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Union threatens strike action over cuts to children's centres

Union members are threatening to take strike action against plans to shut children's centres in Oxfordshire.

Councillors voted last month to close forty four, replacing them with eight 'early intervention' hubs as part of plans to save money.

Unite has accused the local authority of turning its back on children. The council says more cuts are needed because of the reduced amount from central Government.

Parents gathered to protest over plans to shut children's centres in Oxfordshire Credit: ITV Meridian

"The last thing our members want to do is take strike action. They are highly skilled professionals and deeply committed to the children, young people and the families they work with, day in and day out.

"But they have decided that they cannot sit back and watch while the council denies Oxfordshire's young people a future and destroys its top class children's early intervention service.

"In writing that letter, David Cameron has exposed the two-faced nature of his stance, by urging austerity from central government on the one hand, and then taking the council leader to task for implementing his government's own policies.

"The prime minister and his Tory council leader would do well to remember that our members work with some of the county's most vulnerable families. The one to one support they provide on issues from domestic abuse to help with self-harm and drug and alcohol misuse is vital to turning lives around."

– Chris Gray Unite regional officer


Hours of delays on M25 following crash

Driver are being warned of long delays on the M25 at Kent following a crash involving a lorry and a car.

Police were called at 3:46am to a report of a road traffic collision on the clockwise M25 at junction 2. The car and lorry collided then the car hit the central reservation.

One man in the car has suffered serious injuries. Three further people have suffered minor injuries. All have been taken to hospital for treatment.

The clockwise carriageway remains closed while officers continue their enquiries.

Manhunt for child sex offender in Dorset

Detectives are appealing for help to locate a man who is wanted for breaching his licence conditions – with officers advising the public not to approach the man.

David Chadwick, 58 and of Weymouth, was recently released from prison, having been convicted of sexual offences against children in 2013. After breaching his license conditions today, he is now wanted by the police.

Detective Inspector Richard Dixey said: “I am releasing a photograph of David Chadwick in the hope that someone will know his whereabouts.

“Anyone who sees David should not approach him, as he presents a risk to the public, but immediately contact Dorset Police on 999.

“There may be various reasons why he has not complied with his licence conditions and I appeal to him directly to make contact with police at the earliest opportunity.”

Junior doctors back to work after 24-hour strike

Junior doctors walked out across the region Credit: ITV

Hospital operations, check-ups and tests are expected to back to normal this morning - following a 24-hour strike.

Junior doctors from hospitals across the region walked out in a row over pay and working conditions. The strike finishes at 8am this morning. Many operations and appointments were cancelled.


Motorcyclist in critical condition following crash

Officers investigating a serious collision in Brielle Way, Sheerness, are appealing for witnesses.

A motorcyclist in his mid-20s was airlifted to a London hospital following the incident at about 10.10am this morning, and remains in a critical condition.

He was riding his black Yamaha YQ 100 near the Blue Town end of Brielle Way when he was involved in a collision with a red Citroen C2.

The road is currently closed while officers carry out their initial enquiries. They are also appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward.

PC Jamie Woodhams said: ‘We are looking to trace a silver or grey Ford Fiesta that was travelling from Blue Town towards Queenborough that has stopped along Brielle Way after colliding with debris along this road.

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