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Ben Wilkinson

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Thousands of criminals let off court after apologising

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

6:30am Tuesday 14th October 2014

YOUNG arsonists and sex offenders across Oxfordshire have been let off going to court after apologising to their victims, new figures reveal.

Campaigners fear rare 1950s interior at Oxford estate pub is lost forever

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

A RARE and historic pub interior is feared to have been lost in refurbishment works pub campaigners have called “tragic”.

I feel completely powerless says father of missing hiker from Boars Hill

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

THE father of missing hiker Tom Billings says he feels “numb” after a final push to find his son proved fruitless.

Wood Farm Primary wins British Council award for its international outlook

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Wednesday 8th October 2014

AN OXFORD primary where 39 languages are spoken has won an award for its international outlook.

Stepping forward to say a healthy thank-you to Oxford hospitals

Oxford Mail:

9:00pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

EACH had their own reasons for taking part but all who walked five miles for city hospitals had eternal gratitude for NHS workers in common.

Barton teens serve up a treat to celebrate the good work on their estate

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

YOUNG people have made their estate proud after hosting a dinner and awards do.

Vandals damage 17 parked cars

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

4:24pm Sunday 5th October 2014

VANDALS smashed car windows as 17 vehicles were damaged in one night in East Oxford.

Cyclist treated after Botley Road collision

Oxford Mail: South Central Ambulance Service in Hampshire

1:26pm Sunday 5th October 2014

A CYCLIST suffered minor injuries when she was involved in a collision with a car on Botley Road.

A40 re-opens after bus crash

Oxford Mail:

11:59am Saturday 4th October 2014

A CRASH between a car and coach is causing delays after partially blocking the A40.

Child and two adults in Banbury crash

Oxford Mail: Ambulance service whistleblowers say staff are feeling the pressure of unfilled vacancies in Oxfordshire

9:43am Saturday 4th October 2014

A CHILD and two adults were involved in a car crash in Banbury this morning.

People freed from same toilet twice in 24 hours

Oxford Mail: Fire engine Oxfordshire

9:41am Saturday 4th October 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called twice to rescue people stuck in the same toilet in Banbury.

Bioscience gets £12.5m boost

Oxford Mail: university of oxford logo

8:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

OXFORD University has been awarded £12.5m to help train bioscience researchers in the health and food industries.

£50k boost for charity will save more abused women

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Saturday 4th October 2014

A DOMESTIC abuse charity has said a bigger slice of a £1m crime victims’ fund will provide a lifeline to help save women from serious violence.

£12.5m boost for university research

Oxford Mail: Oxford Univesity logo white lettering blue background with the wording in full Oxford University

1:06pm Friday 3rd October 2014

OXFORD University is to get £12.5 million for bioscience research, it was announced today.

Force is plannning to sell off more police stations

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

THE public could soon meet their local bobbies in supermarkets rather than at the nearest police station as the force tries to make further savings with its dwindling budget.

Pioneering police pilot may let teens join the thin blue line

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Friday 3rd October 2014

TEENAGERS could be representing the law in Oxford as the city looks to become one of the first in the region to run a police cadets scheme.

Derek Measor's wife says his death tore her world apart as killer driver avoids jail

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A WIDOW whose husband was killed while cycling yesterday told a court it was the worst day of her life.

Trio jailed for ‘Western film’ fight in Cowley pub

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

THREE men who fought in front of families during a pub brawl have been jailed.

Catering service loss ‘could put court cases in jeopardy’

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

COURT cases could be corrupted by a loss of catering, legal experts have warned.

Addict who disturbed flat owner during burglary avoids jail term

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

A DRUG addict who woke his victim up as he went through his bedroom in a night burglary has avoided prison.

I was only comforting woman says defendant

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

8:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A COUNCIL team leader has told jurors he was being Christian when he touched a woman’s leg and tried to kiss her in her bedroom.

Council puts up the funds to get kids out and about

Oxford Mail:

7:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

ESTATE youngsters are to benefit from a £3,500 grant to keep them busy during their half-term break.

Schizophrenic who stabbed mother in Oxford is killed by blood clot

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

A PARANOID schizophrenic who stabbed her mum to death was killed by a blood clot while being treated in a psychiatric unit.

U’s fans on best behaviour as club ditch troublemakers

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

NO Oxford United fans were shown a ‘red card’ last season and the good behaviour has been helped by several troublemakers having been previously banned, it was claimed last night.

Escaped prisoner arrested in Oxford

Oxford Mail:

2:25pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

An escaped prisoner was arrested in Oxford this morning along with a man and a woman.

Health trust trying to learn lessons from mum’s death

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A SON has said his mother may still be alive today if mental health staff had been better at communicating.

Police drugs team cracking the gangs who train in city

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

NEARLY a quarter of a million pounds worth of heroin and cocaine has been taken off street dealers in Oxford so far this year.

New ‘Victim’s Law’ to help witnesses in sex trial cases is welcomed by Oxford and Abindon MP

Oxford Mail: Nicola Blackwood

12:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN OXFORD MP has welcomed changes to the court system that would have helped victims of the Oxford grooming gang give evidence.

Toddler almost died after drinking mother's methadone

Oxford Mail: Oxfordshire safeguarding board logo

6:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

A HEROIN addict’s toddler almost died after drinking the methadone it found in her handbag, an independent report has found.

Man dead in Kidlington house fire named ahead of inquest

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

4:10pm Monday 15th September 2014

A MAN who died in a Kidlington house fire has been named as Christopher Butler.

'I fear we'll never get justice' says father of dead toddler Sarah Dahane

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 15th September 2014

THE dad of a toddler whose mother is wanted on suspicion of murder after the child was found dead fears justice will never be done.

Police and Crime Commissioner 'concerned for future' as new budget cuts set to take effect

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Saturday 13th September 2014

IN November, the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will have been in the new job for two years. Crime reporter Ben Wilkinson spoke to Anthony Stansfeld about the job, the threat of further funding cuts and the future for Thames Valley Police

Pair due in court after man stabbed in park

Oxford Mail: Scales of Justice

11:01am Friday 12th September 2014

TWO young men are due in court today charged in connection with the stabbing of a 22-year-old man in a Banbury park yesterday.

Tour of Britain arrives in Oxfordshire + video

Oxford Mail:

10:27am Friday 12th September 2014

THE TOUR of Britain will pass through South Oxfordshire today.

BULLFINCH: ‘Hold them to account’

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 12th September 2014

THOSE who failed the young victims of a grooming gang in Oxford deserve to be held to account when a serious case review is published, the city’s two MPs have warned.

Masseuse told to stop harassing Jemima Khan

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 12th September 2014

Jemima Khan and Russell Brand yesterday won a continuing injunction barring a masseuse from revealing “extremely private and sensitive matters” about them.

Safety fears over delays to bypass barrier repairs

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A BARRIER to protect pedestrians from bypass traffic has not been replaced, five months after it was destroyed by a crashing car.

Rise in cases hits force

Oxford Mail: Police and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld

8:30am Monday 8th September 2014

NEARLY 500 new domestic abuse victims came forward last year with the police warning of increased pressure on the cash-strapped force.

Police search for missing man

Oxford Mail:

1:48pm Friday 5th September 2014

Members of the public are being warned not to approach missing man David Goodwin.

Body of man found in van

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 5th September 2014

POLICE were last night trying to piece together the movements of a silver van after a man’s body was discovered inside.

Fundraising mission to keep friend Connor’s name alive

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

LUCY-ANNE Cage has made it her mission to raise money in memory of her close friend Connor Tremble.

Hundreds saddle up for city’s first cycle festival

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

RIDERS are gearing up for Oxford’s first cycling festival, set to roll into the city this weekend.

Bridge over rail line reopens after nine-month rebuild

Oxford Mail: Network Rail was fined £450,000

9:30am Monday 1st September 2014

THE Fulscot Road railway bridge between Didcot and South Moreton reopened to traffic on Friday after it was shut for nine months to be rebuilt as part of a £1bn rail electrification programme.

Connor Tremble murder: 'Connor touched the hearts of so many. It was amazing'

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

CONNOR Tremble’s mother said the outpouring of love following her son’s murder showed how many lives he touched.

Connor Tremble murder: I'm better off behind bars, killer told psychiatrist

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

MURDERER Will Blencowe told a psychiatrist in prison he was better off behind bars, the jury was told during the trial.

Connor Tremble murder: Mother gathers book of tributes to her son

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 29th August 2014

CONNOR Tremble’s mother has gathered tributes to her son in a book she opened up at his funeral.

WATCH: Will Blencowe interviewed by police in Connor Tremble murder case

Oxford Mail:

5:23pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Police have released a video of murderer Will Blencowe being interviewed over the death of 17-year-old Connor Tremble.

Barton residents urged to use rubbish ‘amnesty’

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

THIRTEEN skips are to be put out in Barton today to get residents to tidy up messy gardens.

Steering into the slow lane at a steady 4mph

Oxford Mail:

1:48pm Thursday 28th August 2014

With his wife assigned to lock duty, Ben Wilkinson stakes a claim to a part of the county we too often forget

Connor Tremble trial: Judge reminds jury of stabbing evidence

Oxford Mail:

2:50pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

JURORS in the Connor Tremble murder trial have this morning been reminded of the evidence before they go out to consider a verdict.

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