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  1. Updates from Friday 30 January 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's it for BBC Local Live for today.

    The service will be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Oxfordshire.

  2. Evening TV

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: More than £2m has been spent by Thames Valley NHS services on people who've turn up to Accident and Emergency departments - without being treated.

    NHS sign

    Figures seen by the BBC show more than 30,000 people visited A&E in the past year, but ended up leaving. It's thought to be down to things getting bored of waiting or being drunk.

    Join me for all the top stories from the region at 18:30.

  3. Wintry showers overnight

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Brisk winds will keep it feeling rather cold as we head into the evening.

    Bee Tucker

    A quiet night follows, with a few wintry showers and the chance of some snow first thing, with lows of 0C (32F).

  4. Controllers now banking on Philae wake-up call

    The European Space Agency says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander Philae.

    Presumed location

    The probe touched down in November - thanks to technology built in Oxfordshire - but quickly went silent when its battery went flat.

    Since then high-resolution photographs taken of the comet have failed to identify the lander's location.

  5. Fraud charges at BMW Mini plant

    A man has been charged with fraud offences which allegedly took place at BMW UK in Cowley.

    BMW plant in Cowley

    Johannes Franken, 50, from Bromsgrove is accused of two counts of fraud by false representation and one count of money laundering.

    BMW said they were "supporting the authorities with their investigation".

  6. United 'ready for war'

    Ross Heaton

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United striker Danny Hylton says his team must be prepared to face "a warzone" when they take on Stevenage tomorrow.

    Danny Hylton

    The Hertfordshire side have a reputation for a highly physical style of play and have an impressive home record.

    He said: "I think we are capable of beating anyone on our day and we need to make sure we are up for every game."

    BBC Radio Oxford has exclusive full match commentary on 95.2FM from 14:00.

  7. 'No power grab'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The removal of the role of chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council is "not a power grab", the leader of the council has said.

    Ian Hudspeth

    Ian Hudspeth told BBC Radio Oxford that he was cutting the job to save £250,000 for frontline services.

    He said: "It won't be a case of other people getting uplifts, there will be a flattening of the service so at lower levels people will be making the decisions. The leader will have to take on more responsibilities."

  8. Boomerang bike

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A good news story for Friday - Rob from Abingdon called BBC Radio Oxford about his wife's bike, which was stolen.


    He thought it was lost forever - and went to a bike shop in Abingdon to buy her a new one.

    But when he got there he saw it outside - and someone was in the shop trying to sell it.

    He confronted the man and got his wife's bike back. Happy cycling!

  9. Alex Davies set for return

    Andrew Aloia

    BBC Sport

    Versatile London Welsh back Alex Davies is set to return to action in Sunday's LV=Cup game against Saracens after nine months out with a knee injury.

    Alex Davies

    The 28-year-old has not played competitively since suffering ligament damage in the first leg of their Championship semi-final against Leeds.

  10. Oxfordshire 'needs a chief executive'

    Plans for the chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council to step down and not be replaced "are not right" according to the opposition Labour leader.

    Liz Brighouse

    Liz Brighouse told BBC Radio Oxford: "Oxfordshire's a very large, complex organisation with a massive budget and I don't believe it can be run without a chief officer, and by the law it has to have a head of service."

  11. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council, who last year earned £186,000, is standing down and won't be replaced as part of plans to protect frontline services.

    Join me for more on this at 17:00.

  12. International visitors for Churchill graveyard

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    We marked the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's funeral by presenting my show this morning from the churchyard in Bladon where he is buried.

    Churchill's grave

    A number of tributes were laid on the simple grave, including a Union flag by Rev Beckman from Chattanooga in the US.

    You can listen back to the special programme here.

  13. Training cuts could harm patients, doctor warns

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A junior doctor in Oxford says reforms to reduce the length of time it takes doctors to train is dangerous for patients.

    Surgeons gloves

    Dr Ben Dean has joined senior member of his profession in warning that reforms suggested in an independent review will compromise the care of patients if they're adopted.

    He told BBC Radio Oxford: "It means the person operating on you as an emergency, or the physician treating you when you come in with shortness of breath is potentially less trained."

  14. Bulbs budding

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Spring is on its way, says Becca Collacott from Abingdon, who sent in this picture of a flowering plant.

    Budding plant

    Given the cold weather it feels we may have a bit longer of winter yet, but here's hoping! If you have any images from out and about Oxfordshire, why not send them in to Local Live or tweet them to us.

  15. Bullfinch influence?

    Helen Catt

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfordshire County Council says that Joanna Simons is standing down from the role of chief executive in a cost-cutting effort, but there are questions about whether the results of the serious case review of the Bullfinch case had any influence.

    Joanna Simons and Emily Maitlis

    The serious case review into the grooming of girls in Oxford is due out this year, and at the time of the trial Joanna Simons took a lot of the flack, including an appearance on Newsnight.

    At that time she said she was not going to resign because she wanted to see through changes to make sure the council could deal properly with the issue, so the question is, is the job done, or have they heard what has come out of the case review that this is a way of managing it?

  16. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    After more than a decade in the role, the chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council has been told to step down in June - and won't be replaced.

    Join me for the full story at 16:00.

  17. United going to the wire

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United's dealings in the transfer window could go to the wire and continue into February.

    Michael Appleton

    The window closes at 23:00 on Monday night and already five players have left the club with fullbacks Joe Skarz and Richard Brindley coming in.

    Boss Michael Appleton said: "It would be really nice to wake up on Tuesday morning with three or four new faces in the building, and people we're going to have at the club for the next few years."

  18. Council chief stepping down 'a big change'

    Alex Therrien

    BBC News Online

    The chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council is to step down and not be replaced, as the authority "flattens its structure".

    The council said Joanna Simons would go at the end of June as part of a "plan to protect frontline services".

    Council leader Ian Hudspeth said: "This is a big change for the council and it has not been a decision I have made lightly, but it is borne of the need to find new ways to deliver essential frontline services in the certain knowledge that further austerity is coming the way of the public sector over coming years."

  19. Precedent for removal of chief executive

    Helen Catt

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The removal of the position of chief executive from Oxfordshire County Council may sound radical, but it has been done elsewhere.

    South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse share a chief executive and further afield West Sussex County Council got rid of its chief executive and now its their Council Leader who takes over a lot of that role.

  20. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The scrapping of the role of chief executive of Oxfordshire County Council has been criticised by Labour.

    Join me for more on that at 15:00.

  21. Early A&E leavers cost CCGs £4.8m

    Alex Therrien

    BBC News Online

    More than 70,000 people have left A&E departments in the south of England in the past nine months without being treated, the BBC has learned.

    A&E sign

    Some patients left because they were bored, while others had minor problems like coughs and colds doctors would not treat, medical bosses said.

    In Berkshire, there were 12,600 people who left without treatment, costing £816,482, in Oxfordshire 14,630, costing £993,670, and in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 23,208, costing £1,644,235.

    Each A&E visit costs CCGs about £70 in staff costs, including an initial assessment by triage nurses.

  22. Warning for ice

    The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning for ice in Oxfordshire from this afternoon to Saturday lunchtime.

    It says the public should be aware of the risk of difficult driving conditions.

  23. Winter wisdom

    via Facebook

    Oxfordshire County Council is offering some essential winter information via its Facebook page:

    "The last of our Winter in Oxfordshire information events will be on the Thursday 5th February at Waitrose Henley-on-Thames.

    "From trading standards, to safety and public health — we will be sharing useful information & answering your winter questions from 10am. We hope to see you there!

    "For more winter information visit:"

  24. News on the hour

    Bethan Phillips

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfordshire County Council's planning to get rid of the role of chief executive this summer, but its not been made clear why she is standing down now.

    Join me for more on that at 14:00.

  25. Cameron's tribute to Churchill

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Prime Minister David Cameron has paid tribute to Sir Winston Churchill as events mark the 50th anniversary of his funeral.

    David Cameron

    Mr Cameron, who's constituency contains Churchill's final resting place, described his predecessor as a Renaissance man.

    He said: "He was a brilliant journalist, a great historian, a ferocious warrior, a great prime minister, brilliant speaker, and also a pretty accomplished painter and not bad at building walls. He combined all of these things and I'm not sure we'll see anyone quite like that again."

    You can listen back to the full interview here.

  26. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: Imagine having a cardiac arrest and instead of being injected with adrenaline, the paramedics use saline solution instead.


    That is happening at South Central Ambulance Service as part of an experiment to find out if adrenaline is a help or hindrance to those in cardiac arrest.

    Join Laura Trant for the full story at 13:30.

  27. Churchill tributes

    BBC Radio Oxford presenter Hopward Bentham tweets: People lay wreaths at the grave of Churchill on the 50th anniversary of his burial at St. Martin's Bladon

    Churchill's grave
  28. Andrew Main returns to court over Oxfordshire arson attacks

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    A man has reappeared in court accused of arson following a series of fires in Oxfordshire, including one that caused major damage to council headquarters.

    Andrew Main, pictured in grey, led to security van

    Andrew Main, 47, of Rokemarsh Farm, Rokemarsh, is charged with two counts of arson with intent to endanger life and two counts of arson reckless as to whether life was endangered.

    He appeared via video link from Bullingdon Prison but did not speak. The hearing at Oxford Crown Court was adjourned until 10 April.

  29. Mixed picture for waiting times

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Oxfordshire has seen a slight fall in the number of patients being seen in A&E with four hours, although performance has improved nationwide.

    A patient is taken from an ambulance to A&E

    Accident and Emergency units across England saw 93% of patients within four hours, short of the 95% target.

    Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust managed 87.1% within the target time in the week to 25 January, down from 88.7% the previous week.

  30. 'Radical change'

    The removal of the post of chief executive from Oxfordshire County Council has been described as a "radical change", by the present incumbent Joanna Simons.

    Joanna Simons

    In a statement she said: "Radical change is needed to transform the public sector so it can cope with the financial challenges ahead."

    The council said the move was part of a "wider plan to protect frontline services in the knowledge that more cuts to local government are inevitable in future years."

  31. Chief executive standing down

    Oxfordshire County Council's chief executive Joanna Simons is to stand down in June, and will not be replaced.

    In a statement the council said that they were "moving to a more distributed model of leadership" and the the structure would be "flattened to bring everything closer to our residents".

  32. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Waiting times to be seen at Oxfordshire's A&E departments have worsened in the past week.

    Join me for the full story at 12:00.

  33. Call for F1 inquiry

    BBC Radio Oxford

    After two Formula 1 teams based in Oxfordshire went out of business at the end of last year one of Oxfordshire's MEPs is calling for an investigation.

    Marussia and Caterham F1 cars

    Labour's Anneliese Dodds now wants the EU to investigate the Formula 1 industry for anti-competitive practices.

    She told BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle: "Thirteen years ago the EU brokered a deal, but since then a number of teams had said this deal isn't being kept to and the interests of the smaller teams haven't always been listened to."

  34. City Stars' yellow shirts to stay

    Oxford City Stars will continue wearing yellow, after a supporters poll revealed an overwhelming 77% of respondents voted to wear yellow and blue jerseys for the remaining home games of the season.

    Oxford City Stars

    The kit had been created for the annual Oxfordshire United game two weeks ago, and they have remained undefeated since.

  35. The cost of care

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    BBC Radio Oxford has learned that more than 14,000 people visited accident and emergency departments in Oxfordshire last year, but left without being treated.

    Hospital ward

    Our Health reporter David Fenton explained to me what effect this had on the Horton and John Radcliffe: "A £64 cost is incurred the moment a person registers at A&E, and is paid by the hospital to the local doctors groups, the CCG, who pay for care for all of us and are in charge of the budgets.

    "So in one way it is one part of the NHS paying another, but the point is that it is payment for people who have had no treatment so is wasted money."

  36. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A project to make Oxfordshire a leading area for internet businesses and technology has been launched.

    Digital Oxford hopes to make the county more appealing for investors and employees in the digital sector.

    I'll have more on this at 11:00.

  37. Thousands sign grave petition

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Yesterday we reported that a Kidlington mother had been told to remove decorations from her daughter's grave.

    Tanya Beadle's grave

    Jane Beadle started an online petition calling for parents to be allowed to decorate graves. It now has over 4,000 signatures.

    You can watch BBC South Today's Adina Campbell's report on the story on our Facebook page.

  38. Benefits cheat had £50,000

    Thame Gazette

    A benefits cheat who claimed £34,000 from the state despite having £50,000 in the bank has been given a suspended prison sentence.

  39. Need to use NHS 'wisely'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    More than 14,000 people made unnecessary visits to the Horton and John Radcliffe hospitals in Oxfordshire last year.

    Each visit cost the NHS £64.

    Rachel Coney from Healthwatch Oxfordshire told BBC Radio Oxford that it is time patients questioned their own actions.

    She said: "Patients need to take some responsibility for the problems we see in hospitals. We all need to be using the NHS wisely if we want it to be there for us and working when we do need it."

  40. Sir Winston Churchill's funeral marked 50 years on

    Alex Morrison

    BBC News

    The boat which carried Sir Winston Churchill's coffin along the Thames will make the journey again later to mark 50 years since his funeral.

    Winston Churchill making a speech

    The Havengore will carry members of his family to Westminster, as part of a day of events in central London.

    Remembrance services will be held at the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

  41. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    One in every 10 people who went to A&E in Oxfordshire left because they got bored waiting, didn't need treatment or were drunk.

    For more on this, join me at 10:00.

  42. Remembering Churchill

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Today we are remembering Sir Winston Churchill's funeral, broadcasting from Bladon where he is laid to rest.

    Winston Churchill's grave in Bladon

    We are going to tell the stories of those people who were there on the day, the handful of relatives and villagers who were the last to see Churchill before he was committed to the earth.

    Join us for this special programme from 10:00.

  43. Any snow?

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Did you have any snow? If so it probably wasn't as complete a covering as Oxford received in January 2013, as pictured here, at the canal in Jericho.

    Snowy Oxford Canal

    It was taken by Antony Steele and you can see more of his pictures on flickr. If you did get any of the white stuff, why not send in a picture to Local Live?

  44. Selma star disappointed by Bafta snub

    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

    Oxford-born former Spooks star David Oyelowo has expressed disappointment at the way Bafta has snubbed his new film Selma.

    David Oyelowo

    The British actor plays Martin Luther King in the film about the 1965 campaign in Selma, Alabama, for equal voting rights for African-Americans.

    The film, out in the UK next week, has been lauded by critics and has two Oscar nominations, but received no Bafta nominations.

  45. Botley problems

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There is a slow crawl on the A420 in both directions in Botley at the B4044 junction, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

    Congestion going back to the Botley Interchange and to the B4017 Abingdon Road junction.

  46. News on the hour

    Danny Cox

    Presenter, BBC Oxford

    One in every 10 people who went to A&E in Oxfordshire last year left without being treated, costing the NHS almost a £1m.

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

  47. Arson accused to appear

    The man accused of causing three major fires in south Oxfordshire is due to appear at Oxford Crown Court.

    Council office fire

    Andrew Main, 47 from Rokemarsh Farm in Rokemarsh, is facing four charges including arson with intent to endanger life.

    The main offices of South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils were gutted by the fire two weeks ago.

  48. Collapsing wall

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    At Bloxham there are emergency temporary lights due to a collapsing wall on the A361, Church Street just around Hawke Lane.

  49. Sunny but cold

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    There could be a bit of ice on the roads first thing and any occasional showers will gradually ease as we go through the morning.

    Bee Tucker

    We should see some decent spells of sunshine despite this, winds coming down from the north will keep it feeling raw with highs of 6C (43F).

  50. Good morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

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