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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Joe Nimmo, Dave Gilyeat and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

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Our news coverage through the day

That's all from BBC Local Live in Oxfordshire for today, thanks for reading.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest on the hunt for missing Ellis Downes as well as other news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire.

Weather: 'Heavy showers expected'

BBC Weather

This evening will be wet with some heavy showers, which should clear away to the north, leaving a mostly dry but cloudy night.

Lows of 15C (59F).

Weather 09/05/16

Cowley Road stabbing arrest

A man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Cowley Road, Oxford, police say.

The man was arrested in the Iffley Road area at about 16:30.     

Latest headlines: Cowley Road stabbing, and victory parade announced

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The top stories on BBC Local Live this afternoon:

  • An 18-year-old man's been taken to hospital this afternoon after being stabbed on the Cowley Road
  • Oxford United will take to the streets of the city centre tomorrow in an open top bus victory parade to celebrate their promotion at the weekend
  • And the trial of two men accused of killing a woman in Abingdon has begun

Tomorrow's city centre road closures

Of course, with Oxford United fans out in force for the open-top bus victory parade, there will be several road closures in place.

Broad Street will be closed between 15:00 and 20:00 tomorrow, with parking suspended from 13:00.

"There will be rolling road closures on the rest of the parade route through the city centre," a city council spokesman confirmed.

Councillor 'cannot wait to see bus parade'

Mark Lygo, Oxford City Council executive board member for leisure, sports and events, and fully-fledged fan of the U's, said he was "absolutely delighted" at his team's promotion and "that we have been able to facilitate this open bus parade".

He added: “I cannot wait to see the fans turn out tomorrow to cheer them on.”

Oxford United fans celebrate promotion

Ian Hudspeth, leader of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “Saturday was a fantastic day and now we can savour Oxford United’s success some more with the victory parade.”

Bus parade 'great opportunity to celebrate'

Speaking about the open-top victory parade, Darryl Eales, Oxford United chairman, said: “We have had fantastic support from everybody in the city and across Oxfordshire.

“We have had a brilliant season and this is a great opportunity for everyone to celebrate together."

Woman 'murdered in shotgun ambush'

Prosecution opens at Oxford Crown Court against two men accused of shooting woman in the head in Abingdon. 

Kerry Reeves

Woman 'murdered in shotgun ambush'

A woman was fatally shot in the face with a shotgun in an ambush by two drug dealers, a jury at Oxford Crown Court is told.

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Traffic latest

BBC Travel

  • Very slow traffic on A420 Headington Road out of town between Iffley Road and A40 Northern Bypass 
  • Major delays through the City due to the closure of Cowley Road 

Stabbing on Cowley Road 'was scary'

Anerida Coetzee was carrying out her shopping when the stabbing occurred on Cowley Road.

She said: "There was a bit of a commotion across the street by Sainsbury's corner… then I thought nothing of it… went to Tesco's, shopped, and when I came out the street was all cornered off and I had to walk all the way round.

"It's quite scary, and it's more scary that the guy hasn't been caught yet. 

"It's a bit threatening... this is a local place for students and everyone."

BreakingOxford United victory parade announced

Oxford United will take part in an open-top bus victory parade through Oxford city centre tomorrow.

The bus parade will travel from Broad Street at 17:00, through George Street, Worcester Street, New Road and Queen’s Street, before arriving in St Aldate’s at 17:30.

There will then be a civic reception at Oxford Town Hall.    

Man, 18, in life threatening condition following Cowley assault

Bethan Phillips

BBC Radio Oxford

An 18-year-old man has been taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital with life threatening injuries after being assaulted on the Cowley Road.

South Central Ambulance Service was called to the scene at 14:46, and Thames Valley Police has cordoned off the area and put road closures in place.

BreakingCowley Road victim 'was stabbed'

Thames Valley Police has confirmed the man on the Cowley Road was stabbed.

Cordon on Cowley Road

It added: "The victim has been taken to hospital and is in a serious condition.

"Cowley Road is closed between Union Street and Princes Street, and James Street is also closed.

"Diversions are in place for both vehicles and pedestrians."

Cowley Road cordoned off

Traffic being redirected. One man, being treated for injuries at the scene, has been taken to hospital @BBCOxford

Traffic being redirected. One man, being treated for injuries at the scene, has been taken to hospital @BBCOxford

'Deep bang' heard before Kerry Reeves shot

On the night of the shooting Miss Reeves and her friends Craig Pitts and Craig Parslow went looking for Mr Johnson and Mr Noble, Mark Fenhalls QC, prosecuting, told Oxford Crown Court today.

Kerry Reeves crime scene

Repeating the account Mr Pitts gave to police, he said: "He could hear rustling coming from the bushes, and saw two people going around the back of the building. 

"He heard a loud, deep bang, and the two men ran off. He didn't see their faces as it was dark. 

"Kerry fell forward and landed on her face, he shone his torch on her and could see blood pouring from her face... he then describes screaming and shouting for help, and asking someone to ring an ambulance." 

Kerry Reeves 'was armed with baseball bat'

The prosecution said Miss Reeves and her friends had armed themselves with baseball bats and a metal pole on the evening she was shot, while Mr Johnson bragged about carrying a gun. 

Mark Fenhalls QC said the men ambushed Miss Reeves and her group. 

He said in the weeks leading up to Miss Reeves' death, there had been tension and trouble between the two defendants and some of her friends.

Abingdon shooting

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

The jury has begun hearing the prosecution's case at Oxford Crown Court against two men accused of murdering 26-year-old Kerry Reeves last year.

Billy Johnson, 20, and Charles Noble, 21, deny carrying out the crime in Abingdon on 3 November last year.

Kerry Reeves

Mark Fenhalls QC, prosecuting, said in the weeks leading up to Kerry Reeves' death, there had been tension and trouble between the two defendants and some of her friends.

He told the jury both sides had a background of drugs, alcohol and violence.

Thames Valley Police seeking specialist divers for Ellis Downes search

Thames Valley Police has blamed "poor visibility" in the Thames as having "hampered" underwater searches for Ellis Downes.

Officers have been searching since Saturday, working with the fire and rescue service and the Environment Agency.

Supt Rory Freeman said: “We are seeking support from other forces for a specialist dive team to continue with the search of the river itself.

“Road closures are in place nearby to allow the search to continue and the river is closed to all boat traffic between Abingdon lock and Culham lock."

Our priority is to find Ellis and bring him back to his family.

Supt Rory Freeman

Video from scene of search for missing teenager

The search continues for a 16-year-old who went missing while swimming near Abingdon.

Mallett's Mallett celebrates United's win

Former Radio Oxford presenter and Wacaday legend Timmy Mallett has posted pictures of him celebrating Oxford United promotions with his father and son, 20 years apart.

Let's hope it won't be 20 years until the next one, eh?

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Old Town party celebrates monarch’s 90th birthday

Banbury Guardian

Thousands of shoppers and visitors packed the streets of the old town in Banbury for its spring party, which celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday.

Cyclist killed in collision near Wantage

A cyclist has died after being hit by a car near Wantage.

The collision took place at the junction of the B4507 Kingstone Lisle and the crossroads with Blowing Stone Hill at about 13:10 yesterday.

Junction of the B4507 Kingstone Lisle and the crossroads with Blowing Stone Hill

The 33-year-old died at the scene, while the driver of the silver Vauxhall Zafira involved, a 53-year-old woman, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The road was closed for several hours while a police investigation was carried out.

Woodland Trust: 'Act now to save Oxfordshire forests'

The Woodland Trust is warning that seven of Oxfordshire's eight ancient forests are earmarked as future development sites. 

In total, 2% of the UK is covered by ancient woods, which can contain rare trees and complex wildlife. 

Tree branches (generic)

Often people power does have an effect. We've seen councils listen when local voices have said no.

Oliver NewhamWoodland Trust

Kerry Reeves murder trial: Jury sworn in

Adina Campbell

BBC South Today

A jury have been sworn at Oxford Crown Court in the trial of two men accused of killing a woman in Abingdon.

Kerry Reeves

Kerry Reeves died two days after being shot on 3 November.    

Latest headlines: Search for missing swimmer continues

Dave Gilyeat

BBC News

The top stories on BBC Local Live:

Appleton talking to at least 12 new players after Oxford United win promotion

Ross Heaton

BBC Oxford Sport

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton has said after his side won promotion he has been in talks with a raft of new players about joining the team.

On Saturday, United returned to the third tier of English football for the first time in 15 years with their 3-0 win over Wycombe at the Kassam Stadium.

Michael Appleton
Rex Features

The Oxford head coach said: "I've spoken to at least 12 players already. Now obviously we're not going to bring 12 players in during the summer, but I'd imagine a good percentage of them will be Oxford United players next season."

Which way?

Here it is, the all-new hamburger junction at Milton. Drivers can drive from Didcot straight through the roundabout and under the A34 for the first time today. Which way to go? So many options...

Milton junction
Oxfordshire County Council

Why are junior doctors striking?

Weather: A bright morning with rain expected later

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It’s a very mild start to the day with a few isolated showers, but during the day we’ll see the cloud thickening up and a band of rain pushing in from the south. Highs of 21C (70F).   

Bee Tucker

Visit our weather page for more updates.

There was the wait....

...but after just over a year the all-new Milton hamburger roundabout is open. (Hoorah from this local resident). So how's it been for you? 

The final touches were done to the £11m junction yesterday when it was closed for the day. Here's a picture:

Milton junction
Oxfordshire County Council

Sister's plea to find missing swimmer

The family of 16-year-old Ellis Downes is asking for volunteers to help find him after the police search is scaled back.

Ellis Downes

Sister's plea to find missing swimmer

The sister of a 16-year-old who went missing while swimming in the River Thames appeals for help to find him after the police search is scaled back.

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Too much pressure?

So what how does your 11 year old find the Sats? Lynn Knapp, the head of Windmill Primary in Headington, is concerned this year's tests are putting undue pressure on children. What do you think? Tweet us @BBCOxford are email us at


Dozens of firefighters tackled Oxford blaze on hottest day of the year

Yesterday, 58 firefighters put out a fire at an office building in John Smith Drive, Cowley, which started at about 14:45.

When they arrived Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue crews found it spreading into the roof and didn't know if there were any people trapped inside.

The business park

On by far the hottest day of the year so far, our crews worked extremely hard in hot conditions to safely tackle the fire, contain it and prevent it spreading to the whole of the roof.

Stuart GarnerOxfordshire Fire and Rescue group manager

Appeal for help

Talking to BBC Radio Oxford, Alex Downes said she was told at about 9pm on Saturday evening her brother was missing.

The boys he was with said her brother had swum across the river and become tired, but had still tried to swim back across.

His friends said he disappeared under the water and hasn’t been seen since.

The police launched a “full-scale search” with boats and divers, but now the search had been scaled right back.  

That's why I’m appealing for help, because we need as many people as possible to help find him.

Alex DownesSister of missing Ellis

'Waiting game'

It’s just a horrible waiting game. He was just at the river with his friends; he was always a really sensible boy. I don’t know what happened.

Alex DownesSister of missing Ellis

'Need to find him'

The family of 16-year-old Ellis, from Oxford, are out searching for him this morning at Culham, near Abingdon.

His sister Alex Downes, from Harwell near Didcot, said she’s been warned by the police to expect bad news.

She's spoken to BBC Radio Oxford: 

They’re fearing the worst and thinking it might be more of a recovery of the body. We just need to find him.

Alex DownesSister

Missing swimmer

16-year-old Ellis Downes vanished in the Thames at Culham on Saturday night. The hunt for him is continuing today.

Ellis Downes
Alex Downes

Travel update: A mixed picture this morning on Oxfordshire's roads

Danny Cox

Presenter, BBC Radio Oxford

We have some good news and some bad news this morning for Oxfordshire motorists:

  • One lane on the M40 southbound is blocked between junction 11 for Banbury and junction 10 for Cherwell Valley Services, causing slow traffic
  • But for the first time since work began in January 2015, theMilton Interchange is fully open and running well

Check our travel page for more updates.

Latest headlines: Police search River Thames for missing swimmer

Joe Nimmo

BBC News

The top stories in Oxfordshire this morning:  

Good morning

Hello and good morning, welcome to BBC Oxford's live page. It's a sunny day and Oxford United are in league one. How good is that?

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