Safe drinking water is something we take for granted in this country - but across the world, many people are still living without basic sanitation. Take Malawi in Africa as an example. 1.7 million people - 10% of the population - don't have access to clean water. Now the South's biggest water company, Thames Water - based in Reading - is on a mission to change that. Mel Bloor explains.
Credit: Malawi footage courtesy of WaterAid
Hundreds of people have paraded through the centre of Reading to celebrate the town's Pride festival.
Organisers of the event say they want to promote equality and challenge discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people.
Sam Holder spoke to those taking part, and Reading East MP Matt Rodda.
Reading Festival has achieved 'disability gold' status for its access to live music.
The festival is joining Glastonbury in achieving the gold standard from the leading disability charity in the UK.
'Attitude is Everything' campaigns to improve deaf and disabled people's access to live music.
It says Reading Festival has shown commitment to its disabled customers for the past five years and keeps moving forward with disability access.
A collection of original illustrations for the iconic Ladybird books is to go on display at the Museum of Rural Life in Reading.
The artwork is from the 1950s, 60s and 70s on jobs of the day and includes the miner, the sailor and the lifeboatman.
Mel Bloor has been to take a look.
Mel spoke to Clare Plascow, Collections Officer, Museum of Rural Life in Reading.
Hundreds of people gathered along the banks of the River Thames in Reading today to watch the annual Dragon Boat Race.
The charity event which is organised by the Lions Club sees teams from the local community go head to head - or rather paddle to paddle - in a series of heats to be crowned the champions.
Mel Bloor reports.
Mel spoke to Andrew Young from Reading Lions Club, Claire Rhodes from the Daisy's Dream charity, Jason McMahon from Launchpad and John Galt from the Dragon Boat Association.
A man has been taken to hospital with a fractures skull and a bleed on the brain after he was attacked in Reading town centre.
The victim, a 21-year-old man, was walking along St Mary's Butts outside Burger King towards Broad Street at about 2.30am on Thursday morning.
The victim then became embroiled in an altercation with another man.
During the altercation, which took place in the middle of the road, the victim was punched several times causing him to fall to the floor.
“The victim was taken to hospital where he is currently being treated for a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.
“The offender is described as a white man, slim, about 6ft, in his late teens to early twenties. He was wearing a black baseball cap, a light coloured vest and dark skinny jeans. He was carrying jacket in his hand.
“If you saw the incident or have any information that might assist our investigation please contact police as soon as possible. You can do this online, at a police station or by calling 101 quoting reference number 43170244134. “If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”
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A man has suffered a serious sexual assault and another has been attacked in Reading town centre.
The victims, aged 25 and 26, were outside the Metro Bank in Broad Street in the early hours of the morning when the ordeal began.
Police say they are now reviewing CCTV footage. Their priority is the victims' welfare, as Sam Holder reports.
A train driver accused of recklessly endangering the safety of passengers after a woman was dragged 60 feet along a platform - has been found not guilty.
Stephen Murdoch, 45, from Reading was today cleared by a jury.
Community groups in Reading have expressed their disappointment at plans by the council to put the iconic Central Club up for sale.
The building in London Street, which is well known for its Black History mural, has been empty for more than a decade and needs hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on repairs.
The council says it needs to get the best value for it but voluntary organisations argue they should be given the chance to take it on.
As Mel Bloor reports.
Mel spoke to Mary Genis from CultureMix Arts & Music and Cllr Rob White from Reading Borough Council, Green.