his influence over the music scene in his role as a concert photographer. 

Mervyn Butler chats to Nick about his days as a local musician & concert photographer.

He spoke to Nick Piercey on the People's History of Pop about his halcyon days when he became the bass player for The Electrons in the 1950s and then his career taking photos of rockers like Ian Dury, Johnny Cash and The Buzzcocks.   

Oxford MP demands database to inform families about effects of brain tumour treatments during debate

Witney Gazette

An Oxfordshire MP has demanded a database to be set up to inform families about the effects of brain tumour treatments during a parliamentary debate  

Jobs lost as The Quince Tree closes

Henley Standard

More than 30 people have lost their jobs after the sudden closure of a country pub.  

Nun speaks out over rape abuse allegations

Sister Frances Dominica, who was accused of sexually abusing two women, has said potential suspects should be granted the same anonymity as those who have reported the allegations. 

An investigation into the Helen and Douglas House founder was halted due to lack of evidence.

Sister Frances Dominica

If the complainant's have anonymity, why can't the [potential] perpetrator not have anonymity up until conviction? There are some famous people who are hung out to dry for a very long time [in the public eye]."

Sister Frances DominicaFounder of Helen and Douglas House

Carer who was living in car for six months spends first night in new home

An Oxfordshire carer who found herself living in a car for six months after an abusive relationship left her with no money has spent her first night in a new home. 

Ann is working on a zero-hours contract and has no guaranteed income to cover rent, but BBC Oxford recommended she contact Ad Hoc, which provides low cost renting. 

In February, Ann spoke to BBC Oxford's Kat Orman about living in her car

I couldn't get to sleep, I was just so happy I had somewhere. It was so good to know people do care, all this has restored my faith in human kind. There've been so many lovely people who have helped me through this."

AnnOxfordshire Carer

Mid-morning headlines: Oxford Uni threaten to leave union over alleged antisemitism

Alex Regan

South Online

  • Students from several universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, are threatening to vote to disaffiliate from the National Union of Students after alleged antisemitic remarks made by the newly-elected president
  • Sheep farmers have warned that dog owners must keep their pets on a lead after nearly 50 lambs were destroyed in an attack in Henley
  • An Oxfordshire nun who was embroiled in allegations of sexual abuse has said that those accused of abuse should have the right to anonymity until they are proven guilty.

Weather: Likely showers and cold overnight

BBC Weather

Showers are likely moving into the afternoon and it will feel significantly colder than earlier in the week, with highs of 11C. 

The showers will clear overnight and there will be lows between 2C and 3C. 


Business owner describes terrifying ordeal at hands of criminal gang as leader jailed for 11 years

Oxford Times

A father has described his terrifying ordeal of being blackmailed by a criminal gang after the ring leader was jailed for 11 years  

Oxford vice-chancellor elected to US academy

Oxford University's vice-chancellor Professor Louise Richardson has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

It's one of the oldest learned societies in the United States and former members include Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill and Laurence Olivier.

Professor Louise Richardson

Professor Richardson is the first female head of Oxford, and replaced Andrew Hamilton in January. 

Dog owners need to be 'extra vigilant' after sheep attack

A farmer near Henley has warned dog owners to be extra vigilant after an attack at night destroyed 49 of her lambs. 

Isobel Bowden said she was "devastated" by the attack, which has severely injured 19 other lambs. 


[After the attack] I just dropped to my knees. It was like walking into a horror movie. It was horrible, an absolute massacre."

Isobel BowdenSheep farmer

Oxford hospitals pipeline route amended

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The route of a proposed pipeline linking two hospitals in Oxford is being revised.

The £14.8m scheme will transfer heating and hot water between the John Radcliffe and Churchill Hospitals.


Work on the project was halted in January when it emerged planning permission was needed.

A retrospective application was ruled "invalid" by Oxford City Council, but Vital Energi will submit a new one with an amended route in May.

Oxford United named team of the year in PFA awards leak

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

The U's have been named the League Two team of the year ahead of the Professional Football Association's (PFA) Awards on Sunday. 

The PFA had planned to reveal the team at its annual awards ceremony but said it was forced to publish early because the details were leaked.

Oxford United team

This comes after Oxford United's Kemar Roofe received the Football League Awards League Two player of the year. 

Kemar Roofe

Average house prices nearly £378k in Oxford

And the average house price in Oxford is now nearly £378,000

The city of dreaming spires is notoriously the most unaffordable place to live in Britain as average house prices are more than 16 times a person's annual salary. 

House prices

Prices rose by an average of 1.3% in the first three months of the year and experts say this may be due to a wave of buy-to-let investors trying to get in before changes to stamp duty came into affect this month.  

Pedestrian crossings planned for new Westgate Centre

Oxford Mail

Plans to ensure pedestrians can reach Oxford's new £440m Westgate Centre safely have now been put forward.  

Travel latest: Broken down vehicle recovered

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

There's good news for people using the A423 Southern Bypass, a broken down vehicle has been recovered at the Kennington roundabout, but there are residual delays and congestion back to the Heyford Hill roundabout.

'Shakespeare's Dead' exhibition launches in Oxford

An exhibition about death in the works of Shakespeare has opened in Oxford, ahead of the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death.

Shakespeare's Dead is running at the Bodleian's Weston Library, featuring early versions of Romeo and Juliet and Venus and Adonis.


Curator Emma Smith told the BBC visitors would "rediscover Shakespeare in a whole new light."