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'Drug debt' saw man kidnapped by captors in East Oxford and attacked by dog, Oxford Crown Court hears

A FATHER was kidnapped and attacked after failing to pay an alleged drug debt, a court heard.

Joshua Smith claimed he was bundled into the back of a car and held hostage by two men, who he said punched his ribcage and goaded a dog into biting his buttock.

Co-accused ...

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COLUMN: On Yer Bike - Professional driving courses help both drivers and cyclists

By Glenn Blake

All professional drivers must complete 35 hours of training over five years for their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence to keep their licence.

Contributing to that is the Safe Urban Driving or Vunerable Road Users course, which gives truck ...

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Atletico Madrid lose CAS appeal against FIFA transfer ban

Atletico Madrid will not be able to register any new players until January 2018 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld their appeal against a FIFA transfer ban.

Atletico, along with city rivals Real Madrid, were handed two-window transfer bans in January 2016 for multiple breaches ...

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I will talk to Wales, Scotland and Ireland over Lions plans, says RFL chief

The Rugby Football League will consult with Wales, Scotland and Ireland before finalising plans for the revived Lions tour down under in 2019.

The Rugby League International Federation agreed at their last meeting to bring back the Lions as part of the international calendar up to the 2021 ...

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Huddersfield name David Moss as new head of football operations

Newly-promoted Huddersfield have appointed David Moss as head of football operations.

The Terriers, who won promotion to the Premier League on Monday, have chosen the 48-year-old to replace Stuart Webber in the role following the latter’s defection to Norwich in April.

Moss ...

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Hamilton finish bottom of TV coverage table

Hamilton may have escaped relegation for another year but they finished bottom of the league when it came to their Sportscene appearances.

Accies – who avoided falling through the Ladbrokes Premiership trapdoor by beating play-off rivals Dundee United over two legs last week – ...

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Man charged over ‘bomb threat’ on Malaysia Airlines flight

A man has been charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft and making false threats after he threatened to detonate a bomb and attempted to enter the cockpit of a Malaysia Airlines plane flying out of Australia.

Manodh Marks appeared in court on Thursday and faces a potential ...

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BA board set to demand external probe into bank holiday IT collapse

The board of British Airways is reportedly set to demand an independent inquiry into the IT shutdown that left 75,000 passengers stranded.

Experts predict BA is facing a huge compensation bill after the fiasco over the bank holiday weekend, which is believed could cost it as much as £100 ...

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China warns of ‘global consensus’ on tackling climate change

Fighting climate change is a “global consensus” and an “international responsibility”, China’s prime minister Li Keqiang said.

Speaking in Berlin about the Paris climate change accord, he said: “China in recent years has stayed true to its ...

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‘Covfefe’? It’s a message to the Russians, quips Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has a hunch about Donald Trump’s mysterious tweet, “covfefe”.

“I thought it was a hidden message to the Russians,” the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate joked.

People in covfefe houses shouldn't throw covfefe. ...

2017-06-01 11:53 open_in_new
Cross-country trek raises funds for new defib in Wallingford

ANOTHER life saving defibrillator is set to be installed in Wallingford after an intrepid fundraiser trekked 320 miles for charity.

Chris Swales' walk from White Horse Hill near Uffington to Land's End in Cornwall has raised almost £1,400, which will be enough to buy a new ...

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New restaurant Grill House set to add to Headington's thriving food scene

HEADINGTON is all set to get its newest restaurant after planners approved a project to transform a former office building.

An application to convert the former Connells estate agents at 137A London Road was approved by Oxford City Council on May 18.

Grill House, described ...

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Leigh will fight to bitter end in battle to beat drop, says Paterson

Leigh forward Cory Paterson says the Centurions remain confident they can survive in their first season back in the Betfred Super League as they prepare to take on 2015 champions Leeds at Headingley on Friday night.

The promoted Centurions made an encouraging start to their campaign, ...

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First officer on Manchester blast scene: I screamed for my colleagues

The first officer on the scene of the Manchester Arena suicide bombing has described how he “screamed” for his colleagues after the blast.

Mark Renshaw, 24, a PCSO for British Transport Police, spent two hours using makeshift items as stretchers as he and his emergency service ...

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Ernie reaches £17.4bn in prize money in 60 years of Premium Bond draws

Premium Bonds are celebrating 60 years since the first draw on June 1 1957.

For the June 2017 draw, Ernie paid out over 2.3 million prizes worth more than £66 million in total.

This brings the grand total number of prizes since the first draw in 1957 to 371 million and the overall ...

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In graphic: Poll of polls with seven days to go

With seven days until the snap General Election, the seven-day rolling average of all published polls shows support for the Conservatives remains at 44%.

(PA graphic)

The Labour Party has 35%, the Lib Dems 8%, Ukip 5% and the Greens with 2%.

(PA graphic)

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UK will still press White House over climate change, says Boris Johnson

Britain will continue to press the US to cut damaging emissions even if President Donald Trump pulls out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, Boris Johnson has said.

Mr Trump has said he will announce on Thursday whether he intends to go ahead with his election campaign pledge to ...

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Joe Skarz signs for Bury following Oxford United departure

JOE Skarz has agreed to re-sign for Bury a day after leaving Oxford United by mutual consent.

The left back signed a two-year deal with the Shakers, with the contract including an optional extension for the 2019/20 season.

It means Skarz, who made 145 appearances for ...

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NSPCC: Police figures show 44% rise in cyber-related sex crimes against children

Thousands of cases of child sexual abuse linked to the internet were recorded by police last year, figures show.

Rape, sexual assault and grooming were among the offences logged which had a “cyber flag”, meaning the crime had an online element, with the youngest victim aged ...

2017-06-01 10:47 open_in_new
Audience gives panellists tough time amid left-wing bias claims

Politicians on the panel faced tough questions from the studio audience on immigration, Brexit and their own leadership style.

It was Neil Plucknett who arguably saved the best question until last when he asked the candidates how their personal leadership and character could drive the ...

2017-06-01 10:47 open_in_new
Election day ahead: PM makes grab for Geordie votes

Fresh from, er, watching last night’s TV debate, the Prime Minister will be heading to the North East where the Conservatives will look to take a slice of traditional Labour heartlands.

Jeremy Corbyn will be off to Essex to discuss how he would tackle the Brexit negotiations which ...

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