20/01/2017 South Today - Oxford


20/01/2017

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Two couples from South Oxfordshire who've 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 decided to leave his British born son

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And 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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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, his 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've 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 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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Emergency workers wearing chemical suits were sent to the scene.

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A woman was found dead inside the property.

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Her death isn't being treated as suspicious.

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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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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 businessman in charge, 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 business sense behind his decisions.

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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

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how Donald Trump's appointment could change Anglo-American

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For better or worse, what goes on in America affects

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People in the UK feel that especially strongly because of the

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long-standing special bond we have with the UK.

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Will they get the chance to see Donald Trump at

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He has not shown a great interest in forging close ties

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If he were to plan a state visit to the UK

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and wish to come to Oxford, we would certainly love to have him here.

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But he would not be welcome everywhere.

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This group protested in Oxford earlier today.

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Members of the No to Racism group have made their

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feelings clear in Oxford. Refugees welcome here, they say.

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No to Trump, they say, but whether they like it

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Property prices in Oxford have risen faster than almost anywhere

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They're up by 8%, according to the Hometrack UK Cities Price Index,

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with an average house costing more than ?420,000.

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Only Bristol and Manchester have seen bigger increases.

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The weekend weather forecast is coming up, goodnight.

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We've clear skies and we are expecting a frost right

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across our region and temperatures in towns and cities down to minus

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So, a chilly one with widespread frost and we may

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just see patches of mist and freezing fog to take us into first

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All in all, a bright and crisp start to the day

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with some good sunny spells on offer.

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Just beginning to see some cloud drifting in towards the end of play

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and highs of just two or three degrees.

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Sunday looks to see a foggy start to the day but we will have

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some rightness and there will be a bit more cloud in the picture.

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Time for the national weather forecast which is

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feel cooler. Can we keep it going until the start of the new week? I

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suspect we can. Unconfirmed about -- concerned about the fog around. Here

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is Helen with the national picture. Good evening. The weather is upon

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us. The cloud has made all the difference this week in particular.

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We have had some wonderful weather watcher pictures, this is Marlowe in

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Buckinghamshire, this was Conwy earlier in the day. Some areas still

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have the cloud. What a difference that makes. Edinburgh, the central

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lowlands, plagued by this band of narrow cloud, overnight more areas

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share in the frost. Pretty widespread, the frost overnight,

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cold across northern England, Southern Scotland and Northern

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Ireland than it has been this week. These are town and city temperatures

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but in the countryside a harsh frost and sharp in some areas and

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