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Breaking news Man appears in court over rape in Headington and sexual assault in South Park

The Oxford Times: oxford magistrates court

1:20pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A MAN has appeared in court charged with raping a woman in Headington over the weekend.

Funding for an extra 9,400 hours of home care at risk

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

ELDERLY people getting home care could miss out on an extra 9,400 hours of support a week if the county does not meet Government targets.

Politicians mourn loss of an energetic, warm personality

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

heartfelt tributes from all political sides were paid yesterday to Ann Ducker, the leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, who has died of cancer.

City seeks extra £478k for community centre

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE new Rose Hill Community Centre could cost £478,000 more than planned, Oxford City Council has warned.

Major diversions imminent as road repairs set to start

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

PLANS to divert traffic around Headington will come into force in the next few weeks while London Road is resurfaced and upgraded.

Market's new bakery rises to occasion

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

A BAKERY is hoping to rise to the occasion after finding enough dough for a shop in Oxford’s Covered Market.

Views wanted over A40 limit reduction

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Monday 22nd September 2014

A CONSULTATION has been launched on controversial plans to lower the speed limit along part of Oxford’s ring road.

‘Co-operation is key to ending child sex gangs’

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Friday 19th September 2014

A HOME Office minister has admitted that social services and police officers should have been co-operating “for years” to stamp out child sexual exploitation.

‘Revamp leaves no room for cyclists’

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Friday 19th September 2014

CYCLING groups have objected to plans for “shared space” in a major redesign of Oxford’s Frideswide Square.

‘We cannot vote but we do have our own views on Scottish independence'

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

As Scotland goes to the polls today to decide whether to remain part of the UK, DAMIAN FANTATO talks to Scots living in Oxfordshire to find out their views, and looks at the independence issue

County bids for new Government grants

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

OFFICIALS are starting work on a new bid for millions in Government funding to help boost growth in Oxfordshire.

City council mentoring next generation of workers

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

OXFORD City Council has launched a partnership with a city school to help pupils improve their chances of getting a job.

Volunteers will run half of county’s libraries by 2015

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

VOLUNTEERS will be staffing almost half the county’s libraries by next year as controversial changes come into force.

Good summer means corking vintage for our wine-makers

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Tuesday 16th September 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S winemakers are looking forward to raising a glass to next month’s harvest after a perfect summer for growing grapes.

County moots merger for two schools in the village

The Oxford Times: oxfordshire county council logo round

7:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

PLANS are afoot to merge a Kidlington nursery with one of the village’s primary schools.

Community association gets a year to fight eviction plan

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

AN EAST Oxford community group has been given a year to improve the way it is run or face eviction from its building.

City's hidden sights open their doors to visitors

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Monday 15th September 2014

FROM colleges and museums to stadiums and theatres, Oxford opened its doors to the public at the weekend as part of the city’s annual celebration of its heritage.

Cost concerns over landmark 'liberties' case

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Monday 15th September 2014

A LANDMARK court case is set to cost Oxfordshire’s social care service thousands of pounds because of changes to how councils protect people in care.

Bus passengers face huge delays as sewage works continue

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

THOUSANDS of bus passengers will face delays for another week as Thames Water works to fix a broken sewer pipe.

School's doing well in any language

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S first free school is doing “très bien!” after receiving the results of its first inspection.

A34 scheme funds may be lost as objection is lodged

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Friday 12th September 2014

FUNDING for a major improvement to the A34 is in jeopardy after a parish council objected to the scheme.

Officers honoured for their actions in the line of duty

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Friday 12th September 2014

POLICE officers who put their lives on the thin blue line have been recognised in a special ceremony.

Campaigners confident of success as pools talks open

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Thursday 11th September 2014

CAMPAIGNERS hoping to save Temple Cowley Pools say they are confident of success as the clock ticks down on the site’s protected status.

County fighting a losing battle against road repairs with a 255-year backlog

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S worst roads will no longer be given priority when it comes to repairs as the county council admits it is “managing a decline”.

Group objection to plan for Green Belt land grab

The Oxford Times: oxford city council logo

10:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

PLANS to remove land from the Green Belt to expand a North Oxford science park development have been criticised.

Town crier championships get some celebrity stardust

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

OYEZ! Oyez! Banbury rang out with the sound of 2014 town criers’ championships on Saturday.

Man attacked in Cornmarket Street in Oxford

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

1:50pm Sunday 7th September 2014

A man was left unconscious after he was attacked in Oxford city centre.

City’s honour to double VC winner will be set in stone

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Friday 5th September 2014

A PAVING stone marking the achievements of an Oxford doctor who was the only person in the First World War to win the Victoria Cross twice will be laid in about two years’ time.

A34? I'll see what I can do

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

CASH to help congestion on the A34 could be on the way after the Chancellor of the Exchequer agreed to discuss the issue with an Oxfordshire MP.

Residents plead for backing in fight to prevent link road

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

RESIDENTS are being asked to come forward and help back a case for protecting a plot of land on an Oxford estate.

Organisers start wheels rolling for 2015 Cowley Road Carnival

The Oxford Times:

6:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THIS year’s Cowley Road Carnival might still be a recent memory but organisers are already preparing for next year’s event.

Tenants evicted as Westgate site plans advance

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

RESIDENTS in an Oxford block of flats have been told to leave by the end of the month to make way for the £400m Westgate redevelopment.

New major city roadworks ‘will not hit commuters’

The Oxford Times: An artist’s impression of how Frideswide Square will look

8:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

AFTER years of waiting, work on redeveloping Frideswide Square is to start on Monday – and council officials have promised the first stage of the work will not affect people’s journeys to work.

East Oxford mosque losing battle over parking zone exemptions

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Saturday 30th August 2014

MUSLIMS appear to have lost a battle to have parking restrictions outside an East Oxford mosque lifted.

Victims of crime in Oxfordshire to get £1m in support from PCC

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

ONE million pounds has been made available to help victims of crime by the Thames Valley’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Parking problems split opinions across Oxford

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

AS more controlled parking zones are suggested for Oxford, DAMIAN FANTATO takes a look at the controversial regulations that can divide communities

Covered Market robbery 'was to protect family'

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

CLINT TOWNSEND tried to rob a jeweller’s in Oxford’s Covered Market because he was being threatened by “loan sharks”, his sister has claimed.

Oxford sign writers misspell roadworks warning

The Oxford Times:

2:05pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

OXFORDSHIRE County Council’s sign writers need to consult their colleagues in the education department over their spelling of the word “September”.

City boss seeks to bring an end to market rental fights

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Tuesday 26th August 2014

LENGTHY disputes over the rents in Oxford’s Covered Market could be consigned to history if a senior Oxford City Council officer has his way.

Oxford homes chief criticises district councils’ local plans

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

OXFORD’S housing boss has accused the county’s other councils of “kicking the can down the road” when it comes to housing.

Pledge to maintain Oxford's flood defences

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

TEMPORARY flood defences in Oxford will still be improved while work to construct a major flood relief channel is ongoing, it has been pledged.

Half a metre of land blocks £20m Jericho boatyard plan

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Monday 25th August 2014

A STRIP of canalside land just 50cm long has led to disagreements over a much-anticipated redevelopment of the Jericho boatyard.

Plan for cyclists to share pavements with pedestrians in Frideswide revamp

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Frideswide Square could become “shared space” between pedestrians and cyclists, transport officials have said.

Headteachers criticise new policy of ‘half-time results’

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Friday 22nd August 2014

SEVERAL headteachers refused to release their official results yesterday, criticising new Government policy.

Coroner rules out unlawful killing verdict in gem shop raider's death

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE grieving family of Clint Townsend yesterday said his robbery of a city jeweller’s was “completely out of character” as a coroner ruled he had not been unlawfully killed.

Heart disease left jewel robber 'at risk' of death

The Oxford Times: Oxford's Covered Market

8:30am Wednesday 20th August 2014

WOULD-BE robber Clint Townsend suffered from severe heart disease and could have died “at any point”, an inquest into his death heard yesterday.

West Way decision faces further delay

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A DECISION on whether a controversial redevelopment of Botley’s West Way shopping centre can go ahead could now be as late as the end of October.

The day man tackled jewel robber

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE manager of an Oxford jewellery shop has described how he was “terrified” as he tackled a robber to the ground.

Uni’s £45m research hub faces delays over its sewage output

The Oxford Times: Oxford Univesity logo white lettering blue background new logo

6:30am Monday 18th August 2014

OXFORD University’s new £45m research building could be delayed after concerns that Headington’s sewage network will not be able to cope.

Peeping Tom jailed for watching a woman undress at swimming pool

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Saturday 16th August 2014

A MAN with a history of voyeurism has been told “the time has come” for him to understand the seriousness of his crimes.

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