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Smoking falls to lowest level in Berkshire

Councillors in Berkshire are persuading people not to smoke Credit: ITV

Smoking in West Berkshire has fallen to its lowest level - with a 4 per cent drop since 2012. Fourteen per cent of residents smoke - compared to a national average of 16.9 per cent

The council spent more than £250,000 on services to help cut smoking - and a special event will be held in Newbury this weekend.


Southern Health to be prosecuted over 'alleged failure'

Southern Health is to be prosecuted Credit: ITV

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has informed Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust that it will be prosecuted over an alleged failure to provide safe care and treatment resulting in avoidable harm to a patient, and other patients being exposed to a significant risk of avoidable harm.

The prosecution follows an incident in December 2015 when a patient sustained serious injuries during a fall from a low roof at Melbury Lodge, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester.

The case is expected to be heard later in the year by Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court.


Archie, 3, back home after contracting rare virus

A three year old boy - who was left paralysed after contracting a rare virus - has finally returned home thanks to the help of his local community.

Archie Adams from Southampton spent 18 months in hospital - with his parents at his side. But now they've moved into a purpose built home - with much of the work given for free by local tradesman, fundraisers and the kindness of strangers.

Mary Stanley reports.

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