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  1. Updates from Monday 24 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from us today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday.

  2. Evening TV

    Adina Campbell

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: NHS workers across our region have been on strike today - for the second time in two months.

    NHS strike picket line

    They're protesting over the size of next year's pay rise, and today's action comes as we found out that a fifth of nursing posts in Oxfordshire are currently vacant.

    And, the mother of former Oxford United footballer Robert Hughes, who was attacked outside a nightclub in Greece, says she's worried about raising the money she needs to fly witnesses to Crete again next year after the retrial was postponed.

    Join me for more on those stories at 18:30.

  3. Foggy and cold

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    With light winds, temperatures are going to drop fairly quickly this evening.

    Bee Tucker

    We'll see some mist and fog forming quite widely, particularly in northern parts where it will be fairly dense in places.

    We could possibly get down to -3C (27F) in some rural spots.

  4. Pepperell swipes 100,000 euro prize

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Eddie Pepperell finished tied for 26th at the World Tour Golf Championships in Dubai.

    Eddie Pepperell

    He improved as the weekend went on and it was worth it as the four rounds of golf earned the Frillford Heath member 100,000 euros.

  5. History centre closing for works

    via Facebook

    Oxfordshire County Council has announced that the county's history centre is closing for three weeks:

    Oxfordshire History Centre

    "Oxfordshire History Centre is closing for three weeks as of Tuesday while we work on a new and more comfortable reception area.

    "But you can still check the catalogues online, or pop in to see them at their temporary home at Oxford Central Library!"

  6. Welsh run goes on

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Another weekend another defeat for London Welsh who scored the first try of the match against Leicester at the Kassam stadium.

    London Welsh vs Leicester Tigers

    Nick Scott's effort was quickly cancelled out as the Tigers went on to win 26-5.

  7. Easter By-pass blocked

    There's queuing traffic and one lane blocked on the A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road westbound in Oxford between Littlemore roundabout and Heyford Hill roundabout.

    It's being caused by a broken down vehicle.

  8. School walk death accused to appear in December

    Sue Paz

    BBC News, South

    Robert Blackwell, who has been charged with causing the death of a 14-year-old girl by dangerous driving, will appear at Oxford Crown Court on 8 December.

    Robert Blackwell

    Liberty Baker died in hospital after a car mounted the pavement as she walked to school in Witney, Oxfordshire, on 30 June.

    Mr Blackwell, 19, of Hayway Lane, Bampton, is also charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

    He appeared at Banbury Magistrates' Court to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

  9. News on the hour

    Sarah Passmore

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a woman was assaulted in the car park of a pub in Kidlington.

    I'll have all the details at 17:00.

  10. Last jam disappointment for Oxford Roller Derby

    Robot Alicorn Attack

    Oxfordshire Roller Derby

    Oxford Roller Derby took on Big Bucks High Rollers in the Heartland Series finals yesterday as the year-long tournament drew to a close.

    Oxford Roller Derby

    The nail-bitingly close game came down to the last jam but ultimately ORD lost 142-145.

    They may have lost by three points, but they got to support their Big Bucks training buddies who proceeded to win third place.

    Congratulations to the Heartland Series 2014 champions Romsey Town Rollerbillies.

  11. Orchard centre extension

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The long-awaited second phase of Didcot's shopping centre development is finally looking like it is happening.

    The Orchard Centre was opened in 2005 - with a theatre, cinema, Sainsburys superstore and parade of shops.

    The leader of South Oxfordshire District Council John Cotton told BBC Radio Oxford that Marks and Spencer's had committed to phase two of the precinct.

    He told David Prever: "I would hope we could be doing something towards the end of next year, and if all goes well we could be shopping in those new shops as soon as 2016 or early 2017."

  12. Non-stop salsa

    Oxford Times

    Sixteen dancers who took part in a 10 hour salsa marathon in Oxford on Saturday were only allowed two toilet breaks each all day as they raised £5,000 for a cancer charity.

  13. Bicester flooding

    Sinead Carroll

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    I've been to the Stratton Audley Road in Stoke Lyne to cover the flooding caused by the burst water main. Thames Water now clearing up.

    Flooded road
  14. Man in court over school walk death

    A man has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a 14-year-old girl by dangerous driving.

    Liberty Baker

    Liberty Baker died in hospital after a car mounted the pavement as she walked to school in Witney, Oxfordshire, on 30 June.

    Robert Blackwell, 19, of Hayway Lane, Bampton, is also charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

  15. News on the hour

    Sarah Passmore

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A man and a woman have been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital with injuries following a crash on the A44 at Begbroke.

    I'll have all the headlines at 16:00.

  16. Mixed results for Wheatley

    Jake Durbin

    Wheatley RFC

    A mixed bag of results for Wheatley with the first team slipping up against league rivals Gosford All Blacks, losing 16-3 in a pretty uneventful game.

    Wheatley Vs Harlequins

    Luckily there was a second team game taking place at the same time on the other pitch, which could provide the faithful Wheatley supporters with the excitement they needed.

    Five tries from the home side was enough to see off a spirited Harlequins side, 40-5, with the big talking point being the illegal felling of Jake Durbin just metres short of line that robbed him of his first try of the year.

  17. On air

    Cristina Parry

    Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    Alex Lester is sitting in for Kat Orman this afternoon, and joining him is Simon Townsend, the Banbury Museum's director.

    The Museum is currently hosting the Royal Photographic society's International Print Exhibition, and Simon will talk us through his favourite pictures.

    Snowy mountains

    One of them is called Lonely Heart, and was taken in Landmannalaugar, Iceland by Dominique Dubied from Switzerland

    You can see more images on our Facebook page.

  18. Chiltern Interchange accident

    There is slow traffic on the A34 northbound at Chilton Interchange because of an accident on the A4185.

  19. News on the hour

    Sarah Passmore

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A burst water main has caused disruption to traffic on Stratton Audley Road in Stoke Lyne near Bicester.

    I'll have more on that and the other headlines at 15:00.

  20. U's wait on Roberts

    Jerome Sale

    Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United are assessing a hamstring injury picked up by teenage striker James Roberts in their goalless draw against AFC Wimbledon.

    James Roberts

    The U's chief executive Mark Ashton told us the extent of the damage is not yet known.

    He said: "You had to feel for young James, unfortunately we won't know until tomorrow the depth of the injury. I spoke with our physio last night and he said that he wasn't as sore yesterday as he was directly after the game so we'll just have to keep our fingers crossed."

  21. Anti-terrorism appeal

    via Facebook

    Thames Valley Police have posted an appeal on Facebook for the public to engage in their anti-terrorism operations.

    "As police forces across the country take action this week to involve the public in preventing terrorism, Thames Valley Police and the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) are calling for people and businesses to get involved in keeping the south east area, and the rest of the UK, safe."

    Det Ch Insp Dennis Evernden from SECTU said: "The danger we face from violent extremists has changed; they are no longer a distant problem in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan. Now they are often born and bred in the UK. We need the public to continue to be vigilant to things that are out of place or suspicious and report it to the police."

  22. City keeper's impressive debut

    Mike Allen

    Oxford City FC

    Oxford City climbed up to sixth in the Vanarama North table following a comprehensive 2-0 victory at strugglers Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday.

    Salva de la Cruz punching a football

    Former Spanish Under-20 International Salva de la Cruz made an impressive debut in the City goal, producing a string of fine saves.

    Stalybridge were unable to cope with City's slick passing game and on 24 minutes, Adi Yussef beat the offside trap to put the visitors ahead.

    City continued to dominate the game after the break and it was Yussuf who again exploited the static Celtics defence on 63 minutes for his second brace in consecutive games.

  23. News on the hour

    Sarah Passmore

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    NHS workers in Oxfordshire have returned to work after staging a four hour strike in a dispute over pay.

    Join me for all the headlines at 14:00.

  24. MP for the day

    Oxfordshire teenager Tara Paxton-Doggett became an MP for the day when she accompanied Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson for Takeover Day on Friday 21 November 2014.

    Justin Tomlinson MP and Tara Paxton-Doggett

    Tara, who is the elected Member of the UK Youth Parliament for South Oxfordshire, got an insight into what a member of parliament does by attending meetings and spending time in the Conservative Party office.

  25. A44 closed

    The A44 Woodstock Road in Begbroke is still closed southbound between the Langford Lane junction and the Sandy Lane junction, because of an accident.

  26. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: Police are hoping to cut the number of illegal weapons in the Thames Valley through a two week gun amnesty that starts today.

    Thames Valley Police armoury

    Firearms were used in nearly 150 recorded crimes in the Thames Valley last year.

    For the next fortnight, unlicensed guns, bullets and antique firearms can be handed into police without prosecution.

    Join Roger Finn at 13:30.

  27. Freezing in Abingdon

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    We have received this picture of a misty and frosty looking Abingdon from Becca Collacott.

    Lake in Abingdon

    If you have captured a picturesque scene, who not share it with Oxfordshire through Local Live? Email it to us here.

  28. News on the hour

    Sarah Passmore

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A man's suffered serious head and leg injuries after being hit by a car on the A44 north of Woodstock.

    The road was closed for around two hours, after the collision near the Duke of Marlborough pub just after 08:00 this morning.

    Get the latest with me on BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00.

  29. Fog warning

    The Met office has issued a fog warning for the region for today today and tomorrow: Yellow severe weather warning for #fog has been issued. Stay #weatheraware at

    Weather warning graphic
  30. Nurse recruitment 'a national issue'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Almost a fifth of nursing posts are vacant in Oxfordshire, with the cost of living being blamed for lagging recruitment and staff leaving.

    Hospital corridor

    Phil Gayle spoke to Catherine Stoddart, chief nurse at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust to ask what was being done to address the issue.

    She said: "We have had an open day and invited potential applicants to have a look. We go to schools, we go to universities and have undertaken an international recruitment campaign to build our numbers of more experienced nurses."

    She explained: "Nursing recruitment is a national issue, but Oxford is very close to London, so nurses often move there. Oxford is an expensive place to live but we're hoping that by providing staff with opportunities for career advancement you can offset that."

    You can listen back to this interview here.

  31. A44 blocked by accident

    The A44 Woodstock Road in Begbroke is partially blocked southbound between the Spring Hill Road junction and the Sandy Lane junction, because of an accident.

    And in Abingdon one lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the A34 northbound in at Abingdon North, because of a shed load.

  32. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Firefighters have been pumping water away from a burst main after an eight inch pipe ruptured on Stratton Audley Road in Stoke Lyne near Bicester.

    I'll have more on that story and the other headlines at 12:00.

  33. Didcot demolish Wimborne to extend unbeaten run

    Joffy Chinnock

    Didcot Town FC

    John Mills struck consecutive league hat tricks as Didcot thrashed Wimborne 5-1 to extend an unbeaten league run to 11 matches.

    Didcot vs Wimborne

    Didcot took control of the contest after just 90 seconds when Pablo Haysham fired home. Mills scored two of his goals in the first half, his second taking his tally to an incredible 30 goals already this season.

    Wimborne hit back just before half time when Jamie Davidson scored, however Mills got his hat trick and his 50th for the club, and Matt Clark scored his first Didcot goal to make sure of the victory.

  34. £800m to widen A34

    Wallingford Herald

    Plans to widen the A34 in both directions through Oxfordshire would cost at least £800 million, a new report has revealed.

  35. Keeping guns out of the wrong hands

    A firearms amnesty in the Thames Valley is intended to prevent criminals gaining access to guns and ammunition.

    Ch Insp Lindsay James

    Ch Insp Lindsay James told BBC Oxford: "We are offering a surrender so people can bring in any unwanted guns, ammunition, stun guns, CS spray and pepper spray into the police stations because they will be free of prosecution.

    "Licence holders are also encouraged to use this amnesty to consider the surrender of weapons they no longer have a use for."

  36. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Fish like chub, barbel and dace are being put back into the River Thames in Oxfordshire today by the Environment Agency.

    Join me for all the headlines at 11:00.

  37. Gun amnesty begins

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    A firearms and ammunition amnesty has begun in the Thames Valley to reduce the number of illegally held weapons.

    Table with firearms on

    Those who hand in unlicensed guns, bullets and antique firearms to Thames Valley Police before 22:00 on 7 December will not face prosecution for illegal possession.

  38. Oxford from New College Tower

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Today's banner image was taken by Matt Landells, from the tower of New College.

    Oxford skyline

    Oxford offers a few well known high vantage points to appreciate the dreaming spires, and Matt's photo nicely captures the combination of city and countryside very well.

    You can see more photos taken by Matt on his Flickr page.

  39. Nurse vacancies rising

    BBC Radio Oxford

    BBC Radio Oxford has learnt almost a fifth of nursing posts in Oxfordshire's hospitals are vacant.

    Nurses on a ward

    Figures obtained under a Freedom of Information request show the number of empty posts has risen in the past year, and staff turnover has also increased.

    Former nurse Cheryl Booth told us that the cost of living in Oxfordshire is putting off new recruits.

    She said: "Their basic rate of pay is £21,300 - out of that will come their living expenses and they get absolutely no perks in their job that could be considered specific to this area or to the profession."

  40. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A woman has been sexually assaulted in a pub car park in Kidlington.

    It happened outside the Black Bull on Banbury Road in the early hours of Sunday morning.

    Join me for more on that and all the other headlines at 10:00.

  41. Daughter's despair at ashes pig theft

    Banbury Cake

    A life-size fibreglass pig containing the ashes of a Second World War veteran has been stolen from his daughter's home.

  42. Sunrise this morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    It may be cold and frosty, but it was a bright and colourful sky above Oxford this morning.

    Sunrise above Oxford

    If you've got a photo of the county you'd like to share with the BBC, why not send it in to Local Live.

  43. A40 accident

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The A40 is partially blocked both ways at Barnard Gate after an three vehicle accident - two cars and a motorbike. The ambulance is there.

  44. Wootton accident

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The B4437 closed is in both directions because of an accident at Wootton between the A44 (Duke Of Marlborough Pub Junction) and Stonesfield Riding. There is very slow traffic in the area.

  45. Burst water main

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Pedro Collins from Stoke Lyne near Bicester has called to say that there was a burst water main on the Stratton Audley Road.

    He told Phil Gayle: "Already two properties have suffered some flooding, the fire service are in attendance trying to divert the water away from people's houses."

    He added: "There's a field where we keep a few sheep out the back which is completely flooded, it's now trickling through the garden at the top and I hope my house, and the other houses don't get affected. It's not the first time water mains have burst up there, but this one's a whopper."

  46. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    NHS workers from 13 unions in Oxfordshire are on strike this morning as part of a national dispute about pay.

    Join me for more on that at 09:00.

  47. Missing person appeal

    via Facebook

    A missing person appeal has been posted on the Thames Valley Police Facebook page:

    Kerri Hutt

    "Have you seen Kerri Hutt also called Kerri Sutherland, missing from Witney and last seen in Milton Keynes?

    "Police want to be sure she is safe. Please read the following and get in touch if you know where she is."

  48. NHS strike

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Today marks the start of our special week looking at the health service in Oxfordshire.

    NHS strike picket line

    NHS workers in Oxfordshire have begun a strike as part of national action over pay and Unions expect thousands of their members to refuse to work from 07:00 this morning until 11:00.

    Our reporter Serena Martin is outside the John Radcliffe Hospital with staff on the picket line this morning.

    One striker told her: "My wage is £8 per hour which has taken 12 years to get. Inflation is going up but my wages don't."

  49. A34 slip road accident

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On the A34 Northbound exit slip road, we've had reports of a two car accident blocking the inside lane.

    It's also heavy both ways on the A34 between the M40 junction nine and Islip.

    The M40 is busy Southbound from junction 10 for Brackley to nine at the Wendlebury Interchange.

    And the A40's crawling along now Eastbound towards Oxford from Witney to Cassington.

  50. Bright day to come

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    A cold start to things with some mist and fog around at first, but that should lift and clear through the morning and then we get to see some sunshine.

    Holly Green

    So a lovely bright day to come with top temperatures of 8C (46F).

  51. Good morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

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