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Reading's Chris Mears receives MBE from Queen

Chris Mears with diving partner Jack Laugher Credit: John Walton/PA

Reading's very own olympic diver, Chris Mears, has been at Buckingham Palace today to receive his MBE from the Queen.

The 24-year-old, and his diving partner Jack Laugher won gold at last summer's games in Rio in the synchronised three metre springboard event.

Mears was given just a 5% chance of survival in 2009 after suffering a ruptured spleen but overcame his illness to become an olympic champion.

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 Credit: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA


Man arrested for attempted murder of police officer in hit and run

A 52-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and for possessing cannabis after a police officer was hit by a car in Reading.

Officers were on patrol in a car park opposite Neath Gardens, in Tilehurst, on Sunday evening when they approached two vehicles. One of the vehicles - a grey Vauxhall Astra - was driven away as the officers approached, striking one of the officers.

The officer was taken to hospital with impact injuries to his chest and head. He was discharged following treatment on the same day and is recovering from his injuries.

The vehicle was later recovered on Oxford Road.

A 37-year-old woman from Reading, was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

Both have been released under investigation. Detectives are appealing for information.

Great Western services suspended after person hit by train

Incident at Southall causes disruption on GWR between Reading and Paddington:

No service on Great Western Railway between Reading and London Paddington due to person hit by a train at Southall. Tickets being accepted on London Underground, Chiltern, Cross Country and SouthWest services, also acceptance on London Bus services

– @Inrix


Double win for training partners at Reading half-marathon

Winner Andy Vernon crosses the finish line

Congratulations to the first finishers at the Reading half marathon.

Andy Vernon crossed the finish line first in an unofficial record time of 1:03:08.

Charlotte Purdue

His team mate and training partner from the Aldershot, Farnham and District athletics club, Charlotte Purdue, won the women's race.

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