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  1. Updates from Friday 28 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

    That's it for Local Live for Oxfordshire for today. You can get in touch throughout the weekend via email, Facebook or Twitter, and we'll bring you all the travel, weather, sport and news on Monday from 08:00.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Dry and chilly night

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Tonight we may see a few pokey showers, but a largely dry night to come for most of us.

    Bee Tucker

    Where we do get some breaks in the cloud we will see a touch of mist forming.

    A bit cooler than last night, with lows of 8C (46F).

  3. Evening TV

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: Police have been advising drivers to stay away from Bicester - as shoppers heading towards Bicester Village looking for Black Friday bargains brought roads to a standstill.

    Bicester Village

    The A34 from Oxford and the A41 were stationery at one point, with long tailbacks on the M40 on the approach to junction nine, at Bicester.

    This afternoon, some motorists were queuing for up to three hours.

    I'll have more on that and all the other top stories from the region at 18:30.

  4. Overnight closure

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Something to be aware of - overnight in Didcot the A4130 will be closed from 20:00 until 06:00 in the morning between the Milton Road Roundabout and Hawksworth.

  5. Renewable energy scheme exceeds target

    The Low Carbon hub, an Oxfordshire social enterprise that works with community energy schemes has reached it's target of £1.5m to deliver a series of renewable energy projects for the county.

    Oxford MP Andrew Smith tweets: Congratulations to @LowCarbonHub on the final day of its share offer for beating their £1.5m target to spread #communityenergy across Oxford

  6. Priority for sickest patients

    Oxford University Hospitals NHS trust cancelled 258 operations at the last minute for non clinical reasons between April - September 2014.

    Hospital ward

    The Care Quality Commission visited the John Radcliffe hospital earlier this year and raised concerns about the number of cancelled operations, and told the Trust to make improvements.

    The Trust responded that as a regional centre for trauma, Oxfordshire's hospitals treat seriously ill patients from across the region and they must prioritise the sickest patients for critical care bed.

  7. Operation cancelled seven times

    Serena Martin

    Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    An Oxfordshire woman has had her back surgery cancelled seven times in the past 18 months.

    Patricia Ludlow

    Patricia Ludlow, who's from Stanford in the Vale, has been waiting for an operation since May 2013.

    She told me that the most recent cancellation happened minutes before she expected to enter the operating theatre: "I just cried and cried, and said this cannot happen, I can't do this anymore, I cannot do this to my family."

    One this occaision human error meant a bed had not been booked for her. Patricia has been offered another date for the operation in December.

  8. Sexual exploitation searches continue

    Following the raid on the Athena Guest House in Cowley Road, Thames Valley Police have carried out searches at a further seven properties.

    Sexual exploitation operation

    Two people have been arrested on suspicion of arranging for people to be brought into Britain for the sex trade.

    The arrests were made at 20:00 last night.

  9. 'Messy, overcrowded and not an easy day'

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    The traffic problems around Bicester Village seem to be easing, but one shopper told BBC Oxford that it had "not been an easy shopping day".

    Bicester Village

    Natalie Taylor travelled from south east London with her 16-year-old son, she said: "It's so packed, there's queues for almost every shop. I've never seen so many security guards in such a small space.

    "Most people like myself are surprisingly calm, however there's a few who aren't. We have literally had to queue for everything, from the shuttle bus, to the shops, and the restaurants."

  10. Eastern by-pass crawling

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's some really heavy traffic building around the county.

    The A40 Westbound out of Oxford from the Wolvercote Roundabout to the Eynsham Roundabout is very slow moving.

    Around Oxford, there is heavy congestion on the Oxford Ring Road clockwise from Cowley to the A34 at the Hinksey Hill Interchange.

    Littlemore to the Headington Roundabout on the Eastern Bypass anticlockwise is absolutely crawling.

  11. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    An Oxfordshire farmer says he is £50,000 down because of a cut in the milk price.

    I'll have more on this story at 17:00.

  12. Skye Hall parent 'mum of the year'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The mother of Skye Hall, a disabled child from Abingdon who died in August after battling cancer, has been named mum of the year at a national awards ceremony.

    Skye Hall

    Sally Hall was given the honour at Tesco's Mother and Baby awards this week, having been nominated by her cousin.

    Sally told BBC Radio Oxford that accepting the award had been difficult: "Of course there is no winning in child loss, truly winning would be to kiss your child goodnight and hear the words, I love you to the moon and back mummy."

  13. Sports Awards

    Jerome Sale

    Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    The ninth annual Oxfordshire Sports Awards are staged tonight at the Kassam Stadium, with BBC Radio Oxford hosting the event.

    The ceremony will see awards presented in 10 different categories.

    You can follow the event on our Twitter feed or Facebook page.

  14. Language lessons for army officers

    Emma Jane Kirby

    BBC News

    From 2018 company and squadron commanders will have to learn a second language otherwise they will be passed over for promotion.

    Army personel

    Language lessons are already well underway in the Defence Academy in Shrivenham.

    Private Jonathan Lennard told me: "Now I can fully realise how important it is to speak another language, especially today now that the world is such a small place. It gives you such a leg up with regards relationships with the locals and them respecting you."

  15. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's major traffic disruption in north Oxfordshire, as Bicester has become gridlocked by Black Friday shoppers.

    Join me for the latest update on this at 16:00.

  16. Two hour delays to Bicester

    Thames Valley Police tweets: Delays into #BicesterVillage are currently two hours long. Please avoid area if possible #M40 #A34 #A41

  17. Churchill carriage restored for anniversary

    BBC Radio Oxford

    January will see the 50th anniversary of the death and funeral of Winston Churchill.

    On 30 January 1965, Churchill was given a state funeral at St. Paul's and then taken by train from London to Long Hanborough and his final resting place at the church in Bladon.

    Winston Churchill funeral carriage

    The carriage that Churchill's body travelled in that day has since been lost, found, taken to the US and finally bought back to the National Railway museum in Shildon.

    Senior curator of Rail Vehicles Anthony Coulls told Howard Bentham that the carriage is in a "fantastic condition".

    He said: "Our team have all been working like mad since September so that this vehicle is ready to take centre stage in the museum."

  18. Bicester blocked

    There's lots of cars queuing on the M40 southbound at the J9 exit, blocking the inside lane coming from J10.

    There's also big hold-ups on the A34 northbound coming up from the Botley Interchange towards J9 - and if you're heading up from Peartree expect stationary traffic.

    And the A41 to Bicester northbound is also gridlocked to the Little Chef roundabout, and if you're coming westbound.

  19. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    There is traffic gridlock around Bicester Village as Black Friday shoppers are queuing for bargains.

    Join me for all the headlines at 15:00.

  20. Black Friday traffic chaos

    via Facebook

    Thames Valley Police have taken to Facebook to warn people to avoid Bicester due to heavy traffic at Bicester Village.

    Supt James Templer said: "We know it is very busy and we are working with our partners in Oxfordshire, and Bicester Village itself, to try and alleviate the pressure.

    "I would recommend that people avoid the area if they can."

  21. Wolff gets bite at test driver role

    Jerome Sale

    Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    Susie Wolff has been promoted to the official test driver job for the Oxfordshire-based Formula 1 team Williams for the 2015 season.

    Susie Wolff

    It means she would be first choice to race for the Grove-based firm, in a Grand Prix should Valtteri Bottas or Felipe Massa not be available.

  22. Christ Church cows

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Today's banner image shows Christ Church College and Meadow, a green escape in the heart of the city.

    Christ Church

    The picture was taken by George Pulford, and you can see more of his photos on his flickr page

  23. 'Lucky to escape alive'

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Thames Valley Police has charged a 45-year-old man with arson with intent to endanger life following an incident in Oxford in January.

    Mallard Close, Oxford

    Firefighters said the three men and two women who jumped from windows were lucky to escape with their lives.

    Martin Nganga, from Tiverton Road in Wembley, London has been remanded in custody to appear at Oxford Crown Court on 12 December.

  24. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A man has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life, after a fire in Oxford.

    Join me for more on that at 14:00.

  25. Magna Carta artwork

    Oxford University's Ruskin School of Art has commissioned artist Cornelia Parker to produce a commemorative piece of art to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

    Cornelia Parker

    The Embroidery will replicate the Wikipedia article on Magna Carta as it appeared on the 799th anniversary on 15 June 2014, and will be unveiled next May.

    Cornelia Parker explained her vision: "This is a snapshot of where the debate about the Magna Carta is right now, a contemporary interpretation of Magna Carta placing more emphasis on the word rather than the image."

  26. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Labour has won the Oxfordshire County Council by-election for the Leys ward.

    Join me for more on that at 13:00.

  27. Revenge evictions

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford's two MPs are backing an attempt to change the law so that landlords can't evict tenants just because they have asked for repairs.

    Estate Agents window

    The bill has been put forward by the Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather - and is being co-sponsored by both Nicola Blackwood and Andrew Smith.

    Ryan was a victim of one of these "revenge evictions" - after asking his landlord to sort out black mould.

    He told BBC Radio Oxford: "I lived in the flat for four years, and put up with it, but it got worse. So I contacted the local council's environmental health private tenants team, and within a couple of weeks of them being involved I received my notice to quit."

  28. Hospital opening faces delay

    Bicester Advertiser

    The opening of Bicester's new community hospital could be delayed until the new year if the facility is not ready to open next week, an NHS boss said.

  29. Oxford activities app launched

    A new app has been launched for young people in Oxfordshire, which offers information on activities and events.

    Bungee logo

    Bungee was developed by youngsters at Film Oxford with backing from Oxford City Council.

    The app helps you find things to do based on your location and interests.

  30. 'Shock' at sexual exploitation arrests

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford MP Nicola Blackwood has said she was "shocked" to learn of the police raid on a guest house on the Cowley Road as part of a police investigation into sexual exploitation in the city.

    Police raid on Cowley Road guest house

    She told Phil Gayle: "We feel in Oxford that we have taken a lot of action to try and prevent these appalling crimes and to have another incident of this kind is going to be very distressing for many people."

    She added: "I am pleased that the problem was identified and action was taken."

  31. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    An attempt to change the law to stop landlords evicting tenants just because they've asked for repairs is being backed by both of Oxford's MPs.

    Join me for more on that at 12:00.

  32. Book worms quizzed

    Wantage Herald

    The literary knowledge of hundreds of Oxfordshire pupils was put to the test during the regional heat of a national contest.

  33. Barnett unsure of U's future

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United striker Tyrone Barnett admits his future is uncertain after the club recruitment of three new forwards in the space of a week.

    Tyrone Barnett

    Barnett's loan from Peterborough is due to expire in the middle of next month, but United haven't ruled out trying to sign him permanently when the transfer window opens in January.

    He said: "I can only focus on myself, work hard in training and hopefully that produces in games."

    You can hear tomorrow's game at Cheltenham, exclusively on BBC Radio Oxford on 95.2Fm and digital radio from 14:00.

  34. Beard be gone

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    I've been getting my beard shaved live on air for Movember. Thank you Samuel from Giovanni's in Oxford for doing the moustache topiary

    Howard Bentham
  35. 'Early stages of investigation'

    Helen Catt

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    After the police raid on the Athena Guest House on the Cowley Road, which saw two people arrested as part of an investigation into sexual exploitation in Oxford, police said they were in the "early stages" of the case.

    Police officers raiding Athena Guests House

    Sgt Neil Applegarth, from the East Oxford Neighbourhood Team appealed for anyone with information to contact them immediately, and apologised to local residents for any inconvenience during last night's activity.

  36. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Thames Valley is one of the areas showing the greatest progress in cutting the numbers of people experiencing a mental health crisis being taken to police cells.

    I'll have more on that and the other headlines at 11:00.

  37. Community core to new orchard

    A new Community Orchard is being planted in Brightwell cum Sotwell this weekend, with the aim of preserving the heritage varieties of apple found in the village and educating children about the crop.

    Children tasting and taking home fruit

    The first tree will be planted at a ceremony at 11:00 on Saturday.

  38. Website of the Year hacked

    Oxford-based charity website was hacked just days after winning the Good Web Guide's charity Website of the Year award.

    The site was taken over by a pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel hacker collective on Sunday.

    The charity's chief executive, Luís Carrasqueiro, said: "It was very hard to believe, we can't understand why we would be targeted. The website supports thousands of people every day so obviously our first priority was to get the site back up quickly."

    The site was restored to normal operation on Wednesday afternoon.

  39. A close shave

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On the show this morning I will be completing a challenge I was set on my first show a month ago - to grow facial hair for Movember.

    Howard Benson

    Here's a picture of my beard as it stands, and will be shaving it off live on air at 10:45.

  40. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    There will be extra patrols police on the Cowley Road today to reassure people living there, after officers raided a guest house last night as part of an investigation into sexual exploitation.

    I'll have more on this at 10:00.

  41. John Radcliffe's legacy exhibition

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    The legacy of a physician who gave Oxford some of its landmark buildings is being explored in a new exhibition at the Bodleian Library.

    A wooden model of the Radcliffe Library from 1734-5 based on a design by Nicholas Hawksmoor and an illustration of John Radcliffe that was used as the frontispiece for a book of poetry published by the University of Oxford in 1715

    John Radcliffe left the bulk of his fortune to charitable causes on his death 300 years ago in 1714.

    This funded the Radcliffe Camera, which was Britain's first circular library, the Radcliffe Observatory and the Radcliffe Infirmary.

  42. By-election results

    via Facebook

    Oxford City Council have put a post on their Facebook Page giving the full rundown of results for the three by-elections that took place yesterday.

    Labour held the three seats in the election.

  43. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    At 09:00 I'll be bringing you more on the story about the Athena Guest House on the Cowley Road which was raided by 20 police officers as part of an investigation into sexual exploitation in Oxford.

  44. Cowley Road sexual exploitation

    Helen Catt

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    I've been to the Athena Guest House on the Cowley Road this morning, where last night police raided the property as part of an investigation into sexual exploitation in Oxford.

    Athena Guest House

    There was very little activity this morning, a few lights were on but not much indication that it had been the scene of two arrests.

  45. A34 lanes reopen

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    All lanes have just reopened on the A34 northbound at the Marcham Interchange - with the earlier two lorry accident now cleared.

    Phillip has called to say traffic is moving really well now though the area. Once you get to the Hinksey Hill Interchange it does slow a little, but actually better than most mornings he tells me.

  46. Cloudy morning, lifting later

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    A grey and damp start to the day and the cloud is going to be thick enough throughout the morning to give the odd outbreak of rain.

    Bee Tucker

    Some sunshine will develop with some fairly brisk easterly wind which should help to lift and break the cloud up.

    A mild afternoon with the best of the sunshine to the west with highs of around 11C (52F).

  47. Good Morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Good morning and welcome along to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire on 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.