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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


Warning: loan sharks preying on families over Christmas

A small loan over Christmas could quickly escalate out of control Credit: Press Association Images

People in Reading are being warned not to take loans out from illegal money lenders in the run-up to Christmas.

Reading Borough Council is reminding people that many loan sharks resort to threats and violence.

The council is advising anyone who is facing financial hardship to get in touch with the Citizens Advice Bureau for free advice.

Don't get bitten this Christmas. These unscrupulous sharks prey on the most vulnerable in society. No matter how much you are struggling financially, loan sharks are never the answer.

I urge people in desperate situations to speak to their local Citizen's Advice Bureau for advice, rather than getting themselves into deep water with a rogue lender.

The message to these sharks is - we are closing the net in on you and we will not tolerate this callous and manipulative crime in our town. Help us bite back against loan sharks! Remember, you can report these criminals in the strictest confidence and action will be taken."

– Paul Gittings, Lead Councillor for Consumer Services
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