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Teenager robbed by two men posing as police officers in Reading

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Reading, carried out by two men claiming to be police officers. An 18 year old man was walking in Falmouth Road in Whitley with his friend when they were stopped by two men. They said they were undercover officers and told the victim to open his bag to be searched as there had been a burglary in the area. The victim was then punched and his iPhone and cigarettes were stolen.

The first offender is white, aged 35-40 years old, stocky, with short dark hair and a dark beard and moustache. The second offender is white, 6ft 1ins, slim. He was wearing a waterproof black coat and a cream-coloured Adidas baseball cap. The offenders were in a silver-coloured Ford Focus with tinted windows before they got out to speak to the victim and his friend.

If you have any information please contact PC John Chen via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry line on 101. Or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Missing teenager from Aylesbury

14-year-old Tommy Lewis was last seen on Monday afternoon Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a teenage boy missing from his home in Aylesbury, but who may also be in Reading.

Tommy Lewis, aged, 14, was last seen at Aylesbury Railway Station at around 3pm on Monday when he said he was going to visit a friend in Reading. He was due back at home in Weedon at 9pm the same day but failed to return.

Tommy is described as white, slim, 5ft 3ins. He was wearing a large blue Puffa-style jacket, blue tracksuit bottoms, a white Polo Ralph Lauren T-shirt and Nike Air Max trainers in blue, white and black.

Officers are increasingly concerned for Tommy as he has been missing for more than 24 hours. It is believed he is as likely to be in Reading as Aylesbury and would urge anyone who knows him or his whereabouts to contact Thames Valley police via 101 as a matter of urgency.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote URN1581 24/11.

Father calls on David Cameron to help free his son

The father of a 21 year old student from Reading has urged the Prime Minister to intervene to secure the release of his son from a prison in the United Arab Emirates as part of an upcoming amnesty.

Ahmad Zeidan, on the left here with his father, was jailed for nine years for possessing cocaine. His supporters claim he was tortured into making a confession.

Earlier ITV Meridian's Fred Dinenage spoke on the telephone to Ahmad's father who's in Dubai and asked him what he is hoping David Cameron can do.


CCTV images released after bike theft in Reading

British Transport Police officers have released CCTV images of a man, after a bike was stolen from a train when it arrived at Reading railway station.

The bike was stolen from a 53-year-old man on September 20, who was travelling from London Paddington to Truro.

A male passenger, who had travelled on the same train, took the victim’s bike from the compartment when it arrived at around 6.30pm.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: BritishTransportPolice
Do you recognise this man? Credit: BritishTransportPolice

Enquiries have been ongoing since the theft took place to establish the identity of the man who took the bike and I am today now able to release a series photographs of a man I would like to identify and speak to as I believe he will have key information about this incident.

This man – who then went on to travel by train from Reading to Oxford - has some very distinctive tattoos on his neck and had a white ear spacer in his left ear lobe. I am confident that someone will know who this man is.

– PC Michael Tryhorn, investigating officer

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, text 61016, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Owner delighted to be reunited with irreplaceable camera

There’s a happy ending after a camera, which had been missing for nearly six months, was found on Reading buses and returned to its owner.

Susan Ryan was delighted to have her camera back within days of 66th birthday, for it contained a wealth of irreplaceable family photos.

When the ‘claim by’ date passed the company decided to try and find the owner, issuing an appeal online which subsequently led to the happy ending after someone spotted the article and contacted Susan.

Susan was delighted to be reunited with her camera after nearly six months. Credit: Reading Busses

I am not sure whether I lost the camera on the no.24, no.2 or no.17 bus as I was using all three at the time. But I was devastated when it went missing because I couldn’t afford to replace it.

I put it down to my own stupidity and I was so desperate to find it I even went round pawn brokers and cash converters in Reading. I turned my home upside down and still it didn’t show up. It meant so much to me as it contained photos of my three children and six grandchildren. Whoever the guardian angel is they were certainly looking over me.

– Susan Ryan

RBH statement on Monitor investigation

“It is important to stress that we are continuing, as always, to provide high quality and safe care to our patients across the Trust. The matters which Monitor will be looking at, to ensure we are taking the correct actions, date back some time. We are aware of the issues and are working hard to put them right – and firmly believe we can achieve that. We are determined to deliver what we are contracted to provide and, importantly, what is right for our patients. The Executive team and Board will be working closely with Monitor to respond to their investigation.”

– Chief Executive Jean O’Callaghan

Monitor launches investigation into Royal Berkshire Hospital

The healthcare regulator is investigating Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust because of concerns about aspects of its performance.

Royal Berkshire Hospital has identified problems with its data on patient waiting times, which has raised questions about its ability to meet national waiting time targets.

Monitor is also concerned that the trust is predicting that it may suffer larger financial losses this year than previously thought.

“We are investigating because of problems with the trust’s financial position, and because there are potential concerns with the way it manages patient waiting lists. Since August, the trust’s new Chief Executive has made some progress with tackling these issues, including making the trust leadership more effective. However, we need to make sure the trust is doing enough to fix these problems and improve how the hospital is run for its patients.”

– Paul Streat, Regional Director at Monitor

Monitor will announce the outcome of its investigation, and any regulatory action, in due course.

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