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Memorial exhibition is set for county tour following success

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Saturday 1st August 2015

AN EXHIBITION telling the stories of 66 men from one Oxford suburb who gave their lives in the First World War has been so successful it is to go on tour.

News Feature: Meet the men taking us to the extra dimension

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Saturday 1st August 2015

STEVEN Dey’s friend recently came to him with a problem: he had a beloved old lamp, held together by two thumb screws and one of them had broken.

‘It could be toxic giant hogweed but no-one seems to really care’

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Saturday 1st August 2015

A MUM-OF-TWO who thought she spotted dangerous giant hogweed in an area where children play spoke of her fears after her local council and Environment Agency failed to react swiftly.

Car crashes into taxi rank in Abingdon town centre

Oxford Mail:

1:10pm Friday 31st July 2015

A WOMAN has reportedly been taken to hospital after crashing into the back of a row of parked taxis in the centre of Abingdon this morning.

Werewolves and wonder as rare blue moon set to shine in Oxfordshire tonight

Oxford Mail:

10:22am Friday 31st July 2015

THEY’RE almost as rare as hen’s teeth, but a blue moon will shine over Oxfordshire tonight.

More residents now cash in on renting parking for commuters

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 31st July 2015

WITH parking charges at a premium in Oxford homeowners are cashing in by renting out their driveways to commuters.

Use of nitrous oxide - known as 'hippy crack' - in north Oxfordshire prompts police warning

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INCREASING numbers of people apparently taking nitrous oxide gas in north Oxfordshire has prompted police to issue a warning on the dangers.

£50m plan to redevelop Didcot's Orchard Centre approved

Oxford Mail:

8:49am Thursday 30th July 2015

MAJOR plans to redevelop Didcot’s Orchard Shopping Centre were approved last night.

Work to install new water main is causing delays on the Eastern Bypass

Oxford Mail: OM traffic alert

8:46am Thursday 30th July 2015

A NEW water main being installed underneath Oxford Eastern Bypass is causing congestion on the road again this morning.

Man jailed for more than three years for breaking into woman's house and threatening her with knife

Oxford Mail:

5:45pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

AN ABINGDON man was sentenced to more than three years in prison for breaking into a woman’s house and threatening her with a knife.

UPDATE: Digger at Brasenose Driftway in Cowley while police investigate "contaminated soil"

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 30th July 2015

A DIGGER is now on the scene at Brasenose Driftway where police say canisters containing an unknown substance have caused soil contamination.

UPDATE: Book cover design for PD James novel sells for more than £1,000 in Kidlington

Oxford Mail:

8:04am Wednesday 29th July 2015

AN ORIGINAL illustration of the cover art for a PD James novel has sold at auction for £1,125 today in Kidlington.

Four are left dead in tragic 24 hours on the county’s roads

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Tuesday 28th July 2015

FOUR people were killed in traffic accidents in 24 hours on Oxfordshire’s roads.

Volunteers needed to go on dormice hunt to help survey

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Wednesday 29th July 2015

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help hunt for the elusive dormouse across the county this summer.

American dentist accused of killing Oxford University project lion Cecil

Oxford Mail:

5:10pm Tuesday 28th July 2015

AN AMERICAN dentist has been accused of killing a famous African lion that was part of an Oxford University monitoring project.

Abingdon woman, 43, killed in Sutton Courtenay crash

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1:35pm Tuesday 28th July 2015

A WOMAN was killed in a car accident in Sutton Courtenay yesterday, police have said.

UPDATE: Pensioner killed and lorry driver left with life-threatening injuries in A420 crash near Faringdon

Oxford Mail:

9:52am Tuesday 28th July 2015

A MAN in his 70s was killed in a four-vehicle collision on the A420 this morning, police said.

Preschool is still ‘inadequate’ after re-inspection by Ofsted

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

A PRESCHOOL that challenged Ofsted after it was rated “inadequate” in every way has been given the same rating again.

Severe weather warning issued for parts of Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail: Tourists in Oxford huddled under umbrellas in Radcliffe Square

7:46am Monday 27th July 2015

A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for high winds in Oxfordshire this morning.

Memorial for First World War VC recipient to be set in stone

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 27th July 2015

THE grandson of Victoria Cross hero Sgt Maj Edward Brooks has commissioned a new memorial stone to go on his grave in Oxford.

Feature: Invitation to join sisters in a peaceful way of life

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Saturday 25th July 2015

THE permanent footprints worn in the wood of the pews are the only evidence that at one time more than 300 sisters lived at Wantage’s Victorian convent.

Oxfordshire prankster duo hijack live Sky News broadcast with magic act

Oxford Mail:

2:09pm Friday 24th July 2015

AN Oxfordshire double-act dared each other into the pinnacle of their pranking pilgrimage: audacious magical mischief on live television.

Abuser teacher tried to kill himself before

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 23rd July 2015

A FORMER headteacher who drowned himself in the Thames after being convicted of historical sex offences had already attempted suicide days earlier, an inquest heard yesterday.

ASBO man who bit PC is spared jail yet again

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Thursday 23rd July 2015

A HOMELESS man was spared jail after biting a police officer in the leg and punching another in the face.

Covenant means we can’t sell or rent this house, says family

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Thursday 23rd July 2015

A FAMILY who say they have been unable to rent out a house they own for 10 years because of a covenant held by a Chinese takeaway have marketed it as a film location in a last attempt to make it pay.

Former headteacher who drowned in Thames after sex abuse conviction had already attempted suicide, inquest hears

Oxford Mail:

11:44am Wednesday 22nd July 2015

A FORMER headmaster who drowned himself in the Thames after being convicted of historic sex offences had already attempted suicide once before that same month, an inquest heard yesterday.

‘Mental treatment should not be left in hands of vulnerable’

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd July 2015

PATIENT confidentiality rules are posing a “real problem” for the treatment of mental health patients, Oxfordshire’s coroner has said.

Prize-winning small brewery is rapidly expanding

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015

Five years ago Will Laithwaite set up his own brewery in Abingdon. Today, Loose Cannon produces about 4,300 pints of beer a day. It had continually picked up industry awards for its ales and porters, but has not yet won the elusive first prize. Pete Hughes found out how the Suffolk Way brewery is going gold

Woman who was found dead in Oxford after going missing had lost touch with reality, an inquest heard

Oxford Mail:

2:22pm Tuesday 21st July 2015

A 22-year-old woman who went missing in Oxford and was found dead in the river Thames had lost touch with reality, her inquest heard today. 

Years of history could be destroyed by new hotel

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Saturday 18th July 2015

A HISTORIC pub and a horse hospital used by the brewery industry would be destroyed by a £30m new hotel, historians have warned.

Teachers retire but look at schools’ changing faces

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Friday 17th July 2015

TWO Wantage teachers retiring after a combined 60 years have spoken about the most important aspects of future education in the town.

Demolition plans for blaze murders house

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 16th July 2015

AN OXFORD house left derelict after two people were murdered in an arson eight years ago could finally be demolished.

Smartphone game leads to a top award for cancer scientist

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 11th July 2015

A SCIENTIST has won a national award for helping to cure cancer with a mobile phone game.

Landlord is told to pay £7,500 for renting out unsafe house

Oxford Mail:

11:10am Monday 13th July 2015

AN OXFORD landlord has been prosecuted a second time for renting out an illegally unsafe house after the kitchen ceiling collapsed.

‘I need £20k to save my brother’s sight’

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Saturday 11th July 2015

A WANTAGE woman is trying to raise £20,000 to save her brother’s sight.

Charity shop set to lose premises

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Friday 10th July 2015

WANTAGE will lose its Oxfam shop at the end of this month as the building’s upper storeys are converted into flats.

Royal visit helps champion engineering

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Friday 10th July 2015

PRINCE Andrew urged the county’s children to get into engineering as he witnessed one of the most powerful lasers in the world in action.

Three charged with perverting the course of justice after allegedly presenting forged documents

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3:48pm Thursday 9th July 2015

TWO men and a woman have been charged with perverting the course of justice after allegedly presenting forged documents relating to motoring offences to Oxfordshire courts.

£120m flood channel scheme could provide new rowing lake

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 9th July 2015

A NEW rowing lake could be created west of Oxford as part of the city’s £120m flood relief channel.

War veteran honoured for his role in the liberation of France

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Thursday 9th July 2015

A SECOND World War veteran who helped liberate France has received one of the country’s highest honours.

GP surgery criticised after patient’s death

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Thursday 9th July 2015

A GP PRACTICE will be told to keep a closer watch on mentally-ill patients after a paranoid schizophrenic woman was found dead at her home.

Motorsport jobs give war heroes a fresh start in life

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Wednesday 8th July 2015

WOUNDED and traumatised war veterans will help create livery for Formula One cars at a new workshop near Wantage.

Woman who died in Marks & Spencer, Witney, last week "choked to death" in the shop's cafe

Oxford Mail: Oxfordshire County Council county hall

2:22pm Tuesday 7th July 2015

A 76-year-old woman who died in Marks & Spencer in Witney appears to have choked to death in the shop's cafe, a coroner said today.

County hoping to make extra cash from property portfolio

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015

MORE of Oxfordshire County Council’s buildings could be sold or leased out to make extra savings.

Anniversary cycle riders raise cash in memory of 7/7 victim

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Tuesday 7th July 2015

AN “INCREDIBLE effort” was how Esther Hyman described more than 20 people cycling from Oxford to London in memory of her sister.

Help us fill our pans for a ‘surplus’ feast

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Monday 6th July 2015

THE renegade restaurateurs who started a “food surplus cafe” in Oxford are back – and are asking city restaurants and shops to fill their cooking pots.

Farmoor learns how to use its defibrillator

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Monday 6th July 2015

VILLAGERS are hoping their new Oxford Mail-inspired defibrillator will save lives.

Teachers’ funky music video is a leaving gift to remember

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Friday 3rd July 2015

WHAT could be worse than all your teachers making a video of themselves dancing to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk then making you watch it?

Police station and magistrates' court to be demolished for retirement apartments

Oxford Mail:

9:21pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

THE Mayor of Wantage tonight said he was "amazed" after a controversial retirement apartments scheme for the town was approved.

River users seek answers over city flood alleviation scheme

Oxford Mail:

7:30am Thursday 2nd July 2015

ROWERS, kayakers and river dwellers got their chance to raise concerns about the Oxford flood alleviation scheme at the first city centre workshop on it.

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