Live updates

A powerful message: An old Church in Newbury has spent seven years re-inventing itself

A church in Berkshire is one of the first in the country to become carbon neutral - by using renewable energy.

St George the Martyr in Newbury has been undergoing seven years of work, which includes drilling into the ground to provide a heat source and placing solar panels on its roof.

The ambitious project has been welcomed by the Bishop of Reading. Divya Kohli has our report:

Family tribute to man killed in crash

Wayne Michael Angell died in a crash in Newbury Credit: Thames Valley Police

The following is released on behalf of the family of Wayne Angell who died in a fatal collision in Newbury.

"Wayne Michael Angell was sadly taken from us on the 9th January 2016.

"He was a well loved Son, Brother, Uncle, Father, Grandson and partner to Amy. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him. Angels East, Angels West, watch over Wayne, while he rests.

"If anyone would like to make donations please do so via Geoffrey Church funeral directors in Thatcham."

– Wayne's family


Big smiles for West Berkshire charity as it wins lottery funding

Swings and Smiles charity Credit: ITV Meridian

A charity in Berkshire that helps children with special needs has received a grant worth more than a third of a million pounds. Organisers say the Big Lottery funding will enable Swings and Smiles to continue running its Phoenix Resource Centre for the foreseeable future. More than 250 families have registered with the charity since it opened in June 2014. The centre has a purpose built soft play area, art room and sensory room and aims to provide an environment where children and young people with special needs and their family or carers can play together without the pressures often experienced in wider community settings.

The Phoenix Resource Centre Credit: ITV news

The lottery funding is a significant boost for the charity's fundraising efforts and will contribute towards its running costs. The charity is also looking to find its own dedicated site in the future.

Sian Cook, Founder of Swings & Smiles said "I can't describe the pleasure we have seeing families visit us on a regular basis and watching the children and their parents benefit from their time with us. This is what I set out to achieve in 2007 and it is wonderful to see it come to fruition and to know we are helping to enrich their lives. Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund we now know we are able to continue to offer this essential service for years to come. Their endorsement gives us tremendous credibility and provides us with a secure platform on which to build for the future."

29-year-old man killed in Newbury crash

The crash happened on the A339 in Newbury

A man has died in a crash on the A339 in Newbury.

At around 7.40am this morning there was a collision involving a blue BMW 3 Series car.

The driver, a 29-year-old man, died at the scene.

His next of kin has been informed but formal identification is yet to take place.

The road was closed while emergency services attended the incident.

20 years since the start of work on the Newbury Bypass

The twentieth anniversary of the 'Battle of the Newbury Bypass' is upon us.

Back in 1995 hundreds of protesters took to the trees and tunnels to try to stop the road being built. Two decades ago tomorrow work began on the route, angering eco warriors whose demonstrations made national headlines.

The one hundred million pound project was designed to ease traffic at one of the country's worst bottlenecks, but protesters believed the local habitat was to pay too heavy a price.


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.

Load more updates