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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.


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.


Caversham rowers win at World Championships

Having already secured one gold and three bronze medals during the regatta in South Korea, the eights crew finished ahead of Germany and the United States.

The men's eight were bronze medal winners at the London 2012 Olympics, where Germany took the gold.

But it was a momentous victory on Tangeum Lake on Saturday for the British crew - Daniel Ritchie, Tom Ransley, Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Mohamed Sbihi, Andrew Triggs Hodge, George Nash, William Satch and cox Phelan Hill.

They dictated the pace of the 2000m race, leading at all of the checkpoints.

On the final day of competition the men's lightweight four managed to secure third, with Adam Freeman-Pask, Jonathan Cleggwon, Chris Bartley and William Fletcher taking bronze.

Missing teen may be travelling with a friend

We are growing increasingly concerned for Nicola’s welfare and need to find her as soon as possible to check she is okay. We believe she may be travelling around the country with a friend by train and may have visited the Rochdale area.

I would urge anyone who sees someone matching Nicola’s description to contact us as soon as possible. I would also like to appeal directly to Nicola to contact us. You are not in any trouble, we just need to make sure you are safe."

– Insp Jim Shaw, Thames Valley Police

Anyone with any information about Nicola’s whereabouts should contact Insp Shaw via the 24-hour non-emergency number, 101, quoting URN 565 25/8.

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