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Museum reopens to the public after £3m upgrade

Two years after it closed for a major refurbishment, the Museum of English Rural Life - based in Reading, has reopened to the public.

Three million pounds has been spent on upgrading the site in Redlands Road which is owned by the town's university.

Among the items on display is a rather unlucky mouse, which has inadvertently become one of the museum's main attractions.

Mel Bloor explains.


Fundraisers sleep outdoors on 'Byte Night' to raise £150k for fight against youth homelessness

Volunteer fundraisers during 'Byte Night' in Reading last year Credit: Byte Night video

More than a hundred and fifty people will sleep outdoors in Reading tonight to raise money to tackle youth homelessness.

Many of those at the tenth annual 'Byte Night' at Forbury Gardens are from local IT firms. They're hoping to hit a target of raising £150,000 in sponsorship money. Since the first event in Reading in 2007 they have raised one million pounds for the charity Action for Children. The cash will pay for counselling and support for young people at organisations including Here4Me in Newbury.

There are ten other locations across the country holding similar 'sleep out' fundraising events.

Sally Hanson the Chair of the Action for Children 'Byte Night' board said it was a very worthy cause.


Parts of A33 to Reading shut due to standing water

The A33 at Basingstoke towards Reading has been affected by standing water

The heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight have left many main roads and smaller thoroughfares with standing water. The depth of the water-filled dips can be deceptive, with driver facing deeper puddles than expected. Motoring organisations and the emergency services are advising drivers to take care.

Sparky's reunion: cat trapped in van engine for 60 miles

Sparky is on the mend after his ordeal stuck in the engine of a van as it travelled 60 miles cross country

A cat which survived a sixty-mile journey trapped in the engine compartment of a van has been reunited with his family.

Sparky travelled from Tottenham in north London to Reading in Berkshire before being rescued, and has made a full recovery from his ordeal. Richard Jones has our report.

The interviewees are Helena Peace from the RSPCA; and Gemma Davis, Sparky's owner.

Sparky is back with his family

Reading diver Chris Mears helps win GB's first diving gold medal at Rio

Chris Mears and Jack Laugher have won GB's first dicing gold medal Credit: PA

Reading's Chris Mears and his partner Jack Laugher have won Great Britain's first Olympic diving gold medal at the Games in Rio.

The pair secured victory in the men's synchronised 3m springboard.

They scored a total of 454.32.

Chris Mears and Jack Laugher celebrate GB's first dicing gold medal Credit: PA
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