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Walk-out after council decides to shut children's centres

Credit: OCC

Member of the unite union are to stage a walk-out after Oxfordshire County Council voted to shut all forty four children centres - including in the prime minister’s Witney constituency.

Unite, says cutting £8 million from its children services budget for 2016/17 – a 50 per cent funding cut - will hit families and young people hard. The union’s members voted by 83 per cent in favour of strike action and will strike for 24 hours from midnight on 15 February to midnight on 16 February.

Man wanted by police remains in hospital

A man detained in connexion with a suspicious death in Benenden remains in hospital. The 54-year-old has been formally arrested, as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder of a woman last week. Police were called to The Street, Benenden on Thursday where they discovered the body of 52-year-old Caroline Andrews. The death is being treated as a murder inquiry.

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