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  • Torquay 1, Oxford 1

    PHIL Trainer snatched a dramatic 89th-minute equaliser to give Oxford United a valuable Blue Square Premier point against the division's in-form team last night. It was a draw the U's thoroughly deserved after they dominated the second half

  • Couple tell of aircraft plunge

    A couple from Oxford were among 300 passengers on board a plane which suddenly plunged hundreds of feet during a flight to Australia. A dozen people were seriously injured, while another 60 required treatment for minor injuries after the incident,

  • United have it all to do

    Oxford United trail 1-0 at half-time in their Blue Square Premier game at Torquay tonight. Chris Robertson scored the only goal of the first half after Oxford produced some appalling defending from a corner kick. Match report online straight after

  • Man viciously assaulted outside pub

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was the victim of a serious assault in Woodstock. At around midnight on Friday, the 49-year-old was standing outside the Star Inn in Market Place while having a cigarette when he was approached by a young

  • Guide praises exam results

    A handful of Oxfordshire schools have been named in the Good Schools Guide awards in recognition of high achievements at A-Level. The guide hands out accolades each year to the school with the highest A-Level and BTec point scores in each different

  • JCB death was 'tragic accident'

    The jury in the inquest of a west Oxfordshire man who was crushed to death by a JCB, has recorded a verdict of accidental death. Tony Cripps, 57, of Cooper Close, Chipping Norton, was on his way to pick elderflowers at Daylesford Farm, Kingham

  • Hit-and-run victim seriously ill

    A man is in hospital suffering from serious injuries following a hit-and-run in Blackbird Leys, Oxford. Cuddesdon Road was cordoned off by police between Blackbird Leys Road and Sawpit Road at about 6pm. Sgt Peter Jell, from Bicester Roads Policing

  • Jazz guitarist's killer is jailed

    An American husband and wife have been jailed for a total of 18 years after being convicted over the Hollywood killing of a former Oxford musician. Friends of guitarist Roderick Poole, 45, a founder member of the Oxford Improvisors Co-operative,

  • Locals 'hope to buy boatyard'

    Campaigners celebrating the dismissal of plans for a large block of flats on a former boatyard site in Jericho, announced they want to buy it. A planning inspector ruled yesterday that Spring Residential's plans for 54 flats at the former Castle

  • Fireman aims for the top

    Firefighter Gary Crone and his trusty hound Spangle are gearing up to compete against hundreds of athletes in the Czech Republic. Mr Crone, 37, from Kidlington, and five-year-old Spangle are representing the UK at the 11th CaniX European Championships

  • Man badly injured in hit-and-run

    A man is in hospital suffering from serious injuries following a hit-and-run in Blackbird Leys, Oxford. Cuddesdon Way was cordoned off by police between Blackbird Leys Road and Sawpit Road at about 6pm. Sgt Peter Jell, from Bicester

  • 'Foolish' drug dealer is jailed

    A teenage drug dealer, who was caught with heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis, was today jailed. Police caught Myron Stapleton with 19 wraps of cannabis, 27 wraps of heroin and 11 packages of crack cocaine in February. Cathy Olliver, prosecuting

  • JCB death was tragic accident

    The jury in the inquest of a west Oxfordshire man who was crushed to death by a JCB, has recorded a verdict of accidental death. Tony Cripps, 57, of Cooper Close, Chipping Norton, was on his way to pick elderflowers at Daylesford Farm, Kingham

  • Pub crunch

    A bankrupt former Oxford publican has blamed a combination of the credit crunch and the smoking ban for his financial woes. Brian Minns, 50, said the two factors had led to a dramatic downturn in business, making it impossible for him to keep

  • UPDATE: Iceland’s £35.5m impact on county

    Council tax bills could increase, with spending on services slashed, after millions of pounds of Oxfordshire taxpayers' money was caught up in the Icelandic banking crisis. Today, it emerged the county's six main councils had a combined £28.5m

  • Couple tell of aircraft plunge ordeal

    A couple from Oxford were among 300 passengers on board a plane which suddenly plunged hundreds of feet during a flight to Australia. A dozen people were seriously injured, while another 60 required treatment for minor injuries after the incident, which

  • Fireman and dog aim for the top

    Firefighter Gary Crone and his trusty hound Spangle are gearing up to compete against hundreds of athletes in the Czech Republic.  Mr Crone, 37, from Kidlington, and five-year-old Spangle are representing the UK at the 11th CaniX European Championships

  • Guide praises exam results

    A handful of Oxfordshire schools have been named in the Good Schools Guide awards in recognition of high achievements at A-Level. The guide hands out accolades each year to the school with the highest A-Level and BTec point scores in each different

  • Cross of Light buildings rewarded

    Backers of the Cross of Light initiative to illuminate historic Oxford buildings can feel a warm glow of satisfaction. Wesley Memorial Church — one building where architectural lighting has been introduced — was among plaque winners at the Oxford Preservation

  • Jazz guitarist's killer is jailed

    An American husband and wife have been jailed for a total of 18 years after being convicted over the Hollywood killing of a former Oxford musician. Friends of guitarist Roderick Poole, 45, a founder member of the Oxford Improvisors Co-operative

  • Police helicopter cost soars

    The Government is having to bail out plans for a new police helicopter because the world financial crisis sent the cost soaring. The Chiltern Air Support Consortium, which includes Thames Valley Police, had already ordered a Eurocopter EC135 P2 helicopter

  • Estate wardens up for award

    Two street wardens have been nominated for a national award for the work they do with young people living on Oxford's estates. Mandy Wallington and Louis Arundell-Walker have been working in the Wood Farm, Barton and Sandhills areas of the city where

  • Locals hope to buy boatyard

    Campaigners celebrating the dismissal of plans for a large block of flats on a former boatyard site in Jericho, announced yesterday they want to buy it.  A planning inspector ruled on Wednesday that Spring Residential's plans for 54 flats at the former

  • FOOTBALL: No let-up says boss Merritt

    Oxford City player-manager Justin Merritt has warned his side against complacency when they host Chesham United on Saturday. City are in confident mood having drawn against British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division leaders Farnborough

  • FOOTBALL: Defender Cattell eyes Witney debut

    Witney United are set to give a debut to former Wycombe defender Stuart Cattell for Saturday's trip to Flackwell Heath in the FTL Futbol Hellenic League Premier Division. The 20-year-old, who has signed on loan from Southern League Aylesbury United

  • Elderly discuss their concerns

    Elderly people living on an Oxford estate have been put under the spotlight. An information fair at Atkyns Court in Wood Farm gave pensioners the chance to raise concerns about issues ranging from health to public transport and fill out questionnaires

  • FOOTBALL: North Leigh duo miss out

    North Leigh will be without the unavailable duo of Andy McCabe and Chris Jackson when they host Bishops Cleeve in British Gas Business Southern League Division 1 South & West. They were due to visit Gosport Borough, but they are playing

  • 'Decide future of play areas'

    A community is being called on to help come up with ideas and designs for its local play areas. Old Marston Parish Council has launched a consultation process with residents to see what they want from play areas in their part of Oxford. The parish

  • Eye, Cap'n: A Roger Moore Special

    It’s hard to believe that Sir Roger Moore is 80 because he’s as sharp as a knife and as self-mocking as ever. "I was sitting next to Michael Winner’s fiancée at a party recently," he tells me, "and I couldn’t remember her name. "But she turned and

  • Deaf centre celebrates anniversary

    Oxford's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre is opening its doors to mark its 50th anniversary. Since it opened in December 1957, thousands of deaf and hard of hearing people have been helped by the charity. This weekend, there will be a series of events

  • Hospital changes lead to concerns

    A call has been made for extra beds at Witney's community hospital because of new plans to turn it into a district-wide centre for elderly patients needing specialist care. The proposal, first revealed in the Oxford Mail, has provoked concern at West

  • Rocky road ahead for taxpayers

    Yesterday we reported how few remained untouched by the financial chaos that continues to unravel across the world. How true we were. Today, every taxpayer in Oxfordshire is directly affected by the banking crisis because all six councils

  • The high cost of U's matches

    You published my letter about the impasse between Oxford United and Firoz Kassam (Oxford Mail, September 30). Since then, I have received, through the post, an anonymous letter. Normally, I would ignore such a letter, but this one includes a couple

  • No solution

    You print a letter from Dave Robinson, in which he accuses the Tories of "cuts to the health service" (Oxford Mail, October 2). On page 7, of the same issue, you print the account of Mrs Woods's death in hospital from MRSA. Mr Robinson is evidently

  • Shortsighted policy

    I was saddened to read about the young people at Matthew Arnold School at Cumnor, who are not able to use the park close to their school (Oxford Mail, October 2). I think it is at 11-plus that they need to be off the street and have somewhere to play

  • Soundbites from the Big Apple

    After a hectic summer of gigs, festival appearances and the release of a stunning new album, Martha Wainwright is back in her native Big Apple. But there is no time for relaxing. The itchy-footed singer-songwriter insists this is only a flying

  • Perfect partners

    Ballet isn’t the first method of control that springs to mind when one contemplates how to curb the unruly youth of today, but according to principal ballet dancers Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur, the discipline required to make it in their field could

  • Best of British

    When British Sea Power won a nomination for this year's Mercury Music Prize they picked up an army of new fans. And it wasn't just because of the quality of their punchy North Country rock — though compulsively brilliant stuff it is. No, it's because

  • Teenagers' charity plans expansion

    A charity that helps troubled teenagers turn their lives around is hoping to expand so it can double the number of youngsters it works with. Frontiers, an outdoor education group running activities for disadvantaged young people, is looking for a third

  • Twist of fate

    Very often the most beautiful creative achievements spring from the bleakest of situations. Take space rock masters Spiritualized's latest album, called appropriately Songs in A&E. It's a spine-tingling piece of work, which soars between

  • GPs paid to cut referrals

    Doctors in Oxfordshire are being offered payments to reduce the number of patients they send to specialists and consultants as health chiefs admit they could face a £23m budget hole. Up to £1.2m will be handed over to GPs in incentive payments in

  • £22m shops plan unveiled

    Plans for a new £22m shopping scheme in Oxford city centre will be submitted next week. The global private equity firm, the Carlyle Group, is to defy the property slump and global financial crisis by pushing ahead with a major development behind Queen

  • Ashmolean gears up for £61m revamp

    These striking images of Morse author Colin Dexter and Lewis actors Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox will remind passers-by of the Ashmolean Museum's greatest treasures. The dramatic photographs by Theo Chalmers are celebrating the museum's collections

  • FIXTURES October 10

    SATURDAY. FOOTBALL. FA CUP. 3rd qual round: Oxford C v Chesham Utd. BRITISH GAS BUSINESS SOUTHERN LEAGUE. Premier Div: Banbury Utd v Bedford Tn. Div 1 South & West: Abingdon Utd v Truro C, North Leigh

  • City eco home on sale

    Green principles have been put into practice in a terraced home in Oxford. Number 45 Trinity Street, pictured below, which is on the market, has been given an eco-renovation by owners Mark and Alice Luntley. They have converted the 1980s three-bedroomed

  • Building their dream home

    A professional couple are looking forward to moving into their dream home in South Oxfordshire for Christmas. Last year Aaron Jaycock and Emily Stevens, both directors of car dealer Oxford Autosports, bought a semi-derelict bungalow from Little

  • Today's local share prices (PM)

    AEA Technology 38.5 BMW 1861 Electrocomponents 155.5 Nationwide Accident Repair 108.5 Oxford Biomedica 6.1 Oxford Catalyst 169 Oxford Instruments 224.5 Reed Elsevier 504.75 RM 169.75 RPS Group 200.75 Courtesy of Redmayne Bentley, Abingdon

  • RUGBY UNION: Hewitt back for Chinnor

    Chinnor face another potential basement battle when they visit Richmond in National 3 South tomorrow, with Ben Hewitt returning to the side. Richmond, who were expected to challenge near the top, are only three points ahead of Chinnor after losing their

  • RUGBY UNION: Quins can break duck

    Something has got to give when Oxford Harlequins visit Cleve in South West 1 tomorrow. Quins and Cleve are the division's bottom two, having lost all four games, so victory is vital for both sides. Hooker Dave Needham (leg) is doubtful, while centre

  • RUGBY LEAGUE: Griffin's chance

    Former Oxford Cavalier Darrell Griffin, who hails from Witney, plays for England's rugby league side against Wales at Doncaster on Friday night. The Huddersfield Giants prop, who is on stand-by for the World Cup squad, will feature off the

  • Teenager held over £25,000 raid

    An 18-year-old man was arrested today in connection with a £25,000 armed robbery in Botley. At about 10.20am on Monday, two men entered Co-op Travel, in Chapel Way, and threatened members of staff and a customer with a bag, claiming to have a gun

  • Proton cuts prices

    Proton is slicing just over £2,000 off the list price of a 1.3-litre petrol Gen-2 until the end of October, which cuts the family hatchback’s tag to £6,995. The 1.6-litre petrol version sees a similar saving, and drops in price to £7,495.

  • ROWING: Dark Blue opposing another Kiwi coach

    Oxford University will be facing a new Cambridge chief coach i4n the 2009 Boat Race, writes Mike Rosewell. Duncan Holland, the Light Blues' chief coach for the past three years, did not have his contract renewed last May and, after a long lull, Cambridge

  • The French revolution

    Andrew French was among the best road racers of the 1960s and he endorsed this status during one of his career highlights, when he beat Mike Hailwood’s team-mate, the Swiss world champion Luigi Taveri. The maestro Taveri was on a works four-cylinder

  • RACING: Youmzain just misses out on Arc again

    West Ilsley trainer Mick Channon was left with mixed emotions after Youmzain finished a gallant runner-up in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp for the second successive year. The pride at the way his stable star had run was tinged with

  • Women, the moon and oriental medicine

    Oriental medicine has a unique image of the human-being that differs from the Western medical view. Orthodox medicine tends to see the human-being in terms of cellular activity and genetic influences. Oriental medicine views the human-being

  • Hot Mégane a rare item

    The new limited edition Mégane Renaultsport R26.R, with an unrivalled performance per pound ratio, is now available to order. Following its worldwide debut at the British International Motor Show in July, the Mégane R26.R, priced from £23,815

  • MOTOR CYCLING: Young ace Smith signs for new team

    Rising Oxfordshire star Bradley Smith has signed a deal to ride for the Spanish-based Aspar Aprilia team for the next two years. The 17-year-old from Forest Hill turned them down at the end of last season, but they kept up their interest in the youngster

  • Eye for a bargain

    Persuading someone to part with £14-15,000 of their money on a compact estate car is a serious business. But the Hyundai i30 Estate is a serious car with earnest aspirations. If you whipped off the badges and sat anyone behind the wheel, I would

  • Skoda steps up luxury

    Skoda’s flagship model, the new Superb, is in UK showrooms. Priced from £15,490, Skoda’s latest hatchback is available with a choice of three petrol and three diesel engines, from the 1.9 TDI PD 105 horsepower to the impressive 3.6 V6 260 horsepower

  • Honda gives insight into future

    Honda has unveiled a concept of its affordable family hybrid car, which is on display at the Paris Motor Show. The production version goes on sale in spring 2009, and Honda says it will be priced significantly lower than any other hybrid car on the

  • First lady of the foxes

    J ust a mile away from the speed and clamour of the M40 lies the peace and calm of the Little Foxes animal sanctuary. Founder Penny Little was keen to assure me that while foxes are a significant element of the animals fostered and cared for, they do

  • Heritage harvest

    In November last year, a new orchard group was set up by Marcus Roberts and Andy Howard to conserve and distribute heritage apple varieties native to Oxfordshire and its adjoining counties. Marcus and Andy, who founded the Mid-shires Orchard Group,

  • Fabulous fungi

    Although fungi can be found throughout the year in a wide variety of habitats, it is perhaps with woodland (and at this time of year) that most people associate mushrooms and toadstools. Indeed, many species of fungi have essential symbiotic relationships

  • Rural pride on display

    O xfordshire’s villages have been slow to adopt the art of placing decorative signs at prominent places within their communities. Decorative village signs have been around for about a century, predating signs erected by local authorities. Alongside

  • Councils hit by Icelandic crisis

    All six councils in Oxfordshire are among at least 40 local authorities in the UK caught up in the Icelandic banking crisis. None of the money — £28.5m in total — is used in local government employee pension funds, but it is all taxpayers'

  • A barber to the king and a gentleman

    In Burford there is a monument to Edmund Harman, a landowner and member of Henry VIII's court, writes CHRIS KOENIG Back in the early 16th century, when Henry VIII was still considered to be such a good Catholic that the Pope bestowed upon him the

  • A Knights tale

    German-born Sir Hans Krebs, who spent the last 27 years of his life in Oxford, may not be well known outside scientific circles, but his pioneering research led to one of the most significant biochemical breakthroughs of the 20th century, and paved the

  • Fatal crash victim named

    A pensioner killed in a multi-car pile-up, which also left two people seriously ill in hospital, has been named. Peter Howard, 85, of Wendlebury, near Bicester, died in a collision involving his Volkswagen Golf and three other vehicles on the Bletchingdon

  • A very British isle

    Oozing history and atmosphere, and with a British feel but no sign of the accompanying bad weather, Malta is a little gem in all respects. We had been told by a fellow passenger on the flight over that you either ‘love Malta or hate it’. He was one

  • Crash victim, 85, named

    A man killed in a multi-vehicle pile-up which also left two people seriously ill in hospital has been named. Peter Howard, 85, of Wendlebury, near Bicester, died when his Volkswagen Golf was involved in a collision with three other vehicles on the Bletchingdon

  • Support charity on World Mental Health Day

    Today is World Mental Health Day and Oxfordshire Mind has organised events to mark the occasion. Barracks Lane Community Garden in East Oxford has music, crafts, yoga and other activities, starting at 11am, while Dr Marcus Roberts, director of policy

  • Lighting up autumn

    VAL BOURNE on the South African spectacular version of the wallflower If you see a blast of vibrant pink in late September or October, tight up against a sunny wall or house, it can only be nerines strutting their stuff. They will be on their

  • Lifting the Vale

    Delve into the history of Oxford and Oxfordshire and you will inevitably come across Henry Taunt. The historical value of Taunt’s photographic work was appreciated in his lifetime and, thanks to a rescue job by Oxford City Library in the 1920s

  • Today's local share prices (AM)

    AEA Technology 38.5 BMW 1891 Electrocomponents 157.75 Nationwide Accident Repair 108.5 Oxford Biomedica 6.2 Oxford Catalyst 170 Oxford Instruments 219 Reed Elsevier 503.75 RM 168.25 RPS Group 200.75 Courtesy of Redmayne Bentley, Abingdon

  • Councils have £28m in Icelandic banks

    All six major councils in Oxfordshire are among at least 40 local authorities in the UK caught up in the Icelandic banking crisis, it was revealed today. Deposits of Oxfordshire taxpayers' money totalling £28.5m are involved, but none is from local government

  • The Bishop and Bede

    Saint Cuthbert, who strongly resisted becoming a bishop, is one of John Prichard’s heroes — and as it turns out, the current Bishop of Oxford has followed in the footsteps of his favourite saint. John’s father was a clergyman, but he was determined

  • Go wild about woods, too

    Our woodlands are no happy accident, but the result of thousands of years of management by humans, writes WENDY NECAR, of the Royal Forestry Society Autumn is a time of crowning glory for woodlands across Oxfordshire. Leaves change their colours

  • End of era

    Anyone who has stopped in Oxford’s Gloucester Street to gaze longingly through the window of Annabelinda at the gorgeous dresses awaiting collection will find much to interest them in an exhibition at Abingdon County Hall Museum. It may

  • Story of survival in cold landscape of war

    HELEN PEACOCKE talks to Eliza Graham, whose latest novel is a love story of two refugees struggling to survive in the chaos of post-war Germany When Eliza Graham’s book Playing with the Moon was published by Macmillan New Writing last year to much

  • Impressions of exile and the travelling circus

    Artists Oscar Kokoschka and Jack B. Yeats were not only friends but their art had a deep bond, writes SYLVIA VETTA It is always a delight to visit Compton Verney. On the outside it is a Robert Adam mansion set in an idealised arcadian setting

  • Labelled with love

    The Pinotage grape is unique to South African winemakers. A cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, it was the brainchild of a professor at the University of Stellebosch in the 1920s. I know of no other county in the world that chooses to cultivate or

  • You can bank on the Boathouse

    The Cherwell Boathouse has got it all — a beautiful setting on the river with Oxford’s famous punts framing the scene, a menu which offers original dishes, and very attentive staff. Not a bad formula and one that certainly worked for us. But what was

  • Season's party time

    Music at Oxford is back for its 25th season — and it’s bigger and better than ever, says artistic programme manager Tamsyn Howell Sprent. She talks to NICOLA LISLE about what’s in store It will be party time for Music at Oxford this season as it celebrates

  • Formula for success

    On April 16, 1932, Frank Owen Garbutt Williams was born in Jarrow — the cradle of the Hunger Marches, the first of which took place in that year. Numerous parts of the country were suffering, but it was the men of Jarrow who had the grit and guts to organise

  • Songs of farewell

    The great lyric tenor Ian Partridge gives his last recital tonight at the Holywell Music Room as part of the Oxford Lieder Festival, writes A. S. H. SMYTH Tonight in the Holywell Music Room, one of Britain’s leading lyric tenors will

  • Stevie Wonder: The NIA, Birmingham

    At the first glimpse of Stevie, the audience rose in admiration; his reputation had preceded him. But with reputation comes responsibility. There’s no doubt he’s one of the greatest living soul musicians. His first hit came when he was just 13, so he’

  • Rambert Dance Company: Wycombe Swan

    This was an evening of fine dancing and excellent choreography from a company at the top of its form. However, if you agree it’s a reviewer’s job to give you the whole picture, you will forgive the rant that follows. Enjoyment of the first two works was

  • The Smattering: The Spin, Oxford

    Anyone who went to The Spin website for information about this gig would have been misled, as the information there contained details of bassist Dave Mannington’s trio rather than his more eclectic group called The Smattering. This is a quintet that performs

  • Director denies not liking employee accused of theft

    The managing director of Hadden Hill Golf Club yesterday denied not liking a 19-year-old man accused of theft. Daniel Walker, of Meadowside, Abingdon, a former assistant at the club's shop, denies seven charges of theft, totalling about £300

  • New MD saddles up for Harley

    OXFORD:Harley-Davidson and Buell have appointed Stuart Farrell as managing director for the UK and Ireland. Mr Farrell, who replaces Paul Stroud will continue his current role as managing director of the Middle East and Africa subsidiary.

  • FOOTBALL: Banbury thrashed

    Banbury Utd 1, Gloucester C 5 Banbury United's disappointing season in the BGB Southern League Premier Division continued on Tuesday with this heavy defeat at the hands of Gloucester City at Spencer Stadium. It was their fifth reverse in nine outings

  • FOOTBALL: City on the up

    Oxford City climbed up four places in the BGB Business Southern League Premier Division table by winning 1-0 at second-placed Corby last night. It means City have taken four points out of six against the top two, having held leaders Farnborough to a

  • Husband-and-wife sentenced for Oxford musician's murder

    A husband-and-wife convicted of the killing of an Oxford musician in a downtown Hollywood car park have been jailed for 15 and three years respectively. Roderick Poole, 45, was stabbed six times after an altercation with Michael and Angela

  • Trainer wants away push

    Rushden match-winner Phil Trainer is urging his Oxford United teammates to take their improved home form into their away games as they hit the road to Torquay. The U's take on the Gulls in South Devon at Plainmoor tonight and then head to Manchester

  • Universities drop in rankings

    Oxford and Cambridge universities have fallen slightly in the world's university rankings. Last year they tied for second place with Yale university in the United States. But this year, Harvard in the US is top, Yale second, with Cambridge in third

  • Couple convicted of LA killing

    A husband and wife convicted of the killing of an Oxford musician in a downtown Hollywood car park have been jailed for 15 and three years respectively. Roderick Poole, 45, was stabbed six times after an altercation with Michael and Angela Sheridan

  • Conjurer wins coveted accolade

    Oxford’s Richard Young has become one of the youngest magicians to win a place in the Magic Circle. The 24-year-old magician, of Crowberry Road in Blackbird Leys, has practised his art since he was given a magic trick set when he was just eight.

  • Oxbridge falls in latest university rankings

    Oxford and Cambridge universities have fallen slightly in the world's university rankings. Last year they tied for second place with Yale university in the United States. But this year, Harvard in the US is top, Yale second, with Cambridge in third

  • Residents mount speed checks

    Speeding drivers are being handed "three strikes and you're out" warnings during speed checks run by residents. Across the county, residents have been spot-checking the speed of vehicles using Oxfordshire County Council's Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs

  • Monstrous manuscript

    Frankenstein fans were invited to Oxford University's Bodleian Library to see the original manuscripts and celebrate a new book. Library curators organised a special Frankenstein Day on Tuesday to mark the publication of The Original Frankenstein

  • Ride in 'bucket' ended in death

    A rugby stalwart was crushed to death by a JCB driven by a man who did not have the qualifications to be at the controls, an inquest heard. Tony Cripps, 57, of Cooper Close, in Chipping Norton, was working as a gardener at JCB boss Sir Anthony Bamford's

  • Gardener jailed for con

    A gardener involved in an attempted £14,400 scam against a pensioner was jailed yesterday. Oxford Crown Court heard Richard Murphy, 25, of Wylie Close, Headington, tried to cash an invalid cheque from 78-year-old Ernest Shepherd after doing three

  • Bid for Hargreaves fails

    Oxford United recently tried to get Torquay's midfield maestro Chris Hargreaves and bring him back to the club. But the former U's skipper, who is a player-coach at Torquay, said he was settled on the Devon Riviera and didn't want to move again

  • 'I didn't enter house' court hears

    A father accused of breaking down the door of his ex-girlfriend's family's home told police he never entered the house, a court heard yesterday. David Holmes denies three charges of putting a person in fear of violence or harassment, one of affray

  • Fish trader faces court

    A 37-year-old man has appeared in court to face charges relating to the sale of fish in Long Hanborough and Cropredy. Craig Henderson, of Chester-le-Street, Co Durham, appeared at Bicester Magistrates' Court yesterday to face 26 charges, including

  • Death-crash victim named

    A woman who died following a road accident has been named as Alexandra Arnold, 32, from High Street, in Little Milton. Ms Arnold died on her way to hospital following a head-on collision on the A418 Oxford Road, between Thame and Wheatley, on Wednesday

  • Boatyard flats plan rejected

    Author Philip Pullman said it was "brilliant" news that a planning inspector had dismissed plans for a block of flats on a former boatyard site in Jericho, Oxford. Last year, Oxford City Council turned down Spring Residential's plans to build 54 flats

  • I'm here to stay – Patterson

    Oxford United manager Darren Patterson is ready to defy all those who think his days may be numbered by insisting he's a battler – and he's here for the long haul. The U's boss was under intense pressure after poor early-season results, and following

  • We deserve answers and guarantees

    Few remain untouched by the worsening global financial crisis. Many have saved for the future by putting a small amount away each month — only for banks and building societies to go belly up. One such person is Scarlett Trewavas from Jericho, who

  • On the up

    Didcot is a town on the up. Today we publish pictures showing what a £150m revamp could do for the town. Didcot, built on the emergence of the railway and today living in the shadow of its giant power station, has had a rough ride image-wise and

  • Bank collapse threatens wedding

    Bride-to-be Scarlett Trewavas last night feared she would have to postpone her wedding after her savings were frozen in the collapsed Icelandic bank Icesave. The 24-year-old is one of 300,000 British customers of the Internet savings bank owned by

  • Chance to shape estates' future

    A project aimed at giving out-of-work people the chance to shape the future of three Oxford estates has been launched. Volunteers are wanted to join a free course to teach them how to find out what really matters to people living in Barton,

  • Conjurer Richard wins coveted accolade

    This is no hocus pocus or grand illusion — Oxford’s Richard Young has become one of the youngest ever magicians to win a place in the Magic Circle. The 24-year-old magician, of Crowberry Road in Blackbird Leys, has practised his art since he was given

  • Parents pay tribute to Sarah

    The parents of a teenage cyclist who died while on her way to school have aid tribute to their daughter's vibrant personality. Sarah Waterhouse was killed after a collision with a coach in Colwell Drive, Abingdon, on Monday. The 17-year-old