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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.


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.


Poorly dog left tied to gate in Newbury

Honey is now on the mend and ready to find a new home Credit: Dogs Trust

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 left with this note outside Dogs Trust in Newbury Credit: Dogs Trust

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."

– Nicki Barrow, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Newbury

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

Thieves smash their way into Newbury gadget shop

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.

Preparations underway for Berkshire County Show

Thousands expected at Berkshire County Show Credit: Berkshire County Show

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

Grand parade of livestock Credit: Berkshire County Show

There will also be an old fashioned funfair, vintage vehicles, motorcycle display, cookery theatre, music and 500 stands selling crafts, clothing and other items.

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