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Hundreds of jobs to go at Shell

800 posts will be lost at the Shell offices in Reading Credit: ITV News

It has just been announced that 800 jobs are to go in Reading after Shell announced it is to close its offices at Thames Valley Park.

It follows a worldwide restructure by the oil company. Workers at Reading after being offered a voluntary severance package or they can relocate to Shell offices in London

Reading Carnival cancelled for 2nd year running

The carnival has been cancelled for the second year running Credit: ITV Meridian

There won't be dancing in the streets in Reading this summer.

The town's carnival has been cancelled for the second year running because of lack of funds.

The carnival's been run by the town's Caribbean community since the seventies - and they're hoping to hold a smaller event in Prospect Park but there won't be a traditional procession.

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CCTV released in connection with robbery

Police want to speak to these men in connection with a robbery in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police investigating a violent robbery in Reading want to speak to a group of men pictured on CCTV.

A man was attacked and robbed in the early hours of Sunday 10th April as he walked in Beresford Road.

One of the men police want to speak to was dressed in fancy dress.

After the assault the victim noticed his wallet was missing which contained cash and bank and ID cards.

The victim sustained minor injuries including cuts and bruises. He did not require hospital treatment.

Police would like to speak to the people shown in the CCTV images as they may have information which could help with the investigation.

Friends collect money for tragic Lauren's daughter Millie, whose birthday is tomorrow

A staggering £19 000 has been raised so far Credit: GoFundMe.com

Friends and family of young mum Lauren Heath from Reading, who died tragically this week after being hit by a lorry, have been raising money for her daughter, whose first birthday is tomorrow.

They've been collecting money at Morrisons supermarket in Reading, to buy something nice for Millie, who was in her pushchair when her mother was struck.

A collection bucket in Morrisons today Credit: Mel Bloor

Lauren's death touched many viewers, and a fundraising page set up by friends surpassed its £5000 target within hours. It has now reached a staggering £19,000.

Tributes have been paid to the 'wonderful mum' Credit: ITV Meridian

Lauren was near the Aldi store on Basingstoke Road in Whitley on Wednesday afternoon when the collision happened.

The 20-year-old managed to push her baby to safety before she was hit.

Her fiance Kenny Hensley has described Lauren as "My best friend, soul mate and my hero."

Lauren with her fiance Kenny Hensley, and their baby Millie Credit: ITV Meridian

Kenny wrote on the donation page yesterday:

Just want to thank everyone who has donated money for my fiancé Lauren and my baby girl Millie, the money will go towards a Heros funeral, and the rest will go into a trust fund I set up for Millie today for when she is 18. Thankyou again everyone didn't think the world had so many kind people in it x

– Kenny Hensley, Lauren's fiance

Grieving family pays tribute to mum who died, saving her baby

"My best friend, soul mate and my hero."

The tribute from the fiance of Lauren Heath - who was tragically killed after she was hit by a lorry in Reading.

Lauren was by the Aldi store on Basingstoke Road in Whitley on Wednesday afternoon when the collision happened. The 20-year-old managed to push the couple's baby to safety before she was hit.

Today, her cousins spoke exclusively to ITV Meridian and read out an emotional tribute written by Lauren's fiance Kenny. Mel Bloor reports.

More tributes to Lauren after tragic accident

Further tributes are being paid to a woman from Reading who died after being hit by a lorry.

Lauren Heath managed to push her baby Millie to safety before the collision. Her cousin Emma Uphill read a statement from the young mum's fiancee - Kenny Hensley. He said Lauren was his best friend, his soulmate and now his hero after saving their child.

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Fundraising page set up after mum killed in lorry tragedy

The woman was killed and the baby injured Credit: ITV

Investigations are continuing after a woman was killed and her baby girl injured when they were hit by a lorry in Reading

The mother's been named locally as Lauren Heath. The accident happened as she was pushing her pram along Basingstoke Road in Whitley yesterday lunchtime.

Friends of the family have set up a fundraising page.

New campaign to 'Bring Back Reading Racers'

The Reading Racers site was at Smallmead Stadium in Whitley

A campaign has been launched to bring speedway bike racing back to Reading in Berkshire.

The 'Reading Racers' club attracted crowds of more than 7,000 fans at the height of its popularity. However it eventually closed in 2008 after its lease ran out. The Smallmead Stadium site in Whitley where the motorcyclists raced was later demolished.

Police appeal for witnesses after young mother dies in lorry crash in Reading

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following the crash which killed a young mother and injured a baby girl in Reading

The woman was pushing a pram along the Basingstoke Road when she was hit by a lorry. The driver of the HGV stopped at the scene. Police and other emergency services attended the incident however the woman, who was aged in her twenties and from Reading, died at the scene. Her next of kin has been informed. The baby girl sustained a minor injury and was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital by South Central Ambulance Service.

Senior Investigating officer Det Sgt Ashley Hannibal said: “We are appealing for any witnesses who saw the collision or who saw the heavy goods vehicle travelling prior to the collision. Anyone with any information which could assist officers’ enquiries should contact police. The family of the deceased are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers at this very difficult time.”

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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