Pick of the week's best photographs

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Our deputy picture editor Richard Cave takes his pick of the week’s best photographs and tells us why he reckons they make the grade

Sometimes the photographer is in the right place at the right time, with a camera around his neck. True, everyone has a camera on their phone now, but that doesn’t necessarily make them photographers. Disappointed that his ‘owl day’ picture had fallen flat in town, Mark Hemsworth found that round the next corner Hillary and Bill Clinton appeared, above, and suddenly, who cares about the owls pic anyway?

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I’ve seen enough footage of the resulting retribution when TV presenters have likened wrestling to pantomime, so I’m saying nothing. Great pictures by Damian Halliwell of the bout between Little Legs (Mark Sealey) and TagOri at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre last weekend

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Let’s get this straight: no one around here asked ‘where’s Wally?’ Damian Halliwell was photographing the Town and Gown run, the orange represents the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, for which the event raises funds, so it was absolutely right that Damian should point his camera in that direction for a ‘back at ya’ moment from the man in the splendid hat

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Great pic, great story. When the Oxfordshire Blue Plaque group couldn’t create a memorial for Bletchley Park codebreaker, John Herivel, his daughter designed one herself. Damian Halliwell did a fine job of capturing the official unveiling – with the very happy Susan Herivel

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David Fleming’s fine shot of Wittenham keeper Callum Oakey is all superhero like, as he doesn’t quite get his hands to the ball. Luckily, it hits the bar, bouncing down and then out. Dorchester were plating Long Wittenham Athletic

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Who’s coolest – Banksy or your nan? I reckon it’s your nan if she can yarn-bomb like these guys. The gentle folk of Thrupp knit speed cameras and speed-calming related street furniture to highlight traffic problems in their village.

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A great picture by David Fleming Bobby Ratcliffe, 10, is down to the final 25 in auditions to play Michael in the London production of Billy Elliot. Jon Lewis just made some nice, sensitive low-key portraits of him with his tap shoes

Our top stories:

Junior joins United's ranks

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 1st August 2014

Michael Appleton was thrilled Oxford United’s pat-ience paid off after they finally clinched the signing of Junior Brown last night.

Five police officers interviewed over handling of search for murdered Jayden Parkinson

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10:24am Friday 1st August 2014

FIVE police officers have been served misconduct notices and are being interviewed over the handling of the search for murdered teenager Jayden Parkinson.

United opens doors to unemployed youngsters

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9:00am Friday 1st August 2014

OXFORD United will today announce hundreds of new signings as it kicks off a scheme to help the city’s unemployed young people.

Facelift for towers has the backing of residents

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8:30am Friday 1st August 2014

RESIDENTS across the city have welcomed the new designs for Oxford’s five tower blocks.

Hundreds join protest against violence in Gaza

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 1st August 2014

PRO-PALESTINE campaigners marched through Oxford last night calling for an end to Israeli violence in Gaza.

Academies stymie council’s autism database

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8:30am Friday 1st August 2014

COUNCIL officials have been unable to put together a database of the number of Oxfordshire pupils on the autism spectrum who have been excluded from school.

Councils act as pong persists

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8:00am Friday 1st August 2014

HEALTH officers from two councils are now investigating the cause of the smell reported across the county.

An ‘unusual’ rise in A&E visits hits waiting times

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7:00am Friday 1st August 2014

RISING A&E visits are seeing hospital staff struggle to meet waiting times, despite the summer being a traditionally quieter period, health officials have warned.

Hop along to popular beer and cider festival

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7:00am Friday 1st August 2014

REAL ale enthusiasts can enjoy a tipple when they visit Cogges Manor Farm in Witney tonight.

University Technical College plans approved

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6:30am Friday 1st August 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S first specialist college for scientific research, computing and engineering was approved on Wednesday night.

Group ‘fears for future’ of community boatyard plan

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6:30am Friday 1st August 2014

FEARS have been raised over the future of a community boatyard after it was claimed essential mooring sites may not be available.

Family’s 10-year heartache over son lost in Himalayas

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6:00am Friday 1st August 2014

TEN years on from her son’s disappearance in the Himalayas, Gill Koch is still struggling to accept that he is dead.

Dad walking tall after his 70-mile trek for charity

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9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

IT was a fitting end to an admirable feat.

Developer submits fresh plans for 127 homes in Bampton

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9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

A DEVELOPER previously denied permission to build 127 homes in the village where ITV period drama Downton Abbey films outdoor scenes has returned with a new planning application.

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