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Report: Annual dragon boat races create a splash on the Thames

Hundreds of people gathered along the banks of the River Thames in Reading today to watch the annual Dragon Boat Race.

The charity event which is organised by the Lions Club sees teams from the local community go head to head - or rather paddle to paddle - in a series of heats to be crowned the champions.

Mel Bloor reports.

Mel spoke to Andrew Young from Reading Lions Club, Claire Rhodes from the Daisy's Dream charity, Jason McMahon from Launchpad and John Galt from the Dragon Boat Association.

Man suffers fractured skull during assault

A man has been taken to hospital with a fractures skull and a bleed on the brain after he was attacked in Reading town centre.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, was walking along St Mary's Butts outside Burger King towards Broad Street at about 2.30am on Thursday morning.

The victim then became embroiled in an altercation with another man.

During the altercation, which took place in the middle of the road, the victim was punched several times causing him to fall to the floor.

The man was assaulted outside Burger King in St Mary's Butts Credit: Google Earth

“The victim was taken to hospital where he is currently being treated for a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.

“The offender is described as a white man, slim, about 6ft, in his late teens to early twenties. He was wearing a black baseball cap, a light coloured vest and dark skinny jeans. He was carrying jacket in his hand.

“If you saw the incident or have any information that might assist our investigation please contact police as soon as possible. You can do this online, at a police station or by calling 101 quoting reference number 43170244134. “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.”

– Investigating officer, Detective Constable Rosie March of Force CID

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Community campaigns to stop sale of iconic club

The iconic mural at the Central Club Credit: ITV Meridian

Community groups in Reading have expressed their disappointment at plans by the council to put the iconic Central Club up for sale.

The building in London Street, which is well known for its Black History mural, has been empty for more than a decade and needs hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on repairs.

The council says it needs to get the best value for it but voluntary organisations argue they should be given the chance to take it on.

As Mel Bloor reports.

Mel spoke to Mary Genis from CultureMix Arts & Music and Cllr Rob White from Reading Borough Council, Green.

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Reading council votes to build 'homeless hub'

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Councillors in Reading have tonight voted to build its own local temporary accommodation for the homeless.

The so-called 'homeless hub', its argued, will save money instead of putting people in expensive BNB's, sometimes as far away as Slough.

The council is looking to save a further £11 million over the next three years.

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Man jailed after driving car at man in Berkshire

Jesse Gregory Credit: Thames Valley Police

A 52 year old man was left needing surgery for a broken leg after a car was driven at him in Berkshire.

The 26 year old driver has been jailed for 12 years after the incident at Paices Hill in Aldermaston in February last year.

Jesse Gregory of Moat Close, Tadley in Hampshire pleaded guilty to GBH on Thursday at Reading Crown Court.

This was a very serious incident where Gregory used a vehicle as a weapon against the victim. The victim subsequently required corrective surgery to his leg following the injury. I am pleased for the victim that justice has been done.”

– Detective Constable Gareth Perry, Investigating Officer
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