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Beer to celebrate 150 year of Oxford Brookes

A beer has been brewed specially to mark Oxford Brookes University's 150th anniversary.

Beer named after former principal

The India pale ale was created by former graduate Ed Murray and has been named after the institution's former principal and "spiritual founder," John Henry Brookes.

The beer will be launched this week ahead of the anniversary celebrations in 2015 with just 600 limited edition 750ml bottles available.

"We decided to recreate an authentic 1865 recipe so the beer would reflect what beer tasted like when Oxford Brookes was founded," said Mr Murray, who now runs Shotover Brewing Company, in Horspath, Oxon.

"We did some research and found an 1864 export IPA recipe which we have produced as closely as we can."

Oxford Brookes, which opened in 1865 as Oxford School of Art, officially became a university in 1992.

Oxford bus users to get free wifi

Oxford is to get free wifi on its buses today thanks to a government grant.

There is to be wifi hotspots in some public buildings from next April Credit: Press Association

The city's two main bus operators, Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach, will have installed Wi-Fi on virtually all buses within the Oxford Smart Zone by the end of November.

In addition, Super Connected Oxford will also make available a Wireless concession in the streets of the city and Wi-Fi Hotspots in free to enter public buildings like libraries and museums, from next April.

The Programme also offers local small and medium-sized businesses within Oxford and the surrounding area connection vouchers towards the installation costs of superfast broadband.


Refugee couple make housing plea

Human rights campaigners want a local authority to find a permanent home for a refugee couple who claim they and their three children could be left homeless.

Morad Morad and his family fled war-torn Syria to seek safety in the UK after he was injured. They have been living in temporary accommodation in Oxford.

The family have the support of their GP and the children's school. But the city council says its budget is stretched. Cary Johnston reports.

Man arrested after rape at Oxford flats

Police in Oxford have arrested a man in connection with an incident of rape in Headington.

Between 2am and 3am yesterday (20/9) a woman entered a block of flats and was followed by a man who raped her before leaving the scene.

Det Insp Ian Wood said: “There have been extra patrols in the area today following the incident and if anyone has any concerns they can approach an officer or call the Neighbourhood Team on 101.

“The investigation is ongoing and I would like to continue to appeal for anyone with any information about this incident which could help police with their enquiries to speak to an officer.

“Thames Valley Police takes reports of this nature very seriously and is continuing to support the victim.”

If you have any information which could help police please call Oxford Force CID via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

Police appeal after woman followed into flats and raped

Thames Valley Police is investigating Credit: PA

Police in Oxford are appealing for witnesses following a report of a rape at flats in Headington in the early hours of Saturday.

The woman's attacker followed her and attacked her between 2am and 3am, before raping her and leaving the scene.

The offender is described as white, aged in his forties to fifties, of skinny to medium build, and has grey hair. He was wearing a dark jacket which had a hood, a grey shirt and dark blue jeans.

The attack is not being linked to a separate report of a rape in Brewer Street, Oxford, also in the early hours of Saturday. A 21 year old man is currently being questioned in connection with THAT incident.

Det Insp Larry Johnson said: “I am appealing for anyone with any information about the incident, or anyone who saw a man in the area matching the description of the offender, to speak to police. An investigation is underway and, at the time, the victim is being supported."

Missing man from Oxford

Peter Dixon hasn't been seen since Wednesday morning Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a 48-year-old man missing from his home in Oxford.

Peter Dixon was last seen in Clarks Row at around 10.50am on Wednesday.

He is described as white, with a stocky build. He was wearing black-rimmed glasses, a blue T shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms. He has a tattoo of a swallow on his left forearm and one of a union flag on his right forearm.

Officers are increasingly concerned for Peter’s welfare as he has limited access to money and he needs regular medication.


Investigation launched after woman raped in Oxford

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a report of a rape in Oxford.

At approximately 2am today an 18-year-old woman walked down St Ebbes Street with a man she had met in a nightclub earlier in the evening. They entered Brewer Street where the man raped her. The woman left Brewer Street at around 2.30am.

A scene watch is currently in place in the area of Brewer Street and St Ebbes Street while officers examine the area.

The offender is described as black, aged in his twenties with short black hair. He was wearing dark grey jeans and a light grey T-shirt.

"We take all reports of this nature seriously and a thorough investigation is now in progress. Officers are currently working to establish the circumstances of what happened and to locate the offender. The victim is being supported by specially-trained officers. If anyone saw or heard anything at all in the area which could help us with this investigation please contact us. Our Neighbourhood Team is aware of the incident and officers will be in the area. If anyone has any concerns please approach an officer.”

– Det Sgt Nicole Murphy, from Oxford Force CID

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to open building in Oxford

William and Kate will officially open the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will today open the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building. It's a dedicated area for the study of China, with 50 academics working on the politics, economics, history, literature and society of the country.

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New water bus scheme launched in Oxford

A new water bus has been launched in Oxford to help ease congestion on the city's roads and give tourists a scenic alternative to the open top bus.

The electric twelve-seater passenger boat will whisk passengers along the canal from Aristotle Lane to the city centre at Hythe Bridge Street, seven days a week.

It uses a fraction of the energy used to take people by bus. The service is about to start a six week trial today, but as Juliette Fletcher reports the boat entered troubled waters...

The interviewees are Alan Joyce from Oxford Water Bus, and Councillor Bob Price of Oxford City Council.

Bus rides with a difference & F1 supercar technology

Next time you're lumbering through Oxford on a bus, you can at least imagine you're on a race track,, because beneath your feet the engine might be bristling with new supercar technology.

An Oxford company has launched its new fleet of buses for the City, equipped with the latest developments in Formula One racing. As Cary Johnston reports, they hope it will keep them one lap ahead of the rest.

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