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Football fan banned after racially abusing Reading player

The abuse was directed towards Garath McCleary. Credit: ITV

A man has been given a Football Banning Order for racist abuse directed towards a Reading Football Club player.

Andrew Docherty, 36, of Longlands, Bradford, West Yorkshire, was issued with a three year Football Banning Order and a six week custodial sentence, suspended for a year, at Reading Magistrates’ Court.

Docherty was found guilty by a district judge of one count of causing intentional harassment, alarm or distress which was racially aggravated and directed towards Reading player Garath McCleary.

It happened during an FA Cup Quarter Final replay at the Madejski Stadium in Reading on Monday 16 March this year.

In the 42nd minute of the game McCleary was about to take a corner kick when he was subjected to the racist abuse by Docherty, who was sitting in the away end of the stadium.

Appeal for blood donors as stocks fall

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A campaign is being launched in Reading today for more blood donors to come forward. Stocks are at their lowest point over the festive season as people are too busy to donate.

NHS Blood and Transplant has revealed that less than 3% of people aged between 17 and 70 living in England have donated blood in the last year. Currently, over 6,000 donations are needed each day to treat patients across the country. The organisations says new donors are needed to help ensure that blood can be provided to people whenever they need it.

Joining the appeal is Anna from Reading. She lost 4.3 litres of blood during a difficult labour in October and only survived thanks to six units of blood and two emergency surgeries. She's now grateful to be able to spend Christmas with her new baby and family.

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Residents who claim they're plagued by rats call for action

Children have been stopped from playing in their gardens and even cars have been damaged by a plague of rats chewing through brake cables.

Reading council acknowledges that there is a problem in the town and says it is urgently looking for a solution.

However, residents living around the Anstey Road, Baker Street and Howard Street area say the situation is getting out of control and they've handed in a petition calling for action.

Mel Bloor has more.

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Woman found dead in house named by police

A woman who was found dead at a house in Reading over the weekend has been named.

83-year-old Josephine Williamson from Lower Earley was declared dead at the property in Elm Lane on Saturday.

A man also in his eighties was found at the scene with injuries to the stomach and was airlifted to the JR hospital in Oxford.

A man, aged 88 and from the Reading area has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Police were called to the house in Elm Lane in Lower Earley on Saturday Credit: ITV Meridian

“We are in the process of determining the circumstances leading up to Josephine’s death and the man’s injuries. However at this stage it appears to be an isolated incident with no other party involvement.

“Next of kin have been informed. Forensic examinations are taking place at the property and officers are likely to be there for some time. We would like to thank the local residents for their patience and tolerance while we carry out our investigation.”

– Det Ch Insp Mark Glover, leading the investigation

Death of elderly woman being treated as murder

Police were called to a house in Elm Lane in Lower Earley Credit: ITV Meridian

A murder investigation has been launched following the unexplained death of an elderly woman in Reading.

The woman who's in her eighties was found dead at a property in Elm Lane in Lower Earley - a man also in his eighties found at the scene with stomach injuries has been airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

A man, aged 88 from Reading, was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.

“This is a very early stage in the investigation and we are in the process of determining the circumstances leading up to this woman’s death and the man’s injuries. However at this stage it appears to be an isolated incident with no other party involvement.

“Next of kin have been informed. Forensic examinations are taking place at the property and officers are likely to be there for some time.

"We would like to thank the local residents for their patience and tolerance while we carry out our investigation.”

– Det Ch Insp Mark Glover, leading the investigation

Elderly woman found dead at house in Reading

Police have cordoned off the area surrounding the house in Elm Lane Credit: ITV Meridian

Police have launched an investigation after a woman's body was found at a property in Lower Earley in Reading.

At around 11.25am this morning officers were called to an address in Elm Lane, by the ambulance service who had attended to treat a woman in her eighties.

The woman was sadly declared dead at the scene. A man also in his eighties was found at the scene with injuries to the stomach and has been airlifted to the JR hospital in Oxford.

“This is a very early stage of the investigation and we are in the process of determining the circumstances leading up to this woman’s death and the man’s injuries. However at this stage it appears to be an isolated incident with no other party involvement.

“Forensic examinations are taking place at the property and officers are likely to be there for some time. We would like to thank the local residents for their patience and tolerance while we carry out our investigation.”

– DCI Mark Glover leading the investigation

Reading manager Steve Clarke confirms he WILL stay at club

Reading's manager Steve Clarke confirms he will stay at the club Credit: PA

Reading manager Steve Clarke says he will stay at the club - despite talks yesterday with fellow Championship side Fulham about the vacant manager's position.

In today's press conference - postponed from it's routine slot yesterday - Clarke told us he understands some fans who are disappointed following yesterday's events - but says he hopes they'll get behind the team at the Madejski Stadium tomorrow when the Royals take on Bolton Wanderers.

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