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Man seriously injured in hit and run

A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a hit and run in Reading.

Two men were crossing London Road near Amity Road in the early hours of this morning when a dark coloured car hit one of them and drove off.

The man was crossing London Road near Amity Road when he was hit Credit: Google Streetview

The victim, a man in his thirties, was seriously injured and has been taken to hospital where he is currently being treated. The second man was unhurt.

Road closures are currently in place on London Road as officers carry out their investigation.

“A man has been very seriously injured in this collision. The driver of the vehicle that inflicted the damage on him has left the scene seemingly without a thought for the victim.

“We are keen to hear from anyone in the Reading or Berkshire area who has seen a dark-coloured car with front end damage – damage that was not there yesterday.”

– Insp Gavin Biggs of Roads Policing department

Pay & display row near the Royal Berkshire Hospital

The Royal Berkshire Hospital car park at full capacity

Finding parking at any hospital can be difficult at times. Staff and patients at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading often find themselves parking on surrounding streets when the car park is full. However, that has caused frustration for some people who live nearby.

Now it is feared that new restrictions on roads near the hospital are going to lead to more stress for staff and patients.

Reading Borough Council has approved plans to introduce pay and display charges on Addington Road and Erleigh Road despite strong opposition - including a petition with more than eight thousand signatures.

The council says the scheme is designed to make parking easier for neighbouring residents, but campaigners say it is morally wrong.

The interviewees in Mel Bloor's report are Rob Wilson, MP for Reading West, Conservative; and Clare Goulbourn-Lay, the midwife who started the petition.

In response to the suggestion that the hospital move to somewhere with more space for staff and patients to park, a Royal Berkshire Hospital spokesperson said that relocating the Hospital is not a new idea, and has been discussed on a number of occasions.

They added: "A new build could cost in excess of £200 million pounds. Any decision to relocate the hospital is not one the Trust would be able to make alone, and would need in depth discussion with the wider health care economy serving the area, along with NHS England and other partners.".

Museum reopens to the public after £3m upgrade

Two years after it closed for a major refurbishment, the Museum of English Rural Life - based in Reading, has reopened to the public.

Three million pounds has been spent on upgrading the site in Redlands Road which is owned by the town's university.

Among the items on display is a rather unlucky mouse, which has inadvertently become one of the museum's main attractions.

Mel Bloor explains.

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Fundraisers sleep outdoors on 'Byte Night' to raise £150k for fight against youth homelessness

Volunteer fundraisers during 'Byte Night' in Reading last year Credit: Byte Night video

More than a hundred and fifty people will sleep outdoors in Reading tonight to raise money to tackle youth homelessness.

Many of those at the tenth annual 'Byte Night' at Forbury Gardens are from local IT firms. They're hoping to hit a target of raising £150,000 in sponsorship money. Since the first event in Reading in 2007 they have raised one million pounds for the charity Action for Children. The cash will pay for counselling and support for young people at organisations including Here4Me in Newbury.

There are ten other locations across the country holding similar 'sleep out' fundraising events.

Sally Hanson the Chair of the Action for Children 'Byte Night' board said it was a very worthy cause.

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