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Doctor fraudulently obtained £29,285 in benefits

A doctor from Reading has been found guilty of benefit fraud.

Samer Sa'adeh pleaded guilty at Reading Crown court to five charges of dishonestly making false statements to fraudulently obtain benefits.

Investigators discovered Dr Sa'adeh had lied on 5 separate occasions about his wife's circumstances.

He failed to mention that she was being paid over £13,000 a year by Reading University for living costs.

He was also over paid a total of £29,285 from when he first claimed in March 2010 until December 2012.

He was given a 20 week custodial sentence, which the magistrates then suspended for 2 years, as well as 180 hours of unpaid work and £1000 in costs.

The money Dr Sa'sdeh was wrongly paid is required to be paid back in full in is currently being recovered from him.

Water problem fixed but may take a while to restore

Thames Water website states:

We're really sorry to customers who may be experiencing problems with their water supply.

This is due to a technical problem at our local booster station. We've now fixed the problem but it may take a short while for supplies to be fully restored.

We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.

– Thames Water website

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Residents angry at the lack of water in Reading

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@thameswater water is off in the Reading Shinfield area again? Is there something going on?

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@thameswater How long til East Reading water supply issue fixed today? #rdg

26,000 homes affected by no water in Reading

26,000 properties in Reading are without water supply this morning due to a pump failure.

Thames Water say they are trying to fix the issue, which they believe is the same problem that happened last week.

Thousands were left without water and Reading University had to shut their campuses due to no water.

In the end, bottled water was handed out to residents.

Homes in Reading may have issues with water supply

Some homes in Reading are without water this morning due to a technical problem at Thames Water's booster station.

Their website states:

We're really sorry to customers who may be experiencing problems with their water supply.

This is due to a technical problem at our local booster station. Our technicians are en-route to the site to fix this and we'll restore supplies as quickly as possible.

We're sorry for an inconvenience caused.

– Thames Water website

Police issue offender descriptions after fight outside pub

Thames Valley Police has issued the following description of some of the people involved in the fight:

  • White man with black hair and facial hair. He was of a large build and was around 45-years-old, wearing a black vest top.
  • White man with black hair and of a large build. He was aged around 40-years-old, wearing a white vest top.
  • White man with dark brown perm-like hair and brown facial hair. He was of a slim build and was around 25-years-old.
  • White man with brown hair that was shorter on the sides and longer on the top. He was of a medium build.
  • White man with black hair and facial hair and of a large build. He was around 35-years-old, wearing a green vest top.

A 31-year-old man, a 34-year-old man and a 36-year-old man, all from Reading, were arrested in connection with the incident and were released on bail until 3 August.

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Car windows smashed in fight outside pub

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information following an incident of affray in Shinfield Road, Reading.

At about 10pm on Thursday 3rd July, between eight and 10 people were involved in an altercation outside the Sportsman pub.

During the incident, the windows of a silver Ford Transit van were smashed using a metal pole. There were also believed to be at least two women involved in the altercation. A number of the people involved are believed to have had Irish accents.

Students put on musical in 24 hours for charity

A group of students from the University of Reading have staged a musical in just 24 hours. They have taken on the challenge to raise money for a brain tumour charity.

The proceeds will go to the Ollie Young Foundation, which supports research into how brain tumours affect children. The performers had just 24 hours in which to announce, cast, rehearse and stage their live performance of Beauty and the Beast. Sam Simmons told us about the project.

"The report presents a mixed picture"

A spokesperson gave this statement with regards to the Royal Berkshire Hospital needing improvements.

This report presents a detailed and in depth look at the way our services run. We are extremely pleased to have performed well in many areas with some areas receiving an outstanding rating. However, the report does present a mixed picture.

We recognise many of the areas highlighted by the CQC as requiring action and work was already underway to address these issues such as recruiting more permanent nursing staff and managing medical records. Our efforts now will focus on making the improvements necessary to provide a consistently high standard across all of our services.

– Statement from the Royal Berkshire Hospital
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