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Inspectors praise police, but officer morale ‘low’

Witney Gazette: police officer rear

8:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

INSPECTORS have praised Thames Valley Police for making savings while increasing the number of officers and staff in frontline roles.

A maze of activities in new park feature

Witney Gazette:

10:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A NEW adventure playground created using four miles of timber is set to amaze visitors to a wildlife park this summer.

Oxfam’s boss goes undercover for a TV eye-opener

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

OXFAM’S chief executive Mark Goldring will appear on tonight’s Channel 4 programme Undercover Boss, posing as a new volunteer.

Firefighters continue to tackle barn blaze near Thame

Witney Gazette: Fire engine Oxfordshire

7:55am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Firefighters are still tackling a barn blaze near Thame which closed the A148 for four hours last night. 

Downton’s church set

Witney Gazette: Highclere Castle, better known to many as Downton Abbey

7:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ITV drama Downton Abbey came to St Mary’s Church yesterday.

Plans unveiled for 200-home development

Witney Gazette:

6:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

RESIDENTS were invited to give their views on a proposed 200-home development in Witney yesterday.

Last chance for say on transport

Witney Gazette: oxfordshire county council logo round

6:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE public have their last chance to comment on proposals for major transport schemes across Oxfordshire.

Zebra crossing plans prompt traffic concerns

Witney Gazette: oxfordshire county council logo round

6:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

CONCERNS have been raised about plans to place a zebra crossing on one of Witney’s busiest streets.

Shining a light on solar stance

Witney Gazette: oxfordshire county council logo round

6:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

SOLAR farms have won the official support of Oxfordshire County Council experts following a raft of new plans.

Celebrating 25 years since the return of our red kites

Witney Gazette:

10:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

TWITCHERS are preparing to celebrate 25 years since endangered red kites were introduced to the Chilterns on the Oxfordshire border in a major breeding programme.

'Liberty was loved' - Mourners say farewell to schoolgirl killed in Witney crash

Witney Gazette:

1:23pm Monday 21st July 2014

MORE than 300 mourners attended the funeral of Witney schoolgirl Liberty Baker as she was laid to rest in the town today.

The Scales of Justice - 23 people up in court

Witney Gazette: Scales of Justice

11:00am Monday 21st July 2014

CASES heard recently at Oxford Magistrates’ Court

One in 15 pupils taught in temporary classrooms

Witney Gazette:

9:00am Monday 21st July 2014

ONE in every 15 children in the county has been taught in a temporary classroom in the last year.

Service to be held for young schoolgirl

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Monday 21st July 2014

The funeral of a schoolgirl who died after being struck by a car last month will be held in Witney today.

First Great Western trains delayed by up to an hour this morning

Witney Gazette: A First Great Western High Speed Train

8:00am Monday 21st July 2014

TRAINS to Oxford and London Paddington from Worcester Shrub Hill are delayed by up to an hour because of a signalling problem this morning.

Show proves popular

Witney Gazette:

7:40am Monday 21st July 2014

Thousands of people attended the West Oxfordshire Steam and Vintage Show held at Springhill Farm, Ducklington, over the weekend.

Countryside pursuits draw thousands at CLA Game Fair

Witney Gazette:

7:00am Monday 21st July 2014

SHOTGUNS, animals and tweed jackets were out in force at the CLA Game Fair over the weekend.

No major incidents during series of firefighters' strikes

Witney Gazette: oxfordshire fire and rescue logo

6:50am Monday 21st July 2014

OXFORDSHIRE’S firefighters were not called to any major incidents during four strikes held over the weekend.

Father wants Top Gear to scrap footage of a mock accident

Witney Gazette:

6:00am Monday 21st July 2014

A DEVASTATED father has hit out at BBC car show Top Gear for filming a mock accident yards from where his daughter was killed in a crash.

Exhibition to be held over housing plans

Witney Gazette: west oxfordshire district council

6:00am Monday 21st July 2014

WITNEY residents can give their views today on a proposed 200 homes for the town.

Striking firefighters attend one incident

Witney Gazette: Fire engine Oxfordshire

12:18pm Sunday 20th July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS attended one incident in Oxfordshire during last night’s strike.

Man rescued after M40 crash

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

9:58am Sunday 20th July 2014

A MAN was rescued from his car after it left the M40 overnight.

Retirement beckons as school term ends

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

As schoolchildren look forward to a summer of freedom, education reporter SOPHIE SCOTT speaks to teachers saying a more permanent farewell to lessons as they prepare for retirement

Picture special: From Battle Proms to charity running, life can really be a blast

Witney Gazette:

5:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

Our deputy picture editor Richard Cave takes his pick of the week’s best photographs and tells us why he reckons they make the grade

Strike-hit fire service responds to three incidents

Witney Gazette: Fire engine Oxfordshire

9:20am Saturday 19th July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called to three incidents during strike action overnight.

Weather update: Mixed forecasts over thunderstorms but rain all day

Witney Gazette:

9:21am Saturday 19th July 2014

THERE are mixed forecasts over the likelihood of today's thunderstorms hitting parts of the county today.

Mental health patients are being sent miles out of area for treatment

Witney Gazette: Where will funds come from?

8:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

MILLIONS of pounds has been spent sending hundreds of mental health sufferers outside the area for inpatient treatment – on at least one occasion more than 500 miles away, the Oxford Mail can reveal.

Flood warnings across Oxfordshire

Witney Gazette:

8:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

COMMUNITIES across Oxfordshire have been warned to prepare for the risk of flooding over the weekend.

Crowdfunding campaign to back young artist

Witney Gazette:

8:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

AN ARTIST has started a crowdfunding campaign to back her first exhibition in an Oxford arts venue.

Shaping future of area health services

Witney Gazette: Still time to nominate Worcestershire NHS staff for award

7:40am Saturday 19th July 2014

HEALTH bosses are seeking people with ear, nose, throat, bladder and bowel conditions to join advisory groups to shape the future of services.

Business community rises to charity sports challenge

Witney Gazette:

7:30am Saturday 19th July 2014

BUSINESSMEN and women swapped their suits for sports gear to take part in a fundraising challenge in Oxford.

Damning health and safety report shocks Witney councillor

Witney Gazette: Witney town mayor, Chrissie Curry, and councillor David Harvey launch the anti-litter campaign

6:10am Saturday 19th July 2014

A WITNEY town councillor said she was “appalled” at a report which shows a hall that has been open for three years is not complying with health and safety regulations.

So who is responsible for the scourge of sewage flooding in Oxfordshire?

Witney Gazette:

6:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

SEWERS in Oxfordshire need to be upgraded to cope with more housing, according to councillors and residents hit by overflowing sewage.

Hydropower scheme turns the screw on green energy bid

Witney Gazette:

5:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

THE Duke of Marlborough has switched on a new hydropower scheme in the grounds of the stately home in West Oxfordshire where he lives.

Blue-sky thinking in aviation dream

Witney Gazette:

5:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

AN aviation-themed industrial estate should be built in Carterton to create jobs, says the town council.

Reversal on pavement parking plan

Witney Gazette:

10:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

PLANS that would see cars parked on the pavement in Witney could be scrapped after residents described them as “dangerous”.

Weather: Brace yourself as the forecast still bad, with amber warning and potentially more thunder and lightning

Witney Gazette:

7:45pm Friday 18th July 2014

OXFORDSHIRE is braced for more severe weather tonight after the Met Office put yellow and amber warnings in place for the South East this weekend.

Drivers face delays as weekend events start

Witney Gazette: Traffic Alert general

5:06pm Friday 18th July 2014

DRIVERS face delays on the A34 and the M40 this afternoon, as the Game Fair in Woodstock and Truck Festival in Steventon begin this weekend.

Heavy traffic after car and lorry collide on M40

Witney Gazette: Lorry jackknifes on M40 causing traffic tailbacks

2:57pm Friday 18th July 2014

A CAR needed to be removed from an embankment by the M40 near Wendlebury, after it was involved in a collision.

Carterton goes green for week to aid environment

Witney Gazette: Sian Stokes, Waste and Recycling Officer, at the Agrivert composting site, near Chipping Norton, with contaminated items picked out of one vehicle after collecting garden waste.

12:30pm Friday 18th July 2014

CARTERTON residents will be encouraged to do their bit to improve the environment next week.

Controversial North Leigh housing plan goes to councillors for decision

Witney Gazette: west oxfordshire district council

11:30am Friday 18th July 2014

CONTROVERSIAL plans for 20 homes in North Leigh will be put to councillors for a decision on Monday.

Promoted Article: Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan

Witney Gazette: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

10:40am Friday 18th July 2014

Join people in your area for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September – all in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support. 

It’s going to be in tents... Palace expects 150,000

Witney Gazette:

9:30am Friday 18th July 2014

ORGANISERS of the CLA Game Fair say they are ready for mass crowds to descend on Blenheim Palace today.

Sex assault figures rise

Witney Gazette: Sara Thornton

9:00am Friday 18th July 2014

THE number of sex crimes reported to police in Oxfordshire rose by 29 per cent in the last year, nine percentage points above the national average increase.

Redundancies at F1 team

8:40am Friday 18th July 2014

LEAFIELD-based Formula 1 team Caterham has announced 40 staff redundancies.

Traffic getting heavier as CLA Game Fair starts

Witney Gazette: Traffic Alert general

8:45am Friday 18th July 2014

TRAFFIC is building up this morning as the CLA Game Fair rolls into town.

Readers' pictures and video: Lightning storm hits Oxfordshire

Witney Gazette:

8:08am Friday 18th July 2014

FORKED lightning and rumbling thunder rolled across the Oxfordshire sky this morning as the muggy weather created a spectacular storm.

Train services disrupted

8:00am Friday 18th July 2014

Trains will not run between Didcot Parkway and Swindon from August 2-3 due to improvement works on the track.

Arrests unconfirmed

Witney Gazette: Thames Valley Police logo

7:00am Friday 18th July 2014

Police are unable to confirm how many, if any, of the 34 suspected paedophiles arrested by Thames Valley Police over the past six months were from Oxfordshire.

Exhibition celebrates naturalist’s life

Witney Gazette:

6:50am Friday 18th July 2014

BEFORE HD wildlife documentaries, this is how the Victorians got up close and personal with the natural world.

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