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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.


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.

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.

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