A MOUND of mattresses, black bags and suitcases have been dumped on the roadside near Bicester, as figures reveal a significant rise in fly-tipping in the area. The latest statistics showed fewer than two per cent of fly-tippers in Cherwell in the past year have been fined.
THE 10th season of Oxford Fashion Week starts this week and the competition to representative of the event is hotting up. The coveted spot of Face of Oxford Fashion Week will be announced at the opening night party on Monday evening and 10 hopefuls are in the running having been whittled down from 60 entrants.
Donald Pullin was the landlord of both the Prince of Wales in Iffley Village and the Queen's Head in Horspath in the 1970s as well as playing football and refereeing in Oxford for much of his life. The father-of-two also served in the RAF, based briefly at Upper Heyford but also in France and Belgium, as an aero-engine fitter during the Second World War.
JOHN and Shirley Pearce have enjoyed more than half a century of laughter and cups of hot chocolate in the middle of the night. Celebrating their diamond anniversary today, the Kidlington couple, say the secret to a long and happy marriage is being able to 'be silly with each other' and to tell the other you love them everyday.
SCOUTS have gone into the wilds to fend for themselves to help give a better education to tribespeople in Africa. Boys and girls from the 33rd Oxford Scout Group in Kidlington are spending the weekend fending for themselves in the wilderness to fundraise for a tribal community in Africa.
A CAT which survived a serious car crash near Oxford airport before vanishing into a field had an emotional reunion with its owners after a Kidlington woman found him a month later. Martin and Liz Jones were driving on the A44 on September 1 when they had an accident near to the junction at Langford Lane.
Rhys Crane, 18, of Langford Gardens, Bicester, was convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause a person to believe immediate unlawful violence would be used against them or provoke the immediate use of unlawful violence in Banbury on May 3. Also convicted of failing to produce and deliver a train ticket or failing to pay the fare or give his name and address when requested in Banbury on the same date. Fined A 450 and ordered to pay a A 40 victim surcharge and A 775 costs.
FIREFIGHTERS used a unique bit of kit to help clean up after defeating a fire in the roof of a centuries-old thatched cottage. The fire brigade was called to the property in Standlake High Street at 10.20pm last night to find that the fire had already spread to a large, load bearing wooden beam that stretched the complete width of the eight foot chimney breast.
HACKERS who snooped on a rival company in a plot to pinch its confidential data have been sentenced for their "cynical disregard" for the law. Bosses at Kidlington-based I.T security company Quadsys and two staff members admitted spying on their competitor to try and undercut their enemy and win contracts with clients.
Blenheim Palace will host their coffee morning, for which a A 2 entry fee grants access to the grounds, as well as teas, cakes, and of course, coffee. Rapture Record Store in Witney will also have an event from 10am, as will Michael and Co.