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Clintons Cards to close stores in Witney, Thames and Banbury

There are branches of Clintons Cards in Witney, Thames and Banbury that could be facing closure after reports emerged that the retailer is considering the closure of 38 stores to…

Activists covered Sunak’s house with black cloth

On Thursday morning, four Greenpeace climbers covered Rishi Sunak’s North Yorkshire mansion in 200 metres squared of oil-black fabric. They’re protesting major government plans for more North Sea oil and…

Mortgage payments to rise by £500 a month

Mortgage payments will rise by at least £500 a month for nearly one million households by the end of 2026, the Bank of England has said. Households and firms have…

Lloyds to close further 53 branches including one in Oxfordshire

Banks in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are set to be closed as part of the latest cull by the banking giants. The new announcement means 21 Lloyds Bank,…

Repairs to unsafe Nuneham Viaduct will be completed by June 10

Work to repair an unsafe railway viaduct which was forced to close nearly two months ago will be completed by 10 June, Network Rail says. Nuneham Viaduct, which crosses the…

Bank of England hikes interest rates to 4.5% – its highest level since 2008

The Bank of England has raised interest rates for a 12th consecutive time, a move described as a ‘hammer blow to struggling families’. Its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to…

Russia-aligned hackers seek to “disrupt or destroy” Britain’s critical infrastructure, warns minister

Russia-aligned hackers are seeking to “disrupt or destroy” Britain’s critical infrastructure, a Cabinet Office minister will warn later. The groups have started to focus on the UK in recent months,…

UK to join trans-Pacific trade pact

The UK has reached an agreement to join a major trans-Pacific trade pact, in the nation’s biggest trade deal since Brexit. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Friday made the announcement…

UK Inflation takes surprise leap to 10.4%

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) calculated the consumer prices index (CPI) measure of inflation at 10.4% over the 12 months to February. That was up from an annual rate…

Blenheim Palace: Fire service helps remove 200-year-old flagpole

A fire service has helped remove a 200-year-old flagpole during Blenheim Palace’s £2m conservation project. The scheme will see the glass ceiling of the Oxfordshire building’s 18th Century orangery replaced…