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  1. Updates on Tues 11 Nov 2014

Live Reporting

By Emma Harrison

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's it for Local Live for today, the service will return at 08:00 tomorrow.

Rain this evening

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It will be breezy with occasional rain in the west gradually spreading further east to affect most areas during the evening.

Showers are forecast for the second half of the night, with drier spells in between.

Holly Green weather forecast

It will be relatively mild with lows of 10C (50F). For a full forecast visit

BBC Weather.

On tonight's South Today

Jerome Sale

Presenter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Thousands of people across the region observed the two-minute silence commemorating the end of the World War One.

And the case for completing the so called "Varsity" railway line between Oxford and Cambridge is now stronger than ever, according to local MPs.

Join us for all that and more at


Dixon 'gutted' over 'double booking'

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

Ex-footballer Lee Dixon says he is "gutted" after the Oxford Union allegedly cancelled his appearance after double-booking him with US actor Morgan Freeman.

Lee Dixon

He ‏

tweeted: I was supposed to be speaking at the Oxford Union tonight. They've double booked!! Morgan Freeman is off the bench and Dixon is off!!!

I have contacted the union but haven't been able to speak to someone who can confirm, but Morgan Freeman is listed as tonight's speaker on the

Oxford Union website.

Your pictures

Rose Adams sent us this picture of beautiful blue skies from her window in Oxfordshire.

Rosie Adams

Share your picture of the county by

emailing us.

Inquest opening

Oxford Mail

A 26-year-old died when the car he was a passenger in hit a tree,

an inquest opening heard today.

'The end' for Caterham

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

If the amount is not reached within that time, no money will be taken from donors' bank accounts and administrator Finbarr O'Connell told BBC Radio Oxford yesterday that that would be "the end" of the team.

Caterham fundraising reaches £1.2m

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

A crowdfunding project has raised half the amount needed to get the struggling Caterham F1 team to the final grand prix of the season.

The team's administrator launched the fundraising scheme on Friday in an attempt to raise £2.35m in time for the race on 23 November.

Getty Images

Almost £1.2m has been pledged by investors so far, but the donation site closes on Friday, meaning they have three days left to raise the remainder.

Bypass queues

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There are traffic queues clockwise on the Southern Bypass from Cowley round to the A34 at Hinksey and anticlockwise on the Eastern Bypass from Horspath to the Headington Roundabout.

Heavy traffic

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The A40 Oxford Ring Road Northern Bypass is heavy from Marston to the Cutteslowe Roundabout.

Christmas Lights Festival

More than 700 singers from community choirs and schools will perform simultaneously

as part of Oxford's Christmas Lights Festival this year.

They will perform in a variety of venues across the city on Sunday, 23 November.

Christine Simm, Oxford City Council's board member for Culture and Communities, said: "Singing is a very powerful community activity and a lovely way to celebrate the beginning of the festive season together.

"We are really looking forward to hearing Oxford come alive with song."

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A new drug could make vaccines more effective in the elderly, according to Oxford University.

They've found a chemical in foods such as cheese and mushrooms which boost the immune system.

Author of the study Dan Puleston told us that early tests with mice have been promising.

Join me for more headlines at 16:00.

'Dangerous' driver sought by police

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

A driver who was spotted driving dangerously in Oxford

is wanted by police.

Officers tried to stop the black BMW 320D yesterday at about 13:00 in Old Abingdon Road.

The car drove off and crashed into a red Vauxhall Corsa in Donnington Bridge Road. The driver left the BMW and ran off.

Tree planting ceremony

Eight oak trees have been planted in Witney to mark the centenary of World War One.

Phil Mercer interviewing Lynne Lloyd
Ian R White

BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Mercer spoke to those involved on Sunday.
Listen again here.

A40 congestion

Congestion is being reported by

BBC Travel on the A40 around Merewood Avenue, Oxford. Traffic is busy but moving around Thornhill Park and Ride.

Your views

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

What do you think of BBC Local Live?

We write all the news, sport, travel and weather updates in our newsroom here in Oxford

and would like to find out your views about the service.

In the news

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The sort of qualities the next Bishop of Oxford should have will be discussed at a meeting at Oxford's Christ Church Cathedral tonight.

The Bishop of Dorchester, the Right Reverend Colin Fletcher is the acting Bishop of Oxford, now John Pritchard has retired.

Bishop Colin has ruled himself out of contention for the permanent position saying he's too old.

Join me at 15:00 for more headlines.

Motorcycle and car in collision

Banbury Guardian

Thames Valley police were called to a

road traffic collision in Oxford Road, Banbury, at the junction with Farmfield Road and Hightown Road at 17:30 on Monday.

Slow traffic on A4142

BBC Travel says there's slow traffic on the A4142 Eastern Bypass in Oxford between Littlemore roundabout and Heyford Hill roundabout.

Wanted man

A man who has been wanted by police for more than six months

is believed to be in Oxfordshire.

Lee Doyle, 29, was sentenced to 32 months in prison for a burglary on 28 June 2012.

Lee Doyle
Thames Valley Police

He was released on 18 November 2013, but was recalled on 28 March for breaching the terms of his licence.

The 29-year-old is white, 6ft, slim with dark brown hair and police believe he could be in the Benson, Wallingford or Thame area.

Oxfordshire under the hammer

Martin Roberts and Lucy Alexander visited a flat in a historic building in Oxfordshire for

this episode of BBC One's Homes Under the Hammer.

Lucy Alexander and Martin Roberts

All of the properties featured in the programme were sold at auction. Martin and Lucy found out who bought them and what they paid when they went under the hammer.

In the news

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The first wave of aid from Oxfam's warehouse in Bicester has been loaded onto trucks to help tackle Ebola in West Africa.

Ian Bray from the charity says it's partly been made possible due to donations from the public.

Join me for the headlines at 14:00.

Train problems cleared

Network Rail

tweets: CLEARED: Trains are now running normally to and from London #Paddington following a problem under investigation.

Thame Remembers

A community project called

Thame Remembers aims to place a Thame Cross at the grave or memorial of every serviceman from the town who lost their life in conflict in the last 120 years.

Thame Crosses
Nick White

A total of 190 Thame Crosses, each bearing the details of one of those servicemen, were laid out in the shape of the Thame Cross at the town's war memorial on Remembrance Sunday.

Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Right around our region, the two-minute silence was observed this morning for Armistice Day.

And a list of the ten most-wanted burglars in the South

has been released by police.

Join Caroline Richardson at


News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A new care home for elderly people with dementia is planned for Kidlington.

The parish council's working with a developer to build a 70-bed home on one of its allotment sites. The council says it will create 70 local jobs.

Join me at 13:00 for more headlines.

Downton to return

Oxford Times

Downton Abbey, part of which has been filmed in Oxfordshire, will return for a sixth series,

ITV has confirmed.

Comet particles

David Shukman

Science editor, BBC News

With the Rosetta spacecraft in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists are hoping for a windfall of new information about these strangest of objects.

Previous research established that comets are a mix of ice and rock, and one theory is that they may have delivered water and carbon to the early Earth.

Comet particle

See my report from one of the laboratories that have been analysing the samples,
Diamond Light Source near Oxford.

Poppy maker

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The final poppy has been added to the Tower of London installation.

Tower of London poppies
Emma Harrison

In total 888,246 poppies have been made, with 10% of them coming from Whichford Pottery in Warwickshire.

I will be speaking to Anna Bruce an Oxfordshire photographer, potter and artist, who made some of those poppies.

In the news

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Plans for a new generation of garden cities, possibly between Oxford and Cambridge, could be announced within weeks.

Nick Clegg's told the CBI conference that properly planned developments were the best way to avoid lengthy disputes.

He said further details would be set out in the Autumn statement on 3 December.

Hear more in the headlines at 12:00.

Heavy traffic

Heavy traffic

has been reported on the A40 eastbound between B4022 Barnard Gate and B4449 Cassington.

Names honoured

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

From the start of World War One on 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1914, 189 soldiers from the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry had already died.

We will be reading their names after the news.

Listen live.

In the news

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire has fallen silent to remember those who died in conflict.

Ingram Murray, from the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock, is in Flanders where earlier he took part in the ceremony of remembrance.

He says it's been a chance to pay tribute to his relatives.

Join me for the news at 11:02.

Lest we forget

Emma Harrison

BBC News Online

We are marking the two minute silence this morning to remember the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who have lost their lives in conflict.

People across the county will fall silent in remembrance, 96 years after the end of World War One.

I joined the crowds on Remembrance Sunday at the Tower of London to view the incredibly moving installation of poppies there.

Poppies at the Tower of London
Emma Harrison

Each one of the 888,246 poppies represents a British and Commonwealth soldier who died during WW1.

The last poppy will be added today.

Broken down vehicle

There is queuing traffic and one lane blocked on the A34 northbound between the A4183 Oxford Road and the A423 Southern Bypass because of a broken down vehicle.

Armistice Day service

Charles Nove

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We are in position ready to broadcast from Oxford's Christ Church Cathedral for the Armistice Day service of remembrance from 10:45.

BBC Oxford's radio car at Christ Church Cathedral

Remembering our soldiers

BBC Radio Oxford

Phil Gayle spoke to Ursula Cocoran, director of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum earlier.

Phil Gayle with Ursula Cocoran, director of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

Listen live for more about the museum in Woodstock.