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  1. Updates from Friday 21 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good Evening

    Thanks for joining us, that's it for Local Live in Oxfordshire for today.

    We'll be back on Monday morning at 08:00. You can keep up to date with the news in the county on the BBC Oxford website, or by listening to Radio Oxford on 95.2FM. Have a good weekend.

  2. Sharp bursts of rain

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    There will be spells of rain, some low cloud and perhaps a bit of hill fog into this evening.

    Holly Green

    Tonight, there will be poor visibility, a lot of hill fog in places and then some sharp bursts of rain into the early hours.

    Temperatures down to around 7C (45F).

  3. Evening TV

    Jerome Sale

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner has reached the halfway point in his tenure.

    Anthony Stansfeld

    Anthony Stansfeld was voted in on a turnout of a little more than 13%. We'll ask how the role is working?

    And, The Prince of Wales has been in Oxfordshire looking round the gardens of Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons near Thame.

    For that and more, join me at 18:30.

  4. Burglaries fall during TVP campaign

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The number of burglaries in the Thames Valley has dropped by more than a fifth this autumn.

    Burglar picking a lock

    The police are putting it down to a three-week campaign, timed to coincide with bonfire night, when statistics show there are more burglaries than at any other time of year.

    There were 299 reported burglaries in the three week period, down from 385 last year.

  5. Oxford City sign midfielder

    The ranks of Oxford City has been further swelled with European talent with the arrival of French midfielder Mamadou Fofana.

    Mamadou Fofana

    The 26-year-old played his most recent football for Lincoln City, and previously played for a host of French sides.

  6. Radley Lakes

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Regular photo contributor Becca Collacott has sent in this soothing picture of Radley Lakes.

    Radley Lakes

    If you have a photo you would like to share with Local Live and the rest of Oxfordshire, do send it in to us.

  7. Oxford Light Festival

    via Facebook

    Oxford City Council has posted a reminder about the city's Christmas Light Festival on their Facebook page.

    Oxford Christmas Lights advert

    "Get ready for Christmas in Oxford. Oxford's Christmas Light Festival starts on Friday 21 November and runs until Sunday 23 November 2014.

    "Visit to see what's on.

    "There will be no lantern procession, St Giles' stage or road closures this year but there will be dozens of free events all weekend at venues across the city, including a Day of Song on Sunday."

  8. Deddington Market comes to BBC Oxford

    Kat Orman

    Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On Food Friday, I hosted my own mini farmers' market with some of the regular stall-holders from the Deddington market.

    Deddington market stall holders

    I was joined by Isabel Ramaglia from the Chicken Shed Chocolate stall, Geoff Coleman from the Cornfield Bakery, and John Coyne whose home-made fudge is much in demand across Oxfordshire.

    The next Deddington Farmers' Market takes place in Deddington on Saturday morning from 09:00, and you can listen back to my interview with them here.

  9. A41 closed

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Major problems if you're travelling between Bicester and Aylesbury.

    Just getting reports that the A41 has been closed in both directions just over the county border - between Waddesdon and Westcott.

  10. Gosford delays

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Andrew has been in touch to report long delays in both directions through the temporary lights on the Bicester Road in Gosford affecting traffic between Kidlington and the A34.

    There's also heavy congestion on routes into Abingdon and Clifton Hampden.

    On the M40, it is solidly queued Northbound from before junction eight for Oxford to 10 for Brackley.

  11. Ring road queued both ways

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On the A34, it is queued northbound in patches from Abingdon North to the M40 junction nine.

    And that's lead to queues with diverting traffic on the Botley Road into the city.

    The Oxford Ring Road's queued clockwise all the way from Cowley to the A34 at the Hinksey Hill Interchange, and anticlockwise Cowley to the Headington Roundabout.

  12. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A dog attack on the towpath near the Mill Arts Centre in Banbury has left a smaller dog blind.

    I'll have more on that and the other headlines at 17:00.

  13. Funeral held for car crash victim

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    More than 200 people have attended the funeral of a 26-year-old man who died in a car crash in Oxfordshire.

    Richard Reed

    Richard Reed was killed when a car he was a passenger in hit a tree alongside the A4095 Woodstock Road in North Leigh, Witney, on 2 November.

    His family described him as an immensely popular person following the service at Oxford Crematorium.

    "Richard will be so very much missed and we will never see that beautiful infectious smile again," they said.

  14. Prince Charles pays tribute to Blanc

    Sinead Carroll

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    BBC Oxford reporter Sinead Carroll has been to Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Great Milton to cover Prince Charles' visit to the new National Heritage Garden in the grounds.

    Prince Charles

    Prince Charles told Raymond Blanc that he was "a genius".

  15. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A £30m research and training programme designed to improve healthcare in general practice, will be lead by the University of Oxford.

    Join me for more details at 16:00.

  16. Train firm launches Teddy Rescue

    Indy Almroth-Wright

    BBC Online

    First Great Western has started a campaign to help reunite children with their lost teddy bears.

    Paddington bear

    The toys have all been found travelling on the First Great Western network which covers the Thames Valley, Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex, Devon and Cornwall.

    Dozens are being stored in lost property offices at stations while the bulk are in a vault underneath Bristol Temple Meads station.

    The firm said it hoped to return the toys in time for Christmas.

  17. Bid to save Ronnie Barker hall

    Oxford Times

    Actor and comedian Ronnie Barker's legacy could live on if church fundraisers rescue the run-down hall where his career started.

  18. 'Emotional way to remember him'

    John Hoy explained: "When he went to Harrow School, at the age of nine, nine meters into the path there will be a granite set saying that. Obviously some of his iconic work when prime minister during the Second World War will be remembered in granite sets along the path."

    He added: "I think it's going to be a really emotional way to remember him, you will actually be able to walk Winston's life."

  19. Walking with Winston Churchill

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    A memorial path is being built at Blenheim Palace to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death next year.

    Winston Churchill path

    It was commissioned by the late Duke of Marlborough and sits next to the place where Churchill proposed to his wife Clementine.

    Chief Executive of Blenheim Palace John Hoy says key events will be displayed on the path.

  20. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A residential unit for people with learning disabilities in Bicester still needs to make improvements, the Care Quality Commission has found.

    I'll have more on this at 15:00.

  21. Missing girl found

    Thames Valley Police have confirmed that a woman who went missing on Wednesday has been found.

    Millie Lee

    Millie Lee, 18, went missing in Standlake, but was found on Thursday.

  22. Coming up

    Cristina Parry

    Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    On the Kat Orman show this afternoon: Kat will be joined by Kevin Whately.

    Kevin Whatley as Lewis

    Best loved for his role as Det Insp Lewis in both Inspector Morse with the late John Thaw, and now Lewis - Oxford is no stranger to him.

    We'll be asking him about his plans for the future, after saying there will be just one more series of the Lewis series.

  23. Police Tweetathon

    Thames Valley Police tweets: We're holding a #Tweetathon on Friday night to highlight #alcoholharm and what we do about it. Just follow #TVPnights

  24. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Improvements still need to be made at a residential unit for people with learning disabilities in Bicester, according to inspectors.

    Join me for the full details at 14:00.

  25. Friday congestion building

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    The usual Friday afternoon traffic is building up.

    It's very slow traffic on A40 London Road westbound in Oxford, between Thornhill Park And Ride and Headington Roundabout in the roadworks area.

    And there's also congestion on the A34 Western By-Pass Road northbound at Botley Interchange.

  26. Dylan Thomas in Oxford

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    A new literary tour is shining a spotlight on Dylan Thomas in Oxford.

    Dylan Thomas at the BBC

    During the great Welsh poet's time in and around the city he knuckled down on his masterpiece Under Milk Wood, appeared on the BBC, indulged in plenty of heavy drinking, and was kicked out of his lodgings by a jealous husband.

    The new tour is taking place on Saturday, organised by Literature Wales.

  27. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: The fight against extremism has been brought into the classroom.

    Portsmouth school

    Counter-terrorism police in Portsmouth are giving pupils anti-extremism lessons in schools to try and prevent young people becoming radicalised.

    It's after a group of men from Portsmouth travelled to Syria to fight with the terror group Islamic State. Join David Allard at 13:30.

  28. Caterham pushing for buyer

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Caterham's administrators have told BBC Radio Oxford that they are making an effort this weekend to try and find a buyer for the Leafield-based Formula 1 team.

    Caterham F1 car

    Administrator and the interim Caterham F1 team principal Finbarr O'Connell believes appearing on the Abu Dhabi grid, after missing the last two Grand Prix, would be a big help.

    He said "We need to persuade one of those we're talking to to make the purchase decision, and being here makes a huge difference."

  29. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A woman who went missing from West Oxfordshire has been found.

    Millie Lee, 18, from Standlake, was found yesterday.

    Join me for all the headlines at 13:00.

  30. Call for HIV testing

    A total of 2,836 people are estimated to be living with HIV in the Thames Valley, according to the Terrence Higgins Trust.

    HIV blood test

    The charity says a quarter of those people will be undiagnosed, and therefore could pass the infection on, and has urged people who may have been at risk from the virus to get tested.

    The figures for 2013 show that there were 152 newly diagnosed people in the region, which was a decrease of 11% from the previous year.

  31. Courses for horses

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Horses and officers from Thames Valley Police have been practicing dealing with protests and demonstrations.

    Mounted police training

    Officers from across the force and three horses worked on tactics at a training centre in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire,

    Police said it was also an opportunity for foot officers to learn how to work with horses.

  32. On air

    Will Wilkin

    Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    Coming up on the Howard Bentham show: At the age of two, Charlotte Nott contracted meningitis and as a result, lost all four of her limbs.

    Charlotte Nott

    Her family are constantly trying to raise money to help Charlotte walk, with the help of prosthetic legs, but they cost around £6,000 and are not funded by the NHS.

    New 3D printing technology could provide prosthetic hands that could transform her life. Charlotte's mum Jenny will be speaking to Howard about the special hands on air soon.

  33. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The life of Winston Churchill is being commemorated at Blenheim Palace with memorial path being built to mark the 50th anniversary of his death next year.

    Join me for all the headlines at 12:00.

  34. Lighting up the town

    The Henley Standard tweets: Are we going to see you tonight at the #SwitchOnAndShop? Come & see #Henley get festive >>


    Are you going to any Christmas Light festivities? Let us know on Local Live.

  35. No Grammar school to degree link

    Judith Burns

    Education reporter, BBC News

    Grammar school pupils in the 1980s were no more likely to gain degrees from "elite" universities like Oxford, than comprehensive pupils, research shows.

    University lecture 1990s

    But private school pupils had a greater chance of gaining degrees at the highly selective institutions, it suggests.

    The researchers analysed data on 7,700 people in England and Wales, born in the same week in 1970.

  36. 'Quality of care maintained'

    Diane Hedges from the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group told BBC Radio Oxford that the complexity of the system is what causes delays.

    Busy hospital ward

    She also said that patients weren't being affected: "Clearly we're disappointed that we haven't moved forward on delayed transfers, but what I think Oxfordshire can be very proud of and the most important thing is the quality of care is being maintained."

  37. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Health bosses say working together will help solve Oxfordshire's bed-blocking crisis after it was revealed the problem is costing our hospitals £6.5m a year.

    Join me for more on that and the other headlines at 11:00.

  38. UKIP's Rochester win 'disappointing'

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Conservative MP for Banbury Sir Tony Baldry told me that losing the Rochester and Strood by-election to UKIP as "disappointing".

    Nigel Farage MEP and Mark Reckless MP

    However, Sir Tony said that coming second to former Tory MP Mark Reckless was far from disastrous.

    He said: "There was a complete collapse in the Liberal vote and there was a very large collapse in the Labour vote. We didn't do too badly, we cut Reckless's majority from the last general election significantly."

    He went on to predict that the Conservatives will win Rochester back next may at the general election. You can listen back to our interview here.

  39. New U's striker 'worth the wait'

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United new signing Patrick Hoban is joining the club on a free transfer but because he is an international transfer, he will only be available from 1 January.

    Michael Appleton

    Boss Michael Appleton told BBC Radio Oxford that the striker would be worth the wait.

    He said: "He's a real threat, scored bags of goals over in Ireland. We're excited to get him in, let him have a look at the place, get training with the players and when the first of January comes he'll be raring to get into the team."

  40. Taxi driver assault appeal

    Thames Valley Police is appealing for information relating to an assault on a taxi driver in Abingdon Road, Steventon in Abingdon at around 03:45 on 21 September.

    CCTV image of man

    Officer say they are keen to speak to a man captured in CCTV images.

    If you have any information or know the identity of the man in the picture above, please call the 24-hour non-emergency Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

  41. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's been an 11% fall in the number of people in the Thames Valley being diagnosed with HIV, according to the Terrence Higgins Trust.

    I'll have all the details at 10:00.

  42. A garden fit for a Prince

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A new garden that is dedicated to preserving the countries historic fruit and vegetables is to get a royal visitor later.

    Raymond Blanc

    Prince Charles will will be shown rare vegetables from across Europe which are have been conserved in the National Heritage Garden in the grounds of Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons restaurant in Great Milton.

    Head Gardener Anne Marie Owens told BBC Radio Oxford she expects Prince Charles to ask some detailed questions: "I've been to Highgrove, I'm aware of what they do, I've met his gardeners, so I feel I have a little insight into how he feels about gardening."

  43. Rowers on the Thames

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    This picture of rowers out enjoying the early autumn sunshine was taken by Ana Matak Siviour.

    Rowers on the Thames

    The sight of longboats and rowers is common throughout Oxford's waterways, although perhaps not in today's weather!

    You can see more photos taken by Ana on flickr.

  44. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfordshire's hospitals are spending £6.5m a year looking after healthy people stuck on their wards.

    Join me for more on this at 09:00.

  45. United sign League of Ireland star

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United have signed the top goal scorer in Ireland.

    Pat Hoban and Howard Beverland

    Patrick Hoban joins the U's on a deal that will run to the end of next season, with the club having the option of a further year.

    The 23-year-old scored 20 goals for Dundalk, who clinched the League of Ireland last season.

    He told BBC Radio Oxford: "I felt I needed a new challenge and I always wanted to go across the water, Oxford showed the biggest interest and I'm happy to be here."

  46. Bed blocking

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Bed-blocking targets in Oxfordshire are still being missed, costing the county's hospitals £6.5m a year to look after healthy people who are stuck on the wards.

    Hospital ward

    Up to 140 patients each month in Oxfordshire can't leave hospital because there's nowhere for them to go - giving us some of the highest bed-blocking levels in the country.

    Labour councillor Susanna Pressel, deputy chair of the county council's health scrutiny committee, said the problem must be sorted.

    She said: "It's what leads to queues of ambulances, people on trolleys in corridors, all because there are people stuck in bed who ought to be at home."

  47. A329 accident

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    I've received reports of a serious collision on the A329 - currently blocking the road from Warborough to Newington - on the very sharp bend at the turn for Berrick Salome.

    Police say it looks to be a single vehicle accident possibly involving black ice.

  48. Murky start, but drier later

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    There is some poor visibility to start the day with some hill fog around in places, then we start to see rain sweeping in from the west.

    Holly Green

    Things will turn drier later in the day with highs of around 12C (54F).

  49. Good Morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Brrrrrrrr. It was a cold and misty start for me, but welcome along to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire this Friday 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.