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The week's best pictures: Devastating blaze that lit up night sky

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6:00pm Saturday 25th October 2014

OUR Picture Editor Leah McLaren takes her pick of the week’s best photographs and tells us why she reckons they make the grade

Breakthrough in hunt for treatment for hepatitis A

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3:00pm Saturday 25th October 2014

SCIENTISTS in Oxfordshire have revealed that a major breakthrough could lead to new vaccines and drugs for hepatitis A.

Warborough businessman honoured for turnaround expertise with global award

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2:00pm Saturday 25th October 2014

AN OXFORDSHIRE businessman has won a global award for his work in corporate restructuring.

Woman rescued after fire breaks out in her flat in Banbury Court, Abingdon

Herald Series: Fire engine Oxfordshire

1:47pm Saturday 25th October 2014

A WOMAN was rescued from a flat in Banbury Court, Abingdon, after a fire broke out in the early hours of this morning.

Hundreds take part in "world's most colourful 5km" run + VIDEO

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11:41am Saturday 25th October 2014

HUNDREDS have taken part in this year's Run or Dye event at Cornbury Park, Charlbury. 

Bake Off contestant rises to occasion with charity book

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10:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

A YEAR ago Christine Wallace was showing off her baking skills as she reached the quarter-finals of popular BBC TV show The Great British Bake Off.

Watch out for a lie-in

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9:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Curator of decorative arts at the Ashmolean, Matthew Winterbottom, pictured, brings out a reminder to turn your clocks back tomorrow. He said the Polish coach watch, made in 1770, “would have been hanging in a carriage for when people were travelling around”. He added: I like the size and clarity of it, it’s made to be read. There is beauty in its simplicity.”

Trapped woman freed following road crash

Herald Series: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

8:50am Saturday 25th October 2014

A woman was trapped in a vehicle after a collision between a car and a minibus yesterday.

Teacher sex charges

Herald Series: Oxford Crown Court

8:50am Saturday 25th October 2014

A former teacher at Carmel College, charged with a series of sexual offences, appeared at Oxford Crown Court yesterday.

Firefighters set to strike for four days

Herald Series: Fire engine Oxfordshire

12:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Firefighters will go on strike next week for four days as part of national industrial action.

Off and running for entry to our OX5 extravaganza

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8:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

THE starting gun has been fired for next year’s Oxford Mail OX5 Run as places open for runners in the fundraising extravaganza.

Additional housing set for site despite opposition

Herald Series: south oxfordshire district council logo

6:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

FINAL plans for 247 more homes at the 3,300-home Great Western Park development in Didcot are set to be approved next week, despite local opposition against them.

Live Travel: What's happening on Oxfordshire's roads on Friday

Herald Series: traffic jam

6:57am Friday 24th October 2014

Bringing you the latest travel news from across the county

Doctors’ leader questions £55 dementia diagnosis award

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5:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

A DOCTORS’ leader has criticised new plans to award extra cash to GP surgeries for diagnosing dementia patients.

Elderly woman taken to hospital after A4074 crash

Herald Series: a4074 alert

1:01pm Friday 24th October 2014

AN ELDERLY woman was taken to hospital after two cars crashed on the A4074. 

Stab inquest opens

Herald Series: Oxfordshire County Council county hall

8:30am Friday 24th October 2014

The inquest into the death of a man stabbed by the Thames in Abingdon was formally opened and adjourned in Oxford yesterday.

Loom to the Moon goes on but life’s hard without Skye

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8:30am Friday 24th October 2014

THE mother of Skye Hall has spoken about how the Loom to the Moon campaign is keeping the five-year-old’s memory alive.

Oxfordshire GCSE results improve despite Government-imposed changes

Herald Series: Sue Croft, the principal of Oxford Spires Academy

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S GCSE pupils have surged ahead of national averages despite concerns that Government changes would impair exam results.

Eight county churches are added to ‘at risk’ register

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6:30am Friday 24th October 2014

EIGHT historic county churches in danger of being damaged beyond repair have been added to English Heritage’s ‘at risk’ register.

Live Travel: What's happening on Oxfordshire's roads on Thursday

Herald Series: traffic jam

7:23am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Travel: What's happening on Oxfordshire's roads on Thursday

Oxfordshire bid for record Poppy Appeal total to mark centenary of start of First World War

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9:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

PEOPLE in Oxfordshire are being urged to help break the £500,000 barrier for the first time as this year’s Poppy Appeal is launched today.

More Oxfordshire churches ‘at risk’ says heritage group

Herald Series: DISTINCTIVE: The English Heritage flag will be flown most of the time

8:40am Thursday 23rd October 2014

Eight Oxfordshire churches have been added to English Heritage’s Heritage at Risk register.

Faringdon comes third in ranking of 'hotspot' places for families to live

Herald Series: Faringdon Folly Tower Open Day

8:40am Thursday 23rd October 2014

FARINGDON is the third best place for families to live in England and Wales, a new report claims.

Abingdon's Drayton Road roadworks due to be completed

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8:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

ROADWORKS that caused serious delays for drivers in Abingdon were due to be completed yesterday.

Oxfordshire finds cash to meet cost of free school lunches

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6:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

CASH to balance the books on bringing in free school meals for all primary school pupils has been secured.

High praise for Oxfordshire's fire and rescue service

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12:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S fire service has been praised following an independent peer review.

First Days At School: Buy a souvenir of your little one's start to primary

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6:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THIS month in your Oxford Mail has been our annual First Days of School supplements, pictorial souvenirs of reception classes at dozens of primary schools across the county.

Uffington post office burgled

Herald Series: Thames Valley Police logo

8:12pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Cigarettes and tobacco were stolen during a burglary at the post office in Uffington last week.

Pupils mind their language

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5:30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

LEARNING foreign words can be fun, as Abingdon pupil Rachel Burton found out when her school hosted a festival of languages.

Man taken to hospital after four vehicles crash on A34 slip road

Herald Series: A34 traffic alert

3:46pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN was taken to hospital after a four-vehicle collision north of Oxford this morning.

Pupils go to pieces to create park’s new inspirational mosaic

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1:30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ASPIRING artists have brought a touch of ancient Rome to rural Wantage.

Didcot rocking to the sound of an Oxjam fundraiser

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11:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DIDCOT rocked out over the weekend to raise money for a good cause.

Woman accused of Abingdon murder expected to stand trial in April

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11:04am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A WOMAN accused of stabbing a man on an Abingdon tow path has appeared in Oxford Crown Court.

Homes growth fuels bid for more advice centre helpers

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10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAJOR increase in homes in the Wantage and Grove area will put even more pressure on an advice centre, its new chairman is warning.

Series of crashes around county adds to rush-hour queues

Herald Series: Thames Valley Police logo

9:10am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Drivers were delayed by a series of accidents around the county yesterday morning.

Watch: Baffled by nuclear fusion? It's child's play as Lego video explains all

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9:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

NUCLEAR fusion is never an easy subject to explain to the average citizen.

Iron Age mirror found in Didcot to be given its first display

Herald Series: Didcot Iron Age mirror on display

8:40am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A rare Iron Age artefact discovered near Didcot will go on display this weekend.

Brookes' beauty aims to be crowned Miss Great Britain

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8:40am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

AN Oxfordshire beauty queen is setting her sights on becoming this year’s Miss Great Britain.

New method to pay for infrastructure

Herald Series: south oxfordshire district council logo

8:40am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Council bosses are looking to introduce a new method to make developers pay for infrastructure upgrades like roads.

Ambulance delays at county hospitals 'not acceptable'

Herald Series: Ambulance stock image

8:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MORE than 100 patients had to wait over an hour in ambulances outside Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital last year, figures obtained by the Oxford Mail show.

Tributes paid to Abingdon stab victim as woman appears in court

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8:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FRIENDS of a man stabbed on an Abingdon tow path yesterday spoke of their loss as the woman charged with his murder appeared in court.

Coroner's warning over 'fashion' of bike with no brakes following boy's death

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8:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A CORONER has warned young cyclists to ensure their BMX bikes have brakes after the death of a 12-year-old boy.

Bus firm apologises for not telling blind woman of stop

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7:30am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A BUS company has apologised after drivers failed to tell a blind woman where her stop was three times, leaving her on one service for more than two hours.

Fan unit fault is focus of Didcot power station fire inspectors

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7:10am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

AN investigation into a blaze at Didcot B power station focused yesterday on a possible fault with a cooling fan unit in one of the cooling towers.

Live Travel: What's happening on Oxfordshire's roads on Wednesday

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6:55am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A blog covering the roads this morning - let us know if you spot a jam

County's sex education isn't effective, say young people

Herald Series: Melinda Tilley

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PUPILS have told school bosses that sex education in Oxfordshire is “not effective”.

Tributes paid to man found stabbed to death on Abingdon riverbank

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9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN was last night being held in custody on suspicion of murder after a man was found fatally stabbed in Abingdon.

Residents invited to step up to new outdoor gym in Cutteslowe Park

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10:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

CUTTESLOWE has gained a new outdoor gym thanks to almost £39,000 of grant funding.

Didcot sculptor turns weatherman into Elvis

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5:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A PENSIONER’S wire mesh sculptures are starting to get folk ‘all shook up.’ Peter Lovegrove, 83, has been searching for the right hobby since retiring from the Atomic Energy Authority in Harwell.

Firefighters have now left Didcot B Power Station after a site inspection

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9:06am Tuesday 21st October 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have now left Didcot B power station following an inspection of the site this morning.

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