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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 3 February 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Post update

    That's all for today's BBC Local Live. Thanks for all the snow pictures today, keep them coming for the rest of the winter.

  2. More snow for some

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    We have the risk of some snow showers this evening, with a cold night to come.

    Holly Green

    There will be a widespread frost and ice could be a hazard through the night.

    Most of us will see lows of -1°C (30°F), but it could be colder in rural areas.

  3. Coming up

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: Network Rail has confirmed there's now likely to be weeks of disruption for passengers after a serious landslide on the London to Birmingham line.

    Harbury tunnel

    About 350,000 tonnes of earth slipped near Harbury in Warwickshire at the weekend, closing the route between Banbury and Leamington.

    Join me for that and the other top stories at 18:30.

  4. Hospital trust stubs out smoking

    Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has announced it plans to go smoke free from 2 March across all its sites.

    Man smoking

    From that date, any patients, staff or visitors will be banned from smoking.

    The trust said it was taking the step to bring them in line with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines.

  5. Snow no problem

    RAF Benson tweets: Did someone mention snow? #TeamBenson made sure we are open for business as always!

    Plane with snow
  6. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The mother of a teenager who was murdered near Didcot screamed in court as a judge delivered a not guilty verdict to the man accused in trying to hide her body.

    Join me for the full story at 17:00.

  7. World Cancer Day meeting

    Oxford is marking World Cancer Day tomorrow with a meeting at the Town Hall at 12:30.

    Oxford Town Hall

    The event is supported by Cancer Research UK and local cancer charities.

    People are invited to attend the meeting to find out more about the local support available to them and also how to support their local cancer charities.

  8. Inspectors find care home 'inadequate'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission have identified serious concerns in a number of areas at The Close Care Home in Burcot, which it rated as inadequate.

    The Close Care Home, Burcot

    Inspectors found staffing levels were not always sufficient to meet people's needs, and managers did not always respond appropriately to concerns when these were raised.

    The care home said the findings were "not a fair reflection of the care provided at the home" and they had a plan in place to address all of the points raised.

  9. Lorry driver's death an accident

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    A lorry driver's death in a crash as police slowed down traffic to remove a dead badger was an accident, a coroner has ruled.

    Fatal crash on a34

    Jose Antonio Castro-Gonzalez, 61, died when the Budgens lorry he was driving hit another HGV on the A34 southbound carriageway near Marcham. Officers had shut the road to clear the animal carcass from the middle lane.

    The inquest heard how a policeman heard the "screeching of brakes and the smell of burning rubber".

  10. Landslip line faces further delays

    Jennifer Scott

    BBC News Online

    A railway line closed by a landslip between Warwickshire and Oxfordshire is expected to stay shut for several weeks, Network Rail has said.

    Aerial view of the landslide

    An estimated 350,000 tonnes of earth slipped at Harbury Tunnel on Saturday, closing the Chiltern Line between Leamington Spa and Banbury.

    It affects Chiltern services between London and the West Midlands.

  11. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A care home near Abingdon has been rated "inadequate" by the Care Quality Commission.

    Join me for the full details at 16:00.

  12. Support for aspiring students

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A learning centre in Blackbird Leys, run by Oxford University and children's educational charity Into University, is supporting hundreds of disadvantaged children in Oxford to help them go to university.

    Christ Church Oxford

    Director of undergraduate admissions at Christ Church Oxford Samina Khan says Blackbird Leys was the obvious choice to set up the centre.

    She told Howard Bentham: "There are a number of schools there that work passionately with their young children and we wanted to support them in raising academic potential and attainment."

  13. Wallingford in winter

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    We've received loads of brilliant pictures of Oxfordshire in the snow, you can look through many on our Facebook page or on our Twitter feed.

    Wallingford Market Square

    I thought this was a particularly picturesque scene of Wallingford Market Square in the early hours of the morning, taken by Dan Griffiths.

  14. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The rail line between Banbury and Leamington Spa will be closed for several weeks as the landslide by the track is still moving, Network Rail says.

    Join me for all the headlines at 15:00.

  15. Ashdown pushing to play

    Jerome Sale

    Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United have made the surprise signing of a goalkeeper this morning.

    Jamie Ashdown

    Former Reading and Portsmouth player Jamie Ashdown has been given a contract until the end of the season and was able to sign after the transfer window closed last night as he wasn't registered to another club, having been released by Crawley in December.

    He told me: "I'm ready, fit enough and it's just a matter of showing the manager in training."

  16. Drunken text mistake goes viral

    The Mirror

    An Oxford man has become a Twitter sensation after sharing a drunken texting mistake.

    Text message

    Marcus Gray, 19, was out partying when he texted a friend to ask him if he was in town. When he later got home, he checked his texts and thought the message was for him, replying "Nah mate I'm home now".

    His subsequent tweet revealing his mix-up has been retweeted over 11,000 times.

  17. Snowball video views snowballing

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    A video of BBC South Today's political correspondent Peter Henley being snowballed live on air has been viewed thousands of times online.

    Peter Henley hit with snowball

    Peter was speaking to the BBC News Channel and didn't flinch as a young man hit him with the snowball.

    You can see the clip here.

  18. A34 lorry death accidental

    Tom Turrell

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    An Oxford coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death in the case of a lorry driver who died in a crash on the A34 after police closed the road to remove a dead badger.

    Jose Antonio Castro-Gonzalez, 61, died when his lorry hit another HGV on the southbound carriageway.

    The crash happend almost a year ago when officers shut the road to clear the dead animal from the middle lane.

  19. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Specialist engineers are currently assessing the large landslide near Harbury Tunnel, which will keep the railway line between Banbury and Leamington Spa shut for several weeks.

    I'll have more on that from 14:00.

  20. Further snow warning

    The Met Office has issued another yellow warning for snow and ice for Oxfordshire from 18:00 this evening.

    Snow covered bicycles

    They said: "The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel. This warning has been updated to change it to a combined ice and snow warning.

    "The start time has been brought forward to Tuesday evening and the end time brought forward to the middle of Wednesday."

  21. Coming up

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: Many of us woke up to a blanket of snow this morning.

    South Park

    Picturesque scenes across the region but it also caused travel problems, including miles of tailbacks on the A34 after vehicles collided on the slippery roads.

    We'll have the latest at 13:30.

  22. Flying fair

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Ibises take turns to lead when flying in a V-formation to save energy, according to scientists at Oxford University.

    Northern bald ibis

    They discovered the birds worked in pairs, like a cycling peloton, allowing every ibis a much-needed rest.

    Bernhard Voelkl told Charles Nove the northern bald ibis were disciplined and fair in sharing the load.

    He said: "We found birds matched the time they were flying in front and in the rear position quite accurately."

  23. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The rail line between Banbury and Leamington Spa will be closed for several weeks, according to Network Rail.

    I'll have all the details at 13:00.

  24. Ashdown signs for U's

    Oxford United FC tweet: Warm welcome to goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown who has joined the U's until the end of the season #oufc

    Jamie Ashdown
  25. M40 overturned vehicle

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's an overturned vehicle on the M40 northbound between Junction 3 at Loudwater and Junction 4 for High Wycombe.

    The inside lane is closed, traffic is moving very slowly and there are lots of emergency service vehicles present.

  26. Screams in court

    Sinead Carroll

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    I've been in court for the verdict of Jake Blakeley and there were screams in the gallery as he was found not guilty of preventing the lawful burial of Jayden Parkinson.

    Jayden Parkinson

    Jayden had been killed by Jake Blakeley's brother Ben, who was sentenced to life in prison in July last year.

    Jake previously admitted perverting the course of justice and is due to be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court.

  27. Campsfield House child processes 'poor'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The Campsfield House immigration centre in Kidlington detained three children in 2012 and 2013, the HM Inspectorate of Prisons has found.

    Campsfield House

    The chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick told BBC Radio Oxford that age assessments had failed and the children should have been looked after by social services.

    He said: "Children, where there has been some dispute about their age, have been held and in some cases even where it has been suspected that they are a child, they have been detained nonetheless. I think those processes have been poor."

    Overall the centre was found to be safe, and relationships between staff and detainees were deemed excellent.

  28. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A man accused of preventing the lawful burial of murdered Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson has been found not guilty.

    Jake Blakeley, 18, had denied the charge of preventing a lawful burial, but pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

    He will be sentenced shortly.

    Join me for more on this at 12:00.

  29. BreakingBreaking News

    Jake Blakeley not guilty

    A teenager has been cleared of preventing the lawful burial of murdered Didcot teenager Jayden Parkinson by helping his brother bury her body.

    Jake Blakeley

    The 17-year-old's ex-boyfriend Ben Blakeley, 22, strangled her and buried her in his uncle's grave.

    Jake Blakeley (pictured), 18, said he helped his brother dig a hole but had not realised it was to bury Jayden.

  30. Inspection finds immigrant children detained

    Three children were detained at an immigration centre in Oxfordshire, an unannounced inspection has found.

    Campsfield House

    It said they were held at Campsfield House, Oxfordshire, in 2012 and 2013, despite a Government commitment to end the practice.

    A Home Office spokesman said: "This Government has legislated to end the detention of children for immigration purposes in all but exceptional circumstances.

    "But we have always been clear that there are certain situations where we may be forced to detain children temporarily. These may include border turnaround cases, or cases involving unaccompanied children, until alternative accommodation is arranged."

  31. Mental health services praised

    BBC Radio Oxford

    An increase in the number of young people accessing mental health services in Oxfordshire has been welcomed by the Health Minister Norman Lamb.

    Health Minister Norman Lamb

    Figures obtained by BBC Radio Oxford show more than 11,300 under-18s accessed the service through Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in 2014.

    Mr Lamb told BBC Radio Oxford's Charles Nove: "I think it's very positive - if you catch a youngster straight away, you can often stop it in its tracks. I pay tribute to the services in Oxford for improving access in this way."

  32. Had enough of the snow?

    Combe Parish Council tweets: We do have our bag of salt on the village green for residents of Combe to put on their paths/drives if needed

    Combe village green
  33. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A care home near Abingdon has been rated "inadequate" by the Care Quality Commission.

    Inspectors identified serious concerns in a number of areas at The Close Care Home in Burcot.

    I'll have more on that from 11:00.

  34. Travel troubles after difficult conditions

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    We're still awaiting recovery on the A34 southbound between the Milton and the Chiltern interchanges after a crash. Delays are running back to Abingdon North.

    Also on the A34 Northbound between the Marcham interchange and Abingdon North, there is heavy traffic after a collision.

    We've also had reports of a four vehicle collision on the A4329 at Little Milton High Street. The road is partially blocked.

  35. Rise in young using mental health services

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Figures obtained by BBC Radio Oxford show more than 11,300 under-18s accessed a mental health service through Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in 2014, a rise of 16% since 2012.

    Boy covering his face

    The clinical director for children and young people at the trust, Dr Wendy Woodhouse says she believes cuts to support through social care and education may have partly caused the rise.

    She said: "We do know that other services have been cut back that traditionally have provided support services at a universal level for children and young people, and our experience is that that has increased referrals."

  36. Wintry whiskers

    Lilley Mitchell

    Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    I've been out and about in Oxford's South Park this morning, taking in the snowy scenes, which you can see on my Twitter feed.

    Maggie the dog

    Someone happy to see snow was Maggie the dog, who was enjoying her first walk a proper winter wonderland .

  37. Labour pledge local powers

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A Labour government would give Oxford and Oxfordshire greater powers to determine how money is spent, according to Ed Balls.

    Ed Balls MP

    The shadow chancellor told BBC Radio Oxford if they win the next general election city regions would be given more power from Whitehall.

    "We want to see a big transfer of economic power and decision making to the city and county regions across England," he said.

    "It can make a real difference. We're talking about the biggest devolution out of Whitehall for generations."

  38. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    There has been a rise in the number of children using mental health services provided by an Oxfordshire-based trust.

    I'll have the full story at 10:00.

  39. Plan to scrap council top post in doubt

    Oxford Times

    An opposition leader has said plans to scrap the top unelected position of the county's biggest authority could be derailed at a vote.

  40. Follow the leader

    Victoria Gill

    Science reporter, BBC News

    Birds that fly together in a familiar V-formation each take it in turn to lead the flock, to save energy during the journey, according to scientists in Oxford.

    Northern bald ibises flying in formation (c) Markus Unsöld

    The researchers, from the UK, Germany and Austria, studied the northern bald ibis, tracking how they - like so many large birds - fly in a V formation.

    This allowed every bird to take advantage of extra lift produced by by the wings of the bird in front.

  41. Snow scenes

    via Facebook

    You've been sending in some lovely pictures of the wintry views in Oxfordshire this morning, such as this photo from Headington by Laurence Brooks.

    Headington snow

    Have a look through on our Facebook page or Twitter feed, and send in yours

  42. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Icy conditions are causing problems on Oxfordshire's roads after heavy snow overnight.

    Join me for the latest on this at 09:00.

  43. A34 closed southbound

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The A34 is closed southbound after a multi-vehicle accident involving four cars and a lorry just underneath the M4.

    Also on the A34, an accident involving a car and a van is partially blocking the road southbound between the Milton and Chilton interchanges.

    And an earlier accident on Oxford ring road eastern bypass has left a lot of congestion in all routes around the Headington roundabout.

  44. The white stuff

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    This may be a common sight for many of us this morning, especially for people living in the east and south of Oxfordshire.

    Snow covered table

    If you have a nice picture of the snow where you are, why not send it in to Local Live by email, Facebook or Twitter.

  45. Children held at immigration centre

    Sue Paz

    BBC News, South

    Three children were detained at a UK immigration centre despite a government commitment to end the practice, the HM Inspectorate of Prisons has found.

    Campsfield House immigration removal centre
    Image caption: A new sprinkler system is being installed at Campsfield House following last year's blaze

    It said they were held at Campsfield House, Oxfordshire, in 2012 and 2013.

    The coalition government had committed to ending the detention of children for immigration purposes in 2010.

    However, a Home Office spokesman said it had always been clear there were "certain situations where it may be forced to detain children temporarily".

  46. Yellow warning for snow and ice

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Some of us are waking up to a covering of snow, as well as a cold, frosty and icy start.

    Holly Green

    We have a Met Office Yellow warning for snow and ice running until 10:00, and we could see some further snow showers until then.

    As we head through the day we will see showers falling increasingly as sleet or rain, but it will feel cold with highs of 3C (37F).

  47. Good morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    It snowed! Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Oxfordshire this Tuesday morning.

    I'm in the BBC Oxford newsroom bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and particularly 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.