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  1. Updates from Thursday 5 February 2015

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from BBC Local Live for today, thanks for joining in the conversation.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

  2. Evening TV

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: You may have seen films in the cinema in 3D - now there's a new dimension - with the arrival of 4D.


    The first 4D cinema in the country has opened in Milton Keynes.

    Audiences discovered it was more than just sitting back and and watching - it was a whole body experience.

    Join me for that and more at 18:30.

  3. Freezing night to come

    Dan Downs

    Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

    The cloud will clear through the evening leaving clear skies overnight.

    Dan Downs

    So there will be a widespread frost with temperatures down to -1C (30F).

  4. Just one more thing...

    Helen Catt

    BBC Oxford Political Reporter

    Are Oxford City Council channelling Columbo to increase recycling rates?

    Recycle leaflet
  5. Fine dining - more views

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Despite having a few Michelin starred restaurants in the vicinity, there are no establishments with the accolade in Oxford. I wanted to know your thoughts on how our culinary scene compared with London and some other big cities.

    Jeremy Blanchard tweets: We should have, of course Nut tree, Le Manoir do have. Would like something in the city though, Oxford deserves it

    Malcolm Peedell wrote on Facebook: I think this is all to do with economics. I doubt if there are enough people in the city and surrounding area to keep a place like that going unlike somewhere like London which would have a much larger client base.

    Rob Gibbons posted on Facebook: I think its more to do with having a closer relationship with the restaurants you know. In a small city like Oxford, you dont need to rely on M stars to know if food is excellent.

  6. Ebola trial halted

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A clinical trial for an experimental antiviral treatment for Ebola - led by scientists from Oxford - has been stopped after the drug company involved pulled out.

    Ebola virus

    It follows a significant fall in new cases of the virus in West Africa.

    Dr Charlie Weller, from the Wellcome Trust which funded the trial, told me that has mixed feelings about the decision.

    She said: "You can't be disappointed about the fact that the numbers of Ebola cases are reducing, and we need to work together globally to make sure there's no new cases of Ebola."

  7. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Chiltern railways says it will run more replacement services between Banbury, Leamington and Warwick to help passengers after a landslide closed the track.

    Join me for all the headlines at 17:00.

  8. Protesters gather for Le Pen speech

    Peter Cooke

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    Controversial leader of the right-wing French National Front party Marine Le Pen is due to speak at the Oxford Union this evening.

    Marine Le Pen protesters

    Protesters from Unite Against Fascism have already arrived but so have students who are queuing to see her.

  9. Combating the cold

    Oxfordshire County Council tweets: Gritters will be out and about across Oxfordshire from 7pm. Here's some info about when, where & why we grit:

  10. Arthur Rackham illustrations

    Sue Paz

    BBC News, South

    Original books with drawings from an "iconic" illustrator have gone on display to the public.

    It was a golden afternoon from The Wind in the Willows

    Arthur Rackham's work is featured in an exhibition at the River and Rowing Museum, in Henley-on-Thames, until 31 May.

    The exhibition, entitled Through the Looking Glass: Illustrations by Arthur Rackham, has 15 original books on display, including A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, A Midsummer-Night's Dream and Hansel and Gretel.

  11. CQC feedback 'taken seriously'

    A care home that has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission has said it will address the points raised.

    Manor House Nursing Home in Main Street, Merton, was told it must make "urgent improvements".

    In a statement, the home said: "We take all feedback from the CQC extremely seriously. We will continue to work with them to address the points raised and ensure that all residents receive the high quality care and support they expect and deserve."

  12. BreakingGary Glitter guilty


    Gary Glitter has been found guilty of historical sex abuse against young girls.

    Gary Glitter

    The 70-year-old former singer - real name is Paul Gadd and was born in Banbury - was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 13.

    Gadd, who denied all charges, was acquitted of three other counts.

  13. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    There are to be more replacement trains and coaches to help shuttle passengers after a landslip closed the rail line between Banbury and Leamington Spa.

    Join me for more on this at 16:00.

  14. Stay or Stray?

    Men and women divide into two groups when it comes to sexual attitudes, with one more inclined to be promiscuous and the other more likely to be faithful, an Oxford University study has found.

    Couple on a bench

    Unlike other species which tend to have a uniform mating strategy of promiscuity or partnership, both methods are employed by humans.

    Dr Rafael Wlodarski said: "We observed what appears to be a cluster of males and a cluster of females who are more inclined to 'stay', with a separate cluster of males and females being more inclined to 'stray,' when it comes to sexual relationships."

  15. Caterham to hold auctions

    Ross Heaton

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Caterham Formula One team are to auction off its remaining assets, the administrator has confirmed.

    Kamui Kobayashi in his Caterham F1 car

    Finbarr O'Connell told me that the team would hold seven auctions in March and April but was still hopeful a deal to sell the team could be reached.

    He said that there were two parties in discussions, but talks were "not advanced enough for my liking".

    Caterham went into administration in October last year and administrators have been seeking buyers ever since.

  16. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    An Oxfordshire care home has been rated "inadequate" after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

    I'll have the full story at 15:00.

  17. TV star to host home show

    Henley Herald

    Nick Knowles from BBC's DIY SOS, is to MC the Home Decor Fashion Show at the Henley House and Garden Show on Saturday 28 February.

    Nick Knowles
  18. Yellow leaf road

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    With a risk of snow showers we may be more likely to see cycles blanketed in the white stuff than leaves today, but today's banner image taken by Niels Sampath, captures the ubiquitous bike on Oxford's streets.

    Leafy Oxford streer

    You can see more of his photos on flickr and why not send in your own to Local Live?

  19. Lock keeper lookout

    The Environment Agency is asking for volunteers to help keep boating on the River Thames running smoothly.

    A lock on the River Lee Navigation

    Joining a team led by professional lock and weir keepers, volunteers will spend their days outdoors, helping boats through locks and gaining hands-on experience of lock keeping.

    Passion for the river environment is essential but training and a uniform will be provided.

    For more information email or call 01491 828360.

  20. What do you think?

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to know what you think.

  21. News on the hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Urgent improvements must be made at an Oxfordshire care home following an inspection by the regulator the Care Quality Commission.

    Join me for all the headlines at 14:00.

  22. Food fight - Your views

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier I asked what you thought about the lack of Michelin starred restaurants in the city of Oxford, you've been letting me know:

    Foie Gras

    Positively Social tweets: Plenty of amazing chefs in the county though! What about #AndrewHill @redlionbritsal #gastropubchefoftheyear? #foodfight

    Rosie Butler tweets: We have some of the best pubs though!!! Who needs a Michelin star, eh?! :-)

    Gab tweets: Endless kabab shops that's it

  23. Nursing home 'inadequate'

    Manor House Nursing Home in Main Street, Merton, must make "urgent improvements" according to the Care Quality Commission.

    Care Quality Commission logo

    During an unannounced visit in October, inspectors found the home was failing to provide care which was safe, effective, caring, responsive to people's needs or well led.

    Overall, Manor House Nursing Home has been rated as "inadequate" and the report says improvement is required in several areas including recruiting more staff, putting in new working practices and better staff engagement with residents.

  24. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: Figures from the Royal Mail show that in some parts of the South there's been an increase in dogs attacking postmen.


    One postman in Poole has been bitten five times, once losing part of his finger.

    The Royal Mail has put measures in place including dog awareness briefings and giving postmen posting sticks for protection.

    Join Roger Finn at 13:30.

  25. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A clinical trial for an experimental antiviral treatment for Ebola - led by scientists in Oxford - has been stopped after the drug company involved pulled out.

    I'll have the details at 13:00.

  26. Tech jobs high

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The number of digital companies in Oxfordshire grew by 24% between 2010 and 2013, according to government analysis.

    Artwork of computer keyboard

    It found that nearly 22,000 people are working in digital jobs in the county.

    Dave Fletcher is the chairman of Digital Oxford, which represents industry locally, told me it is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country.

    He said: "We'd like to be identified as the top cluster in the UK, and I think we've got all the ingredients to do that."

  27. MPs' background

    Tom Moseley

    Political reporter

    The educational background of the House of Commons is unlikely to change much after the election, a study suggests.

    Houses of Parliament

    The Sutton Trust education charity said 31% of new parliamentary candidates with a "reasonable chance of winning" on 7 May had been privately educated.

    Some 55% of the candidates went to the leading Russell Group of universities, with 19% attending Oxford or Cambridge.

    The figure is 33% in the current Parliament, and compares with 7% of the UK's population as a whole.

  28. Bypass closed

    The A420 Faringdon bypass is closed in both directions between the Coxwell Road junction and the London Street junction for recovery work after an earlier accident involving a car and three lorries.

    A diversion is in operation through Faringdon, or further afield for large lorries.

  29. News on the hour

    Alison Dawes

    News editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    Urgent improvements must be made at an Oxford care home following an inspection by the regulator the Care Quality Commission.

    I'll have the details at 12:00.

  30. Putting the boot in

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    This could be fun, or perhaps a tad depressing, but the BBC News website has created a calculator to compare your salary with some of the best paid footballers in the world.

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    You can see how long it would take Cristiano Ronaldo to earn your weekly wage (probably a matter of minutes for the Real Madrid star), and how long it would take to earn his annual pay (several centuries for someone on average earnings).

    Oh well, perhaps it's not too late to head down to the Kassam for a trial...

  31. 'A different beast'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Network Rail has been explaining why the major landslip that closed the line at Harbury will take several weeks to sort out.

    Harbury tunnel landslide

    It has stopped all trains between Banbury and the Midlands.

    Network Rail's Liam Sumpter told BBC Radio Oxford that the collapse has complicated the work they'd already started to stabilise the embankment.

    He said: "We now have to investigate what is currently happening with the embankment so we can re-stabilise it, because it is a different beast to what it was before the weekend."

  32. Warning for snow and ice

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Glancing out of the BBC Oxford office windows I can see some light snow falling, and the Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning for snow and ice.

  33. No stars

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    You may be surprised to know that there are no Michelin-starred restaurants in Oxford.

    UK's top five Michelin-starred cities

    In the county we have the acclaimed Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, The Nut Tree and The Sir Charles Napier, but the culinary clout of these country kitchens are not matched in the city.

    Today, BBC News' David Lumb has asked if there is a worthy restaurant scene outside of London, which dominates the Michelin list.

    What do you think about our culinary choices? Send your thoughts to @bbcoxford

  34. 'We thought our son would be safe'

    Katie Razzall

    Special correspondent, BBC Newsnight

    As the National Audit Office publishes its report into the lessons of the Winterbourne View scandal, which saw people with learning disabilities abused by staff in an assessment unit outside Bristol, the family of Connor Sparrowhawk has shared their experience of poor care.

    Connor Sparrowhawk
    Image caption: Connor died on 4 July 2013

    The 18-year-old drowned in the bath at an NHS assessment unit in Oxfordshire after having a fit in July 2013.

    Sara Ryan, his mother, said: "He was a fit and healthy young man. He should have been supervised. If you have epilepsy, you shouldn't be left in the bath. I'm astonished they weren't supervising him in the bath, it's such a basic level of care."

    You can read the full story here.

  35. Council offices future

    BBC Radio Oxford

    South Oxfordshire District Council says it is considering every option for the future of its fire-damaged offices, including rebuilding or relocating.

    Firefighters at the South Oxfordshire District Council building

    The leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, John Cotton, told Phil Gayle that any decision would be driven mainly by cost.

    He said: "If knocking it down and starting again is the most cost effective option, then that does give us some decisions to make about whether we do that on another site.

    "It's been looked at in the past as a potential housing site and if that happened then there would be a capital receipt for the council."

  36. Where's Basement Jaxx at?

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Seventeen years ago, on the back of a truck at Hill Farm in Steventon, a music festival was born.

    Basement Jaxx

    Since then Truck Festival has gone from strength to strength - and this summer it will reach a new level - with a Grammy Award-winning headline act - who have previously headlined the main stage at Glastonbury.

    They're called Basement Jaxx - and yesterday David Prever spoke to one-half of the band, Simon Ratcliffe who told him "we're really looking forward to it".

    You can hear the full interview here.

  37. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The fire damaged council offices at Crowmarsh Gifford may have to be sold off for development.

    I'll have more on that at 09:00.

  38. Inside fire-damaged council offices

    South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse councils have released a video showing the damage caused by fire at their offices in Crowmarsh Gifford.

    Fire damaged building

    The fire, which started in the early hours of Thursday 15 January, almost completely destroyed the offices.

    You can watch the footage here.

  39. Faringdon collision

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The A420 Faringdon bypass in Faringdon is partially blocked after an accident involving a lorry and a car.

    The recovery is going to take place later this morning, and it may be closed when that happens

    There is slow traffic in both directions between the Coxwell Road and London Street junctions.

  40. Wintry showers

    Dan Downs

    Weather forecaster, BBC Spotlight

    A cold and frosty start with some wintry flurries throughout the day.

    Dan Downs

    Cloud will increase as we go on, and temperatures will struggle to get above 4C (39F).

  41. Good morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

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