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Ahead of Oxford United's kit launch, here's 10 golden oldies (and horror stories) from seasons past

Oxford Mail:

2:40pm Monday 7th July 2014

Oxford United launch their kit of 2014-15 tomorrow and here supporter Thom Airs revisits some of the more memorable U's attire...

Girl sex assault teacher is jailed

9:00am Saturday 22nd September 2012

A “VERY religious man” who sexually assaulted an eight-year-old girl while teaching her the Koran has been jailed, four years after going on the run.

Assistant headteacher says teen's sex claims were part of 'blackmail plot'

Oxford Mail: Adam Williams

11:00am Friday 21st September 2012

AN ASSISTANT headteacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a schoolboy told jurors the teenager made it all up in a blackmail plot.

Heroes join forces for charity walk

2:00pm Friday 21st September 2012

A SERVING soldier and a Milk Cup winner are among a band of Oxford United fans tackling a 24-mile walk for charity.

Vet's death remains a mystery

Oxford Mail: Rachael Jackson

10:00am Thursday 20th September 2012

MYSTERY still surrounds the death of a young vet whose van veered into the path of an oncoming lorry on the A420.

'I didn't invent liaison with my deputy head', says teen

Oxford Mail: Adam Williams

10:20am Thursday 20th September 2012

A TEENAGER who claims to have had a sexual relationship with a deputy headmaster insisted yesterday that he was telling the truth.

Deputy head accused of abusing position of trust

Oxford Mail: Adam Williams

9:30am Wednesday 19th September 2012

A DEPUTY headteacher had a sexual realtionship with a school boy after they met via a mobile phone app, jurors heard yesterday.

Bank cashier jailed after swindling OAP

10:00am Saturday 15th September 2012

A FORMER parish council vice-chairman swindled an elderly and infirm man out of thousands of pounds.

Residents help map East Oxford's future

Oxford Mail: Chris Waites, who runs the People's Supermarket in Cowley Road, says he loves the area's diversity

11:00am Sunday 16th September 2012

A PLAN to shape the future of East Oxford will be drawn up with the help of the area's residents.

Two men charged with rape

11:11am Thursday 13th September 2012

TWO men have been charged with raping a woman in an Oxford park and will appear at court this morning.

Man spared jail as ‘expert’ failed to correctly identify pistol

Oxford Mail: Police initially wrongly identified this firearm as a starter’s pistol

11:00am Wednesday 12th September 2012

A MAN caught with a handgun has been spared prison due to the “tardy” and “highly unsatisfactory” actions of the police.

Crash inquest told of drink and cocaine

Oxford Mail: Jack Varney

10:00am Wednesday 12th September 2012

TWO friends killed in a car crash near Didcot had been drinking and taking cocaine in the hours before their deaths.

Prolific lead thief gets nine months

Oxford Mail: Mark Hendron

10:30am Tuesday 11th September 2012

A THIEF who stripped lead from schools, a church and a charity has been jailed for nine months.

Judge gives addict serial burglar another chance

7:00pm Tuesday 11th September 2012

A SERIAL burglar with 82 previous convictions stole a young child’s birthday money in a raid on an Oxford house but was spared prison.

Fatal crash on A34 near Milton

4:01pm Sunday 9th September 2012

A person has died on the A34 this afternoon after a vehicle left the road.

DNA evidence leads to rapist being jailed

Oxford Mail: Daniel Barrett

9:30am Saturday 8th September 2012

A RAPIST was caught eight years after attacking an Oxford schoolgirl when a routine DNA swab for an unrelated matter linked him to the crime.

Gang jailed for honour attack after 'slur' on family name

Oxford Mail: Ishtiaq Mohammad

9:00am Wednesday 5th September 2012

SEVEN cousins responsible for a wave of serious offending in East Oxford have been jailed for battering someone who insulted a relative.

Another jail term for ‘incorrigible’ flasher

Oxford Mail: John Bustin

7:00am Wednesday 5th September 2012

A FLASHER who “will not or cannot stop exposing himself” has been jailed again for being naked in central Oxford.

Family of sex victim appeal for leniency

Oxford Mail: Dane Walker

10:30am Thursday 30th August 2012

A PAEDOPHILE who abused a 13-year-old girl has escaped being jailed after the victim’s family and the police pleaded for leniency.

Sister's son jailed for attack on former nun

Oxford Mail: Kojo Ritchie

10:00am Wednesday 29th August 2012

THE adopted son of the founder of Helen House hospice imprisoned a former nun in his car before punching her in the face.

Dealer hid drugs between buttocks

Oxford Mail: Martin Adler

11:00am Saturday 25th August 2012

A DRUG dealer found with 26 wraps of heroin and crack in a torn bin bag between his buttocks has been jailed.

All the fun of the fair at Wychwood

Oxford Mail: Tom Hubert, five, and Daisy Hubert, three, enjoy one of the rides at last year’s Wychwood Forest Fair

2:00pm Monday 27th August 2012

A FOREST fair which traces its roots back three centuries will welcome thousands of visitors at this year’s event on Sunday.

Addict burglar who targeted school gets a chance to reform

6:00pm Thursday 23rd August 2012

A “ONE-man crime spree” who targeted an Oxford school after trying heroin for the first time on his birthday has been given a chance to get clean.

Teenage stab attacker can be named

10:40am Thursday 23rd August 2012

AN OXFORD teenager who stabbed a 62-year-old man on his Headington doorstep can be named for the first time today.

Watch Oxfordshire's worst robber as he bungles his raid... and is even unable to escape properly

Oxford Mail: The robbery seems to be going to plan...

9:30am Wednesday 22nd August 2012

A FOOLPROOF disguise and a meticulously planned getaway would rate highly on any armed robber’s to-do list.

Number of small garden birds falls

Oxford Mail: RSPB’s Andy Waters

12:00pm Tuesday 21st August 2012

A COLD, wet spring has been blamed for falling numbers of small garden birds in Oxfordshire this year.

Steam-powered saw-mill back in grand working order

Oxford Mail: Actor Robert Hardy, who performed the official  reopening of the mill, is shown around by Combe Mill Society president Tony Simmons, right

6:00pm Tuesday 21st August 2012

A VICTORIAN steam-powered sawmill is back in action after a £750,000 overhaul.

Man raided bookies after marriage breakdown

6:01pm Monday 20th August 2012

A FAMILY man from Boars Hill robbed a woman on the street and raided a betting shop after the breakdown of his marriage.

Photo sharers stage special exhibition

Oxford Mail: Katherine Lightner and son James Sisson, three, found lots to talk about at The Botanical Eye exhibition

1:00pm Tuesday 21st August 2012

A GROUP of photographers have seen their work step out from the computer screen on to the gallery wall.

Bike fans go along for Blenheim ride

Oxford Mail: Karen Darke

7:00am Monday 20th August 2012

A FESTIVAL of cycling returned bigger than ever for its fifth year.

Radio favourites will play at family festival

Oxford Mail: Festival director Joe Heap at the site of the event, which begins on Thursday

2:00pm Monday 20th August 2012

IT’S the big festival in the small village and it returns for its 48th year on Thursday.

Driver admits cycling death

Oxford Mail: Driver Stephen Bateman at Oxford Crown Court yesterday

9:00am Saturday 18th August 2012

A PENSIONER who killed a cyclist in his cement mixer lorry was yesterday told he faces jail.

Walk can help U’s clinch promotion

Oxford Mail: Oxford United FC players Jake Wright, left, Adam Chapman, Sean McGinty and Tyrone Marsh

12:00pm Saturday 18th August 2012

Oxford United fans are being urged to tackle 12 miles for the 12th Man Fund ahead of next Saturday’s home game.

'Menace' threw a brick at police car

Oxford Mail: Alistair Aitken

12:00pm Wednesday 15th August 2012

A “COMPLETE menace” who threw a brick through a police car window has escaped being jailed.

Driver saw red over yellow

Oxford Mail: Art dealer Adrian Greenwood

9:30am Tuesday 14th August 2012

AN ART dealer deliberately ran over a council worker outside his house after a lengthy battle over East Oxford parking restrictions.

Dog attack sentencing delayed

10:40am Monday 13th August 2012

A WOMAN whose fighting dog clamped its jaws around a toddler’s leg and “shook him like a doll” has had her sentencing adjourned.

Thief jailed for stealing timber

10:40am Monday 13th August 2012

A 41-year-old man who stole timber from a building supplier in Oxford has been jailed.

Owner keen to thank pair who rescued dog

Oxford Mail: Julie Polley’s dog Biff was saved by two rowers after he got into trouble in the Thames. Picture: OX53642 Antony Moore

7:00pm Saturday 11th August 2012

A DOG lover has praised two mystery good Samaritans after they helped save the life of her pet. The pair of rowers halted their training to rescue Biff after he got into trouble chasing ducks on the Thames.

Hammer-wielding robbers behind bars

12:00pm Friday 10th August 2012

TWO men who drunkenly robbed a convenience store have been jailed for a total of almost seven years.

Men arrested in Operation Bullfinch set to deny child sex charges

11:00am Saturday 4th August 2012

EIGHT of the nine men charged with operating a child sex ring in Oxford yesterday said they would deny the charges.

Judges startling admission: ‘They’ll say I’m off of my head’

Oxford Mail: Alan Goodman had 59 previous convictions

7:00pm Monday 6th August 2012

A CAREER burglar who headbutted his ex-partner has been given a “once-in-a-lifetime chance” by a judge who admitted her decision not to jail him would make people believe she was “off her head”.

Drug dealer is jailed after firing BB gun

7:10am Saturday 4th August 2012

A drug dealer who was arrested after he shot an airgun out of his window at a passing taxi has been jailed.

Inquest into death of shopkeeper Stephen Cooper told of mental issues

Oxford Mail: Stephen Cooper

6:10pm Friday 27th July 2012

THE former owner of an Oxford shop hanged himself after battling mental illness, an inquest has heard.

One man hurt in A4074 crash south of Wallingford

3:10pm Tuesday 24th July 2012

THE A4074 has re-opened after a four-vehicle crash south of Wallingford.

Lead thief targeted church and community hall

Oxford Mail: Mark Hendron

9:30am Wednesday 18th July 2012

A THIEF has admitted causing thousands of pounds worth of damage by stripping lead from schools, a charity and a church.

Dogs 'shook toddler by leg like a doll'

Oxford Mail: Victoria Betnay

10:10am Monday 16th July 2012

A fighting dog clamped its jaws around a toddler’s leg in an Oxford park and “shook him like a doll”.

Reasons for road death a mystery

Oxford Mail: Leigh Horne

11:00am Friday 13th July 2012

THE reasons behind the death of a boxer who was hit by a lorry in Bicester might never be known, an inquest heard.

Cricket umpire’s ‘tragic accident’

Oxford Mail: Richard Hogben was a keen Chelsea fan and also a cricket umpire in the Home Counties Premier League

1:00pm Friday 13th July 2012

A CRICKET umpire who pulled out of a junction and was hit by a speeding 4x4 died as the result of a “tragic accident”, a coroner has ruled.

Serial burglar is jailed for another 54 crimes

Oxford Mail: Alexander Walker

11:00am Thursday 12th July 2012

A PROLIFIC Oxford burglar with 96 previous convictions has been jailed for a further 54 crimes.

OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY: Ian's delight at carrying the torch today through the Leys

10:26am Monday 9th July 2012

ONE of today’s torch bearers is unlikely to be troubled by the pace as he jogs through Oxford.

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