• Countdown to a weekend's watery nightmare

    IT was like a scene from a disaster movie. Weathermen gave no indication of the scale of the deluge which was to strike Oxfordshire during 48 hours of the worst floods seen for generations. Families valiantly struggled to protect their homes as the torrent

  • Double joy and Sue and Barry get married again

    SUE Gibbs knew exactly what to expect when she married husband Barry - they had done it once already. The couple who live in Pinnocks Way, Botley, married in 1982 when they were just 21 and divorced five years later. But they never stopped loving each

  • Re-running history

    WHEN Roger Bannister hit the tape at the Iffley Road sports ground, he quickly became aware that he had run straight into the ranks of the sporting immortals. On May 6, 1954, he became the first athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes, with his

  • Young guns fire United

    QPR 1, Oxford Utd 1 SIMON Marsh and Paul Powell came of age at Loftus Road last night as lively Oxford United heaped further worries on QPR boss Ray Harford. Young defenders Marsh and Powell were thrown in at the deep end when left-sided centre back Phil

  • Protesters plead for hospital beds

    MORE than 100 people protested at the closure of up to half their local hospital's beds last night. In the first of a series of consultation meetings to be held across the county, health chiefs were given a grilling by members of the public, councillors

  • Easter ad angers Christians

    FURIOUS Christians say car-fitters in Banbury mocked their faith to attract business over Easter. National firm Hi-Q published an advert in a weekly newspaper depicting a hand holding a wheelbrace in the form of a cross. Above the image a headline read

  • Kids warned after fire in factory

    FIREFIGHTERS are warning children to keep out of derelict buildings after youngsters playing in an old factory set light to rubbish. Fire crews were called to the blaze in Cave Street, off St Clements, Oxford, last night. They saw children in hoods and

  • Rats threat after floods

    RATS and raw sewage are posing a potential health danger in Banbury in the wake of the weekend's floods. Tony Lee, of West Street, said: "There are dead rats around here. They have come up from the sewers. "In Victoria Place, water came in up to eight

  • Song of Praise comes to Oxford

    TELEVISION'S popular Songs of Praise is coming to Oxford. The programme will be recorded at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, in High Street, on Tuesday, April 28, from 7-10pm. Free tickets are available for the recording by calling Judith

  • Mum gave me a new kidney

    TRANSPLANT patient Allison Warren is looking forward to a bright future - thanks to her mum. Nurse Allison faced a six-month wait for a donor after she suffered kidney failure at the age of 27. But her mum Shirley Alexander stepped in to give one of hers

  • New service helps victims fight fire and flood

    WHEN Stan Worsfold had to evacuate his grandchildren from a fire at home he needed to keep their minds off the trauma. Although generous neighbours took the family in, they were all left shocked and upset by the fire, which was started by an electric

  • We were robbed - United

    OXFORD United's young braves were robbed of another great away win under Malcolm Shotton last night when the referee ignored a glaring penalty right under his nose. Leading QPR 1-0 at Loftus Road with 20 minutes to go, United's star of the match Paul

  • New Blues cricket coach is confident

    THE cricket season is under way in the Parks - and new Oxford University coach Gary Palmer is confident that it will be a good one for his side, writes RICHARD TILLEY. The 32-year-old former Somerset player believes that Oxford, who have seven Blues returning

  • Sussex let off the hook

    OXFORD University's new look side had Sussex reeling on the opening day of the first-class season in the Parks yesterday but a dropped catch after lunch let them off the hook. Despite the rain and snow of the previous days, the match started on time and

  • Russian mum-to-be flies in to give birth

    RUSSIAN mum-to-be Svetlana Bakharev has flown to Oxford on an £8,000 trip so her baby can be born at the John Radcliffe Hospital. The Moscow lawyer is the first in a long line of pregnant Russian women ready to hop on a plane to Oxford because they are

  • New mum found for Tobi's twins

    TWINS Lauren and Ashton Mills have found a new mum. An unnamed single mother of two has been chosen to look after the ten-year-olds when their mother Tobi dies. Tobi, 43, of Haldane Road, Blackbird Leys, Oxford, has secondary cancer of the liver and has

  • Co-op unveils record profits and new store

    CO-OP boss Bob Burlton unveiled a computer-generated image of the proposed new superstore at Carterton as the society unveiled record results. Work is due to start later this year on the superstore in Black Bourton Road, which will be built on the site