Donations in memory of runner Claire Squires bring in £1.15m

The Oxford Times: More than £1m has been raised in memory of Claire Squires

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

ABOUT £1.15m has been raised by the Claire Squires Fund in memory of the runner who died after collapsing one mile from the finishing line of the London Marathon two years ago.

Major the dog: a companion who found fame in a book

The Oxford Times: Major on a visit to  St Nicholas’ Primary School in March last year. He is pictured with Josh Holton, left, and Oscar Pocock

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

MAJOR the Oxford Dog became an Oxford celebrity in 2009 after owner Mary Meagher wrote a book about her best friend. His antics became classroom favourites, and he was known by thousands of children from visits to city primary schools. Here, Ms Meagher remembers her constant companion, who died last Friday, aged nine-and-a-half.

Breaking news Delays on First Great Western trains between Didcot and Reading

The Oxford Times: A First Great Western High Speed Train

1:27pm Friday 18th April 2014

PASSENGERS are facing delays of up to 15 minutes on First Great Western services.

Breaking news Lane of the A41 at Bicester closed after two-vehicle collision

The Oxford Times: A41 traffic alert

11:14am Friday 18th April 2014

ONE lane is closed on the A41 after an accident involving two vehicles on the southbound carriageway at Bicester.

City traders to get a new champion

The Oxford Times: Graham Jones, of traders group ROX, is pleased that the city council is hiring a new city centre manager.    Picture: OX66549 Ed Nix

10:00am Friday 18th April 2014

AN empty traders’ champion post will be filled, council bosses have said, following fears the under-review role will be axed.

Cycle heaven at £10 a head

The Oxford Times: The Cyclox group hand over their blueprint to the county council with, front, Anne Joshua then next row, from left, is James Styring, Simon Hunt and Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth. Picture: OX66584 Ed Nix

9:00am Friday 18th April 2014

CYCLING freeways and quiet ways as well as cutting Oxford’s remaining 30mph speed limits to 20mph are the cornerstone of a new manifesto from campaigners.

Jury acquits radio DJ of sex charges

The Oxford Times: Emma Stanfield

9:00am Friday 18th April 2014

RADIO DJ Emma Stanfield has walked free from Oxford Crown Court after being unanimously cleared yesterday of engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Delays follow crash

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A crash between a lorry and a bus on the Wolvercote roundabout caused traffic delays yesterday.

A lifetime of memories as Margaret marks her 100th

The Oxford Times: Margaret Rose reads her birthday card bearing congratulations and best wishes from the Queen. Picture: OX66680 Cliff Hide

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

SHE has experienced a century of change in Oxford. But a modest Margaret Rose, who turns 100 today, said she’ll treat it as “just another day”.

A44 speeders caught

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A driver was caught speeding at 76mph in a 50mph zone on the A44 yesterday morning.

Gagging politicians is ‘not acceptable’ says minister

The Oxford Times: Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis

8:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A GOVERNMENT minister has criticised a town council’s proposal to ban councillors from talking to the media without getting written permission first.

Covered Market robbery suspects bailed again

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

Three robbery suspects have all been rebailed again by police investigating a raid where a suspected robber died.

Forgiveness over Easter play apology

The Oxford Times: The Rev Adam Romanis. Picture: OX66682 Antony Moore

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

ORGANISERS of the cancelled Passion Play have forgiven a council officer who has admitted making a mistake.

Oxford exhibition chips away at stone carvers’ past

The Oxford Times: Artist Sean Lynch face-to-face with one of his stone works    Pictures: OX66613 Ed Nix

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

IRISH artist Sean Lynch brought his show of stone carvings to Modern Art Oxford to honour tradesmen who made the city great.

Dementia patient search service is axed after not finding enough missing people

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A PIONEERING scheme to locate missing dementia patients has been forced to close after it found only one lost OAP in 18 months.

Biker and cyclist hurt

The Oxford Times: John Radcliffe Hospital stock

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A biker and cyclist were taken to hospital after a crash in Chainhill Road yesterday.

Bailed over robbery

The Oxford Times: Scales of Justice

7:40am Friday 18th April 2014

Two teenagers have been bailed by detectives investigating an armed robbery at a Risinghurst betting shop.

Drama for mum and baby in kitchen fire

The Oxford Times: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

7:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A mum and baby escaped a kitchen fire after a warning from the smoke alarm going off.

Four break into home

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

7:30am Friday 18th April 2014

Four people broke into a house in Danes Road on Tuesday while two children were on their own.

Drug review welcomed by parents of tragic teenager

The Oxford Times: Jack Bowlby's parents, Michael and Amanda

7:30am Friday 18th April 2014

THE parents of a 16-year-old boy who took his own life after taking medication for his acne have said every day without him is still difficult.

‘Underage sex claims have had big effect on my life’

The Oxford Times: Presenter Emma Stanfield

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A RADIO DJ cleared of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl said the allegations have had a “hugely damaging” effect on her life.

RAF Falcons pass with flying colours

The Oxford Times: The vibrant picture of the parachute team snapped by Adi Webb from his mum’s house

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

IS it a bird? Is it a plane?

Mild winter brings bumper crop of bluebells

The Oxford Times: Andy Foley, National Trust ranger at Badbury Clump near Faringdon, pictured among the bluebells. Picture: OX66665 Cliff Hide

6:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A BUMPER crop of bluebells has begun to bloom across the county.

Union role for Witney teacher

The Oxford Times: Geoff Branner

6:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A WITNEY teacher is the new president of a teacher’s trade union.

Flood-hit homes and firms set for package of support

The Oxford Times: Oxford residents Michael and Maura Dennehy in their flooded Western Road basement when the storms hit

6:30am Friday 18th April 2014

TRADERS and residents hit with bills because of flood damage could soon benefit from support measures.

Raiders snatch wheels ahead of charity ride

The Oxford Times: Janice Lovegrove found the wheels of her bike had been stolen.

6:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A RETIRED social worker training for a 279-mile cycle ride across China in aid of Women V Cancer has had the wheels of her bike stolen.

Ellie loses locks to support friend with cancer

The Oxford Times: Ellie Thompson is supported by colleagues as her head is shaved by Charles Tracoshas, of Gemini Hair, in Bicester. Pictures: OX66578 Mark Hemsworth

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

IT’S been a close shave for Ellie Thompson as she supports a friend with cancer.

Consultation on latest plans for new Westgate

The Oxford Times: PLANS: Redevelopment of the Westgate Centre has got outline planning approval

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A FRESH round of public consultations is to start on the next stage of the £400m redevelopment of the Westgate Centre.

Botched plumbing caused sewage to flow into brook

The Oxford Times: A dye is used to trace misconnections in Boundary Brook

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

IFFLEY residents have spoken of their surprise that a nearby brook was being mistakenly used as an open sewer.

From egg hunts to chocolate treats, the Easter spirit is all around

The Oxford Times: Penny Hambridge, left, of Oxford Children’s Hospital, receives the Easter eggs from Alicia Medlicott and Alice Clarke, of recruitment firm Reed. Picture: OX66337 Ed Nix

5:00am Friday 18th April 2014

ILL children in hospital got an early Easter surprise after more than 200 chocolate eggs and various toys were dropped off by staff at an Oxford company.

Husband launches natural products for sensitive skin

The Oxford Times: Tim Davies with some of his skincare products. Picture: OX66297 David Fleming

10:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Supermarket shelves are full of skincare products proclaiming to be “natural” and “organic” but there are question marks over exactly how many chemicals they contain.

Three join company

The Oxford Times: From left, Frances Place, Jo Lankester and Stephen Trott

10:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Website specialist White October has made three new appointments.

Lack of bricklayers ‘may threaten housing boom’

The Oxford Times: Bricklayer Simon Wells says he is so busy he is having to turn work away. Picture: OX66598 Damian Halliwell

10:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A CHRONIC shortage of bricklayers and construction professionals in the county could slow down house building and push up property prices still further.

Chance to buy iconic car for Jensen’s 80th birthday

The Oxford Times: Steve Barby, left, and Gregg Alvarez, of Jensen Motors

10:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ENTHUSIASTS wanting to own an iconic Jensen car are being offered the chance of snapping up a rare, limited edition model signalling the marque’s 80th anniversary.

Election day decisions: are we in or are we out?

The Oxford Times: CRUNCH TIME AT THE SEAT OF POWER

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

This year’s elections for the European Parliament on May 22 will see voters in Oxfordshire become part of the second largest electorate in the world – trumped only by India. Damian Fantato reports

Speed-date to do your bit for Oxford charity

The Oxford Times: Oxford Rotaract president Sam Cobley and club co-founder Sarah Field are holding a ‘speed dating’ event           Picture: OX66614 Damian Halliwell

4:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PEOPLE in their 20s will be asked to help out their local community following ‘speed-dating’ sessions.

Police chase in Oxford led to £1k drugs haul

The Oxford Times: Judge Patrick Eccles

3:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A POLICE chase led to the discovery of almost £1,000 worth of class A drugs, a court was told.

Objections over The Dragon School's proposal to build three-storey music hub

The Oxford Times: Councillor Jame Fry

1:10pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PLANS by a private school in North Oxford to build a three-storey music school have led to concerns by residents in surrounding roads.

DJ cleared of all underage sex charges

The Oxford Times: Presenter Emma Stanfield

12:54pm Thursday 17th April 2014

RADIO DJ Emma Stanfield has been cleared of all underage sex charges. 

Police to put in revised care home plans

The Oxford Times: Thames Valley Police logo

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THAMES Valley Police (TVP) has said it still wants to build a care home at the former Wantage Police Station and Magistrates Court.

Former mayor looks back on life at the top of city politics

The Oxford Times: Cllr John Goddard, who is set to retire

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

WHEN John Goddard joined Oxford City Council in 1998 he never thought he would end up running the local authority.

SCALES OF JUSTICE: Cases from the county law courts

The Oxford Times: REJECTED AND DEJECTED: An Ammanford man was left disappointed after a judge refused to send him to jail.

11:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

BANBURY MAGISTRATES

Sporting heroes to carry Queen’s baton

The Oxford Times: Juliet Field

11:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

THEY go the extra mile for their sport clubs every day.

Four-year-old's delight as beloved soft toy is found after Oxford Mail appeal

The Oxford Times: Chloe Kinch-Jones with her beloved Mummy Bunny Picture: OX66512 Simon Williams

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A BELOVED soft toy that was missing for 10 days has been returned to her very happy owner.

Council spent £42k on a special media team

The Oxford Times: Andrew Smith

9:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

SPIN doctors were hired at a cost of £42,000 to help Oxfordshire County Council handle the Oxford grooming gang scandal.

Council officer apologises for Passion Play mistake

The Oxford Times: Mischa Richards played Jesus in the Cowley Road Passion Play in 2012. He is pictured with soldiers Roger Butcher and Ian Callaghan

10:03am Thursday 17th April 2014

THE council officer who told Cowley Road Passion Play organisers to cancel their event has apologised for his mistake.

Plea over missing man

The Oxford Times: Missing David Morgans

8:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

A 49-year-old man, who was last seen in the Littlemore area, has been missing since Saturday.

Church leaders call on PM to help families going hungry

The Oxford Times: The Rev Dr Keith Hebden, left, and the Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, delivering the letter to David Cameron’s office

8:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH leaders have called for urgent action on food hunger.

County dole claimants reach five-year low

The Oxford Times: JobCentre move strengthens role of Ealing Hub among ex-offenders

8:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

The number of people signing on the dole in the county has fallen to just one per cent of the working population for the first time in more than five years.

Indian society clubs together for city’s food bank

The Oxford Times: David Cairns, third left, co-founder and chairman of the Oxford Food Bank, and Cllr Roy Darke, third right, with members of the Malayalee Samajam, from left, Roopesh John, Rajan Philip, Joby Joseph, George Kutty and Jobil Skaria.   Picture: OX66616 David

8:30am Thursday 17th April 2014

VOLUNTEERS offered a helping hand to the Oxford Food Bank in the shape of six boxes.



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