IT'S a magic night for It's Our County, with children's entertainer Jon 'Wizard Wonky' Norris securing a resounding victory in the Pontrilas by-election.

The count, confirmed just before midnight, saw Elaine Godding of the Independents finish second, ahead of Conservative candidate Elissa Swinglehurst.

The win - IOC's second in a month - means that the Conservatives no longer hold an overall majority in the council.

Follow the reaction to this result on the Hereford Times app, online and in next week's paper.



Jon Norris (IOC) 429 - Winner

Elaine Godding (Ind) 261

Elissa Swinglehurst (Cons) 229


Voter turn out - 32.9%