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Arsonist causes £18,000 of damage to cricket club in Newbury

The outdoor nets and grounds of a community cricket club in Newbury have been targeted by an arsonist causing £18,000 of damage just three weeks ahead of the cricket season. The nets were paid for by volunteers and the club is run by volunteers.

Arsonist targets cricket club in Newbury Credit: ITV Meridian
Arsonist targets cricket club in Newbury Credit: ITV Meridian
Arsonist targets cricket club in Newbury Credit: ITV Meridian

Police release CCTV following assault and theft in Newbury

Police looking to speak to this man in connection with assault and theft in Newbury Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is releasing a CCTV image of a man police would like to speak to in connection with an assault and theft in Newbury.

The incident took place at about 12.30am on Friday, 3 April, in Bath Road.

The offender got into a Hackney taxi outside Reading Railway Station at about 11.45pm, agreed a fare to Newbury but said he needed to go to a cash machine first.

The taxi driver stopped at the BP service station in Bath Road and the offender got out, made no attempt to use the cash machine and walked off.

The taxi driver followed the man, recorded him on his mobile phone and asked him to pay the fare.

The offender then snatched the driver’s mobile phone and threw it into a garden. He attempted to punch the victim in the head twice and then punched him in the ribs.

Police would like to speak to the man in the image as he may have information which could help with their enquiries about the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact investigating officer PC Andy Murray, from Newbury police station, via the 24-hour enquiry line 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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Appeal for witnesses after cat is shot in Berkshire

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a cat was shot while outside in Byles Green at Upper Bucklebury. The one year old cat, named Jack, was shot in the neck with an air rifle. He's currently being treated at an emergency veterinary hospital. It is not known whether or not he will survive.

PC Mark Grave said: “An innocent animal has been shot and is now fighting for its life. His owner is extremely distressed and upset after this sickening act of animal cruelty. I would like to speak to anyone who saw someone with an air rifle in the area last Thursday.”

Anyone with information about this incident should contact PC Mark Grave, of Newbury police station, via the 24-hour enquiry line 101. Or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police hunt schoolboys who threatened to kill 12 year old in Newbury

Police are hunting two young schoolboys who threatened to kill a 12-year-old by burning him. They sprayed the boy with flammable WD40 oil, then produced a lighter and threatened to set him on fire. Police are treating the incident as making threats to kill.

The boy was in a Subway restaurant near his home at the junction of Shaw Road and London Road in Newbury at 1pm in the afternoon of Easter Monday.

Both offenders were aged approximately 12 to 13 years. The first offender was short, slim with short brown hair. He was wearing a grey zip-up hooded top and blue chinos. The second offender was stocky, about 5ft 4ins tall, with dark brown hair which was brushed flat. He was wearing a grey jacket, brown tee-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms.

The victim suffered minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

Investigating officer Police constable Colin Fearn, based at Newbury Police Station, said: "This was an unprovoked attack on a young boy during the holidays. We are carrying out an extensive investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice but need the help of the public. I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident, anyone who recognises the description of the offenders or has any information to call police on 101. I am particularly interested in speaking to a woman and her partner, who we believe were with their children, who may have witnessed the incident and spoke to the offenders. If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Police appeal for witnesses to Newbury burglary

The offence took place between 9.50pm and 10.30pm on Monday (6/4) at the Lock, Stock and Barrel public house in Northbrook Street, Newbury.

While staff were cashing up, a man entered by the front door and went upstairs to a private office. He was seen two to three minutes later, this time with a coat hood covering his head, leaving the building by the front door. Staff a short time later found that a quantity of cash had been removed from the office.

The offender is white, in his early twenties, 5ft 10ins, slim with dark blonde hair. At the time of the offence he was wearing a thigh length bomber-style jacket which had a hood with a fur trim.

Anyone with information about this incident, or who has seen a man matching the description above, should contact Det Con Clare Larkworthy, of Newbury CID, via the 24-hour enquiry line 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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Explosions heard during Boxing Day fire

An area around an industrial estate at Hermitage, Berkshire, has been sealed off after a fire on Boxing Day morning.

Fire officers from Berkshire and Oxfordshire, along with paramedics and the police are at the scene at the Red Shute Hill Industrial Estate.

Dark smoke billowing from the huge fire can be seen for miles around and residents heard explosions from the site.

At the scene, one ambulanceman said: "There are no casualties that we're aware of, but with cannisters exploding we have be careful so this area is now a protected site."

Newbury man charged with attempted burglary

Thames Valley Police has charged a man with attempted burglary.

Glen Tarft, 29, of London Road in Newbury, was charged with one count of attempted burglary at The Folly, Greenham, at around 3pm on Thursday, 23 October.

He appeared at Reading Magistrates Court and has been remanded to appear at East Berkshire Magistrates Court on 19 November.

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