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It's official: public vote choses name for Reading bridge

The new crossing in Caversham opened in September 2015

A name has been chosen for Reading's new pedestrian and cycle bridge following a public vote.

The shortlist included four potential names:

  • Christchurch Bridge
  • Cusden Bridge
  • De Montfort Bridge
  • William Marshal Bridge
Local residents started using the structure as soon as it was opened

The consultation ended at 5pm today, and by popular vote the crossing at Caversham which opened last September will now be called 'Christchurch Bridge'. The crossing over the River Thames links the Christchurch Meadows park to the town centre and Reading railway station.

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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

Appeal following serious crash

A cyclist has been left with a serious head injury following a serious crash in Caversham.

At around 8.30am today yesterday morning, a blue Proton car was travelling from Vastern Road on to the Napier Road roundabout when it was involved in a collision with a cyclist on a black mountain bicycle.

The cyclist, a man aged in his fifties, sustained a life-threatening head injury and was flown by air ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where he remains.

The driver of the Proton stopped at the scene of the collision, and the road was closed in the area while an investigation was carried out.

“I would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision. If you have any details which could assist with the investigation please call police.”

– Investigating officer PC Gareth Miles, from the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing based at Three Mile Cross

Berkshire surgery to be run by health trust

A GP practice in Reading has been placed into the emergency care of the local NHS trust after being put into special measures earlier this year.

Priory Avenue Surgery received a damning report by the Care Quality Commission which identified problems with access to doctors and a shortage of both clinical and non clinical staff.

It will now be run by the Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust which also manages Prospect Park Hospital in Reading and the West call out-of-hours GP service. Mel Bloor has our report.

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Fire tears through multi-millionaire's Berkshire mansion

A multi-millionaire businessman and his family were left homeless after a fire tore through their huge £3.5m riverside mansion yesterday.

Darren Browne said he arrived home from shopping to find the three-storey house ablaze. Damage was expected to run into more than £1 million.

A total of six crews of firefighters spent almost 22 hours battling the blaze Credit: INS News

His son, Conor, had been in the house with his girlfriend and teenage brother Paddy when they spotted the fire starting in a first floor bedroom of the house at around 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon.

The 23-year-old dialled 999 to raise the alarm and fled the detached house with the family dogs, Molly and Digger, before calling his dad, who had been out shopping with wife Sonia.

he mansion which is on the banks of the River Thames in Reading, Berkshire Credit: INS News

Reading free school site still undecided

A site bought for £1.2 million for a new free school in Reading may not end up being used. The Education Funding Agency is considering alternatives for the Heights Primary at Caversham after angry objections from residents. Parents setting up the school say the purchased site IS a compromise but they have been assured by the government it's suitable for the much needed school.

There's concern in Reading tonight over more than a million pounds of public money spent on buying land for a new free school that could now end up being built somewhere else.

Work on the Heights Primary in Caversham has been put on hold following anger from neighbours at the residential site who say it's completely unsuitable.

Several alternatives are now being considered but in the meantime children have to travel across town to a temporary location. Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford has more.

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