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The week's best pictures

Herald Series:

6:00pm Saturday 30th August 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

Missing teen found safe

Herald Series:

5:14pm Saturday 30th August 2014

A TEENAGER from Wallingford who went missing on Thursday night has been found safe, Thames Valley Police said.

Trains cancelled after person hit by train

Herald Series: A First Great Western High Speed Train

3:32pm Saturday 30th August 2014

TRAINS from Oxford to London Paddington were cancelled this afternoon after a person was hit by a train at Ealing Broadway.

Victims of crime in Oxfordshire to get £1m in support from Thames Valley Police

Herald Series:

10:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

ONE million pounds has been made available to help victims of crime by the Thames Valley’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Kettle descaler leak puts delivery man in hospital

Herald Series: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

7:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

A DELIVERY driver was taken to hospital after a container of kettle descaler leaked.

Police fear for welfare of missing teenager

Herald Series:

9:10am Saturday 30th August 2014

A teenager was missing last night, with police and his family fearing for his welfare.

Make-up driver fined

Herald Series: Thames Valley Police logo

9:10am Saturday 30th August 2014

A driver putting on make-up close to Abingdon police station was among drivers stopped and fined for motoring crimes on Thursday morning.

Search for stolen dog

Herald Series:

8:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

A Greyhound-Saluki cross dog is missing after four dogs were stolen from a kennel in Blewbury.

Sowing seeds for learning

Herald Series:

6:50am Saturday 30th August 2014

VISITORS to Harcourt Arboretum have been sowing the seeds of a good time this week.

Depressed woman died after hospital discharge

Herald Series: Oxfordshire County Council county hall

6:40am Saturday 30th August 2014

A WOMAN with a history of depression found dead the day after being discharged from a mental health hospital died of natural causes, a coroner has ruled.

Fete returns as mums crank up village spirit

Herald Series:

9:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

VILLAGERS are trying to recreate a sense of community spirit in their neighbourhood by holding a fete for the first time in 15 years.

Town shines a light on crime queen Agatha Christie

Herald Series:

6:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

WALLINGFORD is to mark its association with the Queen of Crime at the first ever Agatha Christie Weekend, to be held from September 19 to 21.

Most of Oxfordshire will have fast broadband by late next year

Herald Series:

5:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

A PROJECT to equip 90 per cent of homes and businesses in Oxfordshire with superfast broadband is on track to be completed by the end of next year, say county council bosses.

Childcare provision above the national average

Herald Series: CARE AND CAREERS: Career is just child’s play

5:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

OXFORDSHIRE is one of the few places in the UK where enough out-of-school childcare is available, a report has revealed.

Family concerned about missing teenager

Herald Series:

3:32pm Friday 29th August 2014

A TEENAGER has gone missing with police and his family fearing for his welfare.

Roadworks on A420 near Shrivenham finish a week early

Herald Series: a420 alert

3:09pm Friday 29th August 2014

Roadworks scheduled to rumble on until mid-September have finished a week early.

Chilly challenge supports efforts to combat disease

Herald Series:

7:00am Friday 29th August 2014

TIPPING buckets of icy water over your head has never been of use for anything more than perhaps getting a cold.

Chemical leak in Ashbury near Faringdon leaves man in hospital

Herald Series: Fire engine Oxfordshire

8:31pm Thursday 28th August 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called after a hazardous chemical leaked as it was being delivered to a property in Ashbury, near Faringdon earlier today.

Scientists fire cosmic rays at microchips

Herald Series: Pics to go with business supplement at Compound Photonics, Heighington Lane Business Park, Newton Aycliffe. A microchip undertest.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (8678450)

5:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

SCIENTISTS have been firing cosmic rays at microchips to see how they will fare in the desolations of space.

Candida Lycett Green: Poet Laureate’s daughter loved life and countryside

Herald Series:

4:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A WRITER, conservation campaigner and daughter of a great English poet has died of cancer aged 71.

Delays on First Great Western trains due to signalling problem

Herald Series: A First Great Western High Speed Train

2:58pm Thursday 28th August 2014

TRAINS between Didcot Parkway and Reading are delayed by up to 20 minutes due to an earlier signalling problem.

‘We’ll pull out all stops to let people know about us,’ says new Diamond Light Source chairman

Herald Series:

2:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE new chairman of the Diamond Light Source particle accelerator research facility has vowed to press the case for funding for the facility in the run-up to next year’s general election.

Space hub Harwell boldly goes on a jobs bonanza

Herald Series:

2:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

ONE small step in Harwell is a giant leap for Oxfordshire’s space industry, with the promise of tens of thousands of new jobs.

Service sector firms have helped boost Oxfordshire recovery

Herald Series:

2:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A NEW report highlights Oxfordshire as a recovery success story.

Time to dig in for Dragon Boat races

Herald Series:

1:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THOUSANDS are expected to crowd the banks of the Thames in Abingdon for the 14th annual Dragon Boat races.

The Scales of Justice: 20 people up in court

Herald Series: Trial for man accused of assaulting police officers

11:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

Cases heard recently at Oxford and Banbury magistrates’ courts

‘Rail station revamp offers a better welcome to Didcot’

Herald Series:

10:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

COMPLETION of an £8m scheme to redevelop the forecourt at Didcot Parkway rail station is set to be completed in the next fortnight.

Asbestos-related deaths 'will peak in next five years'

Herald Series:

9:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

ASBESTOS deaths are set to reach a record high in Oxfordshire in the next six years, it has been warned.

Send us your ice bucket challenge videos

Herald Series:

8:40am Thursday 28th August 2014

As Ice Bucket Challenge fever sweeps the nation, we want to see your videos as you rise to the challenge.

School run will add to Oxford bypass roadwork jams

Herald Series: Oxford’s Eastern Bypass

8:30am Thursday 28th August 2014

DRIVERS are being warned they face more traffic congestion as parents return to the school run next week.

Villagers plan a co-operative to buy their pub

Herald Series:

7:40am Thursday 28th August 2014

VIILAGERS are trying to start a co-operative to save a pub in West Hanney, near Wantage.

Break-ins prompt security guard to be hired at Millets Farm

Herald Series:

7:10am Thursday 28th August 2014

MILLETS Farm garden centre near Abingdon is to hire a security guard after being broken into three times this month.

‘Stay vigilant’ police warning after hay arson

Herald Series:

7:10am Thursday 28th August 2014

ABOUT £20,000 worth of hay has been burned in an arson attack near Wantage.

300 sign petition over parking fees at Oxfordshire's community hospitals

Herald Series:

6:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

MORE than 300 people have signed a petition opposing any moves to introduce parking charges at community hospitals.

Crowds expected at festival that puts town on the map

Herald Series:

9:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

WALLINGFORD is set for the biggest weekend of the summer as BunkFest returns for the 13th year.

Outcry as developer seeks to build homes on old Didcot pub site

Herald Series:

6:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

DIDCOT residents have hit out at new plans to knock down an historic pub and buil homes on the site.

New Wallingford distribution centre ‘should lead to 75 jobs’

Herald Series: Lynda Atkins

6:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A NEW distribution centre working for national supermarket chains including Tesco and Sainsbury’s could bring 75 jobs to Wallingford.

Appeal over council’s school transport policy

Herald Series: oxfordshire county council logo round

5:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Oxfordshire County Council will consider an appeal against a decision made under its home-to-school transport next week.

Fire station open day

Herald Series: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

5:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Preparations are under way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Abingdon’s fire station in Ock Street.

Leisure centre upgrade starts with parking

Herald Series: vale of white horse logo

5:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

NINETY-nine new spaces are being added to the car park at the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon.

Straw fire shuts road

Herald Series: Fire engine Oxfordshire

5:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

Six hundred tonnes of straw caught light, resulting in Copperage Road being closed at the B4494 at Farnborough Village yesterday.

Slipping into top gear for Didcot urban race

Herald Series:

3:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

DERICK Mercer battled through the rain at the Didcot Urban Race on Sunday to finish 23rd in his category.

Garden centre targeted by burglars for third time this month

Herald Series: Thames Valley Police logo

12:16pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

THIEVES attempted to steal a safe and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash after breaking into Millets Farm Centre near Abingdon.

Oxford Mail website gets a fresh, updated look

Herald Series:

12:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE Oxford Mail’s website has been overhauled to give it a clean new look.

Police investigate suspected arson after yesterday's hay blaze

Herald Series:

9:34am Wednesday 27th August 2014

ABOUT 200 tonnes of hay were burned in an arson attack near Wantage.

Six officers face investigation in Jayden Parkinson inquiry

Herald Series:

9:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

SIX police officers are now under investigation over how the disappearance of murdered teen Jayden Parkinson was handled.

Santa’s elf recruiters are feeling festive already

Herald Series:

8:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

IT MAY still be August, but Father Christmas has just started a recruitment drive.

Keeping the legacy of historic power station alive

Herald Series:

8:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

DIDCOT Civic Hall has embraced its powerful history with a series of artworks.

Cancer takes life of writer and campaigner

Herald Series:

7:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A local author and journalist who raised money for an Oxford hospital has died aged 71.

Sister queries hospital decision on suicidal man

Herald Series:

7:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE sister of racehorse trainer James Douglas-Home questioned why a psychiatrist did not admit him to hospital the day before he shot himself in the head.





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