RAF may shoot red kites after helicopter bird strikes

7:40am Saturday 7th June 2014

RAF Benson says it may have to shoot red kites after two military helicopters hit birds in the last two months.

The base was granted a licence by Natural England last year to shoot the birds but it has not yet used it.

Wing Commander Colin West, the base commander, said: “A growing number of bird strikes, coupled with the size and nature of the red kite, mean that the threat to aircraft safety has increased.”

The birds, reintroduced into The Chilterns in a conservation project after becoming extinct, have become increasingly widespread across the area.

OX5 Run: Join big run and help to improve children’s lives across Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 1st December 2015

THE gun has been fired for next year’s Oxford Mail OX5 Run.

‘Rape joke’ PhD student, 23, was inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 1st December 2015

AN Oxford University student who told a teenager in a nightclub he wanted to assault and rape her was just making a joke inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey, a court heard.

Hospital pipeline work ‘could mean mayhem for residents’

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 1st December 2015

PEOPLE in Headington fear they may be unable to access their homes by car for weeks at a time after health bosses revealed the full extent of their plans for an inter-hospital heating pipe.

Manager has grand plans for the use of new £4.76m building in Rose Hill

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 1st December 2015

WHEN David Hunt walks into the first day of his job as manager of the new Rose Hill community centre today he will start putting the finishing touches to the building before it opens next month.

Abused husband says ‘war’ is over as volunteer battle begins

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 1st December 2015

A MAN who escaped from a harrowing ordeal at the hands of a “physically and emotionally abusive” wife has told of his battle to heal the trauma he suffered.

Tower blocks makeover to start in the New Year

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 30th November 2015

OXFORD’S five tower blocks are about to undergo the biggest makeover in their 50-year existence.


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