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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 14 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Emma Harrison

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from the BBC Local Live team for today, thanks for your company. The service will resume from 08:00 on Thursday.

  2. Tonight's TV

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening, the number of so-called "bed-blockers" in Oxfordshire is still among the highest in England despite measures last June to address the problem.

    Hospital corridor

    And police are still searching for a rare bulldog puppy worth £16,000 which was snatched from its breeder's home and is thought to be in Oxford.

    Join me at 18:30.

  3. Gale force winds

    Rain and strong to gale force winds are forecast to spread east this evening.

    This will clear to scattered showers in the west by morning with calmer winds.

    Weather forecast

    Lows of 7C (45F) overnight.

    For a full forecast visit BBC Weather.

  4. Search for stolen boat

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    A boat has been stolen from its moorings in Henley-on-Thames.

    The theft happened in Walton Avenue between midnight on Christmas Eve and 16:30 on 6 January.

    The boat, which has its name Water Baby written in white on the sides, has a Mariner 15HP engine which has a grey hood with a red stripe.

    The engine serial number is 0R532321 and the engine model number is 7F15312ZL.

  5. CCTV images released

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    Images of a woman police want to speak to after bottles of alcohol were stolen from a shop have been released.

    The bottles were taken at 18:49 on 7 December from the Co-op in Bassett Avenue in Bicester.

    CCTV images of woman
  6. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Improvements still need to be made at a care home in Wantage, according to the Care Quality Commission.

    Although the watchdog said St Katharine's House was improving after it failed six consecutive inspections over 18 months.

    I'll have more headlines at 17:00.

  7. Blue skies

    via Facebook

    Thanks to Allan Jordan for posting this picture of Bletchingdon this morning on our Facebook page.

    Bletchingdon

    He said there was no snow just lots of blue skies.

    Do you have a picture you would like to share? Email us or get in touch on Twitter or Facebook.

  8. Flood alerts

    The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for the River Thame from Marsworth to Dorchester and the Chalgrove Brook at Chalgrove and Stadhampton.

    Flood alerts

    A flood alert means flooding is possible.

  9. Hare coursing arrests

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    Five men have been arrested on suspicion of daytime trespassing in pursuit of game in Southmoor near Abingdon.

    Police said they received reports on Friday at 08:55 that a number of people in a vehicle were believed to be involved in hare coursing.

    Officers attended and a saw people and dogs run away across fields towards Hanney from Southmoor.

    The five men, a 19-year-old, two 24-year-olds, a 26-year-old and a 58-year-old, all from Pontypool in Gwent, have been bailed until 9 February.

  10. Weather warning

    The Met Office has a yellow weather warning in place for Oxfordshire for wind and rain.

    Weather warning map

    Gales or severe gales are expected to develop tonight and a spell of heavy rainfall is expected.

  11. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    There is a warning from police about a spate of so called "courier frauds" in Cherwell.

    Last year, there were 37 attempts in Cherwell and six successful frauds.

    I'll have more headlines at 16:00.

  12. U's miss out

    Ross Heaton

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United have missed out on the signing of full-back Joe Riley after he signed a two-year deal to join Bury from Bolton.

    The 22-year-old impressed in a five-month spell with United and the club were seeking to bring him back to the Kassam Stadium after his initial loan had expired.

    Joe Riley
  13. Elderly man found safe

    Thames Valley Police tweets: Officers have located the man they were looking for in Oxford earlier today. He is safe and well. Thank you everyone for your help.

  14. Meat swiped from shop

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    Police have released CCTV images of three women they want to speak to after £400 worth of meat was stolen from a shop.

    CCTV image of three women

    Officers said the meat was taken from the Co-op in Barberry Place, Bicester, at 17:42 on 7 December.

  15. Churchill carriage restored

    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC News Online

    The carriage which carried Sir Winston Churchill's coffin to his final resting place has been restored.

    Southern Railway luggage van No 2464 has spent four months being stripped and repainted at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum in Shildon.

    Carriage

    The carriage transported Churchill's coffin from London to Oxfordshire in 1965.

    Manager Gary Campbell said the restoration was something a lot of people in the town were "proud of".

  16. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    St Katharine's House care home in Wantage is still in need of improvement after six failed inspections, according to a report by the Care Quality Commission.

    Inspectors found care provided at the home was good but safety and management concerns continued.

    I'll have more headlines at 15:00.

  17. Banbury confirm signing

    Ross Heaton

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Banbury United have confirmed the signing of former Birmingham City trainee Deqwon Ebanks.

    The 19-year old recently had a short spell at Hereford and also has played for Tamworth, Daventry and Limerick.

  18. Courier fraud 'is sickening'

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    Police have issued a warning following a spate of "courier fraud" crime in Cherwell.

    Det Sgt James Bonner, from Banbury CID, said: "This type of crime is sickening and deliberately targets the elderly and vulnerable members of our community, who are often duped into handing over their life savings to these criminals.

    "It is vital that members of the public are aware of this re-emerging scam to prevent further victims, and follow the crime prevention advice we have issued.

    "Police officers or banks will never ask you to withdraw cash or handover bank cards and PIN numbers."

  19. Cat food stolen

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    This is the CCTV image of a man police want to speak to after a box of cat food was stolen from a shop.

    CCTV image of a man

    The incident happened between 16:23 and 16:37 on 9 December 2014 in the Co-op in Ferriston, Banbury.

  20. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Members of the public are being asked to help locate an elderly man seen walking barefoot in pyjamas in Jericho.

    Police say he was seen on Aristotle Lane at 12:30 GMT this afternoon and they want to check that he is OK.

    I'll have more headlines at 14:00.

  21. Island theatre axe

    Oxford Mail

    Plans for an island theatre and new footbridge in Abingdon appear to have been scrapped.

    Vale of White Horse District Council said project group Isis, which wanted to build on Nag's Head Island, had ditched the idea.

  22. 'Bed-blocking' issue

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) said the increase in "bed-blocking" numbers since November was "disappointing but to be expected when more people become ill at this time of year with flu and colds especially in the elderly".

    It said the group has been working with Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and South Central Ambulance Service Foundation Trust to tackle delayed transfer of care.

  23. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime, the numbers of patients who are so-called "bed-blocking" is still higher in Oxfordshire than elsewhere in the country - despite measures last June to address the problem.

    Hospital ward

    Join Caroline Richardson for this and more at 13:30.

  24. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A woman has denied murdering a man who was stabbed to death in Abingdon.

    Robert Dobinson, 33, from Faringdon, was found dead at a mooring area in October.

    I'll have more in the headlines at 13:00.

  25. 'Courier fraud' victim

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    An elderly man from Banbury has been conned out of £10,000 by someone claiming to be a police officer.

    The victim, in his 80s, was contacted by a man who said he was a detective inspector at Leighton Buzzard police station on 8 January.

    He was told his card had been cloned and had been used to buy items totalling £3,700.

    The same fraudster told the victim that police had put counterfeit money into his bank accounts and told him to withdraw £5,000 from two accounts, which a courier picked up from the victim's house later that day.

  26. Repeat offender avoids jail

    Oxford Mail

    A repeat offender who threatened his friend with a wine bottle and kicked him as he lay on the ground has been spared prison.

  27. Woman denies murder

    Michael Stoddard

    BBC News

    A 41-year-old woman has denied murdering a man who was found stabbed in Abingdon.

    Police tape at scene

    Robert Dobinson, 33, from Faringdon, was discovered at a mooring area by the river near Bridge Street in the town in October.

    He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

    Natasha Elderfield, of no fixed abode, was remanded in custody ahead of her trial at Oxford Crown Court on 7 April.

  28. Courier fraud warning

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    Police have issued a warning following a spate of "courier fraud" crime in Cherwell.

    This is when a victim is asked by someone who pretends to be from their bank or the police to withdraw money.

    They then hire a courier or taxi to pick up the cash from the victim.

    In 2014, there were 37 attempts in Cherwell and six successful frauds and in 2015 there has been three attempts and one successful fraud.

  29. Munitions man re-bailed

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    A man arrested in connection with the discovery of a number of World War One and Two munitions at a house in Oxfordshire has been re-bailed until 11 March.

    Police sealed off Buckingham Crescent in Bicester

    The 35-year-old was arrested on suspicion of theft from heritage and protected sites following the find in Buckingham Crescent, Bicester, in September.

  30. A34 accident

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    One person has been taken to hospital after a crash involving several cars on the A34.

    South Central Ambulance Service was called to the crash on the northbound carriageway near Milton at 10:04 GMT.

    Two people are being treated for minor injuries.

  31. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A quarter of a million pounds has been set aside to take a step forward in the plans for a new bridge across the Thames in south Oxfordshire.

    Wokingham, Reading and two Oxfordshire councils have pledged money for a traffic modelling plan later this year.

    I'll have more headlines at 11:00.

  32. Today's discussion

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Do you expect your children to care for you in old age? And if you don't have children are you worried you'll be alone?

    By 2030, it's estimated that two million people in the UK will be over the age of 65 without children.

    This month a conference, the first of its kind, will be held for childless adults over 50 to meet and discuss their care needs in later life.

    Join the discussion on Facebook or Twitter.

  33. Snow-go

    via Facebook

    It seems a few of you were disappointed by the lack of the white stuff overnight.

    On our Facebook page Sarah Wilson said: "None in North Oxford - summertown."

    Judith Payne added: "Nothing in Wallingford or to the East of Oxford :("

    Samantha May wrote: "I'm moving to Scotland!!"

    But Chris Fox said: "Yes, just been snowing here in Bampton."

  34. 'Bed-blocking'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    In response to statistics that show Oxfordshire had one of the worst bed-blocking problems in the country in January, a Department of Health spokesperson said: "While long waits to be discharged are unacceptable, there are actually fewer as a proportion of hospital admissions over the last few years.

    Hospital bed

    "But we know there are issues in some areas and hospitals are working with the social care system to resolve this.

    "We've given the NHS an extra £700m for thousands more doctors, nurses and beds this winter. The NHS has ensured there are plans in every area to manage extra demand."

  35. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    More than 10% of hospital beds in Oxfordshire are taken up by people who don't need to be there.

    Susanna Pressel, deputy chairman of Oxfordshire County Council's health overview and scrutiny committee, says there's a lack of places for people to go after leaving hospital.

    There'll be more in the headlines at 10:00.

  36. Conman jailed

    Oxford Mail

    Justice has finally caught up on a conman who swindled £115,000 from a councillor's antiques firm 11 years ago.

    Oliver Trusgnach was yesterday jailed for 27 months - watched at Oxford Crown Court by David Harvey, the victim he fleeced for thousands but who played a crucial part in his eventual capture.

  37. Weather warning

    South Central Ambulance Service tweets: The weather remains really unpredictable. Take a look at the forecast so you can plan ahead #winterwise

  38. Stolen bulldog puppy

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    Police are still searching for a rare bulldog puppy worth £16,000 which was snatched from its breeder's home.

    A man interested in buying the pup ran away with the eight-week-old lilac bulldog from a property in Tadworth, Surrey, in October.

    Bulldog puppy

    Five men aged between 24 and 27 from Oxford have been arrested on conspiracy to commit robbery.

    It is thought the puppy - high in demand because of its colour - is somewhere in the Oxford area.

  39. Snow in Carterton

    Laura Sanders tweeted this picture of snow in Carterton last night.

    Snow in Carterton

    Do you have a snow picture you would like to share? Email us or get in touch on Twitter or Facebook.

  40. Two-car crash

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Mary's called me to report a two-car collision on the A34 northbound near East Ilsley - both vehicles are on the central reservation.

  41. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    An inquest into the death of teenager Connor Sparrowhawk at an Oxford care unit will be held in front of a jury.

    The decision was confirmed at a pre-inquest hearing at Oxfordshire's coroner's court.

    I'll have more headlines at 09:00.

  42. Oxford City out

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford City are out of the FA Trophy - but only after a battling display at Woking which saw them play for over half the match with 10 men.

    Greg Pearson gave the visitors the lead in the opening minutes but City were left fuming after Alejandro Adrian Santiago was sent off for what was deemed a professional foul.

    Woking's former Oxford United midfielder Josh Payne equalised from the resulting free-kick and despite their best efforts City conceded what proved to be the winner mid-way through the second half thanks to a spectacular strike from John Goddard.

  43. M40 traffic

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    On the M40 southbound between junction 11 at Banbury and 10 at Brackley there are two incidents.

    A three-car accident about two miles south of junction 11 that was blocking the outside lane but has just moved to the hard shoulder and there is still a broken down van on the same stretch awaiting recovery.

  44. Snow hunt

    We've been asking you if there's any snow in your part of Oxfordshire - apparently there's been some north of Banbury and Chipping Norton.

    Emma Walker tweeted: "@BBCOxford A covering in Chipping Norton but nothing worth writing home about...luckily!"

    Tweet us your messages and pictures.

  45. On today's show

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Being stuck in hospital when you're well enough to leave is more likely to happen to you in Oxford than anywhere else in England.

    Hospital ward

    BBC Radio Oxford has learnt that Oxfordshire currently has one of the highest number of so-called "bed-blockers" in the country - more than 160 people were in hospital on one day earlier this month without needing to be.

    Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter.

  46. Another broken down vehicle

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There is a broken down vehicle on the A40 Northern Bypass of the Oxford Ring Road just before Headington Roundabout from the direction of Marston.

  47. Heavy traffic

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's heavy traffic and one lane blocked due to a broken down van on the M40 southbound between junction 11 A361/A422 (Banbury) and junction 10 A43 (Brackley/Cherwell Valley Services).

    Salt spreading has been taking place this morning on that stretch.

    A two-car collision on the A34 southbound just after the M40 junction 9 is causing traffic to back up to the M40 Junction 10. It's blocking one lane.

  48. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfordshire's hospitals are among the worst in England for so-called bed-blocking.

    The latest figures from the Department of Health show that more than 160 people were stuck in Oxfordshire's hospitals on one day earlier this month when they could have been discharged.

    We'll hear from Rachel Coney, from Healthwatch Oxfordshire, at 08:00.

  49. Snow spotted

    Tweet @bbcoxford

    So there was snow early this morning in Oxfordshire.

    @AE_1202 tweets: Heavy snow just north of Banbury at 0200.

    Have you spotted any snow elsewhere? Get in touch by email, Facebook or Twitter.

  50. Broken down vehicle

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There are reports of a broken down vehicle on the A34 southbound just after the M40 J9, near Bicester. Stay up to date with BBC Travel.

  51. Icy roads

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The county's traffic is moving well so far. There are some reports of light snow, but it's mainly sleet.

    Take care on icy roads and update us on 03459 311 666.

  52. Cold start this morning

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    We have a cold and icy start to the the day this morning.

    It is going to turn increasingly wet and very windy throughout the course of today. We also have a yellow weather warning for ice.

    Weather forecast

    Highs of 5C (41F) today.

  53. No show for snow?

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    Has anyone spotted any snowfall overnight in the county? It's all clear here in Oxford.

    Email any weather pictures to us if you would like us to feature them on Local Live today.

  54. Good morning

    Emma Harrison

    BBC News Online

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire this chilly Wednesday morning.

    I'm in the BBC Oxford newsroom bringing you 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.