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  1. Oxford hospitals could get five new multi-storey car parks
  2. Woman tells how she lost five babies due to husband's PTSD
  3. Calls to tackle 999 caller abuse

Live Reporting

By Anna Browning and Joe Nimmo

All times stated are UK


Billy Sharp scores his 25th and 26th goals of the season as League One leaders Sheffield United storm back to beat Oxford.

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That's all for today

Alex Regan

BBC South

That's all from the team at Oxfordshire Live for today, we will be back at 08:00 tomorrow for more news, sports, travel and weather from across the county. 

Photos released of hit-and-run victim

Steven Wanna

Photos of a hit-and-run victim have been released as police hunt for suspects in the incident. 

Steven Wanna, from Oxford, was hit by a car just after midnight in Nuneham Courtenay on Valentine's Day. 

The 20 year old is described as having "very serious injuries" and "may never fully recover". 

Police are appealing for drivers on the A4074 at that time to come forward. 

Oxford University squatters to attend court tomorrow

Alex Regan

BBC South

Osney Power Station
Squatters have currently set up an open house in Osney Power Station, owned by Said Business School

A group of squatters who have used two separate Oxford University buildings are due to appear in court for an interim possession order. 

Osney Open House - previously based in Iffley - are attempting to claim squatters rights in the old Osney Power Station building, owned by Said Business School. 

Iffley Open House closes its doors

The group previously took over an unused car showroom in Iffley Road, owned by Wadham College. 

They were granted temporary possession of the space until demolition work began on 27 February. 

The site will now be turned into student accommodation. 

Weather outlook: Milder but cloudy

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

999 call verbal abuse 'must stop'
An Oxfordshire-based 999 call handler describes the verbal abuse she gets on a daily basis.

Oxford could get five new multi-storey car parks

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

John Radcliffe Hospital

Plans for five new multi-storey car parks to deal with parking problems at Oxford's hospitals have been announced. 

The chief executive of Oxford University Hospitals trust, Dr Bruno Holthof, said at the moment "car parking is organised very inefficiently" at the trust's sites. 

The number of patients at the hospital has increased 37% over 10 years, while the number of spaces is unchanged. 

Trying to park at John Radcliffe Hospital

The trust has advised patients to leave an hour to find a parking space. 

The BBC asked for ideas for dealing with the parking problems and a multi-storey car park was the most popular solution.

However, the trust said the city council's planning policy restricted the number of spaces it could provide at its hospital sites.

CCTV picture released after cashpoint robbery

Police have released this CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a robbery at a cashpoint at Tesco in Abingdon Road, Oxford.

The man

At around 03:30 on 25 February a 24-year-old man was followed by a man who threatened him, grabbed him around the neck and demanded money. 

The victim was forced to walk along Abingdon Road to the cashpoint and withdraw cash, which the other man stole and then walked off.

The victim then tried to ring the police on his mobile phone but the offender returned and snatched the victim’s iPhone. The offender then ran off in the direction of Donnington Bridge.

Oxfordshire in bloom as Spring begins

Last week was the first meteorological day of spring and your photos of Oxfordshire in bloom have come flooding in. 

Send us your pictures of Spring in the county on email

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Christian Barrett
Purple plants
Elaine Powell

Bullingdon Community Centre to get 500k renovation

Bullingdon Community Centre

A community centre that was declared no longer fit for purpose will be resurrected with a £500,000 renovation. 

The Bullingdon Community Centre in the Lye Valley was built in the late 1940s, but structural engineers said the prefabricated facility needed extensive work. 

Oxford City Council has provided the money to improve the hall and the Peat Moors Recreation Ground. 

Councillor Christine Simm said: "I am delighted that we have found the funds to improve Bullingdon Community Centre."

Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe accident, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 entry slip road closed and queuing traffic northbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

BreakingGeorge Michael died of natural causes

George Michael
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George Michael died of natural causes, a coroner has confirmed. 

The pop star suffered dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire. 

The star died aged 53 on Christmas Day at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. 

Thames Valley Police originally said his death was unexplained but not suspicious and an initial post-mortem examination was "inconclusive".

Severe roadworks: M40 Oxfordshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire both ways severe roadworks, between J9 for A34 and J10 for A43 Brackley.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 in both directions between J9, A34 (Bicester) and J10, A43 (Brackley), because of barrier repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Tributes to founder of animal sanctuary who died aged 100

Oxford Mail

The "determined" founder of Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary died yesterday at the age of 100.

Oxford bus strike: Your comments on Facebook

The dispute that saw Oxford Bus Company drivers walk out yesterday for the second time over Christmas bank holiday pay has split opinion on our Facebook page.

A bus
Oxford Bus Company

Lisa Brooks said: "Normally I'm quite happy to back people who are striking for better conditions or to maintain current conditions, but this is ridiculous! There are only three bank holidays over Xmas."

David Haynes said: "London underground train drivers get paid more. £30.000 when you are responsible for up to 70 passengers lives is not a lot assuming responsibility for the safety of those passengers."

Michael Harvey-rice said: "Stay on strike and expect to be paid for that as well, perhaps a couple of days off in lieu for being out in the cold and rain."

David Fearneyhough said: "How many bank holidays do they think there is over Christmas?"  

Your questions on the A34 answered

The A34 is a bone of contention for many drivers across the south. A stretch of the road which runs between Hampshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire became synonymous with death last year after several high-profile crashes, one of which killed a family of four.

But is the road to blame? Is the A34 any more dangerous than other dual carriageways?

In an hour-long radio special, BBC South asked readers' questions on the A34 to a panel of experts. Here are some of the answers.


Unite says Oxford bus dispute could spread nationwide

The leader of England's biggest union has warned that a strike by bus drivers in Oxford over pay could spread.

Picket line

Len McCluskey joined Unite members from the Oxford Bus Company on the picket line yesterday, and warned seven other bus depots run by the Go Ahead Group could be affected.

Drivers have walked out on two separate days angry that they were only paid for three bank holidays over Christmas.

Oxford Bus Company said its drivers were among the highest paid anywhere.

Protesters gather ahead of health scrutiny meeting

Protesters have gathered outside county hall ahead of a special meeting of the watchdog committee that scrutinises the local NHS.


The health overview and scrutiny committee - made of up of county, district and city councillors and members of the public - will scrutinise the proposals in Oxfordshire NHS’s transformation plan.

'I lost five babies due to husband's violent nightmares'

Army widow Lindsey Roberts says she has had five miscarriages after her husband Andrew, who had PTSD, mistakenly hit her during his nightmares. Now, she is taking up a legal case against the Ministry of Defence.

Lindsey and Andrew
Roberts family

"His first physical nightmare didn't happen until I was pregnant," Lindsey Roberts tells  the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme.

"I was five weeks pregnant at the time and I lost the baby."

Lindsey, from Bicester, Oxfordshire, says she lost five children after being accidentally hit by her husband, Andrew Roberts, during his sleep. He was later killed in Afghanistan.

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Government urged to tackle 999 ambulance abuse callers

Calls have been made for harsher penalties to protect ambulance control room workers from abusive callers.

A call handler

Figures obtained by the BBC under Freedom of Information laws revealed hundreds of verbal attacks in the past three years including threats to kill, racist and sexual slurs.

One call handler for South Central Ambulance Service was left "visibly shaken" after suffering racial abuse, while another was on the receiving end of sexually explicit comments.

The union Unison has urged the government to bring in tougher punishments to deter abusive callers.

The Home Office said sufficient laws were already in place.

Tuesday's weather

Weather for Tuesday with Dan Downs

Travel updates: Delays on roads around Oxford

Al Ryan

BBC Oxford travel presenter

  • On the A40 London Road there are delays of six to eight minutes from Wheatley to the Thornhill Park and Ride traffic lights
  • The A418 at Haddenham is seeing delays of more than 20 minutes to Scotsgrove at the Thame roundabout
  • On the A40 eastbound there are delays of more than 30 minutes between Barnard Gate and the Wolvercote traffic lights  
  • And on the A34 northbound there are reports of a broken down car partially blocking a lane between the Botley and Peartree interchanges

Oxford Mail: Bus strike on today's front page

Oxford Mail
Oxford Mail

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