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  1. Updates on Thursday 23 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

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

  2. Chipping Norton's 'seaside'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The completion of renovation work at Chipping Norton's Lido has been hailed by the trustees of the community-owned pool.

    Chipping Norton Lido

    Claire Jarvis told BBC Radio Oxford: "The pool is hugely popular, it's probably the only family day out in Chipping Norton. We're so far away from the seaside that this is our day at the seaside."

  3. Diabetes trail appeal

    Nick Piercey

    Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A new study at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford is looking for men with type 2 diabetes to join a trial to correct low levels of testosterone

    Diabetes trial

    Volunteers will be injected with a new hormone which researchers have discovered can boost the release testosterone.

    Dr Jyothis George told me about the trail: "We are stimulating the body's own production of testosterone, using a naturally occurring brain hormone, and the good thing is that the testosterone values will remain in the normal range."

  4. On the programme tonight

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: Wallingford school is warning parents to be vigilant after several pupils reported being sent graphic pictures by the same stranger on Facebook.

    Will Willis, Wallingford School headmaster

    The head teacher has urged parents to keep a check on who their children are speaking to online.

    Its thought the pictures could have originated from America, but the user could have hidden their true location.

    Join me for all the region's top stories at 18:30.

  5. Sun sets on fine weather

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Clear skies and light winds will allow some mist and low cloud to form this evening.

    Holly Green

    There could be a touch of frost in the countryside, but urban areas will fall to around 6C (43F).

  6. 'There are no customers'

    Businesses are warning that redevelopment work in the centre of Oxford is so disruptive, they could go under before it's finished.

    Frideswide Square

    Anny Benadel runs a café on the square and told BBC South Today that the future is very uncertain.

    She said: "I don't think I will survive, customers are not coming in, they are trying to avoid this area, there are no proper pedestrian crossings for them to come around and it is putting them off."

  7. Arctic veterans honoured

    After 70 years the bravery of the Oxfordshire veterans who took part in the arctic convoys of World War Two is finally being recognised.

    Arctic convoy

    The Russians did not acknowledge the efforts of the veterans, who helped wartime convoys to deliver supplies, until last year.

    Today a representative from the Russian embassy has presented the Ushakov medal to veterans at a special ceremony in Oxford Town Hall.

  8. Frideswide Square fears

    Alastair Fee

    Business correspondent, BBC South Today

    Businesses in Oxford say they face going under before major redevelopment work at Frideswide Square is complete.

    An artist's impressioon of how Frideswide Square will look

    Traders claim that their takings have fallen by 50%.

    They want better signs around the site and are calling for a drop in their business rates.

  9. A34 closed again

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A two-vehicle collision on the A34 northbound between the Marcham Interchange and Abingdon North has closed the carriageway.

  10. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Businesses in Oxford say they are facing bankruptcy before the major redevelopment at Frideswide Square is complete.

    Hear more about that with me at 17:00.

  11. Oxford bar assault CCTV released

    CCTV footage has been released in connection with an assault in Maxwell's Bar in Oxford.

    CCTV footage

    On Saturday 31 January at about 01:00 the victim, a 36-year-old man was assaulted, falling down the stairs.

    Thames Valley Police would like to speak to the man shown in the footage.

  12. Collins continues to next campaign

    Jerome Sale

    Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United midfielder Michael Collins will be at the club next season.

    Michael Collins

    The 28-year-old has made enough appearances this campaign for a clause to be activated in his contract to extend his stay at the Kassam for another year.

    He told BBC Radio Oxford sport he's determined to help United achieve their goals next season: "I'm happy here, I think this is one of the only clubs in the lower leagues that will be pushing for promotion, not only to League One but the Championship in years to come."

  13. A34 update

    BBC Travel

    There is now one lane closed northbound on the A34 at the Chilton interchange because of an earlier accident.

    Congestion is running back to the Beedon Turn Off.

  14. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A woman's being given emergency treatment at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after a collision on the A34.

    Join me for all the headlines at 16:00.

  15. Educational app

    A new Android smartphone game called The Life Cycle of Malaria has been created by an Oxford University developer, based on malaria research at the University's Nuffield Department of Medicine.


    Aimed at 12 to 18-year-old students, it will be officially launched on World Malaria Day (25 April).

    Players learn about why mosquito bites itch, why pregnant women are more likely to be bitten, and how the parasite manages to survive.

  16. Randolph opening delayed

    The reopening of the Randolph Hotel in Oxford has been postponed for a second time.

    Fire at The Randolph

    The fire-damaged landmark had originally been hoping to welcome guests from Saturday, just eight days after a serious blaze devastated three floors of the building.

    That was then put back until the start of next week, and now management says the hotel will not accept guests until Saturday 2 May.

  17. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Two men - described as "violent offenders" - have been jailed at Oxford Crown Court after a stabbing and an assault with baseball bat.

    I'll have more on that at 15:00.

  18. A34 closed northbound

    BBC Travel

    The A34 is closed northbound at the Chilton Interchange, because of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

  19. Dabble with a paddle

    Young people have been invited to have a dabble with a paddle at a discounted canoe course in Banbury.

    Kayak in a swimming pool

    Cherwell District Council and Cherwell Canoe Club have launched a five-week course for eight to 25-year-olds at Woodgreen Leisure Centre starting on 13 May.

    Places must be booked in advance and for more information email or call 07887 777632

  20. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The newly refurbished Lido in Chipping Norton has re-opened today after six months of work.

    Join me for all the headlines at 14:00.

  21. Ringing for England

    Phil Mercer

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    To celebrate St George's Day this year a campaign has been launched to get bells ringing right across the county in honour of our national day.

    Bell ringer

    I was in Kingston Bagpuize to hear Stan ringing the church bell.

  22. Race for Oxford Half places begins

    Jerome Sale

    Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    There is to be a new route for this year's Oxford Half Marathon.


    Now in it's fifth year, the race has previously started and finished at the Kassam Stadium, taking in some of the big town areas, such as the BMW car plant.

    This year it is going to be more centred on the university, starting and ending in St Giles.

    Entries for the October event are now open.

  23. A40 - Your views

    via Facebook

    The A40 has been named as Oxfordshire's most congested road, which won't be news to many of you who use it. But what are the solutions?

    Deborah Clewley posted: Train line plus dual carriageway in both directions. Takes me 70 minutes to go from Carterton to Cowley on a Tuesday afternoon at 4pm

    Shane Rae said: Witney to Oxford by car= 90 mins, by motorbike= 30 mins. Everyone on motorbikes

    Manja Hoevenaars Uglow wrote: Park and Ride in Witney with sections of bus lanes added along A40 in and out of Oxford. Secure cycling storage would be great as well.

  24. Lunchtime TV

    Dani Sinha

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: For anyone living with type 1 diabetes, managing the condition is a daily event.

    Diabetes blood test

    Many people can also develop complications with their eyesight or kidneys.

    But now a charity says not enough children are getting the number of health checks needed to screen for the early signs of those complications, potentially putting them at risk of further health problems. Join me at 13:30.

  25. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A second man's been arrested by police investigating the murder of a man in Oxford.

    The victim died in hospital after being found with severe chest injuries in a car in Barton. I'll have the latest on that as 13:00.

  26. Are you Bikesafe?

    via Facebook

    Thames Valley Police has shared some photos from the year's first Bikesafe event on its Facebook page.

    Bikesafe event

    Ten motorcyclists met at Abingdon Police Station where they undertook a classroom session discussing the concepts of advanced motorcycling.

    During this session some of the more common causes of collisions were covered along with their solutions. Participants then undertook an observed ride with police motorcyclists.

  27. Smooth running

    First Great Western tweets: Disruption caused by earlier issues problems between Hayes & Harlington and Paddington has now ended. Apologies for the delays this morning.

  28. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A second man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Oxford.

    I'll have the latest on that as 12:00.

  29. Community-run lido reopens

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    A community-run outdoor swimming pool in Oxfordshire has reopened following £75,000 of renovations.

    Chipping Norton Lido

    Work started on repairing the 45-year-old Chipping Norton lido in November.

  30. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A road in Oxford remains closed for a third day as police investigating the murder of a man continue their inquiries.

    I'll have the latest on that at 11:00.

  31. Fuse box warning

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The death of a man in a house fire in Kidlington has brought an urgent warning from the fire service for neighbours to check their electric circuits.

    Christopher Butler died at his home on Wilsdon Way last September, when the cables to his cooker started a fire.

    Oxfordshire's home, road and community safety officer Gabby Heycock told BBC Oxford that they are calling on people to make sure their fuse boxes meet modern electrical standards.

    He says: "The letter was just to raise awareness and help people understand what they could look out for, without having to take any direct actions."

  32. Coming up this morning

    Kat Orman

    Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    What lies beneath? Well we know at least part of the answer thanks to the work of a team of archaeologists, who have found bones, offerings to the gods and the remains of a Roman temple and amphitheatre, during 10 years of excavations in Marcham.

    This weekend some of these valuable finds are on display at the Abingdon Museum, and I'll be hearing all about it from one of the people behind the project, Prof Gary Lock.

  33. 'No quick solution'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    There will be no quick fix for the A40 between Witney and Oxford, according to David Nimmo Smith, the councillor in charge of the county's roads.

    He told Howard Bentham that central government money would be required for the works, and there was a variety of options available.

    He said: "Long-term options include tidal bus lanes, guided bus ways, reopening the railway line and dualling the A40."

  34. The making of a maestro

    Oxfordshire County Council tweets: Does your child want to learn a musical instrument next term? Register your interest here

  35. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The death of a man in a house fire in Kidlington has brought an urgent warning from the fire service for neighbours to check their electrical circuits.

    Join me for more on that and the other headlines at 10:00.

  36. Your weather photos

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Thank you to Roger Bishop, from Thame, for this photo of a field of cowslips taken in Henley-on-Thames yesterday.

    A field covered in Cowslips in Henley-on Thames

    Get in touch and send us your weather pictures via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  37. Sculpture completes roundabout makeover

    Henley Standard

    A 10ft tall wire sculpture has been installed on an entrance roundabout in Henley to complete its transformation.

  38. Headington closure

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    North Way is closed between the Burchester Avenue junction and the Edgecombe Road junction after a man was found dead in a car on Tuesday night.

    The number 8 bus is operating on a diversion.

  39. News on the hour

    Charles Nove

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    There will be no quick solution to the problem of congestion on what has been recognised as the worst road in Oxfordshire - the A40 between Witney and Oxford.

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

  40. Paddington problems

    First Great Western tweets: There are delays between Hayes and Harlington and Paddington as there are signalling problems. London Underground accepting FGW tickets

  41. Literarti at Chipping Norton festival

    BBC Radio Oxford

    The Chipping Norton Literary Festival gets under way today.

    Richard and Judy Madeley

    It is the fourth year the event has been staged, and director Clare Mackinstosh told BBC Oxford that it is all about encouraging everyone to read.

    She said: "We've got so many events over the weekend, everything from Richard and Judy and Baroness Trumpington to thriller write Lee Childs, so many names."

  42. Extra police after Barton murder

    House-to-house inquiries are being carried out by police investigating a murder in Oxford.

    Police van

    A man died after being found with chest injuries in a parked car in Barton on Tuesday evening.

    A 31-year-old man from the city has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

  43. A40 'The worst road in Oxfordshire'

    The A40 has been named as the most congested major road in Oxfordshire, by the traffic monitoring firm Inrix.


    The company says drivers experienced congestion 20 times every day last year on the stretch between Witney and Oxford.

  44. Sunny afternoon

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    Most of us will have some mist and low cloud to begin with, but that should clear through the morning.

    Holly Green

    We should have some lovely bright skies this afternoon with highs of 14C (57F).

  45. 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.