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Major the dog: a companion who found fame in a book

Oxford Mail: Major on a visit to  St Nicholas’ Primary School in March last year. He is pictured with Josh Holton, left, and Oscar Pocock

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

MAJOR the Oxford Dog became an Oxford celebrity in 2009 after owner Mary Meagher wrote a book about her best friend. His antics became classroom favourites, and he was known by thousands of children from visits to city primary schools. Here, Ms Meagher remembers her constant companion, who died last Friday, aged nine-and-a-half.

City traders to get a new champion

Oxford Mail: Graham Jones, of traders group ROX, is pleased that the city council is hiring a new city centre manager.    Picture: OX66549 Ed Nix

10:00am Friday 18th April 2014

AN empty traders’ champion post will be filled, council bosses have said, following fears the under-review role will be axed.

Cycle heaven at £10 a head

Oxford Mail: The Cyclox group hand over their blueprint to the county council with, front, Anne Joshua then next row, from left, is James Styring, Simon Hunt and Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth. Picture: OX66584 Ed Nix

9:00am Friday 18th April 2014

CYCLING freeways and quiet ways as well as cutting Oxford’s remaining 30mph speed limits to 20mph are the cornerstone of a new manifesto from campaigners.

Jury acquits radio DJ of sex charges

Oxford Mail: Emma Stanfield

9:00am Friday 18th April 2014

RADIO DJ Emma Stanfield has walked free from Oxford Crown Court after being unanimously cleared yesterday of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Delays follow crash

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A crash between a lorry and a bus on the Wolvercote roundabout caused traffic delays yesterday.

A lifetime of memories as Margaret marks her 100th

Oxford Mail: Margaret Rose reads her birthday card bearing congratulations and best wishes from the Queen. Picture: OX66680 Cliff Hide

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

SHE has experienced a century of change in Oxford. But a modest Margaret Rose, who turns 100 today, said she’ll treat it as “just another day”.

A44 speeders caught

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A driver was caught speeding at 76mph in a 50mph zone on the A44 yesterday morning.

Covered Market robbery suspects bailed again

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Three robbery suspects have all been rebailed again by police investigating a raid where a suspected robber died.

Forgiveness over Easter play apology

Oxford Mail: The Rev Adam Romanis. Picture: OX66682 Antony Moore

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

ORGANISERS of the cancelled Passion Play have forgiven a council officer who has admitted making a mistake.

Oxford exhibition chips away at stone carvers’ past

Oxford Mail: Artist Sean Lynch face-to-face with one of his stone works    Pictures: OX66613 Ed Nix

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

IRISH artist Sean Lynch brought his show of stone carvings to Modern Art Oxford to honour tradesmen who made the city great.

Bailed over robbery

Oxford Mail: Scales of Justice

7:40am Friday 18th April 2014

Two teenagers have been bailed by detectives investigating an armed robbery at a Risinghurst betting shop.

RAF Falcons pass with flying colours

Oxford Mail: The vibrant picture of the parachute team snapped by Adi Webb from his mum’s house

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

IS it a bird? Is it a plane?

‘Underage sex claims have had big effect on my life’

Oxford Mail: Presenter Emma Stanfield

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A RADIO DJ cleared of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl said the allegations have had a “hugely damaging” effect on her life.

Flood-hit homes and firms set for package of support

Oxford Mail: Oxford residents Michael and Maura Dennehy in their flooded Western Road basement when the storms hit

6:30am Friday 18th April 2014

TRADERS and residents hit with bills because of flood damage could soon benefit from support measures.

Consultation on latest plans for new Westgate

Oxford Mail: PLANS: Redevelopment of the Westgate Centre has got outline planning approval

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A FRESH round of public consultations is to start on the next stage of the £400m redevelopment of the Westgate Centre.

Botched plumbing caused sewage to flow into brook

Oxford Mail: A dye is used to trace misconnections in Boundary Brook

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

IFFLEY residents have spoken of their surprise that a nearby brook was being mistakenly used as an open sewer.

From egg hunts to chocolate treats, the Easter spirit is all around

Oxford Mail: Penny Hambridge, left, of Oxford Children’s Hospital, receives the Easter eggs from Alicia Medlicott and Alice Clarke, of recruitment firm Reed. Picture: OX66337 Ed Nix

5:00am Friday 18th April 2014

ILL children in hospital got an early Easter surprise after more than 200 chocolate eggs and various toys were dropped off by staff at an Oxford company.

Three join company

Oxford Mail: From left, Frances Place, Jo Lankester and Stephen Trott

10:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Website specialist White October has made three new appointments.

Speed-date to do your bit for Oxford charity

Oxford Mail: Oxford Rotaract president Sam Cobley and club co-founder Sarah Field are holding a ‘speed dating’ event           Picture: OX66614 Damian Halliwell

4:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PEOPLE in their 20s will be asked to help out their local community following ‘speed-dating’ sessions.

Police chase in Oxford led to £1k drugs haul

Oxford Mail: Judge Patrick Eccles

3:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A POLICE chase led to the discovery of almost £1,000 worth of class A drugs, a court was told.

Objections over The Dragon School's proposal to build three-storey music hub

Oxford Mail: Councillor Jame Fry

1:10pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PLANS by a private school in North Oxford to build a three-storey music school have led to concerns by residents in surrounding roads.

DJ cleared of all underage sex charges

Oxford Mail: Presenter Emma Stanfield

12:54pm Thursday 17th April 2014

RADIO DJ Emma Stanfield has been cleared of all underage sex charges. 

Former mayor looks back on life at the top of city politics

Oxford Mail: Cllr John Goddard, who is set to retire

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

WHEN John Goddard joined Oxford City Council in 1998 he never thought he would end up running the local authority.

Sporting heroes to carry Queen’s baton

Oxford Mail: Juliet Field

11:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

THEY go the extra mile for their sport clubs every day.

Council officer apologises for Passion Play mistake

Oxford Mail: Mischa Richards played Jesus in the Cowley Road Passion Play in 2012. He is pictured with soldiers Roger Butcher and Ian Callaghan

10:03am Thursday 17th April 2014

THE council officer who told Cowley Road Passion Play organisers to cancel their event has apologised for his mistake.

Bullfinch: £3m and counting

Oxford Mail: Det Chief  Insp Joe Kidman

9:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

THE INVESTIGATION into child sex exploitation in Oxford cost more than £3m and is believed to be the biggest criminal inquiry in Thames Valley Police’s history.

Plea over missing man

Oxford Mail: Missing David Morgans

8:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

A 49-year-old man, who was last seen in the Littlemore area, has been missing since Saturday.

Church leaders call on PM to help families going hungry

Oxford Mail: The Rev Dr Keith Hebden, left, and the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, delivering the letter to David Cameron’s office

8:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH leaders have called for urgent action on food hunger.

Indian society clubs together for city’s food bank

Oxford Mail: David Cairns, third left, co-founder and chairman of the Oxford Food Bank, and Cllr Roy Darke, third right, with members of the Malayalee Samajam, from left, Roopesh John, Rajan Philip, Joby Joseph, George Kutty and Jobil Skaria.   Picture: OX66616 David

8:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

VOLUNTEERS offered a helping hand to the Oxford Food Bank in the shape of six boxes.

Literacy foundation honours author Jane Austen

Oxford Mail: Caroline Jane Knight at the Holywell Music Room

8:20am Thursday 17th April 2014

AN INTERNATIONAL literacy foundation set up in Jane Austen’s name has been launched in Oxford by one of the author’s descendants.

Diabetes doc retires

7:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

A GP of 30 years who founded Oxford’s first specialist diabetes clinic will retire today.

Conman Craig Wicks tricked OAPs by pretending he needed cash for taxi to hospital

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

7:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

A HOMELESS man has been jailed for conning money out of two women by pretending he had been in a cycling accident.

Easter project for Baptist pastor

Oxford Mail: Pastor Derrick Morlan at the ark with his son Micah Morlan, four, and children from the chapel’s Bible Club. Picture: OX66620 Ed Nix

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

MOST people spend their Easters eating far too many chocolate eggs.

DJ in underage sex trial says her accuser is lying

Oxford Mail: Presenter Emma Stanfield

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A RADIO DJ took to the witness stand yesterday to deny she knew a teenager was underage when she had sex with her.

‘No justice’ if tenants given £1m property

Oxford Mail: The ownership of the house is claimed by Abbey Folami

6:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

JUSTICE would not be served if a judgment goes in favour of tenants fighting eviction from a £1m North Oxford house, a barrister said.

£91,000 walkways will combat flooding

Oxford Mail: Walkways project manager Jeremy Lear with Osney Court resident Audrey Walker.  Main picture: OX66629 Antony Moore

6:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

FLOOD victims previously stranded in their homes last winter are to benefit from two new walkways.

Blackbird Leys church spreads word of Easter through painting

Oxford Mail: Blackbird Leys church spreads word of Easter through painting

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A CHURCH in Blackbird Leys has invited residents to join in its Easter celebrations by contributing to a huge mural.

Two-car collision at Pear Tree interchange

Oxford Mail: A34 traffic alert

6:09pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

POLICE officers have been called to the A34 this evening following a crash near the Pear Tree interchange.

There's plenty to debate as districts go to the polls

Oxford Mail: White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon last year after local council elections. Votes will be counted on Friday, May 23, following three district council elections

5:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

NEXT month thousands of people across Oxfordshire will be able to have their say on how their councils are run.

It's little wonder he's a real Town and Gown superhero

Oxford Mail: 'Wonder Woman’ Phil Grant. Picture: OX66521 Jon Lewis

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

HE may feel too old to pound the streets with other runners but “Wonder Woman” Phil Grant will be cheering on thousands at a city 10k next month.

Missing man last seen in Littlemore on Saturday

Oxford Mail: Missing man last seen in Littlemore on Saturday

11:37am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A 49-YEAR-OLD man, who was last seen in the Littlemore area, has been missing since Saturday.

Cowley Road Passion play off because it had no permit for crucifixion

Oxford Mail: Mischa Richards plays Jesus in the play held on Cowley Road in 2012

9:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A PASSION play recreating the crucifixion of Christ has been cancelled because organisers did not have the correct council permission.

Delays on A420 due to broken-down lorry

Oxford Mail: a420 alert

8:46am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A BROKEN-down lorry on the A420 near Botley has closed one of two lanes Eastbound.

Spanish queen to visit

Oxford Mail: Spanish queen to visit

8:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Queen Sofia of Spain will visit Oxford later this month.

Sexiest vegan coup

Oxford Mail: Gareth Lloyd

8:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Gareth Lloyd from Oxford has been named as the UK and Ireland’s sexiest vegan man.

Baton bearers for Games announced

Oxford Mail: Pictures: Glasgow Commonwealth Games uniforms

8:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

Sport heroes from Oxford will carry the Queen’s Baton ahead of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Brothers discover the ‘bear’ necessities at museum

Oxford Mail: Alexander, left,  and Will Laird had a great time trying on costumes at new ehibition

8:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

CHILDREN celebrated their heroes from fiction yesterday at the Story Museum’s new exhibition.

‘Documents are forged and people don’t exist’

Oxford Mail: The ownership of the house is claimed by Abbey Folami

8:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A BARRISTER acting for the tenants of a £1m-plus North Oxford house has said a Nigerian claiming to be its owner is really a front man for someone else.

Oldies but goldies as group from Seventies roll in again

Oxford Mail: Steamroller restage the photo of the Spring of 1975 at the Bristol Scamps Club. From left, Roger Warner, bass; Steve Winstone, drums, and Robert Wakeley, lead

7:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE Who sang they hoped they’d die before they get old, but these Oxford rockers think that’s crazy.

Ride back on track

Oxford Mail: Buckingham Palace

7:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

An Oxford couple who had their bicycles stolen will set off today on a charity ride after buying new machines.

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