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  1. Updates from Tuesday 31 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Hannah Bewley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's it for Local Live for today.

    The service will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday. In the meantime you can get in touch with the team via email.

  2. Chilly overnight

    Alexis Green

    Weather presenter, BBC South Today

    Scattered showers at first this evening, but most parts will become dry and rather chilly overnight with some clear spells, and with winds slowly easing.


    Lows of 3C (37F).

  3. Evening news

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    Ten employees, a 13 week trial and a fraud of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

    Tonight a group of workers from the Action For Employment firm were sentenced for taking money which should have rightly gone to helping people get back to work in the Thames Valley.

    Get the full story on South Today at 18:30.

  4. Henley Royal Regatta to be filmed

    Henley Royal Regatta will be available to view around the world via a live stream, organisers have announced.

    All racing will be shown live and a daily highlights show will be available to watch on demand within an hour of the close of each day's racing from 1-5 July.


    More than 250 races feature at the Regatta, which includes Olympians and emerging stars from around the world and is renowned for its gladiatorial match-racing.

  5. BreakingSentences for back-to-work fraud

    Joe Campbell

    BBC South Today

    Six people have been jailed for their part in a £300,000 fraud in which they claimed they were helping people get back into work.

    Four others who also worked for Action 4 Employment (A4e) were given suspended sentences.

    The company helped people in the Thames Valley get back in to employment.

    The group who went on trial made up scores of files, forged signatures and falsely claimed they had helped people find jobs, enabling them to hit targets and get bonuses.

  6. Give the dog a home

    Banbury Cake

    An unwanted dog is in desperate need of a loving home after spending more than 400 lonely days an Oxfordshire animal centre.

    Homeless hound Kenny, a collie-cross Staffordshire bull terrier, has spent more than 9,700 hours at charity Blue Cross' rehoming centre in Burford.

  7. Engagement ring stolen

    Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a burglary in Causeway, Banbury between 12:00 and 14:30 on Saturday 21 March, in Causeway, Banbury.

    Jewellery was stolen including a gold engagement ring with diamonds on it, as well as a white iPhone 4 and cash.

    Anyone with information about this incident should contact investigating officer Det Con Rebecca Sewell, from Banbury CID, via the 24-hour enquiry line 101.

  8. News on the Hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A Malaysian fishmonger faces death by hanging after being found guilty of murdering two British medical students in Borneo.

    Aidan Brunger and Neil Dalton, who were both 22, were attacked by Zulkipli Abdullah in August last year.

    More on BBC Radio Oxford at 17:00.

  9. Pac-Man stuck in Oxford traffic

    Counting down the minutes until home time?

    Google Maps might have the answer as streets have been turned in to a popular 1980s computer game.


    Can you spot which Oxford college Pac-Man is whizzing round?

  10. Congestion on the roads

    There is congestion on the A40 London Road in Oxford around the Thornhill Park And Ride.

    Oxford travel

    It is also busy between A44 Cassington and B4449 Cassington.

  11. Police identifying body

    Oxford Mail

    Police are still working to identify the body of a woman that was found in the River Thames on Friday.

    It is thought Thames Valley Police will not be able to name the woman, who was found in the water behind Weirs Lane, South Oxford, until the end of the week.

  12. Motorcycle champion has big dreams

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Georgina Polden spoke to Nick Piercey on BBC Radio Oxford about her ambition to inspire more women to take up motorcycle racing.

    The Kidlington teenager is competing in the British Championships this year.

    Georgina Polden

    She said: "I would like to make it to the world championships, I would be the first British girl to make it there so it would be a dream."

    Her parents run the Kings Two Wheel Centre in Kidlington.

  13. Is the future bright for rural Oxfordshire?

    Prospective parliamentary candidates for Oxford West and Abingdon are to debate the future of rural Oxfordshire at an event at St. Barnabas Church in Jericho, Oxford, on Thursday 9 April from 19:00 to 21:00.

    The event, organised by CPRE Oxfordshire, will be hosted by Bill Heine, of BBC Radio Oxford.


    Candidates attending are Conservative's Nicola Blackwood, Liberal Democrat's Layla Moran, Labour's Sally Copley, Green's Larry Sander, UKIP's Alan Harris, National Health Action's Dr Helen Salisbury and Socialist Party's Mike Foster.

  14. Weather warnings removed

    BBC Weather


    Yellow weather warnings which were in place across southern England have been removed.

    It is still forecast to be very windy for the rest of the day.

  15. News on the Hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Henley Royal Regatta is to be screened live on the internet for the first time this year.

    The racing, which features top international competitors in early July, is being filmed and shown by YouTube.

    Hear more on BBC Radio Oxford at 16:00.

  16. Police awards: PCSO saved suicidal man

    Hannah Bewley

    BBC News Online

    PCSO Andy Clayton was commended for saving the life of a man who had tried to hang himself.

    The PCSO, 23, from Loddon Valley police station, was on patrol in Wokingham when he took a call from the control room.

    PCSO Andy Clayton and Chief Constable Sara Thornton

    He said: "I was literally there in 20 seconds, if that. The front door was open, I ran upstairs and the aunty has got her nephew down and then I have just commenced CPR."

    The man regained consciousness just as the paramedics arrived.

    PCSO Clayton said: "When he was on the stretcher going into the ambulance he shouted over to me and shook my hand and said thanks. I said 'Alright, look after yourself.' And that was it."

  17. Classical music date for the diary

    BBC Radio 3

    BBC Radio 3 is playing music from the Oxford Lieder Festival 2014 next week.


    Tune in from 13:00 next Tuesday to listen to music from the Schubert Project at the Oxford Lieder Festival, featuring all of Schubert's songs alongside some of his best-loved piano music.

  18. 'More victims' of rapist nurse

    Linda Serck

    BBC News, Berkshire

    There could be more victims of a former nurse who raped and sexually assaulted female patients including some who were unconscious, police have said.

    Andrew Hutchinson

    The unconscious victims of Andrew Hutchinson were unaware they had been attacked at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford until officers contacted them.

  19. News on the Hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Office for National Statistics says British homes were slightly better off in the fourth quarter of 2014 than when the coalition came to power.

    Labour claims people are £1,600 a year worse off than in 2010.

    More on BBC Radio Oxford at 15:00.

  20. One hundred people facing redundancy

    Oxford Times

    About 100 staff at a Yarnton office are facing being made redundant after US-based life sciences company Agilent Technologies decided to stop manufacturing one of its products.

  21. Windy but bright

    Expect a very windy afternoon with some sunny spells.

    Oxford weather

    Feeling cool in the strong winds which may reach gale force in places early in the day. Highs of 10C (50F).

  22. Fallen tree in churchyard

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    Rupert Parsons ‏@WomersleyFoodstweets: Fallen yew tree at St Mary's after a stormy night #lovechippy

    St Mary's church, Chipping Norton

    The tree came down in the churchyard in Chipping Norton.

  23. News on the Hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    There is a record number of horses being abandoned according to animal rescue charities.

    The RSPCA says it had 22,000 reports last year. The Blue Cross in Burford says it is now coping with around a hundred at any one time.

    More on BBC Radio Oxford at 14:00.

  24. Lunchtime news

    Laura Trant

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    A man is being hailed a hero by risking his own life for his colleague after a tug boat overturned in gale force winds last night.

    One crewman was rescued from water at the Esso refinery marine terminal at Fawley in Hampshire and a refinery worker smashed a window on the boat to rescue a second man.

    More on South Today at 13:40.

  25. An election to savour?

    Peter Henley

    Political editor, South of England

    A number of key marginal seats in the south of England could play a pivotal role in the result of the general election next month.

    Peter Henley

    BBC South's Political Editor Peter Henley has been looking at the region's main battlegrounds to see where power might be won or lost.

  26. Don't be fooled

    Hannah Bewley

    BBC News Online

    With the election looming the news seemed to be on a frantic spin cycle, but careful what you read tomorrow.

    It's April Fools Day and newspapers and websites take delight in seeing whether they can trick readers with ridiculous yarns.

    Selfie bans? Stinking train stops? Here are some of last year's highlights.

  27. News on the Hour

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Two people from Oxford who've been charged with fraud and slavery offences are due in court.

    More on BBC Radio Oxford at 13:00.

  28. Police awards: Sergeant saved suspect's life

    Hannah Bewley

    BBC News Online

    Sgt David Pegg won an award for saving the life of a man in his 20s in the Milton Keynes custody suite after he had been brought in, out of breath, suspected of shoplifting.

    He was found unresponsive in his cell with no warning.

    Sergeant David Pegg and Chief Constable Sara Thornton

    Sgt Pegg said: "He was on the bed and he was clearly dead. It was a bit of a shock because I had only been in there a couple of minutes before."

    The sergeant and his team worked on the man and he regained consciousness and was taken to hospital, where he made a full recovery.

  29. Olympic champion out for a year

    Richard Winton

    BBC Sport

    Double Olympic champion Andrew Triggs Hodge will not row again this year after a recurrence of glandular fever.

    The Men's Coxless Four celebrate after winning gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games

    The former Oxford University student who took part in the Boat Race first suffered from the illness in 2012, but went on to win coxless four gold in London to reprise his success in Beijing in 2008.

    However, he has not trained in 2015 and has conceded he will not be ready for September's World Championships in Aiguebelette, France.

  30. Police awards: 92-year-old recognised

    Hannah Bewley

    BBC News Online

    Frank Steiner, 92, from Deddington, received a Long Service Award from Thames Valley Police as he has volunteered for the force for more than 10 years.

    He worked on the front counter at Deddington police office, in the press office and was a "mystery shopper" to find out how the police treated the public.

    Asked what he enjoyed about the work, he said: "It was the very idea of doing something, of not being a completely idol OAP. The fact I was doing something which the police force considered useful was very satisfactory."

  31. News on the Hour

    Rahil Sheikh

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A landlord's been fined £5,000 for renting out an Oxford property in poor condition.

    A city council inspection found the home in Henley Street in Cowley with broken electrical sockets, damaged basin and one of the bedroom floors was collapsing.

    More on BBC Radio Oxford at 12:00.

  32. Police bravery awards: Girl, 5, saved in bath

    Hannah Bewley

    BBC News Online

    PC Danny O'Driscoll and PCSO Penny Ling were commended for saving five-year-old Isabella Hayward, who was found unconscious in the bath by her mother.

    PC Danny O'Driscoll and PCSO Penny Ling and Isabella

    They gave her CPR before the paramedics arrived and are credited with saving her life. She has now made a full recovery.

    Isabella's mother Emma Hayward, 35, from Cheltenham, said: "Without the two of them and the paramedics, she wouldn't be here today. I am forever indebted to them. We are just incredibly grateful."

  33. Council clears 23 trees from roads

    Katharine Da Costa

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    An Oxfordshire County Council spokesman said a total of 23 trees fell or partially fell on highway land overnight due to the high winds.


    These incidents led to road closures on the A4095 Kirtlington, the A338 Hungerford Hill and partial closures at the A4260 at Adderbury and the A4155 at Reading Road, Lower Shiplake.

  34. Nearly 1,000 donations

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The recently refurbished blood donor centre at the John Radcliffe is opening later today.

    It will be opened by Elise McConnachie, who received a large amount of blood after giving birth to her son.

    John Radcliffe

    Maurice Earp from Sandford told BBC Radio Oxford he has donated a mixture of blood and platelets close to an astonishing 1,000 times and currently goes in every two weeks.

  35. News on the Hour

    Rahil Sheikh

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Police say they're ready to support victims of an Oxfordshire serial sex abuser who's admitted attacks against patients at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

    Former A&E nurse Andrew Hutchinson from Abingdon pleaded guilty to 27 offences at Oxford Crown Court.

    More on BBC Radio Oxford at 11:00.

  36. Slavery charge for 81-year-old

    Linda Serck

    BBC News, Berkshire

    An 81-year-old man has been charged with holding a person in slavery over a five-year period.

    Christopher Joyce, and Mary Joyce, 59, are charged with committing the offence between April 2010 and February this year.


    The pair, both of Red Bridge Hollow, Old Abingdon Road, Oxford, have been remanded in custody and will appear at the city's magistrates' court later.

    They have also been charged with conspiracy to defraud.

  37. Election gets go ahead

    Helen Catt

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Election writs are arriving in every constituency in the country today.

    Sue Smith and Vic Amor

    This is Sue Smith, acting returning officer for Banbury receiving theirs from Vic Amor from the Royal Mail special events team.

    Vic was so worried about keeping it safe he slept with it next to his bed last night.

  38. Hamilton deal could be worth £27m a year

    BBC Sport

    Britain's Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton expects to sign a new Mercedes contract this week - and it could be worth an eye-watering £27m a year.

    BBC Sport has learned that Hamilton will earn a basic - or not-so-basic - salary of £21m, and could earn over £6m in win bonuses.

    Lewis Hamilton

    That would take his total earnings to £3,082 per hour, £51.36 per minute, 86p per second or more than £7 in the time it took you to read this sentence from the team based in Brackley.

    Thumbs up indeed.

  39. News on the Hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Two people from Oxford are due in court charged with slavery and fraud offences.

    Christopher Joyce, 81, and Mary Joyce, 59, both of Old Abingdon Road in Oxford, are accused of offences relating to one victim.

    More on BBC Radio Oxford at 10:00.

  40. Police award bravery

    Thames Valley Police hosted the Chief Constable's Awards yesterday.

    Four police officers, two police staff and four volunteers were awarded for their long service, 17 people were given commendations and two were given certificates of service.

    Outgoing Chief Constable Sara Thornton said: "We celebrated dedicated and committed service, acts of bravery, outstanding professionalism, courage and determination. Each and every person celebrated today has every reason to be proud."

  41. Tell us a story

    BBC Radio Oxford

    What is your favourite bedtime story?

    From today the Story Museum in Oxford are inviting you to pop on a dressing gown, grab a book and snuggle down into an enormous storytelling bed.

    Woman reading with two children

    Is there a story you enjoy reading to your children, or loved listening to you when you were a child?

    Get in touch on Facebook.

  42. A34 accident

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The A34 is delayed northbound in Abingdon between the A4183 junction and Hinksey Hill interchange, because of an accident involving a motorcyclist.

    Congestion to Marcham interchange.

  43. News on the Hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A 59-year-old woman and an 81-year-old man who were arrested after raids to tackle slavery and fraud in Oxford have been charged.

    Three locations, including a traveller's site, were targeted last Thursday.

    More on BBC Radio Oxford at 09:00.

  44. Broadband money unspent

    BBC Radio Oxford

    BBC Radio Oxford has discovered that tens of millions of pounds of government money set aside to help businesses get superfast broadband in cities like Oxford remains unspent.

    The money was made available to pay for business to get the broadband installed.

    In Oxford more than £3m has been made available, but since the scheme started a year ago, only £150,000 has been used.

  45. MP battling genetic condition

    Oxford Mail

    MP Nicola Blackwood has revealed she has been battling with a genetic condition for years but believes it has not affected her performance as a politician.

    Nicola Blackwood

    The Oxford West & Abingdon MP spoke to the Oxford Mail yesterday for the first time about being diagnosed with a genetic joint mobility syndrome called EhlersDanlos (EDS) in 2013.

  46. Fallen trees

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The A4260 Oxford Road in Steeple Aston is partially blocked northbound near the B4030 junction, because of a fallen tree.

    Queens Road in Hannington is blocked between the Hannington junction and the Castle Eaton junction, because of a fallen tree and fallen power cables.

    The A4155 Reading Road in Lower Shiplake partially blocked near the Station Road junction, because of a fallen tree.

    Fencing has blown over in the road on A420 Park End Street in Oxford near The Royal Oxford traffic lights.

    Edmunds Road in Banbury is blocked between the Woodgreen Avenue junction and the Conway Drive junction, because of a fallen tree.

  47. Very windy weather

    Sarah Farmer

    Weather presenter, BBC South Today

    Today will be very windy with bright or sunny spells and scattered blustery showers.

    It will feel cool in the strong winds which may reach gale force in places early in the day.


    A yellow weather warning is in place due to the high winds.

  48. Motorbike crashes with fallen tree

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There are severe delays on the A4095 Oxfordshire both ways due to an accident.

    It involves a motorcycle and a fallen tree at B430 Kirtlington which has blocked the A4095 Oxford Road in both directions.

  49. Good morning

    Hannah Bewley

    BBC News Online

    Good morning and welcome to Tuesday's Local Live. I'm bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather from the BBC Oxford newsroom.

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