• Manor booster for United

    Oxford United's request for special dispensation to use the Manor Ground next season will be looked upon favourably by the Football Licensing Authority, writes Jon Murray, The struggling second division club are asking the FLA not to enforce their normal

  • War of insults as project approved

    A slanging match broke out as councillors finally gave the go-ahead for a controversial homeless project, writes Mark Templeton. Two Oxford City councillors repeatedly shouted "shut up" at each other across the council chamber during a heated debate on

  • Islamic study centre gains seal of approval

    A massive 20m Islamic centre has been approved despite an 11th-hour attempt to block the scheme. Oxford City Council gave its backing for the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies to build a new school on land owned by Magdalen College, off Marston Road.

  • Green light glows for JR's 90m plan

    Multi-million pound plans to redevelop Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital have been given the go-ahead, writes Mark Templeton. Oxford City councillors agreed to the outline plans despite hearing fears the 90m scheme would create traffic problems for residents

  • Family angry at inquest verdict

    The family of a man found hanged from a tree are distraught after an inquest failed to solve the mystery of his death. Production worker Terence Birnie, 37, of Churchill Road, Bicester, was full of Christmas spirit before he was found dead in an alley

  • Pet ducks stolen in cruel raid

    Little Katie Robertson is distraught after callous thieves stole her pet ducks and their unhatched eggs, writes Karen Rosine. The three ducks and the eggs which are due to hatch this week were taken from Manor Farm in Gravel Lane, Drayton, near Abingdon

  • Schools group calls for support

    Campaigners fighting plans to change Oxford's education system have urged councillors to join them in their protest. The Save Our Schools campaign lobbied Oxford City councillors yesterday (mon)and told them they would not give up the fight to stop plans

  • Road tragedies spark junction change outcry

    More than 1,000 people are calling for road safety improvements on a road after three people died there within three weeks earlier this year, writes Suzanne Huband. Oxfordshire firefighter Richard Bianchi was killed after his car and a lorry collided

  • RUGBY: Hickman swoops to conquer Bicester

    Chipping Norton's big pack took advantage of the wet conditions to subdue Bicester and record an 8-3 victory at the Greystones. Bicester started strongly, with James Borgnis to the fore in the line-outs, and they took the lead through Alex Mulenga's penalty

  • RUGBY: Glorious Grove go up in style

    GROVE'S talented young side were in jubilant mood after securing promotion with a 51-0 victory over local rivals Harwell at Cane Lane. Needing victory to clinch second place in the table, Grove were given a hard time in the first half by Harwell who were

  • RUGBY: Henley hit by double trouble

    Worcester's powerful pack and some puzzling refereeing decisions led to Henley suffering a 30-8 defeat in a low-key encounter in the Allied Dunbar Premiership 2. Henley failed to captalise on Worcester's loss of coach Les Cusworth in midweek and trailed

  • Mail's campaign gathers support

    Home Office ministers were today facing criticism for delays in introducing a law of corporate manslaughter. The move was championed by the Oxford Mail after the Paddington disaster. Labour MP Andrew Dismore, a former personal injuries lawyer, will increase

  • Smart way to start

    Government innovation award winners represent both the new economy and Oxfordshire's long-established industries, writes Maggie Hartford The new economy is rubbing shoulders with traditional industries in Oxfordshire, judging by the line-up of companies

  • Boost for Net learning site

    THE UK's leading education website,, has raised 5.75m to finance expansion. Newsquest, owners of the Oxford Mail and one of three largest regional newspaper publishers in the UK, has become a strategic media partner after taking a stake

  • SWIMMING: City retain crown as top team

    City of Oxford won the top club award for the second successive year but their younger age groups had to be content with second place behind Maxwell as this year's County Championships finished at Stantonbury. Once again, City's senior boys dominated,

  • GREYHOUNDS: Wednesday's Oxford runners

    The card for the Oxford Stadium meeting on Wednesday, April 18, 2000. 7.35: Easy Dollar, Muscun Snowey, Lenson Choice, SPAHILL JENNY, Simply Sandra, Fast City 3. 7.50: Legal Lemon, MONAVAHA TIDINGS, Expressway Suzy 3, Careys Rhythm, Metagenic, Dee. 8.05

  • FOOTBALL: Handy Andy steps into breach for City

    Centre back Michael Thorp looks set to be missing for holders Oxford City as they take on Witney Town in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup semi-final at Thame United tonight (7.30). The former Reading defender is away on a course, and is not expected to get

  • RACING: Be lucky with Native Charm

    NATIVE Charm, the star of Charlie Morlock's Kingston Lisle stables near Wantage, can record her fourth success of the season in the Faucets For Mira Rada Showers Silver Trophy Chase (2.55) at Cheltenham tomorrow (Wednesday). A winner at Prestbury Park

  • RUGBY: Banbury finish with a flourish

    Banbury ended their season in style with a rousing 42-14 victory over Rugby Lions Wanderers in dreadful conditions at Bodicote Park. The game was won and lost during the first half when Banbury built up a 28-0 lead. Rugby rallied with two tries early

  • HOCKEY: Rover girls full of bite

    ROVER Oxford's Under 16 girls triumphed at the eighth annual youth hockey festival organised by their club. More than 50 teams competed in six age groups in the tournament at Tilsley Park, and captain Alex Smith and Emily Malden scored Rover's two goals

  • 'Stand up to the axe'

    Oxfordshire's social services chief Mary Robertson has urged people to protest at swingeing cuts which will hit the county's elderly and disabled, writes Roseena Parveen. The county social services committee yesterday voted unanimously to chop 2.6m from