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Girl, 12, is a table tennis whizzkid after just 2 years

A schoolgirl from Reading is soaring up the rankings in the world of table tennis. Twelve-year-old Anaya Patel only started playing the game two years ago, but her talent has caught the eye of the England selectors. Chris Maughan went to meet her.

The other interviewees in this report are Anaya's father, Raj Patel; and Peter Charters from the Kingfisher Table Tennis Club.


Protest held to save hospital hydrotherapy pool

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A protest is being held by campaigners trying to stop the Royal Berkshire Hospital closing its hydrotherapy pool. They've already collected more than three thousand signatures in support of the facility, which they say is vital. The hospital, which has deferred the pool's closure until June, says it can longer afford its upkeep. Campaigners from "Save the RBH Hydrotherapy Pool" are planning to lobby a Governors meeting this evening and hope to question members about their decision.

Merry Cross, from Berkshire Disabled People Against the Cuts said: "We will be thanking the Governors for their ongoing support and want to hear answers to questions that we have submitted regarding evidence that exists demonstrating the importance of hydrotherapy for people suffering from a range of conditions and disabilities. We want to ensure that they are left in no doubt whatsoever that we are determined to secure a long term future for NHS hydrotherapy in Reading. It is likely to be a highly charged and very interesting meeting!"

New midwife training centre opens in Reading

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A new state of the art training facility for nurses and midwives has opened in Reading.

The centre which is based in Queens Walk near the Broad Street Mall is run by the University of West London.

It's equipped with the latest technology and cost one million pounds.

Janet Deacon, head of simulation, wants to create a realistic training environment.

Christmas card rush - Behind the scenes at Royal Mail in Reading!

The 15th of December is the busiest day of the year for our posties. Hundreds of thousands of cards, letters and parcels are collected sorted and delivered as our love affair with Christmas cards continues.

At this time of year extra staff have been drafted in by the Royal Mail to cope with the bumper post bags. Our reporter Penny Silvester got up very early this morning to join staff at Reading's sorting office in Berkshire - to give us an insight into the operation there.

The interviewees are: Matthew Taylor, a postman; Clare Brown, a postwoman; and Graeme Tyers, a Royal Mail manager.


Reading Bus release statement following fatal collision

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Reading Bus have released a statement following a fatal collision on Oxford Road in Reading this afternoon:

"Early indications from the police were that they are not treating the accident as the fault of the bus driver, but they are continuing to investigate the cause.

"The bus was struck at the rear nearside, none of the casualties were customers on the bus.There were 15-20 people on the bus at the time.

"The bus driver is being looked after by our support team ."

– Reading Bus spokesman
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