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  1. Updates from Tuesday 30 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday. Lesley Searle sent us this picture of Thames Cut at Culham Lock completely frozen over.

Thames Cut at Culham Lock
Lesley Searle

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Ags chooses country heroes

Will Banks

Assistant editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxfordshire's acclaimed country star Ags Connolly

picks his country music heroes - featuring music from Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and much more.

Join Ags and myself on BBC Radio Oxford tonight at 18:00.

Campaign sees almost 250 arrests

Almost 250 people have been arrested after 28 days of the Thames Valley Police's Christmas anti-drink drug drive campaign,

the force has said.

Between 1 - 28 December, 241 people have been arrested and about 8,800 have been breath tested.

Of those arrested, 193 were men (same percentage as last year) and 48 were female (a 12% increase on last year's figures for the same time period).

In total, 130 of the 241 arrested have been charged, 71 have been released on bail pending further enquiries and 40 people have been released with no further action.

Fog and frost could develop

It will be dry with clear intervals and patchy cloud. Clear spells overnight will allow frost, mist and some patchy fog to develop, particularly over more rural areas such as the Chilterns.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: -4C (25F).

Check the forecast near you.

Hoteliers sign up to scheme

A scheme that will

link hotels and guest houses to tackle child sexual exploitation is to be launched.

Members of Hotel Watch will hold regular meetings with police to share concerns from January.

So far 25 hoteliers in Cherwell, Oxfordshire, have signed up to the scheme, which could be rolled out across the Thames Valley.

Seven men, who were convicted as part of Operation Bullfinch, abused girls at Oxford's Nanford Guest House.

Gritters to resume at 19:00

Oxfordshire County Council

tweets: The #Gritters will be out and about in #Oxfordshire again from 7pm this evening. It's going to be another cold one. Drive carefully.

More details can be found here.

Accident on M40

There's slow traffic on the M40 southbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J9, A34 (Bicester) because of an accident which is now on the hard shoulder.

More on BBC Travel News for


'Fantastic, loving, kind hearted person'

A statement from David King's family said: "Although his life was cut tragically short, he touched the lives of everybody he met. This is reflected within the outpouring of love and care we have received and a great testimony to what a fantastic, loving, kind hearted person Dave always was.

"He was a credit to us all, our lives will never be the same with the knowledge that Dave, a wonderful father, son, brother and uncle, is never coming home. We will never stop loving him."

Officers are continuing to investigate the collision and any witnesses should call 101.

Tribute paid to crash death driver

The family of David King, who died following a crash on the B4000 near Ashbury, have said he "touched the lives of everybody he met".

David King
Thames Valley Police

The 32-year-old died when his car

left the road and crashed into a tree at about 14:20 on Saturday.

Three drugs charges

Two men and a boy have been

charged with drugs offences in Aylesbury Vale, Thames Valley Police says.

A 16-year-old boy and 26-year-old man from Buckingham are due at Wycombe Magistrates' Court tomorrow, while a 28-year-old man of no fixed abode will appear at Aylesbury Magistrates' Court on 5 January.

'Leave bins' urges council

West Oxfordshire District Council

tweets: We're catching up on waste collections. Crews will be out late this evening. Please leave bins out and we'll be back.

Dry with sunny spells

Dan Downs

Weather forecaster

It will be a generally dry afternoon with sunny spells although there is likely to be a little more cloud around than on recent days. It will be another cold evening with winds staying generally light.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 5C (41F).

Check the forecast near you.

Exploitation prevention scheme to launch

Hotels and B&Bs in Cherwell will link together under a

new Thames Valley Police scheme that aims to tackle child sexual exploitation, the force says.

Owners will hold quarterly meetings with officers to share information and concerns and receive messages from the force.

It will launch in Cherwell in early January, and senior officers hope the trial could lead to it being rolled out elsewhere in the Thames Valley.

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Horse statue in Oxfordshire
Mark Bentley

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Former chairman 'advised government'

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

It's emerged the former chairman of Oxford United Robert Maxwell advised the government after one of football's worst incidents of hooliganism.

The Heysel Stadium disaster which happened in Brussels in 1985 left 39 people dead and 600 injured.

I spoke to Mark Dunton, Contemporary Records Specialist at The National Archives,

who are behind the release of the files.

He said the files also show that prime minister at the time, Margaret Thatcher, wanted to take schools out of local authority control, create new independent state schools and give parents more choice.

Mayor's resolutions

Oxford Times

The mayor of Wantage has said her New Year's resolution is to

keep making her town the best it can be.

Your photos: Icy lantern

Becca Collacott from Abingdon sent us this picture of a lantern covered in crystals.

Icy lantern
Becca Collacott

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Lunchtime TV

BBC South Today

The pre-Christmas shopping spree has been replaced by the frenzy of the post Christmas sales.

But when our high streets get busy, so do thieves. Parts of the South have reported a recent increase in incidents of shoplifting - in response, some police forces are adding additional patrols. Get more on that at

13:15 on BBC One.

Burglary spate in Vale of White Horse

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

There's been a series of burglaries in a village in the Vale of White Horse.

The three incidents took place in Southmoor, between Monday of last week and Boxing Day.

Among the items stolen were three bicycles, televisions, a new washing machine, a laptop, electrical items, Christmas presents and jewellery.

Rail chief rejects bonus

Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne says

he will not take his bonus following recent major rail disruption, including between Oxford and London Paddington.

Mr Carne was in line for a maximum bonus of £34,000, or around 5% of his £675,000 annual salary.

Passengers waiting in queues

Overrunning Christmas engineering work led to the closure of London King's Cross station on Saturday, causing chaos for thousands of people. By Monday, normal service had resumed.

Pyrton Lane closed

Pyrton Lane in Pyrton is closed in both directions near the B4009 Shirburn Road junction because of ice.

More on BBC Travel News for


Crematorium set top open

BBC Radio Oxford

South Oxfordshire is to benefit from a new £4m crematorium.

The venue, which includes a memorial park, is due to open on Friday, just north of Wantage. It will be the third crematorium in Oxfordshire.

Howard Hodgson, the Chief Executive of Memoria Limited UK, the company that have built the new facility, says there's demand across different faiths.

Icy roads prompt warning

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Roads across Oxfordshire are particularly icy this morning, according to Thames Valley Police.

One road in Watlington has been shut this morning following an accident.

Road safety manager at Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Mick Clarke says drivers should make preparations before setting out.


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Cameron runs in mud race

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The positive impact of The Great Brook Run will be felt by organisations across the village according to the organiser of the event at Chadlington near Chipping Norton.

David Cameron

David Cameron was among scores of competitors who took on the cross country challenge yesterday afternoon. Organiser, Adam Engberg says the run is good for bringing people together.

'Pizza Land' fear

Oxford Mail

New Domino's takeaway plan for Wallingford

prompts 'Pizza Land' fear.

Pictures of the year

Tough Mudder, which takes place in Oxfordshire each year, has featured in the

BBC pictures of the year UK gallery.

A man navigates an obstacle in the Tough Mudder race in Oxfordshire
Ben Birchall/pa

The race offers fitness enthusiasts a chance to test their stamina over a 12-mile assault course.

Other photos in the gallery include Malala Yousafzai becoming the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and Glastonbury Festival.

Dry with sunny spells

Dan Downs

Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

It will be a generally dry day with sunny spells although there is likely to be a little more cloud around than on recent days. It will be another cold day with winds staying pretty light.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 5C (41F).

Check the forecast near you.

Shirburn Road closed

B4009 Shirburn Road in Watlington is closed in both directions near the Love Lane junction because of ice and an accident involving a single vehicle earlier on.

A40 in Cassington busy but moving eastbound between Eynsham Roundabout and Wolvercote Roundabout. More on BBC Travel News for


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Lloyd Watson

BBC News

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