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Landowner holds up homes development

Oxford Mail:

8:00pm Tuesday 1st December 2015

THE biggest development ever built in Wantage and Grove is being held up at the 11th hour because one landowner is holding out for more money, it is claimed.

Car and motorbike crash closes A4074 in South Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail: OM fire engine

6:00pm Friday 27th November 2015

A CRASH between a car and motorbike has closed the A4074 both ways at Dorchester-on-Thames.

Major traffic delays across Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail:

4:57pm Friday 27th November 2015

MAJOR delays are affecting bus services across Oxfordshire, this Black Friday evening.

Fire brigade called to burning toast

Oxford Mail: OM fire engine

4:43pm Friday 27th November 2015

YOU know breakfast is going badly when you have to call the fire brigade.

Oxford Crown Court evacuated

Oxford Mail: OM Crown

4:21pm Friday 27th November 2015

OXFORD Crown Court was evacuated this morning because a "false alarm", officers have said.

Extreme fundraiser makes the shortlist for national award

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Saturday 28th November 2015

A FORMER chartered surveyor who climbed the Himalayas, conquered the South Pole and raced in a hot air balloon to raise £40,000 is shortlisted for a national award.

Yellow weather warning for wind this weekend

Oxford Mail:

12:23pm Friday 27th November 2015

A WEATHER warning has been issued for strong winds in Oxfordshire this weekend.

Scientists shine a very bright light on drug research

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Friday 27th November 2015

A BEAM of light 10 billion times brighter than the sun is attracting international drug scientists to South Oxfordshire.

"E Coli" fears in Oxford University water supply

Oxford Mail: University of Oxford logo

3:52pm Thursday 26th November 2015

OXFORD Universtiy staff have said they are scared and confused about a reported E Coli outbreak in their water supply.

VIDEO: Feeling down? These baby flamingoes learning to walk at Cotswold Wildlife Park will cheer you up

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Wednesday 25th November 2015

COTSWOLD wildlife Park has released adorable videos of its newest arrivals learning to walk.

Pitching inventions to the venture capitalists

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Thursday 26th November 2015

SWEATING and shaking they shuffled up to the stage one by one, clutching their precious prototypes.

Family Bargains store handed £16,000 fine after mice infection + pictures of the droppings

Oxford Mail:

4:19pm Tuesday 24th November 2015

A BARGAIN shop has been fined £16,000 after health inspectors discovered an infestation of mice urinating on food.

Pitch invader ruins club’s new turf just a month after debut

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 24th November 2015

FUNGUS has forced an Oxford football club to abandon its £800,000 new pitches and clubhouse.

450 Virgin customers lost phone and internet because of problem in Park End Street

Oxford Mail:

2:29pm Monday 23rd November 2015

FOUR HUNDRED and fifty people were left without a phone line or internet for nearly 24 hours after a cable was severed at Park End Street.

Tesco store plans test out residents’ town blueprint

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Saturday 21st November 2015

A TESCO superstore is threatening to undermine work by residents to have a say in future development of their town.

Wantage Convent could become HQ for CofE schools in Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail: St Mary’s Convent in Wantage

3:31pm Friday 20th November 2015

WANTAGE'S Grade-II listed Convent could become the headquarters for 13 CofE schools in Oxfordshire.

Met Office issue weather warning for snow in Oxfordshire this weekend

Oxford Mail:

6:03pm Thursday 19th November 2015

GALE force winds are set to sweep in snow and rain across Oxfordshire from Friday night through Saturday.

Heavy traffic across Oxfordshire this evening

Oxford Mail:

5:43pm Thursday 19th November 2015

HEAVY traffic is congesting roads throughout Oxford and across the county this evening.

Day centres fighting for survival over council cuts

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Friday 20th November 2015

A DAY centre for the elderly, a club for Alzheimer’s sufferers and two children’s centres are fighting for survival because of proposed budget cuts.

"Cheeses of Nazareth" Christmas card removed from shop display after complaint

Oxford Mail:

4:56pm Thursday 19th November 2015

A "DISRESPECTFUL" greetings card display which depicted "Cheeses of Nazareth" has been removed from a shop window following a complaint.

Oxford Mail's campaign to protect FOI has our backing, says watchdog chief

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 19th November 2015

THE health watchdog for Oxfordshire has today backed the Oxford Mail’s Freedom of Information campaign.

Drug dealer jumped out of a window with 5kg crack haul

Oxford Mail:

11:10am Thursday 19th November 2015

A 20-YEAR-OLD drug dealer who jumped out of a first-floor window with more than five kilogrammes of crack cocaine to escape police has been locked up for 33 months.

UK’s ‘loudest band’ set for gig in city to aid homeless charity

Oxford Mail:

2:10pm Thursday 19th November 2015

THE UK’s “loudest band” will tear up Oxford to fight homelessness at the 15th annual Audioscope music festival this weekend.

VIDEO: Mother's tears after tree falls on her house and crushes her car in Storm Barney

Oxford Mail:

10:46am Wednesday 18th November 2015

A MUM-of-two broke down in tears describing how two 60ft trees crashed down on her house, crushing her car and her son's motorbike.

Campaigner accuses council of ignoring safety of cyclists

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 16th November 2015

A CYCLIST who accused Frideswide Square planners of failing to properly assess cyclists’ safety has prompted an internal review.

Woman opens up own bakery as brownies sell like hot cakes

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Saturday 14th November 2015

WHAT would you say to a bacon and maple syrup brownie as you popped it out of the oven?

FOI CAMPAIGN: Euro MP backs our bid to stop ‘dilution’ of Britain’s Freedom of Information Act

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 13th November 2015

A EURO MP for South East England has backed the Oxford Mail’s campaign to protect the Freedom of Information Act.

She's only six, but karate star Georgie Webb is one of life’s true fighters

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Friday 13th November 2015

SHE’S ONLY six years old but she’ll kick you to the kerb.

Exhibition on Great War dead is staged all over Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Friday 13th November 2015

WHEN historian Liz Woolley created an exhibition about the 66 men from one Oxford suburb who died in the First World War, she expected it to fill a space in the local church for a few weeks.

FOI: Woman forced her council to spill secrets of West Way plan

Oxford Mail:

11:00am Thursday 12th November 2015

BOTLEY resident Mary Gill made the front page of the Oxford Mail in July after she won a two-year Freedom of Information battle against her council.

FOI: Trust made to reveal £12.3m cost of using private ambulance firms

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Thursday 12th November 2015

IN AUGUST this year, amid the growing NHS recruitment crisis, the Oxford Mail used an Freedom of Information request to reveal that Oxfordshire’s ambulance service had been forced to spend £12.3m in one year on private contractors to take patients to hospital.

Hotel plans 48 new rooms to cope with tourist boom

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Thursday 12th November 2015

OXFORD Spires Four Pillars hotel revealed plans for 48 new bedrooms and a conservatory at a public exhibition yesterday.

Freud’s owner in ‘tug of love’ court battle over his dead mum’s funeral

Oxford Mail:

6:45pm Monday 9th November 2015

THE owner of Freud bar in Jericho has finally agreed with his sister on how to bury their mother following a costly High Court battle.

‘Our best year ever’ for My Life My Choice

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Tuesday 10th November 2015

A TEAM of disabled adults who run a charity to fight for equal rights are celebrating their best year in nearly two decades.

Man jailed for 10 years after shaking his baby son so hard he broke 10 of the infant's ribs

Oxford Mail:

1:38pm Monday 9th November 2015

A MAN who shook his nine-week-old baby so hard he broke ten of his ribs has been jailed for ten years.

Thousands gather to honour lost comrades

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 9th November 2015

THE chairman of the Royal British Legion in Oxfordshire said the “brilliant” turnout for Remembrance Sunday in her town reflected the respect shown across the county.

UPDATE: Fire crews hope Labrador Dylan will make full recovery after being rescued from fire in Walton Street, Oxford + video

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 9th November 2015

A PET dog was rescued from a home in Walton Street last night after an unattended open fire in the living room spread through the house.

Police raid Abingdon flat in connection with fatal shooting of Kerry Reeves

Oxford Mail:

5:29pm Saturday 7th November 2015

OFFICERS were seen at an address in Welford Gardens, Abingdon, this afternoon in connection with the investigation into the fatal shooting of Kerry Reeves. 

A34 northbound blocked at Abingdon

Oxford Mail: OM A34

3:11pm Saturday 7th November 2015

THE A34 is partially blocked northbound between the Marcham Interchange and the A4183 Oxford Road (Abingdon North).

Police receive calls following appeal for Billy Johnson in connection with Abingdon shooting

Oxford Mail:

1:20pm Saturday 7th November 2015

MEMBERS of public have called the police following the appeal for Billy Johnson wanted in connection with the Abingdon shooting. 

Why did an 11-year-old girl queue in the rain to be the first inside Witney's new Poundland?

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Saturday 7th November 2015

YOU might not have expected people in David Cameron's Witney constituency to queue in the rain to get into a bargain store.

Little Milton crash update: driver arrested for drink-driving

Oxford Mail:

1:34pm Saturday 7th November 2015

A DRIVER who crashed into a telegraph pole bringing down overhead power cables across the road has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Elderly man trapped in car near Witney prompts fire service warn about driving in bad weather

Oxford Mail:

10:14am Saturday 7th November 2015

AN ELDERLY MAN trapped in his car on its side after a collision with another car has prompted the fire service to warn motorists to think carefully about driving in bad weather.

Thug jailed and banned from estate for attacking partner

Oxford Mail:

11:10am Monday 9th November 2015

A MAN who broke his pregnant partner’s arm then told police she “fell up the stairs” has been jailed and permanently banned from the estate where she lives.

Rebuilding a life after car accident tragedy

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Monday 9th November 2015

A WOMAN whose 12-year-old daughter was left partially paralysed by a car crash on a family holiday has told how her life is being rebuilt.

Just a few hours left to vote to name plane after teenager Maisie Norton

Oxford Mail:

12:00am Monday 16th November 2015

A FAMILY friend of the late Grove teenager Maisie Norton is hoping to get a jumbo jet named after her so she can “soar through the sky”.

Headington man's shower catches fire while he is using it

Oxford Mail: OM fire engine

4:51pm Thursday 5th November 2015

A HEADINGTON man fled his house this morning after his shower caught fire while he was in it.

Woman lay in street for hour in rain until paramedics came

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Thursday 5th November 2015

OXFORDSHIRE’S ambulance service has apologised for leaving an elderly woman waiting for an hour in the rain for paramedics to arrive.

Tree is a pine choice for Downing Street

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Thursday 5th November 2015

HE MAY not have the long white beard and red suit, but Andrew Ingram certainly must have a touch of Christmas in his soul.

Naval board game on market after 40 years in a cupboard

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 5th November 2015

A FORMER submarine commander’s naval strategy board game has resurfaced after almost 40 years in a cupboard... and has finally gone into production thanks to an Oxford publishing company.

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