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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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  1. Good evening

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

  2. Evening TV

    Adina Campbell

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    On 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 18:30.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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 17:00.

  10. 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."

  11. '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."

  12. 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 16:00.

  13. 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!"

  14. '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

    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.

  15. 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 15:00.

  16. 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."

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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 14:00.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Lunchtime TV

    Laura Trant

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    On 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 13:30.

  23. M40 crash: Your reaction

    via Facebook

    The 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.

  24. 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 13:00.

  25. 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."

  26. 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

    You can see more pictures by Liam on flickr, and why not send us in your pictures?

  27. 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
  28. 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

    The 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.

  29. 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 12:00.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

    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."

  32. 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.

  33. 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 11:00.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. Star man

    Phil Gayle

    Breakfast presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A student from Oxford has been shortlisted for a one-way space mission to Mars.


    Ryan McDonald was one of 200,000 people who applied for a place on the Mars One mission, and is now down to the last 100.

    He told me: "This is a mission of permanent settlement to establish a lasting legacy for the entire human race, not just planting a flag and then returning."

  37. Child sexual exploitation campaign

    via Facebook

    Thames Valley Police has posted on its Facebook page posters from it's stop child exploitation campaign:

    Child exploitation posters

    "Will you speak up? These victims have. We're raising awareness of child sexual exploitation. Will you share this message and help #StopCSE"

  38. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    One of Oxfordshire's train operators has been criticised for delays in a new report.

    Join me for all the details at 10:00.

  39. 'Like something out of a horror film'

    The crash on the M40 on Saturday which left one man dead, six people seriously injured and 55 people with minor injuries, has been described as being like "a horror film".

    The scene of the M40 crash

    Pearce Darnell told BBC Radio Oxford what he saw as he drove past.

    He said: "The only way to describe it is something out of a horror film. It was just cars in every direction, covering every lane. There was a lorry jack-knifed, the trailer on its side over the central reservation. Cars completely destroyed, there was a lorry with its whole backend missing."

  40. Bicester bins fire

    Bicester Fire Station tweets: 23.13 #Fire involving commercial bins Sheep St #bicester -possible arson. Keep bins secure and away from buildings

    Burnt bin
  41. Woman assaulted by cyclist

    A woman in her 50s has been sexually assaulted in Oxford.

    It happened on Kersington Crescent at around 22:00 last Monday evening.

    A man on a bicycle approached her and carried out the attack.

    Thames Valley Police are looking for black man, between 5'6" and 5'8" tall, younger than 40, with a shaven or bald head.

  42. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford is to become a world-leading hub of expertise, finding new treatments for dementia.

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

  43. 'Fog a major part of investigation'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The M40 crash on Saturday that involved 33 vehicles and left one man dead took place when there was heavy fog in the area.

    Traffic on the M40 at junction 9 following the crash

    Chief Inspector Henry Parsons from Thames Valley Police told BBC Radio Oxford they will be looking at how the weather affected what happened.

    He said: "It would be too early to say with any certainty but clearly the fog will play a major part of our investigation."

  44. A day of rain

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    We have rain on its way and it will be a cold feeling day.

    Bee Tucker

    There could be some dry and bright spells later in the west of the region, but it will be fairly breezy with highs of 7C (45F).

  45. Faringdon hold-up

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There's very heavy traffic on the A420 due to a broken down car just after Faringdon going towards Oxford.

    One lane is blocked so traffic is having to take it in turns to get passed, and that's taking an extra 15 minutes in the queues.

  46. M40 crash man 'stable'

    Sue Paz

    BBC News, South

    A man critically injured in an M40 crash involving dozens of vehicles is now in a stable condition, police say.

    Some of the cars involved in the M40 crash in Oxfordshire

    The motorway was closed northbound for more than eight hours between junction nine and junction 10 in Oxfordshire following the crash on Saturday morning.

    Police said a total of 33 vehicles were involved. At the height of the response about 50 firefighters were deployed.

    A 65-year-old man from Woking, Surrey, died at the scene.

  47. Good morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Welcome to Monday's news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

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