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  1. Updates from Monday 17 November 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Stephen Stafford

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's all for Local Live in Oxfordshire for today, we will be back at 08:00 on Tuesday.

  2. Dry evening

    Sarah Farmer

    Weather presenter, BBC South Today

    It will be much drier with clear spells this evening and overnight, however there will be a few showers at times until the morning.

    There is a risk of hill fog developing on areas of high ground, such as the Cotswolds, in the early hours.

    Throughout the night there will be a gentle easterly breeze. Lows of 6C (43F).

  3. BBC South Today

    Jerome Sale

    BBC South Today

    On tonight's South Today, there's criticism after more than 200 people were made redundant from F1 team Caterham on the day the team confirmed it was going to compete in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    The fight against bullying continues with a new study revealing that most young people believe their school isn't doing enough to eradicate the problem.

    And how a piece of prime real estate was paid for with a crab. Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Singing gargoyles

    via Facebook

    Over on the BBC Oxford Facebook page, watch the video of the Oxford Gargoyles performing on the Kat Orman show.

    The choir have reached the finals of The Choir of the Year which take place on 7 December.

  5. Anti-bullying campaign

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Nearly 500 calls have been made in Oxfordshire to an anti-bullying helpline over the past two years.

    Posed bullying picture

    More than 70% of the calls were made by parents, figures from the charity BullyingUK reveal.

    The release of the figures comes as a new campaign is launched by the rap star Tinie Tempah to tackle the problem of childhood bullying.

  6. Oxford Gargoyles

    BBC Radio Oxford

    After a successful performance in the Category Final at Royal Festival Hall in London, the Oxford Gargoyles were selected as a wildcard group to advance to the Choir of the Year Grand Final.

    Oxford Gargoyles

    They will be one of six choirs vying for the prestigious national title, performing before a live audience and judges in Bridgewater Hall in Manchester next month.

    As a warm-up, they've been performing on the Kat Orman show - have a listen on the BBC iPlayer.

  7. Bishop vote welcomed

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The rector of Dorchester Abbey has welcomed the vote by the Church of England allowing the first female bishops.

    Synod vote

    Canon Sue Booys, who sits on a panel who will choose the next Bishop of Oxford, said there are many capable women worthy of promotion.

    "I'm absolutely delighted - it's good news for the church and the many talented women who have their gifts to bring to the whole church," she said.

    The amendment was passed with a show of hands at the general synod this afternoon.

  8. Caterham redundancies

    BBC South Today

    Former Caterham senior employee Jim McManus has spoken out about being made redundant by the troubled Formula 1 team.

    Jim McManus

    He is the family's sole breadwinner and said he would consider moving his family abroad to find work in his specialised aerodynamics field

    Along with 230 colleagues, he was made redundant on Friday. "It was tremendously upsetting - I knew it was coming but it was worrying, coming just before Christmas," he said.

  9. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford at 17:00, a man is recovering after being subjected to a homophobic attack in Oxford.

    The victim, in his 30s, was walking along the towpath close to Folly Bridge on Saturday lunchtime when a man started shouting abuse.

  10. Bird flu case

    BBC News Channel

    A case of bird flu has been confirmed at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire, officials have said.

    Bird flu farm

    The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the risk to public health was very low.

    The case is the first in the UK since 2008, when chickens on a farm in Banbury tested positive for the virus.

  11. Bishop vote

    Caroline Wyatt

    Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News

    Oxford is among the first four dioceses that could choose a woman as a senior bishop after the Church of England's general synod amended church law to allow the appointment of female bishops.

    Women bishops vote celebrations

    The amendment was passed with a show of hands.

    The first women priests were ordained in 1994, but to date they have not been able to take on the Church's most senior roles.

    Southwell & Nottingham, Oxford, Gloucester and Newcastle could all choose a woman as a senior bishop.

  12. Rail line back to normal

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Train services are back to normal after delays caused by a lorry getting stuck under a bridge near Reading.

    Lorry stuck at railway bridge

    The line was closed while engineers carried out safety checks after the lorry got jammed late this morning.

  13. Witney assault

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after an assault on a 36-year-old woman in Witney on Friday afternoon.

    The victim was walking along the footpath between The Springs and Lidl supermarket when a man grabbed her bag and punched her during a struggle.

    The offender is described as white, about 6ft, slim, with short hair.

    He was wearing a pale blue polo shirt with a collar and spoke with an Eastern European accent.

  14. News on the Hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford at 16:00, the adoption of legislation allowing the first female bishops by the Church of England has been welcomed by the Rector of Dorchester Abbey.

    Canon Sue Booys expressed relief that what she described as a "long and tedious process" has come to an end as the amendment was passed at the general synod.

  15. Digital milestone

    BBC Radio Oxford

    More than 20,000 homes and businesses across the county are now able to access faster fibre-enabled broadband as part of the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme.

    Fibre optics

    Oxfordshire County Council and BT are aiming to make superfast fibre-enabled broadband available to 64,500 homes and businesses across the county by the end of 2015.

    Ed Vaizey, digital economy minister, said: "Work will continue across the county and the country to ensure that high-speed broadband is rolled out so that we can all benefit from the advantages it brings."

  16. Burglar jailed

    Banbury Guardian

    A career burglar, Michael Sestanovich, of Purslane Drive, Bicester, admitted stealing items including a Maserati in a string of burglaries before he was jailed.

  17. Flood alerts

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Two flood alerts have been issued in Oxfordshire by the Environment Agency.

    River Evenlode - Google Streetview image

    They are in force on the River Evenlode from Moreton-in-Marsh to Cassington and also on the River Glyme at Wootton and Woodstock.

  18. Economic risks

    BBC Radio Oxford

    "Red warning lights" are once again flashing over the state of the global economy, the prime minister has said.

    G20 David Cameron

    His view was backed by economist Stephanie Hare from Oxford Analytica.

    She highlighted the slowdown in China, sanctions against Russia and Japan's economic difficulties.

    "Things aren't looking great - there are a lot of risks in the global economy at the moment," she told BBC Radio Oxford's Howard Bentham.

  19. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford at 15:00, train services between Oxford and London have begun running again after a lorry became wedged under a bridge in Cow Lane, Reading.

    Delays of about 40 minutes are expected on First Great Western and CrossCountry services.

  20. BBC Introducing Podcast

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Time to download the latest BBC Oxford Introducing Podcast.

    Dave Gilyeat

    Dave Gilyeat and his team of new music aficionados deliver all the latest developments in Oxfordshire's band scene.

    This week's podcast features a report from Audioscope Festival and an interview with Jessica Law. Plus tracks from Cameron A G, Indica Blues, Spring Offensive, Foals and Stornoway

  21. Defeat for Welsh

    BBC Sport

    London Welsh find themselves bottom of the Premiership with only one point after their 71-7 defeat at Wasps at the weekend.

    Wasps v London Welsh

    Assistant coach Ollie Smith said: "We lost players through injury and conceded soft tries but there is no lack of effort in our squad and we are mentally proud to be in the Premiership."

  22. Speeding debate

    via Facebook

    Over on the BBC Oxford Facebook page we're discussing speeding on the roads.

    Speed camera sign

    Nearly 14,000 people who live in Oxfordshire have committed speeding or dangerous driving offences in the past year.

    Andy Glynn posted: "I am amazed that any driver in Oxfordshire can actually get anywhere near the speed limit. I seem to spend most of my driving time sitting in traffic jams."

    And Darren Grant posted: "People might take limits more seriously if authorities put sensible limits in places of high risk."

    Join in the debate on Facebook and on BBC Radio Oxford.

  23. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford at 14:00, the role of community drivers will become more important as public transport services are cut, according to Oxfordshire's Rural Community Council.

    Jon Bright told BBC Radio Oxford the organisation is expecting an increase in demand for its volunteer-run service.

  24. Queen Street rethink

    Oxford Mail

    The new Queen Street development planned for Oxford city centre will have to be redesigned after city councillors called it "detestable".

  25. Trains resume

    Hannah Bewley

    BBC News Online

    It seems like things are returning to normal on the trains after a lorry crashed into a bridge in Reading earlier.

    Lorry wedged under bridge

    First Great Western and CrossCountry services were disrupted when trains between Reading and Didcot Parkway were suspended while an inspection of the structure was carried out.

  26. Lunchtime News

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime, the administrator at the Oxfordshire-based Formula 1 team Caterham has said he hopes more than 200 staff who lost their jobs on Friday will be re-employed.

    Caterham car

    While police in Swindon reopen a suspected murder investigation into the disappearance of Sally Ann John 19 years ago.

    Join Tom Hepworth at 13:30 on BBC One.

  27. Lorry removed

    Network Rail said trains were unable to travel the full route between Reading and Didcot Parkway after a lorry got stuck under a bridge in Cow Lane, Reading, at about 11:45.

    British Transport Police said the lorry was removed and services resumed at 12:30. Delays of about 40 minutes are currently expected.

  28. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00, there's disruption to train services between Oxford and London after a lorry became wedged under a bridge in Cow Lane, Reading.

    Delays of about 40 minutes are expected on First Great Western and CrossCountry services.

  29. Lines reopened

    First Great Western has tweeted that all lines have now reopened after a lorry hit a bridge in Reading.

    Passengers are still facing delays to their journeys of about 40 minutes.

  30. Train disruption

    Network Rail is advising passengers that trains are unable to travel on the full route between Reading and Didcot Parkway after a lorry crashed into the Cow Lane bridge in Tilehurst.

    Engineers are currently on their way to carry out safety checks but disruption is likely to continue until at least 14:00.

    You can follow the incident using the hashtag #Tilehurst

  31. BreakingTrains stopped


    A vehicle has hit a bridge between Reading and Didcot.

    First Great Western tweets all trains have been stopped until the bridge has been inspected.

  32. Climbing frame row

    Henley Standard

    A Henley man has appealed against a decision by South Oxfordshire District Council to ban a children's climbing frame from his garden.

  33. Thomas tours

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A unique series of tours to Oxford inspired by the centenary of the birth of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas begin this weekend.

    Dylan Thomas

    Dylan Thomas's granddaughter Hannah Ellis told me his four years spent in Oxfordshire just after World War Two has been "understated". She said she thinks Under Milk Wood was inspired by the time he lived at South Leys.

    "It's a quirky village full of characters," she said.

    The Dylan Thomas's Oxford: Dreaming Spires and Country Living event takes place on Saturday.

  34. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford at 12:00, drivers in Didcot have suffered hours of delays caused by temporary traffic lights installed around the town.

    There was gridlock on other major routes including the A34 which was blocked for a time southbound after an accident between Milton and Marcham interchanges.

  35. Children in Need

    BBC South Today

    BBC South Today's Sarah Farmer finished her Children in Need dash around the south of England at the BBC Oxford studios on Friday night.

    Children in Need in Oxford

    We want to say a big thank you to all those who donated and raised money for this year's appeal. As of Saturday evening, the total raised in the south stood at £2,172,000!

    Have a look back at some of the fund raising antics on the BBC South Today Facebook page.

  36. Aldi go-ahead

    Banbury Guardian

    The Aldi supermarket chain confirms it has reached a deal which means its planned Chipping Norton store will go ahead on schedule despite a council dispute over footpath access.

  37. Fernandes 'walked away'

    Sue Paz

    BBC News, South

    Ex-Caterham owner Tony Fernandes "walked away" from employees, a former worker at the Formula 1 team has claimed.

    Tony Fernandes

    Jim McManus, who was as a senior analyst for the Leafield-based team, was one of 230 people made redundant on Friday.

    He also said the team had been "insensitive" to announce crowd-funding success at the same time as job losses.

  38. Didcot fury

    Travellers in Didcot have been taking to social media this morning to complain about the traffic gridlock caused by multiple sets of temporary traffic lights.

    Martin Blackwell tweeted: Is Didcot trying to take Oxfords crown as the top congestion place in Oxfordshire?

    Karen Carey tweeted: #Didcot gridlocked today. Taken me 50 mins to get from Harwell to the station. Crazy traffic maintenance plan

    And Nick Page tweeted: It's taken half an hour to get across Milton Interchange, now haven't moved for 20 minutes on A4130 towards Didcot!

  39. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford at 11:00, Oxfordshire-based racing team Caterham will definitely feature in this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, according to the administrator.

    It's despite more than 200 workers being made redundant amid efforts to raise more than £2m on a crowdfunding website.

  40. Traffic problems

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There are queues and heavier than usual traffic on the A4130 eastbound in Milton between Milton interchange and the B4493 junction.

    The A34 is partially blocked and there is queuing traffic southbound between Marcham interchange in Abingdon and Milton interchange in Milton because of an accident and surface water.

    Temporary traffic lights are causing awful congestion in Didcot this morning - Oxfordshire County Council said it has sent an engineer to turn off the lights on Mendip Heights.

  41. Transfer moves

    BBC Sport

    Oxford United fans can expect new "permanent and loan players" to be brought in to the Kassam Stadium.

    Kassam Stadium

    Chief executive James Ashton told BBC Radio Oxford the club's recruitment policy was "nowhere near the finished article", but they would be looking to add to the squad in the forthcoming transfer window.

  42. Condiment yobs

    Oxford Mail

    Flour, brown sauce, mayonnaise and jars of pickled onions have been lobbed at cars in more than 50 incidents across Oxford.

  43. Witney sexual assault

    Police are appealing for witnesses to a sexual assault in Witney last Tuesday afternoon.

    The teenage girl was outside Smarts Fish and Chip shop in Market Square with a friend when a man walked past and touched her in a sexual manner.

    The offender is described as being in his 50s, of slim build and with short grey hair.

  44. CrossCountry delays

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There is knock-on disruption to CrossCountry trains through Oxfordshire following a line-side fire in Southampton.

  45. News on the Hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On BBC Radio Oxford at 10:00, suggested devolution of powers from central to local government would give Oxfordshire County Council direct control over spending £300m a year.

    The County Councils Network, which represents all shire counties and some unitary authorities in England, is putting its case today for local politicians to be allowed to say how this money is spent.

  46. Speed campaign

    Oxford Mail

    The family of a 10-year-old boy from Didcot, killed in a road crash last September, have lent heir support to a campaign to get Oxfordshire drivers to drop their speed.

  47. Caterham criticism

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's been criticism of how 230 staff were made redundant from Oxfordshire-based F1 team Caterham.


    They were laid off on Friday, the same the day the team said it was going to compete in the final grand prix of the season in Abu Dhabi.

    Senior Analyst Jim McManus, one of those made redundant, criticised owner Tony Fernandes.

    "The owner has a moral responsibility to do the right his employees. Take care of the mess you've created", he told BBC Radio Oxford.

    Administrator Finbarr O'Connell said the decision to make people redundant had been done at the request of staff.

  48. Weather causing road problems

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    It's a terrible morning on the roads, with rain and standing water causing problems.

    In Oxford, the Cutteslowe roundabout on Banbury Road is partially blocked after an accident involving a cyclist and a van - there are queues westbound to Marston.

    The A34 is heavily queued going southbound from Abingdon North to the Milton interchange. There are also delays northbound on the A34 at East Ilsley following an earlier accident.

    Stay tuned to BBC Radio Oxford for the latest.

  49. Roberts scores again

    BBC Sport

    Teenage wonderkid James Roberts was the key for Oxford United again on Saturday as he scored the only goal in the U's 1-0 win away at York.

    James Roberts

    Roberts, 18, also netted twice in the previous Saturday's FA Cup win over Grimsby.

    Oxford chief executive James Ashton said: "We've been building him up with cameo appearances - we're very keen to develop our young players.

    "That's been two hard-fought wins - with solid team performances."

  50. Motorway delays

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There are severe delays on the M40 after an earlier multi-vehicle accident on the southbound carriageway between junction 4 at High Wycombe and 3 at Loudwater.

    There is now well over an hour of queues from junction 6 at Watlington to junction 3.

    Traffic is also slow in patches southbound from junction 11 at Banbury to 9 at the Wendlebury interchange.

  51. Comet challenges

    Phil Mercer

    Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Over the weekend the Philae lander on the distant comet 67P delivered its final stream of data before its battery died and left it in standby mode.


    Engineers at Harwell began working on the equipment carried on the lander some 15 years ago.

    "It has been one of the most exciting projects I've worked on - there were so many technical challenges. It was like stuffing an entire chemistry lab into something the size of a shoebox," Nick Waltham, a systems engineer told me.

  52. Sex attack

    A man was sexually assaulted while walking along a towpath in Oxford on Saturday afternoon.

    The victim, aged in his 30s, was with another man close to the Head of the River pub when they started getting homophobic abuse.

    When the pair tried to walk away, the attacker ran his hands over the victim's side and shoulder and pressed himself up against his body.

    The offender is white, in his 40s, about 5ft 10in to 6ft, of skinny build and was wearing several layers of clothing and a blue coat. He was described as looking dirty and dishevelled, possibly being homeless.

  53. Caterham retain Kobayashi

    BBC Sport

    Caterham have announced that they will retain Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

    Kamui Kobayashi

    The Oxfordshire-based team have missed the last two races due to financial problems, but will compete at the season-ending race thanks to a successful crowdfunding project.

    "It will be nice to be back in the car," Kobayashi said. "This team is working hard and never gives up."

  54. A34 and M40 delays

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The rain is making driving very difficult this morning.

    We're getting reports of a crash involving a lorry and three cars on the A34. It's on the northbound carriageway just before the East Ilsley turn-off.

    There are also delays on the M40 London-bound between junctions 4 and 3 following an accident which has been cleared on to the hard shoulder.

  55. Cloudy and wet

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy and wet start, with persistent rain, extensive low cloud and some mistiness.

    Bee Tucker

    Although most places will stay rather cloudy, it should become drier for many.

    Highs of 12C (54F).

  56. Good Morning

    Stephen Stafford

    BBC News Online

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on this rather grey Monday morning.

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