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Memorial service to remember victims of Hungerford tragedy

A memorial service will be held in Hungerford this weekend to remember the victims of the tragedy which happened 30 years ago today.

16 people were killed and 15 others injured by lone gunman Michael Ryan on 19th August 1987.

Sylvia Pascoe saved the life a teenage neighbour who was shot and injured - she was awarded a medal for her actions. Richard Jones reports.


The community that came together in the face of unbelievable tragedy

It was unthinkable. A man, shooting people at random and killing them on the streets of a quiet market town in Berkshire. His mother was one of 16 victims.

To the outside world it became the Hungerford massacre - to those in the town it was 'a tragedy' - and this weekend marks 30 years since it happened. Michael Ryan - a loner - obsessed with guns ....

It began in the Savernake Forest in Wiltshire - and ended in Hungerford where he killed himself. Some victims knew him, while others were complete strangers.

In an exclusive reports, Rachel Hepworth looks at how the community came together - in the face of unbelievable tragedy

Entrepreneur describes how he employed Hungerford killer Michael Ryan

No one knows why Michael Ryan did what he did - not the real motive. It's been suggested that he was suffering from schizophrenia or psychosis. But, did he really mean to kill his mother, who he was close to?

We do know he was severely affected by the death of his father Alfred - from cancer - two years before his killing spree.

He was employed by Peter de Savary, a business entrepreneur, who has not spoken publicly about what happened - until now.


Inquest concludes after pensioner killed in crash

Colombine Charnock Credit: Thames Valley Police

An inquest into the death of a woman who was seriously injured after a car crashed into a supermarket in Hungerford, has recorded a verdict of death by road traffic collision.

Colombine Charnock was taken to hospital after her husband crashed his Skoda into the Tesco store on Everland Road in December last year.

The 86 year old, who was a passenger at the time, died the next day in hospital.

An inquest heard how Anthony Charnock accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake.

The scene of the crash in December 2016 Credit: ITV Meridian

'Too dangerous': the house a postman refuses to deliver to in the mornings

A pensioner from Hungerford has criticised Royal Mail after a postman stopped delivering his letters in the morning, saying it is too dangerous to cross the road.

The mail now arrives at the house in Great Shefford in the afternoon - when the postman is on his way back from his round and can park directly outside the property. Royal Mail insist they are within their requirements to deliver the mail by 3:30pm.

Customer Roy Bailey speaks to ITV News Meridian in the video below.

Man exposes himself to pensioner

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a man exposed himself in Hungerford.

At 9.45am on Tuesday (13/8), a woman in her seventies was walking her dogs on Hungerford Common, when she saw a man exposing himself in the bushes.

The offender was standing opposite the bridge that the canal passes under.

The offender is a white man, in his forties and about 6ft. He was wearing a blue t-shirt, had short brown wavy hair and dark thick rimmed glasses.

PC Jen Banfield from Newbury police station said: “We would particularly like to speak to a lady who spoke to the victim after the incident.”

If you can help, please contact PC Banfield via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Train death causes chaos on railways

A death in West Berkshire looks to lead to rush hour chaos at First Great Western during the rush hour tonight.

It is understood that the incident is on the main line at Hungerford.

The death was reported within the last few minutes and passengers at Reading are warned to expect delays.

The line links London with Reading, Newbury and the west.

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