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More time for police to quiz pair about 'terror offences'

West Midlands Police will continue to question two people about terror offences

Magistrates have granted West Midlands Police more time to question a man and a woman from Berkshire arrested on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism in the UK.

Detectives from the West Midlands Counter terrorism Unit appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court in London via video link earlier today to submit their warrant for further detention of the man and woman. The 24-year-old man from Reading and 23-year-old woman from Wokingham were arrested on Thursday 28th May.

Two arrested on terrorism offences remain in custody

Two people from Berkshire remain in the custody of West Midlands Police

A man and a woman from Berkshire arrested by West Midlands Police on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism in the United Kingdom, remain in police custody.

The 24-year-old man from Reading and 23-year-old woman from Wokingham were detained at around 7.30pm on Thursday 28th May. It is believed that the pair are friends. They were arrested in an operation by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit assisted by officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.

In a statement released today the West Midlands police force said that the pair will remain in custody while inquiries continue. Police emphasized that the man and woman posed no imminent threat.

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Reading Bridge to re-open on Monday

Reading Bridge has been closed to traffic for almost two weeks Credit: ITV Meridian

Reading Bridge is due to re-open in time for Monday's rush hour.

The roadworks are scheduled to finish over the weekend but there are some concerns that heavy rain might hamper their progress.

Reading Borough Council say they anticipate being able to lift the corden by midnight on Sunday - in time for the first school run after half term.

Help hedgehogs by reporting roadkill

People are being asked to help the conservation of hedgehogs Credit: University of Reading

Ecologists are asking people in Reading to contribute to vital new research to help the conservation of hedgehogs.

Hedgehog populations in Britain are in trouble, with surveys suggesting their numbers are in steep decline. While changing agricultural practices and a badger resurgence are thought to be to blame, the researchers believe that towns and cities may provide safe havens for the iconic species.

But urban habitats provide their own risks. Now scientists need people to report sightings of dead hedgehogs beside Reading’s roads, so they can find out more about how city traffic is affecting British wildlife.

Sadly, many hedgehogs are killed by cars, leading to concerns that main roads may be combining with other obstacles such as rivers to create barriers to their movement. This may be causing a dangerous fragmentation of hedgehog populations, increasing their susceptibility to environmental changes.

If you spot a dead hedgehog anywhere in Reading, please text Dr Baker as soon as possible on 07960 212624 or email p.j.baker@reading.ac.uk. Scientists will then recover the body so they can genetically identify the locations of different family groups.

While their research may have implications for hedgehog conservation elsewhere in the UK, the research team will not investigate reports of roadkill outside the Reading urban area, so do not require reports from outside Reading.

“Hedgehogs are an iconic British species, but they face growing threats both in the town and the countryside. Towns and cities provide surprisingly good habitats for hedgehogs, but if different populations become isolated, they may face an uncertain future. Our research is focusing on Reading but our findings will help hedgehog conservation nationwide. That’s why we need people in Reading to be on the lookout for hedgehogs which have sadly been killed on the roads, and to report them to us as soon as possible. At this time of year, hedgehogs are about to start breeding and this means, unfortunately, that many are likely to be killed on roads as they seek out mates.”

– Lead researcher Dr Philip Baker

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Serious sexual assault in Reading

A man has been arrested this morning following a report of a serious sexual assault in Reading.

At around 1.10pm yesterday a woman in her thirties reported that earlier that day she had been serious sexually assaulted by a man at an address in Tilehurst Road.

Officers carrying out an investigation into the incident have this morning arrested a 49-year-old man from Reading on suspicion of sexual assault and he is currently in custody.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Thames Valley Police on 101.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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