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Berkshire charity's plea for help to move to bigger site

A charity in Newbury which created a soft play area for children with disabilities says it desperately needs a bigger, purpose built area.

Swings and Smiles is used by more than 300 local families. It was designed to be less daunting for children with special needs.

But it has outgrown its old home and the charity needs thousands to relocate to a new site.

Mel Bloor reports.


Flooding in parts of Newbury - Trains affected too

Some streets in Newbury flooded overnight amid storms Credit: Emma Guite

There are delays of up to 30 minutes and no service on Great Western Railway Westbound at Newbury train station because of flooding.

Trains can not run on some of the lines through Newbury and services are unable to call at Newbury station.

Water rising near Sainsbury in Newbury Credit: Emma Guite


Teenage boy sexually assaulted in public toilets

Police are appealing for information after a teenage boy was sexually assaulted in public toilets in Newbury.

It happened on Saturday afternoon when a 16-year-old boy, went into the public toilets in Pembrook Road behind WH Smith.

Whilst in the there, the victim was touched inappropriately by a man.

The offender is white, aged between 50 and 60 years old, slim build, with short grey hair and stubble. He was wearing a blue fleece jacket and grey suit trousers.

“The victim is being supported by specially trained officers and we are conducting a full and thorough investigation. There are officers in the area today making enquiries, and I would encourage anyone with any concerns, or anyone who has any information about the incident, to speak to them.

“I would appeal to the public to help our investigation. If you have any information about the offence or recognise the description of the offender then please contact police immediately.”

– Investigating officer, Det Con Angela Parsons
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