• Thirteen arrested as Oxford United beat Swindon Town

    THIRTEEN people were arrested as Oxford United beat fierce rivals Swindon Town 2-0 today. A few fans threw chairs at rival supporters and tried to breach the segregated area during the match while police were forced to intervene after trouble

  • Residents voice fears over Botley redevelopment

    PLANS for a multi-million-pound shopping redevelopment in Botley could surface this year. Vale of White Horse District Council has revealed it is in advanced talks with a developer over the two-acre site next to West Way shopping centre. But residents

  • Medieval collection goes online

    OXFORD'S Bodleian Library has made its collection of the Cairo Genizah fragments available online. The Cairo Genizah is an collection of almost 280,000 medieval Jewish manuscript fragments, mostly written in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic. They were discovered

  • Ollie rewarded for science of sausages

    OLLIE Weaver is one teenager who is bringing home the bacon – or should we say sausages. The 18-year-old has been working at his local butcher’s since he began a Saturday job. aged 15 After turning full-time about a year ago the Bampton resident has

  • Knife robber is locked up

    A KNIFE-WIELDING robber caught with the help of the Oxford Mail’s Badvent calendar has been jailed. Ashley Appleby was among Oxford’s most wanted criminals after failing to turn up for his trial. But after an appearance in our Badvent series, run in

  • Following in mum's dancing footsteps

    JUNIOR dancer Maddy McDonagh is following in her mother’s footsteps by getting her hands on a trophy in a national competition. Maddy, seven, pictured, was one of hundreds of youngsters from across the UK taking part in the Diva Divo dance contest at

  • Zippy new Mini to help county's youth

    MINI Plant Oxford has boosted Oxford United’s drive to help youngsters by handing one U’s worker a new car. Oxford United’s Youth and Community Trust provides football activities from after-school clubs to employment courses. Last week, the trust’s

  • Group celebrate its Nicaraguan link

    IT is the joyous sound of revolution that has thrilled city audiences for more than two decades. Now residents are again set to perform a “peasant mass” that celebrates their link with the Nicaraguan city of Leon. Every year, the Oxford-Leon Association

  • Garden opens for the spring

    AN EAST Oxford community garden is set to blossom this spring with a bunch of events on offer. The Barracks Lane Community Garden is to reopen today with a seed swapping day for residents. The garden, off Cowley Road, was grown in 2007 on a former rubbish-filled

  • Kings of Karneval

    ANNA is the epitome of a successful young German professional. For 51 weeks of the year she works hard with a creative job in Cologne’s buzzing media industry. But this week, she is a fairytale princess. Joining her are her friends – a mixed

  • Wilder hails Oxford United heroes

    Chris Wilder could not priase his Oxford United side highly-enough after their 2-0 win over Swindon today. Goals from Asa Hall and Oli Johnson saw the U's do the double over their fiercest rivals. And boss Wilder was overjoyed with his side, who played

  • Armed robber threatens shop worker with gun

    A GUN-WIELDING robber threatened a shop worker yesterday before fleeing with cash. A 28-year-old man has been arrested after the robbery at a newsagents in Abingdon yesterday. A man went into Martins Newsagents in Northcourt Road about

  • OX5 RUN: Giving thanks for life-saving care after riding accident

    IT WAS more than a decade ago but mum-of-three Sarah Sanders remembers her daughter’s riding accident as though it was yesterday. After being thrown from her horse in 1999, Hannah Chatfield – then 12 – was left unconscious and needed an emergency operation

  • Church submits new planning application

    A CONTROVERSIAL plan for a new community hall in Burford has been redesigned after objections from residents. Last year, St John the Baptist Church submitted a scheme to expand nearby Warwick Hall, in Church Lane, to create the new hall.

  • Oxford United 2 Swindon Town 0

    Oxford Utd 2 (Hall 16, Johnson 18), Swindon Tn 0 Ten-man Oxford United produced the most determined performance you could ever hope to see as they beat Swindon Town for the second timethis season today. James Constable was sent off after just ten minutes

  • ‘It’s win-win’ with new eco campaign

    A PIONEERING scheme aimed at helping cut carbon in rented properties in East Oxford is under way. Low Carbon East Oxford is trying to reduce the carbon footprint of the area, but as many properties were rented out, there were only minimal changes that

  • Healthcare volunteers needed overseas

    MEDICAL professionals and healthcare staff are being urged to volunteer on overseas aid projects. Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is looking for 260 healthcare professionals to work in some of the world’s poorest countries over the coming 12 months

  • Bishop joins drive to cut carbon emissions

    BRIGHT ideas to cut carbon emissions could help save the planet, says Oxford’s Bishop, the Rt Rev John Pritchard. Hundreds of churches around the world are cutting carbon for Lent, which this year runs until Saturday, April 7. Tearfund’s Carbon Fast

  • Historic playground in need of funds

    AS ONE of Oxford’s most popular playgrounds prepares to open for summer season 2012, pictures of play from a very different decade have resurfaced. These pictures show young visitors enjoying themselves at South Oxford Adventure Playground (SOAP) in

  • Three changes for Oxford United ahead of derby

    Oxford United make three changes to their starting line-up for the eagerly-awaited derby against Swindon Town at the Kassam Stadium. Anthony Tonkin comes in at left-back to replace Liam Davis, who drops to the bench, while the experienced Mark

  • COMMENT: NHS bosses should be ashamed

    HOSPITAL bosses should hang their heads in shame when they read today’s story about cancer charity fundraising. Ken Whiley, and members of the laryngectomy club that he founded, worked tirelessly for almost a decade to raise £11,000 for specialist equipment

  • ON CUE: Results round-up

    GENTWORKS OXFORD & DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE Premier & Div 1: New Club A 3, Riley B 3; Riley B 5, Woodstock 1; Littlemore RBL C 4, Riley A 2; Witney E 4, Thame B 2; Thame A 3, Fieldside 3; Abingdon RBL 5, Witney A 1. Div 2: Witney B 3, Riley E 3; Ashton

  • KARTING: Harvey picks up third spot

    ELLIOT Harvey, the promising ten-year-old driver from Didcot, finished third in the final of a cadet meeting at Whilton Mill, near Northampton. In the three heats, Harvey (pictured) came second, tenth and first to qualify fourth on the grid for the final

  • FOOTBALL: McDermaid stars in Didcot display

    SAM McDermaid bagged a brace as Didcot Town won 5-1 at home to Flackwell Heath Minors in the Berks & Bucks Under 16 Cup semi-final. He followed up a rebound to give Didcot the lead, before Taylor Janes slotted their second. McDermaid struck again after

  • CRICKET: Cropredy's hopes foiled by run outs

    CROPREDY were rueing four needless run outs as they lost by 14 runs to Sandford St Martin in Division 1 of the Banbury Indoor League. Chasing Sandford’s 110-6, in which Paul Tanner top-scored with 39, Cropredy were all out for 96 with ten balls still

  • TABLE TENNIS: Town fall in Gown contest

    THE students came out on top of their city counterparts in the annual Town v Gown match at the University Sports Centre, Iffley Road. City’s men pipped Oxford University 6-4 in the first-team contest, but the Gown claimed the men’s second and ladies’

  • 60 up - and still going strong

    It's been a long old journey. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to still be working at the Oxford Mail in 2012 when I first walked into Newspaper House in Oxford’s New Inn Hall Street on March 3, 1952. It’s been an unforgettable

  • TABLE TENNIS: Reserve Ehrlich is hero

    OCCASIONAL reserve player Chris Ehrlich starred as Vikings G reached the Oxford & District Association’s Aubrey Hughes Handicap Shield final. Ehrlich was pressed into action after regular player John Tremayne broke an arm during the recent icy conditions

  • GREYHOUNDS: Back Tipp to pip rivals

    TIPP Are Back, beaten a short head behind victor Black Silver in an open race on Tuesday, will be looking to put matters right when he lines up in a competitive A1 top grade event over 450 metres tonight. The Richard Yeates-trained black

  • Woman, 23, dies after road crash

    N OXON: A 23-year-old woman from Chesterton died in hospital yesterday morning after a car crash. The woman was driving an MG ZR when she was involved in a two-car crash in Quainton, Buckingham-shire, at about 7.20am on Thursday. She died at Oxford’s

  • Scientific start

    OXON: Oxfordshire Science Festival starts today with an event in Bonn Square. More than 5,000 people are expected to turn up to take part in the activities. The festival runs until Sunday, March 18. For details, see oxfordshire

  • ANGLING: Three 5lb chub in top trio

    Match fishing THREE clonking chub of over 5lb were the feature of the Kidlington AS Open on the Cherwell. A good turnout of 20 anglers found the river at Branson’s Meadows very low and clear, which coupled with the sunny weather, meant bites were

  • Readers sitting pretty

    AFTER a hard-fought battle for survival, Summertown Library now has a new readers’ corner and a bright future. The library was one of those earmarked for closure until a vigorous campaign was mounted by supporters, who said they were prepared to buy

  • Date for pleas

    THAME: A date has been set for a man accused of a double murder to enter his pleas. Lawyers in the case of Ensar Gol appeared at Oxford Crown Court yesterday. The 22-year-old, of Ireton Court, Thame, is accused of murdering Julia Sahin and Michaela Gul

  • Aladdin’s cave of loot worth £25k

    IT was looking like a routine shoplifting inquiry when police went to a Littlemore home to arrest a couple of suspects. But they had no idea what they were about to find behind the front door. The picture below shows just a fraction

  • Youth charity on brink of closure

    A CHARITY is facing closure after losing 95 per cent of its income in just a year. Oxfordshire Children and Voluntary Youth Services (OCVYS) is on the brink of closure after making all but one of its staff redundant. It fears it will close for good

  • Man jailed for tossing dog out of window

    DRUNKEN Oliver Thomas tossed a neighbour’s pet dog out of a third floor window because he was angry with it, magistrates heard yesterday. The 28-year-old, of Middleton Road, Banbury, hit the headlines after his arrest when a prison van travelled

  • Oxford United's Batt is buzzing

    DAMIAN Batt is expecting Oxford United’s supporters to create an intimidating atmosphere for Swindon Town in today’s derby. Tickets were sold out months ago and a bumper crowd of just below 12,000 will cram into the Kassam Stadium for what is the Robins

  • Di Canio so buoyant for Oxford United clash

    PAOLO Di Canio says his Swindon Town side are determined to make it a special day. “This is only one game and at the end of the day there is three points to play for,” said boss Di Canio. “But it is a special game to play for the players

  • Oxford United's double chance

    A HOME win today would complete a rare league double for Oxford United over their fiercest rivals. The U’s have claimed just nine victories in 49 league meetings with Swindon. The last time the club won both games in a season was in the 1972-73 Division

  • MARTIAL ARTS: Weeks's second victory

    GROVE’S Tom Weeks made it two wins from two fights with victory at Club Platinum, Coventry. Fighting under trainer Martin Carter (Devils Muay Thai Gym, Wantage), Weeks beat Leszek Stankeweicz (Temple Gym, West Midlands) over five rounds in the 76kg super

  • GREYHOUNDS: Dusty cashes in on May's mishap

    IT was not a case of ‘alright on the night’ for favourite Ministry May May in Saturday’s RD Racing Trafalgar Cup showdown. Everything that could have gone wrong did just that for Haley Keightley’s black bitch. The normal rocket start deserted her at

  • ANGLING: Fears growing over drought

    ANGLERS in Oxfordshire fear the worst if predictions of a drought are realised this summer. The effects of the recent lack of rain have so far been slight, with clubs having to put up with low, clear rivers and stillwaters falling below their

  • Pick a perfect wedding venue

    OXFORD Town Hall, the Ashmolean, the Randolph, Eynsham Hall or a beautiful church – which is your perfect wedding venue? Brides-to-be can compare these iconic venues as well as a host of other services as they plan their big day at the Oxford

  • Brookes bluebirds are flying high

    THIS is a group with something to cheer about. Oxford Brookes Bluebirds, the university’s cheerleading team, have been crowned champions after a national competition. They came first out of the nine teams from other universities around

  • Police get clues on sex attacker

    OXFORD: Detectives hunting a sex attacker who assaulted a teenager in Littlemore have already received calls following an Oxford Mail appeal yesterday. The 17-year-old was sexually assaulted at the side of Sandy Lane West between 7.15pm and 7.50pm on

  • Paying tribute

    OXFORD: The Turning the Pages ceremony, in which soldiers killed during the world wars are remembered, will take place today. Representatives from the armed forces and families will gather to read out the names of 20 men from the Queen’s Own Oxfordshire

  • Woman is found dead in stream

    THE body of a woman found in an Abingdon stream was yesterday confirmed to be that of missing Joanna Lake. Ms Lake, 58, had been missing for more than a week before a member of the public spotted her body in a stream next to Audlett Drive on Thursday

  • Oxford United boss Wilder can't wait for derby

    CHRIS Wilder is proud of the way his club have approached the build-up to today’s derby game – and is relishing the big occasion. Town boss Paolo Di Canio stoked the fire in the build-up to the first match by claiming James Constable was a

  • Not a united family

    YOUNG Paris Sercombe will be the only one in her family flying the flag for Oxford United today, as the rest of her family are Swindon fans. The 13-year-old football fan will be sitting in the opposite side of the stadium to her dad Justin

  • School to honour popular pupil who died suddenly

    IT WAS a list of aspirations and dreams hidden away on a mobile phone that brought some solace to the grieving family of a 13-year-old schoolgirl who died suddenly. Lydia Price, a Year Nine pupil at Oxford Spires Academy, had secretly listed

  • We've been written off, says Oxford United boss

    Chris Wilder thinks his team have already been written off ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime derby clash with Swindon – but warned that the U’s should not be under-estimated. Injuries this week to captain Jake Wright and influential midfielder Peter Leven

  • COMMENT: Shining example

    LYDIA Price’s wish list speaks volumes about the talented, dedicated, thoughtful girl she was. She was a credit to her family and her school. We hope the award named in her honour inspires future generations to follow her example and ensures her spirit

  • Beon your guard for ‘charity’ scam

    RESIDENTS in Blackbird Leys are being warned to watch out for bogus charity collectors on the estate. Bags have been put through doors, claiming to be collecting clothes for charity Children’s Hearts. But Oxford City Council says some of the collectors

  • Exam schools wants marriage licence

    FOR generations it has been an Oxford building associated with anxiety, stress, regret, and sweaty palms. But hopefully that won’t be the case for couple who could get married there in the future. The university has applied to Oxfordshire County Council

  • helsa maud washer

    WASHER Helsa Maud 12-03-1929 - 03-03-2011 If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane. I'd walk right up to heaven, and bring you home again. In loving memory from Gary & Tony.

  • ron comley

    COMLEY Ron 6 years today you were taken from us. You are not forgotten, nor will you ever be. Love always Maureen, Paul, Judy, Bridget and families.

  • DAVID fleetwood

    FLEETWOOD David John 4th March 2010 Two years since you were taken from me. How much I love and miss you. Love you always Choppy.

  • DAVID fleetwood

    FLEETWOOD David John 4th March 2010 Dad, you were taken from us two years ago. Love and miss you each day Love forever your Princess. Daniel, Jonathan & Patsy.


    MOODY Dennis Harold Aged 93 years, passed away peacefully at home on 1st March. God Bless you Daddy, Lynn and Brenda

  • john & val clements

    John & Val Clements Congratulations! 50 years of marriage. Love Ian, Marketa, Michelle, Richard, Martyn, Geraldine and six grandchildren

  • marie sansom

    DUCKETT Marie nee Sansom 4th March 04 In loving memory of our beloved Daughter and dear Sister to Ian, Passed away 8 years ago. Sadley missed. Reunited with her father. Always in our thoughts. Love from Mum and Ian xx

  • sophie & mark evans

    Claire Sophie Roberts & Mark Evans Congratulations on your Wedding Day in Scotland. 3rd March 2012. Enjoy your day! Lots of love Both of your families. xxxx

  • Dessie Farrell

    Farrell Dessie Madeline, Tracy, Nuala and Brendan would like to thank everyone who sent cards, flowers and messages of sympathy following their recent loss. The family were immensely proud and overwhelmed by the number of people who attended the funeral

  • George Harry Joseph Quigley

    JENNIE & DOUGLAS OTTEY Are proud to announce the safe arrival of their first grandchild. A precious little Grandson. George Harry Joseph Quigley. Born on Saturday 18.02.2012 at 11.11am weighing 6lb 10 3/4 OZ. Thank you Tasha & John. x

  • MCS Haulage Ltd - Operating Licence

    Nicola Dunning trading as MCS Haulage Ltd of 4 Whites Orchard, Blewbury, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 9NQ is applying for a licence to use Queenford Farm, Dorchester on Thames, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 7PH as an operating centre for one goods vehicle and three trailers

  • Florence Park crowned champions

    After a four week wait to replay the earlier cancelled fixture both teams were focused and ready to go. The first half was a very tense 15 minutes with neither team not wanting to give anything away.Florence Park did create some opportunities though but