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  1. Woman due in court on murder charge
  2. Cricket club's shock £30,000 tax bill
  3. Canal boat murder trial jury out
  4. Multi-vehicle accident on M40
  5. Updates on Tuesday 21 April 2015

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By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    That's all from the BBC Local Live team for today, the service will resume from 08:00 on Wednesday.

    Don't forget - you can still get in touch with the team.

  2. Evening TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: An Oxfordshire scientist whose developed ways to control mosquito population is the only UK finalist in this year's European Inventor Award.

    Luke Alphey

    Luke Alphey works at Oxitec, based in Milton Park and for the past 20 years he has been working on a way to genetically modify male dengue mosquitoes which carry a deadly fever.

    His methods are now being used to save lives all around the world.

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

  3. Woodstock steel

    The Oxfordshire Museum is to host an exhibition, Forged in Fire, which brings together some unusual objects that tell the county's history through metal.


    This small sword was made of Woodstock steel, which apparently had a reputation for being of the finest quality.

    The long-established metalwork industries played a central role in Oxfordshire's heritage and their stories are being celebrated together for the first time.

    The exhibition runs from 2 May to 5 July.

  4. Power firm volunteers boost garden upkeep

    A team of 16 volunteers from Southern Electric Power were given a day away from the depot to lend a hand clearing and tidying the Elizabeth Daryush Memorial Garden in Boar's Hill in Oxford.

    Southern Electric Power Distribution volunteers

    The company allows employees to take a day away from their day job to help a community project of their choice.

  5. Clear, crisp night

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Tonight we'll keep the light winds and clear skies, so there may be a bit of patchy mist or fog.

    Holly Green

    Out in the countryside there's the potential for some frost, with temperatures a bit colder than the typical low of 4C (39F).

  6. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    There has been a warning from Thames Valley Police about a fake website targeting pensioners by claiming to be the official website for selling National Savings and Investments pensioner saving bonds.

    I'll have the more on that and the other headlines at 17:00.

  7. Battling mosquitoes with genetics

    BBC Radio Oxford

    It kills 25,000 people every year and now an Oxfordshire scientist is leading the fight to combat dengue fever.


    Luke Alphey is the only UK finalist for this year's European Inventor Award, and has helped to lower the number of mosquitoes carrying the disease.

    He told BBC Radio Oxford: "The idea of using modified mosquitoes might sound a novelty, and in terms of using modern genetics it is, but it's based on an idea that has been around for 50 years, of using radiation sterilised insects."

  8. Heavy in Headington

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    It's looking very busy on the Oxford Ring Road northbound on the Eastern Bypass, from Cowley up towards the Headington roundabout.

    It's also heavy on the A420 London road towards the Headington roundabout, just where the roadworks are.

  9. Grass verge maintenance cut

    Sinead Carroll

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    Cuts in funding mean there will be less frequent cutting of the grass in parts of Oxfordshire this summer.

    Grass verge

    The county council says it needs to prioritise spending on social care services - which means mowing grass verges will be reduced to just twice this year.

    Busy road junctions are exempt, where keeping sightlines clear was a safety issue. Some parish and town councils say they'll use their own money to maintain the service.

  10. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A driver has escaped unhurt after the van he was driving overturned on the M40.

    Join me for the full details at 16:00.

  11. Postal vote deadline looms

    South Oxfordshire District Council tweets: Not here on 7 May? Today is your last chance apply for a postal vote #Elections2015

    Postal vote graphic
  12. You're having a giraffe

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Continuing the animal theme to today's pictures, Claire Birkett sent us this picture of a giraffe at a sunny Cotswold Wildlife Park.


    You can share you pictures with Local Live.

  13. Oxfordshire firms' international success

    Bicester Advertiser

    Seven firms have received a Queen's Award to recognise overseas success.

  14. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    An Oxfordshire scientist is playing a key role in helping to reduce dengue fever.

    Join me for the full story at 15:00.

  15. Babies 'need pain relief'

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    Babies experience pain much like adults according to a report conducted by Oxford University scientists.

    Baby crying

    Report author Rebeccah Slater told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that brains of babies "light up" in a similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus.

    She said: "We were surprised, but the pattern of brain activity in the babies was remarkably similar to the adults. Not only were the sensory areas of the brain activated, but also emotional areas associated with the unpleasantness of the experience.

    She added: "Thousands of babies across the UK undergo painful procedures every day but there are often no local pain management guidelines to help clinicians."

  16. Swanning around

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Whilst stretching my legs during my lunch break in Oxford today I was joined for a riverside ramble by this stunning swan.


    If you have any pictures from around the county, why not send them to Local Live via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  17. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The family of the 19-year-old motorcyclist who died after a crash involving a van near Abingdon has released tributes to him saying he was "beautiful" and "loved by many".

    I'll have more on that and the other headlines at 14:00.

  18. Summer swimming!

    West Oxfordshire District Council tweets: Woodstock's outdoor pool will reopen for summer on Sat 25 April. Come along and make a splash!

    Woodstock pool
  19. Banbury 'going for it'

    Jerome Sale

    Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    Banbury United's 11-year stay in the Southern League Premier Division will end tonight if they fail to beat Slough Town at the Spencer Stadium.

    Police vehicles at the stadium

    The fixture was abandoned back in October when the referee was struck by a bottle thrown from the crowd at half-time with Slough 2-1 up at the time.

    Boss Paul Davis said: "We've got nothing to lose now, we know we've got to win two games and we have to go for it."

  20. Lunchtime TV

    BBC South Today

    On South Today this afternoon: Plans to replace a level crossing at Ufton Nervet with a bridge will be unveiled later.

    Ufton Nervet

    It is more than 10 years since a crash at the crossing killed seven people and injured more than 70 others.

    Join Jo Kent at 13:30.

  21. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Ten care homes in Oxfordshire "require improvement" according to the Care Quality Commission.

    Join me at 12:00 for the details.

  22. Young lion

    via Facebook

    Oxford United Women have posted some exciting news for fans on their Facebook page.

    Riva Carsley

    Good morning U's fans! What better way to start the day than with a slice of great Riva Casley news alongside your morning cuppa?! Read it here.

  23. Witney cyclist crash appeal

    Police have appealed for witnesses after a 14-year-old cyclist was left with serious injuries after a collision with a bus in Witney on Saturday.

    The incident happened at about 15:30 on Moor Avenue.

  24. Tax bill hits cricket club for six

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A sports club in Oxfordshire says it's received an unexpected tax bill of more than £30,000.

    Remains of Eynsham cricket pavilion

    Eynsham Cricket Club rebuilt its club house after a fire in 2012 - and did not think VAT would be due on the construction - but it has now received a demand for payment.

    Club chairman Ian Miller told BBC Radio Oxford: "It's going to be very difficult, we're going to rely upon the goodwill of members and people in the community. I would like HMRC to realise we are a community facility, we don't make money."

  25. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Tributes have been paid to a 19-year-old motorcyclist who died after a crash involving a van near Abingdon last week.

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

  26. Cadets stop veteran being turfed out

    Oxford Mail

    Reinforcements from the Army Cadets leapt to the defence of a 91-year-old D-Day veteran yesterday to help stop him being turfed off his allotment.

  27. 'Witney needs 20mph limits'

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    The father of Liberty Baker, the schoolgirl who was knocked down by a car and killed in Witney last year, has called for lower speed limits in the town.

    Police attending Liberty Baker crash scene

    Paul Baker told me that there is strong support in the area.

    He said: "It's up to local councils to set the speed limits on their local knowledge, but also to listen to local community. There has been a petition calling for 20mph speed limits. If you look at a crash map of Witney you'll see there are a lot of incidents on Curbridge Road and Corn Street - all the data is there."

  28. News on the hour

    Paul Jenner

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Road safety measures are to be introduced in Witney following the death of Liberty Baker.

    Join me for all the headlines at 10:00.

  29. Jury out in canal boat murder trial

    The jury at the trial of a woman accused of murdering her boyfriend in Abingdon will continue its deliberations at Oxford Crown Court later.

    Police tape at scene

    Robert Dobinson from Faringdon was found with stab wounds at a mooring area near Bridge Street last October.

    Natasha Elderfield denies murder.

  30. Council clear-out

    Oxford City Council tweets: Council vehicle + equipment auction this Saturday 25 April - open from 9am. Full details here

    Vans and equipment
  31. 20mph zone near Liberty Baker school

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A 20mph advisory zone is going to be introduced in the area where 14-year-old schoolgirl Liberty Baker was knocked down and killed in Witney.

    Liberty Baker

    Labour county councillor for the area Laura Price told Howard Bentham that it was the first step towards an enforceable 20mph speed limit in the area.

    She said: "There's a school in the immediate area and it's about making people aware of their surroundings when they're driving down that road."

  32. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Better road safety measures are needed to make sure someone else doesn't get hurt in Witney, according to the father of Liberty Baker, who was knocked down and killed last June.

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

  33. Where does your waste go?

    South Oxfordshire District Council tweets: Want to know what happens to leftovers after they go in your food bin? Call Biffa on 01865 409570 to book waste tours on 7 May & 16 June

    Mouldy food
  34. M40 accident

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    We have reports of a multi-vehicle accident on the M40 southbound around Junction 7 for Thame. Traffic is moving very slowly past.

    In Oxford City centre Beaumont Street remains closed eastbound after Friday's fire at the Randolph Hotel, traffic is diverted via Walton Street.

  35. A bright pleasant day

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    A bit of a cold start with a few mist and fog patches, but for most of us bright skies from the off.

    Holly Green

    There will be a bit of a breeze but temperatures should do very well with highs of 18C (34F).

  36. Good morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

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

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