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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:30 on Monday

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By Chris Brown

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Our news coverage through the day

That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

We'll be back from 08:30 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire. Join us then.

Witney car fire first tackled by chance hero who doused it with foam

Oxford Mail

An engineer jumped out of his van to douse a car with foam after it erupted into flames.

Stansfeld: PCC win 'very satisfactory'

Anthony Stansfeld described his PCC win as a “very satisfactory result”, saying crime in the region had reduced “hugely” since he took over in 2012.

When asked if he would be celebrating tonight, he told our reporter: "I shall have a large whiskey and go to bed."

"I look forward to the next four years with excitement and I think we will continue to do an excellent job."

Anthony StansfeldThames Valley Police PCC
Anthony Stansfeld

Weather: Dry night with clear spells

BBC Weather

All areas will stay dry tonight with some clear spells. It will not be as cool as on recent nights with light east or north-east winds prevailing.

Oxford weather 6 May 2016

Latest sport: Appleton not feeling nerves ahead of promotion showdown

  • Oxford United boss Michael Appleton says he is not feeling nervous yet ahead of tomorrow's crucial final game of the regular season against Wycombe
  • United striker Danny Hylton has been awarded the PFA Fans Player of the Month for League 2
  • And in Moto GP, ahead of this weekend's race at Le Mans, Oxfordshire's Bradley Smith finished today's second practice in 14th position

Cherwell council election results

So in Cherwell, the last area in Oxfordshire to declare results today, the make-up of the council is: 

  • Conservatives - 38 seats
  • Labour - 8
  • Independents - 2

Election 2016: The full round up from around Oxfordshire

The top election headlines: 

  • Anthony Stansfeld has been re-elected as the Thames Valley PCC after a second round of voting
  • Labour gained two seats from the Greens to strengthen their majority at Oxford City Council
  • In West Oxfordshire, the make-up of the district council has remained the same, with the Conservatives keeping their 41 seats out of 49
  • On Cherwell District Council, the Tories retain overall control, with 38 seats

BreakingConservatives hold Cherwell

The Conservatives have held on to Cherwell - they now have 38 seats.

Travel latest: Delays on the M40, A34 and B4100

BBC Travel

  • One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the M40 northbound between J8 and J9 because of emergency repairs
  • One lane is also closed on the A34 Western Bypass Road northbound between Peartree Interchange and Islip Turn Off, because of an accident
  • And the B4100 London Road in Bicester is blocked in both directions between the Priory Road junction and the Mallards Way junction, because of a level crossing failure

Latest headlines: Anthony Stansfeld re-elected at Thames Vally PCC

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories this evening:

Hylton wins fans League Two player of the month award

Anthony Stansfeld wins Thames Valley PCC vote in second round

Anthony Stanseld has won a second term as the police and crime commissioner for the Thames Valley - but needed a second-round vote count to claim his win.

The Conservative candidate won just under 40% of the vote in the first round, going up against Labour's Laetisia Carter in the second round.

Following the count, he won 52.21% of the vote on a 25.6% turnout.

Radiohead release track in advance of new album release on Sunday

Legendary Abingdon rock band Radiohead have released a new track in advance of the release of their new album this Sunday at 19:00.

XL Recordings

Daydreaming is available digitally now, while the video can be watched here.

The new album will be available digitally first and then in physical formats from 17 June.

Milton Interchange work to be completed this weekend

The Milton Interchange will be closed from 20:00 tomorrow night as engineers finish off the "hamburger" roundabout.

The team hopes to have the traffic lights working and the roads reopened by late afternoon on Sunday - but the closure period is being advertised as running until 09:00 on Monday to allow for unforeseen circumstances.

BreakingThames Valley PCC election result announced

Conservative candidate Anthony Stansfeld as been named as the Thames Valley police and crime commissioner for a second term. More to follow.

Banbury MP says Tories should be 'very pleased'

Banbury's Tory MP Victoria Prentis has said her party should be "very pleased" with their performance across the country in the 2016 local elections.

Victoria Prentis
Victoria Prentis

It's a year in to the majority Conservative government and at this stage you would normally expect the government to get a bit of a kicking, but broadly our vote has held up well.

Victoria PrentisBanbury MP

Collared dove spotted making new home on traffic lights

A collared dove has been spotted building its new home on a set of traffic lights in Adderbury. 

Many thanks to Andrew Barnes who sent in the picture. Who gave the green light for planning permission of this unusual new housing development?

Dove nesting on traffic light in Adderbury
Andrew Barnes

Travel latest: Delays in Bicester and Kingston Bagpuize

BBC Travel

  • The B4100 London Road in Bicester is blocked in both directions between the Priory Road junction and the Mallards Way junction, because of a level crossing failure
  • There's very slow traffic on the A4074 Henley Road in both directions between the A329 New Road junction and the Benson Lane junction
  • And there's heavier than usual traffic on the A415 in both directions in Kingston Bagpuize between the Frax Close junction and the Digging Lane junction

Weather warning issued for tomorrow

Just as we're getting used to the warm and sunny weather at last, the Met Office have warned of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms tomorrow.


While the majority of places will see a dry and very warm Saturday, with a good deal of hazy sunshine, it says there is "a very low likelihood of isolated intense thunderstorms developing during the afternoon and evening". 

These could lead to "torrential downpours as well as frequent lightning and hail".

You can get more details on the BBC weather site.

Cherwell council latest: Bicester ward victory for independent

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

In the Bicester West ward, independent Les Sibley has kept his seat, with the Conservatives taking the other two seats.

Man charged over exposure near primary school

A 43-year-old man has been charged with exposure in Oxford.

Tasawar Iqbal, 43, from Dashwood Road, Oxford, was charged with one count of exposure under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

The charge relates to an incident yesterday near Rose Hill Primary School in Oxford.

Iqbal is bailed to appear at Oxford Magistrates Court on 20 May.

Latest headlines: Minister's climbdown over school academies plan

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories so far this afternoon:

Councillor goes from defeat to 'Joy! Success! Win!'

Duncan Enright on his emotional rollercoaster at Witney East count...

Duncan Enright on a rollercoaster of emotions for him at Witney East count

Cherwell district council update

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

  • 10 out of 16 wards declared
  • 21 seats to Conservatives, eight to Labour and one to independent
  • It might be a positive day for Labour, they previously held eight seats on the council
  • Conservatives Nick Harrison and Tony Mepham have lost their seats

Government climbdown over forced academies plan

Plans to force all of England's schools to become academies are being abandoned in a government climbdown.

Nicky Morgan addressing head teachers
Harriet Line
Nicky Morgan addressing head teachers

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan hopes the concessions will meet the demands of Tory rebels, such as Oxfordshire county council cabinet member Melinda Tilley.

She complained last month about "diktats from above" and her words were quoted by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in prime minister's questions when he grilled David Cameron on the issue.

Cherwell council election results latest

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

Three Labour councillors are elected for Banbury, Grimsbury and Hightown ward. Conservatives Nick Harnson and Tony Mepham both lose their seats.

Meanwhile, Conservatives win all three seats for the Cropredy, Sibfords and Wroxton ward.

And independent Nick Cotter wins one of the Bicester South and Ambrosden seats. Norman Bolster and Dan Sames (both Conservative) get the others.

Oxford United: Appleton not feeling the nerves... yet

We're counting down the hours to that crucial final game of the regular season for Oxford United. 

The game tomorrow against Wycombe is a sell-out, and boss Michael Appleton says he is not feeling nervous (yet).

Michael Appleton

Probably five minutes before kick off on Saturday the nerves will kick in a little bit which you would expect. But the players and staff are very relaxed. They can't wait for the game now - if they're focused then they'll put in a decent performance.

Michael AppletonOxford United head coach

Have you seen an 8ft-tall stag hedge?

Police are appealing for witnesses after an 8ftl hedge cut into the shape of a stag was stolen this week from a garden centre in Nuneham Courtenay.

Stag hedge
Thames Valley Police

The privet hedge was taken some time between 19:00 on Monday and 08:00 on Tuesday from the driveway of Notcutts Garden centre.

If you've seen an 8ft hedge cut into the shape of a stag - and how many of them can there be? - please call police on 101 quoting reference number 43160120091.

Results still coming in for Cherwell

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

We have now had seven out of 16 results declared at Cherwell District Council.

Of these, 16 seats have gone to Conservative candidates and five to Labour.

Cherwell council elections: Labour lose seat to Tories

Marcus Liddell

BBC Radio Oxford

Labour's Matt Johnson loses his place on Cherwell District Council as the Conservatives take all three seats in Adderbury, Bloxham and Bodicote.

Clean sweep for the Tories in Bicester North and Caversfield

First results for Cherwell District Council in

The first results have been declared in the Cherwell District Council count, for Hardwick, Ruscote, and Bicester East. Turnout was 26.95%.

They are: 

  • Andrew Aris (Green) - 246
  • Anthony Burns (Lib Dems) - 225
  • Anne Davis (Lab) - 504
  • John Donaldson (Con) - 689
  • Mary Evans Young (Lab) - 532
  • Henry Goodman (Lab) - 447
  • Ian Hackford (UKIP) - 368
  • Tony Ilott (Con) - 633
  • Nicholas Turner (Con) - 638  

BreakingThames Valley PCC goes to second round

Natalie Verney

BBC Radio Oxford

Counting for the Thames Valley PCC will now go to second preference - because no-one has achieved more than 50% of the votes.

It's now between current Conservative PCC Anthony Stansfeld and the only female candidate Laetisia Carter, who's standing for Labour.

Council leader 'delighted' with Oxford result

Bob Price, the Labour leader of Oxford City Council, told the BBC he was “delighted” to gain two seats from the Greens.

“But the real hard work starts now, and of course we go out to the doorsteps every weekend, and we need to keep in touch with the people and deal with their local issues, so it’s a long hard slog.”

Bob PriceLeader of Oxford City Council
Bob Price

Oxford City Council seats after the vote

Those Oxford City Council results for you in full:

  • Labour: 35
  • Liberal Democrats: 8
  • Green Party: 4
  • Independent: 1

The highest turnout was 53.9% in Iffley Fields, while the lowest was 18.6% in Northfield Brook.

The full results can be found here

Weather: Remaining dry with bright or sunny spells

BBC Weather

Remaining dry with bright or sunny spells this afternoon, although some noticeable high cloud will make sunshine more hazy.  It will be even warmer than yesterday, with highs across the area of 20C (68F).

Oxford weather 6 May

Oxford economist looks to the skies to solve city's housing crisis

Oxford Times

The future of housing in Oxford may not lie in building on the ground but extending upwards, a Headington resident has said.  

Travel latest: Delays in Culham and Bicester

BBC Travel

  • Traffic light failure on the A415 Abingdon Road in Culham at the Tollgate Road junction is causing problems. It's also affecting A415 Abingdon Road at B4015 Oxford Road
  • The B4100 London Road in Bicester is blocked and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Priory Road junction and the Mallards Way junction

You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

Busy counting PCC vote

They're busy bees in Abingdon counting Thames Valley PCC votes. Watch this timelapse footage:

Turnout is said to be 25.6% - almost double the level in the previous vote in 2012

Sport headlines: Roofe determined to play part in season decider

  • Oxford United's top scorer Kemar Roofe says he won't hold back from getting involved in tomorrow's final match of the season  
  • U's boss Michael Appleton says his team is going into tomorrow's match with Wycombe with confidence - a win will guarantee automatic promotion
  • Connor Stapley who was registered with Henley rugby club has been banned for 18 months for doping offences