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Father calls on David Cameron to help free his son

The father of a 21 year old student from Reading has urged the Prime Minister to intervene to secure the release of his son from a prison in the United Arab Emirates as part of an upcoming amnesty.

Ahmad Zeidan, on the left here with his father, was jailed for nine years for possessing cocaine. His supporters claim he was tortured into making a confession.

Earlier ITV Meridian's Fred Dinenage spoke on the telephone to Ahmad's father who's in Dubai and asked him what he is hoping David Cameron can do.

CCTV images released after bike theft in Reading

British Transport Police officers have released CCTV images of a man, after a bike was stolen from a train when it arrived at Reading railway station.

The bike was stolen from a 53-year-old man on September 20, who was travelling from London Paddington to Truro.

A male passenger, who had travelled on the same train, took the victim’s bike from the compartment when it arrived at around 6.30pm.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: BritishTransportPolice
Do you recognise this man? Credit: BritishTransportPolice

Enquiries have been ongoing since the theft took place to establish the identity of the man who took the bike and I am today now able to release a series photographs of a man I would like to identify and speak to as I believe he will have key information about this incident.

This man – who then went on to travel by train from Reading to Oxford - has some very distinctive tattoos on his neck and had a white ear spacer in his left ear lobe. I am confident that someone will know who this man is.

– PC Michael Tryhorn, investigating officer

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, text 61016, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Owner delighted to be reunited with irreplaceable camera

There’s a happy ending after a camera, which had been missing for nearly six months, was found on Reading buses and returned to its owner.

Susan Ryan was delighted to have her camera back within days of 66th birthday, for it contained a wealth of irreplaceable family photos.

When the ‘claim by’ date passed the company decided to try and find the owner, issuing an appeal online which subsequently led to the happy ending after someone spotted the article and contacted Susan.

Susan was delighted to be reunited with her camera after nearly six months. Credit: Reading Busses

I am not sure whether I lost the camera on the no.24, no.2 or no.17 bus as I was using all three at the time. But I was devastated when it went missing because I couldn’t afford to replace it.

I put it down to my own stupidity and I was so desperate to find it I even went round pawn brokers and cash converters in Reading. I turned my home upside down and still it didn’t show up. It meant so much to me as it contained photos of my three children and six grandchildren. Whoever the guardian angel is they were certainly looking over me.

– Susan Ryan

RBH statement on Monitor investigation

“It is important to stress that we are continuing, as always, to provide high quality and safe care to our patients across the Trust. The matters which Monitor will be looking at, to ensure we are taking the correct actions, date back some time. We are aware of the issues and are working hard to put them right – and firmly believe we can achieve that. We are determined to deliver what we are contracted to provide and, importantly, what is right for our patients. The Executive team and Board will be working closely with Monitor to respond to their investigation.”

– Chief Executive Jean O’Callaghan

Monitor launches investigation into Royal Berkshire Hospital

The healthcare regulator is investigating Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust because of concerns about aspects of its performance.

Royal Berkshire Hospital has identified problems with its data on patient waiting times, which has raised questions about its ability to meet national waiting time targets.

Monitor is also concerned that the trust is predicting that it may suffer larger financial losses this year than previously thought.

“We are investigating because of problems with the trust’s financial position, and because there are potential concerns with the way it manages patient waiting lists. Since August, the trust’s new Chief Executive has made some progress with tackling these issues, including making the trust leadership more effective. However, we need to make sure the trust is doing enough to fix these problems and improve how the hospital is run for its patients.”

– Paul Streat, Regional Director at Monitor

Monitor will announce the outcome of its investigation, and any regulatory action, in due course.

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The Thames Valley marks Armistice Day

Thousands of people gathered in silence across the Thames Valley to pay their respects this Armistice Day to Britain's war dead. This year, the commemorations took place as the nation marks 100 years since British troops were sent to the front line, in the First World War. From Aldershot, traditional home of the British Army, Divya Kohli reports.


Berkshire cadet plants final ceramic poppy at Tower

A pupil from a school in Berkshire was the person chosen to plant the last ceramic poppy at the Tower of London's WWI memorial artwork. Cadet Harry Hayes, 13, is a year 9 student at Reading Blue Coat School.

He planted the flower ahead of the traditional silence held at 11am on the 11th of November. The installation'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red'by artist Paul Cummins at the Tower of London, marks the centenary of the First World War.

Cadet Harry Hayes, 13, from Berkshire plants the final ceramic poppy Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Cadet Harry Hayes salutes after planting the final ceramic poppy
Standing to attention at the Tower of London

Armistice Day at Forbury War Memorial in Reading

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