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Ben Simmons has been described as a devious and manipulative individual A former West Midlands Police officer has been sentenced for drugs offences in Banbury. Thirty-seven-year-old Ben Simmons, who’s of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to supplying methamphetamine and GHB. The offences took place between July 2022 and August last year.   When Simmons was arrested […]

A report has flagged Cherwell District Council as being behind where it should be delivering new homes The number of new homes built in the Cherwell District has fallen behind target with the national economic climate blamed. In a monitoring report, presented to Cherwell District Councils’ Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday, Councillors were made […]

Businesses created festive displays in the run-up to Christmas The team at Child First nursery on the Horsefair in Banbury have been presented with a trophy for their entry in an Advent Window competition, organised by Banbury BID. In the run up to Christmas 24 town centre businesses were challenged to create a seasonal window […]

Banbury and District Chamber of Commerce took part in the Hospice’s Accumulator Challenge Local business leaders and their families came together on Friday night for a Banbury and District Chamber of Commerce fundraising event for the Katharine House Hospice. £1,711 was raised during the Chamber’s final Accumulator Challenge event – “A Night At The Bingo”. […]

Anyone seeing him shouldn’t approach him, but call 999 UPDATE 08/02/24: Police have confirmed this appeal has ended. Our ORIGINAL STORY: Thames Valley Police is appealing for our help in tracing a man from Banbury, who is wanted on recall to prison. Fifty-four year old David Holland breached his licence conditions and failed to appear […]

Advice and guidance will be available to those facing barriers to career progression Jobseekers are being offered a chance to meet employers and training providers at an event next week.   Banbury Jobs and Support Fair has been organised by Cherwell District Council and Job Centre Plus and will take place at Banbury Town Hall on […]

In 2022 57 people lost their lives and there were 934 serious injuries The man in charge of highways in Oxfordshire has written to the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner calling for more action to improve road safety.   Councillor Andrew Gant’s letter to Matthew Barber comes as the number of people killed or seriously […]

One of the club’s greatest ever players is back and focused on keeping them in the Vanarama National League North A top-flight footballer who played for the likes of Ipswich Town, Chelsea and Notts County has returned to Banbury where it all started.   Kevin Wilson has taken on the role of first team manager and […]

Damage has come to light following flooding around the building earlier this month The Mill Arts Centre has closed its theatre after staff discovered damage to the floor following recent flooding. At the time of the River Cherwell bursting its banks back at the start of January it was thought that much of the building […]

Emerging themes may be known by early March An impressive 2,700 people took part in the recent Banbury Vision 2050 survey.   The consultation exercise started in November and concluded a couple of weeks ago. The responses are now being analysed and will feed into the development of a vision for Banbury town centre.   That blueprint […]



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