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Appeal for information after child approached

An investigation is underway after an 11-year-old girl was approached by a man in a car while waiting at a bus stop in Caversham.

It happened at around 8am on Tuesday morning in Lowfield Road.

The car had pulled into a layby on the opposite side of the road and the driver of the car wound down the window and tried to get the victim’s attention and beeped the horn.

The victim ignored him and got on a bus and left the scene uninjured.

The offender is white, aged about 35 years old, slim build, 5ft 8ins with short dark blonde hair. He was in a black car, possibly a Ford Focus.

Police would like to speak to anyone who saw the incident or who has any information about the driver of the vehicle.

“This incident was upsetting for the child involved who was very unsettled by the behaviour of the man in the car. Fortunately she was not hurt, but we need to identify who this person is to establish the full circumstances of what happened on Tuesday morning.

“Anyone who has not yet spoken to police, who may have witnessed the incident or be able to help identify the man, please contact police as soon as possible.

“Officers are in the area and if anyone has any concerns, please speak to them or call 101 to talk to the neighbourhood team.”

– Investigating officer, Det Sgt Richard Morris from Reading police station


Body discovery sparks search for yacht

Cowes RNLI lifeboat was launched this morning to search for a yacht following the discovery of a body of a man close to the East Cowes shore of the River Medina, a few metres from the floating bridge.

The lifeboat crew heard that the yacht from which the man was thought to have come was discovered in Cowes Yacht Haven. No- one else from the yacht was missing.

Visitor numbers up in Oxford

The number of tourists visiting Oxford hit a new high last year Credit: ITV Meridian

The number of tourists visiting Oxfordshire soared last year according to new figures.

A total of 26.7 million visitors spent an estimated £1.8 billion in the county, according to the tourist authority Experience Oxfordshire. That's an increase of nearly 3% on the previous year.

Attractions including those connected with ITV series Midsomer Murders, Morse and Lewis, which all attract overseas visitors to locations in the county, helped boost the numbers.

The number of day trips increased as did the total of people staying in the county for one night, despite that figure dropping nationally.

Salisbury Cathedral turns green for climate change

Salisbury Cathedral has turned green in support of Climate Change.

To raise awareness of how climate change is affecting the very poorest countries most, green light was projected onto the spire this weekend.

It will remain green for the duration of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21).

The change of colour coincides with the arrival of the Church of England

‘Pilgrimage2Paris’ in the French capital this Friday. Forty five Christians from differentdenominations - Catholic, Church of England and Methodist - have joined together to walk from London to Paris on a climate change pilgrimage organised by the Church of England, Christian Aid, CAFOD and Tearfund.

The walkers between 18 and 75 years old set out from St Martin in the Fields, just off Trafalgar Square, nearly two weeks ago Credit: Ash Mills/
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