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  1. Updates on Friday 24 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Good evening

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    That's all from BBC Local Live for today, thanks for joining in the conversation.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

    In the meantime, feel free to email us.

  2. Cloud and rain tonight

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Cloud and patchy rain will work its way through the region this evening, leaving some low cloud and mist behind it.

    Bee Tucker

    It's a mild night to come, with lows of 8C (46F).

  3. Oxford United v Cambridge

    Jerome Sale

    Sports editor, BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxford United play their penultimate game of the season and their final match at home tomorrow afternoon as they take on Cambridge at the Kassam Stadium.

    Michael Appleton

    The U's suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat at the Abbey Stadium in the away fixture back in October.

    Head coach Appleton said that result was a huge turning point in the season: "It was a difficult day for us but it gave me an idea of what needed to be done."

    BBC Radio Oxford has exclusive full match commentary, live from the Kassam Stadium tomorrow afternoon from 14:00 on 95.2FM and digital radio.

  4. 'Pay as you feel' at cafe

    Oxford's Food Surplus Cafe is holding its first 'pay as you feel' event on Saturday, with all the meals prepared from food that was destined for the bin and customers given the opportunity to settle-up in a number of ways.

    As well as deciding how much money they'll pay, diners can also exchange their labour and wash-up or entertain other customers for a free meal.

    The cafe will be open from 12:00 to 16:00 at the East Oxford Community Centre.

  5. Evening TV

    Geraldine Peers

    Presenter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this evening: It is one of Oxford's biggest annual events, but there are worries the Cowley Road Carnival is at risk because of a shortage in funding.

    Cowley Road Carnival

    Organisers say they need to raise £65,000 by the end of June after bigger turnouts increased the cost of holding the free event.

    Join me for that and more at 18:30.

  6. Owners' joy as parrot returns to the nest

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    The owners of Donna, the missing parrot from Wallingford, are said to be "over the moon" their pet has returned.

    Donna the African grey parrot

    The parrot was reported stolen from a property on Monday, but it is now believed the bird escaped from its cage.

    The bird, a female African grey, flew into a house in Wallingford on Wednesday and a neighbour, who had seen the appeal to find the bird, then informed the police.

  7. Week of action on bed-blocking

    BBC Radio Oxford

    A week-long crackdown on bed-blocking at hospitals in Oxfordshire is under way.

    Hospital ward

    The county is consistently one of the worst areas in England for so-called "delayed transfers of care", being ranked bottom in January.

    The problem arises when a patient no longer needs hospital treatment but a care package is not in place for them to leave.

  8. Award for new cancer care building

    A special architecture award has been given to a charity in Oxford for its new treehouse-style home.

    Maggie's Oxford new treehouse-style centre

    Maggie's Cancer Centre, in the grounds of the Churchill Hospital, took six years to plan and cost £3m to build.

    The building, which offers a retreat for cancer patients and their families, has been recognised with a RIBA South sustainability award.

  9. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    After a series of anti-slavery raids in Oxford, two men and a woman have pleaded guilty to knowingly requiring another to perform forced labour.

    Join me at 17:00 for more on this.

  10. Conman who targeted elderly couple jailed

    A Bicester man who stole £800,000 from an elderly couple has been jailed for three years, says Thames Valley Police.

    Gary Watts

    Gary Watts, from George Street in the town, admitted stealing from a 92-year-old woman and an elderly man who had trusted him with their finances.

    He lost the money gambling online.

  11. Slow going on A34

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    It's already looking very busy on the roads tonight. The A34 is stop-start northbound from Botley up to the M40 junction.

    It's heavy southbound as well, approaching the roadworks at Milton.

  12. On your bike

    via Facebook

    Oxfordshire County Council has taken to Facebook to promote its cycle hire scheme.


    "Whether you're off to enjoy the sun, or trying to dodge the April shower, why not borrow an OxonBike to get from A to B?

    "Check out the map of hire points!"

  13. Mass hysteria and female bonding

    Rebecca Thomas

    BBC News reporter

    Director Carol Morley and star Maisie Williams have spoken to the BBC about why they wanted to explore the phenomenon of mass hysteria in The Falling, which was filmed in Oxford.

    Maisie Williams and Florence Pugh in The Falling

    Set in 1969 at a strict English girls' school, the film tells of a mysterious fainting epidemic that breaks out in the aftermath of a tragedy.

    Maisie Williams, best known as Arya Stark from TV's Game of Thrones, plays 16-year-old Lydia, who is best friends with the charismatic Abbie, played by newcomer Florence Pugh, who is from Oxfordshire.

  14. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Production has returned to normal after a fault at the Mini Oxford car plant in Cowley.

    There will be more on that in my bulletin at 16:00.

  15. Fire-hit hotel reopening delayed

    Dave Gilyeat

    BBC News

    The reopening of the five-star Randolph Hotel in Oxford, which was damaged in a major blaze, has been delayed.

    Randolph fire

    A fire at the 150-year-old building in Beaumont Street was sparked by a flambéed beef stroganoff in its kitchen on 17 April.

    Management originally said the hotel would reopen on Saturday, before putting the date back to Monday, but now says it will not be guaranteeing when it will reopen its doors.

  16. Free ride for Didcot residents

    Didcot Railway Centre is offering residents of the town free admission this Sunday.

    Didcot Railway Centre

    The mayor of Didcot will be there and there will be the usual attractions, including riding on the trains behind heritage diesels and the chance to see steam engines in the engine shed.

    People who wish to enter for free will need to provide evidence they live at an OX11 postcode.

  17. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Flooding has causing disruption at the Citizen's Advice Bureau in Oxford.

    It happened at the office in St Aldate's overnight between Monday and Tuesday, and they are operating a very limited service "until further notice".

    Join me for all the regions top stories at 15:00.

  18. Pangbourne problems

    First Great Western tweets: Due to a vehicle hitting a railway bridge at Pangbourne, trains are currently running at reduced speed on all lines. Delays expected.

  19. International charity documentary

    Banbury Guardian

    The work carried out by a Deddington-based charity in Guatemala to help victims of gang violence, drug addiction and prostitution is the subject of a new TV documentary.

  20. Oxford 'yarns' on election views

    Arryn Moy

    BBC News

    The Daily Politics is touring the UK talking to voters at 18 locations and asking for their views on the general election - and Friday's stop was in Oxford.

    Oxford Yarn Store

    Reporter Giles Dilnot spoke to Karen Draisay, Lucia Giles and James Edwards, in Oxford Yarn Store, about what political parties they could vote for on 7 May.

  21. News on the hour

    Clare Woodling

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    A treehouse-style building in Oxford, which is home to a cancer charity, has won a special architecture award.

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

  22. Arctic convoy medals

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Veterans who served on the arctic convoys in World War Two have been awarded medals by the Russian Embassy for their bravery.

    Arctic convoy

    BBC Radio Oxford sport's Andrew Self watched while his father, George, was honoured at Oxford Town Hall.

    He said: "We tend to forget as a society sometimes what actually people have been through for us. My Dad doesn't ever talk about the war, but to see him awarded his medal, I could say 'good on you'."

  23. Lunchtime TV

    Dani Sinha

    Reporter, BBC South Today

    On South Today this lunchtime: They preyed on their elderly victims - betraying their trust. Today, two funeral directors will be sentenced for defrauding elderly customers out of thousands of pounds.

    Join me for all the region's top stories at 13:30.

  24. London delays

    First Great Western tweets: Due to a broken down freight train between Ealing Broadway & Hayes, local services towards Reading may be altered or delayed.

  25. News on the hour

    BBC Radio Oxford

    In the 13:00 news bulletin: Teachers are being forced to turn to internet translation sites to make sure their multi-national classes understand the lesson, a union claims.

  26. Drugs raid arrests

    Seven people have been arrested in Oxford by police carrying out a drugs raid.

    A significant quantity of what is believed to be class A drugs was recovered in a raid at Bookbinders Court, on St Thomas Street.

    The police said it was part of a crackdown on drugs offences in the city.

  27. Point 'was least Oxford deserved'

    Andrew Aloia

    BBC Sport

    Oxford midfielder Kayleigh Hines says a point against Women's Super League Two leaders Reading was the "least they deserved" in Wednesday's 2-2 draw.

    Kayleigh Hines

    Hines twice put the third-from-bottom U's ahead, with Lauren Burton responding with a brace of her own.

    "It's a bit disappointing considering we took the lead twice, but we knew the quality of Reading," Hines says.

  28. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    The Mini Oxford car plant in Cowley has refused to disclose why staff had to be sent home yesterday.

    You can hear more on that at 12:00.

  29. Congestion in Faringdon on bypass

    BBC Travel

    There are queues in Faringdon on the bypass where temporary lights have replaced the normal ones which are being painted.

  30. Candidates call for cycling boost

    Stephen Stafford

    BBC News Online

    The safety of cycling in Oxford needs to be improved, some Oxford East's parliamentary candidates say.

    Bicycles in Oxford

    Speaking at a hustings event about environmental issues, the Green Party and Liberal Democrat candidates said more investment was needed to improve safety for cyclists in the city.

    Labour criticised the county council's record in repairing potholes on roads and cycle paths. The Conservative and UKIP candidates did not take part in the event.

  31. Runners attempting world record

    Kat Orman

    Mid-morning presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    This Sunday thousands of people will head to London to take part in the biggest road race of the year - the London Marathon.

    Kat Orman with runners Laura, Andy and Heather

    This morning I was joined by Buzz, Woody and Jesse - well Laura, Andy and Heather - who told me they are attempting a Guinness record, for completing the race together in a toy box.

    You can listen to our interview here.

  32. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Calls to reopen the Dean Pit recycling centre in Chipping Norton have been made by several of the candidates standing to be the next MP in the prime minister's constituency of Witney.

    I'll have all the details at 11:00.

  33. Teachers 'forced to use Google Translate'

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Oxfordshire teachers are having to resort to using Google Translate to make sure all their pupils understand the lessons, according to a union.

    Silhouette face and Google homepage

    Schoolchildren in Oxford speak 120 different languages and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers says its members need more support.

    County secretary Diane Wilson told Howard Bentham teachers used translation software "to get the main message of what you would like the youngsters to do, written down so they can follow the instructions".

  34. Talking W1A

    Kat Orman tweets: Listen again to my chat with #W1A stars @MonicaDolan & @Jason__Watkins.

    W1A cast
  35. Richard and Judy in Chippy

    Banbury Cake

    Television favourites Richard and Judy will be among the stars making this weekend's Chipping Norton Literary Festival one of the best yet.

  36. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Internet translation sites are being used by teachers across Oxfordshire so all the pupils in their multi-national classes can understand the lessons, according to the National Association of Teachers and Lecturers Union.

    Join me for the full story at 10:00.

  37. End of the Witney debate

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    That's the end of the Witney constituency election debate, I hope you enjoyed it.

    BBC election debate

    If you missed anything you can listen back here.

  38. Cameron no-show

    As mentioned earlier, David Cameron did not attend the BBC Radio Oxford election debate.

    He explained: "As prime minister I need to get all over the country."

    In response Ian Bryan tweets: And?

  39. One-minute manifesto

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Two more candidates standing in the Witney constituency give us a rundown of their policies.

    Independent Chris Tompson says: "I stand for justice in the family courts. I stand for families to have rights to see their own children."

    Vivien Saunders, from the Reduce VAT in Sport party, says: "We want to see fairness in the VAT treatment of sport."

  40. The European question

    • Stuart Macdonald says the European Union needs the UK, and we need them. He adds: "Consider the number of firms that set up in the UK because the UK has links with Europe."
    • Sir Tony Baldry argues: "We need a new relationship and then put that settlement to the British people to make the right decision."
    • Andy Graham explains the Lib Dems' commitment to stay in the EU, adding: "I believe we enjoy the cultural diversity that we gained from being in the EU and we benefit from the ability to go and work abroad."
  41. Does leaving the EU make sense?

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Some businesses have expressed concern that the possibility of leaving the EU would damage their business. Do the candidates agree?

    EU flags

    UKIP's Simon Strutt does not, saying: "It's scaremongering, like we heard about the euro and thank goodness we didn't go in. We want to trade with the EU, that's what we agreed to, but we don't want political union. There's a huge democratic deficit."

    Labour Duncan Enright says: "We would give a referendum if there was some substantial new treaty, but we want economic growth given the priority."

  42. 'Answer the question'

    In response to Duncan Enright's solution to A40 traffic jams, of "increasing capacity, reducing demand and providing alternatives", MarkLee Curtis tweets: An answer you could give to many questions, without actually giving an answer, what should we do about NHS casualty departments?

  43. 'First duty is defence of the realm'

    Duncan Enright replies: "It is a very unstable world and the first duty is defence of the realm."

    Sir Tony Baldry answers: "We're very proud of those who serve in the armed forces and we have demonstrated that."

    UKIP's Simon Strutt says: "We have to defend our country and of all the parties we are the only one to commit to spending 2% of national income on defence."

  44. Debate reaction

    Gawain Little tweets: Will the candidates end child poverty by stopping zero hours contacts, reversing benefit cuts and investing in jobs?

  45. Protecting the armed forces

    BBC Radio Oxford

    Witney employs a large number of people in the armed forces. Would the candidates commit to spending on defence?

    The Greens' Stuart Macdonald said: "I'd commit to getting rid of Trident, which leaves an awful lot of spare change. It is pointless."

    Andy Graham, from the Lib Dems, says we need to put more efforts into diplomacy "because at the end of the day no war is won due to armaments of war".

  46. One-minute manifesto

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    We've just heard rom two more candidates not present at the debate.

    Nathan Handley said: "My ambition is to achieve 2,750 votes so that the prime minister will know that the people of Witney support and the Witney people's fund."

    Bobby Smith, from Give Me Back Elmo, said: "Every day almost 200 children lose contact with their father and paternal family, vote for my party for real change."

  47. Debate moves to tip closure

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Dean pit tip closed in 2011 and now people have to travel miles to use a dump. Howard Bentham asks, is that acceptable?

    Big Ballot Box tour debate
    • Labour's Duncan Enright says: "No. And why was it closed in the first place, there was no real reason. It should have been kept open."
    • Tony Baldry answers: "There is a pit about 10 miles from Chipping Norton and no-one has complained to me that they can't get rid of their waste."
    • Andy Graham says: "We've been campaigning to keep Dean pit open, I was there the other day, at the moment it is locked up and is in terrible condition."
    • The Greens' Stuart Macdonald pledges to reopen it: "We never knew why it was closed. Travelling miles to recycle rubbish makes no sense."
    • Simon Strutt agrees, saying: "I'm surprised none of us can work out why it was closed, Chipping Norton deserves to have its own tip."
  48. Road safety measures

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    In the aftermath of the death of Liberty Baker, who was knocked down by a car, her father has called for 20mph limits in parts of Witney.

    Liberty Baker

    The panel was unanimous that enforceable rather than advisory speed restrictions should be installed in urban areas near schools and roads busy with pedestrians.

  49. Clearing Chipping Norton

    • Lib Dem Andy Graham says something has to be done to improve the situation with large lorries in Chipping Norton. "Quality of life and air pollution can't just be blindly accepted. We need to put heads together and come up with a solution."
    • Stuart Macdonald, for the Greens, says: "They are not just slightly over European safety levels, they are several times over. You sort it out by having an integrated transport solution and the county council is not sufficiently ambitious to provide one."
    • UKIP's Simon Strutt says: "The people of Chippy should be slightly careful what they wish for. If they put in some sort of bypass, there are other towns where that has really killed the town. They should put freight on rail."
  50. Chipping Norton's HGV concern

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Sticking with transport, the next question came from Chipping Norton, where residents are concerned about the number of HGVs travelling through the town.

    Lorry in Chipping Norton

    Tony Baldry replied for the Conservatives: "Lorries have to be within specified weights and if not then one would expect the police to take action. The difficulty is you can't bypass every village and town."

    Labour's Duncan Enright said: "There has in the past been discussion of a re-routing agreement. There's a big campaign in Chipping Norton to re-instate it in the county transport plan - and I support that."

  51. Oxfordshire's most congested road

    The Greens' Stuart Macdonald said: "It is such an important issue for west Oxfordshire that we can't afford party politics, and we've been successful. We've got £40m for starters and we'll use public transport along the route."

    Andy Graham, of the Lib Dems, agreed: "We really need common sense consensus to deal with a number of issues, not just motorists, but cyclists as well."

    Sir Tony Baldry said: "If you just build bigger and bigger roads you just get more traffic, this needs a solution that involves cars, public transport and cycling."

  52. Number one issue

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    The first topic is the A40, which has been an issue of concern for many people we've spoken to in the area.

    A40 congestion

    Labour's Duncan Enright offered his solution, saying: "Increase the capacity of the road, reduce demand by producing jobs locally and also provide alternatives, either trains or a bus priority route.

    Simon Strutt, from UKIP, says: "The traditional parties should be ashamed of this. This should have been sorted out as much as 40 years ago, we need a dual carriageway link from Witney to the A34 and on to the M40. It's ruining people's lives."

  53. One-minute manifesto

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Next we took the opportunity to hear from candidates not present at the debate to set out their stall.

    Colin Bex, from Wessex Regionalists, said: "Vote Bex for wisdom and honesty, or vote for illegal war criminals pledged to destroy our lives and freedoms.

    Clive Peedell, from the National Health Action Party, said: "I saw it as my public duty to challenge David Cameron as he was ultimately responsible for the austerity policies that are dismantling our NHS."

  54. I love being MP for Witney: Cameron

    BBC Radio Oxford

    David Cameron provided an answer to why people should vote for him, when we spoke to him earlier.

    He said: "I really love being a member of parliament for Witney, I hold constituency surgeries and have a very well staffed office and I take up local issues. Witney comes first."

    The Greens' Stuart Macdonald answered next: "I've lived in Witney for more than 20 years. We Greens believe in a fairer society and especially in a constituency like Witney, where there are so many rich people and so many poor people - we want to do something about that.

    UKIP's Simon Strutt said: "For the first time in 100 years real political change is on the horizon. At last a realistic approach to the EU and immigration... and locally we have a lot to do on housing and roads."

  55. Vote winner

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Howard Bentham kicks things off with a simple question, why should people in the Witney area vote for you?

    Duncan Enright says: "I've lived in this area for 20 years, I've become really involved in local issues and I want to challenge David Cameron for the damage his government has done both locally and nationally."

    Andy Graham replied: "I'm a qualified teacher, I know about the schools, have visited the schools, so I'm here to do that. And of course the big developments in the area, I'd be very much involved in seeing them through."

  56. Cameron explains absence

    BBC Radio Oxford

    David Cameron has only attended one local hustings during the election campaign and earlier this month the prime minister explained to BBC Radio Oxford why.

    David Cameron

    He said: "There are lots of ways of campaigning. I'll be out and about on the streets. I would note there are some Labour MPs who refuse to do a single hustings."

    He added: "As prime minister I need to get all over the country."

  57. Witney debate

    Howard Bentham

    Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Welcome to the latest instalment of the BBC Radio Oxford Big Ballot Box Tour debates, from the Wesley Centre of the High Street Methodist Church in the centre of Witney.

    BBC Radio Oxford debate

    The candidates joining me were; Sir Tony Baldry, representing David Cameron for the Conservatives, Duncan Enright from Labour, The Liberal Democrats' Andy Graham, Stuart MacDonald of the Greens, and UKIP's Simon Strutt.

    You can listen live here, or follow the key updates on Local Live, and a full list of candidates is on the BBC's election website.

  58. News on the hour

    Sue Kinnear

    Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

    Seven people have been arrested in Oxford by police carrying out a drugs raid.

    A significant quantity of class A drugs was recovered in a raid at Bookbinders Court on St Thomas Street. I'll have more at 09:00.

  59. 'I want to stay in Oxford'

    Robyn Cowen

    Sports reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

    Out-of-contract Oxford United captain Jake Wright tells BBC Radio Oxford he wants to stay at the club.

    We understand talks about a new deal for the 29-year-old defender are under way.

    Wright admits hearing chatter that he wanted to leave the U's - possibly to link up with former boss Chris Wilder at Northampton - but he says that couldn't be further from the truth.

  60. Car and lorry crash on M40 approach

    Sara Dumbell

    Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

    A collision involving a car and a lorry is blocking a lane on the M40 J9 roundabout at the Wendlebury interchange.

  61. Today's Oxfordshire forecast

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    It's quite a chilly start to the day. We've got a bit of mist and shallow fog about, but generally it's quite bright.

    Bee Tucker

    The cloud will start thickening up from the west as we go through the day but through daylight hours it should be largely dry.

    There'll be a few cloud breaks and it'll be pleasant enough in the sunshine, with highs of 17C (63F).

  62. Good morning

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

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

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