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  1. Updates from Thursday 18 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather 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 today from BBC Local Live, we'll be back again from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the county.

  2. Evening TV

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: The foundations have been laid at Bicester's new railway station.

    Bicester Town station works

    It's part of a £130m investment, linking trains from a new station in north Oxford to London.

    Eventually, trains will run from Bicester Town to Milton Keynes as well. Join me for that and more at 18:30.

  3. Blustery overnight

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    There's a lot of cloud about with some hill fog and outbreaks of light and patchy rain.

    Bee Tucker

    Overnight there will be some persistent rain with blustery conditions and a cooler night than we've seen recently, down to 5C (41F).

  4. U's youngsters 'making history'

    Jerome Sale

    Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United youngsters will be making history tonight playing Manchester City in what will be the first fixture to be staged in the brand new Academy Arena.

    Manchester City's £200m training complex officially opens

    Manchester City have their own ground, the Etihad, but they're such a big club they have a £200m academy with this stadium right in the middle.

    U's boss Michael Appleton will be watching the FA Youth Cup game, and has given the players some advice ahead of the match.

    He said: "I told them that they had earned the right to be in the game and not to be passengers and I am sure they will give a good account of themselves."

  5. Military Voices honour fallen comrades

    BBC Radio Oxford

    One hundred years on from the first Christmas of World War One, voices from the armed forces have joined together to commemorate those who laid down their lives.

    CD cover

    The song, 1914 The Carol of Christmas by the Military Voices, features the RAF Spitfire Choir that includes Flt Lt Adele Dunlop, a servicewomen who is based at RAF Brize Norton.

    She told Nick Piercey that she was very excited to have released a CD: "It feels amazing just to be part of it, it's such an honour and we hope it will do very well for all the charities that it's raising the money for."

  6. Doric appeal West Way decision

    Developers behind a plan to revamp Botley's West Way shopping area have appealed against a decision to reject their plans.

    Botley redevelopment

    Doric Properties had submitted a scheme including a new supermarket, student housing, and a cinema.

    The project was unanimously turned down by councillors earlier this month - after a campaign by residents - who said the impact on the community would be too great.

    The date for the appeal has yet to be announced.

  7. 'The wrong area for a quarry'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    An Oxfordshire site earmarked for a large sand and gravel quarry has been designated an "important archaeological monument".


    It could mean plans for a sand and gravel pit on land near Clifton Hampden have to be reconsidered.

    Campaigner Jaqi Mason told BBC Radio Oxford that she welcomed the government's decision: "We hope that this designation will reduce the scale of any quarry, we strongly believe this is the wrong area in south Oxfordshire as we are limited by our road infrastructure and we already have a traffic problem."

  8. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A ceremony has taken place to mark a major milestone in the building of the new £22m Space Technology Centre in Harwell.

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

  9. 'Homemade' kebabs shortlisted for award

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The Bodrum Kebab Shop on the Cowley Road has been shortlisted for the Best Takeaway Outside London in the third annual British Kebab Awards.

    Kebab shop

    Hassan Asam, who has been working at the shop for nearly 10 years, told BBC Radio Oxford's Nick Piercey that kebabs have an undeserved bad reputation.

    He said: "None of our kebabs contain processed meat, everything is homemade on the premises, even the doner. It's all natural.

    "It's a public voting award so if people vote for us it will be good for the community too."

  10. Worcester Street roadworks complete

    The first stage of major roadworks in the middle of Oxford has been completed.

    Alternative plans for Frideswide Square

    Engineers have installed new four-way signals at Worcester Street.

    It's part of improvements to the Frideswide Square area - which will mean a whole new road layout is put in from February.

  11. 'An extraordinary collection'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The new director of the Ashmolean museum, Xa Sturgis, joined BBC Radio Oxford's Nick Piercey this morning, and told him how "privileged" he was in his job.

    Ashmolean Museum

    He said: "There is a huge variety in the role, the greatest excitement arriving there is actually getting to grips with this extraordinary collection.

    "It is unrivalled, the world's you can travel through is simply thrilling."

    You can listen back to the interview here.

  12. Not a second to lose

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    I've just had a momentary panic as I realised it is the last day to post 2nd class stamped mail to be delivered in time for Christmas.

    Christmas post

    Better get licking!

  13. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    An appeal has been launched against the decision to turn down planning permission for a redeveloping the West Way shopping centre in Botley.

    I'll have more on that at 16:00.

  14. Western Bypass congestion

    There is very slow traffic on the A34 Western Bypass Road northbound in Botley, after the Botley Interchange, because of an accident earlier on.

    All lanes have been reopened but congestion is running back to Abingdon North.

  15. New station on track

    Sinead Carroll

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    Chiltern Railways have laid the foundations for a new station at the Bicester Town station site.

    Bicester train station works

    The station is part of a £130m investment programme by Chiltern Railways to build a new rail route between Oxford and London.

  16. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    As the government announces how much money it will give councils across the country this lunchtime, one Oxfordshire Council has unveiled a complex partnership with two other councils to save it up to £12m over a decade.

    I'll have all the details at 15:00.

  17. Feedback

    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.

  18. CS Lewis letter exceeds estimate

    A previously unseen letter written by the novelist and former Oxford University tutor CS Lewis has been sold at auction for £5,497.

    CS Lewis letter

    The lot sold to a private buyer in California.

    Dominic Winter Auctioneers said that there was a lot of telephone interest from North America, South America and within the UK.

  19. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Councils are finding out today how much money they're to get from the government in the next financial year, with the leader of Oxfordshire County Council warning that next year it's looking even worse.

    I'll have more on this at 14:00.

  20. City Stars welcome back Andy Cox

    via Facebook

    Oxford City Stars have welcomed back Andy Cox to their team in a post on Facebook:

    "Andy has completed the signing of a two-way deal which will allow him to play for the Stars three times this season and he's expected in the line up for this Sunday's huge home clash against Solent at Oxpens Road.

    Andy Cox

    "A big thanks to Andy and our friends at the Slough Jets for making this possible."

  21. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: It's one of the most played Christmas songs of the last two decades, and has now spawned an internet viral sensation.

    Out of the blue

    Oxford University a cappella group Out of the Blue's version of All I want for Christmas is you has now had over 900,000 views on YouTube.

    The singers are hoping it will help them help some very ill children in Oxford.

    Join Caroline Richardson at 13:30.

  22. Festive foul

    Witney Gazette

    With just a week to go until we're tucking into our Christmas dinner, the turkey preparations are well under way, but butchers have said some people have opted for more unusual birds such as cockerel and guinea fowl.

  23. News on the hour

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The doctor who missed diagnosing six women in Oxfordshire with breast cancer, delaying their treatment by many months, is at the centre of an investigation.

    Listen live for all the headlines at 13:00.

  24. Gas leak prompts works

    Oxford Mail

    Resurfacing of the footpaths alongside Banbury Road is set to take place this week after a gas leak.

  25. Unseen CS Lewis letter auction

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A letter written by former Oxford University tutor CS Lewis is expected to fetch thousands of pounds at auction today.

    The author - famous for his Narnia series - wrote the letter about the nature of joy to a mysterious "Mrs Ellis" in 1945.


    Chris Albury, from Dominic Winter Auctioneers, told BBC Radio Oxford that the person selling the letter found it by chance in a copy of one of CS Lewis' books.

    He explained: "He bought the book second-hand and it was only after owning it for a few years that he opened it and discovered the letter inside. The book is worth £1, the letter, perhaps £2,000."

  26. Turkeys saved in radio vote

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    Two turkeys that were the subject of a radio vote, criticised by animal lovers including Queen guitarist Brian May, have been saved from slaughter.

    Sage and Onion

    Jack FM in Oxford ran an online vote on whether the turkeys, called Sage and Onion, should be cooked or kept alive.

    The RSPCA said it opposed any practice with the "potential to cause animals pain... in the name of entertainment".

    The station said 67% voted to save the pair, who will now be given to the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Essex.

  27. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Its unclear how six women in Oxfordshire whose breast cancer was misdiagnosed will be affected by a delay of many months.

    Oxfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has apologised to the women who are now receiving treatment.

    Join me for all the headlines at 12:00.

  28. Decade on from Asian Tsunami

    The Boxing Day Asian Tsunami 10 years ago raised more money for Oxfam from the public, than any of the Oxford based charity's other appeals in the last decade.

    Thailand Tsunami

    In the UK, Oxfam received almost £100m in donations. Jane Cocking, the humanitarian director at Oxfam, told BBC Radio Oxford that the money has made a big difference.

    She said: "When there's a big crisis like this, people are incredibly generous and people's lives change, so out of appalling disaster very very positive things happened. We can't take away the tragedy and loss of life, but it is remarkable to see how people are living now."

  29. Councils braced for funding cuts

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Councils in England find out today how much money they are to receive from the Government in the next financial year, with four of Oxfordshire's councils saying their main source of government cash may dwindle to nothing by 2021.

    Ian Hudspeth

    Oxfordshire County Council is one of them, and council leader Ian Hudspeth old Phil Gayle that it was "a significant amount of money".

    He said: "If we get less money than expected we're going to have to look at our calculations and work out where we are going to have to make savings."

    He added: "We have announced £20m of cuts and expect to have to make more next year."

  30. Ambulance call outs up

    South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust tweets: From 1-16 December, we attended 24,313 incidents compared to 23,319 last year. Use 999 and 111 wisely #winterwise

  31. A34 crash drink drive arrest

    Oxford Mail

    A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and another person has been taken to hospital after a crash on the A34 this morning.

  32. Anonymous disabled scholarship donor

    Wadham College has received an anonymous donation of £75,000 to fund a new scholarship for disabled students.

    The Oxford Student, the university's weekly paper, says that funding for a postgraduate course is the first such opportunity for disabled students at Oxford.

  33. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford University Hospitals Trust insists there is no need for concern among the thousands of women who have had breast screening in the past three years after six women were wrongly given the all clear.

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

  34. Eat it, don't bin it

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Love food, hate waste? Then Oxfordshire County Council may have a job for you.

    Food waste bin

    They are looking for Love Food hate Waste Champions to attend community and council events to engage the public in reducing food waste and saving money.

  35. Breast cancer screening doctor 'under investigation'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The doctor involved in the misdiagnosis of six women, who had breast cancer but were given the all clear, is under investigation.

    The medical director at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed to BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle that the individual involved was still employed by the trust and working in assessing breast cancer.

    Dr Tony Berendt said that they were investigating whether the mistakes were "within the grounds of human error, or without that".

    He also stressed that new working practices had been introduced to improve diagnosis.

  36. East Hendred crawling traffic

    There is slow traffic on the A417 westbound in East Hendred, between the A4130 junction and the Featherbed Lane junction, because of a broken down car.

  37. On Air

    Will Wilkin

    Producer, BBC Radio Oxford

    Nick Piercey is standing in for Howard Bentham this morning, and joining him in the studio is the new director of the Ashmolean Museum, Xa Sturgis.

    Ashmolean Museum

    He has been in the job for nearly four months now, and we'll be asking how he is finding running the world's first public museum.

  38. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Plans for a large sand and gravel quarry in south Oxfordshire may have to be changed - following a decision to list part of the site as an important archaeological monument.

    I'll have more on that and all the headlines at 10:00.

  39. PM 'happy' to have fracking

    Witney Gazette

    David Cameron would be 'very happy' for fracking to come to Witney, he has told a Parliament committee.

  40. Rowers in the mist

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    It has been a dark and misty morning, and similar conditions feature in today's banner image of a pair of rowers striking a solitary wake down the Thames.

    Rowers on the Thames

    The evocative image was captured by Liam O'Connell, and you can see more of his photos on his flickr page.

  41. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust say they are confident the changes they've made will cut the risk of more misses after six women were diagnosed with breast cancer after being given the all clear.

    I'll have the full story at 09:00.

  42. 'We are very sorry'

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The medical director at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has apologised to six women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer after previously being cleared.

    Breast X-ray

    Speaking on my programme this morning Dr Tony Berendt said: "We are very sorry that this happened, we are sorry for the distress that would have been caused to all other women with a diagnosis of breast cancer, and any concerns it has raised for other women."

    He said that a new system of double-checking assessments had been introduced which made the chance of mistakes "much, much less".

    Dr Berendt also told me that he could not say at this point whether the delay has adversely effected the outcomes of the six women.

  43. Oxbridge dominance diminished

    Sean Coughlan

    Education correspondent

    London universities are breaking up the traditional dominance of Oxford and Cambridge, according to official figures on research excellence.

    Oxford students

    The London School of Economics has the highest proportion of "world-leading" research among UK universities, followed by Oxford.

    The research ratings will determine the allocation of £2bn public funding for universities each year.

  44. Six diagnosed after cancer all clear

    Stephen Stafford

    BBC News Online

    Six women have been diagnosed with breast cancer after a review of assessments made in Oxfordshire.

    Breast self-examination

    Thirty women were recalled after concerns over screenings for the disease made by the same radiologist.

    They were identified by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust after a review of the 626 women seen between 2011 and 2014 began in August.

    The trust said it was "extremely sorry" and the six women had been immediately referred for treatment.

  45. Rain and winds to come

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    We've got another cloudy and damp day on our hands with outbreaks of rain and drizzle.

    Bee Tucker

    There will be low cloud, mist and hill fog with winds picking up throughout the day.

    The rain will become more persistent in the afternoon, which will be mild, with highs of 13C (55F).

  46. 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.

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