• A41 near Ambrosden shut after crash

    A ROAD is blocked near Bicester after an accident this afternoon. The A41 eastbound near Ambrosden is shut off due to the incident between the B4011 and Kingswood Lane. Updates will be posted automatically to our Live Traffic Service.

  • Science Vale Oxford: a true research phenomenon

    STEVE COWLEY is a proud man. “The UK is the second most productive research nation in the world after the US, but the US is five times the size of the UK,” he enthuses when asked about Science Vale. “Per head, nobody compares to us.” It is a big

  • Costa Rica is coming home on cycle ride

    EASTER Monday is often a day to rest and devour chocolate eggs, but for a Bampton father and daughter it will be spent cycling a total of 170 miles. Jessie Grimwade and her Bampton Medical Practice GP father Peter, 47, will each ride 85 miles on

  • Family print 'inspirational' book of relative's war days

    A FAMILY has published an “inspirational” book of war memoirs by their beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather. Thomas Edward Rogers MBE, fondly known as Jack, first wrote his autobiography But for the Grace of God in the 1950s. Now

  • Update: A4130 closed after accident

    AN ACCIDENT has shut off the A4130 at Milton Hill. The road is closed both ways following the incident late this morning near the B4017 turn to Steventon. An ambulance service spokeswoman said two people received treatment for minor injuries

  • Saturday, April 19

    6:47pm A41 near Ambrosden blocked following crash 12:14pm A4130 at Milton Hill closed following a crash 10:28am

  • ‘Give us more details on Wolvercote roundabout plan’

    OXFORDSHIRE County Council has been urged to make its plans for the Wolvercote roundabout clearer. Local county councillor Jean Fooks has raised concerns about the possibility of two exits at the roundabout being closed off as part of the Northern

  • Budding actors make the right Connections

    YOUNG thespians are preparing to tread the boards for the National Theatre Connections festival in Oxford. The scheme, which organisers say is the “biggest youth theatre festival on the planet” will take over 26 theatres across the UK this year

  • Ex-nurse died in fall at her Faringdon home

    A 94-year-old died after falling down the stairs, an inquest heard. Oxfordshire Coroner Darren Salter opened and adjourned the inquest into Gladys Carter’s death at the Coroner’s Court on Thursday. He said the widow, ex-nurse Mrs Carter, was

  • Prison officer assault trial date set

    A 25-YEAR-old man who denies assaulting two prison officers will go on trial next month. Lewis Owen, of no fixed address, is charged with two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm on Matthew Stimpson and Patrick McDonnell at HMP Bullingdon

  • Appeal for witnesses to Chain Hill crash

    POLICE want to hear from anyone who witnessed a collision between a cyclist and a motorbike on the B4494 Chain Hill. The collision at 7am on Thursday involved a red Ducati motorcycle and a pedal cycle in the southbound carriageway. The rider

  • Grove homes plans will not be ‘called in’

    Secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles has declined a request to call in a planning bid for 1,500 homes in Grove. The Wantage and Grove Campaign Group for sustainable development requested that Mr Pickles determine

  • Stretch of A420 will shut for seven weeks

    Part of a major road through Oxfordshire is to close for seven weeks this summer while it is repaired. Oxfordshire County Council has said the A420 at Shrivenham is “worn out”. It will be closed between the Watchfield Roundabout and the Lower

  • Easter worshippers take to the streets

    WORSHIPPERS took to the streets yesterday despite having to cancel their Easter performance of the Passion play. A Stations of the Cross ceremony was held on Cowley Road, starting at the Methodist Church, and finishing at SS Mary and John Church

  • Radley walkers step up to keep a village tradition alive

    IN true Good Friday tradition walkers took to the streets of Radley yesterday for the annual trek. The 50-year-old Radley Walk, which began as a bet between villagers Jack Parsons and George Steptoe, almost didn’t go ahead. But after an article

  • Dinosaur rampages through Oxford city centre

    SHOPPERS found themselves running for their lives as a dinosaur went on the rampage in the city centre. The life-sized replica of an Australovenator caused screams of terror as well as nervous laughter as it made its way along Cornmarket. While

  • CRICKET: Barrett's ton sets up rout

    St Edward’s School, Oxford, proved too strong for a combined Oxfordshire Under 16/17 team as the county youth season got under way. Joe Barrett smashed a magnificent 112 to help St Edward’s to a 102-run victory. He led Teddies to 240-7 in 55

  • Comment: Time to move forward on stadium

    SINCE the Oxford Stadium closed in December 2012 there has been months of uncertainty about its future. And there’s still no sign of any clarity despite various groups and individuals setting out their plans for the site. So it’s at least welcoming

  • MOTORSPORT: Maldonado upbeat, despite pit-lane smash

    FORMULA 1: Chinese Grand Prix preview PASTOR Maldonado played down his pit-lane crash as the Enstone-based Lotus team experienced a mixed practice day at the Shanghai International Circuit. The Venzuelan was simply returning to the pits during

  • BILLIARDS: Franklin is Turner Cup champion

    Peter Franklin won the Gentworks Oxford & District League’s Turner Cup after a strong finish to his final against Gorden Cook. Franklin put in breaks of 15, 15, 17, 18, 19 and 23 to go away from Cook in the later stages for a 250-176 victory

  • CRICKET: Kingston retain crown after dominant display

    Kingston Bagpuize retained the Oxfordshire Indoor Competition title with an emphatic 66-run victory over Horspath in the final at St Gregory the Great School, Oxford. A solid batting display saw Kingston rack up 100 from their ten overs, skipper

  • CRICKET: Kingston retain crown after dominant display

    Kingston Bagpuize retained the Oxfordshire Indoor Competition title with an emphatic 66-run victory over Horspath in the final at St Gregory the Great School, Oxford. A solid batting display saw Kingston rack up 100 from their ten overs, skipper

  • Decision on Milton Road speed limit due next week

    A DECISION will be made next week on a proposed new speed limit for a road between Milton and Drayton. Oxfordshire County Council is planning to reduce the speed limit on the Milton Road between its junction with the B4016 Drayton to Sutton Courtenay

  • Updates about this year's May Morning celebrations

    MORE details have been released about this year’s May Morning celebrations in Oxford. A number of bars, restaurants and cafes in the city centre and East Oxford will be open early including Tick Tock Cafe, Rick’s Cafe, G&D’s and Atomic Burger

  • Developer to appeal against homes block

    A DEVELOPER has appealed against Oxford City Council’s decision to block its bid to build nine three-storey houses in west Oxford. The application to build the four-bedroom homes on the site of Avis Rent A Car in Abbey Road was refused at a meeting

  • Dewi the Dragon roars into hospital for eggs-tra treats

    YOUNGSTERS in the John Radcliffe’s Children’s Hospital have been given an extra special Easter surprise. Players from London Welsh rugby club – accompanied by their mascot Dewi the Dragon – visited the Headington hospital on Thursday to hand out

  • Oxford Town Hall may be leased out to save cash

    PART of Oxford’s Town Hall could be leased out as part of the council’s savings plan. Oxford City Council is set to agree next Wednesday on a lease with a county firm for an office block which forms part of the St Aldate’s building. Details

  • Oxfordshire crime tsar’s plan leading the way

    POLICE and crime commissioner Anthony Stansfeld has said setting his priorities has helped to bring certain crime rates down. Last week the Oxford Mail reported crime was at its lowest level in Oxfordshire for 15 years after it fell three per cent

  • ANGLING: Webb wins Littlemore opener

    CHRIS Webb won the opening round of Littlemore AC’s Spring League fished by 14 anglers at Panshill. Alternating between pellet and maggot, he caught carp to 3lb on the long pole for 55lb 9oz. Doug Robinson used the same tactics for 42.9.0 and

  • SWIMMING: O'Leary powers to British silver medal

    Abingdon Vale’s Niall O’Leary hit new heights when he won a silver medal in the British Gas Championships at the Tollcross International Centre, Glasgow. The 17-year-old finished second in the men’s junior 200m backstroke final, behind City of

  • Comment: Heartwarming conclusion to extraordinary tale

    FOR the family of soldier Herbert Clifton, who was killed in the Korean War, a chance conversation has led to a life-changing trip. Valerie’s Busby partner Tom Selwood just so happened to be talking to a war veteran who knew a man whose brother

  • ANGLING: Webb wins Littlemore opener at Panshill

    Chris Webb won the opening round of Littlemore AC’s Spring League fished by 14 anglers at Panshill. Alternating between pellet and maggot, he caught carp to 3lb on the long pole for 55lb 9oz. Doug Robinson used the same tactics for 42.9.0 and

  • MOTORSPORT: Donington's just right, says Plato

    BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP OXFORD’S Jason Plato feels that this weekend’s round two venue Donington Park is the ideal track for his reworked MG6 car. The KX Clubcard Fuel Save driver comes into the second round of the 2014 campaign in

  • BOXING: Prichard on song with fourth win

    BICESTER light middle-weight Andy Prichard made it four wins from four as he beat Northampton’s Kev Portas on points at the Heatherley Hotel in Gloucester. Prichard, who boasted a height advantage over the more muscular Portas, got off to a flying

  • TABLE TENNIS: Vikings roar to title with win double

    Vikings D have sealed the Oxford & District League Division 3 title with a match to spare. Victories over Witney (8-2) and Vikings E (6-4) clinched top spot, with Huw Morgan and Thomas Bowden bagging maximums in the former. Forum H secured

  • Disrupted Oxford traders given rates relief

    TRADERS are being given a discount on their business rates after months of disruption. The businesses in St Clement’s Street, Oxford, will get a five per cent rate relief. And it will be backdated a year to April 8, 2013, when the work to build

  • Artist will unveil her Swirl creation

    THE artist behind a new £85,000 sculpture at Didcot’s Orchard Centre will officailly unveil the work next Saturday. To celebrate the installation of The Swirl last week, London-based Maria Rosa Kramer will be at a launch event on Saturday, April

  • Prince to visit Wantage on his 50th birthday tour

    PRINCE Edward will visit Wantage on Friday to celebrate his 50th birthday. Accompanied by his wife Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex will visit towns throughout the historical Saxon Kingdom of Wessex during the Earl’s Best of Wessex birthday

  • HOCKEY: Bicester's bid for top award

    BICESTER have been shortlisted for club of the year at the England Hockey awards dinner. The presentations take place at Bisham Abbey on Thursday, April 24 where nominees will also get ‘behind closed doors’ access to watch two England international

  • Golden girls, 89 and 80, braced for hospital abseil

    THEY may be in their 80s, but two friends from Woodstock are about to hit new heights. Adriana Young, 89, and Jenny Atkinson, 80, are abseiling down the 100-foot wall of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington on Sunday, May 18, with Mrs Young

  • Everest trek just taster for the Pole

    A FORMER Chipping Norton mayor says she has “unfinished business” as she prepares for a South Pole expedition next year. Jan Meek, 69, is currently trying to reach the Mount Everest base camp at about 5,500m. She set off on the 18-day trek on Thursday

  • Share your views with the police

    POLICE officers from the district’s neighbourhood teams are holding a series of meetings to allow the public to have their say on local policing. They will take place at Woodstock Primary School, in Shipton Road, from 2.45pm to 3.45pm, on Tuesday

  • TRIATHLON: Clarke bags ninth place

    MARCUS Clarke was Bicester Tri Club’s leading finisher in the town’s On Your Marks Events triathlon with a ninth-placed effort in 1hr 5mins 55secs. BICESTER TRI CLUB RESULTS MEN 9 M Clarke 1.05.55, 10 A Burnett 1.06.12, 42 T Marshall 1.15.16

  • Archery proves a big hit with youngsters

    ARCHERY was a bit hit at a holiday activity day for children and teenagers. The sessions, run over the past two weeks over school Easter holidays, saw hundreds of youngsters take part in outdoor activities at charity youth project Trax in Woodstock

  • Wilderness Festival to offer more forest revelry

    ORGANISERS of Oxfordshire’s Wilderness festival have unveiled a programme of feasting and revelling for their expanded event, which they say will recapture the spirit of the raucous Wychwood Forest Fairs originally held on the site. The team behind