• Playgrounds now back in action after flooding

    A COMPLAINT has been lodged with Oxford City Council after it took almost three months to clean two playgrounds after flooding. City councillor Susanna Pressel filed the complaint as children were unable to use Botley Park and Oatlands Road Recreation

  • New lit sign to go up to stop wrong-way cyclists

    A PETITION calling on Oxfordshire County Council to improve signs to prevent cyclists travelling the wrong way down a street has been handed in. Residents in Rectory Road have signed the document which asks the council to emphasise more clearly

  • Small inconvenience as blocks are taken away

    A RING of concrete blocks put around South Hinksey to protect against February’s floods will be removed next week. The Environment Agency put up 600 metres of barriers after 18 of the village’s 80 homes flooded in January. The 2.5 tonne blocks

  • ‘We have to make more of attractive amenity’

    A CLEAN-UP day is the latest part of efforts to bring more visitors to the Oxford Canal through the villages. Volunteers from the Canal & River Trust will take to the waterways to spruce up the canal next Wednesday. Ten county engineering

  • Call for more funding to make Leys Festival free

    LEYS Festival organisers have called on support from businesses and residents to help the day run smoothly. They have raised about £5,000 of a hoped for £12,000 to make the September 6 Blackbird Leys Park event free and packed with activities.

  • £2.9m pot for life sciences project

    LIFE science companies in Oxford are being urged to form part of a “golden triangle” of successful research. MedCity will create links between companies, universities and hospitals in Oxford, London and Cambridge. It will help firms co-operate

  • Town to get market square in £150,000 spending plans

    PLANS to create a market square in Carterton as part of a £150,000 regeneration project will be a major improvement to the town, councillors say. The aim is that the space will create a centrepiece for the community. Remembrance Day celebrations

  • First aid team to be created at the Kassam

    ST JOHN Ambulance is appealing for volunteers to form a new dedicated unit for Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium. The charity provides first aid on contract to Oxford United and London Welsh RFC, with the matches covered by volunteers. Now, St

  • Destroying so much for the sake of development

    I am writing concerning the Botley redevelopment. If Doric’s highly insensitive and inappropriate proposal for the redevelopment of Botley is pushed through, in spite of all careful explanations as to why it should be reconsidered, it will have

  • Witney business park moves

    A WITNEY business park is virtually full, prompting further development. The Windrush Industrial Estate on Burford Road has reached 96 per cent occupancy on its industrial units, three years after the development was bought by the Blenheim Estate

  • New Audi base at business park

    WORK on a state-of-the-art car dealership in Cowley is underway. The Audi garage, which is being developed for an undisclosed sum by the Ridgeway group, will take the form of a two-storey ‘terminal-style’ building opposite the David Lloyd Racket

  • Sex grooming will be fought, pledges council

    COUNCILS have an important role to play in tackling child sexual exploitation, a report has stated. Yesterday Oxford City Council agreed a report on its work in tackling the issue. It comes after the chief executives of Oxfordshire’s local

  • Expansion at Thame

    UP to 70 jobs could be created in Thame if planners give a major development the green light. Haberdashery distributor Groves, and print and production house The Windles Group, have applied for a total of 149,000 sq ft of new premises at Cotmorewells

  • Apprentice moves on

    Lee McQueen, a former winner of TV show The Apprentice, has seen his business go from strength to strength since winning the Local Enterprise Partnership New Business category of the Oxfordshire Business Awards. His workforce at sales recruitment

  • Service with a smile

    What was your first job and what did your responsibilities include? My first job on leaving Oxford Brookes was to work in telesales in the Oxford Mail and The Oxford Times’ advertising department. At that time the new sex discrimination law had

  • Four-minute runner at Chippy festival

    Fans queued for hours on Saturday to meet Sir Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. Now there is another chance to catch him at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival on April 26. He will give a one-hour talk in the

  • Win cash with your Oxford Mail Loyalty Card

    Win cash with your Oxford Mail Loyalty Card Every Saturday we will be printing a lucky number if this matches your Loyalty Card number you will win cash! Register your Loyalty Card by emailing your name, address, contact phone number and Loyalty

  • Win a pair of Monarch Flights

    Win a pair of Monarch Flights to Nice, Hurghada or Enfidha   THE Oxford Mail has teamed up with scheduled leisure airline Monarch to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of flights on one of the airline’s new routes to Nice, Hurghada

  • Schoolgirls fight to restore axed bus services

    A TRIO of teens have launched a campaign to get bus services back between Long Wittenham and Didcot. The pupils from Didcot Girls’ School in Manor Crescent, want the Thames Travel 97 bus to run more often after hearing friends and elderly people

  • Sightseeing buses get green refit to help reduce pollution

    OXFORD’S buses for tourists are getting greener, thanks to a re-fit costing about £200,000. The city’s Guide Friday City Sightseeing buses have been fitted with clean exhaust technologies to reduce harmful emissions. It means the 11 buses in

  • Nurses deserve a pay rise...

    It is time to reward our nurses with a pay rise FOLLOWING on from John Monaghan’s letter (April 1), everyone will be wishing him well in his endeavours for Ward 5F at the JR Hospital. How poignant this event is, as one of my sons was in JR’s ward

  • 'Vale not competent to plan the future of our county'

    WILL Vale of White Horse District Council explain to us in their headlong dash to concrete over our beautiful county whether they are planning homes for jobs, or jobs for homes? In their leaflet ‘Housing Delivery Update’ VWHDC identify greenfield

  • Work at St Clement's hits local business claims

    WE welcome the decision by the Valuation Office Agency that the local traders should be given a reduction of business rates during the building works on the St Clement’s car park. This is a more realistic assessment than that of Councillor Cook who

  • Classic motor rally turns a few heads

    SHOPPERS in Witney were greeted by an unusual sight as 70 classic cars drove into the town on Sunday. They were taking a pit-stop as part of the Corinium Run, an annual event organised by Cirencester Car Club. The 130-mile route started and

  • Needless treatment delays could claim patients’ lives

    Great news this week as my last MRI scan shows that no further gamma knife (GK) treatment is required to my brain at the moment. So it proves beyond doubt that the excellent GK procedure I had in Sheffield has worked well, and should be more widely

  • The case for a robust cycling policy is crystal clear

    A NEW manifesto from Cyclox – the cycling campaign for Oxford – will soon be published after a year of hard work. Now all the meetings and drafts are almost over, I’m pretty excited to hold it in my grubby mitts. It’s been worth the hard work.

  • Motorist is rebailed over death of Chalgrove cyclist

    A driver arrested over the death of Chalgrove cyclist Derek Measor has been rebailed by police to June 10. Mr Measor, 56, died when his bike was involved in a collision with a blue Nissan Micra on Watlington Road near Garsington in February.

  • Covered Market jewellery raid suspect rebailed

    A 31-year-old man has been rebailed by detectives investigating an incident where a suspected robber died. The Oxford man, who has now been released until May 23, was arrested in connection with a robbery at John Gowing Jewellers in the city’s

  • Man charged with perverting justice in Connor Tremble case

    The third man charged in connection with the fatal stabbing of Connor Tremble appeared in court yesterday. Bradley Jones, of New Road, Bledington, near Chipping Norton, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court accused of perverting the course of justice

  • Kitson out to end on a high

    Dave Kitson has added incentive to help Oxford United finish in the play-offs as he looks to end his career on a high. The former Reading striker signed a two-year deal with the U’s last summer, but is giving serious thought to hanging up his boots

  • Half-term fun with extra bite

    MY what big teeth you have. Children stared at the giant incisors of an orca whale yesterday at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Five year-old Toby Lacey had a whale of a time on his trip from Buckinghamshire to the museum on Parks

  • Tamiflu victim will rise to motherhood

    FOUR years ago she was fighting for survival after taking the drug Tamiflu for suspected swine flu. But today Samantha Goddard finally has something to celebrate – she is expecting her first child. The 23-year-old has battled against the odds

  • Back from the dead now Tamiflu victim is expecting a baby

    A WOMAN who almost died after wrongly being prescribed swine flu drug Tamiflu is now expecting her first baby. Samantha Goddard – who was left blind and covered in blisters after emerging from a coma – said the boy was her “miracle baby”, a child

  • MOTORSPORT: Consistent Polden happy with top-five finishes

    GEORGINA Polden secured four top-five finishes in the second round of the Aprilia Super Teen Championship at Donington Park, despite running out of the fuel in one of the races. The 17-year-old from Kidlington suffered the problem in the second

  • New Covered Market manager a ‘unanimous choice

    A MANAGER has been selected to help Oxford City Council run the Covered Market. Elaine Phipp has been offered the position and was the “unanimous choice” of the council’s interview panel. She will liaise between city council officers and the

  • RUGBY UNION: Henley still hanging in there

    NATIONAL 1 HENLEY Hawks boosted their survival hopes with a 22-11 home victory over Loughborough Students. The result means Hawks will stay up if they win at Tynedale in their final match on April 26 and deny their opponents a bonus point.

  • Radio DJ denies sexual acts with 15-year-old schoolgirl

    A FEMALE Oxford radio presenter gave a “vulnerable” underage girl alcohol before having sex with her, a jury heard yesterday. Forty-year-old Emma Stanfield – who denies three counts of sexual activity with a child and another of causing or inciting

  • Joy as 120 jobs are saved at Witney bakery

    THE jobs of more than 100 workers at a cake-making business have been saved after it was bought out of administration. The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys in Witney has been acquired by Dutch bakery group Daelmans after being put into the hands of administrators

  • MOTORSPORT: Corderoy slips after superb qualifying

    ZAK Corderoy excelled in qualifying in third place for the second round of the Thundersport-GB Aprilia 450 Challenge at Donington Park. The 14-year-old from Didcot, who was racing against seniors, followed that up with tenth place in the first

  • Tuesday, April 15

    1:47pm Police confirm it was a woman inside the Co-Op in Bicester hurt when a car crashed into the shop. This is the scene this afternoon 1:10pm Back

  • FOOTBALL: We need to finish the job, says Ford

    Oxford City manager Mike Ford warned his players against complacency as they host fourth-placed Altrincham in Skrill North tonight, writes MATTHEW BRUCE. City were lifted four points clear of the relegation zone following a five-match unbeaten

  • Hundreds of people watch Palm Sunday passion play

    WOODSTOCK town square is usually filled with tourists and shoppers but it was the scene of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion on Sunday. About 1,000 people turned out to watch the community production of The Woodstock Passion, a retelling of the Easter

  • A favourite dog dies

    Major the Oxford Dog, beloved of Oxford schoolchildren, has died aged nine-and-a-half. Major belonged to author Mary Meagher, whose 2009 book about her wire-haired dachshund sold 2,000 copies, mostly in Oxford. After its publication, Major visited

  • Warning over fishing line as two geese are shot

    TWO Canada geese were shot yesterday after becoming tangled in fishing lines. The geese were found injured by RSPCA officers at Ladygrove Lakes. They are warning fishermen to be careful not to leave lines around the lakes. RSPCA inspector

  • Missing pensioner found safe and well

    A pensioner who went missing after going to the garden centre was yesterday found safe and well. Basil Pratley, 74, was reported missing by his wife on Saturday after he failed to return to their home in Milton-under-Wychwood after leaving the

  • United women stung by Bees in opener

    Oxford Utd 0 London Bees   3 (Loomes 26, Gaylor 72, Brooks 88) Oxford United’s Women's Super League debut ended in disappointment as they lost to London Bees. The U’s paid for not making the most of several good chances in the first

  • ICE HOCKEY: Champions Stars delay decision on promotion

    Oxford City Stars, who won the English National League South Division 2 title for the second successive year on Sunday, are to delay a decision on which level they will play next season. When they landed the league crown in 2013, Stars declined

  • The 21 tragic reasons why A420 safety must improve

    BEING told one of your friends has died should not be something any child has to go through. Sadly, that was what some youngsters in Southmoor had to face after their 12-year-old classmate, named locally as Mateusz Kucinski and known as Matty,

  • RUGBY UNION: Chinnor hit by eight-try hammering

    NATIONAL 2 SOUTH CHINNOR still control their survival destiny, despite a 56-19 defeat at Bournemouth, whose relegation was confirmed by results elsewhere. Saturday’s eight-try humiliation saw Chinnor slip to one place above the drop zone, but

  • RUGBY UNION: Quins end home season with perfect record

    SOUTH WEST 1 EAST CHAMPIONS Oxford Harlequins completed their home season with a 100 per cent record for the first time after hammering Newbury 64-25. Prolific wing Jack Robinson took his season’s try tally to 28 with a four-timer, but Quins

  • GOLF: Chris Kamara invests in range

    CHRIS Kamara has become a partner at the new driving range at Heathfield Park. The Sky Sports pundit was the guest of honour when the facility at Bletchingdon opened in November. But he has enjoyed playing there so much since that he has decided

  • GOLF: Super Stone crowned Oxon champion

    SOPHIE Stone came out on top to win the Oxfordshire Ladies County Championship for the first time at Huntercombe. The Studley Wood golfer beat defending champion Cara Gainer, from Frilford Heath, 4 & 3 in the final. Stone was a worthy winner

  • CCTV enforcement cameras net county council millions

    ALMOST 95,000 drivers have been caught illegally going through Oxford’s bus gates in the past five years, new figures reveal. Privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch today released a report that also showed Oxfordshire County Council had received

  • £59m ‘City Deal’ transport cash set for decision today

    LEADING county councillors will decide today whether to go ahead with £59m of transport improvements around Oxfordshire. The schemes are part of the City Deal, which was signed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in February. Oxfordshire County

  • HOCKEY: Hawks boys clinch title double

    MORE than 500 children, including a team from Northern Ireland, competed in the 22nd Rover Oxford Festival hosted by Oxford Hockey Club at Cokethorpe School, Witney. Four of the age group winners came from Oxfordshire. Oxford Hawks took both

  • Approval given for 250 homes in Carterton

    PLANS to build 250 homes in Carterton have been approved. West Oxfordshire District Council yesterday unanimously agreed to accept David Wilson Homes’ detailed application to develop land next to Kilkenny Lane Country Park on the northern edge

  • Pair are bailed over McDonald’s robbery

    Two men have been rebailed by police investigating a robbery at McDonald’s. The suspects, aged 18 and 19 and both from the Oxford area, were arrested following the 6am raid on the West Way, Botley, restaurant in February. They have been released

  • County could move jobs to Hampshire council

    OXFORDSHIRE County Council is looking at moving some of its back office education and customer services jobs over to its Hampshire counterparts to save money. The council is exploring a partnership with Hampshire to provide the services from the

  • RUGBY UNION: Bulls resist Lions bid

    MIDLANDS 2 WEST SOUTH BANBURY Bulls beat Stourbridge Lions 34-19 at Bodicote Park to finish just a point behind champions Earlsdon. Having secured a play-off spot last week, Bulls were far from fluent, but maintained momentum ahead of their

  • RUGBY LEAGUE: Oxford upset York

    KINGSTONE PRESS CHAMPIONSHIP ONE OXFORD RL ended York Knights’ 100 per cent start with a 24-16 victory that was arguably the most impressive since their formation. York opened the scoring when Jack Lee put in Jack Iley to go over in the corner

  • Floods costs revealed

    County councillors will today be updated on grant funding for the costs of the recent flooding. Councillors will be told this year’s flooding has impacted on the council’s ability to carry out flooding-related and routine repairs on highways infrastructure

  • RUGBY UNION: Alchester's derby joy

    SOUTHERN COUNTIES NORTH ALCHESTER will finish above Wallingford after securing a 36-5 victory over them in their final match of the season at the Hithercroft. Captain Dan Kimber opened the scoring after a driving maul, Tom Miles adding a conversation

  • GOLF: Club results

    SHAW GIBBS OXFORDSHIRE FOURSOMES LEAGUE Section 1 Frilford Heath 1 (1pt), The Oxfordshire 2 (3) (Frilford scores first): C Little & H Collins lost to P Green & M Shimmin 2 & 1, L White & T Smith lost to A Stubbs & G Abbott

  • Tongue-in-cheek Lib Dems support Oxford cable car

    A MONORAIL around Oxford might seem like a barmy enough idea but what about a cable car between East Oxford and Headington? Last night a city councillor made the tongue-in-cheek proposal at a full meeting of Oxford City Council when asking whether

  • Oxford house worth £1m is at centre of eviction fight

    A JUDGE said yesterday he believed new evidence in the wrangle over the ownership of a £1m-plus house in North Oxford pointed to a “sinister” forgery attempt. The eviction hearing resumed at Bicester Magistrates’ Court after more than two years

  • RUGBY LEAGUE: Rude awakening for Cavaliers

    CONFERENCE LEAGUE SOUTH PROMOTED Oxford Cavaliers fell to an 80-18 opening day defeat at champions Sheffield Hallam Eagles. Jack Mitchell landed 12 conversions for the Eagles, while Thomas Ashton helped himself to a four-try haul. John

  • Plea for yellow lines to tackle parking hassle

    RESIDENTS say double yellow lines are the only way to resolve dangerous parking issues in their street in Bicester. They claim motorists park all day in Bucknell Road to avoid parking fees in the town centre’s long stay car park or at Bicester

  • RUGBY UNION: Bicester on the up

    BB&0 PREMIER DIVISION BICESTER can look forward to derbies with Alchester again next season after securing the second promotion spot. They are guaranteed to finish runners-up after being handed a walkover by Farnham Royal, who were unable

  • RUGBY UNION: Seven-up Muir stars in rout

    BB&O ROUND-UP ADAM Muir ran amok with seven tries as Wheatley thrashed Berkshire Shire Hall 110-5 in the Championship. Andy Tippet, Jack Smith and Dan Rule also bagged try doubles for the hosts, who clocked up their second century of the

  • New trains on order for Chiltern services

    CHILTERN Railways has agreed a deal to lease six new 100mph diesel locomotives for services linking Bicester and Banbury with London and Birmingham. It said their haulage capabilities meant extra coaches could be added to Mainline Silver trains

  • Fans queue for hours to meet running legend Sir Roger

    SPORTS fans waited up to four hours to meet their hero. Sir Roger Bannister, the man who ran the first ever mile under four minutes at Iffley Road sports track in 1954, signed copies of his autobiography, at Blackwell’s, Oxford, on Saturday.

  • Palace to screen Rio classic to boost summer carnival funds

    CINEMA-goers can help raise money for this year’s Cowley Road Carnival. The Ultimate Picture Palace in Jeune Street, East Oxford, is hosting a fundraisier for the carnival on Friday of next week. The event could raise more than £1,000 for Cowley

  • Oasis exhibition definitely maybe a must for fans

    Tim Hobden revisits his Britpop past at an exhibition dedicated to his heroes Oasis Oasis: Chasing the Sun So, after all the Top-of-the-Pops warring, the bitter/staged rivalry and two decades, Oasis were THE band of the Britpop generation