• Hotel wins £12,000 refund on power bill

    A LUXURY hotel near Oxford is numbered among many satisfied customers of energy bill-busters Pro-Eco. Thanks to them, the owner of Studley Priory, at Horton-cum-Studley, near Oxford, recently received a £12,000 refund from Southern Electric. Energy economists

  • Casino's plan proves o be a huge gamble

    THE odds are against a proposed casino in north Oxford where residents are strongly opposed to the plans. The Cotswold Lodge Hotel in Banbury Road has put in a planning application to open a casino in its basement. There would be four roulette wheels

  • Oxford Mail gains top award

    OXFORD and County Newspapers - owners of the Oxford Mail - have had their Investor in People accreditation re-nenewed. The news was announced yesterday after a panel at the Heart of England TEC headquarters, in Abingdon, approved the recommendation of

  • Top darts players give their support to Tobi

    TWO top darts players joined dying mum Tobi Mills and her twins on the oche to raise money for the Oxford Mail's £10,000 appeal. World-class darts players Trina Gulliver and Kevin Painter took on all-comers who made a contribution to the fund for the

  • Big Kev faces old mates

    KEVIN Francis faces one of his old clubs as Oxford United try to forget their Ipswich horror show by taking three points against Stockport at the Manor tomorrow. Francis, who has scored twice in three games since joining United for £100,000 from Birmingham

  • How kids cope with divorce

    WHEN Alison's parents divorced she was just nine and excited by the novelty value of having two houses and lots of treats. But when the novelty wore off, the youngster, from Headington, Oxford, now aged 13, soon found life was not as pleasant as she had

  • 1999 date for United's new stadium

    WORK on Oxford United's new stadium faces yet another long delay. The new complex at Minchery Farm, Littlemore, is now unlikely to be restarted until early next year. The club's managing director Keith Cox has virtually ruled out any hope of United moving

  • Bogus don sparks tighter job checks

    OXFORD University is to step up checks of employees' histories after a bogus academic went undetected for three months. Richard Ray claimed he wanted to write a book on student life amid the dreaming spires. Magistrates were told Ray, 31, who has a degree

  • Rape case paramedic had pregnant partner

    PARAMEDIC Gordon Thompson raped a former patient while his wife was pregnant, a jury was told. The 35-year-old paramedic also told police sexual encounters with one alleged victim had been "very sordid" and he felt "deep regrets" about what he had done

  • United chief to stay on

    OXFORD United's managing director Keith Cox is to stay on - because the club have found a way of paying his wages. At last month's open meeting with fans, Cox set a deadline of the end of February to sort out some of United's serious financial problems

  • Keeper tells how tiger Rajah bit off his arm

    CIRCUS worker Nigel Wesson told of the horrific moment a tiger ripped off his arm and said: "It was just one of those things." Speaking from his bed at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, 32-year-old Nigel said: "He was going chomp, chomp, chomp after