• Support for trio facing lawsuit

    A town council has been urged to drop a 81,000 lawsuit against three former community volunteers, writes Tim Hughes. Faringdon Town Council is threatening to take legal action against the former trustees of the town's community association, following

  • Police seek cash for speed patrols

    Police have called on town and parish councils to help fund a speed detector, aimed at cutting death on the roads, writes Tim Hughes. Wantage and Faringdon police are urging more than 40 local councils to raise 875 needed to buy a mobile speed gun. The

  • 'Give paedophiles a second chance' plea

    A rector has urged people to give convicted paedophiles a second chance, writes Tim Hughes. The Rev Michael Goode, Rector of St Helen's Church, Abingdon, said child sex offenders were themselves victims, and should be treated with dignity. His comments

  • Keen quitters sought for wonder drug

    Oxfordshire health chiefs have warned that smokers must be determined to quit if they want their GPs to prescribe a new wonder drug to help them conquer their habit, writes Victoria Owen. Although the health authority has cleared the way for family doctors

  • Change of direction for centre

    The trustees of a counselling and information centre for young people based in Witney are standing down over fears for its future, writes Suzanne Huband. The Flat, which is based in a former police station next to Henry Box School on Church Green, was

  • Rail team in safety deal

    Science company AEA Technology is part of a team working to check the safety of the largest high-speed rail project in the world, writes Maggie Hartford. The 100m Taiwan rail system is one of the most challenging rail construction projects ever undertaken

  • Builder searches for sites

    An up-market developer is searching for new sites as demand booms for retirement homes, writes David Duffy. English Courtyard usually builds in villages and market towns on so-called "brown-field" sites with redundant buildings, for instance farmyards

  • Mobile link welcomed

    Nurses, generals and mandarins alike are set to be hooked up to their mobile phones by telecoms giant Vodafone after the Government awarded the company its mobile communications contract, writes David Duffy. The partnership gives Vodafone, which has a

  • Review: God and Stephen hawking at the Oxford Playhouse

    A Carefully worded notice in the Playhouse foyer tells us that the ideas and actions presented on stage during God and Stephen Hawking are not necessarily those of any real person, writes Chris Gray. It's a response, no doubt, to the criticism of Oxford-born

  • Speedway: Cheetahs trio in Denmark

    JT/Fox Oxford Cheetahs riders Todd Wiltshire, Jimmy Nilsen and Brian Andersen are looking for a lift in the penultimate round of the Grand Prix at the Vojens Speedway Centre in Denmark on Saturday but all for different reasons, writes Leon Hill. Wiltshire

  • Football: New skipper Adams

    Tony Adams believes he has started the season in the best physical shape for several years but insisted that even the England captaincy would not delay his retirement when he knew the time was right. Injuries have clouded Adams' playing career for the

  • Cricket: Priority now England

    England entered their most crucial Test of a successful summer today with captain Nasser Hussain convinced they are beginning to reap the rewards for consistency of selection and the central contracts system. Since the introduction of the controversial

  • Billiards: Horse & Masons are the champs

    Horse & Harrows and Masons Arms are this season's Morrells Oxford & District Summer League champions after securing the required points in their final matches. But both sides were made to fight all the way as their opponents refused to give in

  • Bowls: Two out of three for Oxon

    After the excitement of the county finals, held over the last four weeks, it was back to business for the Oxfordshire BA with a series of friendlies at Swindon, Leominster, and Northampton. Against Wiltshire, at Swindon BC, Oxon went down 120-93. Shiplake's

  • Golf: Darren's day at Studley

    Seventeen-year-old Darren Drew lifted the Men's Club Championship at Studley Wood but the young star could only manage second place in the junior version. The five-handicapper shot rounds of 77 and 72 for a three-over-par total of 149 and victory by one

  • Still as deadly as ever

    A cyclist was knocked down on a treacherous stretch of road in Oxford, just yards from the spot where another rider died earlier this year, writes Alison Bartlett. The man suffered cuts to his head in the collision with a van at the junction of Botley

  • Football: Fear stakes his claim

    Peter Fear laid down a strong claim for a first team recall with a brilliant performance in Oxford United Reserves' 2-2 draw with Wycombe Wanderers in last night's Avon Insurance Combination game at the Manor Ground. The newly-appointed captain, dropped

  • Villagers blast park and ride plan

    Villagers attacked plans for a new park and ride scheme, claiming it would increase traffic and pollution and threaten the green belt, writes Alison Bartlett. More than 80 residents from Kidlington and Gosford voiced their concerns at a public meeting

  • Teenager died in Mini crash horror

    A teenager died after being thrown from a car following a collision, an inquest heard, writes Emma Henry. Paul Mix, 16, of Wenrisc Drive, Minster Lovell, died when his friend Thomas Green's Mini was hit by a van driven by Anthony Reed on the B4047 Burford

  • Dole 'wages' fund Spanish holiday loan

    Uenemployed Gerald Cook bagged himself a 1,000 loan by telling bank staff he worked for Social Security, writes Mark Templeton. Gerald, 64, listed the Government department as his employer on a loan application because it had been paying him dole money

  • Single mum fears closure of playgroup

    A single mother whose daughter needs specialist nursery care fears her chances of getting a job could be dashed if a playgroup closes, writes Emma Henry. Nicola Randall's daughter, Chanee, three, suffers from atopic eczema and has to be watched constantly

  • Kittens killed in house blaze

    Fire officers are investigating the cause of a blaze in the bedroom of a house where three one-week-old kittens died. The occupants had gone out shortly before neighbours spotted smoke and flames billowing from the first-floor open windows of the semi-detached

  • Health: New Aids vaccine

    Politician Evan Harris was today becoming the first person to be injected with a new Aids vaccine, writes Victoria Owen. The Oxford West and Abingdon MP is one of 18 human guinea pigs taking part in the ground-breaking research at the Institute of Molecular

  • 'Unite to end bad planning'

    An architect is calling for a civic society to be set up in Wallingford to combat bad planning, writes Ian Townsend. Architect Richard Neale wants residents to get together and fight for Wallingford. He said the views of a civic society would be independent

  • Tennis: Henman faces Gonzalez

    Tim Henman was today planning to disarm one of tennis's young guns to continue his US Open dream. The British No1 from Oxfordshire faces Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in the second round and there was no way he was underestimating what is essentially a journey

  • Bowls: County hopes shot down at Worthing

    Oxfordshire's bowlers found the going tough in the EBA National Championships at Worthing. Unlike previous years, several of them failed to get over the first hurdle and even former winner Les Gillett failed to make his mark. Gillett and his lead player

  • Speedway: Oxford crowds on the net

    Cheetahs promoter Steve Purchase has taken the unprecedented step of publishing attendances on the Oxford website. For some reason, unlike football, speedway has never published crowd figures in the past. However, Purchase feels everyone should know how

  • Golf: Jamboree joy for girls

    Oxfordshire won the English Ladies Golf Union's South Eastern Sub-Division 1 Junior Jamboree at Lee-on-Solent Golf Club. The Oxon girls won all four matches against Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire. Frilford Heath provided