• RACING: Sam's the man

    Sam Waley-Cohen saw his dreams come true as Long Run powered to a thrilling victory in a vintage totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup today. The 28-year-old amateur rider was overjoyed after swooping at the last fence on the gelding, who is owned by his father

  • Cholsey Bluebirds 5-0 Oxford Blackbirds

    Cholsey went on the attack from the start and created space with a series of good passes that led to William to score. Pressure by Joe then created a second chance for William who scored the second. Further attacks eventually found Freddy on a

  • Oxford United two points off play-off positions

    Oxford United moved to within two points of the play-off positions after beating Crewe 2-1 at the Kassam Stadium. James Constable scored both goals, after 30 and 67 minutes, with Alex pulling a goal back deep into stoppage time. Full details in Match

  • Getting funny to raise money

    THE county turned into a sea of red yesterday as thousands of people got ‘Funny for Money’. From schools and playgroups to gyms, shops and dentists, everyone seemed to be doing their bit for this year’s Red Nose Day. Friends at a Kidlington pub were

  • RUGBY UNION: The numbers game

    Chinnor’s strong finish saw them pip Oxford Harlequins in a pulsating derby. Here is the numbers' game. See Tuesday’s paper for full report. Competition: National 3 South West Score: Chinnor 30, Oxford Harlequins 22 Chinnor player

  • Co-op delivered a perfect match

    A COUPLE from Oxford who met on delivery rounds will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Friday. Colin and Rosemary Smith, 72 and 76, were married at Oxford Register Office in 1961. Mr Smith said since then they have been inseparable, adding: “Whatever

  • Alice's Day set to be biggest yet

    THE white rabbit has his pocketwatch out again to remind people not to be late for a very important date this summer. The first events for the city’s fourth Alice’s Day on July 9 have now been announced and it looks set to be bigger than ever. Events

  • Former postmaster and wife mark 60th anniversary

    CARDS of congratulations were delivered to a former postmaster and his wife on Thursday as they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Peter Marshall, 84, and Margaret ‘Di’ Marshall, 80, met 62 years ago in a youth club in Deal, Kent, where they

  • Oxford Utd 2, Crewe Alex 1 (19/03)

    A goal in each half from the recalled James Constable brought United victory over Crewe. The first came on 30 minutes, when some teams take a break, and the second on 67 demonstrated his fierce determination as he used his power to beat a defender

  • Grant boost helps advice bureau keep offices open

    A FUNDING boost means West Oxfordshire’s Citizens’ Advice Bureau will not have to reduce its opening hours. The bureau, which has offices in Witney and Chipping Norton, said if funding had not been found, closing the doors early would be considered

  • Constable gives Oxford United the lead

    James Constable gave Oxford United a half-time leads against Crewe with his 14th goal of the season. He drilled in a right-footed shot from 20 yards that wrong-footed Crewe keeper Rhys Taylor, in the 30th minute.

  • Didcot Town Youth U9's 8 Cumnor Minors U9's 3

    Didcot made it fifteen out of fifteen with a victory over Cumnor Minors. The first half of the first game was very tight, both sides had chances but the deadlock was broken by a stunning Josh Lyons free kick which gave Didcot the lead. Ben Marshall extended

  • Writing tips are really monster

    THOUSANDS of primary school children had creative writing tips from top authors, poets, and illustrators, at a literary festival held at Oxford museums. Bookfeast saw 2,500 children from Oxfordshire primary schools take part from Monday, March 14, to

  • Writing tips are really monster

    THOUSANDS of primary school children had creative writing tips from top authors, poets, and illustrators, at a literary festival held at Oxford museums. Bookfeast saw 2,500 children from Oxfordshire primary schools take part from Monday, March

  • Man charged with county woman's murder

    A 34-year-old man has been charged with murder after a woman was found dead in a house. The body of Denise Skilbeck, originally from Oxfordshire, was discovered at a property in The Wharf area of Newark on Wednesday evening. A post mortem

  • Anger builds over link road

    A CONTROVERSIAL link road which could be built in Witney dominated the town’s annual meeting. Residents continued to vent their frustrations about Oxfordshire County Council’s plan to build the £19.5mCogges Link Road. The road, which

  • Anger builds over link road plans

    A CONTROVERSIAL link road which could be built in Witney dominated the town’s annual meeting. Residents continued to vent their frustrations about Oxfordshire County Council’s plan to build the £19.5mCogges Link Road. The road, which has avoided Government

  • Five changes for Oxford United against Crewe

    Chris Wilder made five changes to Oxford United's starting line-up for today's League Two game against Crewe Alexandra at the Kassam Stadium. Damian Batt and Anthony Tonkin returned in the fullback positions. Simon Heslop and James Constable came back

  • Rape arrests made

    Three Oxford men have been arrested on suspicion of rape. Police said a 19-year-old woman reported that she had been raped in a flat in Abingdon Road. A Thames Valley Police spokesman said the incident was reported at 9.50pm on Friday

  • M40 open following fatal crash

    TWO LANES of the southbound M40 have now reopened following a fatal crash. The collision between a van and a mobile crane happened at 8.15am this morning and closed the southbound M40 for several hours. The closure has caused delays

  • GREYHOUNDS: Sprint races set to be unleashed at Oxford

    Sprint racing could soon be a regular feature at Oxford Stadium. Time and again there are hounds running at Oxford that show great pace in the early stages, but by the end of the 450 metre trip they are often found wantwhothat stays well will pass them

  • Student rooms plan sparks noise fears

    CARE home residents living close to a proposed 300-bed student complex fear a clash of lifestyles will give them sleepless nights. Berkeley Homes wants to build 313 rooms for Oxford Brookes University students on the former Dorset House School site in

  • Raising a glass for London bombing victim

    REGULARS at an Oxford watering hole bought “a drink for Mim” to raise cash in memory of a victim of the London bombings. Drinkers at The Duke’s Cut in Park End Street, raised more than £400 by donating £2 in memory of Miriam Hyman, whose sister, Esther

  • Former pub plan delayed

    A DECISION on a new shop and student flats on a former Marston pub site has been deferred. Developers want to knock down the former Cavalier pub, in Copse Lane for the un-named store and 35 student rooms. But Oxford City Council members requested more

  • GIRLS' CRICKET: Burford School champions

    Burford School hit their rivals for six in the Oxfordshire final of the Lady Taverners Under 13 Girls indoor cricket tournament at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre. They saw off Bartholomew (Eynsham) in the decider after beating Cheney, Cherwell

  • KARTING: Nathan's brace of seconds

    Oxford racer Nathan Harrison opened his British Championship challenge with two second places in the first round at Wilton Mill, near Northampton. Driving for Sheffield-based Strawberry Racing, the 14-year-old took the runners-up spot in the Rotax

  • TRIATHLON: Lidbury in 'awesome display'

    Emma-Kate Lidbury reached new heights when she finished tenth in the Abu Dhabi International triathlon. The former Oxford Mail reporter was sixth after the 3k swim in 45mins 26secs. She completed the 200k bike ride in 5hrs 37’mins, and the 20k run in

  • SWIMMING: Law stars for Abingdon

    Abingdon Vale completed their campaign with a record haul. Vale captured six gold medals, Olivia Law leading the way in the 100m backstroke, in which she finished overall second in the junior championship and third in the open competititon. Lily Seaward

  • SWIMMING: Murphy in the records

    Alex Murphy, 15, of Didcot Barramundi, set a county record for his 100m breaststroke with 1.04.43 and a new meet age group record at Aylesbury. This gave him first place in both the junior and open championships. He also won gold and set a new meet record

  • Thieving bursar pays money back to school

    A SCHOOL bursar who bought two cars and paid off his debts with money stolen from his employers is close to paying back the cash. Michael Hall was jailed for two years in December after admitting two charges of theft, four of false accounting and one

  • TABLE TENNIS: Sun shines to see off Bushell

    Nine-time champion Karl Bushell met his match as he was beaten by Jingyu Sun in the Oxford League Division 1 Championship. Chinese player Sun, the Oxford University captain, prevailed 8-11, 11-6, 14-12, 11-8 to avenge last season’s final defeat and

  • ON CUE: Bennett scoops crown

    Mick Bennett won the Ted Allsop Handicap Cup for the ninth time in 12 seasons after victory over Pom Merola. Bennett was in top form to regain his crown, beating Merola 2-0 after seeing off Alvin Adams by the same score in the semi-finals. In the Gentworks

  • BOXING: Daley's glee

    Berinsfield light middleweight Daley Johnson claimed his fourth win after recording a comprehensive points success over Yeovil’s Tyrell Gray at Reading. The 23 year-old was quicker into his stride and launched neat right hands off the jab to impose his

  • SCHOOLS' RUGBY: Chippy retain Oxon crown

    Chipping Norton School’s rugby players retained the Oxfordshire Under 15 Vase with a 39-0 win over Matthew Arnold (Cumnor). Captain Tom Empson and Tom Dee both scored a hat-trick of tries to take Chipping Norton to victory in the final on their

  • Bicester eco-town plans 'not green enough'

    PLANS for a much-vaunted eco-town have been criticised for not being green enough. The firm P3Eco has put in its planning application for the first phase of the 5,000-home eco-settlement on farmland at North West Bicester, near Caversfield. All three

  • ANGLING: Thames carp wins it for Mick

    The Benson Invitation was fished on the Thames at Benson and won by Mick Marriott, who landed a surprise carp of 18.4.0. A feeder with chopped worm tempted the big mirror carp and it gave Midge. Dandridge must have thought he had got enough to win with

  • Sex trafficker appears in dock

    A man who was convicted of people-trafficking after failing to show up for his trial has appeared in court. Anastassios Papas, 42, formerly of Iffley Road, was convicted of trafficking women for sexual exploitation, conspiracy to traffic women for sexual

  • GREYHOUNDS: Caribbean eyes treble delight

    CARIBBEAN Bill, unbeaten in his comeback trials before winning both his A2 events, can bag a hat-trick despite moving into the top grade, an A1, the Clare Watts Single Status Race at Oxford Stadium tonight. The highly-rated Michael Peterson trained black

  • CRICKET: Preston avoid the drop

    Preston Capes secured their Division 1 future the Banbury Indoor League when they beat Sandford St Martin by 27 runs in their basement battle. Greg Pearson scored 36 as Sandford were dismissed for 81 and remain in danger of the drop, with one week left

  • Couple won't leave Bahrain despite violence

    EXPLOSIONS, smoke-filled skies and circling military helicopters have become part of the daily life of an Oxfordshire man living in strife-torn Bahrain. Former Kidlington resident David Kelly said he could hear explosions and see helicopters from his

  • BOXING: Tonic for Townsend

    Oxford Boxing Academy’s Bradley Townsend delivered the lone local victory in the ring as the title trail in this year’s ABAE Elite and Royal Navy Junior championships got under way at the Regal in Cowley. And it was an impressive performance as he used

  • CYCLE SPEEDWAY:Horspath's Poole test

    Horspath Hammers start their new South & South Wales Division 1 League season with a home match against reigning champions Poole tomorrow. The action starts at 2pm. Admission is free.

  • COMMENT: Sense at last over rubbish tips

    COMMON sense has prevailed.The council council was set to save money by closing Redbridge tip and making it “trade waste only”. But after a huge public backlash the idea, first put forward in December, has now been shelved in part. The

  • BOXING: Oxford revel in Varsity triumph

    Oxford came from behind to win their first Varsity Match for three years three years with a dominating performance at The Troxy, London on Thursday night. The Dark Blues’ 6-3 victory banished the memories of their nightmare whitewash defeat

  • Youth, 17, charged with rapes

    A 17-year-old youth faces two charges of rape and one of sexual assault over an incident in Church Cowley Road, Oxford, on Wednesday. He appeared before Oxford magistrates yesterday. A 16-year-old boy who was also arrested over the incident has been

  • Oxford's Mini E is a hit after a battery of tests

    DOZENS of pioneering motorists who tested the new electric Mini handed back their cars at BMW’s Plant Oxford with lots of stories to tell. Forty drivers tested the cars and their feedback ranged from great cost efficiency and good snow performance

  • ANGLING: Better season on our rivers

    The end of the 2010-11 coarse fishing river season came to a close on Monday and as it coincided with some decent weather, I’m sure some good fish were caught by specimen hunters. The chub were feeding well, while pike will have also put a bend in a

  • Van driver killed in M40 crash

    A FATAL collision between a van and a mobile crane has closed the southbound M40. At around 8am an Iveco van and a mobile crane crashed on the southbound carriageway between junction six for Watlington and five for Stokenchurch. Police said the driver

  • Judge clears legal course over student's exam failures

    A STUDENT who sued an Oxford law college for £100,000 after failing exams three times has been told by a judge her own lack of aptitude was to blame. Mr Justice Burnett, sitting at the High Court in London, said no-one doubted Russian-born Maria Abramova

  • ICE HOCKEY: Stars aim to end poor run

    Oxford City Stars hope to end a run of only one win in nine games on Saturday, when they host basement boys Swindon Wildcats in English National League South Division 1. On Sunday, Stars travel to face Chelmsford Chieftains in their faltering bid to

  • It's all vine with me

    How can I write a thousand word article about Chablis and not mention the wine? Chablis IS wine. Indeed, besides Champagne and Bordeaux I would guess that Chablis is probably the most well-known French wine in the world. I would even go so far to

  • Get on your marks for OX5

    THERE’S still time to get your running shoes on and join hundreds of others to take part in this year’s OX5 Run. Places are still available to take part in tomorrow’s five-mile run at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, to raise money for the Oxford

  • SWIMMING: Little looming large for City

    City of Oxford swimmer Maia Little stormed to three victories to clinch the best all rounder trophy for ten-year-old girls in the county age group championships held at Aylesbury. The ten-year-old Oxford High junior school pupil touched first

  • Crash shuts M40

    THE M40 will be closed southbound until at least midday after an accident this morning. At around 8am two vans are believed to have crashed on the southbound carriageway between junction six for Watlington and five for Stokenchurch. One person is

  • Baby cuts drug-running woman's sentence

    A MOTHER caught with almost half a kilo of heroin was shown “leniency she did not deserve” after giving birth in custody. Kafayat Sarumi was found with the Class A drugs worth up to £40,000 outside TK Maxx in Cowley, Oxford, after shoplifting from the

  • Tributes follow death in park

    FLORAL tributes have been placed at an East Oxford park after a man’s body was found. Police were called after a walker in Cowley Marsh Park discovered Aaron James’s body in the early hours last Friday. It is believed the 23-year-old

  • Wedding party gets locked in register office grounds

    WITNEY: Oxfordshire County Council has apologised after a wedding party was locked in the grounds at Witney Register Office. The newly-weds and their family and friends were stuck in the Woodgreen car park for about an hour last Saturday. The council

  • Littlemore woman pinned to floor by burglars

    TWO burglars forced their way into a home before pinning a woman to the floor in Littlemore yesterday. They burst into the house in Bocklesbury Road shortly after 7.30am, pushing past a 15-year-old girl and the 21-year-old woman. The attackers covered

  • Man bailed in international paedophile ring inquiry

    A 19-year-old man was one of 100 suspected paedophiles arrested by police investigating the world’s biggest Internet child sex ring. Thames Valley Police confirmed last night that a man from the Thame area was arrested on suspicion of making, possessing

  • Backlash forces council rethink on closing Redbridge dump

    WASTE chiefs have binned controversial plans to close Oxford’s Redbridge recycling centre to the public. The proposal to make the Old Abingdon Road site ‘trade use only’ was unveiled as part of Oxfordshire County Council budget cuts to save

  • Former ambulance worker jailed for child sex offences

    A FORMER ambulance worker was yesterday jailed for 13 years for sex offences against children. Christopher Readings, who lives in Clifton Hampden, near Abingdon, sexually assaulted a girl and a boy in the Shetland Islands between 2008 and 2010. The

  • Death crash closes M40

    A van driver died today in a crash that closed the M40. The collision between a van and a mobile crane happened on the southbound carriageway between junction six near Watlington and junction five at Stokenchuch. The southbound carriageway

  • U's striker Constable has a point to prove

    James Constable could be set for a return to Oxford United’s starting line-up in today’s npower League Two game against Crewe at the Kassam Stadium. The U’s joint top scorer, who has struck 13 goals this season, has not found the net for

  • RACING: Super Sam salutes awesome Long Run

    Sam Waley-Cohen believes Long Run could be the best horse ever after his stunning victory in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. The ex-French gelding, owned by his father, Robert, from Edge Hill, near Banbury, became the first six-year-old to claim chasing

  • U's stars kick off youth club

    CHILDREN met some of their footballing heroes at the launch of a new youth club. Oxford United players Ryan Clarke and Aaron Woodley helped cut the ribbon to officially open the Rose Hill Junior Youth Club, for children aged from seven to 11. More than

  • Dramatic action will help hospital

    YOUNG actors are to dramatise an ancient poem to raise money for Oxford Children’s Hospital and the Pegasus Youth Theatre. They will stage After Gilgamesh at the Magdalen Road theatre from Wednesday, March 30, until Saturday, April 2. The one-and-a-half-hour