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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 21 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Sue Paz

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from Local Live for today, the service will be back again from 08:00 on Thursday.

Light rain or sleet

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

There'll be some isolated light rain or sleet in places this evening, but it should disappear by midnight.

Bee Tucker
BBC

A good deal of cloud will persist into the early hours, but any breaks in the cloud could allow the odd mist or fog patch to form in prone spots like the Vale of the White Horse.

Lows of -2C (28F).

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

There were almost twice as many traffic jams on the M40 in Oxfordshire in 2014, than the year before.

The junction with A34 was one of the problem spots highlighted in the report by traffic data company Inrix.

Warm and sunny Oxford

Last year was Oxford's warmest year in 200 years, the university's

Radcliffe Meteorological Station has said.

Broad Street in Oxford
Eugene Birchall

December 2014 was also the sunniest since 1881, when its records began.

Observers from the station recorded nearly 97 hours of sunshine for December - almost twice as much as the average of 49 hours.

Slow on the roads

The A415 has heavy traffic in Clifton Hampden and an overturned vehicle on the A4074 eastbound in Cane End is causing disruption.

For the latest, check out the

BBC Travel site.

Sex trafficking arrests

Oxford Mail

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

have been rebailed by police.

Sexual exploitation operation
Thames valley police

It follows a raid on the Athena Guest House on Cowley Road Oxford (pictured).

A 45-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman

were arrested in November.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The body of murdered Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson was placed into an existing grave quickly and without dignity, a court has heard.

Jayden Parkinson
Police/family

Jake Blakeley is accused of knowingly helping to bury the 17-year-old after his brother killed her.

Join me on

BBC Radio Oxford at 17:00 for more on this and Oxfordshire's other headlines.

Pepperell close to Qatar lead

Jerome Sale

Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

Abingdon golfer Eddie Pepperell's solid start to 2015 has continued as he's shot a three under par 69 in the first round of the the Qatar Masters.

Eddie Pepperell
Getty Images

That leaves him four shots off the lead.

Arson spree security watch

Oxford Times

Security at Oxford Town Hall and other city buildings will be reviewed this week after last week's fires in South Oxfordshire.

Council office fire
Ian negus

A spate of arson attacks caused three major blazes in Rokemarsh and Crowmarsh Gifford on Thursday, including at the offices of South Oxfordshire District Council.

Man jailed for glass attack

A man has been jailed for three years after attacking a teenager with broken glass in a beer garden in Oxford.

Dale Manuell
Thames Valley Police

Dale Manuell, 25, of Birch Road, Garsington, was sentenced to three years for one count of grievous bodily harm, and six months for one count of possession of an offensive weapon, which will run concurrently.

It happened in a garden shared by the House Bar and The Bear on Blue Boar Street in August last year.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford at 16:00: A teenage boy's been injured after being hit by a car in Banbury.

It happened in Bloxham Road just after 08:30 this morning.

Risky flood areas

Oxford Mail

Parts of Oxfordshire

have been ranked in the top 50 areas in the country at high risk of flooding out of 557 in a new survey.

Flooding on Abingdon Road
Steve Daniels

The parliamentary constituencies of Oxford East, including flood-prone South Oxford, and Henley, plus large parts of South Oxfordshire, were in the top 50 regions ranked by the number of homes at a one-in-30 risk of flooding.

Parking tax plan

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Should there be a tax on workplace parking in Oxford?

It's been proposed by the county council as part of its

transport strategy up to 2131.

Parked cars
Thinkstock

Ashley Hinton

tweets: @BBCOxford Another tax on business will hurt the economy. I thought @OxfordshireCC was run by @Conservatives not leftist driver haters.

Listen again to more on that debate from this morning's breakfast programme on
BBC Radio Oxford.

New UKIP candidate

Helen Catt

BBC Oxford Political Reporter

A new candidate's being chosen for UKIP Henley and Thame.

Barry Cooper has withdrawn because he says he can't give enough time after a job change.

Cotswolds ambassadors sought

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

A new initiative has been launched to encourage tourism providers across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to become "landscape ambassadors".

Cotswolds AONB
Nick Turner

It's part of a national initiative which aims to celebrate the UK's AONB and National Parks.

The training scheme is designed to equip those working in tourism with a greater insight to the local environment, landscape and heritage.

News on the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A court has heard how the body of murdered Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson was placed into an existing grave quickly and without dignity.

Join me at 15:00 for more on that and the county's other headlines on

BBC Radio Oxford.

Power cuts

Oxford Mail

Parts of Oxfordshire have been affected by two power cuts.

An electrical fault near Kingston Bagpuize was reported to power company SSE at just before 07:00 this morning.

A separate power cut also hit Faringdon at 10:00.

Your views

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like

your feedback about this service.

Centenary celebrations

A 1915-style worship will be held at an Oxford city centre church on Sunday to mark its centenary.

An old photograph of the inside of the church
St Columba's United Reformed Church

St Columba's United Reformed Church was set up by the United Free Church of Scotland and the Presbyterian Church of England.

One hundred years ago elders would have worn full academic dress on communion Sundays, a spokesperson said.

Flood closure

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Milton Road in Bloxham is closed in both directions at the Barefoot Road junction because of flooding.

In the news

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Council tax in Oxfordshire is expected to rise by twice as much as the county council budgeted for.

A near 2% increase is on the table, with the extra money going straight into the authority's reserves, not into services.

Join me at 14:00 for more on that and the county's other headlines on

BBC Radio Oxford.

Robot apocalypse

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

With the forthcoming release of the film Ex Machina,

Newsbeat has been asking what a robot apocalypse would actually look like.

Ava, the AI in Ex Machina
Universal Pictures

Dr Stuart Armstrong is a member of a research centre at Oxford University which looks into artificial intelligence (AI).

He said believes AI could "outsmart us technologically" and "hack into every single computer in the world and copy themselves into it".

Coming up on BBC South Today

Sally Taylor

Presenter

At 13:30 we'll have more on how police are investigating

threats to burn down a newsagents in Oxford city centre which had been planning to sell the latest controversial edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Wendy's newsagents
Google

The Muslim owner of Wendy's in Broad Street abandoned plans to sell 500 copies of the satirical French magazine.

Flying cars?

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

On

Facebook, Darren Wallace says: "It's 2015, we should all be driving flying cars by now."

That's in response to news that in 2014 the M40, A40 and A34 in Oxfordshire were far more congested than in 2013.

Let me know your thoughts via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

On the hour

Bethan Phillips

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford: A court has heard how the body of murdered Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson was placed into an existing grave quickly and without dignity.

Jayden Parkinson
Police/family

Jake Blakeley is accused of knowingly helping to bury the 17-year-old after his brother killed her.

Missing boys appeal

It has been just over a week since two 15-year-old boys went missing in Oxfordshire.

Police are searching for Tuan Than from Abingdon and and Nam Hoang from Stanford in the Vale.

Tuan Than and Nam Hoang
TVP

Detectives

are appealing to anyone who's seen them to contact them.

Housing rally

Banbury Cake

A coalition of community groups and campaigners

is to hold its first major rally in Witney to protest against the construction of housing developments in rural areas.

The Rural Oxfordshire Action Rally (ROAR) will hold a public rally on Saturday, at Church Green, Witney.

A40 congestion

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's congestion on the A40 eastbound in Oxford between Marston and Headington roundabout.

It's also busy westbound between Thornhill park and ride and Headington roundabout.

In the news

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Cuts of £3m to services in Oxfordshire won't be reversed.

The savings were originally proposed due to fears the government would stop the county council raising council tax by as much as it wanted, but that hasn't happened.

Join me on

BBC Radio Oxford at noon for more on this and Oxfordshire's other headlines.

Church centenary fund

A fund has been set up to mark the centenary of an Oxford city centre church.

An old photograph of the inside of the church
St Columba's United Reformed Church

St Columba's United Reformed Church (pictured) aims to raise £100,000 to ensure the completion of building works and provide a mission fund.

A celebration service will be held at the church on Sunday.

Your views

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think.

Travel woes

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

You've been sharing your comments this morning on news that in 2014 the M40 in Oxfordshire was 50% more congestion than in 2013.

The picture on the A40 and the A34 hasn't been much better either.

M40 northbound towards Bicester
J Thomas

Owen Hughes

tweets: Today is a 'work from home day' I think! Traffic through to Frilford/Marcham much worse than normal. Must be knock-on from Milton
@BBCOxford

And Jerome Kenny describes rush hour tailbacks from the M40 Bicester turn off as "massive".

A40 update

There's

still queuing traffic on the A40 between Marston and Headlington Roundabout because of roadworks.

On the hour

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Coming up on

BBC Radio Oxford at 11:00: A teenage boy's been injured after he was hit by a car in Banbury.

The collision, involving a Ford Focus, happened on Bloxham Road just after 08:30 this morning.

Manor's antiques auctioned

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

A collection of antique furniture and artefacts from a 15th Century Tudor manor house in Witney

will be auctioned later in Kidlington.

A rare pair of James I carved and polychrome-decorated oak heraldic finials
Bonhams

The 130 items, from Yelford Manor, include a collection of "incredibly large" pestle and mortars and a rare pair of James I carved oak "beasts" (pictured), according to David Houlston, from Bonhams.

The £20m former home of ex-journalist Roger Rosewell was put on the market last year.

Council cuts review

Oxford Mail

A review into cuts to services in Oxfordshire needs to be more wide-ranging, a domestic abuse victim has said.

Oxfordshire County Council offices
ceridwen

Oxfordshire County Council is reassessing its proposals to cut funds for domestic abuse services by £132,000, about 40%, to services such as helplines and refuges.

Congested commute

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Traffic monitoring company INRIX says that in 2014 there was over 50% more congestion than in 2013 on Oxfordshire's bit of the M40.

Things weren't much better on the A40 and the A34 (pictured). But how does it affect your commute?

Queuing traffic on the A34 at Milton
David Lally

On

Facebook, Simon Hall said: "I am going to find a job which doesn't require the use of these roads."

Laura Walton said she had "no choice" because she uses buses: "If we hit traffic before the bus lane we're stuck there for however long it takes, in a tin can with steamed up windows so you can't even see outside."

Concerns for missing Oxford woman

Police say they're becoming "increasingly concerned"

for a missing 61-year-old woman from Oxford.

Sheila Weatherhead
Thames Valley Police

Sheila Weatherhead was last seen on Thursday morning near her home in Butler Close.

In the news

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Antique furniture and artefacts collected over 30 years by a couple from Witney are being auctioned at Bonhams in Kidlington today.

The collection of 130 items is from Yelford Manor, a 15th Century Tudor manor house which was put on the market last year.

Join me on

BBC Radio Oxford at 10:00 for more on this and Oxfordshire's other headlines.