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Banging the drum for the tropics

Now that we're well and truly into the summer, most of us are thinking about having a barbecue or going out dancing. And that can only mean one thing - it's carnival season. The life and soul of many tropical island parties is the steel pan. Asana Greenstreet went to meet the youngsters at Reading's All Steel Percussion Orchestra to see what it takes to learn this colourful instrument.

Liverpool 2 - 1 victory over Southampton

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Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne scores his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Credit: PA

A new look Saints team took on some familiar faces at Anfield today. Liverpool took the lead in the 23rd minute with a goal from Raheem Sterling. An equaliser by Clyne in the 56th minute was not enough though after a goal from Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge 11 minutes from time. Final score - Liverpool 2, Southampton 1.

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Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores his side's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield Credit: PA
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Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield Credit: PA

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Catch up with the South's Saturday football scores

In the Championship, Brighton travelled to Birmingham looking for their first win, but it wasn't to be. The Seagulls lost 1-0. And Bournemouth look to hold onto the top spot with a 1-0 win at home over Brentford. A 1-0 win also for Reading against Ipswich.

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Birmingham City's Wesley Thomas (Left) and Brighton & Hove Albion's Rohan Ince battle for the ball Credit: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport

In League One, Crawley beat fellow south side Swindon 1-0 and there was a 2-0 win for Gillingham against Yeovil. And in League Two, Southend United hosted Stevenage - that match ended 2-0. Oxford United return home from Mansfield having lost 2-1 and Portsmouth won 2-1 to newly promoted Cambridge.

Birmingham City's Wesley Thomas (left) celebrates after scoring his sides second goal of the match.
Birmingham City's Wesley Thomas (left) celebrates after scoring his sides second goal of the match Credit: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport

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Investigation into man's death after police car collision

A man has died after being hit by a police car in Reading. It happened just before 2 o'clock this morning while officers were responding to a burglary in Eastern Avenue.

The man died at the scene. A police officer was also injured during the incident.

Figures obtained by ITV News Meridian reveal that there have been nearly 800 collisions involving Thames Valley Police vehicles last year. Mel Bloor reports.

Reading's Ricky Gervais to make 'David Brent' film

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Ricky Gervais will reprise his role as David Brent for a new film Credit: PA

More than a decade after The Office ended, Reading's Ricky Gervais will bring David Brent back to life in a new film.

The movie, called Life on the Road, is due to go into production next year.

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Ricky Gervais will reprise his role as David Brent for a new film Credit: PA

It will follow the life of David Brent after he was made redundant from Wernham Hogg and will carry a similar style to The Office.

The Office ended in December 2003 with a pair of specials after two six-part series.

Appeal for man who threatened train passengers with knife

British Transport Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to after passengers were threatened by a man with a knife.

People were approached by a man carrying a knife on a train travelling between Wokingham and Reading at around midnight on Sunday 20th July.

The man got involved in an argument between two women - where he became increasingly aggressive and then drew out the knife to threaten the women.

He then proceeded to jump onto the tracks at Reading station, before climbing onto platform four, jumping a fence and fleeing towards Apex Plaza.

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Police want to speak to this man in connection with the threatening behaviour Credit: BTP

"This man's behaviour was unacceptable and we need to find him as soon as possible. Not only did he scare passengers on the train, he also endangered his own safety by making off across the tracks.

"I believe the man in the images we are issuing today will be able to help with our enquiries into this incident.

– PC Stephanie Barras, Reading Police

Road resurfacing begins today

This year’s annual summer road re-surfacing programme begins today. This year sees 19 main roads - or 53,000m2 of road surface - renewed to create better and safer routes for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Work has been timed to coincide as near as possible to the school summer holidays to minimise disruption.

  • Burghfield Road – Underwood Road to Borough Boundary(Southcote Ward) – Monday 28 July, expected to last 2 days. Working hours 8am to 8pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Norcot Road – Oxford Road to Links Drive, westbound only (Kentwood / Norcot Wards) – Monday 28 July, expected to last 3 days. Working hours 8am to 8pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Dee Road – Sections from The Meadway to Taff Way(Tilehurst / Norcot Wards) – Wednesday 30 July, expected to last 3 days. Working hours 8am to 8pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Bath Road – Section on northside from park entrance near Liebenrood Road to Parkside Road, nearside lane only) (Southcote / Minster Wards) – Wednesday 30 July, expected to last 2 days. Working hours 8am to 8pm. The road will remain open with work carried out under a lane closure.
  • Peppard Road – Derby Road to Surley Row, northbound only (Thames Ward) – Thursday 31 July, expected to last2 days. Working hours 8am to 8pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Lower Henley Road – Fulllength (Caversham Ward) - Friday 1 August, expected to last 3 days (no work will take place over the weekend). Working hours 8am to 8pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Great Knollys Street – CattleMarket to Caversham Road (Abbey Ward) - Friday 1 August, expected to last 3 days (including the weekend) Working hours 8am to 8pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Castle Hill / Castle Street –Field Road to Castle Street (Minster / Abbey Wards) – Tuesday 5 August, expected to last 3 nights. Working hours 7pm to 1am. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Chapel Hill – Lower Elmstone Drive to Borough Boundary (Tilehurst Ward) – Tuesday 5 August, expected to last 3 days. Working hours 8am to 8pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Crown Street – London Street junction (Katesgrove Ward) – Friday 8 August, expected to last 1 night. Working 7pm to 1am. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Hemdean Road – Sections fromChester Street to Oakley Road (Caversham / Thames Wards) – Friday 8 August, expected to last 4 days (no work will take place over the weekend). Working hours 8am to 8pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Lower Elmstone Drive -Sections from Chapel Hill to Pierces Hill (Tilehurst Ward) – Friday 8 August,expected to last 1 day. Working hours 8am to 8pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Caversham Road - Southbound from Tudor Road to Chatham Street off slip and Great Knollys Street junction both sides (Abbey Ward) – Monday 11 August, expected to last 2 nights. Working hours 7pm to 1am. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Basingstoke Road – Sections from Rose Kiln Lane to Buckland Road (Whitley Ward) – Tuesday 12 August, expected to last 3 days. Working hours 8am to 8pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Bath Road – Sections from Burghfield Road to Burrcroft Road (Southcote Ward) – Wednesday 13 August, expected to last 2 days. Working hours 9.30am to 3.30pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Gosbrook Road – Sections from Westfield Road to Washington Road (Caversham Ward) – Thursday 14 August, expected to last 3 days (no work will take place over the weekend). Working hours 8am to 8pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • The Meadway – New Lane Hillto St Michaels Road (Tilehurst Ward) – Wednesday 27 August, expected to last 2 days. Working hours 8am to 8pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Craven Road – full length(Redlands Ward) – Friday 29 August, expected to last 4 days (including the weekend) . Working hours 8am to 8pm. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
  • Forbury Road – Vastern Roadto Blagrave Street (Abbey Ward) – Tuesday 2 September, expected to last 3 nights. Working hours 7pm to 1am. Full road closure required with a signed diversion route in operation.
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