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  1. Updates from Friday 9 February

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    We'll be back again tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest headlines, sports news and travel updates from across the region.

  2. Ex-Big Brother winner supports struggling hospice

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Craig Phillips
    Image caption: Craig Phillips appeared in the BBC show Housecall in 2001

    Former Big Brother winner Craig Phillips has asked guests at his wedding tomorrow to donate to a hospice charity in Oxford.

    It comes after Helen and Douglas House announced it was having to cut its workforce by 40% in a bid to stay open.

    Phillips said his fiancee's three-year-old brother was cared for at the hospice before he died.

    He learned of the charity's troubles on a recent visit with his wife-to-be Laura and has asked guests to make donations in place of presents.

    "It's been brilliant because not just our friends and family have acknowledged it, the general public have as well.

    "They realise the importance of it, and they're happy to help", he told BBC Radio Oxford.

  3. Marwell seeks new keeper

    Indeever
    Image caption: Marwell Zoo says keepers are responsible for carrying out all aspects of animal care

    We don't normally include job vacancies on South Live but this isn't you're usual nine-to-five.

    Marwell Zoo, near Winchester, says it's searching for a new keeper to look after its collection of tigers, leopards and cheetahs

    The ideal candidate will be "flexible, hard working, conscientious and practical-minded".

    The zoo says experience with large carnivorous animals is also preferred...

  4. Concern grows for missing woman pregnant with twins

    Lisa Brookshaw

    The mother of a missing heavily pregnant woman is appealing to her daughter to let her know where she is.

    35-year-old Lisa Brookshaw is expecting twins to be born in a few weeks time.

    She had a doctor's appointment in Stroud yesterday but has not been seen since. She was carrying a suitcase and there are fears she was planning to leave the area.

    Police say she has links to Cheltenham, Gloucester, Weston-super-Mare, Southampton and Northamptonshire and could have travelled to any of those areas

    Her mother Jackie Blundon, who lives in Hampshire, says she's worried Lisa and her unborn babies could be at risk if she does not receive medical support.

    Quote Message: I am really worried about Lisa and the babies, and appeal to her to at least let us know where she is and that she is getting the care and support she needs. Lisa, you have my number. Please contact me or the police and let us know where you are from Jackie Blundon Lisa's mother
    Jackie BlundonLisa's mother
  5. Shopkeeper threatened with hammer

    McColl's in Buckland Parade
    Image caption: The McColl's store was targeted on Sunday 4 February

    A shopkeeper was threatened with a hammer and restrained with cable ties in a robbery in Basingstoke.

    Two men then got away with about £5,000 from safes at the McColl's store in Buckland Parade.

    It happened at about 21:20 GMT on Sunday.

    The shopkeeper was not injured but was said to be shaken after the robbery.

    Police are looking for a white, stocky, man with tanned skin who's between 6ft and 6ft 2ins.

    They also want to speak to a second slim man who's about 5ft 6ins and was wearing a tracksuit.

  6. Liam Moore says Reading cannot ignore table

    BBC Sport

    Liam Moore
    Image caption: Liam Moore has been ever-present in the Championship this season for Reading

    Reading centre-back Liam Moore says they cannot overlook their league position as they bid to reverse a run of poor form in the Championship.

    The Royals are six points above the relegation zone in 18th after one win in 10 league games and visit play-off contenders Middlesbrough on Saturday.

    "You can't let it carry on for another three to four games and then look at the table," Moore told BBC Sport.

    "We have to be aware of it and we've had conversations as a squad."

  7. 'Heavily pregnant' woman reported missing - police

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    Lisa Brookshaw was last seen carrying a blue suitcase in the Beeches Green area of Stroud at about 11.30am on Wednesday.

    She has links to Cheltenham, Gloucester, Weston-super-Mare, Northamptonshire and Southampton.

  8. Limp Bizkit and Die Antwoord to star at Boomtown

    Limp Bizkit, Die Antwoord

    Rap-rockers Limp Bizkit and South African hip-hop trio Die Antwoord have been named as headline acts at this year's Boomtown Fair.

    Gorillaz, Jimmy Cliff and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will also top the bill at the music festival, due to be held in August at Matterley Bowl near Winchester.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe accident, between J15 for A346 Marlborough Road and J14 for A338.

    M4 Wiltshire - Slow traffic on M4 eastbound between J15, A346 (Swindon East) and J14, A338 (Hungerford), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

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

  10. Funding secured for £120m flood scheme

    Flooding in Oxford
    Image caption: Two of Oxford's arterial routes, Botley Road and Abingdon Road, were closed by flooding in 2014

    Funding is now in place for a £120m project to protect homes and businesses in Oxford from flooding.

    The scheme will create a 3.1 mile (5km) channel across a flood plain between Botley Road in west Oxford to the River Thames near Kennington.

    The Environment Agency said it would submit a planning application for the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme next month.

    If approved, it is expected to take about three years to build.

  11. Drink-drive head teacher's school taking disciplinary action

    Isambard Brunel Junior School

    The Thinking Schools Academy Trust says it will commence disciplinary procedures now that the head teacher of Isambard Brunel Junior School has been banned from driving for 18 months after admitting drink-driving and possessing a Class A drug.

    Iain Gilmour was also ordered to pay costs and fines totalling £1,920. He was suspended from his job last Thursday.

    A spokesman said: "We will now commence disciplinary procedures in line with our policy, and it would not be appropriate to discuss this further at this stage.

    "The school is being led in the interim by the deputy headteacher, supported by a senior school leader with primary education expertise, ensuring students continue to receive high-quality education.

    "We pride ourselves on being an inclusive trust that supports every member of our community - staff, parents and of course children and young people.

    "We have fostered a strong sense of togetherness, promote our pastoral support, and are fully aware of the duty of care we have to all those in our family of schools."

  12. University 'disappointed' as hall redevelopment turned down

    Sam Clayton

    BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

    Revised plans for new student accommodation in Reading have been turned down.

    The university wants to put a four, five and six-storey building up off Northcourt Avenue, as part of the redevelopment of the St Patrick's Hall site.

    But there have been concerns locally about noise and parking.

    Vice-chancellor Sir David Bell said the university was "disappointed" by the decision.

    He added: "As a result, we are considering our next steps.

    "Development of first-class accommodation is urgently needed if we are to continue attracting students from the UK and abroad to study in Reading, at the same time as relieving pressure on private rented housing in the local area."

  13. School closure

    Tesbourne Community School in Whitchurch will be closed tomorrow.

    It is due to a heating failure at the comprehensive which has about 760 pupils.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

    M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  15. Oxford couple's wedding photos interrupted by police chase

    Marcus Liddell

    BBC South

    Toby and Becky Eyre with TVP officer

    Two newlyweds had a surprise when their wedding pictures in a park in Oxford were interrupted by a police chase.

    Toby and Becky Eyre were posing for photos in Hinksey Park on Saturday when police arrived.

    "At first we just saw a man running and heard police shouting stop," said Mr Eyre. "We tried to get out of the way as much as possible."

    Officers made two arrests before returning for photos which were shared on Thames Valley Police's Twitter feed.

  16. Firefighters save 100 snakes from burning house

    Firefighter with snake

    We've received details of a house fire in Banbury on Sunday night which led to firefighters at the scene acting as snake handlers.

    The severe blaze started in the basement of a four-storey house on Middleton Road.

    A spokesman for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "On arrival, the crews were faced with a fire that was rapidly spreading to the ground floor and the occupier informed the crew that a large number of snakes and other exotic animals were kept in the property.

    "A large fan was used to remove the smoke which had spread throughout the building and it was at this point that crews reported that a large number of snakes had escaped from their housing.

    "Around 100 snakes in total were recovered by fire fighters to be reunited with their owner for rehoming."

    Watch manager John Callaway added: "It was unfortunate that some hadn't survived the fire but many were saved."

    The cause of the fire was an electrical fault.