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REPORT: Hitting Reading streets to raise millions for charity

On Sunday around fifteen and a half thousand runners will take to the streets for the 34th Reading Half Marathon.

The 13 point one mile race starts at the Green Park business complex, and goes through the town centre with passing spots including the university campus, the main train station, three Hospitals - including the Royal Berkshire - and ending at the Madejski Stadium.

Cary Johnston met some competitors ahead of the race.

Major flooding incident at Hastings skatepark

Fire crews are currently at the scene of what's being described as a major flooding incident in Hastings.

Fire crews were called to the Source skatepark on the A259 near the seafront at around 1:30pm this afternoon.

The Fire Service has now been given approval by the Environment Agency to start pumping the water away from the park, across the beach and into the sea.

The operation is expected to last well into the night.

"We can confirm it is not a burst water main, we’ve had a specialist team checking everything in the area and can find no faults with any of our assets. After much investigation the fault appears to be due to an internal sump pump which had failed, causing the basement to flood with groundwater – although this has yet to be confirmed as this is not a Southern Water asset."

– Southern Water

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'Fuel bank' scheme used by 500 children in Hastings in less than a year

A 'fuel bank' that's been running for just under a year in Hastings has already helped more than 1,100 people - including 500 children.

The scheme gives foodbank users vouchers for gas or electricity so families don't have to choose between keeping the lights on and heating their home.

Jeffery Beale, manager, said: 'During the last few months, we’ve seen an increase in people coming through our doors for both food and fuel support, largely due to the roll out of Universal Credit in our area.

'With waiting times of up to six weeks before receiving any benefit means that not only those out-of-work are struggling, but also those in-work and on low incomes.'

Shop assistant injured after iron bar attack

The hospital where the victim was treated Credit: ITV Meridian

A shop assistant has been treated for serious cuts and bruises at the Conquest Hospital after being attacked with an iron bar.

Five men, one armed with what appeared to be a gun, targeted a supermarket in the Silverhill area of Hastings.

The men escaped with what is believed to be several hundred pounds in cash.

The incident happened just after 8.30pm on Tuesday 31st January at the supermarket in Sedlecsombe Road North.

The 35-year old male shop assistant was hit in the face with an iron bar.

All of the suspects have been described as black.

The first man to enter the store and who took the cash is described to be in his mid to late twenties, with a full beard and wearing a long green coat with the hood up.

They are believed to have left in a white van which drove away down Paynton Road.

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Hospitals on the mend but still in special measures

One of the south-east's biggest NHS Trusts will remain in special measures despite making significant improvements. East Sussex Healthcare Trust runs various sites, including Eastbourne District General Hospital and the Conquest in Hastings. Inspectors say real progress has been made in surgery but low staffing levels in Accident and Emergency need to be addressed. Tom Savvides talks to Director of Nursing, Jayne Cannon, Chief Executive Dr Adrian Bull, patient campaigner Liz Walke and Alan Thorne from the Care Quality Commission.

Youth council demands better mental health services

Credit: Hastings council

The Hastings Youth Council has submitted a petition to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd to appoint a mental health minister to overlook and monitor mental health and ensure an adequate response to a growing mental health crisis in Britain.

They presented the petition with over 280 signatures to the Hastings and Rye MP at her local constituency office in St Leonards.

Mental health is very important to the young people in Hastings and this is why it's been a campaign of ours.

– Huda Caglayan, chair Hastings Youth Council
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