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Cat has head and tail removed in Reading

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a cat had its head and tail removed in Reading.

Ozzy the cat

The cat, called Ozzy, was found on Westwood Road in Tilehurst on Tuesday morning, after leaving its home the night before.

A vet determined the injuries to the cat were caused by a person and not the result of being hit by a car or attacked by an animal. The head and the tail of the cat have not been located.

Investigating officer Christopher Stapleton said: “The fact that someone could do this to a defenceless animal really beggars belief.

“This has had a big impact on the owner, who has lot their pet that they cared about.

“I urge anyone with information to contact us.”

If anyone has any details about this incident, they are asked to contact PC Stapleton from Reading police station on 101.


Reading rape investigation brought to a halt

Thames Valley Police says it has fully investigated a report of rape alleged to have taken place in the early hours of Wednesday in Reading.

The allegation, which was reported by a 19-year-old woman, was said to have taken place in Whiteknights Road near a university campus entrance.

The investigation has now been discontinued.

A thorough investigation has taken place into the circumstances of this allegation. There is clear evidence that there was no offence of rape. The complainant is being supported.

I would like to stress that no one should hesitate in coming forward if they have been a victim of crime of any sort. Thames Valley Police will support victims and witnesses throughout investigations in an attempt to prosecute offenders.

– Investigating officer Det Sgt Carl Bradford

Councils call for overturn of ban on term-time holidays

The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for tough new rules on term time holidays should be overturned, leaving headteachers to decide whether to allow pupils to be taken out of school.

At present under the new regulations, school leaders can only grant permission for trips in "exceptional circumstances". The LGA has said the restrictions fail to recognise that family life is not simple, and that there may be times when parents need to take children out of lessons for legitimate reasons.

Calls for term-time holiday ban to be relaxed Credit: PA


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Sir Cliff lawyers: BBC 'caused very serious harm'

A letter from lawyers acting for Cliff Richard sent to the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committe said:

Leaving aside the actions of the police, the actions of the BBC have also caused very serious harm to our client at a time when he had not been interviewed by the police, or of course arrested or charged.

Against this backdrop, we believe that it would be inappropriate to hold that the BBC has "behaved perfectly properly", as suggested at the hearing of 2 September.

As stated in our letter of 1 September 2014 we do not feel it appropriate to say more whilst there is a live investigation ongoing, but felt that it would be wrong not to place on record at this stage our concern regarding the BBC, whose coverage has led to immeasurable harm to our client and was both premature and disproportionate.

– Lawyers for Sir Cliff Richard

Broadmoor prison officers to go on strike

Broadmoor high security psychiatric hospital Credit: ITV Meridian

Prison officers at Broadmoor are set to go on strike in a bitter dispute with the Government over health workers' pay.

Members of the Prison Officers Association will walk out of the high security psychiatric hospital in Berkshire between 7am and 11am this morning.

The dispute centres on the Government's controversial decision not to accept a recommended 1% wage increase for all NHS staff. The Prison Officers Association say a "high proportion" of its 1,300 members involved in the dispute will not receive a pay rise this year.

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South Yorkshire Police 'actions well intended but ultimately flawed'

Responding to the findings of The Home Affairs Committee, South Yorkshire Police said it believed its actions were "within policy and well intended" but admitted they were "ultimately flawed" with regard the handing of a raid on Sir Cliff Richard's home in August.

Whilst we believe our actions were within policy and were well intended, they were ultimately flawed and we regret the additional anxiety which was caused to Sir Cliff Richard.

South Yorkshire Police has changed the way it deals with this type of media enquiry. In high profile cases the force no longer provides privileged briefings to reporters, nor does it confirm information which media sources seek to verify.

We are fully cooperating with the Metropolitan Police investigation regarding the original source of information.

– South Yorkshire Police
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