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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.

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 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


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

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