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Help offered to students from disadvantaged backgrounds

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Oxford University will this year welcome ten per cent more students - all from disadvantaged backgrounds. The University College says it's increasing its intake to give more opportunity to those who may not usually have a chance of being accepted. It comes after the Oxbridge institutions were criticised for not embracing diversity

The University says it will offer these students a four-week "bridging course" before term to acclimatise them to university life. The college's head said it created a "new opportunity" for students.

In 2015 the college, among other Oxbridge institutions, was criticised for the ratio of state school-educated students, in comparison to the number of people who came from the independent sector.

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Plans unveiled to relieve major bottleneck in the South

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Controversial plans to end one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the South have been announced. The £38 million A27 bypass at Chichester could ease problems for 45-thousand drivers a day. But opponents say the plans would destroy parts of the South Downs.

Full plans are now going on show and a series of public events is being held. Highways England is looking for views on five different options for the road scheme, which is said to be the most controversial in the region for years. Funding comes from the Department for Transport's £15bn Roads Investment Strategy. Project Manager Valerie Stephens said: "We are committed to improving journeys for the 45,000 drivers who use the A27 in Chichester every day and now the Government's record investment in roads means those improvements are coming. We want to make sure the improvements we take forward are the right ones for drivers and people living and working in Chichester and they deliver the most overall benefit and value. We genuinely want to hear what people think and the consultation will help shape the final plans."

All of the options being considered involve major upgrades to junctions along the existing route of the A27.

Public exhibition dates and locations

Mon 25th July: Chichester Assembly Rooms 10am - 8pm

Mon 1st August and Tues 2nd August: Fishbourne Centre 10am - 7pm

Sat 6th August North Mundham Community Centre 10am - 2pm

Tue 9th August and Wed 10th August Chichester Baptist Church 10am - 7pm

Fri 19th August Boxgrove Village Hall 10am - 7pm

Sat 20th August Boxgrove Village Hall 10am - 2pm

Tue 30th August and Fri 2nd Sept Lavant Memorial Hall 10am - 8pm

Fri 9th September Bracklesham Barn 10am - 7pm

Sat 10 September Bracklesham Barn 10am - 2pm

Wed 14th September and Thurs 15th September Chichester Assembly Rooms 10am - 8pm

Man jailed for string of burglaries across Hampshire and Sussex

Albert Ian James Credit: Hampshire Police

A man from Chichester has been jailed - after being found guilty of 47 burglaries in Hampshire and West Sussex. 58 year-old Albert Ian James of Mill Road Crescent has been sentenced to eight years. He stole high value jewellery and cash from homes in Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Chichester, Waterlooville, Fareham, and Portsmouth.

It followed an extensive investigation by both forces over a 20 month period. Investigating officer DS Simon Clacey who oversaw the entire investigation said: "We faced many challenges in identifying James as the suspect responsible for the burglaries. Ultimately it was the culmination of circumstantial evidence which convicted James of the offences. This was a very challenging investigation due to lack of forensic and direct evidence, the number of, and geographic distance between the offences. However this result shows how seriously the courts take burglaries like these and I'm confident James' victims will be satisfied with the sentence he has been given".

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