Join the thousands expected at Headington Festival

6:40am Saturday 31st May 2014

A FUNFAIR and sports races are just some of the highlights of this year’s two-day Headington Festival which begins today.

The fun starts with a bumper street fair on London Road from 10am until 4pm.

There will be a food and craft fair and the Town Crier will be on hand to announce the festivities.

From 11am there will be a street art competition outside the Oxfam shop on London Road and revellers can make their own low-carbon smoothie with members of the Community Action Group. Live music from the Oxford Classic Jazz Band will be performed from 11am and there will also be an appearance from Caroline Watsham and her musical saw.

Jebb the Jester will bring his unicycle for some juggling and mayhem outside Barclays Bank.

And a children’s fun fair opens in Bury Knowle Park at 2pm.

And community groups hope that this year’s festival will be the biggest and best to date.

Organisers extended this year’s festival to two days after 7,000 people flocked to Bury Knowle Park for events last year which proved a huge success.

The festival will continue tomorrow with a sports day in the park from 1pm to 5pm.

It is organised by Headington Action and chairman Patrick Coulter hopes that this year it will bring the community together across Headington.



Our top stories:

15-year-old girl raped while walking to Cowley bus stop

Oxford Mail:

5:10pm Thursday 8th October 2015

A 15-YEAR-OLD girl was raped in Barns Road, Cowley on her way to the bus stop. According to Thames Valley Police the girl was walking to the stop before Blackbird Leys bridge between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, September 20.  She was approached by a man who walked alongside her. As they came to the bridge he grabbed her arm and pulled her down to a muddy track at the side of the bridge. He then raped the victim and left her on the track, walking away.  The offender is described as white, aged in his late teens, 5ft 7ins or 5ft 8ins tall and slim. He had very short dark hair, blue eyes, freckles on his face and a short ginger beard, and was wearing a chain around his neck, black trainers and dark grey Nike jogging bottoms. The girl reported the rape to police on Tuesday ((06/10)) this week. Investigating officer Det Insp Steve Raffield of Banbury CID said: “Specialist officers are supporting the victim who has reported this rape to us.  "What happened to this young girl is unimaginable and I am sure that members of the public will be shocked to hear about this incident, which happened in broad daylight.  "“A full investigation is now under way and there are officers in the area today making enquiries and providing reassurance to members of the public who may have concerns.  “Incidents like this are extremely rare, but it is essential that we identify the offender as soon as possible. I would urge anyone who has any information about this incident, or who saw or heard anything out of the ordinary in the Barns Road area around the time of the offence, to contact me as soon as possible by calling 101.”

UPDATE: Boy taken to hospital after car crash in Bicester

Oxford Mail:

5:00pm Thursday 8th October 2015

A boy has been taken to hospital after being involved in a crash in Bicester.

‘Slave’ at travellers’ site seen treated like a ragdoll on CCTV

Oxford Mail:

6:36pm Thursday 8th October 2015

CCTV footage from an Oxford travellers’ site has shown a man who was allegedly kept as a slave being pushed around and treated “like a ragdoll”.

E-fit released after man spotted holding little girl's hand in Greater Leys

Oxford Mail:

4:50pm Thursday 8th October 2015

AN E-FIT of a man who ran away after being caught holding a little girl's hand in Greater Leys has been released by Thames Valley Police. According to officers, a two-year-old girl was playing outside a property in Shepherds Hill at about 6.20pm on Friday, September 11. When her mother came to check on her she saw a man holding the girl's hand. When she challenged the man, he ran away. He is described as white, in his thirties, about 5ft 7ins or 5ft 8ins with short spiky blond or brown hair. He was wearing a knee-length jacket that may have been leather. Investigating officer Det Con Lorna Briggs of Force CID in Oxford said: “We are keeping an open mind regarding this incident. There might be a innocent explanation as to why the man was holding the girl’s hand. “If anyone recognises the man in the E-fit or has any information about the incident then please contact your local police station."

Persistent beggar banned from asking people for money in Oxford

Oxford Mail:

4:50pm Thursday 8th October 2015

A BEGGAR has been banned by police from approaching people in Oxford and asking them for money, food or cigarettes.

Update: Missing teenager Michaela Rose from Chipping Norton found

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

7:50am Thursday 8th October 2015

MISSING teen Michaela Rose from Chipping Norton was found safe and well last night. 


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