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U-turn on tower demolition invite

Oxford Mail: Didcot Power Station

6:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A DEVELOPER has told people they are no longer invited to watch the demolition of Didcot power station cooling towers from a nearby housing estate.

Learning to juggle business with lots of ‘mummy time’

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

IT’S often said that mums rule the world, but it’s harder than it looks to run a business and cope with kids.

Jayden jury still out

Oxford Mail: Ben Blakeley

8:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

The jury in the murder trial of Ben Blakeley was sent home yesterday and will continue deliberating on Thursday.

Schoolgirl laments the loss of towers in poetic tribute

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THIS 12-year-old girl was so moved by the impending demolition of Didcot Power Station she wrote a poem about it.

Great Western primary will take 60 pupils in first year

Oxford Mail: oxfordshire county council logo round

6:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE body appointed to run the new Great Western Park Academy in Didcot has published its proposed admissions criteria.

Buzzer wire game puts steady hands to the test

Oxford Mail:

6:40am Monday 21st July 2014

YOUNG Sean’an Nathwani got a buzz from a science display at a day of fun in Didcot on Saturday.

Charity collection held in honour of Jayden Parkinson

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Monday 21st July 2014

FRIENDS of Jayden Parkinson held their first charity fundraiser at the weekend, as her family await a jury’s verdict on her killer.

Childhood perspective of secret forest inspires artist

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 21st July 2014

ARTIST Patrick Cannon used his childhood in Milton, near Didcot, as a source of inspiration for his paintings.

Jayden jury is still out

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

The jury in the murder trial of Ben Blakeley at Oxford Crown Court has not yet reached a verdict.

Weird, wacky and downright outrageous, it’s Truck Festival

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

THE weird and the wonderful descended on the village of Steventon, near Didcot, yesterday.

Aerospace firm benefits from £2.6m boost

Oxford Mail: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg talks to youngsters as he helps to launch a scheme to give 16 and 17-year-olds access to work coaches to help them find jobs and training at St Andrew's in Westminster

8:00am Friday 18th July 2014

A Harwell company will benefit from a £2.6m funding boost from the Government and aerospace industry.

RWE npower says: ‘We don’t want you coming to see demolition of towers’

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 18th July 2014

DEMOLITION bosses have warned people to stay away from the destruction of Didcot power station cooling towers, saying people could end up covered in dust.

Jayden jury considers verdict

Oxford Mail:

7:04pm Thursday 17th July 2014

THE jury in the trial of the man who killed Jayden Parkinson will continue to consider its verdict tomorrow.

Jury sent out in Jayden Parkinson murder trial

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

9:10am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE jury has been sent out to consider its verdict in the murder trial of the man who killed Jayden Parkinson.

Rebail in kidnap arrest

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

7:40am Thursday 17th July 2014

A 42-year-old man arrested on suspicion of kidnap after a father and daughter went missing has been released on police bail until September 10.

Jury in Jayden trial sent home for the day after retiring to consider verdict

Oxford Mail: Ben Blakeley

4:13pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

The jury in the Jayden Parkinson murder trial has been sent home for the day.

Hostel worker saw 'transformation' in Jayden Parkinson after split with Blakeley, court told

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

1:28pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A SUPPORT worker claimed in Oxford Crown Court there was a "transformation" in Jayden Parkinson after she split up with Ben Blakeley.

Killer ‘used younger brother as a tool to help him bury body’

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Wednesday 16th July 2014

A TEENAGER who helped in the hiding of Jayden Parkinson’s body was just a “tool” used by his older brother, a jury heard yesterday.

‘20mph speed limit will make us safer’

Oxford Mail:

5:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

A FAMILY’S appeal to slash the speed limit on the road where their 10-year-old son was killed is a step nearer to success.

Jayden trial: Jury told not to let sympathy play a part in its decision

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

7:42pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE jury in the murder trial of Ben Blakeley has been warned not to let sympathy for Jayden Parkinson play a part in its decision.

Road closed after collision between motorbike and lorry

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

7:02pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A MAN who came off his motorcycle after being involved in a collision with a lorry was rescued from a ditch by the A4130, near Didcot, by fire fighters.

Wantage MP Ed Vaizey given new title in government reshuffle

Oxford Mail: Ed Vaizey

2:44pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

Wantage MP Ed Vaizey has been given a new position in the Government reshuffle.

Blakeley lied about Jayden because 'no one would believe him', court told

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

12:15pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

BEN Blakeley lied to the police about his ex-girlfriend's whereabouts because he feared no one would believe him, a jury has heard.

Fun day marks new animal sanctuary site

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A FAMILY-run animal sanctuary has opened after being in the pipeline since last April.

Teenager who aided burial is named as killer’s brother

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE 17-year-old who played a part Jayden Parkinson’s burial can now be named as Jake Blakeley, the younger brother of her killer Ben.

Ready, teddy, go at centre fundraiser

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A SECOND World War flypast marked the high point for a teddy bears picnic held to raise money for good causes.

Jayden trial: Defence barrister says Ben Blakeley did not mean to kill Jayden

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

5:40pm Monday 14th July 2014

A DEFENCE barrister has said Ben Blakeley did not intend to kill his ex-girlfriend Jayden Parkinson.

Jayden trial: Ben Blakeley's co-defendant is his younger brother

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

3:40pm Monday 14th July 2014

TODAY it can be reported for the first time that 17-year-old Jake Blakeley helped his older brother bury the body of Jayden Parkinson.

Blakeley prone to losing his temper and resorting to violence, court told

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

1:57pm Monday 14th July 2014

A BARRISTER has described Ben Blakeley as a liar who lost his temper and strangled his ex girlfriend.

Space mission lift-off

Oxford Mail: Harwell which houses the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre

8:40am Monday 14th July 2014

COUNTY space scientists have helped launch two satellites that are now sending back information on asteroids.

JAYDEN MURDER TRIAL: Teenager tells court he was afraid of defendant

Oxford Mail: Ben Blakeley

8:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

A TEENAGER who helped bury the body of Jayden Parkinson said even after he was arrested for murder he did not realise what he had done.

Jayden trial: Blakeley's co-accused says: I don't want to think about what happened

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

7:50pm Friday 11th July 2014

THE 17-year-old who helped Ben Blakeley hide the body of his ex-girlfriend Jayden Parkinson told a jury he doesn’t want to think about what he was involved in.

Great Western Park wants its own parish council

Oxford Mail: south oxfordshire district council logo

5:40pm Friday 11th July 2014

RESIDENTS living on Didcot’s Great Western Park estate want to create their own parish council.

Jayden trial: Teenager accused of not telling the truth over killing

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

12:34pm Friday 11th July 2014

A 17-YEAR-OLD who twice helped to bury the body of Jayden Parkinson has been accused of not telling the truth about what happened.

‘I deserve death penalty for the killing of Jayden’

Oxford Mail: Ben Blakeley

7:00am Friday 11th July 2014

BEN Blakeley has told a jury he should get the death sentence for killing his former girlfriend 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson.

Mums support teachers as public workers stage strike

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Friday 11th July 2014

TEACHERS, firefighters and Job Centre staff took part in rallies in Oxford yesterday during a national day of industrial action.

Jayden trial: Teenager who admits helping to bury her body said he didn't put "two and two together"

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

8:07pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A 17-YEAR-OLD who admits helping to bury the body of Jayden Parkinson has said he would never have knowingly aided her killer.

Delays on First Great Western trains from Didcot Parkway to Swindon

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

7:11pm Thursday 10th July 2014

COMMUTERS are facing 15 minute delays on First Great Western trains from Didcot Parkway to Swindon tonight.

Jayden trial: Blakeley "cool as a cucumber" as he tried to hide Jayden's body

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

12:49pm Thursday 10th July 2014

THE man who killed Jayden Parkinson has been accused of being as "cool as a cucumber" while trying to hide her body, a jury has heard.

'I relive Jayden's death in my dreams,' Blakeley tells court

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

BEN Blakeley told Oxford Crown Court yesterday he relives the night he killed Jayden Parkinson every day and in his dreams.

Zombie game invades top show to win gold awards

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

WHEN Matt Tidbury first started developing a board game to teach his children maths, he just wanted them to enjoy learning.

Jayden trial: Blakeley relives the night he killed the teenager

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

6:58pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

BEN Blakeley relived the night he killed Jayden Parkinson at Oxford Crown Court today. 

Grant boosts Thames wetland project

Oxford Mail: Earth Trust estate manager Chris Parker, left, wtih Environment Agency biodiversity officer Jon Woodcock at a reed bed

6:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

WORK to create a £1m wetland habitat on the banks of the Thames near Wallingford has taken a step forward, thanks to an environmental grant.

Town outgrowing its hospital, says councillor

Oxford Mail: WINNER: Labour's Nick Hards

6:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A DIDCOT councillor has warned that the town’s rapid growth is outpacing its shrinking hospital facilities.

Jayden trial: Jurors retrace the steps of Jayden and Ben Blakeley when she died

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

1:07pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

JURORS have this morning retraced the route Ben Blakeley said he took with Jayden Parkinson on December 3, the night she died.

Jayden jury visit scene

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

9:10am Wednesday 9th July 2014

The jury in the murder trial Jayden Parkinson’s killer will go on a site visit this morning.

Push on for towers blast time change

Oxford Mail:

7:10am Wednesday 9th July 2014

RESIDENTS are continuing to keep the pressure on energy bosses to switch the time of the demolition of Didcot A power station.

Jayden trial halted as jury member falls ill

Oxford Mail: Jayden Parkinson

8:30am Tuesday 8th July 2014

The trial of the man who killed Jayden Parkinson was adjourned yesterday because a jury member was unwell.

‘Give me a life sentence I deserve it’ court is told

Oxford Mail: Ben Blakeley

8:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

BEN Blakeley told Oxford Crown Court yesterday “give me a life sentence, I deserve it”.

MP Vaizey weighs into row on cooling tower demolition

Oxford Mail:

6:30am Saturday 5th July 2014

A COUNTDOWN should be projected on to cooling towers at Didcot power station before they are demolished, according to the town’s MP Ed Vaizey.






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