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River death teen Aown Dogar was ‘shining example of good’ says father

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 4th September 2015

FRIENDS and the emergency services made “heroic” efforts to try to save an Oxford teenager on the night he drowned, a coroner said yesterday.

Getting in swing for Chipping Norton jazz festival

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Friday 4th September 2015

CHIPPING Norton has a soulful secret.

Is the ‘big cat’ back?

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Friday 4th September 2015

DOG-WALKER Fraser Downer could not believe his eyes when a ‘big cat’ padded in front of him as he exercised his pair of whippets.

Try Tibetan food as you listen to Ugandan music

Oxford Mail:

1:00pm Friday 4th September 2015

THE tastes of Tibet, the sounds of Uganda and the martial arts of Brazil will take over a corner of Oxford for a day.

Update: Aown Dogar's friends and emergency services made heroic efforts to try to save him

Oxford Mail:

12:29pm Thursday 3rd September 2015

AOWN Dogar's friends and the emergency services made "heroic" efforts to try to save him on the night he drowned, a coroner said yesterday.

Songsmith and partner score £10,000 from Hollywood star Kevin Spacey

Oxford Mail:

6:00pm Thursday 3rd September 2015

AN OXFORD songsmith has been given £10,000 by Hollywood star Kevin Spacey to write a new musical.

City council’s antiques worth a cool £2.5m, the Mail reveals

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

GOBLETS, old muskets and vintage cigar boxes are just some of the £2.5m worth of antique items Oxford City Council owns.

Donkey work to help fund animal hospital

Oxford Mail:

3:00pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

A DONKEY sanctuary near Wallingford has raised enough money to start work on an equine hospital which will transform the way it cares for animals.

Charity bike ride kicks off day of fundraising events

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

A DIDCOT fundraiser is organising what he thinks may be the town’s biggest event for five charities.

Children praised after raising alarm about a stricken cyclist

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 27th August 2015

TWO schoolchildren have been hailed heroes after rescuing a woman they found unconscious in a ditch.

Publican puts meat on Mutton’s menu

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Thursday 27th August 2015

THE new landlord at Wantage’s award-winning vegetarian pub The Shoulder of Mutton has said he plans to serve “vast quantities of meat”.

Best-selling writer Valerie Blumenthal faces up to getting Alzheimers in her 50s

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Wednesday 26th August 2015

THE LAST time best-selling novelist Valerie Blumenthal drove her car, she went to the supermarket.

‘Our car’s full of donations... now we’re off to help Calais migrants’

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Wednesday 26th August 2015

A COUPLE will make a film of them giving out donations to Calais refugees and send it to their MP, Prime Minister David Cameron.

Vinyl addicts flock to charity shop’s biggest record sell-off

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 24th August 2015

THE warm, soft crackle as you drop the needle onto the record, the hiss of anticipation – there’s no doubt that vinyl has a magic to it.

Packed Pegasus Theatre for Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham's Q&A

Oxford Mail:

4:29pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

LABOUR leadership candidate Andy Burnham told an audience in Oxford this morning he believes the Government is hiding the number of people who have died as a result of benefit cuts in recent years.

Teenager headbutted in the face while walking with friend in Didcot

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4:17pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

A 17-year-old boy was headbutted in the face while walking with a friend in Didcot, police have said.

Thames "doggy" swimmers pass through Oxfordshire as part of 155-mile paddle to Tower Bridge

Oxford Mail:

2:20pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

PEOPLE in Abingdon should not be alarmed if they see a giant, pink, inflatable dog pursuing a man swimming down the River Thames this afternoon.

Lightning strike cuts power to more than 2,100 homes in East Oxford

Oxford Mail: After the heatwave comes the thunderstorms: 'Yellow Alert' as heavy rain forecast

1:29pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

A LIGHTNING strike cut power to more than 2,100 homes in East Oxford for five hours last night.

UPDATE: St Georges Road, Wallingford, likely to be shut for several days after suspected sinkhole is found

Oxford Mail:

3:30pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

CONTRACTORS were today carrying out tests on a street in Wallingford after a hole appeared in the road surface.

Eating Easter eggs lands hungry burglar in prison

Oxford Mail:

8:40am Saturday 22nd August 2015

A HOMELESS man who broke into a family home was caught because he dropped chocolate from the children’s Easter eggs he had eaten.

New reservoir back on after residents thought plan was scrapped

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 22nd August 2015

PLANS to create a massive reservoir south of Abingdon have resurfaced after Thames Water confirmed it was eyeing up the site again.

Changes to train services in Oxfordshire as workers take strike action

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9:50am Sunday 23rd August 2015

A PLANNED rail strike is set to cause disruption on some of the county’s trains today.

‘E-cigs endorsement is a bit of a double-edged sword for us’ traders

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 22nd August 2015

E-CIGARETTE shop owners in Oxfordshire have said the Government’s endorsement of the safety of vaping could be a death-knell to their business.

Mayor 'devastated' as flats win approval

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Monday 24th August 2015

A LAST ditch attempt to stop Wantage’s old police station being turned into flats for the elderly has failed.

Hospital porters' strike will go ahead next week if talks tomorrow fail

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3:10pm Thursday 20th August 2015

PORTERS at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford have said they will strike next week if negotiations with their employer break down tomorrow.

Loving teen's tragic overdose mistake

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 20th August 2015

AN 18-YEAR-OLD girl died after taking an accidental overdose of migraine medication, a coroner has ruled yesterday.

Death of 'kind and thoughtful' Megan Biddle was accidental, coroner rules

Oxford Mail:

6:10pm Wednesday 19th August 2015

AN 18-year-old girl from Oxfordshire died after taking an accidental overdose of migraine medication, a coroner ruled today.

Air ace swoops to conquer as he eyes victory in home skies

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Saturday 15th August 2015

IF YOU looked into the skies over Oxfordshire in the past few months, there’s a fair chance you would have seen Nigel Lamb zipping overhead like a motorised wasp.

Live review: In The Garden @ Restore, East Oxford

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Thursday 6th August 2015

A squirrel shimmies along a veranda into overhanging foliage, dodging barbecue smoke, while the haunting harmonies of Oxford band Family Machine, drift on the air.

Young people urged to help protect county’s rare plants

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 5th August 2015

WHEN housing developers build on every green space in Oxfordshire and the pollution from Botley Road turns the air into a smokey soup, who will be there to protect the county’s rarest and most precious endangered species?

Call to get more defibrillators in shopping areas and stores

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Wednesday 5th August 2015

THE Oxford Mail’s campaign to get more public access defibrillators across Oxfordshire turns its sights on shopping centres and stores today.

Pet sitter retires from ‘the loveliest job in the world ‘

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Tuesday 4th August 2015

TO HUNDREDS of pets Val Henderson is their surrogate mum, and to their owners she is a godsend.

Animal sanctuary launches a £1.5m appeal for renovation

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 3rd August 2015

JUDE, Johnny, Pepper, Rita and Penny the kittens need your help.

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.

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