• RUGBY UNION: Oxford sunk by mighty Georgia

    Eastern European power proved too much for Oxford University at Iffley Road on Monday night as Georgia ran out 38-13 winners. Georgia ran in six tries during an entertaining clash, which saw them seize control midway through the first half. The visitors

  • Ardington 9 v Radley 0

    Ardington U11's put 9 past Radley at the weekend thanks to goals from Kieran Kerby (3) Jake Denton (2) Patrick Kelly (2)and Matheo Charrier and Owen Norton with one each. This was also the seventh clean sheet of the season for Ardington.

  • Purge on abandoned bikes

    OWNERS of bikes abandoned at Oxford Railway Station have until tomorrow to ‘remove them or lose them’. Six weeks ago train operator First Great Western and British Transport Police tagged about 500 bikes left in racks outside the station. The company

  • Thieves steal expensive cycle seats

    EXPENSIVE bike saddles are being targeted by thieves in Oxford, a shop owner warned last night. Kevin Moreland, who runs Walton Street Cycles, in Jericho, has sold on average one Brooks saddle every week in the past six months as a replacement for ones

  • A34 re-open after smash

    The A34 southbound carriageway at Weston-on-the-Green has reopened after a collision. Two cars and a van collided at around 5.30pm. One woman was freed from her vehicle by fire crews, but the extent of her injuries is not known.

  • Young traders get advice from PM

    FLEDGLING entrepreneurs from a county school decided to give the ultimate boost to their business by setting up a meeting with the Prime Minister. The team, which runs young enterprise company Linx, based at Bloxham School, travelled to David Cameron

  • Safety project helps boaters

    WORK was completed yesterday on controversial safety work on an Oxford waterway. The £90,000 project on the Castle Mill Stream, near Isis Lock in the city centre was started in November. But while the work has been welcomed as positive by some, critics

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  • House prices drop again

    House prices in Oxfordshire have fallen for the fifth month in a row — but are still sliding less fast than in many other parts of the country. Values across the county fell 0.1 per cent in February compared with the previous month, but are still up

  • 'Gunpoint' robbery on woman in Oxford

    Police are appealing for information after two robberies in Oxford last night in which weapons were used. The first robbery happened at 11.25pm as a 22-year-old woman was walking near to the junction of Oxford Road and Littlehay Road.

  • Church takes over management

    A CHURCH is to take charge of a loss-making Witney public hall. West Witney Community Church will take over the day-to-day running of Burwell Hall in Thorney Leys from the town council in June. It lost the council £37,017 last year. The authority will

  • College's landmark buildings up for sale

    AN OXFORD college has put three historic properties in the city centre on the market for £6m. Cherwell College, which teaches about 150 A-Level and GCSE students, was founded in the 1970s by Paul and Diane Gordon. The couple, who are planning to retire

  • Burglars strike across south Oxfordshire

    Police are appealing for information after a series of burglaries across south Oxfordshire. Over the past week, there have been 11 burglaries in total throughout the Henley, Binfield Heath, Woodcote and Goring areas. Police said these burglaries

  • Cuts will be the end of us, say day care centre users

    “I KNOW that if they cut transport, that will be the end of me.” Rowena Cobb, 81, from Southmoor, is dreading the effect county council plans to cut transport to day centres would have on her life. She is among hundreds of pensioners

  • Oxfordshire tenants talent contest kicks off

    OXFORDSHIRE’S housing associations are to launch a fresh search for stars in the making among their 25,000 tenants. Founded three years ago as a talent competition for the Leys estates in Oxford, Starcatchers is now open to people across Oxfordshire

  • RESULTS: March 26-27

    FOOTBALL NPOWER LEAGUE TWO Oxford Utd 3, Burton Albion 0. ZAMARETTO SOUTHERN LEAGUE Premier Div: Banbury Utd 2, Bedford Tn 0; Hednesford 2, Oxford City 1; Leamington 2, Didcot Tn 1. Div 1 South & West: Bideford 4, Abingdon Utd 2; Paulton Rov 3, North

  • Scales of Justice

    OXFORD Joel Moroney, 34, of Parliament Road, Thame, admitted possessing or controlling an article for use in fraud (an altered prescription) on July 15; fraud by false representation by obtaining a prescription under the name Josh Jones

  • Crash causes A43 delays

    A crash between a lorry and a car today caused delays for drivers near Brackley. The collision happened on the southbound A43 south of the town between Broad Lane, Evenley, and the Barley Mow junction with the A421 / B4031. The road was partially blocked

  • Teenager injured in Wallingford robbery

    A teenager was punched in the face during a robbery in Wallingford. Police said the 17-year-old boy was walking along Station Road, at the junction with Charter Way, when a white 'old-style' Ford Fiesta pulled up alongside him at about 6.10pm on Friday

  • British Gas Business to build new Oxford HQ

    A new multi-million pound headquarters for workers at British Gas Business is to be built in Oxford. Up to 1,000 staff will move into the state-of-the-art premises at the Oxford Business Park once construction is completed early in 2013. Currently staff

  • BREAKING NEWS: Cooper trial collapses

    The trial of John William Cooper, the Pembrokeshire farm labourer accused of four murders, was suddenly stopped today. The judge, Mr Justice John Griffith Williams, discharged the jury. A new jury is being sworn in and the trial is expected

  • Woman dies in Lambourn crash

    An 83-year-old woman has died following a collision in Lambourn. Police said the woman was driving a red Nissan Micra southbound along the High Street (B4000) when she was in collision with a stationary recovery truck just before 6pm yesterday.

  • Man appears in court over Sian murder

    A MAN has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of Sian O'Callaghan. Christopher Halliwell, 47, of Ashbury Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, spoke only to confirm his name and address when he appeared at the town's Magistrates' Court. He is

  • Guys and Dolls line up to star in youth production

    YOUNG hopefuls turned up in their leggings and dancing shoes to audition for a youth production of a popular musical. About 200 drama enthusiasts aged eight to 18 were put through their paces at the New Theatre in George Street, Oxford, for Guys and

  • Nurses won't get extra pay for Royal Wedding day work

    OXFORDSHIRE’S nurses due to work on the day of the Royal Wedding will get no extra pay, although some public servants will. Nurses at Oxford’s John Radcliffe and Churchill hospitals, and the Horton in Banbury, have been told they will get a lieu day

  • COMMENT: A Royal muddle

    IT APPEARS odd that Oxfordshire hospital managers don’t want to stump up the extra cash for staff who work on the bank holiday being held to mark the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Council and police chiefs have found the cash to reward

  • Man remanded over Sian murder

    A man has been remanded in custody charged with the murder of Sian O'Callaghan. Christopher Halliwell, 47, of Ashbury Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, spoke only to confirm his name and address when he appeared at the town's Magistrates' Court. He is

  • Inquiry date set for Tesco's Fox and Hounds pub store bid

    A public inquiry will be held in June over controversial plans by Tesco to open an Express store on the site of the former Fox and Hounds pub. The plan to demolish the former Abingdon Road pub was rejected by Oxford City Council in December. Tesco appealed

  • FOOTBALL: Stone's double buoys Banbury

    Banbury Utd 2 (Stone 2, 53) Bedford Tn 0 Banbury United eased their Premier Division relegation worries as two goals from David Stone gave them victory over Bedford on Saturday. Deducted a point in midweek for fielding an improperly registered player

  • FOOTBALL: Banbury will sue - Jeffrey

    Manager Billy Jeffrey says Banbury United could sue the player whose signingcaused them to be docked a point and pushed them closer to the Premier drop zone. Former Reading striker Mitchell Bryant used his father’s signature on his registration form

  • FOOTBALL: North Leigh’s away joy

    Paulton Rov 3 (Lane 23, 60, Jeffries 25) North Leigh 4 (Caton 30, Taylor 40, Hopkins 56, Hole 83 pen) North Leigh racked up their tenth straight away win in Division 1 South & West after coming back from 2-0 down. Paulton, unbeaten in four games,

  • QUAKE AID: 1,000 at event to help Japan

    MORE than 1,000 people gathered at Oxford Town Hall to offer a helping hand to victims of the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. Visitors paid to taste Japanese food and to try their hand at traditional arts and crafts at yesterday’s event

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  • RESULTS: Greyhounds 26/27

    SATURDAY’S RESULTS 7.35: 1 OI OI BADGER 2-1 fav, 2 Greencroft Emma 7-2. Trio: (2x3x5). Trainer: Hepden. Time: 27.84. 7.50: 1 CALL IT RIGHTNOW 5-2 jt fav, 2 Maughera Dawn 7-2. Trio: (3x5x1). Trainer: T Kibble. Time: 27.87. Demons-forts Lady (1) 5-2 jt

  • FOOTBALL: Unlucky City frustrated by defeat

    Hednesford Tn 2 (Wellecombe 14, Clements 73) Oxford City 1 (Lyon 85) In-form Oxford City fell aggrieved not to have come away from Hednesford with a Premier Division point. City matched the hosts and created enough chances to warrant a draw. Hednesford

  • FOOTBALL: Didcot hurt by early howler

    Leamington 2 (A Williams og 3, Sheldon 33) Didcot Tn 1 (M Williams 90) Didcot’s relegation worries deepened after they were edged out by Premier Division promotion-chasing Leamington on Saturday. The match was effectively decided in the first half

  • QUAKE AID: Paper birds raise cash for victims

    SHOPPERS made origami birds of peace to send to Japan to show their support to the country in the wake of its devastating earthquake. Visitors to Templars Square Shopping Centre in Cowley, Oxford, raised £1,000 by paying to be shown how to

  • FOOTBALL: Halliday off in defeat

    Bideford 4 (Andrews 30, Wood 52, Dowling 67, Squire 72) Abingdon Utd 2 (Hockley og 70, Lewis 89) Abingdon made the five-hour trip back from North Devon wondering what might have been after losing their Division 1 South & West clash. The visitors

  • Turner salvages fifth in Abu Dhabi

    A star performance by Chacombe racing driver Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke in the FIA GT1 championship race in Abu Dhabi salvaged a fifth-place finish for the duo after a disastrous end to what was most likely an assured victory in the qualifying

  • Prayers said for Sian as man charged

    PRAYERS were said in the Oxfordshire village where the body of Swindon woman Sian O’Callaghan was found. Worshippers prayed for the 22-year-old at Uffington’s St Mary’s Church yesterday, just a mile from where the 22-year-old PA’s body was found in a

  • Library joy

    IT IS wonderful news that the county’s libraries have been saved. I’d like to congratulate the public for their magnificent campaign, which forced the county council to rethink their savage proposals. I’d also like to thank the Oxford Mail for its crucial

  • Don't forget TB

    Nearly every day of the year is now an ‘awareness day’, ranging from Wear a Loud Tie Day (January 24) to International Mountain Day (December 16), aimed at promoting interest in, or raising funds for, different causes. Understandably, the media has developed

  • History of hate

    I could not agree more with Steve Jack when he expresses his outrage at the recent murder of an Israeli family on the West Bank (Oxford Mail letters, March 22). Unfortunately, this tragic incident is part of the wider picture of tit-for-tat killings

  • Midsomer madness

    I believe Midsomer Murders should be more representative of the real world – but not for reasons of ethnicity or political correctness. Midsomer should represent actual policing, with uniformed officers scruffy, surly and terminally incompetent, armed

  • Benefits service is on the right track

    I would like to assure your readers that Oxford City Council accepted the criticisms about our Benefits Service, and had set about putting things right well before the Audit Commission came along. The Oxford Mail’s report on Thursday recognised that

  • FOOTBALL: Manager Hill sees Witney slip into relegation zone

    Witney Utd 0 Shrivenham 1 (Robertson 54) Despite Richard Hill’s return as manager, Witney slipped into the Premier Division relegation zone with a lacklustre 1-0 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Shrivenham on Saturday. Hill (pictured), who was

  • Dairy treat for school pupils

    THIS outing for a group of school children was strictly educational. They were visiting Job’s Dairy at Didcot to learn all about milk production. The children were from Sandhills Primary School in Headington, Oxford. The picture, sent in by reader

  • Carrycots just the job for meals on wheels

    IT WASN’T so much meals on wheels, rather meals in carrycots. Members of the Women’s Voluntary Service issued an urgent appeal for the baby-carrying contraptions which were popular in the 1950s and 1960s. The last thing on their minds, however, was

  • Smart turnout at Sunday School

    NO CASUAL clothes in sight here – Sunday School children always wore their Sunday best. These were the Sunday School children at St Michael and All Angels Church in Summertown, Oxford, in February 1943. We don’t know any of their names, or the names

  • The changing face of Oxford

    MEMBERS of the Oxford Sub-Aqua Club held an open night at Temple Cowley Baths in 1963 to publicise their activities. Stephen Pritchard is seen in the first picture fitting a face mask and snorkel to one of the guests, Glen Lynn, a student at Rycotewood

  • Dignitaries lined up for church parade

    OXFORD’S civic leaders turned out in force for this Home Guard church parade during the Second World War. The macebearer leads a procession, followed by the mayor and city councillors in full regalia, to St Luke’s Church at Cowley. We can’t identify

  • Night lights were silver jubilee success

    FLAGS flew everywhere when King George V and Queen Mary celebrated their silver jubilee in 1935. The nation and the whole empire were gripped by Royal fever. King George, despite his austere look, and his Queen were admired and adored by millions across

  • Man about town: Financial plans are easiest to put off

    I don’t know if you’re as puzzled as I am, but when I see advertisements for banks, I can’t help but wonder who they’re aimed at? I know it all looks and sounds very beautiful, with Lloyds pledging to be with us ‘for the journey’ and Santander changing

  • Atomic blues

    How those people opposed to nuclear power must have squirmed with embarrassment when they read David Williams’s piece in the Oxford Mail ( Issue, March 24). Picking-up on the points he made, may I make the following points in response: * The unit

  • FOOTBALL: Clanfield give leaders a shock

    Clanfield 3 (Keyes 50, Bishop 62, Lewis 80) Headington Ams 1 (L Cuff 40) Clanfield boosted their Division 1 West promotion ambitions by surprising leaders Headington with a second-half comeback. Hosts Ckanfield started strongly with Lee Keyes seeing

  • Art project lights up Cowley

    IMAGES of Cowley past and present lit up the night sky over the weekend as part of an innovative art project. Portraits of residents and archive footage was beamed on to Hockmore Tower above Templars Square shopping centre between 7pm and 10pm on Friday

  • Prostitutes using Cowley park again

    A FAMILY park in the heart of East Oxford is being used by prostitutes again, it is feared. Cowley police found condoms in an area behind the pavilion in Cowley Marsh Park, off Marsh Road. But they said about two women are working the streets in Cowley

  • U's players take a walk on the wild side

    IT might not match the boiling temperatures of Kenya, but Oxford United players got a taste of their impending charity trip to Africa at a West Oxfordshire wildlife park. Captain and star striker James Constable and defender Ben Purkiss met meerkats,

  • MacLean hits double as United dispatch Burton

    Two-goal Steve MacLean admitted he should probably have finished with at least a hat-trick at the Kassam Stadium yesterday. The on-loan Plymouth striker found the net early and late as the U’s beat Burton Albion 3-0 to keep maintain their play-off ambitions

  • Pooh Sticks event attracts 2,000

    MORE than 2,000 people descended on Little Wittenham yesterday for the World Pooh Sticks Championships. They watched competitors in the 28th annual contest at Days Lock. Team Kelly won the team race, while Saffron Sollitt, nine, from Wantage, won the

  • Overlapping roadworks mean summer of delays

    DRIVERS face a summer of gridlock as two major city roadwork schemes overlap. Six months of roadworks will start next month to remodel the Heyford Hill roundabout by Sainsbury’s supermarket. And a month later, 40 weeks of roadworks on Iffley Road will

  • COMMENT: Make sure work doesn't drag on

    OXFORD’S tide of roadworks continues, with news that two major schemes will overlap for most of 2011. Six months of disruption will begin at Heyford Hill from April 11, with 40 weeks of work starting on Iffley Road a month later, compounding the misery

  • RUGBY: Quartet get call for Dark Blues

    Oxford University have bolstered their ranks with old Blues and a Tongan international for tonight’s clash with Georgia at Iffley Road (7.15). The Dark Blues have called up Tonga centre Epi Taione as well as his London Welsh teammate, USA international

  • ROWING: Oxford delight at Boat Race victory

    Simon Hislop epitomised Oxford’s refusal to be beaten as the Dark Blues produced a commanding performance to win the 157th Xchanging Boat Race by four lengths. The Oxford stroke, who begins his new career as a junior doctor at Charing Cross Hospital

  • ROWING: Louloudis tipped for top

    OXford Boat Race winner Constantine Louloudis is ready to be fast-tracked into Britain’s 2012 Olympic squad, according to Dark Blues coach Sean Bowden. Louloudis, a first-year Classics undergraduate, rowed in the six seat as Oxford surged to victory

  • Man in court over Sian murder

    A man is due to appear in court today charged with the murder of Sian O'Callaghan. Christopher Halliwell, 47, was arrested by Wiltshire Police on Thursday and charged on Saturday night with killing the 22-year-old PA from Swindon. Miss O'Callaghan

  • Chalgrove school 'weak', says inspectors

    INSPECTORS have branded Chalgrove Community Primary School “inadequate” and said teaching is weak and staff have been resistant to change. Standards watchdog Ofsted has put the 200-pupil primary school on ‘special measures’, asking the local authority

  • Celebrate living in Oxford with a street party

    COMMUNITIES across Oxford are being urged to celebrate city life by joining a weekend of city-wide street parties. Oxford Streets for the People launches this week and organisers are aiming for 75 parties in September, smashing last year’s