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Flood victim pays £70,000 to raise house

View from Yaron Ivry's house
The view from the house during floods in February Credit: Yaron Ivry

A man's spent tens of thousands of pounds raising his house 1.5 metres after it was flooded when the Thames burst its banks at Wraysbury. The Ivry family home was filled with water for almost two months from December 2013 to February 2014.

Flood water fells a tree in the Ivry's garden
Flood water fells a tree in the Ivry's garden Credit: Yaron Ivry

"We lived in a continuous anxiety with no time for work nor normal family life. Once flooded, we had to leave our home and since then live in a serviced apartment in Wraysbury Hall. We are determined not to have this experience ever again."

– Yaron Ivry
The house Yaron Ivry hasn't lived in since February
The house Yaron Ivry hasn't lived in since February Credit: Yaron Ivry

Structural engineers were brought in to work out how to lift the 50-tonne house with 30 hydraulic jacks, all synchronised by a computerised system. The project is finally finished, with the family planning to move back in sometime this month.

The Ivry's dog
The Ivry's dog is carried to safety from the flood Credit: Yaron Ivry

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Missing Bracknell teenager could be in London

Jack Perry.
Jack Perry. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police are trying to find a 15-year-old boy who went missing from Bracknell.

Jack Perry was last seen on 25 August in the morning at Bracknell station. He is believed to have boarded a train going to London.

The teenager is described as a white male, average build, 6 feet tall with short blonde hair and blue eyes. He may be in the North London area, though he has links to Staines, Leeds and Camberley in Surrey.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 101.

Appeal to find missing Berkshire man

Samuel Tuck
If you see Samuel Tuck please do not approach him but instead call Thames Valley Police Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information to trace a man who was last seen in Berkshire.

Samuel Tuck, aged 40, was last seen using a green canoe at Hurley Lock near Maidenhead on Wednesday. Police believe Samuel might have been fishing or camping in the area.

Samuel has brown hair, brown eyes, is between 5ft 8in to 10in tall, with a three to four inch scar on one of his forearms. He has lost weight since the attached photo was taken.

It is believed that Samuel was last seen wearing a long green jacket, jeans and white trainers.

Samuel has links to the Camberwell area of London.

Samuel’s family is extremely concerned for his welfare and desperately want him to come home.

If you are reading this Samuel, please get in touch with your family or police so we know you are safe and well.

– PC Graeme Guthrie, Thames Valley Police

Rewards for recycling your rubbish

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You could get shopping vouchers for recycling your rubbish Credit: PA

Tens of thousands of households will be given shopping vouchers if they recycle more under a £5 million fund to promote weekly bin collections.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles says that people should be rewarded for recycling more instead of being punished with "draconian" fines.

He highlighted a successful pilot scheme in Windsor where the council weighs each household's recycling and rewards them with vouchers for national and local retailers worth up to £135 a year.

It is a myth that fortnightly bin collections or unfair bin fines are needed to increase recycling. Rewards for recycling show how working with families can deliver environmental benefits without the draconian approach of punishing people and leaving out smelly rubbish. This Government is protecting the local environment by supporting recycling, as well as championing weekly collections which protect local amenity and public health. Councils with fortnightly collections will not receive government funding and are short-changing their residents with an inferior service.

– Eric Pickles MP, Communities and Local Government Secretary

Girl missing from Henley

Leoni Kennedy
Leoni Kennedy went missing in Henley Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for help to trace a missing girl from Henley-on-Thames.

Leoni Kennedy, also known as Leoni Skinner, was last seen at 11.45am this morning.

The 13-year-old is described as 5 foot 3 inches tall, of slim build, blue eyes and long dark hair with green tips.

She was last seen wearing a white hooded pyjama top with Smurfs on the front, black leggings and pink high top trainers.

Officers are keen to know she is safe. Anyone with information should call 101.

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RSPCA investigate shocking dog 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

The RSCPA has launched an investigation after a video of a teenager - who is believed to live in London - has appeared online. The boy is seen thrusting his dog into a bucket of water in an apparent 'Ice Bucket Challenge'.

Some viewers may find this video distressing.

“The aim of the ice bucket challenge is to raise money and awareness for charity - this ‘stunt’ goes against everything it stands for.

Any responsible pet owner would be shocked by this.

It is likely that the puppy in the footage could have been caused distress, if not harm, and we are very concerned that others would think this is appropriate.

Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is an offence under law and we would strongly urge people not to copy this video.”

– RSPCA spokesperson

The boy reportedly defended himself on Facebook saying, “I’m sorry my dog slipped out my hand.”

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