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Teachers’ funky music video is a leaving gift to remember

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Friday 3rd July 2015

WHAT could be worse than all your teachers making a video of themselves dancing to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk then making you watch it?

Police station and magistrates' court to be demolished for retirement apartments

The Oxford Times:

9:21pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

THE Mayor of Wantage tonight said he was "amazed" after a controversial retirement apartments scheme for the town was approved.

River users seek answers over city flood alleviation scheme

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Thursday 2nd July 2015

ROWERS, kayakers and river dwellers got their chance to raise concerns about the Oxford flood alleviation scheme at the first city centre workshop on it.

New ‘airbag’ helmet keeps cyclists safer

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

Oxford can proudly boast the second highest number of commuters on bikes in the country, but in competition with everyone else trying to use the roads, that can be a blessing and a curse. Now a new inflatable bike helmet from Sweden is promising to make cycling safer. Reporter Pete Hughes tried it out, and found using it as easy as falling off a bike...

Villagers float hydro-electric power plans

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

VILLAGERS are drawing up plans for a hydroelectric power plant in Sandford-on-Thames.

Life-saving equipment donated to schools

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Tuesday 30th June 2015

A COUPLE who shot 2,000 basketball hoops to save lives have now donated defibrillators to two schools.

School aiming to sell grounds for housing

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Tuesday 30th June 2015

ABOUT 140 homes could be built on what is now King Alfred’s East Site, leaked documents have revealed.

Streets were filled as nation’s war heroes were celebrated

The Oxford Times:

6:30am Monday 29th June 2015

CIVILIANS and soldiers took to the streets across Oxfordshire to honour sacrifices made by generations of soldiers, sailors and pilots for Armed Forces Day.

Man taken to hospital and three arrests after Eynsham brawl

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

12:38pm Sunday 28th June 2015

A MAN in his 50s was taken to hospital this morning with suspected broken ribs after a brawl involving up to 15 people in Eynsham.

Two A34 slip roads closed after crash near Kidlington

The Oxford Times: A34 traffic alert

10:36am Sunday 28th June 2015

A CAR crash has closed two A34 slip roads just north of Kidlington.

Car blaze outside of Bicester fire station treated as suspicious

The Oxford Times: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

10:29am Sunday 28th June 2015

FIREFIGHTERS have said a car fire outside their own station in Bicester last night is being treated as suspicious.

Video: First LibFest held in memory of Witney schoolgirl Liberty Baker

The Oxford Times:

1:29pm Saturday 27th June 2015

HUNDREDS of people have gathered in Witney today for the first Libfest, a charity music festival in memory of Liberty Baker.

Military in Oxfordshire honoured on Armed Forces Day

The Oxford Times:

10:36am Saturday 27th June 2015

ARMED Forces supporters have set up stalls in Witney this morning for Armed Forces Day.

Crash closes one lane of A34

The Oxford Times:

9:20am Saturday 27th June 2015

A CRASH has closed one lane of the A34 in south Oxfordshire this morning.

Unsafe cramped house costs the landlord £16,000 in fines

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Monday 29th June 2015

A BLACKBIRD LEYS landlord was ordered to pay more than £18,000 after admitting 12 charges relating to mismanaging a home shared by several tenants.

Mum to show art by son who starved after benefits slashed

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Friday 26th June 2015

NEWLY discovered artwork by a man who starved to death after his benefits were wrongly cut is to go on public display from tomorrow.

Professor used 30,000 Lego bricks to build replica of Hertford College

The Oxford Times:

4:37pm Thursday 25th June 2015

WHILE Cambridge University is reportedly looking for a professor of Lego, Oxford University has revealed it has had its own Lego specialist for years.

Man pretended to be in army to steal £10 from pensioners

The Oxford Times:

11:00am Thursday 25th June 2015

A CONMAN who told a couple in their 70s that he was in the armed forces in order to get into their home and steal £10 was given a 14-month prison sentence.

Review: Tropical heat from city groovers Ran Kan Kan

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Thursday 25th June 2015

You maybe didn’t realise Oxford had a Latin percussion scene? If not, it’s time you got up to speed. It has been four years now since members of that collective joined forces with Oxford Street Band to form the city’s number one Cuban-style big band Ran Kan Kan, taking their moniker from Tito Peunte’s 1951 mambo hit.

Oxford residents share opinions on new flood defence proposal

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Wednesday 24th June 2015

FLOOD-HIT Oxford residents yesterday got their first chance to say exactly what they think of the city’s proposed £120m flood alleviation channel to the people designing it.

Volunteer hands over keys to ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of Fairtrade

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Wednesday 24th June 2015

ELEPHANT poo notebooks, thunder-making machines and ornaments made from recycled coke cans – Oxford’s Fairtrade at St Michael’s shop is an Aladdin’s Cave of goods.

Burglar is jailed for 27 months following a string of offences

The Oxford Times: Oxford Crown Court

6:30am Tuesday 23rd June 2015

A FATHER-of-five who broke into a family home, stole their car and then drove it to burgle a Co-op has been sentenced for a series of similar offences.

Plan could transform a swathe of Wantage

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Tuesday 23rd June 2015

A NEW shopping precinct would be created around Wantage’s civic hall under a new residents’ town plan.

Dumping soil without permit lands trucker £3,600 court bill

The Oxford Times:

11:10am Monday 22nd June 2015

A FORMER Royal British Legion officer was ordered to pay more than £3,600 for dumping controlled waste without a permit.

Exhibit to honour the 66 from same suburb who died in war

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Saturday 20th June 2015

SINCE 1793 the Alden family of South Oxford have been butchers to the city.

Grassroots football kicks off life at its new headquarters

The Oxford Times:

8:00pm Friday 19th June 2015

GRASSROOTS football is coming home to a new South Oxfordshire HQ after moving from its old “rabbit warren” base.

Comet lander’s revival delights scientist

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Friday 19th June 2015

AN ABINGDON scientist who helped build the Philae comet lander has spoken about his delight at getting a “second bite of the cherry”.

Campaigners claim just 45p each ‘could save our hospital kitchens’

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Thursday 18th June 2015

IT COULD be the smallest cheque you ever write.

Tributes to ‘soft and playful soul’ at inquest into Ayesha Idris' death

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Thursday 18th June 2015

THE family of a 22-year-old emergency call handle who died driving home from work after Christmas have paid tribute to her “utterly commendable” good nature.

Lego lesson is awash with fun for pupils

The Oxford Times:

8:00pm Thursday 18th June 2015

HUGE tracts of Oxfordshire were flooded this week in a detailed Lego model.

Plaque recognises a major role in history

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Thursday 18th June 2015

A NEW blue plaque in Abingdon honours a man who did more than almost any other individual to preserve the town’s history.

Tributes paid by family of emergency call handler killed in crash

The Oxford Times:

2:34pm Wednesday 17th June 2015

THE family of a 22-year-old emergency call handler who died driving home from work at Christmas have paid tribute to her "utterly commendable" good nature.

Creepy crawlies ‘canapés’ will cause buzz with festival-goers

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Wednesday 17th June 2015

FRIED grasshoppers, succulent silk worm pupae and wasp broods in soy sauce are all on the menu at an Oxfordshire festival this weekend.

Drama wardrobe service sees a brighter future in the wings

The Oxford Times:

6:00pm Wednesday 17th June 2015

AFTER a “mammoth” 10-month battle to survive, Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe said it has been saved after a final sell-off over the weekend.

Abingdon school exhibition is display of talented art students’ work

The Oxford Times:

6:00pm Wednesday 17th June 2015

A WEDDING dress splattered with red dye to show the spread of cancer cells throughout the body was just one of the pieces on display by pupils at an end-of-year art show.

New eco-town will have defibrillators at bus stops

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Tuesday 16th June 2015

OXFORDSHIRE’S “Mr Defibrillator” has said plans to have life-saving equipment for every 100 homes at the new Bicester eco-town are “excellent”.

Concerns raised over upkeep of £120m flood relief channel

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Saturday 13th June 2015

CONCERNS over maintenance funding for Oxford’s proposed £120m flood relief channel were raised yesterday by the president of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Wantage Town Council fears a stink over school science block plan

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Friday 12th June 2015

A DISPUTE has broken out between Wantage Town Council and a town’s secondary school over plans for a new science block.

Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe does the ultimate costume change

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Friday 12th June 2015

FOR SALE: 1,400 drama costumes, props and accessories.

Couple made victim work for free and forced him to shoplift

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Tuesday 9th June 2015

A COUPLE syphoned money from the bank account of a mentally-impaired man while they holidayed in Mexico, Oxford Crown Court heard yesterday.

Oxford students turn on the style at catwalk show

The Oxford Times:

3:00pm Tuesday 9th June 2015

MOVE over Victoria Beckham and Tom Ford, these daring designs are the work of Oxford teenagers.

Four people sentenced for their part in 22-month forced labour ordeal + listen to the victim tell police what happened to him

The Oxford Times:

4:45pm Monday 8th June 2015

FOUR people have been sentenced for their part in a 22-month scheme which saw a man forced to work for them.

Why a bit of brick is an iconic symbol of Oxford’s social history

The Oxford Times:

6:00pm Tuesday 9th June 2015

THIS crumbling piece of brick is almost as important a part of Oxford’s history as the woman holding it.

Oxfam suspends call centre after claims elderly and vulnerable targeted for donation requests

The Oxford Times: Oxfam logo

8:14am Monday 8th June 2015

OXFAM last night said it had suspended all operations with a call centre after claims it was harassing the aged and vulnerable into donating money.

Video: Fan’s visit to ‘land of Winnie the Pooh’ dream come true

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Monday 8th June 2015

TWO women from different sides of the Atlantic were yesterday brought together by a lifelong goal at Witney’s first World Poohsticks Championships.

Video: Watch as World Pooh Sticks Championships held at new venue for first time

The Oxford Times:

2:51pm Sunday 7th June 2015

HUNDREDS of people descended on Witney this afternoon for the World Pooh Sticks Championships.

Video: Family unhappy after killer Natasha Elderfield is handed a nine-year sentence

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Saturday 6th June 2015

NINE-YEARS behind bars term is just “not long enough” for the woman who killed her boyfriend by stabbing him through the heart, his family said last night.

Theatre costume group finds a new home for its collection

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Saturday 6th June 2015

A MUCH-LOVED collection of 7,000 drama costumes run by volunteers has been saved from closure.

Update: Video - Killer Nastasha Elderfield's nine-year sentence not enough for victim's family

The Oxford Times:

3:11pm Friday 5th June 2015

NATASHA Elderfield has this afternoon been sentenced to nine years in prison for killing her boyfriend Robert "Raggy Smith" Dobinson.

Update: A34 cleared near Wendlebury after earlier crash

The Oxford Times: A34 traffic alert

11:28am Friday 5th June 2015

A FOUR-car collision on the A34 blocked the northbound carriageway near Wendlebury earlier.

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