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Marching united against terror

In a united front against terrorism people of all faiths were brought together in Berkshire today in light of the recent events in Paris.

One hundred and twenty nine people were killed when gunmen opened fire and set off bombs across the city last Friday.

The message as they marched silently through Newbury, that hatred will not divide. Mel Bloor reports.

Archbishop of Canterbury speaks of Paris terror attacks

Justin Welby admitted the terror attacks made him doubt the presence of God Credit: ITV Meridian

The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted the terror attacks in Paris made him "doubt" the presence of God.

Justin Welby said he was left asking why the attacks happened, and where God was in the French victims' time of need. He said he reacted with "profound sadness" at the events, particularly because he and his wife had lived in Paris.

Asked if these attacks had caused him to doubt where God is, he said: "Oh gosh, yes," and admitted it put a "chink in his armour."

A bombing campaign against Islamic State was launched after the events, but the Archbishop warned against a potentially damaging instant reaction.

"Two injustices do not make justice. If we start randomly killing those who have not done wrong, that is not going to provide solutions. So governments have to be the means of justice.

"The Bible tells us that they are put there by God with the sword for justice, but they also have to lead us into a place where peace can be established. Religion is so powerful in the way humans behave that it has always been a tool used by the wicked to twist people into doing what they want them to do.

"But just because someone believes something deeply wrong does not mean that they are right in some way because they put God in it. The perversion of faith is one of the most desperate aspects of our world today."


Solidarity march to be held in Berkshire in wake of Paris terror attacks

A silent peace march will be held in Newbury today to show solidarity in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.

Organised by community organisation All2gether, the march will take place this morning at the Clock Tower in Northbrook Street in the town centre.

The group have described it like 'a one minute silence that will last much longer.'

It comes just over a week since IS launched co-ordinated gun and bomb attacks in Paris, killing 130 people.

A solidarity march will take place through Newbury this morning Credit: All2gether

“A platform that brings all faiths and no faiths together, where communities collectively stand shoulder to shoulder condemning all terror where innocent victims pay the price. What happened in Paris is deplorable, and at this time we should also reflect on the millions of lives affected in political and economic wars in recent years. You are welcome to join us in this peaceful march sharing the belief that hatred will not divide us".

– Spokesperson for All2gether

The walk will finish in Council Chambers on Market Street, where people can share thoughts in a comments book.

Anti-bullying campaigner to start marathon 65 of 401 in Newbury

A man who's running 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days is coming to Newbury, where he'll be completing his 65th run.

Ben Smith, 33, has taken on the challenge to raise awareness of bullying after suffering himself as a child.

Ben battles with depression after suffering severe bullying in his younger years. He attempted to take his own life twice.

His marathon through Newbury will be supported by staff and students at Park House School where he will be leaving from. He will run around Greenham, Central Newbury and Bagnor.

Two new primary schools for Berkshire in 2017

A construction firm has been selected from five companies which submitted intial bids to build two new primary schools in Newbury.

West Berkshire Council chose Kier Construction in Newbury to carry out the projects.

The first school will be located in Theale, with an exact location to be confirmed. A preferred site has been chosen in the village, but West Berkshire Council said it is working with Theale Parish Council to have the new school ready for the start of the academic year in September 2017.

The second primary school is to be built on Newbury College land, and will be sponsored jointly by the college and Theale Church Of England Primary. It will be called Highwood Copse, and should open in September 2017.

“We are still working on the site details for Theale, but these two exciting projects will greatly enhance the education of local children well into the future.

“In addition to the planning consultation process, we will be holding public events at which evolving illustrative material will be exhibited so that the local people can comment and meet individuals involved in the project delivery.”

– Dominic Boeck, West Berkshire’s Executive Member for Education


Train crash caused by corroded signal post

Rail crash caused by corroded signal post. Credit: RAIB

An investigation into a train accident at Newbury last November has concluded a high speed Great Western Railway train crashed into a signal post which had fallen over because it had corroded.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has made recommendations aimed at stopping a repeat including better inspections of signal posts to identify those in a poor condition.

60,000 attend the Royal Berkshire County Show

More than 60,000 people were at the Royal Berkshire County Show over the weekend.

The event is always a big hit with families with the best crafts and activities being showcased.

This year's theme was 'Best in Berkshire' and among the highlights was a celebration of the county's own breed of pigs.

Richard Jones reports.

Appeal following fight outside social club

Police want to speak to witnesses to a mass brawl outside a social club in Newbury.

Around forty people were involved in a fight a at the Crucible Sports and social club on Hambridge Road.

It happened as an eighteenth birthday party was winding down. Two men aged 24 and 20 were assaulted and needed hospital treatment.

A man's been arrested on suspicion of affray and causing grievous bodily harm.

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