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Monday, 31 October 2011


Nile Ranger, a striker for Newcastle United has been charged with the offence of being drunk and disorderly after a local night out with friends. 
The 20 year old was arrested by the Northumbria Police force in the early hours of Sunday morning in the city's Cathedral Square near the well known Tupp Tupp Palace Nightclub. 
The troubled football is to be brought before the magistrates on the 17th of November. This comes after the recent news that he will also be facing charges for a drink-driving offence, and is due to answer bail for his involvement in an attack, that left his victim believing he had suffered a broken jaw. 
He was questioned by the police for more than four hours before being charged and released on bail.
Nile Ranger, who has been playing for the club since 2008 has only just been reinstated to the teams first-team training after a three month place in the clubs reserves. His behavior could lead him to further trouble if Newcastle United if they believe him to have broken a 48 hour drinking ban before a team trip to Stoke.
He has been told to find a new club in the summer after repeated warnings about his actions.
Newcastle United have yet to comment.


The recent protests at St Paul's Cathedral in London have resulted in the resignation of the Dean Graeme Knowles. 

The Rev has struggled with the two week long protest at the Cathedral and claims that his position has become 'untenable'. This resignation springs from the Deans recent controversial statement that approved the use of legal action against protesters. He steps down so that a new leadership may be exercised and is greatly saddened in doing so.

The protests have been progressing for a number of weeks upon the site of the Cathedral. These protests spring from the beliefs of anti-capitalist protesters which has led to the place of worship being closed for several days.

City of London authorities have now ordered protesters that all tents (in an excess of 200) and additional equipment must be removed from the site within the next 48 hours to avoid any legal action, also stating that this is not an order to remove protesters.

The Planning and Transportation Committee within London have also backed the removal of the encampment as the ground of St Paul's is an unreasonable use of the highway.

The struggles at St Paul's continues.

Friday, 21 October 2011


It has recently come to the attention of many that university are considering lowering their staggering fees.
The English government decided that from 2012 higher tuition fees would be paid at a near trebled rate of up to £9000, as their White Paper on higher education set out numerous policy changes. The ability to increase was confirmed in July of this year, leaving many prospective students in a state of terror.

However, many universirties are now considering a reduction in the monumental price.
This is good news for the thousands of students currently preparing their university applications.
Both fees and bursary prices were set in April before the government announced that there would be further change. It may shock many that Scottish students studying within Scotland pay nothing for their university education and that Welsh students costs are subsidised throughout the United Kingdom.

OFFA (The Office for Fair Accsess) have stated that up to twenty eight universities are considering cutting their average fees to around £7500 or less and that many are already in the process of doing so. However there are around 130 universities and places of higher education in the country and this means uncertainty of fee levels for applicants currently in the process of applying.

Any changes are to be submitted by the univeristy in November and to be confirmed by the end of the month.

In order to raise fees above £6000 and give the more disadvantaged students a chance, OFFA has to be satisfied that the university is offering enough support. However both OFFA and the governent are hopeful that more universities will consider lowering their fees and that the maximum will only be charged in extreme circumstances.

Any changes of fees will be sent directly to students applying, enabling them to change their university choices before the UCAS deadline of the 15th January 2012.

Thursday, 20 October 2011


Oxford, the city of dreaming spires.
A place many wish to visit, study and perhaps even settle down in their lifetime.
However, every city has a darker side to it, and Oxford is not alone.
With in the last few years human trafficking has been gaining a lot of attention.
This attention being particullar to Oxford, upon the discovery of a sex trafficking ring in 2010.

 Local pimps Anastassios Papas of Iffley Road, East Oxford and Graham Cochrane of Bicester were the first men to be convicted of the crime of human trafficking in the county. The duo forced young and vulnurable Eastern European women into modern day slavery, as they became prostitutes within the city for the 'Fun Girls Escort Agency'.

Both the police and the judicial system have been praised for their efforts, as both men combined will faced a 12 year jail sentence from the Oxford Crown Court for their actions. The pair will also be placed upon the sex offenders register for life and are banned from any future involvement in the promotion of female personal services.
Anastassios Papas is currently on the run
Anastassios Papas (42)
Graham Cochrane
Graham Cochrane (49)
Local charity OXCAT (Oxford Community Against Trafficking) aims to end trafficking. Campaigning against domestic slavery, forced labour and sexual exploitation, the recent convictions have given the charity the ammunition needed to make a real stand to ensure the problem is known and stopped.

This was demonstrated recently as the community group participated in a shocking, but effective flash mob. Taking their demonstration to the streets of Oxford at 1pm on Tuesday the 18th the group coincided the event with National Anti-Slavery day as they adorned themselves with blindfolds. Holding a silent protest for five minutes before revealing their 'pretty girls for sale'. Five women stood sorrowfully in cages as the campaigners bellowed to the shocked public. 

OXCAT believe that the case may cause further pain by highlighting an industry for sex within Oxford and that opportunists may act upon their victims vulnerability much like Papas and Cochrane. The battle wages on, but the message is clear; adorned across Oxford posters and billboards alike state: The truth isn't sexy.