• United drawing at the break

    Oxford United were drawing 1-1 with Shrewsbury at half-time in tonight's npower League Two clash at the Kassam Stadium. Asa Hall put the U's ahead with his first goal for the club, but Shrewsbury levelled with a deflected Mark Wright shot.

  • Thousands of scam letters seized

    Police have seized thousands of scam letters aimed at luring potential British victims into handing over cash to fraudsters. Investigators said the items are designed to encourage people to invest in fraudulent schemes linked to lotteries, shares

  • 500-year-old building becomes a hotel

    AN Oxford building has become a hotel, 500 years after it was built. Eastwyke House, in the grounds of the Four Pillars Oxford Spires hotel in Abingdon Road, got a £900,000 makeover to create 10 extra rooms for the hotel – taking its total

  • Tributes are paid to campaigner

    FRIENDS and family packed an Oxford pub to toast “a firm believer in justice” on what would have been his 81st birthday. Tom Richardson was the former chief officer of Oxfordshire Community Health Council (CHC), leader of the Labour group on Oxfordshire

  • Burglars raid social clubs

    Police today appealed for information following two burglaries at social clubs. The first occurred overnight on Thursday at Fawley Recreation Club, Wantage, where offenders forced a door and, once inside the building, caused extensive damage to the jukebox

  • Gatehouse user appeals for help to find service a new home

    JAYSON Marc-Frater knows what it’s like to sleep rough on the freezing streets. Homeless for 28 years, the 40-year-old has moved around Britain trying to find the support needed for him settle down. But thanks to the help of Oxford’s

  • Local shares (PM)

    AEA Technology 5.7 BMW 4871 Electrocomponents 254.3 Nationwide Accident Repair 103 Oxford Biomedica 5.5 Oxford Catalysts 80.5 Oxford Instruments 666 Reed Elsevier 565.75 RM 169 RPS Group 220.75 Courtesy of Redmayne Bentley,

  • Tory peer guilty of fiddling expenses over Oxford house

    A FORMER Tory peer was found guilty today of fiddling his expenses with his claim he was living in a house in Oxford. Lord Taylor of Warwick falsely claimed for travel and overnight subsistence, a jury at Southwark Crown Court today decided

  • Man held over Bicester churchyard stabbing

    A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a robbery in Bicester where a woman was stabbed in the leg. The man, from the London area, was arrested in connection with the incident in which a 23-year-old woman was stabbed in the churchyard

  • United's pink bull to raise money for breast cancer fight

    OXFORD United have teamed up with the Against Breast Cancer charity to try to turn the vandalism of its bull statue into a fundraiser. Vandals painted the iconic sculpture outside the Kassam Stadium pink over the weekend. However the

  • Family vow to raise money for Oxford Children's Hospital

    WHEN Andrew Francis gave his 13-year-old daughter a cuddle in May, he noticed a lump in her lower back. The Henry Box School pupil was examined by doctors, who diagnosed adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. Yet

  • Woman raped in Witney, court told

    A woman with learning difficulties was led off the street and raped in Witney, a jury heard. The 23-year-old woman, who has “learning and communication difficulties”, said she was approached by her attacker in Witney High Street and led to

  • Text your Valentine's messages

    THIS Valentine's Day we are making it even easier for you to tell someone you love them. We've launched a service where you can text your message to us and we'll print it in the Oxford Mail on Monday, Feburary 14 and online at

  • Trainee manager 'stole £20k to pay off loan sharks'

    A TRAINEE petrol station manager has been jailed for 15 months after stealing more than £20,000 from his bosses to pay off loan sharks. Steven Denslow, who worked at the Family Farm service station on the A34 near Weston-on-thre-Green, raided the safe

  • Fair features Murdoch memorabilia

    SLICES of literary history from the former home of novelist Iris Murdoch went up for sale at a book fair. A collection of personal belongings, books and photos was left behind by the novelist and her husband John Bayley when they sold their

  • Thursday, January 27: Enjoy the Life of Riley on us

    ALAN Ayckbourn's excellent new comedy Life of Riley is coming to the Oxford Playhouse and you could go free, courtesy of the Oxford Mail. We have five pairs of tickets to win in our entertainment section The Guide. Grab the Oxford Mail

  • Wednesday, January 26: Face In The Crowd

    ONE lucky Oxford United supporter at the next home game could win £75, courtesy of the Oxford Mail. Oxford United host Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday, January 25 at the Kassam Stadium. As with all home league games this season, our photographer

  • RUGBY UNION: Alchester send Drifters packing

    BB&O round-up Eight-try Alchester romped to a 51-8 victory at Drifters to maintain the pressure on Premier Division leaders Slough. No 8 Joe McAneaney, prop Sean Cooke and flanker Joe Fawcett all bagged doubles in a convincing win. McAneaney struck

  • DARTS: Bull to the fore for Oxon Youth

    Ryan Bull shone on his debut as Oxfordshire beat Bucks 10-7 at Leighton Buzzard in the Inter-Counties Youth League. Bull was man-of-the-match for the under 18s with an average of 23.30 in their 6-3 victory. Simon Allmond, Andrew Scott, Stephen Wright

  • Two women taken to hospital after crash

    TWO women were taken to hospital after a crash near Weston-on-the-Green. A silver Volkswagen Touran and a black Peugeot 207 were involved in the crash at 7.22am today on the B430 Northampton Road, just after the crossroads for Kirtlington, Chesterton

  • University Church wins Lotto jackpot

    THE church with Oxford’s tallest spire has won a £3.4m Lottery grant to fund a five-year conservation project. The money will help the 700-year-old University Church of St Mary the Virgin repair and clean crumbling stonework and fund better

  • Local share prices (AM)

    AEA Technology 5.7 BMW 4851 Electrocomponents 250.2 Nationwide Accident Repair 103 Oxford Biomedica 5.5 Oxford Catalysts 80.5 Oxford Instruments 668 Reed Elsevier 562.5 RM 169 RPS Group 220.8 Courtesy of Redmayne Bentley, Abingdon

  • Gun slinging players promise a wild panto

    FRONTIER-themed frolics will give pantomime fans a humorous taste of the wild west. The village hall in Northmoor, near Witney, is set to come alive to the sound of ‘yeeha’s and a panto horse named Lightning. The Northmoor Players’ show, called Panto

  • Ox faces a steep bill to clean up vandalism

    POLICE were at the Kassam Stadium yesterday in the hunt for vandals who covered the ox statue with pink paint on Saturday night. Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas said the club would look into cleaning the £25,000 statue this week.

  • Woman raped in park, court told

    A WOMAN with learning difficulties was led off the street and raped in a park, a jury heard. The 23-year-old woman, who has “learning and communication difficulties”, said she was approached by her attacker in Witney High Street and led to land by the

  • COMMENT: Pointless action

    THE vandalism of the ox sculpture outside the Kassam Stadium is to be deplored for its pointlessness as much as anything. We favour one of the suggestions doing the rounds that, just to spite the fool involved, the club uses the new pink sheen as a way

  • RUGBY UNION: Henley denied

    National 2 South Henley Hawks came close to ending Jersey’s three-year unbeaten home record in an 18-15 defeat. Hawks fought back from 15-0 down to trail by three points with 15 minutes left. Michael Le Bourgeois put Jersey ahead with a penalty,

  • HOCKEY: Mangazi is magic for busy Witney

    Witney bounced back to the top of South Clubs’ Women's League Division 3A with a 5-2 win against third-placed Marlow, and a 3-1 victory on Sunday at fourth-placed Staines 2nd. In Saturday’s game, Marlow went 2-0 up, but Witney battled back. Sharon Hall

  • DARTS: Bull stars on Oxon debut

    Ryan Bull shone on his debut as Oxfordshire beat Bucks 10-7 at Leighton Buzzard in the Inter-Counties Youth League. Bull was man-of-the-match for the under 18s with an average of 23.30 in their 6-3 victory. Simon Allmond, Andrew Scott

  • Trotman trial hears of email threat to expose affair

    A JEALOUS teacher sent emails threatening to expose a senior police officer’s affair, a jury heard yesterday. Chief Superintendent Jim Trotman confided to a colleague that he had received messages about his private life in the days before he allegedly

  • RUGBY UNION: Grove hang on for victory

    Southern Counties North Grove just held on to pip leaders Aylesbury 23-19 at Cane Lane and boost their own promotion hopes. The hosts led 23-0 in the second half, and withstood an Aylesbury barrage to edge the contest. Grove took an immediate lead

  • CRICKET: Cherwell chief unveils his men

    Chairman Clive Ricks has unveiled the team he hopes will help him defeat the MP Sports Cherwell League rebels. Ricks’s collection of ten management group members and eight sub-committee co-options are set to go head-to-head in the struggle

  • Going off the box

    TELEVISION: what have we done to deserve this load of rubbish. The same films are repeated over and over, and the adverts are getting longer and longer. I keep my hand on the mute button so at least I don’t have to listen to them. Even the Christmas

  • Spurious support

    I refer to John Tanner’s spurious support of wind turbine power generation, without providing any peer reviewed scientific evidence. The UK generating capacity is about 83.6GW (83,600MW). To meet the UK demand and assuming wind turbines could be used

  • ON YER BIKE: Day ruined by light-fingered lamp thieves

    How do we let the most trivial setbacks really ruin our day? I only nipped into the Co-op in Cowley Road for two minutes, but when I came back the bike didn’t look right – it looked imbalanced somehow. The front light was still there but the back one

  • FOOTBALL: Didcot boss reveals why he called it a day

    Didcot Town boss Stuart Peace admitted he had taken the Premier Division club as far as he could following his decision to quit after nearly seven years at the helm. He said the 4-1 home reverse by Stourbridge – their ninth in 13 home games

  • New zebra crossing will link school sites

    ONE of the big winners from a £2.5m facelift of Oxford's Iffley Road will be SS Mary & John Primary School. A new zebra crossing will help pupils and parents safely negotiate the busy road, which divides its two sites. As we reported earlier this month

  • Ask the vet: Why won’t my rabbits eat hay?

    QSOME of my pet bunnies don’t eat hay. They like vegetables and pellets. Their teeth are ok. I just want to make them eat lots of hay. Only one of them is crazy about hay. I feed them Timothy hay, a bit of oat hay, and today, I purchased Bermuda Grass

  • COMMENT: Disruption should be worth it

    JOAN Clanchy, a governor at SS Mary and John Primary School, is right that the work on Iffley Road will ultimately be worth it. Let’s not kid ourselves. Seventy weeks of pain is coming the way of motorists and traders down this main route, but it is

  • RUGBY UNION: Blaszko try is in vain

    South West 1 East Wallingford pushed ever-improving Reading hard in a 16-5 defeat at the Hithercroft. But a third-straight loss in 2011 leaves them just two points above the relegation zone, having appeared to pull clear by Christmas. Blindside flanker

  • RUGBY UNION: Quins left frustrated

    National 3 South West Oxford Harlequins were left ruing errors in their 24-11 home defeat to Exmouth. Quins gave two tries away and wasted three golden try-scoring opportunties. Exmouth took the lead on 16 minutes with a penalty from fly half Jon

  • HOCKEY: Nine-goal Banbury stun Staines

    Banbury returned to winning ways in Premier Division 2 with an astonishing 9-4 victory at third-placed Staines. The match started badly for the visitors as two short corners were well converted by Staines’ top scorer Richard Cardigan to give the

  • Voluntary university?

    IF it is proposed that the county’s libraries are run by voluntary groups, following the withdrawal of Oxfordshire County Council funding, could the same not happen with Higher Education? Saffron Costello Weirs Lane Oxford

  • Wrong assumption

    THE only conclusion I can come to after reading the letter from John Tanner about the proposed wind turbine at Horspath is that he was being very economical with the truth. Firstly, he said it will be near the BMW plant when, in fact, after BMW objected

  • Turbine benefits are just a load of hot air

    John Tanner says, “I hope people in the Oxford area will be able to point to our first full-scale wind turbine with pride” (Oxford Mail January 20). But it is far more likely that if the wind turbine is ever built they will say: “What fools we were to

  • Lack of information

    John Goddard does not provide all information he should in the figures he gives for councillors’ allowances (Issue, Oxford Mail, January 19). He says that his allowance as a county councillor is about £8,000 (in fact, with his special allowance, it’s

  • UPDATE: M40 lanes reopened

    TWO lanes of the M40 northbound have been reopened after a jackknifed lorry caused delays. The two lanes between junction 8A for Oxford and junction 9 for Bicester are now clear. Traffic is returning to normal.

  • Young dancer taps his way to a title

    YOUNG dancer Joseph Darcey-Alden has tapped his way to success by performing a routine in memory of his grandfather. Eight-year-old Joseph was named the best tap dancer in England after learning a love of music from his grandad John Norman. Drummer

  • RUGBY UNION: Holmes praises attitude

    Head coach Grant Holmes was not downhearted, despite Banbury’s heavy defeat to Dudley Kingswinford. He said: “A lot of things we did well today, we did too far out. “We want to be doing them in their 22. “I can’t fault the attitude

  • Court told of bottle attack on students

    A CITY centre bar “exploded into mayhem” as two students were attacked with a bottle, a court heard. A group of about 30 students dressed as golfers were in Que Pasa, New Road, when the alleged attack happened. Kreshnik Pali, 19, of Borrowmead Road

  • War hero's diaries make 'uncomfortable reading'

    MILITARY officials look set to be put under pressure from beyond the grave thanks to the diary extracts of an Army officer killed in Afghanistan. Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Thorneloe became the highest-ranking Army officer to die in action since the Falklands

  • Maxi Hat-Trick seals it for Cumnor

    Cumnor Minors consolidated their 3rd place in the Red league this weekend. The first game was a close affair and Cumnor took the lead from a Gabriel Rooma strike. Jack Hunter laid the ball off on the edge of the area and the ball was slotted

  • Police driving down crime, new figures show

    OXFORDSHIRE’S police are getting better at catching crooks and driving down crime. However, despite an improvement on 2009, more than three-quarters of all crimes are still not being solved, new figures reveal. And victims of crime fear

  • Scheme to clamp down on shared homes

    Oxford has become the first city to license all shared houses in a bid to tackle rogue landlords and troublesome tenants. The £3.7m city council scheme, which comes into force this week, will require landlords of houses of multiple occupation

  • RUGBY UNION: Bulls gored by Dudley

    Banbury Bulls 14, Dudley Kingswinford 55 Banbury Bulls had no answers to the unbeaten leaders’ pace and precision in this Midlands 1 West clash at Bodicote Park. It was not as if Banbury played that badly, more so that Dudley Kingswinford were a class

  • Scheme to clampdown on 'cowboy' builders

    OXFORD has become the first city to license all shared houses in a bid to tackle rogue landlords and troublesome tenants. The £3.7m city council scheme, which comes into force this week, will require landlords of houses of multiple occupation (HMO) to

  • Two lanes of M40 shut

    TWO lanes of the M40 northbound are closed due to a jackknifed lorry. The two lanes are closed between junction 8A for Oxford and junction 9 for Bicester. Recovery vehicles are on the scene but traffic is reported as slow.

  • Win or bust, says Wilder

    Chris Wilder says he will not change the philosophy of his attack-minded Oxford United team, who keep going for wins at home and away. And they will be doing exactly the same at the Kassam Stadium tonight against fourth-placed Shrewsbury

  • Village shop was well prepared for heavy snow

    A “SELF-sufficient” village used its own weather forecaster to predict the heavy snowfall that hit the county and then ensure there were enough supplies for the community shop. The village of Appleton near Abingdon was snowed in for several