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Driver escapes lorry fire in Oxfordshire

The lorry was alight by the side of a road Credit: Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

A lorry driver has had a lucky escape after the cab of his vehicle caught fire in Crawley near Witney in Oxfordshire.

Firefighters from Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service said the blaze had started to spread to nearby embankments and oil was had started to run down the road towards a nearby river when they reached the scene.

The crews from two fire engines tackled the flames and used the environmental protection equipment to prevent the oil running into the nearby river.

The burnt out shell of the lorry Credit: Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

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David Cameron's mother wins award for campaigning against cuts brought in by his government

Mary Cameron with her son at the award ceremony Credit: PA

David Cameron's mother has won an Oldie award for campaigning against the closure of a children's centre hit by cuts his government brought in.

Mary Cameron was crowned Mother Knows Best of the Year for her 10 000 strong petition opposing her local Conservative council shutting the facility in Oxfordshire, where she used to volunteer.

The centre was forced to close after a spending review under the former prime minister left councils in England facing a loss of 24 per cent in central government funding by 2020.

Ms Cameron signed a petition a year ago against plans to shut 44 children’s centres in and around her son’s former constituency of Witney.

Ms Cameron's son accompanied her to the award ceremony Credit: PA

Horse rescued from Oxfordshire river

Credit: Oxfordshire Fire Service

A horse is recovering after being rescued from a muddy river bank in Oxfordshire.

A specialist animal rescue unit from the fire service was dispatched to the River Windrush near Willow Farm in Witney on Saturday morning.

The horse, which was trapped in the mud, was pulled to safety. An on call vet was called but the animal was unharmed.

Crew Manager Glen Lee said “Working closely with the vet and the horse’s owner, our firefighters put into practice nationally recognized techniques that allowed the horse to be successfully freed without injury”

Robert Courts 'sense of responsibility' as he's sworn in as MP for Witney

Robert Courts is sworn in as the new MP for Witney Credit: ITV Meridian

Robert Courts has described a huge sense of responsibility after being sworn in to Parliament as the New MP for Witney.

Mr Courts won the by-election prompted by David Cameron's resignation.

He says he's focused on the local issues he campaigned on - as well as the difficult task of finding his way around Parliament.

Man jailed for life for raping woman in Witney

Callum King has been jailed for life with a minimum term of nine years Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man's been jailed for life after he raped a woman he approached on a common in Witney.

Callum King, who is 25 ,also pleaded guilty to one count of grievous bodily harm and one count of sexual assault.

He'll serve a minimum of nine years and three months.

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Witney has new Tory MP, but Lib Dems leap to second place

The Conservatives, as expected, won the Witney by-election in the early hours of the morning but their majority - and share of the vote - were well down on what the area's former MP David Cameron managed in the GENERAL election.

Robert Courts won. He was just under 6,000 votes ahead of the Liberal Democrats, who jumped from 4th place to 2nd, with over 11,500 votes. Labour slipped back to third, and the Greens just beat UKIP.

Our political correspondent Phil Hornby reports on a night of drama.

New MP for Witney replaces former PM David Cameron

The new Member of Parliament for Witney, the seat in Oxfordshire vacated by the former Prime Minister David Cameron, has been revealed after yesterday's by-election.

The new MP for Witney, Robert Courts MP

Robert Courts, the deputy leader of West Oxfordshire Council won, securing the constituency once again for the Conservatives.

However, the Tory majority was cut from more than 25,000 for David Cameron in last year's general election to a majority of just 5,702 this time around. The Liberal Democrats came in second place, seeing a 19.3% swing from the Conservatives

Our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby was at the count.

The interviewees are Robert Courts MP; and Liz Leffman ,the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate.

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