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‘Slave’ at travellers’ site seen treated like a ragdoll on CCTV

The Oxford Times:

6:36pm Thursday 8th October 2015

CCTV footage from an Oxford travellers’ site has shown a man who was allegedly kept as a slave being pushed around and treated “like a ragdoll”.

Man tells court he lived on £5 a day and didn’t get his disability benefit

The Oxford Times: OM Crown

5:30am Thursday 8th October 2015

A MAN with learning difficulties who claims he was kept as a slave by an Oxford traveller family told a court yesterday he was beaten by the man he thought of as his dad.

"£5 a day servant" was made to feel part of family court hears

The Oxford Times:

1:50pm Wednesday 7th October 2015

A MAN with learning difficulties who claims he was held in servitude has told Oxford Crown Court this morning he was made to feel a part of the defendants' family.

Driver who smashed through house front is spared jail term

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Wednesday 7th October 2015

A 23-YEAR-old driver who destroyed the front of a pregnant woman’s house while she sat in the front room escaped jail yesterday.

Feature: Hard-hitting lessons for lifesaving manoeuvres

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Tuesday 6th October 2015

A few weeks ago the Oxford Mail became the first company in Oxfordshire to take South Central Ambulance Service up on its offer of free ‘start a heart’ CPR training sessions. Reporter Pete Hughes learnt some lifesaving skills, but also realised how little he knew about first aid in general. So he spent another morning getting a crash course in first aid from St John Ambulance, which trains volunteers to provide free emergency health care at public events up and down the country

‘Close off half of St Giles to make street Europe’s best’

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Tuesday 6th October 2015

A TEMPORARY narrowing of the road in St Giles could be carried out to see if the street could be more pedestrianised.

Dead good at maths with help of zombies

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Tuesday 6th October 2015

A DIDCOT dad who invented a board game to teach children maths using flesh-eating zombies is back with his next creation.

'Hospice's care helps me to live the rest of my life in a better way'

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Monday 5th October 2015

A TERMINALLY ill woman has told how the care she receives at an Oxford hospice has made her feel she can live her life better than ever.

Blind veteran gives thanks to charity that ‘changed her life’

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Monday 5th October 2015

A BLIND veteran from Marcham will attend a special thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey tomorrow for a charity that “changed her life”.

Abandoning booze cruises to bring aid to refugees in Calais

The Oxford Times:

1:00pm Saturday 3rd October 2015

LIKE many people, the only reason Jan Morter and her husband Tom ever went to Calais was their annual booze cruise to pick up a few bottles of decent plonk.

Yellow weather warning for fog across Oxfordshire tomorrow

The Oxford Times:

4:10pm Friday 2nd October 2015

A YELLOW weather warning has been issued for fog in Oxfordshire tomorrow morning. The Met Office has warned that patchy fog will cover much of southern England from the early hours of the morning making driving conditions more dangerous. The fog is expected to thin and lift by midday. The especially thick blanket has been predicted because of a ridge of high pressure across much of the UK, leading to clear skies and light winds overnight, likely to cause heavy fog.

School’s housing plans stir controversy

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Friday 2nd October 2015

A SECONDARY school’s scheme to build a housing estate on one of its three sites divided opinion at a public exhibition.

Hotel is on track to open early next year

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Friday 2nd October 2015

OXFORD’S newest hotel is taking shape in Abingdon Road.

Go see the fruit and veg of their labours

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Friday 2nd October 2015

THE bounty of autumn’s fruits will be celebrated at a community event in South Oxford on Sunday.

Residents unite in support of desperate refugees at Calais

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Friday 2nd October 2015

PEOPLE in Headington put political allegiances aside to ease the plight of refugees in Calais.

Dog with taped-up muzzle rescued near Faringdon finds a loving home

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Thursday 1st October 2015

A DOG that was rescued by the RSPCA after her muzzle was taped up so tight that she bled has found a loving new home.

Unlicensed landlord who let ‘filthy’ shared house is fined

The Oxford Times:

11:10am Thursday 1st October 2015

FOUR people who were living in an illegal shared house with no smoke alarms, a missing fire door and mouldy walls have seen their landlord prosecuted and ordered to pay more than £4,600 in fines and costs.

Thriving community hub is a testament to people power

The Oxford Times:

6:00pm Thursday 1st October 2015

VILLAGERS who raised the funds to buy a former Methodist chapel are proving the potential of people power by running it as a thriving community hub.

Shops warn of chaos as busy street closes

The Oxford Times:

1:00pm Wednesday 30th September 2015

SHOPS and a taxi firm have warned of “chaos” during the 16-week closure of Mill Street in Wantage.

School for pupils with dyslexia gets new class for young teens

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Wednesday 30th September 2015

A UNIQUE Oxfordshire school that provides classes for dyslexic pupils’ needs has taken year 9s for the first time.

Flooding fears over Church’s bid to convert HQ into offices

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Wednesday 30th September 2015

THE CHURCH of England’s plans to convert its Oxfordshire headquarters into an office block have proved controversial with neighbours who fear the new development could make flooding more likely.

Movie alerting parents to signs of sexual grooming

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Tuesday 29th September 2015

THE BATTLE against child sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire is taking to the big screen.

It could take two years before rapist Joseph Tsang is back to face justice

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Saturday 26th September 2015

A RAPIST who fled to Asia to avoid justice has finally been captured in Hong Kong after an international manhunt.

Call to help dancers keep tradition alive

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Monday 28th September 2015

WHEN Ducklington Morris Dancers held their first taster session in a year, they did not get as much interest as they had hoped.

Major queues in and around Abingdon due to roadworks

The Oxford Times:

10:36am Friday 25th September 2015

TRAFFIC is reportedly at near-gridlock in the centre of Abingdon because of roadworks.

Disabled dad jailed over £45k cannabis factory at his home

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Friday 25th September 2015

A SINGLE man described as a “brilliant” father-of-four was jailed for a year yesterday for running an underground cannabis factory in a sleepy village.

Fatal injuries to baby caused by ‘shaking or hitting’ court is told

The Oxford Times: OM Crown

9:00am Friday 25th September 2015

THE injuries to an 11-week-old baby whose father is accused of his murder could only have been caused by shaking or hitting, a pathologist said yesterday.

Vicar invites everyone to bless their pet

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Friday 25th September 2015

AN OXFORD vicar who says our pets “make us more human” has invited parishioners to bring them to church.

Romantic runners raise cash for wildlife

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Friday 25th September 2015

TWO men who both proposed to their wives on Oxfordshire nature reserves will run a marathon around Loch Ness on Sunday for the charity that looks after them.

‘Open your hearts to the plight of refugees’

The Oxford Times:

6:00pm Thursday 24th September 2015

A MUM who delivered aid to Calais refugees has called on her town to open its heart to the human crisis.

Child care centre is judged outstanding report

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Thursday 24th September 2015

A CHILDREN’S daycare rated “outstanding” at its first Ofsted inspection said treating children as individuals was the key to its success.

Convent looks set to get go-ahead for demolition and 31 new homes

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Wednesday 23rd September 2015

A BID by Wantage’s convent to bulldoze two homes and a St John Ambulance base to build a 31-home estate is recommended to be approved tonight.

Village stalwart is honoured for decades of tireless service

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Monday 21st September 2015

AFTER Peter Biggs stood down from his village's parish council in May after 32 years, few would deny that he has earned the title “Mr Kennington”.

Plan to double park & ride site prompts more flooding fears

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Saturday 19th September 2015

PLANS to double the size of Seacourt Park-and-Ride car park have sparked flooding fears from neighbours.

Soldiers will honour hero at unveiling of memorial

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Saturday 19th September 2015

SOLDIERS from the barracks named after First World War hero Edward Brooks will join the official unveiling of a new memorial at his grave.

Mother had tattoo saying ‘do not resuscitate’ before death

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Friday 18th September 2015

A DIVORCED mother who was unhappy with her weight had tattooed “do not resuscitate” on her chest before suffocating herself with a plastic bag.

Get involved at ‘Fresher’s Fair’ in village

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Friday 18th September 2015

STUDENTS pouring into Oxford for the new academic year will no doubt be spending time signing up to whatever extra-curricular activities they can.

Firm has answer to school bus cutbacks

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Thursday 17th September 2015

FEW council cuts in Oxfordshire have caused more outcry than those that hit school bus services.

Outrage as vandals desecrate cemetery in overnight attack

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Wednesday 16th September 2015

FAMILIES in Wantage have been left reeling after “despicable” vandals ransacked the town cemetery, stealing ornaments and desecrating graves.

Life-saving CPR classes to be offered to every county firm

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Wednesday 16th September 2015

FREE 30-minute CPR training sessions will be offered to every workplace in Oxfordshire from October.

Charity champ rallies town to collect aid for Calais migrants

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Wednesday 16th September 2015

WANTAGE has become the latest town to start collecting aid for Calais refugees, with civic leaders and business owners backing the appeal.

Diocese reveals location of its ‘heavenly’ new headquarters

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Wednesday 16th September 2015

NEW headquarters for the Church of England in Oxfordshire will allow it to expand its education department in coming decades.

A country affair: Family Machine storm back with rural classic

The Oxford Times:

1:01pm Tuesday 15th September 2015

Pete Hughes on the long-awaited return of Oxford's Family Machine. Plus: listen to track here...

Guest house shut due to planning row

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Tuesday 15th September 2015

A KENNINGTON guest house has been shut down after operating without planning permission for five years.

Green-fingered residents are flourishing at annual awards

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Saturday 12th September 2015

IT’S a blooming lovely village, Marcham.

One injured in crash along Cumnor Hill that is blocking part of road

The Oxford Times: OM traffic alert

12:22pm Friday 11th September 2015

BUS services out of Oxford along Cumnor Hill are being diverted after an accident.

No laughing matter as power cut forces comedian Josh Widdicombe to call off show

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Friday 11th September 2015

WHEN award-winning comedian Josh Widdicombe had to cancel his show at Oxford Playhouse because of a power cut it was just one of dozens of businesses affected.

Thousands lap up arts and traditional crafts at Pitt Fest

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Friday 11th September 2015

A ONE-DAY festival of international arts and culture at Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum should be extended beyond its planned five-year lifespan, an organiser has said.

Hop along to Rabbit Hole music festival

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Friday 11th September 2015

A NEW music festival will take over a recently reopened pub tomorrow but you might have to go down a bit of a rabbit hole to get there.

Dress up 40s-style at Secret Army village

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Friday 11th September 2015

A WHOLE Oxfordshire village will turn back the clocks to the 1940s for one day to celebrate its secret wartime link.

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