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  1. Updates from Thursday 13 Nov 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good Evening

    That's all for Local Live in Oxfordshire for today, we will return at 08:00 on Friday.

  2. Evening TV

    Jerome Sale

    Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    On South Today this evening, the number of police on the streets in the Thames Valley is at risk as the force struggles to cut another £45m pounds from its budget.

    Police officers

    Chief Constable Sara Thornton says she can protect front-line numbers for one more year, but after that tough choices will have to be made.

    And the new trains which First Great Western will run through the Thames Valley to London have been unveiled in Japan.

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

  3. Heavy rain overnight

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Into the evening, the winds will ease and the skies should clear in places.

    Bee Tucker

    So a fairly quiet start to the night, but the winds will pick up overnight and heavy showers will spread in, perhaps with hail and thunder.

    A mild night with lows of 11C (52F).

  4. First Christmas decoration

    Phil Mercer

    Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    BBC Oxford has popped up our first Christmas decoration.

    Christmas decoration

    Yes, it is still November, but the newsroom always benefits from a little brightening up!

  5. U's Cup price cut

    Tickets for Oxford's United's FA Cup tie against Tranmere on Saturday 6 December have been reduced.

    FA cup at Wembley stadium

    Under-7s can get in for free, and adult tickets are £10 if bought in advance.

  6. Train delays

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's still trouble on the trains with disruption on CrossCountry services between Southampton Central and Reading due to a signalling problem at Winchester.

    Trains are being diverted and delayed by up to an hour with cancellations possible.

    A signalling problem at Bramley is also causing disruption on First Great Western and CrossCountry between Basingstoke and Reading.

    On the roads and out of Oxford, the A40 is really really slow tonight from the Wolvercote roundabout to the Eynsham roundabout.

  7. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    It's going to get harder to hold on to staff at Thames Valley Police, according to the force's Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld, as the force announces how it will save another £45m.

    Join me for more on that and all the other headlines at 17:00. Click the speaker at the top of this page to listen.

  8. Super-slow super computer

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Scientists in Oxfordshire are celebrating 50 years since the launch of the largest super computer in the world.

    Atlas Computer from the film Figure It Out

    The Atlas 1, which is bigger than a house, was once considered one of the most powerful computers ever made.

    The now antique goliath is housed at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire where Dr Juan Bicarregui told BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham the Atlas might be big but it was very slow.

    He said: "The big computers we have today are roughly 30 million times quicker, so a computation that takes a second today, would have taken a year back then."

  9. University career scheme

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A young carer from Winslow has become the first to attend Oxford University through their Compass scheme for students who have other caring responsibilities away from their studies.

    Cameron Bayley is studying Mathematics at St Anne's College, and told me how he balanced his educational and home commitments.

    He said: "At home my brother is autistic, so looking after him takes a lot of time and so it was difficult to find a time and place suitable for work."

  10. Police cuts - Your views

    via Facebook

    Following the news that Thames Valley Police is having to find savings of £45m over the next three years, you've been giving your thoughts on our Facebook page on how the money could be found.

    Police officers

    Dave Batchelor posted: "Perhaps they should look at generating money rather than cutting expenditure, ie concentrating on benefit cheats and tax-dodgers might generate enough funding to enable an already stretched police force to keep their jobs."

    Jane Magpie wrote: "Lets cut the arms deals and trident which if stopped could fund everything else and still have much left over."

    Andrew Henderson posted: "Cut the political correctness they have to adhere to and be afraid of on a daily basis that hampers everything they do."

  11. Great Western trains unveiled

    Paul Clifton

    Transport correspondent, BBC South Today

    The high-speed train which will be used on the Great Western Main Line through the Thames Valley has been unveiled in Japan.

    Hitachi train

    Kentaro Masai from Hitachi Rail said the company was trying to expand, 900 carriages have been ordered.

    The trains will replace a fleet of InterCity trains from the 1970s on the line through Oxfordshire and Berkshire, and also on the East Coast Main Line.

    The first passengers will get on board in 2017.

  12. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Better technology will help fight crime in the Thames Valley as the police force looks to cut £45m, the chief constable has said.

    There will be more on this in the 16:00 bulletin - listen live by clicking on the speaker at the top of the page.

  13. Witney Food Bank saved

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Last week we reported that West Oxfordshire Food Bank in Witney was facing closure over the Christmas period due to health and safety concerns relating to its site for volunteers and clients.

    But Witney councillor Laura Price has tweeted: "Absolutely thrilled to hear news that #Witney Foodbank is being given a new home by @Cottsway - well done all involved"

  14. Ed Miliband as PM - Your views

    via Facebook

    After Ed Miliband hit back at reports that some Labour figures want him to step down, Howard Bentham asked if he was the man to oust Witney's David Cameron as prime minister? You've been giving your thoughts over on Facebook.

    Ed Miliband

    Simon Tavener said: "I don't care what he looks like. But I do care about his politics - and for that reason, I cannot see him ever being our PM."

    Alan Skidmore wrote: "Yes. He is a good man!"

    Dianna Katie Machado posted: "No would never vote for him, although always voted Labour, he puts me off and I would rather vote for Cameron."

  15. Whitchurch Bridge flood costs

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Thousands of people crossing the Whitchurch Bridge could avoid a rise in toll charges - if the government gives the company who runs it a flooding grant.

    Whitchurch Bridge

    Henley MP John Howell has written to DEFRA asking for funding to help the Whitchurch Bridge Company recoup its costs after flooding delayed the structure's reopening.

  16. Fly-tippers target graveyard

    Henley Standard

    Fly-tippers dumped carpet underlay at Fair Mile Cemetery in Henley just hours before a wreath was laid at the grave of a First World War poet.

  17. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    An Oxford man has admitted exposing himself and harassing a woman in the city.

    I'll have all the details at 15:00. Listen live by clicking the speaker at the top of the page.

  18. Christmas Light Festival

    via Facebook

    Oxford City Council has posted details of the annual Christmas Light Festival on its Facebook page.

    "Oxford's Christmas Light Festival runs from 21 to 23 November 2014 with free Christmas events at dozens of venues across the city.

    "This year's festival takes place in venues across the city and does not include an outdoor lantern procession, major road closures or a stage in St Giles."

    Visit Oxford's Christmas website for full details.

  19. 'Cut to the bone'

    Thames Valley Police Federation says it is worried about where future savings will come from after the force announced 147 officer posts would close.

    Police car

    Graham Smith, federation chair, said: "Every single department within Thames Valley Police has saved money over the years.

    "All the fat has been cut from the carcass, so we are looking at cuts potentially to real front-line policing in the future."

  20. Cancer care research funding

    Oxfordshire Guardian

    Researchers at Oxford Brookes University are set to start a £2.2m research programme into the impact of prostate cancer.

  21. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    After success helping children around the world learn English, the owner of an Abingdon company has been asked by the government to share how she did it.

    For more details on that and the other headlines, join me for the 14:00 bulletin by clicking the speaker at the top of the page.

  22. Your pictures

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    The birds! This image from Becca Collacott in Abingdon brought the old children's TV show Pigeon Street to mind!

    Pigeons by a river

    If you have an image from the county you would like to share with Local Live, why not email it in?

  23. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime, we'll have the latest on the cuts facing Thames Valley Police.

    Hitachi train

    Also, it's an oriental take-away which will soon revolutionise the lives of thousands of commuters every day.

    The first new inter-city express trains carrying commuters through the Thames Valley to London have been unveiled in Japan.

    For all that and more join us at 13:30.

  24. Facebook campaign funeral held

    About 100 mourners have attended the funeral of an Oxford-born soldier after a social media campaign was held amid concern no one would attend.

    Harold Morgan

    Former soldiers were among those at the service of Welsh Guardsman Harold Morgan at St Tathan Church, St Athan.

    The Rev Rachel Simpson launched a Facebook appeal for mourners after getting the funeral details of Mr Morgan, 85, and seeing no next of kin.

  25. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Thames Valley Police is to disband its underwater search team, with work going to other dive specialists, as the force strives to save £45m.

    I'll have more in the 13:00 bulletin. Listen live by clicking on the speaker at the top of the page.

  26. U's on loan hunt

    Ross Heaton

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United boss Michael Appleton is targeting at least two new players before the loan window shuts this month.

    Michael Appleton

    The U's have assessed several trialists in two behind closed doors games for the development squad this week.

    Appleton told BBC Radio Oxford: "Whether they are loans with a view to a permanent deal or just loans, we feel that two or three players will shake up the squad a little bit."

  27. Police cuts defended

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    A total of 147 Thames Valley Police officer posts will be lost as the force tries to make big savings.

    Chief Constable Sara Thornton

    But Chief Constable Sara Thornton said the cuts would not impact on front-line numbers.

    She said 94 training posts would go while 53 officer jobs, which did not require police powers, would carried out by cheaper support staff.

  28. Everest challenge

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Andy Gardiner from Bicester was the world's first professional amputee golfer and next week he is trekking to Nepal to attempt to reach the base camp of Mount Everest.

    Andy Gardiner and Phil Gayle

    He told Phil Gayle: "It took me seven years to get out of a wheelchair and so I could stand unaided. I still have phantom limb pain."

    You can listen back to the full interview, by selecting the Live Coverage tab and catching up with the show, or clicking here.

  29. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Thames Valley Police budget cuts will see the force's underwater search team disbanded, 94 training posts axed and 53 positions converted from police officer jobs to support staff roles.

    I'll have more in the 12:00 bulletin. Listen live by clicking on the speaker at the top of the page.

  30. Thames Valley Police cuts

    BBC South Today's Justine Morris tweets: Thames Valley Police to disband underwater search team as part of budget cuts, Chief Constable Sara Thornton has confirmed.

  31. MotoGP season over

    Oxfordshire's Bradley Smith had a last race to forget in Valencia at the weekend but after a few days testing, the off-season has now begun.

    He tweeted: "Can't believe I can't do this for 10weeks."

    Bradley Smith
  32. Burglar still on the run

    Banbury Cake

    A prisoner who failed to return to jail after he was on licence and was then recalled is still on the run.

  33. Hello, good pie

    BBC Radio Oxford

    One of the big supermarket chains is selling pies made by an Oxfordshire man just four years after he started making them at his kitchen table.

    Man holding a pie

    Paul Sykes, who's from Coleshill near Faringdon, now employs five people to make up to 5,000 pies a week to sell in Asda.

    He told Radio Oxford that he uses the ingredients you'd have at home, for an authentic taste: "People haven't got very much time, they don't want to spend a lot of time cooking but they still want that taste of good home made food and that's what I offer."

  34. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    New police officers in Oxfordshire will be expected to have completed the first stage of their training on their own before joining the force. The move is part of a series of cost-cutting measures being introduced by Thames Valley Police.

    Join me for more on that at 11:00. Listen live by clicking on the speaker at the top of this page.

  35. Your views

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    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.

  36. Police Cuts - Your views

    via Facebook

    Thames Valley Police says it has identified savings of £24m of the £45m it needs to find over the next three years. Phil Gayle has been asking on our Facebook page what you think the police should cut to save £21m?

    Geoff Smith wrote: "The number of "Cars" they send to an incident, someone drops a fag end and three cars turn up...Well, perhaps a slight exaggeration, but you get the picture."

    Fliss Emptage posted: "Too many Police officers go for years on " light duties" performing jobs that Police staff can do for half the cost."

    Judith Dunn wrote: "The bigger question should be....Why should public services be forced to make any more savings?????"

  37. Power cuts

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    There are reports of power cuts in some areas of Oxford, including the OX1 and OX13 postcodes.

    You can see more details on the Scottish and Southern Energy website.

  38. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Experts from Oxford University are to lead clinical trials on Ebola treatments at a centre in Liberia.

    I'll have more on that in the 10:00 bulletin, listen live by clicking the speaker at the top of the page.

  39. Trees for the chop

    Oxford Mail

    A line of trees nearly 100 years old is being felled in Christ Church Meadow as they pose a risk to safety.

  40. Hitatchi trains unveiled

    BBC South Today's transport correspondent Paul Clifton is in Japan to report on the unveiling of the new First Great Western trains.

    He tweeted: Unveiled, the train @FGW passengers will use for the next 27 years. @BBCSouthNews has full story from Japan

  41. Woodstock road blocked

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There are queues in Woodstock where the A44 is partially blocked in both directions by an accident involving a lorry and a car between the High Street and Market Street near The Marlborough Pub.

    On the trains, there is a signalling problem at Reading causing delays on First Great Western and CrossCountry services between Didcot Parkway and Reading.

  42. 'The future is bleak'

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Thames Valley Police says it needs to make savings of £45m over the next three years.

    Police officers

    The force insists the changes will not have an impact on front-line services, but Graham Smith, the chair of the Thames Valley Police Federation, says he thinks the cuts will have an effect.

    He told me: "We have to make cuts to police staff numbers. We have made tremendous savings, we're an incredibly efficient force, yet the government-enforced cuts are going to damage the service we can provide."

    He explained that policing across the country had to be examined: "The cuts are so dramatic across the force we really do need to look at a structural reorganisation of policing across England and Wales. The time has gone when we can have 43 police services, we need region forces of about eight."

  43. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Savings of £45m to the budget of Thames Valley Police will see 94 training posts moved out of the force and 53 positions converted from police officer jobs to support staff roles.

    You can listen to the bulletin by clicking the speaker at the top of this page.

  44. Facebook campaign funeral success

    Ben Frampton

    BBC news

    A social media campaign looking for mourners to attend the funeral of an Oxford-born soldier has resulted in dozens of people pledging to go.

    Harold Morgan

    Former Welsh Guardsman Harold Morgan's funeral is being held at St Tathan Church, St Athan, later.

    Rev Rachel Simpson launched a Facebook campaign to appeal for mourners, fearing only care home staff would go, but she has since received numerous offers.

    She said: "It's been really encouraging and completely unexpected."

  45. Post update

    Train delays and failed lights

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A signalling problem at Bramley in Hampshire is causing delays on First Great Western trains between Basingstoke and Reading and on CrossCountry services between Southampton Central and Manchester Piccadilly

    A separate signalling issue at Winchester is causing delays of up to 20 minutes on CrossCountry between Reading and Bournemouth.

    And on the roads, the traffic lights have failed at the Frilford crossroads at the junction of the A415/A338.

  46. Wind and rain to come

    Alexis Green

    Weather presenter, BBC South Today

    Through the day the wind will start to increase and spread cloud and rain, but the weather system will become fragmented as it moves across the region.

    Alexis Green

    The best of the drier weather for much of the day will be in the northeast of the region and temperatures will reach a high of 12C (54F).

  47. Good morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire this Thursday morning.

    I'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across the county.

    You can get in touch throughout the day and tell us what you're up to via email, Facebook or Twitter.