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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.


Newbury optician cheers on son in Commonwealth

A man from Newbury is cheering on his son as he competes in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Jack Alexander will be taking after his dad Gary as he takes part in shooting for the England squad.

22-year-old Jack has been shooting since he was eight years old Credit: Specsavers

Gary Alexander has represented Northern Ireland in previous years and many of the international shooting competitors are patients of his.

Jack was selected to represent Northern Ireland this year in the Commonwealth Games Credit: Specsavers

I’m so proud of Jack for having the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland this year – he’s a natural shot.

"Although I might prefer to be shooting in the competition, I’ll be supporting Jack as the team manager and will be at hand to help him and other competitors with their eye care. I always carry around an eye kit just in case there’s a problem. It’s vital that shooters in particular take care of their eyes as a lot of the final shot targets are 1,000 yards away."

– Gary Alexander, Alex's dad

Man charged with Newbury rape

Thames Valley Police has charged a man with the rape of a woman in her 50s in Oddfellows Road, Newbury on Monday. Tomas Buiko, 23, of Northbrook Street, Newbury was arrested yesterday and appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court today.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Reading Crown Court on 28 July.

Quadruplets from Newbury star in ITV documentary

It has been a hectic year of heartache, hanging onto life, and round the clock care. Now a family from Berkshire are finally settling in to life back home. The Turners from Newbury thought they could never have children.

But on their final attempt at IVF treatment, Sharon Turner became pregnant with two sets of identical twins. The odds against that are calculated at 70 million to one.

An ITV documentary crew has been following the quads from their precarious early weeks to their first birthday celebrations. Sarah Cooper has that story.

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