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:

Update: Buses terminating early due to city centre roadworks

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

10:07am Thursday 24th July 2014

BUS services will be terminating early until further notice after “severe” traffic delays hit Oxford city centre this morning .

City gets £75m bus and rail gateway

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE future of Oxford’s train station is being unveiled today and has been hailed as a big step towards the city getting the integrated transport hub it needs.

Planning begins on city’s flood channel route

Oxford Mail: Allotments off Botley Road in Oxford inundated with flood water yesterday as levels kept rising                                             Picture: Lee Ingram

8:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

COUNCIL officials were taken around Oxford yesterday to look at potential routes for a new flood relief channel.

Posh boys join hip parade for charity

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

WATCHING 15 Oxford students sway and sing on the steps of the Radcliffe Camera to Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie is not an everyday sight.

‘Mum didn’t realise the consequences of drugs’

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

A YOUNG parent who overdosed on a cocktail of drugs didn’t know what she was doing, her mum said yesterday.

Singers silenced as church organ goes up in smoke

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

WHEN the organ at St Mary’s Church, Witney, started smoking in the middle of a hymn, the congregation was stunned into silence.

Building giant is fined £525k after dad’s death

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

A CONSTRUCTION firm was fined £525,000 yesterday for health and safety breaches which led to the death of a father-of-two.

Nursery’s 40th birthday raises funds for refurbishment

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

HUNDREDS of pounds were raised at a nursery’s 40th birthday party - with money raised to hopefully give it a head start on the next 40 years.

Man denies inciting girl, 15, into sexual activity

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

6:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

A 25-YEAR-OLD has gone on trial accused of inciting a teenage girl to engage in sexual activity after they met playing Xbox games online.

‘We’ll back you if there is more affordable housing’

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE church at the centre of the Jericho boatyard development in Oxford has said it will only support it if there is more affordable housing.

Drink-binge driver is jailed over fuel spill

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

8:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A DRINK-driver who caused a fuel spill after crashing his wife’s car into two trucks has been jailed for 16 months.

Vigil for ex-Gaza Scholar as wife and children are killed

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A FORMER Oxford Brookes Gaza Scholar is in intensive care and six members of his family dead after their home was bombed by Israeli forces.

17-year wait for killer to be brought to justice

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

NOT long after 3am on Tuesday, August 26, 1997, petrol was squirted through the letterbox of 156 Magdalen Road, East Oxford, using two Tango bottles.

Man arrested after accident closes St Aldate’s

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6:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MAN was arrested for assault at the scene of an accident in St Aldate’s yesterday just metres away from the city’s police station.

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