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  • Histon 1 - Oxford Utd 0

    Oxford United suffered one of the most embarrassing league results since they turned professional when village team Histon beat them in front of the Setanta cameras last night. A deflected first-half goal from Antonio Murray brought the little Cambridgeshire

  • Skate park 'no problem'

    Not a single complaint has been received about an East Oxford skate park in the 10 years since it was built. Members of the Oxford Wheels Project, which ran the skate park in Meadow Lane, began dismantling the ramps last week - but have been unable

  • 82-year-old made 'fatal driving error'

    A MAN whose "gross driving error" led to the deaths of both himself and another man might have been prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving had he survived, an inquest heard. The inquest at Oxfordshire Coroner's Court heard that retired airman

  • OAP made 'fatal' driving error

    A pensioner whose "gross driving error" led to the deaths of both himself and another man may have been prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving had he survived. An inquest at Oxfordshire Coroner's Court heard yesterday that retired airman

  • Centre delays prompt car park plan

    Plans are being drawn up to create a new city centre car park at Oxpens near Oxford ice rink. It will act as a replacement for the multi-storey Westgate car park, which is being demolished as part of the redevelopment of the Westgate shopping centre

  • World Cup titans clash

    Chinnor rugby prop Joe Iosefo stares straight ahead as he delivers this chilling message for England's rugby players: "La e faatafa ma e soso ese. Le Manu Samoa e o mai I!" Manu Samoa, take on England on Saturday in a make-or-break game for both teams

  • Deadly haul found at waste site

    Deadly throwing knives, a collection of ceremonial daggers and a sword were part of a stash of weapons dumped at an Oxfordshire tip. Thames Valley Police officers have issued a warning about how to safely dispose of dangerous knives after discovering

  • Jobs safe after hotel deal

    The founders of Oxfordshire-based hotel group Four Pillars have netted a multimillion pound profit by selling up to a global property fund. The price was not disclosed, but is believed to be £121m. Four Pillars employs 543 people, spread between five

  • Carnival colour for Thame Show

    The colour of Oxford's Cowley Road Carnival brightened up a dull and windy day at Thame Show today. Young people from East Oxford, who took part in this year's carnival, joined members of the Oxford Pegasus Theatre Group to perform songs and dances.

  • Conmen target pensioners

    Two conmen pretending to be from the 'water board' stole more than £500 from an elderly couple after tricking their way into the pensioners' home, in Station Road, Brize Norton, at about 5.50pm yesterday. While one burglar distracted the couple, the

  • FIXTURES: September 21

    FIXTURES. SATURDAY. FOOTBALL. BRITISH GAS BUSINESS SOUTHERN LEAGUE. Premier Div: Banbury Utd v Bedford. Div 1 South & West: Burnham v Abingdon Utd, Didcot Tn v Hillingdon Borough, Oxford City v Windsor & Eton. FOOTBALL LEAGUE YOUTH ALLIANCE CUP

  • TENNIS: Tim aims to go out with a win

    Tim Henman has declared himself ready for his final hurrah. The former British No 1, from Oxfordshire, makes his farewell to the sport in the Davis Cup tie against Croatia at Wimbledon, starting today. And the 33-year-old, who aims to help Great Britain

  • TENNIS: Henman – one of sport's over-achievers

    There can't be too many Englishmen who have a famous upland named after them. Sensing Tim Henman was on the way out, the media this year even tried to take it away from him, by branding the slope "Murray Mound" after the new kid on the block, Andy Murray

  • RUGBY: Dark Blues going for treble on tour

    Oxford University will look to make it three wins from three on their USA tour when they face an All American Collegiate XV tomorrow. The Dark Blues won both their matches against combined teams from hosts New York Athletic Club, Old Blues and Potomac

  • Bestival @ The Isle of Wight

    It took hip hop legends The Beastie Boys to remind the grinning crowd why the last major festival of the year was also the most fun. "We've played at loads of festivals," vocalist Mike D said, "but this really is the best! I guess that's why they call

  • Couples mark 65th anniversaries

    Two Wallingford couples have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, and both received bouquets of flowers and congratulations from mayor Betty Atkins. She said: "It's unusual for a couple to get to 65 years. You can't even buy a greetings card

  • Third arrest over care home death

    Police have arrested a third person in connection with the death of a disabled woman who died from severe burns at a care home. The man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter on Monday and he has been bailed until November 6. Police only announced

  • Post workers announce strike dates

    POSTAL workers in Oxfordshire are to stage two fresh 48-hour strikes next month over their bitter pay and jobs dispute, it was announced today. Up to 2,000 postal workers across the county will walk out on October 5 and again on October 8, meaning the

  • Festival gets ready to truck

    Organisers of Oxfordshire's biggest rock festival have fought off threats of floods and foot-and-mouth disease and are gearing up for its late summer comeback. The rearranged Truck Festival kicks off in Steventon on Saturday after being cancelled in

  • Bunkers

    Staff at the tiny Northern Rock office in Oxford must have been laughing their heads off. While their colleagues in offices up and down the country were besieged by customers anxious to withdraw their money from the troubled bank, life went on as normal

  • Lucrative market for metal

    We are often told that if we don't want to lose our property, we should nail it down. In the current climate, it looks as if we should be doing that to everything made of metal. The criminals among us have obviously found a lucrative black market

  • Thieves steal 200 crematorium plaques

    THE removal of 200 bronze plaques from Oxford Crematorium is being investigated today by Thames Valley Police. Toby Shergold, a spokesman for Oxford Police, confirmed officers were looking into the theft at the crematorium in Bayswater Road, Headington

  • Church roof 'desecrated'

    A VICAR has branded the work of thieves who stripped metals from his new church roof just days before its £300,000 restoration was due to be completed as "desecration". Rev Richard Cowles, the vicar at St Mary's Church in Garsington, said he felt "sickened

  • Doorstep conmen steal £500

    DISTRACTION burglars claiming to be from the water board stole more than £500 from an elderly couple. Two men called on a home in Station Road, Brize Norton, at 5.50pm yesterday. One of the men asked the elderly resident to turn on the taps claiming

  • Third arrest over teenager's death

    A MAN was arrested and released on bail on connection with the death of a teenager who died after being lowered into a bath of scalding water. Yelena Hasselberg-Langley, 18, died following an incident on Monday, August 27, at a care home in Owens Way

  • 900-space car park to go in Oxpens

    PLANS are being drawn up to create a new city centre car park at Oxpens near Oxford ice rink. It is being proposed as a replacement for the multi-storey Westgate car park, which is being demolished as part of the redevelopment of the Westgate shopping

  • Having a ball

    A spectacular, star-studded Big Top Ball raised more than £155,000 for an Oxford hospice. The ball, which featured celebrities including Rob Brydon, Brian Conley and Jeremy Clarkson, was not only raising funds for Helen and Douglas House, in Magdalen

  • No panic at Oxford's Northern Rock

    WHILE their colleagues across Britain were facing a stampede of customers, staff at Oxford's brand new Northern Rock branch experienced a panic-free start after setting up shop in the city. Northern Rock opened its Oxford branch on August 28, just two

  • Job and not finished

    Ridents in the Warwick Street area of Oxford are complaining that the recycling bins are left on garden paths, making it difficult for residents to get in and out of their homes (Oxford Mail, September 14). What a shame - at least the bins are being

  • Action, not words

    Abraham Lincoln famously said: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time?" But his final point is what New Labour has been trying to do to

  • Cab discrimination

    It should be of no surprise that the county council rejected allowing private hire vehicles to use bus lanes (Oxford Mail, September 7). Private hire vehicles are supposed to be part of the public transport system, as are hackney carriages. However,

  • Fast-track ops are super fast

    I am one of the people who have received treatment from the cardiac team at the John Radclife Hospital in Oxford, Fast track op staff praised (Oxford Mail, September 14). My wife called an ambulance at about 8.30am. At the JR, I was taken directly to

  • Flood victims hit out at university

    Villagers were angered by Oxford University failing to attend a meeting about flooding. More than 100 residents of Wolvercote, many who were inundated in July, packed a special meeting on Wednesday. But the university, a major landowner in the area

  • Cabbages and kings

    It would have been ungallant not to offer best wishes. After all, a less-than-discreet disc was hanging from her fashionable belt, announcing that today was her birthday and that she was sweet sixteen. "Thank you," she said, smiling broadly and wide-eyed

  • More complain about untidy binmen

    Residents in a second East Oxford street are complaining to the city council that wheelie bins are left in an untidy state by binmen on collection day. Earlier this month, Warwick Street resident Roger Moreton complained that his road had been left

  • Raided at gunpoint

    A shopkeeper has described the terrifying moment two armed robbers burst into an Oxford corner shop and raided the till. Two robbers, one brandishing a knife and the other holding a gun, robbed Balfour News in Cherwell Drive, Headington, on Saturday

  • Spain mixed case offer, £72

    There is so much more to Spain than Rioja, with lots of great value wines to choose from all over this constantly-improving country. These fruit-filled wines are a real pleasure to drink and will compliment a host of foods. The Spain Mixed Case costs

  • Set up a wine-tasting club

    My village has a book club. Sadly, it is so popular that it has a waiting list and the members are all too healthy, committed and young to give me any hope that a space may be imminently available. I think they meet every six weeks or so - not more regularly

  • Aiming high to help hospital

    Dozens of people are set to take the plunge and abseil off the top of a building to raise money for the Oxford Children's Hospital. Among those abseiling 100ft from the roof of the Woman's Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital will be mum Georgina Gibbs

  • Mum shows the 'floral factor'

    A mother-of-two was blooming with pride after being picked to design the flowers for the X Factor. Witney florist Kim Wessely was called by managers at the Heythrop Park Hotel, near Chipping Norton, asking her to decorate the mansion for the filming

  • Book depository plan display opens

    Plans showing a controversial £29m university book depository in Oxford went on display today - just days before councillors decide its future. Oxford University's Bodleian Library owns eight million volumes and is desperate for new storage space as

  • Town is write place to be

    Woodstock is gearing up for its third literary festival after last year's event attracted thousands of visitors to the town. This year's Woodstock Celebrates Books takes place over three days, from Friday, October 12 and organisers are hoping it will

  • Death Proof (18)

    Originally released in April as one half of the ill-fated Grindhouse double-bill (paired with Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror), Quentin Tarantino's fifth film revs up as a stand-alone thriller on this side of the Atlantic, replete with an additional

  • Shakespeare has all the best phone lines

    In most theatres, audiences are reminded to switch off their mobile phones before entering the auditorium. But in Mark Rylance's ground-breaking new comedy, I Am Shakespeare, theatre-goers are allowed to switch them on - and phone up the actors on stage

  • Towering achievement

    Picture postcard Oxfordshire village may seem a million miles away from the Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, but I discovered an interesting connection while visiting the Seven Stars pub in Marsh Baldon. We had a Malaysian friend staying who does cross-stitch

  • The beat goes on as club gets a new look

    Musical history is being made in Oxford this week with the opening of a landmark new concert venue. Rising from the rubble of the much-loved Zodiac, the Carling Academy Oxford promises to be more than just a spectacular addition to the city's arts scene

  • 'Teens speed in crash tributes'

    Fears have been raised about teenagers speeding in Bicester to "honour" two young crash victims. Bicester Town Council leader Debbie Pickford told a meeting on Tuesday she had heard rumours races were being organised in tribute to James McCabe, 21,

  • Victorian era 'over'

    Plans to close Bicester's oldest primary school and reopen it on the edge of town have taken a step forward. Parents and townsfolk will be consulted on proposals to move the 170-pupil St Edburg's Primary School from its Victorian buildings in Cemetery

  • Plaques stolen from crematorium

    The removal of 200 bronze plaques from Oxford Crematorium is being investigated today by Thames Valley Police. Toby Shergold, a spokesman for Oxford Police, confirmed officers in south Oxfordshire were looking into the theft at the crematorium in Bayswater

  • Help connect with sufferers of fatigue syndrome

    Are you tired all the time after having a viral infection? Do your muscles feel weak and emptied of energy for days? Then you could be suffering from ME - Myalgic Encephelomyelitis, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Viral infections trigger 70 per cent of

  • World of vegetables finds permanent plot

    What began as a temporary planting in the Oxford University Botanic Garden four years ago to display food crops from different parts of the world, proved so popular with members of the public that the vegetable beds have become a permanent feature.

  • A fashion for foliage

    VAL BOURNE says if you've lost the plot, you need to look at the borders You will be familiar with the term FAQ if you are a web browser. It stands for frequently asked questions' and one of mine, being a gardener and garden writer, is "Can you

  • Bird stock-take needs helpers

    The British Trust for Ornithology is updating two of the most important bird atlases covering the UK and is appealing for volunteer assistance, writes ELIZABETH EDWARDS Volunteers are needed to update one of the major reference works for birdwatchers

  • Standing guard — dynastic symbols of 2,000 years

    Sylvia Vetta talks to the Chinese artist Qu lei lei about The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Warriors at the British Museum This show was breaking records before it opened with 140,000 tickets sold. It remains at the British Museum until April so

  • Aspects of Love

    "Love Changes Everything" begins the opening number of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Aspects of Love. To which you could add: "Not necessarily for the better". This is the story of two men and two women, and a good deal of intertwining sexual self-gratification

  • A murder thriller with an extra knot of tension

    HELEN PEACOCKE talks to Edmund Kingsley about his debut at the Watermill in the play Rope, made famous by Hitchcock A large wooden chest containing a body is the central prop on the Watermill theatre's stage. It's on this chest that the main characters

  • The antidote to all stage shows

    NICK UTECHIN enters the world of Samantha and Mornington Crescent as I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue visits the New Theatre Scanning BBC radio listening figures, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue shows up as an effortless and hugely successful survivor after 35

  • Four Pillars Group sold

    Oxfordshire-based hotel group Four Pillars has been sold to a US property investment company. The price was not disclosed, but is believed to be £121m. Four Pillars founder Brian Murtagh and chief executive Charles Holmes will continue to own a share

  • Palace's sixth time in a row

    Blenheim secures heritage education award for historic houses, writes PETER CANN The Blenheim Palace Education Service has won the Sandford Award for historic houses for the sixth time. Presented by the Heritage Education Trust, the award cited

  • Three hurt in A417 crash

    THREE people were injured in a head-on collision near Faringdon this morning. A Renault Kangoo and Land Rover Freelander collided on the A417 Stanford Road near the junction with the A420 at 10.20am. Two drivers and a passenger are being treated for

  • Roadtest: Young at heart

    I HATE the way some cars instantly make you feel old. The Corsa VXR embodies everything that attracted me to large motorcycles in my teens - superb handling, a light, precise feel, coupled with an excellent ride and looks to die for. Those bikes

  • X6 concept goes electric

    BMW unveiled the Concept X6 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in Germany, to showcase the firm's latest developments in hybrid engine technology. The four-door coupe can be driven on electric power only, on the combustion engine alone, or with a combination

  • On the up!

    Volkswagen returned to the rear-engined layout once seen in the firm's iconic original Beetle when they presented city car concept the up! at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. Capable of carrying four adults, the up!'s interior space was maximised

  • Hotel group sold

    OXFORDSHIRE-based hotel group Four Pillars has been sold to a US property investment company. The price was not disclosed, but is believed to be £121m. Four Pillars founder Brian Murtagh and chief executive Charles Holmes will continue to own a share

  • Sleek Honda

    Honda has revealed the finished lines of its Accord Tourer, or estate, at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. Full production versions of the new Accord will be seen in both saloon and Tourer forms at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. The new Tourer

  • GM uncovers new flexible friend

    FLEXIBILITY is the word for the future of motoring - and in General Motors' case, the word's out. General Motors (GM) - parent company of Vauxhall, Saab, and Chevrolet among others - has just showcased a vision of things to come in the company's Flextreme

  • Sales rise hope pinned on supermini

    MAZDA'S new Mazda2 range of five-door hatchbacks has gone on sale offering a simplified three-model line-up. They come with a choice of three petrol powertrains and three equipment levels (TS, TS2 and Sport) priced from £8,499 on-the-road. Mazda

  • Subaru cuts price of new Impreza

    SUBARU is set to delight its performance fans with not only the surprise addition of a WRX model to the new Impreza range but at a competitive price. Available from November, the new Subaru Impreza 2.5 WRX turbo will cost £19,995 on-the-road - a full

  • 207 takes on rugged style

    PEUGEOT is launching a second version of the Peugeot 207 SW later this year. Sharing the features of the 207 SW, such as versatility, innovative folding rear seats and increased load area, the 207 SW Outdoor now moves the 207 SW range into the "great

  • Travels in Greeneland

    The day before Graham Greene died in 1991, he signed what has since become known as the "deathbed letter". Biographer Norman Sherry composed it carefully to give himself exclusive rights to quote from Greene's works and other unpublished material. But

  • Artists' world tour

    The White Horse at Uffington is one of the sites featured in Sacred Places: Sites of Spirituality & Faith (Carlton, £20), by Oxfordshire artist Rebecca Hind. Rebecca was artist to the Sacred Land Project, a scheme to conserve Britain's sacred sites.

  • Story of the headhunters' queen

    SYLVIA, QUEEN OF THE HEADHUNTERS Philip Eade (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20)This is a carefully written biography of a bizarre woman, whose life story would be considered unbelievable if it appeared even in the most melodramatic novel. Eade is guilty of

  • Focus on the everyday

    QUEUING FOR BEGINNERS Joe Moran (Profile, £14.99)Taking his inspiration from the Mass-Observation surveys of the 1930s to 1950s, Moran's "alternative history of post-war Britain" is a quirky and entertaining examination of the rituals of daily life.

  • Biotech deals

    GERMAN biotech group Evotec, which employs more than 200 people in Oxfordshire, is to buy US drug company Renovis for £80m. The news follows the German company's £31.5m sale of two pilot plants, lab and office space at Milton Park, near Abingdon, in

  • Can Britain enter space?

    Fifty years ago, humans took their first steps into space with the launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik. Now scientists are urging the Government to send British astronauts into space by the 2020s. Britain is being left behind as countries around the

  • Today's local share prices (AM)

    AEA Technology 117 BMW 2959 Electrocomponents 243 Isoft Group 68.5 Nationwide Accident Repair 155.5 Oxford Biomedica 38.5 Oxford Instruments 241.5 Reed Elsevier 630.25 RM 191.5 RPS Group 362 Courtesy of Redmayne Bentley, Abingdon

  • Family tribute to man found dead

    A man found hanging in a recreation ground in Chipping Norton has been named. The body of Peter Vallance, 20, of Perrinsfield in Lechlade, was discovered off Worcester Road at 6.40am on Saturday morning. A post mortem found the cause of death was

  • Three injured in head-on crash

    Three people were injured in a head-on crash near Faringdon this morning. A Renault Kangoo van and a Land Rover Freelander collided on the A417 Stanford Road near the junction with the A420 at 10.20am. Two drivers and a passenger are being treated

  • Update: Three held after drugs raid

    THREE men have been arrested following a drugs warrant at a property in Botley Road, Oxford. As yet unknown quantities of what are believed to be crack cocaine and heroine were seized along with a number of items officers believe are stolen. These

  • Three quizzed about 'drugs den'

    Three men are in custody being quizzed about an alleged drugs den discovered by police in Oxford. Officers raided a house on Botley Road yesterday afternoon in what police described as an intelligence-led operation. Police arrested three men aged

  • Man found hanged named

    A YOUNG man found dead at a recreation ground was named today. Peter Vallance, 20, of Perrinsfield, Lechlade, was found hanged at the recreation ground at Worcester Road, Chipping Norton, at 6.40am on Saturday. A statement from his family, released

  • Anger mounts over Peers axe

    CAMPAIGNERS are hoping they can still stop plans to turn Oxford's Peers School into the city's first flagship academy. On Tuesday, the plans passed their first vital milestone when county councillors voted in favour of closing the Littlemore school

  • Landmark pub celebrates 400 years

    ONE of Oxford's oldest pubs marked its 400th birthday with 200 people toasting the milestone. The King's Arms, in Holywell Street, which has been serving drinkers since the time of James I, opened its doors to regulars for a special invitation only

  • Books bid

    PLANS for the Bodleian Library's controversial £29m book depository in Osney Mead are on display to the public today. The library owns nine million volumes and is desperate for new storage space because it acquires 5,000 new books a week. The scheme

  • Carling Academy opens

    THE Carling Academy Oxford opens its doors tonight after a four month rebuilding project. The £2m facelift has transformed the former Zodiac club in Cowley Road into a venue able to hold more than 1,000 people. Headlining tonight are the acclaimed

  • Man kicked in bus brawl

    A BUS passenger was injured following a brawl sparked by flying chips. The man was on a number 100 Stagecoach bus from Witney as it passed through the Burwell Drive area of the town at about 1.45am on Sunday. An argument started on the lower deck

  • New post strike threat looms

    POSTAL workers union leaders in Oxford believe they are being deliberately targeted by Royal Mail management in a bid to force through sweeping changes to the service. Officials from the Oxfordshire branch of the Communication Workers Union say the

  • Driver killed at blackspot

    THE stepfather of a 19-year-old killed in a car crash at a notorious blackspot on Christmas Day has vowed to carry on fighting for improvements to the road. Shane Vaughan's family were yesterday coming to terms with the likelihood it was speeding which

  • Cyclists still flout the law

    CYCLISTS are continuing to flout a city centre ban - only seven days after police carried out a blitz on riders to improve safety for pedestrians and shoppers. A total of 223 cyclists were spotted by The Oxford Times riding along pedestrianised Cornmarket

  • People first

    Alison Forster's reign as managing director of the First Great Western rail company has been marred by controversy. But will her successor succeed in ending the debacle of overloaded, late-running and cancelled trains? Only time will tell. What we need

  • BOWLS: County finish with a terrific treble

    Oxfordshire finished their centenary season in style with a hat-trick of wins in their final three friendlies. Oxon ran out 127-100 winners against Worcestershire at Hewell, taking victory on four rinks, Alan Ley's four leading the way with a 27-10

  • BOWLS: Oxon stars are out of luck

    Oxfordshire's representatives at the Home Counties Finals on the tricky Parsons Green rinks all went out at the hands of the eventual title winners. Banbury Central's four of Graham Morbey, Mick Goddard substituting for Peter Norton, John McGeough and

  • BOWLS: Champions title goes to Watts

    Headington's Howard Watts was crowned Oxfordshire's Champion of Champions at Oxford City & County. Watts brought the curtain down on the association's competitions for the centenary year with a 21-15 victory over Burford's Steve Whitcomb in the final

  • AUNT SALLY: Swan sail home to grab glory

    Black Swan sealed the Premier Section title in the South East Oxon Friday Night League with a 6-0 win over Lamb. RESULTS Premier/Section 1: Black Swan 6, Lamb 0; Bull A 4, New Club 2; Plough 2, Masons A 4; Garsington Spts 4, Quarry Gate 2; George 4,

  • ATHLETICS: Padmore is a record-breaker

    Oxford City's Chris Padmore is on cloud nine after he helped his Great Britain teammates to a world record in the 4x400m relay at the World Masters Championships in Riccione, Italy. Padmore athlete competed in the vet 55 age group as Britain smashed

  • Cyclists caught in the act

    A week ago, police caught 85 cyclists in three hours disobeying the daytime cycling ban in Queen Street and Cornmarket Street in Oxford. When the Oxford Mail repeated the operation yesterday, we spotted a staggering 223. Do cyclists think the rules

  • BOWLS: Hall cruises in at Hagbourne

    Dale Hall was crowned the Hagbourne men's singles champion with a 21-12 win over Paul Ryman at the club's finals day. HAGBOURNE FINALS Men - singles: D Hall 21, P Ryman 12. Two-wood singles: R Moore 13, P Ryman 12. Larry Baker singles: S O'Neill 21,

  • BAR BILLIARDS: Corner off to a flier

    Corner House opened their defence of the Johnsons Buildbase Oxford League's Scotlands Ash Cup with a crushing 5-0 win over Portcullis in the first round. Skipper Bob Allsworth (5,970) led the way with good support from Alan Oliver (5,110), Alan Lacey

  • RUGBY UNION: Wallingford warn rivals

    Wallingford will hardly be lacking confidence as they look to get back to winning ways. They may have suffered their first league defeat in 17 months, but coach Chris Norrington is still warning their Southern Counties North opponents to watch out.

  • ATHLETICS: Lock holds the key at Blenheim

    Witney Roadrunner veteran Tony Lock took the local honours in the Woodstock 12-mile road race at Blenheim Palace as he finished third overall and won the vet 40 category. Lock had to settle for third as Wigan Phoenix duo Andy Ward and Phil Darbyshire

  • Showtime returns

    BUDDING gymnasts, breakdancers and MCs will be among those showcasing their skills at a special anniversary event for an Oxford estate. Summer With Showtime returns to Blackbird Leys on Saturday, after a two-year absence as part of the estate's 50th

  • Flood images hit tourist trade

    TOURISM in Oxfordshire suffered after TV pictures of the July floods were beamed around the world, according to a new report. The number of visitors to the UK fell by eight per cent during the month, compared to July last year. In a flood recovery

  • Costa campaigners step up protest

    CAMPAIGNERS who want to get Costa Coffee off the Cowley Road, Oxford, have stepped their protest up a gear. For the past two Saturdays, concerned residents who want local rather than multi-national companies trading in the road have set up stall outside

  • Lessons in the birds and bees

    A TEAM of experts at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital are teaching women how to get pregnant. The Women's Centre staff are holding the five-week course to help would-be mums and their partners understand the biology behind making babies, as well as

  • Snore aid

    VISITORS to Milton Park can find out about equipment used to treat severe snoring when a new firm opens its doors today. The ResMed office contains a sleep centre where people can watch a demonstration of the screening process used to detect sleep apnoea

  • Cyclists still flout the law

    Cyclists are continuing to flout a city centre ban - only seven days after police carried out a blitz on riders to improve safety for pedestrians and shoppers. A total of 223 cyclists were spotted by the Oxford Mail riding along pedestrianised Cornmarket

  • Anger mounts over Peers axe

    Campaigners are hoping they can still stop plans to turn Oxford's Peers School into the city's first flagship academy. On Tuesday, the plans passed their first vital milestone when county councillors voted in favour of closing the Littlemore school -

  • Royal Mail 'aims to smash union'

    Postal workers union leaders in Oxford believe they are being deliberately targeted by Royal Mail management in a bid to force through sweeping changes to the service. Officials from the Oxfordshire branch of the Communication Workers Union say the dismissal