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Cat has head and tail removed in Reading

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a cat had its head and tail removed in Reading.

Ozzy the cat

The cat, called Ozzy, was found on Westwood Road in Tilehurst on Tuesday morning, after leaving its home the night before.

A vet determined the injuries to the cat were caused by a person and not the result of being hit by a car or attacked by an animal. The head and the tail of the cat have not been located.

Investigating officer Christopher Stapleton said: “The fact that someone could do this to a defenceless animal really beggars belief.

“This has had a big impact on the owner, who has lot their pet that they cared about.

“I urge anyone with information to contact us.”

If anyone has any details about this incident, they are asked to contact PC Stapleton from Reading police station on 101.

Reading rape investigation brought to a halt

Thames Valley Police says it has fully investigated a report of rape alleged to have taken place in the early hours of Wednesday in Reading.

The allegation, which was reported by a 19-year-old woman, was said to have taken place in Whiteknights Road near a university campus entrance.

The investigation has now been discontinued.

A thorough investigation has taken place into the circumstances of this allegation. There is clear evidence that there was no offence of rape. The complainant is being supported.

I would like to stress that no one should hesitate in coming forward if they have been a victim of crime of any sort. Thames Valley Police will support victims and witnesses throughout investigations in an attempt to prosecute offenders.

– Investigating officer Det Sgt Carl Bradford

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More roadworks tonight - Highways Agency latest

Road users are advised that there are significant delays on the M4 eastbound near Reading this evening as emergency roadworks are carried out to repair a large pothole.

Lanes one and two are closed on a short section of the M4 between junction 11 and 10, with one lane open past the scene. There are currently delays of around 40 minutes over normal journey times, and traffic is queuing back to Reading services.

The road will close at 10pm for a permanent repair to be carried out. A fully signed diversion between the two junctions via the B3270 toward Winnersh, the A329 and the A329(M). Drivers should follow the hollow circle diversion signs.

Road users are advised to leave additional time for their journeys and plan alternative routes where possible.

Misery for motorists on the M4 through Berkshire

Traffic queues Credit: ITV news

Drivers have faced misery on the M4 through Berkshire tonight. Motorists heading home from work have faced delays of 2 hours. The congestion is on the M4 eastbound between junctions J12 and J10 and is due to emergency roadworks closing two lanes between junctions J11 and J10. The Highways Agency says normal traffic conditions are expected from 9:15 pm. Meanwhile Reading Borough Council says it will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Highways Agency about the timing of the roadworks during peak traffic hours.

First stage of leisure complex revamp complete

The first stage of a major improvement programme for Rivermead Leisure Centre is nearing completion with the opening of a new artificial pitch today.

Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading

The council is spending more than £1 million on upgrading facilities at the centre on Richfield Avenue, which is the biggest leisure complex in Reading.

The refurbishment of the changing rooms will be the next phase of the improvement project, scheduled for late December.

Funding for the package of improvements for Rivermead is from Reading Borough Council's approved capital programme. Rivermead partners Greenwich Leisure Ltd are responsible for delivering the work.

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Appeal over series of indecent exposures in Reading

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a series of indecent exposures Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police have released an image of this man, who they believe exposed himself three times in different locations in Reading. The incidents took place over over two days in September.

At about 8.15pm on Sunday 14 September, the first victim, a 50-year-old woman, was walking in Tilehurst Road when a man stood in front of her.

The man then exposed himself to the victim before walking towards Honey End Lane.

The second incident occurred in the wooded area of Balmore Park, Caversham, at about 8.15am on Monday 15 September.

The victim, a 15-year-old girl, was walking through the park when a man stood in front of her and exposed himself to her.

A few minutes later, two 12-year-old girls were approached by a man, who also exposed himself to them. Police believe the same man carried out all three offences.

The offender is white, about 30-years-old, average height and medium build, with dark medium length curly hair. He was wearing a black zip-up hooded top.

"If you have any information about these offences, or recognise the man in the e-fit or his description then please contact me immediately via 101. Offences such as these will not be tolerated by Thames Valley Police. We are investigating the offences thoroughly to bring the perpetrator to justice. If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court."

– Investigating officer, PC Stuart Keys of Local CID in Reading

Woman raped near Reading car park

An 18-year-old woman has been raped in Reading during the early hours.

Thames Valley Police were called at 12.40am, near an NCP car park by Icon House in Merchants Place. The victim had earlier left Milk Bar, and was walking towards the car park when she was attacked.

DCI Linda York said: 'At this time we are carrying out a full and thorough investigation into this incident, which includes reviewing CCTV in and around the area where the offence was reported to occur, to gather as much forensic evidence as possible.'

Anyone with information is asked to contact Thames Valley Police via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101. If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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
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