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Goals galore at the Madejski!

Reading's Michael Hector celebrates scoring his side's first goal Credit: PA

A late equaliser from Glenn Murray rescued Reading a vital point in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Madejski Stadium.

The Royals took the lead on 19 minutes as Michael Hector netted his first goal from the club with a thumping header.

Wolves responded quickly in the second-half, completing a quick turnaround courtesy of ex-Reading Midfielder James Henry and Evans, before Jake Taylor equalised for the hosts.

Substitute Dave Edwards looked to have sealed a win for the visitors late on as his flicked header crept over the line, but Murray's superb strike from outside the box two minutes from time snatched a draw back for the hosts.

Murray snatches draw in six goal thriller Credit: Reading FC


New handbook for carers of people with dementia

A new guide for those who care for people with Dementia is being launched in Reading today. The Dementia Handbook for Carers contains contact information, coping strategies, legal advice, and medical information.

The Living Well with Dementia event is being held this afternoon between 3pm and 7.30pm

Berkshire Healthcare and the University of Reading have teamed up to produce the new guide to support people who care for those with dementia.

There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK. By 2021 there will be more than a million people with the disease. In the west of Berkshire alone there are more than 5,000 people with dementia and this is due to rise to almost 9,500 by 2030, an increase of more than 80 per cent. When you take into account family carers there are thousands more people who will be affected dementia.

The project was funded by the Berkshire West Confederation of Clinical Commissioning Groups as part of their response to the Prime Minister's Dementia Challenge.

"Carers repeatedly tell us they feel overwhelmed by the information out there and we just want to ensure that they have information from a trusted source, in a format written by them, not professionals. We hope this will stop them feeling they are alone in the wilderness. Carers have such a vital role and we wanted to give them the support they deserve.

"At Berkshire Healthcare we believe in working together with people to deliver innovative solutions. By working with the carers themselves we are confident this guide should give them what they need."

– Dr Luke Solomons, Berkshire Healthcare consultant psychiatrist

"I am passionate about better dementia awareness and care. I would say to anyone in a similar situation to get help before you think you need it and this guide will give them all the information they need to make sure they get that help."

– Carol Munt, carer involved in project

Care and Support conference being held in Reading

Reading Borough Council, service providers, voluntary sector partners and service users will be coming together for a Care and Support Conference, taking place at the Town Hall all day today.

The conference will discuss the Care Act and what changes in the national care system will mean for Reading residents and those who support them.

The Conference will be used to highlight some of the Council's plans for better integration between health and social care services, and how it wants to work with all partners to deliver this. This includes the implementation of the UNISON ethical care charter launched earlier this year. It will also cover the plans for the 'Better Care Fund' national programme to bring the NHS and social care closer together with Reading as one of the first areas taking this forward.

The Care and Support Conference will also discuss and identify priorities for future care and support services, and how agencies can work together to support Reading people to thrive whatever they need, including reducing use of residential care and supporting more people to live well at home.

Break-out sessions will address all aspects of care and support, including residential and nursing, supported living, domiciliary and wider community-based and preventative services. Council officers will provide information on the move to focus on outcomes for residents, and share best practice.

"The need for care and support affects everyone in Reading, whether our neighbours, family members or we need support ourselves. There are huge challenges that, like the rest of the country, Reading faces to ensure that we can live fulfilling lives regardless of our needs. Only by ensuring that the council, the NHS, voluntary organisations and private providers all work together with residents will we meet that challenge. This Conference is an important step in developing our Reading-wide strategy for adult social care, and I would urge anyone with an interest to attend."

– Lead Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Rachel Eden

Singer Dappy found guilty of assaulting man in club

Former N-Dubz star Dappy has been fund guilty of common assault following an attack on a night club reveller in Reading.

The 27-year-old, who appeared in court under his real name, Costadinos Contostavlos, attacked Devonn Reid at the Evissa club on October 6 last year.

Reading Magistrates' Court heard that the star punched Mr Reid during a fight on the dance floor

Dappy goes on trial accused of assault in Reading

Dappy is standing trial at Reading Magistrates Court Credit: PA

Former N-Dubz singer Dappy has gone on trial accused of assaulting a man at a nightclub in Reading.

The 27-year-old, who appeared in court under his real name, Costadinos Contostavlos, is alleged to have attacked Devonn Reid at the Evissa club on October 6 last year.

Reading Magistrates' Court heard that the star punched Mr Reid during a fight on the dance floor.


Marchers gather for this year's Reading Pride parade

The annual Reading Pride parade has taken place in Berkshire. The event celebrates the community's diversity.

The pride organisation works to advance education and eliminate discrimination in relation to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people.

Marchers prepare for parade through Reading
People in Reading during the Pride event to celebrate the community's diversity

Investigation after woman raped in Reading

Part of Reading's busy town centre was sealed off today as police searched for clues following an attack on a young woman.

It happened in Chain Street which is an alleyway leading from Broad Street to the main shopping centre in Reading.

The woman had been attacked by a man and alerted staff when she was admitted to the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Divya Kohli reports.

Appeal after 22-year-old woman raped in Reading

An appeal has been launched after a 22-year-old woman told police she was raped at 4am this morning.

Police were called after a woman who attended the A&E department of the Royal Berkshire Hospital disclosed to staff that she had been raped.

At this time we are carrying out a full and thorough investigation into this incident, and this will include reviewing CCTV in and around the area we believe the offence occurred, to gather as much forensic evidence as possible.

As such, there is currently a scene watch in place in Chain Street, and this will remain there until we have concluded our enquiries.”

The victim, a 22-year-old woman, is currently with specially trained officers going through the details of the incident with them.

I would like anyone who was in or around the Chain Street area this morning to come forward and speak to us as soon as possible and help us with our enquiries.”

– Supt Robin Rickard, local area commander for Reading
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