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Community campaigns to stop sale of iconic club

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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.

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Reading council votes to build 'homeless hub'

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Councillors in Reading have tonight voted to build its own local temporary accommodation for the homeless.

The so-called 'homeless hub', its argued, will save money instead of putting people in expensive BNB's, sometimes as far away as Slough.

The council is looking to save a further £11 million over the next three years.

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Man jailed after driving car at man in Berkshire

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A 52 year old man was left needing surgery for a broken leg after a car was driven at him in Berkshire.

The 26 year old driver has been jailed for 12 years after the incident at Paices Hill in Aldermaston in February last year.

Jesse Gregory of Moat Close, Tadley in Hampshire pleaded guilty to GBH on Thursday at Reading Crown Court.

This was a very serious incident where Gregory used a vehicle as a weapon against the victim. The victim subsequently required corrective surgery to his leg following the injury. I am pleased for the victim that justice has been done.”

– Detective Constable Gareth Perry, Investigating Officer

Man punched in unprovoked in attack in city centre

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A 19 year-old man has been punched in an unprovoked attack in Reading.

At around 2.15am on Saturday a 19-year-old man was at the Purple Turtle public house on Gun Street, Reading with two other people.

As he was sitting outside, an unknown man ran up behind him and punched him in the eye.

The offender then ran off.

The victim sustained a significant injury to his right eye which required hospital treatment.

He has since been discharged.

This was an unprovoked assault on the victim, who sustained a significant eye injury and has been left shaken and distressed."

– Police Constable Richard Probert, Investigating Officer

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Remembering Leroy: Hundreds gather to say goodbye to Reading man

Family and friends of a Reading man who died in police custody have gathered for his funeral.

Leroy Junior Medford was arrested and taken to Loddon Valley Police station. He was then admitted to hospital because he was a diabetic but later taken back to the police station. His body was found in his cell the following day.

The independent police complaints commission is now holding an investigation into what happened.

Heather Edwards has more.

Funeral for Reading man who died in police custody

Leroy Junior Medford

Family and friends of a Reading man who died in police custody have gathered for his funeral.

Leroy Junior Medford was arrested and taken to Loddon Valley Police station.

He was then admitted to hospital because he was a diabetic but later taken back to the police station.

His body was found in his cell the following day.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now holding an investigation into what happened.

As Heather Edwards reports.

Heather spoke to Marilyn Medford-Hawkins, sister of Leroy Junior Medford and Rev Billy Fenning from All Nations Christian Centre.

Fly-tipping increases after bin collection overhaul

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The amount of rubbish being dumped illegally on Reading streets has increased dramatically since the council overhauled the way bins are collected.

Five months ago, residents were told that extra bags could no longer be left out on bin day, and they would have to pay to have their green waste to be taken away.

Penny Silvester joined council enforcement officers on patrol to see the extent of the problem.

Penny spoke to resident Paul Banks and Gina Frost, a Reading Council Environment Officer.

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