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

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By Chris Brown and Anna Browning

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Parade

About 5,000 Oxford United fans fill the city centre to watch the team parade on an open-top bus in celebration of their promotion to League One.

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Our news coverage through the day

That's all from BBC Local Live for today.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Oxfordshire. Join us then.

Cowley Road stabbing - two further arrests

There have been a further two men arrested in connection with yesterday's stabbing just off the Cowley Road, Oxford.   

An 18-year-old man and 19-year-old man, both from London, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The victim is in a stable condition and is now conscious, police say.

Evening TV: How Oxfordshire firm is tackling wildlife crime

South Today

On South Today at 18:30:

We have all the latest on the discovery of the body of Ellis Downes and Oxford United's open-top bus tour through the city centre to celebrate promotion.

Plus, watch our exclusive story on how an Oxfordshire company is helping to tackle the global crisis in wildlife crime.

Messages of shock and disbelief at death of Ellis Downes

Floral tributes have been growing at the site where the body of teenager Ellis Downes was discovered in the Thames last night. 

Floral tribute for Ellis Downes
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Floral tribute for Ellis Downes
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Oxford company switches on £16.9m stem cell therapy research

An Oxford University spin-off company says it is on the way to developing stem cell drugs which can treat cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, heart failure, macular degeneration and other major age-related conditions.

OxStem has raised £16.9million into its work to create drugs that switch on the body's natural method of regenerating and repairing cells.

Latest headlines: Police fail to respond to Ellis Downes search criticism

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BBC News

The top stories this evening:

Appleton shows gratitude

U's boss Michael Appleton waves to the Oxford United crowds
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U's boss Michael Appleton waves to the Oxford United crowds

The U's arrive to their adoring fans

Weather: Cloudy, wet night to come

BBC Weather

Generally cloudy with a mixture of showers or longer spells of rain tonight, locally heavy, and perhaps thundery. Widespread low cloud will develop, with lows of 14C (57F).

Oxford weather 10 May
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DJ Kevlar is ready for the bus...

If DJ Kevlar is ready, Oxford United's promotion party can definitely begin.

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Time to join the crowds - the big parade is coming soon

Oxford United, we're ready for you!

Oxford United fans gathering in Broad Street
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Oxford United fans gathering in Broad Street

New image of Ellis Downes and his father released

The family of Ellis Downes has released a new image of the 16-year-old, whose body was found in the River Thames last night by a volunteer diving team.

It shows the teenager with his father Darren.

Darren and Ellis Downes
Downes family
Darren and Ellis Downes

Latest headlines: Divers attack 'botched' police hunt for missing teen

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories so far today:

Police response to criticism of Ellis Downes search

Thames Valley Police has released a statement in the wake of criticism levelled at the force's efforts to find Ellis Downes - the teenager who went missing after swimming in the Thames near Culham.

TVP co-ordinated the emergency services and volunteer response in the search for Ellis... An officer has been assigned to work closely with the family and provide support and guidance to help them at this difficult time. We would like to thank everyone who turned out to help in the search.

Thames Valley Police

Ellis Downes' father thanks communities for help in search for son

The father of Ellis Downes has thanked communities for their help in looking for the 16-year-old who went missing while swimming in the River Thames near Culham on Saturday.

Ellis Downes
Downes family
Ellis Downes

Darren Downes left the tribute hours after police confirmed a body found by a dive team is likely to be that of the teenager. 

I and my family would like to thank all the members of the village and surrounding areas that haved helped in the search, and support in finding Ellis Niall Downes. Our world will never be the same again.

Darren Downes

NSPCC calls for 'urgent' action on child protection criticisms

The NSPCC says criticisms about Oxfordshire County Council's child protection service must be addressed "as a matter of urgency".

Responding to a joint report into the counci's services towards vulnerable children, the charity also praised work implemented since the Operation Bullfinch scandal last year.

Progress has certainly been made in bolstering Oxfordshire’s child protection services, but work remains to be done.

NSPCC spokesperson

Open-top bus arrives for Oxford United's promotion party

Abingdon group throws open doors to refugees

A new initiative giving practical support to refugees and asylum seekers in Abingdon is officially opening its doors tonight. 

Host Abingdon
Host Abingdon

The launch of Host Abingdon takes place at St Nicolas' Church at 19:30.

Building up for the big Oxford United open-bus tour promotion party

It's starting at 17:00 and we'll be there to bring you all the colour and excitement...

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Tumble drier cause of Yarnton house fire

A fire at a house in Yarnton last night was caused by a tumble drier. 

Two fire engines rushed to Merton Way shortly before 22:00 to find smoke had filled the house, but the fire was contained in the kitchen. 

No-one was injured.

Your pictures: Beautiful colour contrasts across our county

Some beautiful pictures from Anthony Morris sent in to us today, featuring Stanton Harcourt, Widford, Lower Slaughter and the Oxford Canal at Thrupp. 

See the full set on our Facebook page. Thanks Anthony!  

Bury’s Farm near Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire
Anthony Morris
Bury’s Farm near Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire

Seven-day-old kittens rescued from car moments before it was about to be crushed

Oxford Mail

Newborn kittens just moments from being crushed at a recycling plant had their lives saved after being spotted by an eagle-eyed member of staff.  

Weather: Generally cloudy and wet afternoon

BBC Weather

It will be a generally cloudy afternoon, with only limited bright or sunny spells, and showers or longer spells of rain which will be heavy at times, with a low risk of thunder. High temp 16C (61F).

Oxford weather 10 May
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Cayman Islands to deploy genetically modified mosquitoes

The Washington Post

Oxfordshire biotech company Oxitec and the Cayman Islands government announced plans Thursday to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the fight against a species that spreads Zika and other diseases.  

Appeal to find missing prisoner

Police are urging the public not to approach a prisoner who has absconded from Springhill Prison near Bicester.

Harry Holland
Thames Valley Police
Harry Holland

Harry Holland, 28, was last seen there shortly after midnight on Monday. He's 5ft 5in, white and has links to the Wellingborough and Northamptonshire area.

Child protection report: Council 'working to improve' service

The county council has welcomed the findings of an inspection into its work to protect children from abuse and neglect, despite criticisms.

The report identifies failings with the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) – its 'front door' service which receives all initial inquiries relating to vulnerable children and is where decisions are made about what action to take.

Responding to the report, the council’s deputy director for safeguarding Hannah Farncombe said the issues were "well understood" and the council is "already working with its partners to remodel ‘front door’ arrangements for children’s social care".

We’re determined to build on the identified strengths and are working with our partners to ensure that the necessary improvements are also made – in particular regarding the ‘front door’ of children’s social care – so that we are providing the best possible service to all children and families in Oxfordshire.

Hannah FarncombeDeputy director for safeguarding

Travel latest: Delays in Banbury

BBC Travel

  • One lane is closed on the A422 Hennef Way eastbound in Banbury between Concorde Roundabout and the Ermont Way junction, because of emergency repairs
  • James Street in Oxford is closed between the B480 Cowley Road junction and the St Mary's Road junction, because of a police incident

You can get the latest on the BBC Travel site.

Latest headlines: Divers criticise 'botched' police operation to find missing teen

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories this lunchtime:

Father's thanks

Ellis Downes' father, Darren, has thanked on Facebook all those in the village of Harwell and surrounding areas that helped in the search for his 16-year-old son.

Our world will never be the same again

Floral tributes left for Ellis Downes

Divers attack 'botched' police operation to find Ellis Downes

The head of the diving team which found the body thought to be Ellis Downes has attacked the "botched" police operation to find the teenager.

Diver from Specialist Group International
Peter Faulding

Peter Faulding, the chief executive of Specialist Group International, said his team had been prevented by police from searching the river Thames near Culham. The order had come from a senior level, he said.

It was too slow. It could have been done a lot quicker, we could have had him about by about 5:30... I've been doing this for 20 years and I've never seen such a botched operation in my life.

Peter FauldingChief executive of Specialist Group International

Divers say police stopped them from searching for missing Ellis

Peter Faulding, the chief executive of Specialist Group International, told BBC Oxford his team had been prevented from going into the water to search for Ellis Downes by police when they arrived.

Diver from Specialist Group International searches last night for Ellis Downes
Peter Faulding
Diver from Specialist Group International searches last night for Ellis Downes

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

But Mr Faulding said it wasn't until Ellis’s father Darren arrived and threatened to go into the river himself did police relent and allow his team to begin searching.

Dive team says body was found last night

The head of the dive team searching for Ellis Downes told BBC Oxford a body was discovered at 21:46 yesterday, close to where the teenager went missing on Saturday.

Specialist divers at the scene last night
Peter Faulding
Specialist divers at the scene last night

BreakingPolice confirm body has been found in River Thames

Police have confirmed a body has been recovered from the River Thames near Culham. 

Although not formally identified, they say it is believed to be that of Ellis Downes, aged 16, from Harwell. His family have been informed.

His death is being treated as unexplained but is not believed to be suspicious.

Child protection report: Heavy workload causing problems

The joint report into Oxfordshire County Council's child protection services says the pressure of its heavy workload means some children do not receive the same level of service as those most at risk.

Although no children were identified as at risk of harm, and while acknowledging that managers have put in plans to improve the service, implementation of these has been too slow to take effect.

Some very high caseloads adversely affect workers’ ability to produce good quality written assessments.... vulnerable children do not always receive a consistent service from children’s social care.

Joint report inspectors

Latest headlines: Family tribute as reports of body found in Thames

Chris Brown

BBC News

The top stories so far this morning: