• Man exposed himself to cyclist in Banbury

    Police are appealing for information after a man exposed himself to a woman in Banbury. The 34-year-old woman was cycling along Warwick Road at 5.15pm on Wednesday when the incident happened. As she cycled near to the junction with Orchard

  • SKI-ING: Super Sole is British champ

    OXFORDSHIRE’S Niki Sole has scaled new peaks by becoming the British alpine ski champion. The 20-year-old, from Over Norton, near Chipping Norton, captured the overall title at Meribel in France after winning two of the five disciplines. With British

  • Homes plan is revealed

    NEW details have emerged of Ruskin College’s controversial plans to build houses on part of its Headington campus in Oxford. Proposals include between 175 and 193 homes on a three-and-a-half hectare site which lies within the Old Headington conservation

  • Witness intimidation trial is halted

    The trial of four Oxford men charged with witness intimidation has been halted. Byron Haines, Callum Spencer, Dexter Williams and George Kirika all deny intimidating John Amadasun during the murder trial of Eze Eke, who killed Blayne Ridgway outside

  • CRICKET: Hawtin targets double success

    OXFORDSHIRE will target victory on both fronts when the new Minor Counties season gets under way. That is the view of captain Ian Hawtin, whose side play Buckinghamshire in a one-day friendly at Aston Rowant on Sunday (11am). The Bucks match sees each

  • CRICKET: New Cherwell team gets thumbs-up

    CHAIRMAN Clive Ricks’s new management team was elected unopposed at the MP Sports Cherwell League’s second extraordinary general meeting of the year last night. Clubs took less than three minutes at Bicester & North Oxford CC to give the thumbs

  • Councils ‘overpay for mileage rates’

    COUNCILS in Oxfordshire have been criticised for paying workers “well above” the recommended mileage allow-ances, racking up an annual bill of almost £4.5m. Every district council in the county pays up to 65p a mile to workers – 44 per cent more than

  • Sample of jazz festival sounds

    JAZZ fans got a taste of this month’s Oxford Jazz Festival with the sweet sax sounds of the Annemarie Nelson Quartet. Featuring 60 performances in 30 venues, organisers hope this year’s will be the best yet, with a strong focus on British performers.

  • GREYHOUNDS: Friday's BAGS results

    11.03: 1 KEEPERHILL TOM 9-4 jt fav, 2 Fragrant Rose 3-1. (3x4x2). Trainer: Colton. Time: 28.51. Slaneyside Bonzo (6) 9-4 jt fav. 11.19: 1 MIXABABE 5-1, 2 Ruddy Rocket 5-1. (3x1x6). Trainer: Yeates. Time: 27.63. Starcash Sandy (6) 2-1 fav. 11.34: 1

  • Former cinema ready to open as new nightclub

    A FORMER Wantage cinema is finally set to open its doors as a nightclub. Shush will open for business on Saturday, April 23, in the old Regent Cinema in Newbury Street. The cinema, which closed in 2005 and has been empty since, has been transformed

  • Bands aid for safer shops trip

    IT’S every parent’s nightmare to be out shopping, turn your back for a second and find that your child has wandered off. But a new scheme at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford aims to give mothers and fathers some extra peace of mind.

  • CCTV clue issued over charity shop theft

    Police today released CCTV images of two people wanted after a clock was stolen from a charity shop in Kidlington. At 10.20am on March 15, police said the two people pictured were in the Sobell House charity shop in the High Street.

  • Pair to keep Carrying On

    CARRY on running – that’s the motto of an Abingdon soldier and his brother who are planning to break a record on Sunday by running the London Marathon dressed as a doctor and nurse. The pair aim to raise at least £2,000 for ABF The Soldiers

  • O2 Academy opens doors for Asperger's sufferers

    FOR most concert-goers, walking into a gig brings feelings of excitement and anticipation. But for 33-year-old Sarah Hewitt, the experience can be agonisingly stressful as she struggles to adapt to an unfamiliar surrounding. Sarah has

  • Company picked to perform at Fringe

    PHYSICAL and visual artists are taking the story of a young woman collecting her grandmother’s ashes to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Oxford-based theatre company Idle Motion has been picked by the British Council to take part this summer.

  • CYCLING: Jones on song

    Mark Jones won Oxonian CC’s Eynsham ten-mile time trial in wet and windy conditions on Wednesday night, clocking 22mins 18secs. Neil Johnson (24.45) pipped Jake Thomas (24.46) for second. Claire Vallance was the first lady home in 27.47, with Jan Newman

  • Police figures reveal rise in violence

    VIOLENT offences are increasing in Oxford despite the overall level of crime dropping, new police figures revealed last night. The most serious violence cases – including wounding, endangering life and grievous bodily harm without intent –

  • Pensioners' party is everyone's cup of tea

    OXFORD’S pensioners have been treated to a tea party to remember. About 300 OAPs packed the Oxford Annual Pensioner’s Tea Party at Oxford Town Hall in St Aldate’s yesterday. Senior citizens were served a free meal of ham, salad and jacket potato,

  • Stanley are Bumble's club

    Accrington Stanley have been getting excited about Oxford United supporter Timmy Mallett coming to tomorrow’s game. So do Stanley have any celebrity fans? Well yes. David Lloyd is a big follower, but can not get to many games because of his Sky Sports

  • FOOTBALL: Boss Pearce issues Launton warning

    Headington Amateurs will be crowned Division 1 West champions if they beat basement boys Launton Sports on Saturday. Few would back against that happening, as Launton have yet to win a game all season. However, despite the odds, Headington boss Shaun

  • FOOTBALL: Abingdon hunting double

    Abingdon United give a late test to Ricky Allaway (knee) when they host Paulton Rovers in Division 1 South & West, looking to complete the double. Kevin Halliday is back after a ban, but Shaun Wimble (groin) is ruled out. Boss Richie Bourne is expecting

  • CYCLING: Ball off to flier on new course

    OXFORD City Road Club’s first time trial on their new Witney ten-mile course saw four riders break the 20-minute barrier. Chris Ball (BioBike RT) took the honours in 19mins 26secs for the route that started and finished near Barnard Gate on the A40.

  • Dad died after reaction to amphetamines

    A “GREAT dad” who took speed as a release from the pressures of opening a new Oxford supermarket collapsed and died at work. Tesco team leader Derren Harding, pictured, was watching a training DVD when he suffered the reaction to amphetamines, an inquest

  • Woman's screams foil Banbury bag snatch

    Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted handbag snatch in the Highlands area of Banbury. At 10.10pm on Wednesday, a woman parked her vehicle on Ferriston, when she was approached by a youth, who was in a group with other youths

  • U's bid to cut out mistakes

    Oxford United make their first visit to Accrington Stanley’s Fraser Eagle Stadium tomorrow. The npower League Two match has special significance because of the two clubs’ overlapping history. Oxford United first gained their place in the Football League

  • Craddock eyes improved home form

    Striker Tom Craddock admits Accrington Stanley’s home record is something Oxford United will hope to emulate next season to challenge even more strongly for a promotion place. The Reds have won their last eight successive games at the Fraser Eagle Stadium

  • Cameron keeps giving money away

    THERE were plans to build new schools in Britain, which have been scrapped. There were also plans for badly-needed repairs to some of our existing schools, which have been scrapped. And yet David Cameron goes to Pakistan and pledges £650m to pay for

  • A green waste

    I AM writing with regard to John Tanner’s letter (Oxford Mail, April 12, Pay for garden waste). When we were first issued with a green sack for garden waste I was told that we could buy ‘as many as we liked for £7.50 each’. I bought two more but still

  • FOOTBALL: North Leigh leap into play-off position

    North Leigh leapfrogged three places into a play-off position with a 6-2 victory at home to Bishops Cleeve in Division 1 South & West of the Zamaretto Southern League last night. The hosts were two goals up inside eight minutes through Kieron Sanders

  • Vettel remains on top

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel once again demonstrated his supremacy over his Formula One rivals as he posted the quickest time in second practice for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. The reigning world champion was quickest in the morning's

  • Hospital survey does not show full picture

    I would like to comment on the Oxford Mail article (front page, April 13) about the staff survey conducted by the Care Quality Commission for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals in October 2010. It is not accurate to report that nearly two thirds of consultants

  • Pitch in for runners

    REGARDING the Wantage and Grove all-weather pitch (Oxford Mail, April 8), why not make it a real community thing and include a running track around the outside? The youngsters from the local athletics club – White Horse Harriers – would come on in leaps

  • When in Rome...

    ON the subject of the banning of Muslim dress in France (The Issue, Wednesday’s Oxford Mail), there is a well known saying which advises that ‘when in Rome do as the Romans do’. This is good advice, it seems to me, because, by doing just that, it indicates

  • Gunned down

    I would like to reply to Bea Bradley’s letter (Tuesday’s Oxford Mail), which says that my letter concerning shotgun licences was “strange”. It ignores the fact that I was writing about 10-year-olds holding shotgun licenses. Some of these youngsters

  • Macdonald Bear Hotel Woodstock Wins Hotel Award

    Macdonald Bear Hotel – Woodstock The Macdonald Bear Hotel in Woodstock is celebrating their winning of “Macdonald Hotels Revenue Hotel of the Year 2010” This award, presented at a recent awards ceremony in Marlow, is a mark of their achievement

  • Daisy, the Oxfordshire cat with thumbs!

    DAISY has really put the cat among the pigeons by showing off her skills catching balls, opening cat flaps and holding wine glasses. The three-year-old stray was taken in by Mike Gale and fiancée Emma Wightman last year after they abopted her from the

  • COMMENT: Daisy delights

    WE HOPE the story of Daisy, the cat with thumbs, brings a smile to your face. Still, her new owners Mike Gale and Emma Wightman should be glad they are not living a couple of hundred years ago, otherwise they could find themselves being ducked in the

  • RUGBY UNION: Wallingford face final-day fight

    WALLINGFORD director of rugby Martin Moran says they must focus on themselves as they seek to avoid relegation on the final day of the season. Moran’s men visit Amersham & Chiltern, who can clinch the South West 1 East title with a victory tomorrow,

  • McLaren signs new deal for next season

    Oxford United midfielder Paul McLaren has signed a new contract, keeping him at the club next season. The 34-year-old has been a consistent performer for United in the second half of this campaign since joining them on December 31. And his decision

  • FOOTBALL: City star Felipe in Fulham trial

    Oxford City’s striking sensation Felipe Barcelos is to have a trial spell at Barclays Premier League side Fulham. The 19-year-old Brazilian, who recently signed a two-and-a-half year contract, made his City debut away to Bedford in January

  • Health bosses under fire for £12k study day

    HEALTH bosses came under fire last night for spending almost £12,000 on a lecture and study day at a four-star hotel in Oxfordshire. NHS South Central last night confirmed it paid for 49 people to attend the Oxford PGMDE Annual Educators’ Study

  • COMMENT: NHS short on strategic thinking

    FOR an organisation that is supposed to be a strategic health authority, not a lot of strategic thinking seems to go on at NHS South Central. Today we reveal how it spent almost £12,000 on a meet-up for 49 people at the Oxford Belfry Hotel. No doubt

  • Dozens caught out by parking fee change

    MORE than 70 drivers have been caught out by new evening parking charges across North Oxfordshire. A total of 75 motorists have been fined £60 to £80 for not buying a parking ticket after evening charges were introduced in Cherwell District Council car


    Davies Freda Nee Essex Passed away on the 6th of April 2011. Aged 78 years. Loving wife, mother, nan, sister and auntie. Funeral service on Wednesday 20th April at All Saints Church, Didcot at 11.30am. Family flowers only. Donations welcome to Cancer




    Moran Martin Died peacefully on 11th April 2011. He will be greatly missed by his brothers and sisters. The Requiem Mass will be held on Tuesday 19th April at 10am at St Aloysius Church, Woodstock Road, followed by burial. Family flowers only, donations


    LEWIS Stephen John (Louie) Passed away aged 50 after a short illness bravely fought. Loving father of Karl, Sam, Kim, Dean & Gemma. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Funeral service to be held at The Church of The Holy Family, Blackbird Leys


    TOMPKINS Sylvia Jean In loving memory of our beloved mother who passed away 6 years ago today. We love and miss you Linda, Chris and Andrew xxx

  • Pauline Trinder

    PAULINE TRINDER Best Wishes, love from Robert, Ian, Jane & Ady, Eric & Tia xxxxx


    RODGERS Beryl Nine years have passed since that sad day, when you were called away. I think of you every day and miss you very much. Til we meet again. God Bless you. All my love Ray. xx


    STEWART Tony Passed away after a long illness in Sir Michael Sobell House on 5th April 2011, aged 71. Much loved husband of Sandra, he will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Funeral Service on Tuesday 26th April at Jesus College Chapel, Oxford


    Grant George Passed away peacefully on the 9th of April 2011. Aged 93 years. Loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather.Funeral Service to be held at St Peter's Church, Didcot on Wednesday the 20th of April at 1.30pm. Family


    Kekwick Vera Passed away peacefully at Freeland House Nursing Home on 9th April 2011. Much loved wife of Basil and devoted mother of Stephen, Diana and Celia. Funeral on Wednesday 27th April 2011 at 1.45 at Oxford Crematorium. Family flowers only but


    Howes Gordon John Peacefully passed away after a short illness on 12 April 2011 aged 84. Will be sadly missed by Merilyn, Alan, Pauline and families. Funeral service to take place at Oxford Crematorium on Monday 18 April at 3.45 pm. Family flowers only


    DAVIS Joan Sylvia Passed peacefully away on 6th April aged 88 years. The much loved Mother of Richard, Rita, Kareen, Linda, Avril, Jackie and Serena. The Funeral will be at 1pm on Tuesday 19th April at Wolvercote Cemetery Chapel. No flowers please but


    JONES Clifford Aged 91 years. Peacefully on 12 April 2011 (of Fern Hill Road, Cowley). Beloved husband of the late Betty, much loved dad of Marilyn, a greatly loved bampy of Paul and Robert and special father in law of Peter. Funeral Service at Oxford