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  • Murder victim 'hit several times'

    A forensic scientist has told how the blood of murdered former Oxfordshire woman Carol Evans was smeared around her home. Andrew Palmer told Northampton Crown Court that traces of the 40-year-old's blood were found on furniture, walls, carpets and clothing

  • Interest grows in street parties

    THE Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations in Oxfordshire have rece- ived a surge of interest since the deaths of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. Requests for street parties have grown, and organisers of events across the county predict the celebrations

  • Fears for missing youth

    Concern is growing for an Oxfordshire teenager who has been missing for almost two months. Matthew Mundell-Perkins, 17, of Longcot, near Faringdon, was last seen waiting at a bus stop in Watchfield, near Faringdon, on March 3. He is described as 5ft 6in

  • Football: Boss Grant quits Bicester hot-seat

    Cherry Red Records Hellenic League preview BICESTER Town manager Barry Grant has quit the club following his side's 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham Saracens in their final game of the season, writes KIEREN BUSHNELL. Grant, who has been in the Bicester hot-seat

  • Rugby: Selection nightmare for coach Matt

    New Oxfordshire coach Matt Maudsley admitted it had been a "nightmare", preparing the side for their Tetley's Bitter County Championship campaign, which starts with a game against Gloucestershire at Lydney tomorrow. Forty-eight hours before the match,

  • Voters reject proposal for elected mayor

    The campaign for an elected mayor in Oxford failed last night, despite almost 15,000 people voting for a change to the way the city council is run. Eight towns across the UK have already voted in favour of an elected mayor, but Oxford residents showed

  • Jockey to face trial for assault

    The case of an Oxfordshire jockey charged with indecently assaulting an air stewardess on a flight is to be sent to crown court. Timmy Murphy, 27, who rode the winning horse in the Irish Grand National last year, is alleged to have fondled the woman in

  • Flowers and song for Jubilee

    The village of Ducklington is preparing to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. Events have been lined up for June 2 and 3, with funds going to help refurbish the village hall. Fourteen gardens will be open to the public and St Bartholomew's Church will be

  • 'No' to elected Mayor

    The campaign for an elected Mayor in Oxford failed last night, despite almost 15,000 people voting for a change to the way the city council is run. Eight towns across the UK have already voted in favour of an elected Mayor, but Oxford residents showed

  • Staff ballot over pay

    Council staff in Oxfordshire are set to join a national ballot for industrial action over pay. Employers rejected a six per cent pay claim from Unison, the General, Municipal and Boilermakers' Union and the Transport and General Workers' Union. The vote

  • Rugby: Selection nightmare for coach Matt

    New Oxfordshire coach Matt Maudsley admitted it had been a "nightmare", preparing the side for their Tetley's Bitter County Championship campaign, which starts with a game against Gloucestershire at Lydney tomorrow. Forty-eight hours before the match,

  • Rugby: Bulls sign up for Sevens

    Bradford Bulls, the Super League rugby league outfit, have agreed to take part in the International Henley Sevens, which have been switched from the end of this season to the beginning of next. The popular tournament will now take place at Dry Leas on

  • Oxford back in Labour hands

    Labour is in charge again at Oxford Town Hall after the Liberal Democrat and Green vote collapsed in Thursday's local elections. Labour won 29 seats out of a total of 48, with the Liberal Democrats winning 15 seats, and the Greens only three. This was

  • Elected mayor bid fails as voters say no

    The campaign for an elected mayor in Oxford failed in Thursday's referendum, despite almost 15,000 people voting for a change to the way the city council is run. Eight towns across the UK have already voted in favour of an elected mayor, but Oxford residents

  • Conservatives take control with 37 seats

    Conservatives strengthened their grip on Cherwell District Council by winning 37 of the 50 seats - including all 11 seats in Bicester. But in Bicester East, candidates sat through three recounts. Conservative Geoffrey Archer had a clear lead with 600

  • Teenager attacked

    A 17-year-old needed hospital treatment after a bottle was thrown in a Banbury nightclub. The attack took place inside Hobsons Choice in Butcher's Row at about 1am last Sunday. The attacker, in his mid 20s, was a large, white man, above 6ft in height,

  • Football: Bryan hamstrung

    Combined Counties League preview AFC Wallingford, without a game on Saturday, bid to fire up their Premier Division title challenge when they take on reigning champions Cove at Hithercroft on Bank Holiday Monday (11.30). Dave Crowdy's side, fresh from

  • Football: Fixtures for Saturday, May 4

    Games involving Oxfordshire sides this Saturday FOOTBALL LEAGUE YOUTH ALLIANCE Under 19: Colchester v Oxford Utd. CHERRY RED RECORDS HELLENIC LEAGUE Premier Div: Abingdon Utd v Pegasus Juniors (1), Almondsbury Tn v Cirencester Academy (11), Harrow Hill

  • Tennis: City cruise to clean sweep

    Oxford City wasted little time in brushing aside Bicester 9-0 in Men's Division 1 of the Wilson Inter-club League, writes MARK EDWARDS. All three City pairs were in top form, with only Bicester's second partnership of Gareth Lloyd and Mark Goodson coming

  • Football: Fixtures for Sunday, May 5

    Matches involving Oxfordshire sides CHERRY RED RECORDS HELLENIC LEAGUE Premier Div: Henley Tn v Shortwood Utd, Southall Tn v Bishops Cleeve. MORRELLS OXFORD SUNDAY LEAGUE Presidents Cup final: Blackbird Leys Sunday v Six Bells (Oxford City, 5). Premier

  • Cricket: Fixtures for Saturday, May 4

    Games involving Oxfordshire sides REPRESENTATIVE Banbury v Oxfordshire (11). OCA LEAGUE Div 1: Broughton v Brill, Freeland v Hanborough, Great Horwood v Westbury, Hook Norton v Garsington, Shrivenham v Horley. Div 2: Faringdon v Witney Swifts, Harwell

  • Football: Bryan hamstrung

    Combined Counties League preview AFC Wallingford, without a game on Saturday, bid to fire up their Premier Division title challenge when they take on reigning champions Cove at Hithercroft on Bank Holiday Monday (11.30). Dave Crowdy's side, fresh from

  • Football: Banbury retain Charity Cup

    Banbury retained the Buckingham Charity Cup at Buckingham Town as two second-half goals gave them victory over Stony Stratford, 2-1, in the final. Andy Wallbridge and Matty Gooderick had Banbury's best chances in the first half, and they got the breakthrough

  • Cricket: Fixtures for Sunday, May 5

    Matches involving Oxfordshire teams NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP 1st round: Oxford & Horspath v Farnham Royal (Horspath, 1) CLUB MATCHES Banbury v Bletchingdon, Brill v Tiddington, Oxford Nondescripts v Oxford & Horspath, Challow & Childrey

  • 'No' to elected Mayor

    The campaign for an elected Mayor in Oxford failed last night, despite almost 15,000 people voting for a change to the way the city council is run. Eight towns across the UK have already voted in favour of an elected Mayor, but Oxford residents showed

  • Tories strengthen grip

    Conservatives strengthened their grip on Cherwell District Council by winning 37 of the 50 seats - including all 11 seats in Bicester. But in Bicester East, candidates had to undergo three nail-biting recounts. Conservative Geoffrey Archer had a clear

  • Temporary boss of social services will not cut jobs

    The new man in charge of Oxfordshire's social services says he has not been recruited to wield the axe in the troubled department. With cuts worth more than £9m being imposed in social services there have been fears of future job losses. But Stephen Wilds

  • Football: Brooks struck by virus

    Oxford United's teenage star, Jamie Brooks, is recovering in the John Radcliffe Hospital after being struck down by a mystery virus. The 18-year-old striker, who swept the board at United's end-of-season player of the year awards, was taken ill at the

  • Man beat mother in cash bid, jury told

    A North Oxford man imprisoned and beat his 84-year-old mother and pulled plastic bags over her head in an attempt to blackmail her out of £120,000, a court heard. Oxford Crown Court was told that Julian Davies, 47, of Hamilton Road, Oxford, claimed an

  • Tennis: Clubs open their doors

    Marsh Gibbon and Witney open their doors to tennis enthusiasts this weekend as part of 'Play Tennis 2002', a country-wide campaign to get people involved in the sport. It is being organised by the Lawn Tennis Association. Youngsters and adults will be

  • Labour regains control of city

    Labour is in charge again at Oxford Town Hall after the Liberal Democrat and Green vote collapsed in last night's local elections. The city bucked national trends, with Conservatives gaining control of 15 new councils and losing just six across the country

  • Football: Boss Grant quits Bicester hot-seat

    Cherry Red Records Hellenic League preview BICESTER Town manager Barry Grant has quit the club following his side's 1-0 defeat against Cheltenham Saracens in their final game of the season, writes KIEREN BUSHNELL. Grant, who has been in the Bicester hot-seat

  • Cricket: Hanborough aim to go out with a bang

    Hanborough's new captain Rob Lovick hopes his side can bow out of the OCA with the Division 1 title, and put behind them the disappointment of last year, when the new season gets under way at local rivals Freeland this weekend. Hanborough, who have made

  • Tennis: City cruise to clean sweep

    Oxford City wasted little time in brushing aside Bicester 9-0 in Men's Division 1 of the Wilson Inter-club League, writes MARK EDWARDS. All three City pairs were in top form, with only Bicester's second partnership of Gareth Lloyd and Mark Goodson coming

  • Cycling: Tour ace Yates in Oxonian time trial

    Former Tour de France yellow jersey wearer Shaun Yates is competing in Oxonians Open 25-mile time trial this Sunday. The trial is taking place on the A34 from Bagley Wood to Weston-on-the-Green

  • Tories tighten grip on West Oxfordshire

    The political make-up of West Oxfordshire District Council was a darker shade of blue today as the Conservatives strengthened their grip. The party increased its majority from just two to 15 after chalking up notable gains in the elections. Group leader

  • Tories strengthen grip

    Conservatives strengthened their grip on Cherwell District Council by winning 37 of the 50 seats - including all 11 seats in Bicester. But in Bicester East, candidates had to undergo three nail-biting recounts. Conservative Geoffrey Archer had a clear

  • Defence land expected on shortlist

    Home secretary David Blunkett is expected to announce that land outside Bicester is one of the preferred locations for an "open door" asylum seekers' centre. With yesterday's local government elections out of the way, Mr Blunkett will give his list of

  • Cricket: Hanborough aim to go out with a bang

    Hanborough's new captain Rob Lovick hopes his side can bow out of the OCA with the Division 1 title, and put behind them the disappointment of last year, when the new season gets under way at local rivals Freeland this weekend. Hanborough, who have made

  • Tories strengthen grip

    Conservatives strengthened their grip on Cherwell District Council by winning 37 of the 50 seats - including all 11 seats in Bicester. But in Bicester East, candidates had to undergo three nail-biting recounts. Conservative Geoffrey Archer had a clear

  • Tennis: Fixtures for Saturday, May 4

    Games involving Oxfordshire sides WILSON OXON LTA LEAGUE 3-PAIR LEAGUE Ladies Div 1: North Oxford v Bicester, Abingdon v Goring, Oxford City v Woodstock, Oxford Spts v Cholsey. Div 2: Banbury v Bicester B, Woodstock B v Banbury West End, Kings Sutton

  • Cycling: Gardiner victory

    Oxfordshire rider Nik Gardiner (Timetrial.Co.UK) won the classic Bath Road Club Hilly 50 with a time of 2.5.19, an outstanding display in the blustery conditions prevailing on the Berkshire Downs Hugh Beauchamp (Oxonians) finished with a time of 2.28.29

  • Internet access in museum

    The first free public Internet terminal in Wantage has opened. Cllr Joyce Hutchinson, chairman of the Wantage and Grove Joint Economic Forum, officially opened the terminal in the Vale and Downland Museum, Church Street, Wantage. Members of the public

  • Football: Banbury retain Charity Cup

    Banbury retained the Buckingham Charity Cup at Buckingham Town as two second-half goals gave them victory over Stony Stratford, 2-1, in the final. Andy Wallbridge and Matty Gooderick had Banbury's best chances in the first half, and they got the breakthrough

  • Labour regains control of city

    Labour is in charge again at Oxford Town Hall after the Liberal Democrat and Green vote collapsed in last night's local elections. The city bucked national trends, with Conservatives gaining control of 15 new councils and losing just six across the country