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Appeal after suitcase stolen from Berkshire train

British Transport Police have released a photo of a man they want to speak involving the theft of a suitcase from an Ascot train.

The 27-year-old victim put her large, black suitcase in the first class area of the train.

When she went to retrieve it at Reading, she then realised it was missing.

Officers are appealing for the public’s help as investigations continue into the theft of a suitcase Credit: British Transport Police

She was travelling on a train service from Clapham Junction to Reading on the evening of Friday 11th July.

Police want to trace the man pictured to assist with the investigation as he travelled on the same train.

Enquiries have been ongoing to trace the person responsible and I am today releasing a CCTV image of a man I would like to identify and speak to as I believe he will have information which can assist this investigation.

– Investigating officer, PC Diane Cooper


Banging the drum for the tropics

Now that we're well and truly into the summer, most of us are thinking about having a barbecue or going out dancing. And that can only mean one thing - it's carnival season. The life and soul of many tropical island parties is the steel pan. Asana Greenstreet went to meet the youngsters at Reading's All Steel Percussion Orchestra to see what it takes to learn this colourful instrument.

Shocked woman finds snake in boot of new car

A Berkshire woman was admiring a second hand car she had just bought, when she opened the boot and got a big surprise.

A three-foot boa constrictor was staring up at her.

The 3ft snake was seen curled up on towels in the car boot Credit: Charlie Wise

23-year-old Charlie Wise thought the snake was a toy at first but when the reptile flicked its tongue she screamed and slammed shut the boot.

The snake was kept in the boot despite the car being sold Credit: Charlie Wise

Charlie rang the car's previous owner who said he had lost the snake two months ago but did not want the animal anymore.

Local animal charity, Berkshire Reptiles Centre, came and collected the snake who survived the ordeal unscathed.

A friend helps to gently remove the snake from the boot Credit: Charlie Wise

An exclusive interview with Sir Bob Geldof

by Cary Johnston

It's been four months since the model and TV presenter Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose. Yesterday, her father Sir Bob Geldof, took to the stage at a music festival in Henley as the charismatic frontman of The Boomtown Rats.

Until now, he's been reticent about revealing his pain over his daughter's death at her home in Wrotham, in Kent. But, after the performance, he spoke exclusively to ITV News Meridian's Cary Johnston.


Plans revealed to replace "outdated" Broadmoor Hospital

Its Victorian walls are almost as well known as the criminals its housed - but after 150 years, Berkshire's Broadmoor Hospital has been deemed unfit for purpose. Almost 250 million pounds is being spent to build a modern facility next to the original site in Crowthorne. People living close to the high-security hospital have now been given the opportunity to see the redevelopment plans. Kate Bunkall reports.

Woman found dead in Newbury named

Thames Valley Police can confirm the name of the woman who was found dead at a property in Newbury yesterday morning.

Sandra Talman, aged 62, was found dead at her home address in Carnarvon Place shortly after 7.30am.

A 60-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder at the address and remains in police custody at this time.

Following a post mortem examination carried out yesterday afternoon, Thames Valley Police can confirm that Mrs Talman died as a result of compression to the neck.

Murder investigation in Newbury

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A murder investigation has been launched in Newbury after the body of a woman was found at an address in the town.

Officers were called to a property in Carnarvon Place at 7.28am after reports of a domestic incident.

A 60-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and has been taken into custody.

Det Ch Insp Gill Wootton, who is leading the investigation, said, “At this stage we are treating this as a murder enquiry and as such there will be a significant amount of work being undertaken at the property today. I would urge any of the local residents who may have seen or heard anything, either last night or this morning, to come forward and speak to our officers."

A post-mortem examination will take place to establish the cause of death.

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