Press Association 2014 LATEST

Downton fans could live like lords

The Oxford Times: Highclere Castle is opening its doors to raise money for charity

2:17pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Downton Abbey fans can live like the Crawley family for a few hours - and even learn the skills of their staff - to raise money for charity.

Bolt on mission to thrill Scots

The Oxford Times: Usain Bolt has been putting in the hard yards ahead of his Commonwealth Games bow

2:10pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Usain Bolt is set to win back Glaswegian hearts on Friday night when he finally takes to the Hampden Park track for the heats of the 4 x 100 metres.

Death in custody figures soaring

The Oxford Times: The number of prison deaths in custody has risen considerably

2:03pm Thursday 31st July 2014

The number of prisoners who died in custody jumped by nearly a quarter in the year to March to reach its highest level for almost a decade, official figures show.

Transsexual loses pension battle

The Oxford Times: A transsexual has lost her High Court fight to retire at the age of 60 as she is still considered a man under the law

1:50pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A transsexual's claim to be entitled to receive the female state pension at the age of 60 has been rejected by the Court of Appeal.

15% of electricity from renewables

The Oxford Times: Some 14.9% of electricity in the UK was generated by renewables such as wind power

1:50pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Almost 15% of the UK's electricity was generated from renewables last year, official figures show.

Crash victim family in mobiles plea

The Oxford Times: Undated handout photo issued by Cambridgeshire Constabulary of 31-year-old Marina Usaceva who has been jailed for six years at Peterborough Crown Court after she crashed her Jaguar X-Type into the back of a Peugeot 206 killing the driver Sukhdeep Singh Jo

1:50pm Thursday 31st July 2014

The family of a man killed by a "remorseless" driver who was using two mobile phones at the wheel have pleaded with others not to repeat her stupidity.

Shortcomings in response times

The Oxford Times: Ambulances are expected to respond to critical cases within eight minutes

1:50pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Ambulances in three regions of England are "failing" to get to some of the most critical patients on time, new figures suggest.

Morrison remanded in custody

The Oxford Times: Ravel Morrison will remain in custody until August 7

1:46pm Thursday 31st July 2014

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of punching and slapping his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

Ravel Morrison remanded in custody

The Oxford Times: Footballer Ravel Morrison was remanded in custody until August 7

1:28pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Premier League footballer Ravel Morrison has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of punching and slapping his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

England level series

The Oxford Times: Moeen Ali took six wickets to help England record victory

1:20pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Moeen Ali and James Anderson led England's surge to a series-levelling 266-run victory with more than two sessions to spare in the third Investec Test against India.

Perry: I don't need men for babies

The Oxford Times: Katy Perry wouldn't want to take her child on tour with her

11:58am Thursday 31st July 2014

Katy Perry has said she wants to become a mum one day - and she can do it without a man in her life.

Damian Lewis becomes Henry VII

The Oxford Times: Damian Lewis in the hot and heavy costume of King Henry VIII on the set of Wolf Hall (Rex)

11:56am Thursday 31st July 2014

Damian Lewis has been pictured wearing a frock coat and thigh-high leather boots for his latest role - as King Henry VIII.

Keys: I'm pregnant with baby no 2

The Oxford Times: Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz are expecting their second child together (Alicia Keys/Instagram)

11:18am Thursday 31st July 2014

Alicia Keys has revealed she is pregnant with her second child.

Hoare appointed new Ofsted chairman

The Oxford Times: There were accusations by the Liberal Democrats that former education secretary Michael Gove was trying to politicise the job

11:04am Thursday 31st July 2014

Businessman David Hoare has been selected as the new chairman of schools regulator Ofsted, finally ending a furious Coalition row over the appointment.

Teacher attack suspensions rise

The Oxford Times: The number of attacks on teachers by primary school pupils has increased, according to new figures

11:04am Thursday 31st July 2014

The number of primary school pupils suspended for attacking teachers has risen, official figures show.

BT claims advances in football duel

The Oxford Times: BT is about to begin its second season of a £738 million deal to screen 38 top-flight games a year for three years

11:04am Thursday 31st July 2014

BT claimed its Premier League offering was helping it win its battle with Sky today as it grew broadband and TV revenues by a quarter.

Barrymore's tribute to half-sister

The Oxford Times: Drew Barrymore's half-sister Jessica was found dead in California

11:03am Thursday 31st July 2014

Drew Barrymore has opened up about the death of her half-sister.

Grayling: Tennis match to go ahead

The Oxford Times: A game of tennis with the Prime Minister and the Mayor of London has been auctioned by the Tories for £160,000 to the wife of a former Russian government minister

10:59am Thursday 31st July 2014

David Cameron and Boris Johnson will go ahead with a tennis match secured by a controversial £160,000 donation to the Conservatives, Chris Grayling said as he claimed Tory donors do not buy policy.

Prison fugitive figures released

The Oxford Times: Michael Wheatley, dubbed the Skullcracker, absconded from HMP Standford Hill

10:59am Thursday 31st July 2014

More than 200 inmates have escaped or absconded from prisons in England and Wales in the last year, official figures show.

Charlie Brooks to act with daughter

The Oxford Times: Charlie Brooks will appear in The Dumping Ground with daughter Kiki

10:56am Thursday 31st July 2014

Charlie Brooks is to make a cameo in a CBBC show, acting alongside her nine-year-old daughter.

Aussies banish coach Hollingsworth

The Oxford Times: Sally Pearson came under criticism from Eric Hollingsworth

10:50am Thursday 31st July 2014

Athletics Australia's British head coach Eric Hollingsworth has been sent home from the Commonwealth Games after his outspoken attack on Olympic sprint hurdles champion Sally Pearson.

Cowell to get top industry award

The Oxford Times: Simon Cowell is being honoured with a TV industry award

10:37am Thursday 31st July 2014

Simon Cowell is set to be honoured with a top TV industry award for his contribution to entertainment.

Alison Hammond for Strictly role?

The Oxford Times: Alison Hammond is rumoured to be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing

10:04am Thursday 31st July 2014

Alison Hammond has signed up to this year's Strictly Come Dancing, according to reports..

Walters family knife shock past

The Oxford Times: Julie Walters discovered her ancestor was guilty of assault

9:41am Thursday 31st July 2014

Julie Walters made a shocking discovery about one of her ancestors while filming TV show Who Do You Think You Are?

United owners warn investors

The Oxford Times: The Glazers are selling a further five per cent of shares in Manchester United

9:35am Thursday 31st July 2014

Manchester United's owners have warned potential investors that the club may fail to attract or retain top players and coaches if they fail to qualify for the Champions League again this coming season.

Bell gets back to her Hair roots

The Oxford Times: Kristen Bell is performing on stage

9:32am Thursday 31st July 2014

Kristen Bell says she's terrified - but delighted - to be performing on stage again.

Morrison facing assault charges

The Oxford Times: Ravel Morrison is due at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Thursday

9:21am Thursday 31st July 2014

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been charged with assaulting two women.

Suarez 'too good for the Gunners'

The Oxford Times: Luis Suarez, right, was warned off a move to Arsenal by Steven Gerrard, left

9:21am Thursday 31st July 2014

Steven Gerrard told Luis Suarez he was "too good for Arsenal" when the North Londoners bid for him last summer.

Footballer charged with assault

The Oxford Times: West Ham footballer Ravel Morrison has been charged with assaulting two women

8:54am Thursday 31st July 2014

Former Manchester United footballer Ravel Morrison has been charged with assaulting two women.

Pattinson: Break-up was normal

The Oxford Times: Robert Pattinson says his break up with Kristen Stewart was normal

8:46am Thursday 31st July 2014

Robert Pattinson has hinted that he's definitely over Kristen Stewart - and that their split was no big deal.

Britons get more for their dollar

The Oxford Times: Favourable exchange rates are giving Britons going abroad better value and more spending money

8:46am Thursday 31st July 2014

A dive in the value of the dollar is boosting British bookings to America.

Mourinho: Lukaku lacked motivation

The Oxford Times: Jose Mourinho, left, and Romelu Lukaku, right, did not speak before the latter's move to Everton

8:31am Thursday 31st July 2014

Jose Mourinho sold Romelu Lukaku to Everton because he did not believe the striker had the motivation to fight for a place at Chelsea.

Bieber taunts Bloom after Ibiza row

The Oxford Times: Justin Bieber posted a picture of Orlando Bloom on his Instagram page

8:25am Thursday 31st July 2014

Justin Bieber has mocked Orlando Bloom after their reported scuffle in Ibiza, posting a snap on Instagram of the Lord Of The Rings star apparently crying.

Bieber taunts Bloom after Ibiza row

The Oxford Times: Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is reported to have taunted actor Orlando Bloom after an altercation in Ibiza

7:51am Thursday 31st July 2014

Justin Bieber has seemingly taunted British actor Orlando Bloom after their reported altercation in Ibiza, posting a picture on his Instagram account of the Lord Of The Rings star crying.

Tag bid to cut alcohol-linked crime

The Oxford Times: The tags register alcohol consumption but do not monitor movement or where people are

7:50am Thursday 31st July 2014

People who repeatedly commit alcohol-related crime will be forced to wear ankle tags that monitor if they are still drinking, under a year-long pilot scheme.

Centrica questions Ofgem's claims

The Oxford Times: Profits at British Gas fell 26% to £265 million as earnings were dented by mild weather

7:50am Thursday 31st July 2014

British Gas owner Centrica showed little sign of cutting energy tariffs today as profits fell and it hit back at Ofgem over "deficiencies" in analysis suggesting household margins were set to double.

Average house price hits new record

The Oxford Times: House price rises slowed in July as new mortgage lending rules took effect

7:39am Thursday 31st July 2014

House prices increased to another new all-time high of £188,949 on average in July but the pace of growth is slowing, Nationwide has reported.

Deila disappointed after defeat

The Oxford Times: Ronny Deila's side have it all to do in the return leg at Murrayfield

6:31am Thursday 31st July 2014

Celtic manager Ronny Deila admits he was "unbelievably disappointed" after the calamitous and crushing 4-1 defeat by Legia Warsaw in the first leg of the Champions League third qualifier at the Pepsi Arena.

Border staff 'unprepared for Ebola'

The Oxford Times: Border Control staff say they are unprepared for an Ebola emergency

6:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Border staff do not feel adequately prepared to deal with the possibility of people with Ebola coming to the UK and need more information about the threat, a union leader said.

Bolt criticism would be shame - Hoy

The Oxford Times: Sir Chris Hoy, right, and Usain Bolt at the Games

4:42am Thursday 31st July 2014

Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy has said it would be "a shame" if sprint superstar Usain Bolt had criticised the Commonwealth Games.

Charles views rural life and art

The Oxford Times: Prince Charles is visiting an art exhibition in the far north of Scotland

3:34am Thursday 31st July 2014

The Prince of Wales will experience rural life and art during a trip to the northernmost tip of Britain.

Litvinenko probe 'to reveal truth'

The Oxford Times: Marina Litvinenko had pressed for a public inquiry

3:34am Thursday 31st July 2014

The "whole world" will finally know the truth about what happened to poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko, his widow has said, as a public inquiry was formally opened nearly eight years after his death.

Celtic suffer heavy defeat

The Oxford Times: Ronny Deila's Celtic side slipped to a 4-1 defeat in Warsaw (AP)

2:15am Thursday 31st July 2014

Celtic's Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread after a dispiriting 4-1 defeat by Legia Warsaw in the third qualifying round first leg at the Pepsi Arena in which the Scottish champions were lucky to escape without further punishment.

Ex-Philip aide on child sex charges

The Oxford Times: An ex-equerry to the Duke of Edinburgh is facing three historic indecent charges involving a girl of about 12

2:02am Thursday 31st July 2014

A former aide to the Duke of Edinburgh has been accused of sexually abusing a girl in the early 1970s.

Crews damping down on fire-hit pier

The Oxford Times: Firefighters tackle the final flames

12:54am Thursday 31st July 2014

Up to 20 firefighters were continuing to damp down and reach remaining hotspots as dawn broke on fire-ravaged Eastbourne Pier.

New social worker measures unveiled

The Oxford Times: The department said the new Approved Child and Family Practitioner status would 'ensure the highest levels of public protection for our most vulnerable children'

12:42am Thursday 31st July 2014

A fresh definition of the skills and knowledge required by child and family social workers has been unveiled by the Chief Social Worker for Children and Families as part of the "most significant transformation" of the profession "in a generation", the Department for Education has said.

Radio 2's Evans hits audience peak

The Oxford Times: Chris Evans pulls in 9.91 million listeners each week to his breakfast show

12:42am Thursday 31st July 2014

Radio 2 breakfast host Chris Evans has hit another audience high, with a new record number of listeners to his show.

1m asthma patients 'missing checks'

The Oxford Times: A charity said asthma patients need checks on how to use their inhalers

12:42am Thursday 31st July 2014

More than a million people suffering from asthma are missing out on key yearly checks, a charity has warned.

Ex-DPP in bid to become Labour MP

The Oxford Times: Former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer is to put his name forward as a Labour candidate in Frank Dobson's Holborn and St Pancras constituency

12:42am Thursday 31st July 2014

Former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer says he will put his name forward to stand as a Labour parliamentary candidate.

Adults urged to monitor waistlines

The Oxford Times: Adults are urged to measure their belt line in a bid to curb the growing tide of people who develop type 2 diabetes

12:42am Thursday 31st July 2014

Health officials are urging people to get out the tape measure and monitor their waistline after figures showed that adults with a large waist were up to five times more likely to develop diabetes.

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