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  1. Updates from Wednesday 12 Nov 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Emma Harrison

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's it for Local Live for today, we will return at 08:00 on Thursday.

  2. Tonight's TV

    Jerome Sale

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: After a ten-year journey across the Solar System, a European space probe has made history by landing on a comet, the first spacecraft to achieve the feat.

    Scientists in Oxfordshire have spent the afternoon anxiously monitoring the situation.

    Join us for all that and more at 18:30.

  3. Scattered showers

    There will be scattered showers, possibly heavy through the evening.

    It should become largely dry with clear spells by midnight, although a few isolated showers are still possible.

    Weather forecast

    Lows of 9C (48F) tonight.

  4. Comet landing

    Here are scientists from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell who were awaiting the landing of a probe which is now successfully on a comet travelling at speed through space.

    They helped design part of the landing equipment.

    Rutherford Appleton scientists

    Philae was dropped towards Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the European Space Agency's Rosetta satellite at 08:35 and touched down at about 16:05.

  5. Hospital boss recruitment

    Recruitment will begin shortly to replace Sir Jonathan Michael as chief executive of Oxfordshire University Hospitals NHS Trust, a statement has confirmed.

    It was announced earlier that Sir Jonathan is set to retire from the NHS by the middle of next year.

    Trust Chairman Dame Fiona Caldicott said: "The board's aim is to ensure we appoint an exceptional individual, who is capable of implementing the Trust's strategic ambitions and continuing the success achieved by Sir Jonathan."

  6. Pigeon break

    Thanks to Becca Collacott from Abingdon who sent us this amusing picture of pigeons taking a break.


    You can email us if you have a picture you would like to share.

  7. Brabham Racing exceeds £250,000 target

    A crowdfunding appeal to raise funds to re-establish Brabham Racing has exceeded its £250,000 target.

    The team plans to use the investment to compete in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, which includes the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours.

  8. Busker's cash stolen

    A busker's takings were swiped by a man while he was playing guitar outside Waitrose in Henley.

    The small wooden basket in front of the musician contained about £12, but between 12:00 and 13:30 on Thursday, 6 November, a man took the cash and ran away through the supermarket car park.

    The thief is described as 5ft 10in with dark skin. He was wearing a dirty dark hooded top with the hood up and black tracksuit trousers.

  9. Your views

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to know what you think.

  10. Autumnal Oxford

    We've had this fantastic picture sent to us by Lee Yates of Oxford's famous Radcliffe Camera reflected in an Autumn puddle.

    Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

    If you have a photo you would like to share with us, email us now.

  11. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    It's been confirmed that more than £1.8m will be spent on renovations to a hospital unit in Oxford that has mixed sex accommodation.

    An agreement was reached at a meeting of the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust board that the money will be spent improving the Churchill Day Surgery Unit.

    They've been using curtains to separate men and women until now. There are more headlines at 17:00.

  12. M40 Car fire

    BBC Travel reports disruption on the M40 southbound between junction 8 for Oxford and junction 7 for A40 Milton Common because of a car fire.

  13. Eastern Bypass problems

    There is stop-start traffic on A4142 Eastern Bypass in Oxford between Littlemore roundabout and Heyford Hill Roundabout. For the latest traffic news visit BBC Travel.

  14. Much-loved music promoter dies

    Oxford Mail

    One of the most recognisable and best-loved characters on the Oxford music scene, Philip Guy Davis, has died at the age of 78.

  15. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The halfway mark's been reached by a green enterprise in Oxfordshire that's been selling shares to communities to fund renewable energy projects.

    The Low Carbon Hub has generated more than £770,000 towards its target. It needs £1.5 million.

    Hear more in the headlines at 16:00.

  16. London Welsh 'can avoid relegation'

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport

    London Welsh second-row forward Dean Schofield says the club can still avoid relegation, despite their woeful start to the Premiership season.

    Welsh were promoted from the Championship last season but lie bottom of the table and have not won a game in any competition this term.

    Dean Schofield

    Schofield says the team remain upbeat ahead of Sunday's trip to Wasps: "No one is giving up. No one is talking about the 'r' (relegation) word."

  17. Lorry and cars crash

    BBC Travel says the M40 exit slip road at Junction 11 for the A361 (Banbury) is partially blocked southbound because of an accident involving a lorry and two cars.

  18. Lost countryside link?

    BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford this afternoon we're talking about comments from Prince Charles.

    He says that we are a nation of townies and have lost our link with the countryside in the latest edition of Country Life magazine.

    Prince Charles

    Is he right? Do we understand our countryside? Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

  19. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Twenty tonnes of aid from Oxfam has been packed onto trucks in Bicester and has left for West Africa.

    It's destined to help those affected by the Ebola crisis.

    Join me for more headlines at 15:00.

  20. Stornoway's mystery photo shoot

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    Here is a behind the scenes snap for Stornoway fans.

    The Oxford band took part in a photo shoot at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History last week.

    Stornoway at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

    Staff were unable to tell me what the photo shoot was for as they have been sworn to secrecy.

    But I think you'll agree that the museum's Huxley Room provided the perfect backdrop for a smouldering picture of the band, who play their second sold-out gig at the Sheldonian tomorrow evening.

  21. Traffic congestion

    BBC Travel is reporting congestion on the A40 London Road in Oxford around Thornhill Park And Ride.

  22. Humanitarian aid

    BBC Radio Oxford

    BBC Radio Oxford reporter Lilley Mitchell was at a warehouse in Bicester this morning ahead of the Oxfam shipment of humanitarian aid setting off to help with the Ebola crisis.

    Cleaning kits and protective clothing are among the items being sent out to Sierra Leone.

    Bicester warehouse

    You can listen again to Lilley's broadcast here.

  23. Post update

    News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    An online search has been launched for mourners who knew a former Welshman Guardsman who was born in Oxford.

    Listen to the bulletin by clicking the banner at the top of this page.

  24. Your views

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to hear what you think.

  25. Driver 'hopeful' of F1 debut

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport

    British female driver Alice Powell is hopeful of making her debut at a Formula 1 weekend with Caterham at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix later this month.

    Powell's grandfather is among a number of private investors who are trying to raise enough money to seal her a seat.


    Caterham went into administration in October and the administrators recently launched a crowdfunding project.

    "If I got to race in free practice for Caterham that would be amazing," ex-Formula 3 driver Powell, 21, said.

  26. Lunchtime TV news

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: Oxfordshire Scientists will be watching closely as attempts to land the first unmanned probe on a comet get underway later.

    And 20 tonnes of humanitarian aid, worth more than £100,000, is being loaded up at Oxfam's Bicester warehouse to be flown out to Sierra Leone.

    Join Dani Sinha at 13:30.

  27. Chipping Norton woman to drive for Catherham?

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A Chipping Norton racing driver could be one of Catherham's drivers at the Abu Dhabi grand prix after her grandfather pledged some cash to help the struggling team.

    Oxfordshire-based Caterham launched a crowd funding project on Friday to raise £2.35m to get the team to the final race of the season and has so far received half the amount needed.

    Alice Powell, who has never driven a Formula 1 car before, hopes to drive in a practice session.

    She said: "I'm trying not to get my hopes up because I know what these things are like you just never know what can happen in sport with sponsorship and stuff but if it came off and I got to drive in a few practice runs for Caterham that would be amazing."

  28. Mars ambition

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A student has spoke of his excitement at the prospect of taking part in a one-way trip to Mars.

    Ryan McDonald, who is studying physics at the University of Oxford, hopes to be part of a group that will travel to the red planet in 2024.

    The 21-year-old is in the second round of the selection process for Mars One and will have another interview next month.

    A computer animated image of an astronaut on the surface of Mars from a programme looking at the possibility of colonising Mars

    He told BBC Radio Oxford: "I don't have a death wish anymore than the next man, but what I do have is a life wish. I want to go and live on Mars.

    "For me it is the excitement that no-one in history has ever gone before."

  29. Hospital boss to retire

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has confirmed that chief executive Sir Jonathan Michael will retire next year.

    It's not yet known when an advertisement for his replacement will be published.

  30. Train services back to normal

    First Great Western tweets: Services are now running normally to/from London Paddington. We're sorry for the disruption to journeys this morning.

  31. In the news

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The average salary in Oxford is around £30,000 per year according to the employment firm Reed, which says the city, as well as Aberdeen and Cambridge are almost matching pay levels in London.

    Average annual wages in London are almost £38,000.

    Join me for more headlines at 12:00.

  32. A361 closed northbound

    BBC Travel reports that the A361 is closed northbound between the M40 junction 11 for Banbury and the Williamscot Hill junction, because of an accident involving a tractor and a van.

  33. Three vehicle accident

    The A4260 Banbury Road in Adderbury is partially blocked at the B4100 Aynho Road junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

    See BBC Travel for the latest.

  34. M40 crash death

    Oxford Mail

    A man killed in an early morning crash on the M40 had turned down a friend's offer of a bed for the night, a coroner heard yesterday.

  35. Ready for the 'infosphere'?

    Peter Day

    Global business correspondent

    Luciano Floridi is an Oxford University academic with an intriguing title: Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information. He works at the Oxford Internet Institute.

    Prof Floridi has just written a book which takes a wide view of the great connectivity disruption of our times.

    Luciano Floridi

    It is one of an interesting new handful of thoughtful volumes about technology which are a welcome distraction from that torrent of how-to-do-technology business books that have dominated publishers' output until recently.

    Prof Floridi's book is called "The 4th Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality". It is noteworthy because of the way he widens the high-tech horizon.

  36. Sport news

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford University continued their preparations for next month's varsity game with a 9-5 defeat yesterday to Worcester Warriors at Iffley Road.

    And in football Josh Ruffels scored as Oxford United's development squad drew 2:2 with Reading yesterday.

  37. In the news

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A second shipment of aid to West Africa to help with the Ebola crisis is being loaded in Bicester.

    Cleaning kits and protective clothing are being sent out to Sierra Leone.

    Ian Bray from Oxfam said it's working closely with community volunteers in Africa.

    Join me for more headlines at 11:00.

  38. Health centre used more by staff

    Emily-Ann Elliott

    BBC News Online

    A health centre set up at an Oxfordshire hospital to improve fitness is being used more by staff than by members of the public.

    The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford opened the Here for Health centre in August.

    John Radcliffe Hospital

    Since then it has been used by 133 members of staff, as well as 58 patients and 64 visitors. Dr Louise Marshall, from the trust, said the health of its staff is a "huge priority".

  39. Man bailed again over munitions

    Oxford Mail

    A man arrested after First and Second World War munitions were discovered at his Bicester home was yesterday re-bailed by police.

  40. Train delays

    National Rail tweets: Delays of 30 minutes to and from London #Paddington now expected until 11:30

  41. Peace Garden opens

    A new peace garden was opened at a school yesterday in memory of a former student who was killed in Afghanistan.

    Pupils at Sibford School in Sibford Ferris near Banbury also created the garden in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

    Sibford head Michael Goodwin with Sandi and Tony Lewis seated on the Conrad Lewis memorial bench

    The parents of Conrad Lewis, who was killed on 9 February 2011, officially opened the garden.

    His father Tony Lewis said: "I think it is a stunning memorial to Conrad - and to peace - and we will certainly be back with Conrad's brother and sister and other friends and family over the months and years to come."

  42. In the news

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A lorry driver's been taken to hospital with minor injuries after his vehicle overturned on the A43.

    Join me for more headlines at 10:00.

  43. 'Persistent' heavy congestion

    Oxford Bus Company tweets: Due to persisting heavy congestion within the Oxford area we have delays of up to 60 minutes on X13/X3/13s, apologies for any inconvenience.

  44. Your comments

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A new drop-in centre in Oxford to help people live healthier lives and lose weight is mainly been used by NHS staff.

    Across the country, the NHS says more than half of its 1.3m staff are overweight or obese.

    Does it matter if your doctor or nurse is unhealthy? Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

  45. A43 open

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    We've had the A43 closed northbound for the last couple of hours from the M40 junction 10 for Brackley for recovery of an overturned lorry.

    It's all now back open and moving well northbound, but on the southbound side queues are from Juniper Hill to the M40.

    There are 40 minute hold ups with vehicles that have been slowing down to look as they pass.

  46. Mourner appeal

    A church has launched a social media campaign to track down mourners for the funeral of a former Welsh Guardsman.

    Oxford-born Harold Morgan, who had served in Egypt, lived in a care home in Barry for 14 years until he died aged 85.

    St Tathan Church

    His funeral will be held at St Tathan Church, St Athan, Wales, on Thursday but no family or friends are expected.

    Concerned only care home staff would attend, Rev Rachel Simpson launched a Facebook appeal for mourners to go to the service in the Vale of Glamorgan.

  47. Delays

    Stagecoach Oxford tweets: SERVICE UPDATE: Heavy traffic causing delays of up to 30 minutes across our network. #oxtravel

  48. In the news

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    It's emerged more NHS staff are attending a drop-in health centre in Oxford than members of the general public.

    BBC Radio Oxford has learnt that more than half of the 256 people who've used the base since it opened at the John Radcliffe in August are health workers.

    Join me for more headlines at 09:00.

  49. Broken down train

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There are 30 min delays reported by First Great Western between Slough and London Paddington due to a broken down train.

    The London-bound fast line is currently blocked.

  50. More bus delays

    Stagecoach Oxford tweets: SERVICE UPDATE: We're experiencing delays of up to 35 mins on the S2 service due to heavy traffic on the A40.

    And: SERVICE UPDATE: 20 minute delays on the 31 service due to the Kennington roadworks.

  51. Bus delays

    Oxford Bus Company tweets: We are experiencing delays on our City services of up to 30 minutes due to heavy traffic congestion, we apologise for any inconvenience.

  52. Today's show

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Our reporter Lilly Mitchell is in Bicester today in a warehouse to find out more about Oxfam's work to get a huge consignment of humanitarian aid to Sierra Leone

    At about 11:00, £100,000 worth of equipment will begin its journey to help the Ebola crisis.

    Listen live.

  53. Showers today

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    It will be rather cloudy at first with showers.

    There will be bright or sunny spells by 12:00 but with scattered showers, some of which could be heavy early in the afternoon.

    Weather forecast

    Highs of 12C (54F) today. For a full five day forecast visit BBC Weather.

  54. A43 closed

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The A43 is closed northbound between the M40 junction 10 for Brackley and the Baynards Green Roundabout for the recovery of an overturned lorry.

    The southbound carriageway is open but there are queues from the Barley Mow Roundabout to the M40 - there are delays of about 25 minutes.

    The Highways Agency says it could be 10:45 this morning before we see the road back open.

  55. Good Morning

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    Welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire where we'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the county.

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