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South's athletes limber up for Commonwealth Games

As the Commonwealth Games begin today, many athletes competing are based in the Meridian region.

The Games will take place in Glasgow until the 3rd August.

Dani King from Southampton will take part in the cycling Credit: PA
Adam Gemili from Dartford will run the 100m Credit: PA
Chris Mears from Reading hopes to do well in the diving competition Credit: PA

Bus driver reunites little boy with bear

A young boy from Reading was left distraught after he lost his cuddly toy on a bus.

But - after getting off the bus in Berkshire the little boy suddenly discovered that his Harry Bear was missing.

His mum Alice immediately began using social media to announce that Hayden’s blue bear was lost.

Hayden Tilley back with his source of comfort

The Facebook appeal was seen by bus driver Stephen Saunders and decided to search for the bear in his own time.

He didn’t find the bear that day, but kept searching and the following day it came to light in a pile of rubbish.

Stephen immediately notified Alice that Harry Bear had been found and she was able to break the good news to a very relieved and excited Hayden.

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Roads that will be affected in Reading for resurfacing

As roads in Reading get resurfaced in a £1 million project, here are the main roads that will be affected from next week:

  • Burghfield Road - Underwood Road to Borough Boundary (Southcote Ward)
  • Norcot Road - Oxford Road to Links Drive, westbound only (Kentwood / Norcot Wards)
  • Dee Road - Sections from The Meadway to Taff Way (Tilehurst / Norcot Wards)
  • Bath Road - Section on north side from park entrance near Liebenrood Road to Parkside Road, nearside lane only) (Southcote / Minster Wards) -
  • Peppard Road - Derby Road to Surley Row, northbound only (Thames Ward)
  • Lower Henley Road - Full length (Caversham Ward)
  • Great Knollys Street - Cattle Market to Caversham Road (Abbey Ward) -
  • Castle Hill / Castle Street - Field Road to Castle Street (Minster / Abbey Wards)
  • Chapel Hill - Lower Elmstone Drive to Borough Boundary (Tilehurst Ward)
  • Crown Street - London Street junction (Katesgrove Ward)
  • Hemdean Road - Sections from Chester Street to Oakley Road (Caversham / Thames Wards)
  • Lower Elmstone Drive - Sections from Chapel Hill to Pierces Hill (Tilehurst Ward)
  • Caversham Road - Southbound from Tudor Road to Chatham Street off slip and Great Knollys Street junction both sides (Abbey Ward)
  • Basingstoke Road - Sections from Rose Kiln Lane to Buckland Road (Whitley Ward)
  • Bath Road - Sections from Burghfield Road to Burrcroft Road (Southcote Ward)
  • Gosbrook Road - Sections from Westfield Road to Washington Road (Caversham Ward)
  • The Meadway - New Lane Hill to St Michaels Road (Tilehurst Ward) -
  • Craven Road - full length (Redlands Ward)
  • Forbury Road - Vastern Road to Blagrave Street (Abbey Ward)

Reading roads will start to be resurfaced from next week

A £1million project to resurface the main roads across Reading will begin next week.

Around 19 main routes will be renewed so they are safer for drivers,pedestrians and cyclists.

The work has been timed to coincide as near as possible to the school summer holidays to minimise disruption.

Diversions will be put in place for the duration of the closures.

The work is expected to last seven weeks, weather permitting.

Councillor Tony Page said:

Once again this is a major investment by the Council in improving road surfaces. Weather conditions over the winter months have taken their toll, but we are committed to maintaining and improving surfaces to benefit motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.

We are very aware that repairing roads can result in disruption, especially in a busy town like Reading. We have planned this programme to coincide with a quieter time on the Borough's roads and we would ask all road users to bear with us while these important improvements take place. We will do everything we can to ensure disruptions are kept to a minimum."

– Cllr Tony Page, Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport at Reading Borough Council

Big changes for staff and passengers at Reading station

As Reading railway station has under gone a £900 million redevelopment, it has meant big changes for passengers and the staff who work there.

Sangeeta has been to meet the members of staff who are making it all work, including the resident hawk!

She met:

  • Matt Parker- Ticket Office Supervisor
  • Simon Plummer- Customer Service Helpdesk
  • Ali Butt- Train Despatch at Reading Station
  • Katrina Kruger- Passenger Ambassador
  • Pat Kemp- Longest serving member of staff
  • Max Bell- Bird Controller
  • Denise- Resident Hawk!

Queen opens new £900 million Reading station

The Queen was in Reading today to officially open the town's new railway station. £900 million has been spent on a major revamp which includes five new platforms, two entrances, a new link bridge and retail outlets.

Despite radical cuts to public spending after the last election the massive upgrade at Reading was given the go-ahead.

That's because the station is one of the most important hubs in the country with links to London, Gatwick, the south coast and the Thames Valley.

It's is also one of the most congested.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse was there for the Royal opening. and spoke to Robbie Burns from Network Rail, Mark Hopwood the Managin Director at First Great Western, and Reading East MP Rob Wilson.

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Queen to open new £850 million Reading railway station

The Queen will open Reading railway station today following its redevelopment.

Network Rail has spent £850 million improving the station which now has new platforms and new entrances.

It will be the second time the Queen has carried out an opening ceremony at the station.

The Queen will officially open the redeveloped Reading railway staion Credit: Paul Hackett/PA Wire

Man wanted after photo taken up woman's skirt

Police want to speak to this man after the incident at Sainsbury’s Savacentre in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police are appealing for help to trace this man after a photo was taken up a woman's skirt at a Reading supermarket. The man was seen taking pictures at around 2.45pm on June 29 in Sainsbury's Savacentre on the A4, Calcot.

When he was confronted by the husband of the victim the man left the store dismantling his phone. He was last seen near the pavilion at Calcot Recreation Ground leading to Highview, Calcot.

If you recognise the man in the picture contact PC David Hill at Reading police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

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.

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