An “extraordinary” Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend in the leg has avoided a prison sentence.
Lavinia Woodward, 24, admitted attacking the man at her student accommodation at Christ Church College after drinking heavily.
At an earlier hearing Judge Ian Pringle QC said he believed a custodial sentence would damage her career.
On Monday she was given a 10-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months for inflicting unlawful wounding.
Oxford Crown Court heard Woodward attacked her then boyfriend, who she had met on dating app Tinder, while he was visiting her in December.
She became angry when he contacted her mother on Skype after he realised she had been drinking.
She threw a laptop at him and stabbed him in the lower leg with a breadknife, also injuring two of his fingers. Woodward then tried to stab herself with the knife before he disarmed her.
‘Relatively minor’ injuries
The court heard Woodward had become addicted to drugs while in an abusive relationship with a previous boyfriend.
The case was the subject of huge debate about inequality in the criminal justice system, prompted by the judge deferring sentencing and describing the attack as “a complete one-off”.
He had described Woodward as “an extraordinary able young lady” and said a custodial sentence would damage her hopes of becoming a surgeon.
Handing down a suspended sentence, Judge Pringle said there were “many, many mitigating factors” and the injuries inflicted were “relatively minor”.
He said she had shown a “strong and unwavering determination” to get over her class A drug and alcohol addiction.
“I find that you were genuinely remorseful following this event. whilst you are a clearly highly-intelligent individual, you had an immaturity about you which was not commensurate for someone of your age.”
Woodward faced a possible maximum sentence of three years in prison.
The Dean of Christ Church, the Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, said Woodward had voluntarily suspended her studies.
“It is clearly a matter of regret and sadness when any young person blights a promising career by committing a crime.
“The question of her future will now be decided by the University, which has procedures in place when a student is the subject of a criminal conviction.
“The result of deliberation can be penalty of expulsion by the Student Disciplinary Panel, but the length and outcome of this confidential process… cannot be pre-judged.”
“We’re trying to operate on a shoestring,” says Tim Rawling, chair of governors of a South Gloucestershire primary school.
Staple Hill Primary School is expecting to go into budget deficit this year, with fears of cuts and job losses.
It will not be alone as there were more than 9,000 state schools in England in a similar position last year, according to figures revealed by ministers.
Schools minister Nick Gibb said schools would have “the resources they need”.
The figures were revealed in an answer to a parliamentary question about school finances, against a background of warnings about budget cuts.
The government’s figures showed there were more than 9,400 schools which had been in deficit in 2015-16, more than a third of the total.
At Staple Hill, near Bristol, Mr Rawling said there were concerns about whether such budget pressures would lead to staff cuts.
“It’s frustrating, we’re not being given enough money,” he said.
The reply from Mr Gibb said such a deficit within the year was “not an issue in itself unless it is symptomatic of a trend towards a cumulative deficit”.
“Schools may draw on their reserves in a particular year – for example to spend on capital projects,” he added.
But the figures show that almost 4,000 schools have been in deficit for two years, nearly 1,600 for three years, more than 400 for four years and 100 for five years.
The question was put by Liberal Democrat education spokeswoman Layla Moran, who said: “It is shocking to see thousands of schools across the country reporting budget deficits year after year, and perhaps more shocking still that the minister has played down the issue by claiming in-year deficits are not a cause for concern.
“It should be seriously concerning to this government that 4,000 schools have now reported deficits for two years in a row, and that nearly 4,000 more schools have in-year deficits this year than did five years ago.
“We know parents are being asked to contribute to school funds out of their own pockets, that schools are considering closing early and that subjects are being dropped from the curriculum, as they try to make ends meet,” said Ms Moran.
A coalition of teachers’ unions has also warned that funding problems have not been resolved – publishing figures that 88% of individual schools will have lost funding in real terms between 2015 and 2020.
Head teachers’ leader Geoff Barton said ministers needed to “recognise that the overall level of education funding is totally inadequate”.
In his parliamentary answer, schools minister Mr Gibb said the government wanted to ensure schools “have the resources they need to deliver a high quality education for their pupils” and would have an additional £1.3bn up to 2020, as part of a new funding formula.
When asked about a possible meeting, a spokesman for TfL said: “We are always available and happy to meet at any time.”
Uber says it has followed the regulator’s rules and works closely with the Metropolitan Police.
The firm, which is used by an estimated 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in London, also says it will continue operating while its appeal is heard.
Mr Khosrowshahi, who took over at the firm less than a month ago, wrote on Monday: “While Uber has revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world, it’s equally true that we’ve got things wrong along the way.”
In a letter addressed to Londoners, the new Uber boss said the firm “won’t be perfect, but we will listen to you”.
“On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I apologise for the mistakes we’ve made,” Mr Khosrowshahi said.
Earlier, the mayor of London accused Uber of putting “unfair pressure” on TfL, with an “army” of PR experts and lawyers.
Mr Khan, who is also chairman of TfL, told the BBC: “What you can’t do is have a situation where unfair pressure is brought on a quasi-judicial body, where there are officials working incredibly hard.
“I appreciate Uber has an army of PR experts, I appreciate Uber has an army of lawyers – they’ve also made aggressive threats about taking us to court.”
When asked if he would meet Uber personally, the mayor said it would be “improper for politicians to interfere with a quasi-judicial matter”.
The mayor’s office said Mr Khan would not be directly involved in discussions or meetings with Uber if they took place.
While Mr Khan chairs the TfL board, according to the organisation he was not involved in the process of deciding whether to issue Uber with a licence.
That is handled by TfL’s taxi and private hire department.
Uber is keen to hold talks with officials from that department “as soon as possible”, Fred Jones, a senior executive with Uber in the UK, told the BBC’s Today Programme.
Mr Jones said that Uber was “not clear” about the issues raised by TfL when it denied the company a licence.
One of the points raised by TfL was Uber’s “approach to how Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are obtained” for its drivers.
That part of the process was not even handled by Uber, said Mr Jones. Instead, the drivers organised their own DBS check and took that paperwork to TfL.
TfL then reviews that application before giving the driver a licence allowing them to drive for Uber.
TfL would not elaborate further on its issue with the way in which Uber organises DBS checks, because that would be likely to come up when Uber appealed against the decision.
It would only repeat that it was Uber’s “approach” to DBS checks that was the problem.
More than 750,000 people have signed an online petition in a bid to keep Uber operating in London after its licence expires on 30 September.
Throughout the day and evening of the first anniversary of his disappearance, Ms Urquhart, along with her two other sons and their uncle Tony, will be in Langton Place, near So Bar, where Corrie started his night out.
The final CCTV footage of him was behind a row of shops, in an area known as the Horseshoe.
“We will be happy to walk you all the route that Corrie took that night ending at the horseshoe area, while explaining all the facts that we have to date,” she wrote.
“This is being done in the hope that we may jog someone’s memory that may have been out that night or has heard something since, or that after seeing the route and hearing the facts, may ask a question we have not thought of yet.”
Mr Mckeague, from Fife, was first reported missing when he failed to turn up at RAF Honington on Monday, 26 September 2016.
Police had initially ruled out searching the landfill site, but later revealed a bin lorry, seized shortly after the gunner vanished, was carrying a heavier load than first thought.
Taking the platform for his speech, Harry, who served as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan, told how he felt compelled to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women after a harrowing flight back in 2008.
“As I was waiting on board the plane, the coffin of a Danish soldier was loaded on by his friends.
“Once on the flight, I was confronted with three British soldiers, all in induced comas with missing limbs and wrapped in plastic.
“The way I viewed service and sacrifice changed forever and the direction of my life changed with it.
“I knew it was my responsibility to use the great platform that I have to help the world understand, and be inspired by, the spirit of those who wear the uniform.”
Uber’s current licence is due to run until 30 September.
It has 21 days to appeal against TfL’s decision and can continue to operate while any appeals are ongoing.
Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the Uber app in London.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I fully support TfL’s decision – it would be wrong if TfL continued to license Uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to Londoners’ safety and security.”
Fred Jones, head of cities for Uber across the UK and Ireland, told the BBC Uber drivers had to pass the same safety checks as black cab and mini cab drivers in London.
There had been growing speculation that the app could be banned from London.
Opponents of the firm claim it causes gridlocked roads and does not do enough to regulate its drivers.
But one driver with Uber in London said: “I don’t think it is a fair decision. Uber offers a flexible schedule, and a weekly income.”
Chief executive Travis Kalanick, who helped found the company in 2009, resigned in July following a series of scandals and criticism of his management style
In June, 20 staff were sacked after a law firm investigated specific complaints made to the company about sexual harassment, bullying, and retaliation for reporting problems
A few months later Uber announced it would offer English courses, financial advice and introduce an appeals panel for its UK workers after facing criticism over lack of support and rights for its drivers
Uber’s general manager in London Tom Elvidge said: “By wanting to ban our app from the capital, Transport for London and the mayor have caved in to a small number of people who want to restrict consumer choice.
“If this decision stands, it will put more than 40,000 licensed drivers out of work and deprive Londoners of a convenient and affordable form of transport.
“To defend the livelihoods of all those drivers, and the consumer choice of millions of Londoners who use our app, we intend to immediately challenge this in the courts.”
He said Uber operated in more than 600 cities around the world, including more than 40 towns and cities in the UK.
Analysis: From BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones
Throughout its short, tempestuous life, Uber has clashed with regulators around the world – and more often than not it has come out on top.
Its tactic has often been to arrive in a city, break a few rules, and then apologise when it’s rapped over the knuckles. Some regulators have backed down, others have run the company out of town.
In London, despite protests from angry taxi drivers, the company has had a relatively easy ride until now.
But a wave of bad publicity about its corporate culture, its lax attitude to checks on its drivers and its treatment of this freelance army seems to have spurred TfL into action.
Make no mistake, Uber will use every legal avenue to fight this ban. It will argue that consumers, in the shape of the millions of mainly young Londoners who rely on its service, will be seriously let down if it can no longer operate.
But the courts will have to balance that with the serious concerns about public safety raised by TfL.
On social media, a fierce debate has broken out over the decision.
An online petition launched by Uber urging Sadiq Khan to reverse the decision to strip its London licence has been signed by tens of thousands of people in the space of a few hours.
Twitter user @Gabbysalaza_ said that she was “annoyed” at the decision as Uber allowed to her to get out of “uncomfy” situations if out at night.
An 18-year-old man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder in connection with the bomb attack on a London Tube at Parsons Green.
Ahmed Hassan, of Sunbury, Surrey, is also accused of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury on 15 September.
Hassan confirmed his name, date of birth and address at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
He was remanded in custody and is due at the Old Bailey on 13 October.
A 17-year-old man who was arrested by counter-terrorism officers investigating the attack has been released with no further action, police said on Friday. Two other men had already been released without charge.
Two further men, aged 25 and 30, remain in custody.
Meanwhile, Suleman Sarwar, of Aladdins chicken shop in Hounslow, said his takeaway has received abuse and threats after an employee was arrested as part of the investigation.
Mr Sarwar said abuse began after the arrest of Yahyah Farroukh, who was not named by police but whose name emerged in the media. He has since been released without charge.
He said: “The investigation brought Yahyah, his friends, family, place of employment and the wider Muslim community under scrutiny and indignity.
“Once again, the community has received backlash and animosity from the public.”
The prime minister also proposed a “bold new security agreement” and said the UK would be the EU’s “strongest partner and friend”.
On trade, she said the two sides could do “so much better” than adopt existing models.
There was “no need to impose tariffs where there are none now”, the prime minister said.
She did not mention how much the UK would be prepared to continue to pay into the EU for two years after it leaves in March 2019, but it has been estimated as being at least 20bn euros (about £18bn).
In her speech, Mrs May said the UK would “honour commitments” made while it had been a member to avoid creating “uncertainty for the remaining member states”.
She also suggested that the UK and EU would continue working together on projects promoting long-term economic development and the UK would want to “make an ongoing contribution to cover our fair share of the costs involved”.
When the two-year transition period is up, the UK and EU could move towards a new “deep and special partnership,” she said in her speech.
But by March 2019, neither the UK or EU would be ready to “smoothly” implement new arrangements needed: “So during the implementation period access to one another’s markets should continue on current terms and Britain also should continue to take part in existing security measures.”
Such a period should be “time limited”, she said, as neither the EU nor the British people would want the UK to remain in the EU longer than necessary – with its length being determined by how long it takes to set up new systems.
As new immigration systems would take time to introduce, she said “people will continue to be able to come and live and work in the UK, but there will be a registration system – an essential preparation for the new regime”.
By BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg
It is an offer, not a blinding revelation, but a limited flash of ankle to her continental counterparts.
Today was not about lavishing detail on the EU side who are eager to understand more about what it is the UK actually wants from them after we leave.
It was the notional writing of an undated cheque from us to them, that government insiders hope means next week, when the official talks get back under way, some progress can actually be made.
But she hoped to build a “comprehensive and ambitious” new economic partnership with the EU in the long-term.
This should not be based on existing agreements with Canada or European Economic Area membership, she said, but a “creative solution” should be found to reflect the existing relationship between the UK and EU.
To EU citizens in the UK she offered reassurance that “we want you to stay, we value you” and acknowledged differences with the EU over which courts should guarantee their rights after Brexit.
She said she wanted UK courts to take account of rulings by the European Court of Justice and hoped “on this basis, our teams can reach firm agreement quickly”.
Mrs May opened her speech by saying Brexit was a “critical time in the evolution of the relationship between the United Kingdom and European Union”.
“I look ahead with optimism, believing that if we use this moment to change not just our relationship with Europe but also the way we do things at home – this will be a defining moment in the history of our nation,” she told the audience of cabinet members, journalists and Italian dignitaries.
Responding to the speech, EU Brexit negotiator Mr Barnier, who did not attend, said the prime minister had “expressed a constructive spirit which is also the spirit of the European Union during this unique negotiation – the speech shows a willingness to move forward, as time is of the essence”.
‘Listened to Labour’
But he added that while her statements on EU citizens were “a step forward”, they “must now be translated into a precise negotiating position of the UK government”.
And he said he would have to examine the “concrete implications” of the UK’s pledge that no member state would have to pay more as a result of Brexit adding: “We shall assess … whether this assurance covers all commitments made by the United Kingdom as a member state of the European Union.”
The European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt, said the UK’s position was becoming “more realistic” but “a new registration mechanism for EU citizens going to live and/or work in the UK is out of the question”.
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said the speech suggested the PM had “listened to Labour and faced up to the reality that Britain needs a transition on the same basic terms to provide stability for businesses and workers”.
He added: “There has to be a transition period to protect jobs. Our whole point throughout this whole process has been a Brexit that damages employment and jobs is very, very dangerous for everybody in this country.”
The speech was broadly welcomed by pro-EU Conservative MPs Ken Clarke and Anna Soubry but pro-Brexit former cabinet minister Owen Paterson expressed concern about a two-year period during which “we are still bound in by European rules”.
And former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: “Theresa May’s vision is that we leave the European Union but we do it in name only.
“We have a transitional period, that begins for a two year [period] and it could go on of course much longer than that, in which case we effectively don’t leave anything.”
E-cigarettes are not yet officially prescribed on the NHS.
However, doctors and other health professionals are encouraged to advise smokers who want to use them that they are a better alternative to smoking.
New draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) does not list e-cigarettes as a recommendation to help people quit, but says patients should be told some smokers have found them helpful when they want to give up.
Nice advises that patients should be told that there “is currently little evidence on the long-term benefits or harms of these products”.
Government experts have been encouraged by newly released research suggesting record numbers of attempts to give up are proving successful.
University College London researchers found 20% of attempts were successful in the first six months of 2017, compared with an average of 16% over the previous 10 years.
A successful attempt was judged to be one where the person had tried to stop smoking in the past year and was still abstaining at the time of the survey.
The biggest rise in successful attempts to quit was among people from poorer backgrounds, who have traditionally been the least likely to give up.
Deputy chief medical officer Prof Gina Radford said e-cigarettes were playing an important role and as they had “95% less harmful products” in them than cigarettes it was only right that they were promoted during Stoptober.
But she also said there were a number of other factors that were proving effective in reducing smoking rates, including restrictions that have been brought in such as standardised packaging and bans on displays in shops.
Over 18s smoked in England in 2016
26.8% Over 18s smoked in England in 2000
1 in 5 Attempts to quit successful in early 2017
5 “Stoptober” campaigns have been run
Over 1.5m have tried quit during them
Latest figures suggest just over 15% of people were smoking in 2016, down from 21% in 2007, when the smoking ban was introduced, and over 26% at the turn of the century.
As smoking has decreased, vaping has increased. About one in 20 people over 16 regularly uses e-cigarettes currently – a quarter of them are smokers or ex-smokers.
But Prof Radford said: “The battle against smoking is far from over – it is still the country’s biggest killer, causing 79,000 deaths a year.
“And for every death, another 20 smokers are suffering smoking-related disease.”