The launch of this year's poppy appeal got off to a flying start in Berkshire with an Armed Forces Day at the Newbury Racecourse.
Ten thousand people enjoyed a unique combination of racing, remembrance and recruitment... as Richard Slee explains.
A severely ill dog named Honey was left to fend for herself after being found tied to a gate outside the entrance to Dogs Trust Newbury last month.
Sadly the 13-year-old Labrador’s previous owners were unable to give her the level of care that she needed and decided they had no option but to leave her outside the rehoming centre.
She was discovered by a member of staff in the car park with a note that simply stated her name, age and reason for being handed over – that she was unwell.
Honey was immediately brought into the centre to receive urgent medical care from the vet team. Upon further examination, it was discovered that she was in significant pain and suffering from mammary tumours. On top of this, Honey had a skin condition which also required immediate treatment.
Luckily she was found in time and after receiving round the clock care over the past few weeks, she is on the road to recovery. Staff are now hoping that a new owner can give her a second chance of happiness in the loving home she deserves.
“Whilst it can be difficult and costly to care for an ailing dog, we would urge dog owners in this situation to seek help and advice from their local vets and rescue organisations. Honey struggled to get up when she was first found by staff but thankfully Dogs Trust was able to give her the medical care needed to aid her recovery. This adorable girl has been through such a tough time and we would love for her to get the furry-tail ending she deserves. She is a real softie and has already made so many friends here at the centre. Honey is looking for an adult-only home with a warm, cosy sofa where she can spend her days curled up with her new owner. She loves her treats and enjoys stretching her legs on daily walks so a home with a garden would be ideal. She is happiest in human company so would also like her new owner to be around for most of the day and would need to be the only pet in the home. Dogs Trust will help towards medical bills related to her existing conditions so new owner’s needn’t have concern over extra costs and can focus on making plenty of happy memories with their new furry friend."
Do you think you could give Honey a loving home? Please call the staff at Dogs Trust Newbury on 01488 658 391, or why not pop into the rehoming centre at Plumb’s Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berks RG20 0HR. Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for nearly 17,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network of 19 Rehoming Centres in the UK and one in Ireland.
For more information about the charity’s work please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk
Thieves have used concrete paving slabs to break into a hi-tech gadget shop in Newbury. It happened at around 5.30 yesterday morning at the Stormfront store on Northbrook Street which sells Apple products like iphones and ipads. It's not known yet how much was stolen.
ITV Meridian spoke to James Collard, Retail Director at Stormfront.
Farms across the Thames Valley have spent the last week frantically preparing for the Berkshire County Show. Thousands of people will descend on the Newbury showground this weekend.
There will be a grand parade of livestock - cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, llamas and alpacas in the main arena
There will also be an old fashioned funfair, vintage vehicles, motorcycle display, cookery theatre, music and 500 stands selling crafts, clothing and other items.
A man from Newbury is cheering on his son as he competes in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Jack Alexander will be taking after his dad Gary as he takes part in shooting for the England squad.
Gary Alexander has represented Northern Ireland in previous years and many of the international shooting competitors are patients of his.
I’m so proud of Jack for having the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland this year – he’s a natural shot.
"Although I might prefer to be shooting in the competition, I’ll be supporting Jack as the team manager and will be at hand to help him and other competitors with their eye care. I always carry around an eye kit just in case there’s a problem. It’s vital that shooters in particular take care of their eyes as a lot of the final shot targets are 1,000 yards away."
Thames Valley Police has charged a man with the rape of a woman in her 50s in Oddfellows Road, Newbury on Monday. Tomas Buiko, 23, of Northbrook Street, Newbury was arrested yesterday and appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court today.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at Reading Crown Court on 28 July.
Seven years since its launched, a Berkshire charity for children with special needs has finally found a home. Swings and Smiles provides recreational facilities for young people and their families and is the only centre of its kind within forty miles of Newbury. This from Mel Bloor.
It has been a hectic year of heartache, hanging onto life, and round the clock care. Now a family from Berkshire are finally settling in to life back home. The Turners from Newbury thought they could never have children.
But on their final attempt at IVF treatment, Sharon Turner became pregnant with two sets of identical twins. The odds against that are calculated at 70 million to one.
An ITV documentary crew has been following the quads from their precarious early weeks to their first birthday celebrations. Sarah Cooper has that story.
The world's top female jockeys are in the South this week as they prepare to take part in one of the biggest Arabian events on the horse racing calendar. Big prize money is at stake as they compete at Newbury, the home of Arabian horse racing in the UK.
We spoke to trainer and jockey Anna Walker.
Five pregnant cows have been attacked by a dog in a field as Thames Valley Police appeal for witnesses.
A group of around four or five youths were seen with a dog in the area known as Long Meadow, a field off of Waller Drive in Newbury on Friday evening.
The group let the dog off the lead, which then went on to attack the pregnant cows, causing facial and neck injuries.
The dog is thought to be a white Staffordshire Bull Terrier or a Boxer.
The group, aged between 15 and 20 years old, then left the scene towards Stoney Lane.
PC Ian Bibbins said, "This was a mindless and vicious attack which we believe lasted about 10 minutes.
"A number of people were in the area at the time and may have witnessed the incident."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.