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Network Rail to live tweet improvement works

'Orange army' completing major improvement works Credit: PA

Network Rail will be tweeting images and updates live from Reading station over Easter as the 'orange army' completes its biggest package of improvement work on the Western route to date.

The work at Reading involves installing new freight lines under the viaduct to completely separate passenger and freight services.

This work is the penultimate phase of the Reading redevelopment project which is currently a year ahead of schedule.

This is our most ambitious package of improvement work to date and with 1,200 engineers working 97,000 hours over Easter, we definitely have a story to tell.

– Patrick Hallgate, Network Rail's managing director

Anyone who wishes to follow the progress of the improvement work can do so by following the Twitter account @networkrailgwrm and the hashtag #greaterwest. Tweets about the work will start on the morning of Friday 3 April.


Murderer faces death sentence for Borneo killings

They were devoting themselves to saving the lives of others - but their lives were taken away for no reason, in an unprovoked attack.

Trainee doctors Aiden Brunger, who's from Kent, and Neil Dalton, were both stabbed to death on the island of Borneo last year.

And earlier today, their killer was sentenced to death for their murders. Abigail Bracken's report contains flash photography.

Chancellor rolls out plans for jobs, spending and pizza - but refuses to say where he'll make cuts

Day two of the election campaign and amid claims and counterclaims about spending plans and taxes, the man from the Treasury was down on the Sussex coast.

George Osborne wasn't with the bankers and the financiers: he was at a pizza parlour in Hove. His message was that his party's been good for the economy and good for employment.

This afternoon, as B&Q announced they're closing up to 60 stores, Pizza Express announced two-and-a-half thousand new jobs.

Andy Dickenson reports.


Man,32, killed in M20 crash

A man has been killed in a serious crash on the M20 this morning after colliding with a road barrier.

Kent Police were called at 11.27am to reports that a black Jaguar X-Type had collided with a road barrier, close to the slip road for Junction 4.

A 32-year-old man from Plumstead, south-east London, suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.

Witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit appeal line on 01622 798538.

Easter chocolate warning for pet owners

Chocolate at a market stall Credit: Press Association

Pet owners are being advised about the dangers of chocolate this Easter, as vets warn it is the culprit responsible for the greatest number of poisonings in dogs in the UK.

According to figures, Easter is the second busiest time of the year for chocolate related health problems for dogs after Christmas.

Experienced veterinary surgeon Dr Huw Stacey, Head of Clinical Services at Vets4Pets, says a few preparations before the Easter Egg hunts start at home can prevent pet misery.

“Easter is a time when vets often see a significant increase in the number of cases of pets, particularly dogs, being poisoned by eating chocolate,” said Huw.

“At Vets4Pets we’re noticing a continual increase in the awareness of the dangers of chocolate to our pets, but it’s important we continue spreading the message."

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