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Premier Inn opening marks the latest milestone in the redevelopment project Banbury’s brand-new Premier Inn at Castle Quay Waterfront opens today.   The hotel boasts 117 rooms and the canal side Thyme Bar & Grill restaurant. The opening marks another milestone in the redevelopment of the area alongside the Oxford Canal, next to the Castle Quay […]

Warning that we are not back to those pre-pandemic days and so caution is still required As we get used to living our lives in the new normal, local COVID infection rates remain fairly high – at similar levels to during wave 2 of the pandemic in January. Last week 334 people tested positive for […]

Cheaper on-street electric vehicle charging using a home’s own electricity is the aim of the pilot scheme People without driveways who own an electric vehicle are being offered the chance to take part in a project to test on street vehicle charging, using their own electricity. The scheme will test a system using a specially […]

Couple have given 38-years service at the George Street army surplus store After 38 years service to the people of Banbury, Troopers in George Street is set to close towards the end of September.   Owners Mike and Hazel Dean are retiring and are unable to sell the business to new owners as the shop’s lease […]

Fire service say Sunday incident was being investigated as possible arson A fire investigation began after what Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue suspected could have been arson following a blaze in hay bales and a number of field fires in the Drayton area. Crews were called to reports of hay bales which were alight on Sunday.   […]

Katharine House says the money raised at the Banbury outlet is fundamental to the work they do The Katharine House Hospice has sought to reassure shoppers they aren’t planning on closing their Banbury town centre outlet. Rumours started about the shop’s future after a ‘for sale’ sign appeared on the building in Bridge Street. The […]

The Neighbourhood Policing Team dealt with a number of issues during Monday Banbury’s Neighbourhood Policing Team were busy yesterday dealing with reports of anti-social behaviour in the Ruscote and Grimsbury areas. Issues the team were asked to deal with included people letting off fireworks and driving e-scooters and mini mopeds in the public parks. The […]

Reports of a gun seen at Esso Service Station Police were called to reports of a gun being seen at the Esso Garage in Bodicote yesterday evening. A group of males were threatening staff at the service station.   The staff were made aware that one of the group was in possession of a firearm. A […]

Two males in custody after a report of threatening behaviour and criminal damage Police used a taser during the arrest of two males on Hastings Road this morning (Sunday August 15).   The two had been sought by officers after an earlier incident on Chatsworth Drive, on Cherwell Heights.   Both individuals are currently being held in […]

Two crews were called to a field near Croughton after a fire due to a mechanical issue Quick thinking farmers and firefighters managed to contain a field fire last night and prevented a much larger incident occurring.   Fire fighters were called to a farm field near Croughton at just after 9pm. Farmers who were harvesting […]


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