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In tonight's programme: Married but forced to live apart.

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Their partners have been denied visas to live here -

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now they say they've had to resort to extreme measures.

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Also: a protest about the President -

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campaigners in Oxford express their opposition to Donald Trump.

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And later on - five generations of family recipes from India -

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the chef who is now sharing them with others.

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You cannot lose a book like this, it must be cherished and loved.

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Two couples from South Oxfordshire - who've have been separated

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from their partners because of visa problems - say they've been forced

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Steve Bearns has a three year old British born son

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He's now left him in China - after flying out there

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Meanwhile Julie Bolitho has decided to move to Sweden

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Steve Bearns from Wallingford has no idea when he'll

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They're flying out to China where they'll be reunited

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He can't stay away from his mum any longer, it's not fair on her.

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So, I've got no choice now but to take

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Then they'll split - Steve is due back here

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for work next week. But Ryan will stay in China.

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What do you think will happen to Ryan when he's in China?

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He can't speak Chinese, so he can't go to preschool or anything, so he's

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going to miss his preschool that he's been getting here.

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So, I think it will affect his education development.

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Steve's wife - Mary Zu - has been living near Hong Kong

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for 12 months after her spouse visa was rejected by the Home Office.

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But last year, she won her case to overturn that

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The Government, though, still hasn't authorised the visa.

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We did exactly what they wanted. We sent everything they wanted.

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Her husband, Steve, now has an appeal hearing scheduled in March -

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which they tried to expedite before Christmas - but were refused.

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In a statement, the HM Courts and Tribunal Service told us...

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20 miles away in Southmoor - Julie Bolitho is going through a similar

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She married her husband, Vikram, three months ago.

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But he was refused a visa to come back to the UK from India.

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We've been together for a few years now anyway.

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We lived in this home, Vikram lived in the UK for 8 years.

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Julie has now decided to leave the UK and move to Sweden

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Current reports seem to indicate that EU

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citizens who are resident, so if you are a British citizen

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and resident in another EU country, before Article 50 is triggered, it's

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highly likely that you'll be able to stay.

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But when we contacted the Home Office it sent us this...

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Even though Julie is going through the appeal process she says

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she isn't prepared to wait months for a decision.

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And over in Wallingford - it may be months before

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Steve sees his son again. Adina Campbell, BBC South Today.

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Part of East Oxford was brought to a stand-still this morning -

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following what police have described as a "fear for welfare incident"

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Magdalen Road was closed - just off the Iffley Road.

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Police, fire and ambulance crews have spent much

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of the day at a house there - and emergency workers

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wearing chemical suits were sent to the scene.

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A woman was found dead inside the property.

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Police are not treating her death as suspicious.

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The search for a company to design, build and maintain high speed trains

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The line is due to pass through Buckinghamshire,

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Northamptonshire and North Oxfordshire.

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Up to 60 trains will be needed to transport passengers -

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at around 225 miles per hour. The contract, which is worth

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?2.75 billion, will be awarded in 2019.

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There have been protests in Oxfordshire - as Donald Trump

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was sworn in as President of the United States.

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His election campaign was dogged by controversy.

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So what are the expectations for the coming four

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Jeremy Stern has been gauging opinions across our region.

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Donald Trump's rise has reignited interest in politics both

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Oxfordshire has a strong connection to the White House.

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In 2011, the former first lady Michelle Obama visited.

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You have everything that you need to succeed

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in a place like this, you just have to work hard.

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Pupils from Didcot Sixth Form College were in

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Current students have differing views about

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I think he's very straightforward, although he is

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quite different to the people of America.

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I think the way he doesn't worry about political correctness

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and he speaks his mind. It comes across as quite genuine.

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I think the world needs to keep an eye on Trump.

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To make sure the values of democracy are upheld.

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But we can't judge too much on what he has said on Twitter.

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The way he has treated the media and his campaign strategies

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will have a big impact on young people today.

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Decisions made by Trump could directly affect UK business.

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Buckinghamshire entrepreneur Alex Pratt founded a company

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The US is one of the biggest markets.

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Politics has got unaware of what businesses are like.

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And business, in the end, pays for everything.

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So, having a business manager, it's certainly a new dimension.

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And let's hope his rhetoric was just rhetoric

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and he's got some good solid sense behind his decisions.

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Fifteen years ago, Bill Clinton, who studied at Oxford University,

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opened the Rothermere American Institute in the city.

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This morning academics gathered to discuss politics of the past

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and how Donald Trump's appointment could change Anglo-American

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For better or worse, what goes on in America affects the rest of the

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world. People in the UK feel that especially strongly because of the

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long-standing special bond we have with the UK. Winston Churchill is

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just worshipped in the United States. I find it... Will they get

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the chance to see Donald Trump at the Institute? He has not shown a

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great interest in forging close ties with the academic community. If he

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were to plan a state visit to the UK and wish to come to Oxford, we would

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certainly love to have him here. That he would not be welcome

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everywhere. This group protested in Oxford earlier today. Members of the

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nose to come out racism group have made their feelings clear in Oxford.

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Refugees welcome here, they say. No to Trump, they say, whether they

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like it or not, America said yes. A group of homeless people -

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squatting in a former car show room in Oxford -

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have been told they can stay Around 20 people have been living

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in the premises on the Iffley Road. The site's owned by the university,

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which has let the ground floor A court order - imposed today -

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has allowed the squatters to remain, provided they do not commit acts

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of anti-social behaviour. A campaign's been launched

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in Oxfordshire urging the Government The Association of Convenience

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Stores wants the law changed so more It also wants improved internet

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access in certain areas. David Lumb's been to

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Hook Norton to find out more. Morning!

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Morning! Every day June Smith makes this

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visit to collect her newspaper. The grandmother of six has lived

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in Hook Norton for two years and says everyone relies

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on the village shop. I think it's very important,

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particularly as you get older. One of the reasons

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we moved into this village is because it had a village

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shop and we realised that someday we would stop driving and so you need

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something local with everything you Jo Williams' family has run the shop

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for the past 27 years. Traditional opening times no

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longer satisfy everyone. And with higher wage

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rates on the horizon, The biggest thing we are worried

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about is obviously we're going to have an

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increase in the bill. We won't be able to employ any

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more members of staff. And we'll possibly have

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to cut staff if we The Association of Convenience

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Stores has visited to share It wants improved internet access

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and the rules changed so more There are pressures on stores,

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the cost of employing people, of business rates and the challenges of

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providing services in a profitable Real challenges for convenience

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stores in rural areas. The Government says its championing

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the needs of rural communities and is committed

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?2 billion to maintain and modernise This shop in Hook Norton

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is hoping it will Property prices in Oxford have been

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increasing faster than almost anywhere else in the country

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according to a new report. The Hometrack UK Cities Price Index

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recorded an eight point 1% rise - with an average house costing

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more than ?420,000. Oxford was third - behind Bristol

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and Manchester. London was sixth. A folder containing the ceremonial

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details and route map of Sir Winston Churchill's funeral

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is to go up for auction next month. The plans for the wartime

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Prime Minister - who was born at Blenheim Palace and is buried

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in Bladon - were given the codename The folder was discovered

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by the family of an unnamed man, who was involved

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with the arrangements The documents are expected

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to sell for ?600. Headlines at 8pm and a full bulletin

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at 10:30pm. Here's Sally Taylor. modelling, all kinds of things to

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try and understand processes. Good luck with the whole thing. Thank you

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so much. Thank you. Later tonight putting

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it all into the mix. The taste of India from family

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recipes going back five generations. A man has appeared in court

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charged with killing two Robert Trigg, who's 52,

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is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Susan Nicholson,

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in Worthing in 2011. He has also been charged

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with the manslaughter of Caroline Devlin, who was found

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dead, five years earlier. Trigg, of Park Road, Worthing,

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has been remanded in custody. It's estimated that a fall

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in foreign students coming to study in Bournemouth and Poole

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has cost the local

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