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Children praised after raising alarm about a stricken cyclist

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Thursday 27th August 2015

TWO schoolchildren have been hailed heroes after rescuing a woman they found unconscious in a ditch.

Publican puts meat on Mutton’s menu

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Thursday 27th August 2015

THE new landlord at Wantage’s award-winning vegetarian pub The Shoulder of Mutton has said he plans to serve “vast quantities of meat”.

Best-selling writer Valerie Blumenthal faces up to getting Alzheimers in her 50s

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Wednesday 26th August 2015

THE LAST time best-selling novelist Valerie Blumenthal drove her car, she went to the supermarket.

‘Our car’s full of donations... now we’re off to help Calais migrants’

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Wednesday 26th August 2015

A COUPLE will make a film of them giving out donations to Calais refugees and send it to their MP, Prime Minister David Cameron.

Vinyl addicts flock to charity shop’s biggest record sell-off

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Monday 24th August 2015

THE warm, soft crackle as you drop the needle onto the record, the hiss of anticipation – there’s no doubt that vinyl has a magic to it.

Packed Pegasus Theatre for Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham's Q&A

The Oxford Times:

4:29pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

LABOUR leadership candidate Andy Burnham told an audience in Oxford this morning he believes the Government is hiding the number of people who have died as a result of benefit cuts in recent years.

Teenager headbutted in the face while walking with friend in Didcot

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4:17pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

A 17-year-old boy was headbutted in the face while walking with a friend in Didcot, police have said.

Thames "doggy" swimmers pass through Oxfordshire as part of 155-mile paddle to Tower Bridge

The Oxford Times:

2:20pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

PEOPLE in Abingdon should not be alarmed if they see a giant, pink, inflatable dog pursuing a man swimming down the River Thames this afternoon.

Lightning strike cuts power to more than 2,100 homes in East Oxford

The Oxford Times: After the heatwave comes the thunderstorms: 'Yellow Alert' as heavy rain forecast

1:29pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

A LIGHTNING strike cut power to more than 2,100 homes in East Oxford for five hours last night.

UPDATE: St Georges Road, Wallingford, likely to be shut for several days after suspected sinkhole is found

The Oxford Times:

3:30pm Sunday 23rd August 2015

CONTRACTORS were today carrying out tests on a street in Wallingford after a hole appeared in the road surface.

Eating Easter eggs lands hungry burglar in prison

The Oxford Times:

8:40am Saturday 22nd August 2015

A HOMELESS man who broke into a family home was caught because he dropped chocolate from the children’s Easter eggs he had eaten.

New reservoir back on after residents thought plan was scrapped

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Saturday 22nd August 2015

PLANS to create a massive reservoir south of Abingdon have resurfaced after Thames Water confirmed it was eyeing up the site again.

Changes to train services in Oxfordshire as workers take strike action

The Oxford Times: FGW train new

9:50am Sunday 23rd August 2015

A PLANNED rail strike is set to cause disruption on some of the county’s trains today.

‘E-cigs endorsement is a bit of a double-edged sword for us’ traders

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Saturday 22nd August 2015

E-CIGARETTE shop owners in Oxfordshire have said the Government’s endorsement of the safety of vaping could be a death-knell to their business.

Mayor 'devastated' as flats win approval

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Monday 24th August 2015

A LAST ditch attempt to stop Wantage’s old police station being turned into flats for the elderly has failed.

Hospital porters' strike will go ahead next week if talks tomorrow fail

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3:10pm Thursday 20th August 2015

PORTERS at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford have said they will strike next week if negotiations with their employer break down tomorrow.

Loving teen's tragic overdose mistake

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Thursday 20th August 2015

AN 18-YEAR-OLD girl died after taking an accidental overdose of migraine medication, a coroner has ruled yesterday.

Death of 'kind and thoughtful' Megan Biddle was accidental, coroner rules

The Oxford Times:

6:10pm Wednesday 19th August 2015

AN 18-year-old girl from Oxfordshire died after taking an accidental overdose of migraine medication, a coroner ruled today.

Air ace swoops to conquer as he eyes victory in home skies

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Saturday 15th August 2015

IF YOU looked into the skies over Oxfordshire in the past few months, there’s a fair chance you would have seen Nigel Lamb zipping overhead like a motorised wasp.

Live review: In The Garden @ Restore, East Oxford

The Oxford Times:

10:00am Thursday 6th August 2015

A squirrel shimmies along a veranda into overhanging foliage, dodging barbecue smoke, while the haunting harmonies of Oxford band Family Machine, drift on the air.

Young people urged to help protect county’s rare plants

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Wednesday 5th August 2015

WHEN housing developers build on every green space in Oxfordshire and the pollution from Botley Road turns the air into a smokey soup, who will be there to protect the county’s rarest and most precious endangered species?

Call to get more defibrillators in shopping areas and stores

The Oxford Times:

9:00am Wednesday 5th August 2015

THE Oxford Mail’s campaign to get more public access defibrillators across Oxfordshire turns its sights on shopping centres and stores today.

Pet sitter retires from ‘the loveliest job in the world ‘

The Oxford Times:

12:00pm Tuesday 4th August 2015

TO HUNDREDS of pets Val Henderson is their surrogate mum, and to their owners she is a godsend.

Animal sanctuary launches a £1.5m appeal for renovation

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Monday 3rd August 2015

JUDE, Johnny, Pepper, Rita and Penny the kittens need your help.

Memorial exhibition is set for county tour following success

The Oxford Times:

6:00am Saturday 1st August 2015

AN EXHIBITION telling the stories of 66 men from one Oxford suburb who gave their lives in the First World War has been so successful it is to go on tour.

News Feature: Meet the men taking us to the extra dimension

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Saturday 1st August 2015

STEVEN Dey’s friend recently came to him with a problem: he had a beloved old lamp, held together by two thumb screws and one of them had broken.

‘It could be toxic giant hogweed but no-one seems to really care’

The Oxford Times:

4:00pm Saturday 1st August 2015

A MUM-OF-TWO who thought she spotted dangerous giant hogweed in an area where children play spoke of her fears after her local council and Environment Agency failed to react swiftly.

Car crashes into taxi rank in Abingdon town centre

The Oxford Times:

1:10pm Friday 31st July 2015

A WOMAN has reportedly been taken to hospital after crashing into the back of a row of parked taxis in the centre of Abingdon this morning.

Werewolves and wonder as rare blue moon set to shine in Oxfordshire tonight

The Oxford Times:

10:22am Friday 31st July 2015

THEY’RE almost as rare as hen’s teeth, but a blue moon will shine over Oxfordshire tonight.

More residents now cash in on renting parking for commuters

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Friday 31st July 2015

WITH parking charges at a premium in Oxford homeowners are cashing in by renting out their driveways to commuters.

Use of nitrous oxide - known as 'hippy crack' - in north Oxfordshire prompts police warning

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INCREASING numbers of people apparently taking nitrous oxide gas in north Oxfordshire has prompted police to issue a warning on the dangers.

£50m plan to redevelop Didcot's Orchard Centre approved

The Oxford Times:

8:49am Thursday 30th July 2015

MAJOR plans to redevelop Didcot’s Orchard Shopping Centre were approved last night.

Work to install new water main is causing delays on the Eastern Bypass

The Oxford Times: OM traffic alert

8:46am Thursday 30th July 2015

A NEW water main being installed underneath Oxford Eastern Bypass is causing congestion on the road again this morning.

Man jailed for more than three years for breaking into woman's house and threatening her with knife

The Oxford Times:

5:45pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

AN ABINGDON man was sentenced to more than three years in prison for breaking into a woman’s house and threatening her with a knife.

UPDATE: Digger at Brasenose Driftway in Cowley while police investigate "contaminated soil"

The Oxford Times:

8:30am Thursday 30th July 2015

A DIGGER is now on the scene at Brasenose Driftway where police say canisters containing an unknown substance have caused soil contamination.

UPDATE: Book cover design for PD James novel sells for more than £1,000 in Kidlington

The Oxford Times:

8:04am Wednesday 29th July 2015

AN ORIGINAL illustration of the cover art for a PD James novel has sold at auction for £1,125 today in Kidlington.

Four are left dead in tragic 24 hours on the county’s roads

The Oxford Times:

10:00pm Tuesday 28th July 2015

FOUR people were killed in traffic accidents in 24 hours on Oxfordshire’s roads.

Volunteers needed to go on dormice hunt to help survey

The Oxford Times:

7:30am Wednesday 29th July 2015

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help hunt for the elusive dormouse across the county this summer.

American dentist accused of killing Oxford University project lion Cecil

The Oxford Times:

5:10pm Tuesday 28th July 2015

AN AMERICAN dentist has been accused of killing a famous African lion that was part of an Oxford University monitoring project.

Abingdon woman, 43, killed in Sutton Courtenay crash

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1:35pm Tuesday 28th July 2015

A WOMAN was killed in a car accident in Sutton Courtenay yesterday, police have said.

UPDATE: Pensioner killed and lorry driver left with life-threatening injuries in A420 crash near Faringdon

The Oxford Times:

9:52am Tuesday 28th July 2015

A MAN in his 70s was killed in a four-vehicle collision on the A420 this morning, police said.

Preschool is still ‘inadequate’ after re-inspection by Ofsted

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015

A PRESCHOOL that challenged Ofsted after it was rated “inadequate” in every way has been given the same rating again.

Severe weather warning issued for parts of Oxfordshire

The Oxford Times: Tourists in Oxford huddled under umbrellas in Radcliffe Square

7:46am Monday 27th July 2015

A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for high winds in Oxfordshire this morning.

Memorial for First World War VC recipient to be set in stone

The Oxford Times:

8:00am Monday 27th July 2015

THE grandson of Victoria Cross hero Sgt Maj Edward Brooks has commissioned a new memorial stone to go on his grave in Oxford.

Feature: Invitation to join sisters in a peaceful way of life

The Oxford Times:

5:00pm Saturday 25th July 2015

THE permanent footprints worn in the wood of the pews are the only evidence that at one time more than 300 sisters lived at Wantage’s Victorian convent.

Oxfordshire prankster duo hijack live Sky News broadcast with magic act

The Oxford Times:

2:09pm Friday 24th July 2015

AN Oxfordshire double-act dared each other into the pinnacle of their pranking pilgrimage: audacious magical mischief on live television.

Abuser teacher tried to kill himself before

The Oxford Times:

7:00am Thursday 23rd July 2015

A FORMER headteacher who drowned himself in the Thames after being convicted of historical sex offences had already attempted suicide days earlier, an inquest heard yesterday.

ASBO man who bit PC is spared jail yet again

The Oxford Times:

6:00pm Thursday 23rd July 2015

A HOMELESS man was spared jail after biting a police officer in the leg and punching another in the face.

Covenant means we can’t sell or rent this house, says family

The Oxford Times:

5:00am Thursday 23rd July 2015

A FAMILY who say they have been unable to rent out a house they own for 10 years because of a covenant held by a Chinese takeaway have marketed it as a film location in a last attempt to make it pay.

Former headteacher who drowned in Thames after sex abuse conviction had already attempted suicide, inquest hears

The Oxford Times:

11:44am Wednesday 22nd July 2015

A FORMER headmaster who drowned himself in the Thames after being convicted of historic sex offences had already attempted suicide once before that same month, an inquest heard yesterday.

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