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Rugby World Cup trophy on show in Reading

The cup on show at the station Credit: ITV Meridian

Commuters passing through Reading Station this morning got a chance to see the Rugby World Cup trophy, ahead of next month's opening game.

Dozens stopped to have their photos taken with it as it passed through the town on it's 100-day tour of the UK and Ireland.

Jonah Lomu with the Rugby World Cup Credit: ITV Meridian

It then went on show at Green Park, along with with All Black star Jonah Lomu and England's Jason Leonard.

The tournament gets underway in September.

Rugby world cup arrives in Reading

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The rugby world cup trophy tour is in our region this week ahead of the start of the tournament next month. This morning the cup will be at Reading Station so commuters can get a chance to see it.

Coveted by the world’s best players and seen by millions of fans, the Webb Ellis Cup is one of the game’s most instantly recognisable icons.

The international Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour has seen the Webb Ellis Cup showcased to audiences around the world as part of the build-up to Rugby World Cup 2015. In June the trophy started a 100-day tour of the UK and Ireland, marking the final countdown to this year’s tournament.

The iconic cup has already visited Brighton, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Stonehenge. It will arrive at Twickenham Stadium on 18 September ahead of the opening ceremony.

Decision on free school site after long-running row

A crucial decision has been made in the long-running row over the site of a new free school in Reading.

Heights Primary school has been two years in planning, it's cost more than a million pounds, and it's led to angry protests by residents who don't want the school near them.

Now it has been announced that the school will move to Mapledurham playing fields.

But that is an open space owned by a trust on behalf of local people, and some people aren't happy about the decision to build there.

Watch Mel Bloor's report:

Investigation into unexplained death

Thames Valley Police is investigating an unexplained death in Reading.

Police were called to an address in Southampton Street at 10.47am yesterday morning.

On arrival at the property, officers discovered the body of a woman. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and her death is being treated as suspicous.

A 28-year-old man from Reading was arrested on suspicion of murder. He is currently in police custody at this time.

“I would like to reassure the public that we believe the woman who has died and the man who has been arrested are known to each other, and there is no risk to the general public. We are conducting house to house enquiries in the area and a scene watch is in place at the property in Southampton Street. The woman is yet to be identified and a post mortem is scheduled to take place tomorrow. Anyone with any information about the incident should contact police by visiting their nearest police station or by calling 101."

– Investigating officer, DCI Simon Steel


Unexplained death in Reading

Thames Valley Police is at the scene of an unexplained death in St Mary’s Butts, Reading.

Police were called at 11.30pm to reports of a man found deceased at a house. The death is being treated as suspicious.

Police are in the area making enquiries. Anyone with information or concerns should call 101.

Several roads are closed including Castle Street, Bridge Street and St Mary’s Butts.

Viral video cyclist calls for action to protect bike riders

A bike rider who captured an altercation with a motorist on his head camera is calling for better training for drivers.

The cyclist, who does not want to be named, was riding on a road in Reading when he got into a row with the driver who he felt had passed too close.

His video has gone viral on Youtube, with more than four million hits online.

The cyclist, known only as 'uphillfreewheeler', has called for action

A lot of drivers simply don't understand correct cycling procedure, they don't understand that they should take care around vulnerable road users, they should pass with 1.5 metres.

Rule 163 in the Highway Code suggests that you would give at least as much room when you are overtaking a cyclist as you would when overtaking a car

– Cyclist

Zebra crossings to be installed outside schools

Work on the installation of zebra crossings outside two schools in Tilehurst is due to start today.

Reading Borough Council's traffic management sub-committee agreed the road safety scheme in June after receiving a petition from parents in January.

Two separate crossings will be installed in Dee Road outside English Martyrs Catholic School and St Michael's Primary School.

One of the crossings will be east of the junction with Elan Close and the other to the west of Taff Way.

The work is due to take place between 8am and 5pm daily over a period of three weeks. It will be necessary to close one lane of Dee Road during the scheme with the traffic managed by temporary signals.

New school warning signs on Dee Road, which are programmed to come on automatically at school times and are not required to be manually switched on, are already in place.

"I'm very pleased the council has been able to respond to the wishes of parents and install these two zebra crossings in Dee Road. We appreciate there will be some disruption to road users while the work takes place but the result will be two safer places for pupils to cross from the start of the new school year."

– Councillor Tony Page, Reading's Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport
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