‘Extraordinary’ student Lavinia Woodward who was spared jail after stabbing her ex-boyfriend could return to Oxford University

The Telegraph, 21st October 2017

Co-bylined with Harry Yorke

A medical student who was “too clever for jail” is believed to have exploited a loophole in the Oxford University disciplinary process to avoid expulsion, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

Lavinia Woodward, a 24-year-old Christ Church student who stabbed her ex-boyfriend in the leg, has been accused of attempting to “set the terms” on whether she will be allowed to return to Oxford. Continue reading ‘Extraordinary’ student Lavinia Woodward who was spared jail after stabbing her ex-boyfriend could return to Oxford University

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New ‘buddy’ system for Oxford University’s working class students

The Telegraph, 30th August 2017

Oxford University has announced a new “buddy” system for working class undergraduates, after the student union said that they were being left to fend for themselves.

The Class Act campaign, set up by the student union earlier this year, is inviting freshers to sign up for a “buddy”, who will be fellow working class student, so that they can discuss their “class-related worries”. Continue reading New ‘buddy’ system for Oxford University’s working class students

Can Indian rickshaws survive in a green and Uber-ised world?

CityMetric, August 7th 2017

The three-wheeled auto rickshaw – nicknamed ‘tuk tuk’ after the judder of its two-stroke engine – has come to be a symbol of modern Indian city life.  Around a quarter of a million of them putter about the streets, mostly painted in bright yellow and green and decorated inside, often garishly, with photos, stickers and religious iconography. Continue reading Can Indian rickshaws survive in a green and Uber-ised world?

Doctor Who writer protested against ‘problematic’ casting of black actor as Victorian soldier

The Telegraph, 11th June 2017

Co-bylined with Camilla Turner

The writer of Doctor Who has revealed how he protested against the “colour blind” casting of a black actor as a Victorian soldier in the BBC show.

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Six arrested after ‘hate crime’ gang beat asylum seeker of 17

Sunday Times, 2nd April 2017

Four men and two women have been arrested after a teenage asylum seeker was beaten unconscious in a suspected race hate attack.

The 17-year-old boy, believed to be an Iranian Kurd, was allegedly attacked after eight members of the gang asked him where he was from in the unprovoked assault on Friday night in Croydon, south London. He had been waiting with two friends at a bus stop close to the Goat pub in Broom Road. Continue reading Six arrested after ‘hate crime’ gang beat asylum seeker of 17

Criminals make a pile with fake recycling depot

Sunday Times, 2nd April 2017

Co-bylined with Jon Ungoed-Thomas, Chief Reporter, Sunday Times

Criminal gangs are setting up recycling centres with the intention of abandoning them with huge mounds of waste, warn Environment Agency officials.

There is anger among residents about vast piles of rubbish that are left when “recycling” depots are shut. In some cases the depots are deliberately set on fire.

Peter Rutherford, waste and enforcement manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Some operators go into the business and realise it’s not as easy as they thought, but there is a criminal element that does it deliberately and we are determined to make life hard for them. Continue reading Criminals make a pile with fake recycling depot

Cameron is bike crash hero: that’s PM’s son, 11

Sunday Times, 2nd April 2017

The former prime minister may have riled “remain” supporters by holding the EU referendum but David Cameron’s son Elwen has been hailed a hero for his reactions when a cyclist fell from her bike.

The 11-year-old boy and three of his friends have been praised for their quick thinking and cool heads after the accident on March 10 near their school in Kensington, west London.

Continue reading Cameron is bike crash hero: that’s PM’s son, 11

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