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  1. Updates on Monday 16 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from Local Live this evening, the service will be back from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Evening TV

Adina Campbell

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this evening: Dementia is one of the fastest growing medical challenges we face in the UK.


But scientists in Oxford could be a step closer to developing new treatments.

A £10m investment in a new research centre in the city is part of a large project with two other leading universities.

Join me for that and more at


Rain clearing overnight

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Rain will slowly clear its way eastwards

but could give some heavy bursts.

Bee Tucker

Skies will finally clear overnight and it is going to be a cold and frosty night with lows of -2C (28F) in the countryside.

Man wanted on recall to prison

Police have appealed for help in tracing a man who is wanted on recall to prison,

but have warned the public not to approach him.

Stuart Gilbert

Stuart Gilbert, 50, has links to Oxford and Wantage and might be sleeping rough according to Thames Valley Police.

He is 6'1" with short black hair and a goatee beard.

Man charged with voyeurism

Lafaiette Thomas Vieira, 32, of Chestnut Way in Longwick was

charged with one count of voyeurism on Thursday 12 February and has been bailed to appear at Oxford Magistrates' Court on Friday 27 February.

The charge is in connection with a man peering over a cubicle in the communal changing area of Thame Sports & Arts Centre on Tuesday 16 December at about 19:50.

A woman was changing in the cubicle at the time of the offence.

Get involved with museum anniversary

The Museum of Oxford is

holding a year-long series of events to mark its 40th anniversary.

Museum of Oxford graphic
Oxfordshire City Council

The events begin this February half-term week with a family poetry workshop and the beginning of the 40:40 project, which showcases forty things for forty years.

People are invited to get involved with the project, contributing items or ideas of things that remind them of Oxford.

Rail replacement taxi

First Great Western

tweets: From 17 - 20 Feb the 0400 Oxford to Paddington service will start from Didcot Parkway. A taxi is available at 0338 from Oxford to Didcot.

Banbury sex trial defendants 'planned lies'

Victoria Cook

Reporter, BBC South Today

Oxford Crown Court has heard how seven men from Banbury

accused of sexually abusing eight girls colluded in prison to lie at their trial.

Giving evidence today was 19-year-old Alexandru Nae who is charged with sexual activity with a child and rape.

When asked why he had lied to police about events that had taken place he replied that he "was threatened", and he told the court that one of the other defendants said he'd kill him if he "snitched".

All the defendants deny the charges. The trial continues.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A jury has heard how a group of men colluded in prison to lie after they were charged with sexual assaults against young girls in Banbury.

Join me for more on this and the other headlines at


Cyber-security experts uncover $1bn bank hack

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Didcot-based security company Kaspersky Lab says it has uncovered an "unprecedented" cyber-attack on up to 100 banks,

which could result in losses of up to $1bn (£648m).

Hands on computer keyboard

Principal Security Researcher, David Emms

told me that hackers are using fresh techniques.

He said: "Normally cyber criminals go after bank customers because they're an easier target, but here they're targeting workers at the bank, trying to trick them into clicking on attachments in emails that look like they've come from a legitimate source, specifically tailored to you."

'Series of accidents'

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

A fatal crash involving more than 30 cars was a "series of accidents",

the fire service has said.

A damaged car at the scene of the crash on the M40

A 65-year-old man from Woking, Surrey, died on the M40 following the collision between junction nine and 10 at 07:45 on Saturday.

Kerry Blair, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's incident commander, said: "It was a series of accidents in the same place at the same time."

Rush for bargains at Pettits

Wallingford Herald

Hundreds of customers flocked to iconic Wallingford department store Pettits to

pick up first-day bargains in its clearance sale.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A woman who claims she was raped by a former Oxford Union president, has appealed against the decision not to charge him.

I'll have all the details at


Half term help

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

I may have to have a read of these...Oxfordshire County Council's

Facebook page has offered some tips for entertaining your children in the half term break:

Mother and daughter

"Running out of half term distractions already? Check

our list of school clubs and holiday playschemes for ideas to keep younger ones out of mischief!"

House evacuated after crash

Wantage Herald

A house in Wantage has suffered structural damage

after car crashed into the front.

Murder novel in line for children's book prize

Oxford Mail

The daughter of an Oxford University college master has made the

shortlist of a prestigious children's book awards.

'We make a day of it'

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

The World Pooh Sticks Championships is

moving to a new location at Langel Common, near Witney.

Langel Common
des blenkinsop

Karen Eveleigh, from the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires,

explained to me it was such a popular event.

She said: "People come along with their Winnie the Pooh teddies, people get dressed up and we have heats before a semi-final and final, so we make a day of it.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

The trial of seven people accused of a variety of sexual offences in Banbury has heard how "group sex" was a normal activity for teenagers in the town.

I'll have more on that at


'Winnie on the Windrush'


World Pooh Sticks Championships has found a new Oxfordshire venue to run the event.

Pooh sticks
Rotary club of oxford spires

Organisers had been looking for a new location

after over 30 years on the River Thames in Little Wittenham.

The Rotary Club of Oxford Spires will now hold the competition on the River Windrush at Langel Common in Witney.

Alzheimer's research collaboration begins

BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford is to become a world-leading hub of expertise,

finding new treatments for dementia.

An elderly man's hands

A new Drug Discovery Institute costing £10m will be paid for by the charity Alzheimers Research.

One of the project leaders, Prof Simon Lovestone from Oxford University,

told BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle that it was a major investment.

He said: "This new money will fund something like 20 to 30 people to work exclusively on Dementia research finding new drugs. This has never happened before."

Man charged after Headington attack

An Oxford man has been

charged with grievous bodily harm after a woman was attacked in Headington.

Officers were called to a property on Warren Crescent at around 08:30 yesterday.

The victim suffered serious injuries, but is now recovering in hospital.

Dwayne Mason, 38, is due before magistrates.

Faringdon fire CCTV released

via Facebook

CCTV images have been released by Thames Valley Police on its

Facebook page relating to an
unexplained death in Faringdon:

CCTV of Jonathan Martin Mills

Jonathan Martin Mills, 49, from Oxford, died in the blaze on Southampton Street, Faringdon, on the afternoon of Monday 9 February.

Police have appealed for anyone with information, or who may have seen Mr Mills on the day to contact them.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Scientists at Oxford University are to lead the search for a cure for dementia.

I'll have the full story at


South East passengers 'most delayed' on rail travel

Mario Cacciottolo

BBC News

Rail commuters from south-east England into London are

most likely to have their journeys delayed, according to a report by consumer association Which?

First Great Western train

They are also most likely to be unhappy with their service, the poll of 7,309 travellers suggested.

The report found that more than a third of passengers on First Great Western services experienced a late journey in the 12 months up to November last year.

Wait for Universal Credit

Helen Catt

BBC Oxford Political Reporter

A major part of the government's shake-up of the benefits system has

begun it's roll out from today, but not in Oxfordshire.

Job centre

The Department for Work and Pensions said job centres in Oxford, Didcot, Abingdon and Witney will start delivering universal credit in April.

Lunchtime TV

Laura Trant

Reporter, BBC South Today


South Today this lunchtime: Southern railway has been severely criticised by Which? magazine.

Southern train

The consumer group has released its annual report looking at railway performance, measuring a range of areas including customer satisfaction and hygiene standards.

Join me at


M40 crash: Your reaction

via Facebook


multi-vehicle collision on the M40 on Saturday that involved over 60 people has prompted a lot of responses on our Facebook page:

M40 crash debris

Christina McKillop-smith

posted: We were right behind it just as it happened. Couldn't see because of the fog. Everyone was breaking at last minute coming off the slip road. Couldn't see the accident until you were on top of it. Very scary.

Matthew Gibbons

said: Sadly I think it must have been a combination of mist with risk taking, accidents do happen I'm afraid, but sometimes people need to take it easier and just slow down.

Paul Bellchambers

wrote: Sad news to start half term. That stretch from A34 North is notorious for bunching and tailgating. Need more traffic police in the right places.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Oxford

Four CCTV images have been released, taken of a man hours before he died in Faringdon.

For more on that and the other top headlines join me at


Universal credit pay delay

BBC Radio Oxford

The universal credit is

rolling out across the country, and will come to Oxfordshire in April and May.


Critics of the scheme expect some people to struggle with the new system, and Suzy Drohan from Oxfordshire Welfare Rights told

BBC Radio Oxford's Phil Gayle that payments made in arrears will complicate matters.

She said: "On the start-up there's seven days before you're paid, and then you'll have a month to wait so you could have people with about five to six weeks with no income, which includes payment for rent now."

Misty moorings

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

It was a misty start for me and the children as I dropped them off with Nanny for the day, though the drive was somewhat less picturesque than this picture of rowers on the Thames, taken by Liam O'Connell.

Rowers on the Thames
Liam O'Connell

You can see more pictures by Liam on

flickr, and why not
send us in your pictures?

Chips tips

Oxon Fire and Rescue

tweets: It's National #chipweek - If you like your chips take a look at our tips

Fish and chips
Getty Images

United 'need points now'

Robyn Cowen

Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

Oxford United's chief executive Mark Ashton says he is well aware of the task the club is facing after they dropped to 18th in the league.

James Roberts


2-0 defeat to Burton left them four points above the relegation zone.

He said: "We understand the difficult position that we're in, we need to get some more points on the board pretty quickly. But we're all focussed and working towards that goal."

You can see the goals from the Burton game on

BBC South Today tonight at 18:30.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Lessons will be learned from the multivehicle M40 crash near Bicester, which killed a man, according to the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue incident commander.

For more on that and the other top headlines join me at


M40 collision 'echoes accident'

Oxford Mail

An almost identical collision happened on the same stretch of the M40 known as the "fog alley",

24 years ago to the day.

Alzheimer's £30m 'Drug Discovery Alliance'

Phil Gayle

Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

A new

network of £30m research centres is being launched to spearhead the search for an Alzheimer's cure.

Scan of Dementia sufferer brain
Science Photo Library

Alzheimer's Research UK has announced a Drug Discovery Alliance, which will see research centres, including one in Oxford, pooling their expertise to fight the disease.

Dr Laura Phipps from Alzheimers Research

told me: "There is a desperate need to find treatments that really target the diseases themselves. We're trying to harness the fantastic academic science that Oxford University is a real hub for, and put those ideas into the hands of drug discovery experts."

Oxford Union president Ben Sullivan case decision review

Hannah Bewley

BBC News Online

The decision to drop a rape case against the former president of the Oxford Union

is to be reviewed, following an appeal from the alleged victim.

Ben Sullivan

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said a request had been made through the Victims' Right to Review scheme in the case against Ben Sullivan (pictured).

No further action was taken after Mr Sullivan was arrested in May on suspicion of rape and attempted rape.

Witney works

There is

one lane closed on the A40 in Witney, westbound between Witney East and Witney Town Centre, because of resurfacing work.

News on the hour

Clare Woodling

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

Research to develop new treatments for dementia is being fast-tracked in Oxford thanks to a share of £30m of funding.

Join me for more on this at


Your views

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

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

Tell us what you think.

A34 roadworks

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

New speed restrictions that were due to come in to force at the

Milton Interchange today will now be introduced overnight, site managers have told me.

For traffic travelling south (towards Newbury) there'll be a 30mph speed limit and the left hand lane will be diverted down the slip road, around the A4130 roundabout, and back up onto the A34.

For northbound travellers (towards Oxford) there'll be a 40mph speed limit within narrowed lanes.

In addition there will be full closures and lane closures overnight.