• Labour sets out priorities for city

    The leader of Oxford's ruling Labour party has spelt out his party's key aims after securing control of the Town Hall. Speaking after Thursday's local elections, councillor Alex Hollingsworth said the group's top priorities were getting the city's finances

  • No hot water at OAP flats

    Elderly and infirm council tenants living in an Oxford sheltered housing complex have been left without hot water for a week. Residents of Northbrook House, in Knights Road, Blackbird Leys, have been boiling kettles of water to wash, provoking fears that

  • Ambulances 'too busy to pick up patients'

    A GP has said that ambulances have been unable to pick patients up because they have been queuing outside Oxford's overflowing casualty department. Dr Tony Vernon, a partner at The Medical Centre, in Reading Road, Wallingford, said his practice had difficulty

  • Play area reclaims park from addicts

    A £50,000 children's play area will complete the transformation of an Oxford recreation ground which was once dubbed 'Heroin Park'. The play equipment at Manzil Gardens, off Cowley Road, includes facilities for disabled children and concludes a four-year

  • Volunteers required to operate vital help-line

    A charity which fights for the rights of pensioners is in desperate need of volunteers to operate a vital help-line. Since moving its headquarters to Abingdon, Oxfordshire's Age Concern branch has struggled to maintain its Phone Link service. The charity

  • Priest stole from church to help cocaine addict friend

    A priest stole £26,000 from parish funds to lavish on his cocaine addict friend, a court heard. The Rev Phillip Hendry, 52, was convicted at the Old Bailey of stealing the cash to spend on Karl Rowley, a painter and decorator from Witney. The money had

  • £50m boost for Mini production

    The new Mini has been such a success in its first year that a top BMW executive has announced a further £50m investment in Oxford and the creation of another 200 permanent jobs. Dr Norbert Reithofer, BMW board member for production, said on a visit to

  • Rail users face Bank Holiday disruption

    RAIL passengers across Oxfordshire are facing disruption this Bank Holiday weekend as Railtrack carries out maintenance work. Services to Oxford have been hit. Buses are being used to ferry passengers. Railtrack is carrying out the work now because fewer