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  1. Uruguayan businessman rumoured to bid for Oxford United
  2. Oxford scientists contribute to tuberculosis breakthrough
  3. Oxfam rated best not-for-profit employer

Live Reporting

By Alex Regan and John Hudson

All times stated are UK

That's all for toady

Dave Gilyeat

BBC South

Thanks for reading, we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel from around Oxfordshire.

Live cameras on air ambulance

Live streaming cameras are being used to improve care for patients who are airlifted to hospital in Oxfordshire. 

The equipment, which has been given to paramedics working on the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, allows doctors advising them to see footage from the scene. 

Thames Valley Air Ambulance

Consultant Dr Syed Masud, the clinical governance lead, describes the system as "completely secure, but allows consultants, or anybody else who is appropriate, to be seeing that footage and give advice by actually seeing the live situation that the team are dealing with."  

To all you mums out there


With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, let Ironman athlete Jon Alexander tell you the story of his mum, Sue, and how she has always been his inspiration....

Ironman is now his mum's biggest fan

You can find out how to get into triathlon with our Get Inspired guide.

Wantage property receives closure order

Howard Shannon

BBC Radio Oxford News

A property in Wantage has been closed by police because of anti-social behaviour. 

The building is on Reeds Close and is said to have "presented a catalogue of anti-social behaviour". 

The closure order, which was granted by Oxford Magistrates' Court earlier this week, was supported by the site's owners Sovereign Housing. 

The notice prohibits all people other than the resident of the property from being on the premises for three months.

Weather: 'Clear and cold night'

BBC Weather

Widespread evening sunshine will be followed by a clear and rather cold night though frost is not likely except in a few sheltered rural spots such as Eynsham. 

Minimum temperature 2C (36F).

Why is an Oxford college five minutes fast?

The clocks go forward for British summertime on Sunday, but one Oxford college is ahead of the curve. 

Christ Church is five minutes and two seconds ahead of Greenwich Mean Time because it did not alter its clocks when British time was standardised. 

The dean Martyn Percy said it can get very confusing.  

Oxford medical students to drive ambulance to Mongolia

South Central Ambulance Service has donated one of its ambulances to the Mongolian Health Services.

However, the vehicle's got to get there first, and three medical students from Oxford University will make the 5,000-mile three-week trip from Oxford on Sunday, driving through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Russia, as part of the Mongolia Charity Rally.

Emily McFiggans, Jennifer Southern and Alex Blakes

Afterwards Emily McFiggans, Jennifer Southern and Alex Blakes will stay in Mongolia for two months, working in hospitals there and giving English lessons to local doctors.

"We’ve been planning the project for more than a year”, Ms Southern said. "Between revision and this project, we’ve had little time for anything else - but it’s been worth it. Now we can focus on getting ourselves and the ambulance to Mongolia in one piece."

Phil Pimlott, assistant director of operational quality and compliance, said: "We renew our vehicles every eight years or so. This ambulance has reached retirement age, but it’s in great working order. It’s nice to know that it will be put to good use by the charity."

Movie Reviews with James Luxford

Martin Eastaugh

BBC Radio Oxford producer

This week Home Time presenter Howard Bentham and film critic James Luxford discuss The Lost City of Z. 

It follows a British explorer over several years as he searches for a lost city deep in the Amazon. 

James says it's an interesting film for people looking for something a little different from the normal noisy blockbuster. 

Also: Life, a sci-fi horror starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, and Chips, a comedy based on the US 1970s TV show.  

Oxford University falls in 'student experience' rankings

Natalie Verney

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford University has fallen three places in rankings looking at student experience. 

The survey by The Times still placed it in the top ten though, at number seven. 

Oxford Brookes came in at number 77. 

Harper Adams University in Newport has claimed the top spot.

Oxford graduates

The FA People's Cup is back!


It's the semi-finals stage of the FA People's Cup this weekend and you'll be able to keep up with all the action on our live text pages from 10:00-18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 

There'll be loads more cracking goals like these ones, analysed by the Football Focus team after the first round.

People's Cup goals analysed by the pros

Severe disruption: M40 Warwickshire southbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Warwickshire southbound severe disruption, between J12 for B4451 and J11 for A361.

M40 Warwickshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M40 southbound between J12, B4451 (Gaydon) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Red Nose Day: Dame Katherine Grainger cycles for charity

Dame Katherine Grainger has joined in the fun of the 24-hour spinathon at Oxford Brookes' Harcourt Hill campus.

Dame Katherine is chancellor of the university and is the most decorated female Olympian, with one gold and four silver medals.

Having appeared at five consecutive Olympic Games, today's efforts were no doubt a breeze, but it's great to see her doing something funny for money.

Dame Katherine Grainger takes part in spinathon
Oxford Brookes

Boa constrictor found in Banbury field still unclaimed

An 8ft (2.4m) boa constrictor found by a dog walker in a Banbury field on Saturday is still in the custody of the RSPCA.


The animal welfare charity said no one has yet come forward to claim the 12.2kg snake, which was discovered near a housing estate in Banbury.

It is not known how it came to be in the field, but Deputy Ch Insp Melanie Fisher said the reptile was now doing well despite the cold weather.

Red Nose Day: Windmill School says 'Make your laugh matter'

Oxford scientists contribute to tuberculosis breakthrough

A team of British scientists have made a major breakthrough in the treatment and diagnosis of tuberculosis. 

Researchers in Birmingham and Oxford have been able to use genome sequencing to isolate different strains of the disease, which means patients who might have waited months to get the right drugs can now be diagnosed in little more than a week. 

Public Health England says it’s the first time the technique has on been used on this scale anywhere in the world.

BBC Oxford's breakfast team swinging for Comic Relief

Comic Relief 'giving older carers a voice'

Did you know 200 organisations in our region are currently being supported by Comic Relief?

One of those is Oxfordshire Family Support Network which is running a project called Embolden to help older carers of people with learning disabilities. 

It's received £119,000 over three years, and the charity says that money's made a difference to many.

We’ve managed to reach up to 80 older family carers, and these are the most difficult to reach sometimes, because they’ve been caring for decades…. The aim is to give them that voice.

Gail Hanrahan Oxfordshire Family Support Network

Red Nose Day: Oxford Brookes spinathon

Our roving reporter Lilley Mitchell's been busy this morning. Oxford Brookes Harcourt Campus was on her Red Nose Day itinerary, where they are 12 hours into a 24 hour spinathon.

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Red Nose Day: John Mason School taken over by The Walking Red

No prosecution over Barnaby Cork death

Barnaby Cork

There will be no prosecution over the death of a four-year-old boy, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed. 

Barnaby Cork was accidentally run over by a car driven by his dad Stefan in Thame Leisure Centre on 10 December. 

At an inquest into the four year old's death on Thursday, Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter recorded the cause of death as accidental. 

After Barnaby's death his family raised £30,000 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance in the youngster's name. 

Critically ill boy becomes jockey

Lucy Bickerton

BBC Radio Oxford

A seven-year-old boy who battled a critical illness will realise his dream of becoming a jockey. 

Freddie Fletcher from Steventon, Oxfordshire was left fighting for his life with an infection, but his love of his pony Tommy helped him recover. 

On Sunday he will become the youngest jockey to compete in the Isle of Wight Grand Festival.  

David Prever and Al Ryan bringing a bit of class to the BBC Oxford studios...

Force insists it has resources to react to terror attack

Thames Valley Police insists it has the resources to respond to a terror attack similar to the one at Westminster on Wednesday. 

However, the outgoing chairman of the Thames Valley Police Federation, Graham Smith, said he was worried that there are not enough armed officers in Berkshire. 

Armed police in Westminster

He said: "We suffered budget cuts over a number of years. We have lost police officers. 

"If you take the resourcing away and there's nothing to fill it, we can't necessarily react to situations as we would have done in the past."

It's a painful start to Red Nose Day for these teachers...

Uruguayan businessman could make Oxford United bid

Robyn Cowen

Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

BBC Radio Oxford Sport understands that Uruguayan businessman Juan Sartori is considering making a bid to buy Oxford United - but reports of rival bid from a Chinese consortium are wide of the mark.

There was potential for investment from the Far East earlier this year, but that appears to have fizzled out. 

Oxford United
Getty Images

Sartori's father in law is the Russian owner of AS Monaco who are Champions League semi-finalists and Sartori is serious enough about United that he has already met representatives of its supporters group OxVox. 

They described the 36-year-old as "credible and likeable". It's believed he would be looking to conclude any deal by the end of the current season. 

But chief executive Darryl Eales' said he has no intentions of selling the club, and has not spoken to Mr Sartori. 

Today's weather: Damp batches but dry later

After a damp start in some areas, sunshine is expected to break through for a dry day.

Oxfam rated best not-for-profit employer

Oxfam has come top of a list of the best not-for-profit employers, as rated by its staff.


The charity scored consistently highly in categories including work-life balance, job security, pay and culture.

Charities and the armed forces dominated the top 20 organisations listed by jobs site Indeed.

Citizens Advice was second, followed by the Army, BBC, Red Cross, RSPCA, YMCA, Salvation Army, Cancer Research and HM Forces.  

Who's bathing in a tub of beans today?

Alex Regan

BBC South

It's Friday 24 March, and if you're anything like me you've woken up in a cold sweat at the sudden realisation you haven't sent your mum a Mother's Day card in time for Sunday. 

But before I run out to the nearest Tesco Express (other express-sized supermarkets are available) to buy a tacky card and some overpriced chocolates, it is my duty - nay my pleasure - to welcome you to today's live page. 

Lenny Henry

Obviously it's Red Nose Day today, which will see offices across the country descend into debauched acts of lunacy often only seen on a Saturday night in Newcastle. 

We want you to send your pictures, and tell us whether you're doing something funny for money. 

Send your snaps by email , especially if you're bathing in a tub of off-brand baked beans.