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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 29 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

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

Sally Taylor
BBC

However, there's a special live page here tonight for the

BBC South Today General Election debate which is being broadcast on BBC1 at 22:50.

The candidates involved are:

  • Penny Mordaunt, Conservative, Portsmouth North
  • Rowenna Davis, Labour, Southampton Itchen
  • Layla Moran, Lib Dem, Oxford West and Abingdon
  • Mark Chivers, Green, Mid Dorset and North Poole
  • Mike Glennon, UKIP, East Worthing and Shoreham

Patchy frost

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It'll be dry in most places this evening, with the odd shower possible. This will mainly affect areas south of Woodstock.

Holly Green
BBC

Clear spells overnight will allow temperatures to fall, with a patchy frost possible by dawn. Lows of 1C (34F).

Evening TV

Geraldine Peers

Presenter, BBC South Today

A new four-year research project looking into childhood brain tumours will begin later this year thanks to money raised by an Oxfordshire charity.

Skye Benjamin Hall
BBC

Blue Skye Thinking was set up last year after five-year-old Skye Benjamin Hall, from Abingdon, died of a brain tumour.

More on that and the other stories making the news in the county on

BBC South Today from 18:30.

School awarded £25,000

Banbury Cake

A primary school in Chinnor

has been awarded £25,000 for improving the results for underprivileged children.

St Andrew's Primary School, Chinnor
Google

St Andrew's Primary School became the Thames Valley's regional finalist in ensuring children from low-income families met and exceeded national standards at SATs exams.

Travel latest

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's congestion on the A423 in both directions at the Southern By-Pass in Oxford.

It's also busy on the A40 westbound between the Wolvercote and Eynsham roundabouts.

For all the latest on the county's roads visit the

BBC Travel website.

Safety check after Mini plant injuries

Oxford Mail

A logistics company

has been ordered to assess injury risks by next week following an investigation into an incident at the Mini Plant in Cowley.

Mini production line
AFP

In October, a man, in his 50s, was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital with serious injuries following an incident at the factory.

Rudolph and Hellmann Automotive Ltd, which is contracted to BMW, was served with both an improvement notice and a prohibition notice by the Health and Safety Executive in January, preventing it from carrying out lifting operations.

Latest headlines

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

Jo Caulfield interview

Nick Piercey

Afternoon presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Comedian Jo Caulfield is saying farewell to being polite with her current tour Uninformed Opinions which comes to the Cornerstone in Didcot on Saturday 9 May.

Jo Caulfield
Jo Caulfield

Listen again to my

BBC Radio Oxford interview with her.

May Day disruption

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

On Friday, there'll be a road closure from Magdalen Bridge to the junction of High Street and Longwall Street, due to the annual May Day morning celebrations in Oxford.

Magdalen Bridge on May Day
BBC

Diversions are in place for Stagecoach buses during the road closures between 03:00 and 09:00.

May Day morning

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

Oxford residents and visitors

are being encouraged to share their May Day morning celebrations on Friday.

Morris men in Oxford on May Morning
BBC

The tradition of celebrating the coming of spring and brings together dancing and singing in the city.

Oxfordshire County Council is asking people to use the hashtag #maymorning to tell the authority how they are revelling in the event which starts at 06:00.

Retiring councillors

Roz Tappenden

BBC South

Four councillors will retire from

West Oxfordshire District Council this year, the authority has said.

Hywel Davies (left) and Mark Booty
West Oxfordshire District Council
  • Mark Booty (pictured right) has represented Bampton and Clanfield ward since 2003
  • Eve Coles is retiring after 20 years as a district councillor for Chipping Norton
  • Hywel Davies (pictured left) has represented Charlbury and Finstock ward since May 2011
  • Simon Hoare has represented the Hailey, Minster Lovell and Leafield ward since 2004 and was appointed to Cabinet in 2007

Latest headlines

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

Our top stories this afternoon on the local live page are:

Ione Wells
Instagram/Ione Wells

Oxford West and Abingdon elections

Self-confessed "Lego obsessive" Andrew Beaumont

tweets: #OxfordWest&Abingdon: 2015 runners & riders.

Andrew Beaumont's election form with lego characters
Andrew Beaumont

Election debate

Sally Taylor

Presenter, BBC South Today

I'll be be hosting a

special BBC South Today General Election debate tonight with:

  • Penny Mordaunt, Conservative, Portsmouth North
  • Rowenna Davis, Labour, Southampton Itchen
  • Layla Moran, Lib Dem, Oxford West and Abingdon
  • Mark Chivers, Green, Mid Dorset and North Poole
  • Mike Glennon, UKIP, East Worthing and Shoreham

It's being broadcast on BBC1 at 22:50. There'll also be highlights on

Facebook and
Twitter, as well as via a special BBC Local Live page here.

A40 congestion

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

There's congestion both ways on the A40 London Road in Oxford around the Thornhill Park and Ride.

For all the latest on the county's roads visit the

BBC Travel website.

Child sex exploitation

Oxford Mail

A man arrested on suspicion of child sexual exploitation in Oxford, as part of Operation Bullfinch,

has been rebailed for the fourth time.

Four convicted of fraud and forced labour

Thames Valley Police

Four people have been convicted of fraud and forced labour offences in Oxford,

Thames Valley Police has said.

The 27-year-old victim was prevented from leaving the place he was being made to work for about two years, the force added.

Weather: Sunny spells this afternoon

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It will be drier and brighter this afternoon, with sunny spells developing.

Holly Green
BBC

A few showers are still possible though. Highs of 15C (59F).

Bank Holiday rail disruption

Rail passengers have been warned to expect disruption during

"major engineering works" on Southeastern routes this Bank Holiday weekend.

National Rail said services would be affected to and from London Charing Cross, London Cannon Street and London Waterloo via Wimbledon, between 2 and 4 May.

Planning advice

Oxford City Council

tweets: #Planning Advice Duty officer available Mon-Fri from 10am-1pm providing informal guidance. Call, email or drop in
oxford.gov.uk/PageRender/dec…

Find your constituency

Election 2015

There's eight days to go until the general election on 7 May. Find who's standing in your area with

BBC Election 2015.

Constituency finder
BBC

University becomes living wage employer

The

University of Oxford has become a living wage employer following its announcement to seek accreditation in January.

It said it was taking a "phased accreditation route", which means it is "making a commitment to pay the living wage rate of pay in the next two years to the staff of contractors and sub-contractors who work regularly on university premises".

More festival acts announced

Banbury Cake

Synth-rockers Public Service Broadcasting, classical-electro-pop act Clean Bandit (pictured) and drum and bass star Shy FX

have been named as fresh additions to the bill at Oxfordshire's Truck festival.

Clean Bandit
PA

The acts join scores of rock, pop, dance, folk, jazz and blues performers at the music festival,

which takes place at Steventon, near Didcot from 17 to 18 July.

Latest headlines

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

Our top stories on the local live page this lunchtime are:

'Dear sex attacker, you will not win'

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

An Oxford University student

has written a heartfelt letter to the man she says assaulted her.

Ione Wells has spoken out about the attack in April in an open letter, published in the university's newspaper, the Chartwell.

Ione Wells
Instagram/Ione Wells

She wrote that she would not let the attack change her and would come out of it stronger.

Solar power revolution

Paul Jenner

Newsreader, BBC Radio Oxford

A solar power revolution in Oxfordshire will see electricity production increase 16-fold in the next two years, according to

Southern Electric Power Distribution.

The firm said the amount of new solar panels registered to be built will see peak output rise from 22 megawatts to 360 megawatts by 2017.

That's the equivalent of a quarter of the output from Didcot B power station.

Burst water pipe

Thames Valley Police South and Vale

tweets: Officers from #Thame in Garsington at a house flood caused by a burst water pipe. No persons injured!

The scene of the burst water pipe in Garsington
Thames Valley Police

Views on new home plans

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

How is house building in Oxfordshire affecting you? We've been asking your views about new homes plans in the county, getting on the property ladder and affordable homes.

On

Facebook, Lucy Ryan said: Is affordable housing really that affordable??

Penny Ling commented: The problem though is that we don't have the roads to take all the extra traffic, Oxfordshire is badly congested most of the time.

Tim Buckle said: Like me there are many people who just can't afford a mortgage or even excessive Oxfordshire rents so the number of new builds is a redundant issue.

Hospital homes plan review

Adam Williams

BBC News

Plans to build 270 new homes on land formerly used by an Oxford hospital

will be reviewed later.

Littlemore Hospital
Google

Outline planning permission to develop Littlemore Park was rejected earlier this month over concerns about a lack of existing transport links.

Traffic and travel

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Traffic is still heavy on the A40 eastbound between the B4022 at Barnard Gate and the B4449 at Cassington.

The A40 is also busy, in both directions, around Merewood Avenue in Oxford.

Plus, there's congestion on the A4142 Eastern By-Pass Road, in both directions, around the Headington roundabout.

Student's campaign after sex attack

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

A University of Oxford student has told how she was sexually assaulted on a London street in an open letter to the offender.

#NotGuilty campaign poster
Ione Wells

Ione Wells, 20, spoke out about the attack near her home in Camden, north London, as she launched a #NotGuilty campaign, highlighting such attacks.

She waived her right to anonymity

to publish her article in the university's Cherwell student newspaper.

Centenarian celebrations

Lilley Mitchell

Reporter, BBC Radio Oxford

This morning I surprised 100-year-old Lulu Belcher from Garsington with a special happy birthday treat.

We wish you many happy returns.

Lulu Belcher
BBC

Latest headlines

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

Our top stories on the live page so far today are:

  • A solar power revolution in Oxfordshire will see electricity production increase 16-fold in the next two years, according to figures from
    Southern Electric Power Distribution
  • Plans to build on the former Littlemore Hospital site in Oxford will be reviewed later
  • Police are trying to track down a man who was attacked outside a McDonald's restaurant in Banbury

Housing debate

Howard Bentham

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Today, we're tackling one of the main issues you wanted to talk about on

BBC Radio Oxford's Big Ballot Box Tour - Housing.

Are you unhappy with the huge number of new homes being built around the county or are you desperate to get on the property ladder and would love to see more affordable homes built?

Tell us your views via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

Four travellers in Nepal safe

Oxford Mail

Four travellers from Oxfordshire

have contacted their families to say they are safe after a massive earthquake struck Nepal.

A woman recovers cooking pots from her collapsed home destroyed village of Paslang in Gorkha
AP

The 7.8 quake that hit central Nepal has claimed more than 5,000 lives.

As the search for survivors goes on, Nepalese Community Oxfordshire has started a fundraising drive to help send support to those left homeless and stranded.

Headington bus delays

Oxford Bus Company

tweets: Delays of up to 45m on services operating via Headington due to roadworks causing congestion. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Latest travel

Sara Dumbell

Travel presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

Traffic is very slow on the A43 southbound between the B4100 at Baynard's Green and the M40 at junction 10.

There's also congestion on the B480 in Oxford between the A420 and the B4495.

For all the latest on the county's roads visit the

BBC Travel website.

Latest headlines

Sue Paz

BBC Local Live

Our top stories on the live page today are:

  • A solar power revolution in Oxfordshire will see electricity production increase 16-fold in the next two years, according to figures from
    Southern Electric Power Distribution
  • Plans to build on the former Littlemore Hospital site in Oxford (pictured) will be reviewed later
Littlemore Hospital
Google