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Man jailed for possession of counterfeit currency

A man from Reading has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for conspiracy to burgle and possession of counterfiet currency. Lewis Jury pleaded guilty to the offences at Reading Crown Court.

Lewis Jury has been jailed for 5 years Credit: Thames Valley Police

Jury is the last defendant to be sentenced as part of Operation Eider in which police investigated a gang who committed more than 45 burglaries in 2012.


Sonning Bridge open for first AM rush hour in weeks

Access to Sonning Bridge has reopened to traffic

The Sonning Bridge crossing over the River Thames near Reading has reopened for its first morning rush hour in more than 6 weeks. It was shut because of flooding on neighbouring approach roads.

The B478 Playhatch Road accessing Sonning Bridge shut down on 2nd February. Now the road has reopened with temporary traffic lights in place. The Grade 2 listed Sonning Bridge was built in 1774.

Commuters celebrate as Sonning Bridge will open soon

Video. Thousands of drivers and scores of businesses in the Thames Valley are celebrating tonight because a main commuter route is opening after weeks of flooding. The B478 Playhatch Road accessing Sonning Bridge shut down on 2nd February. The Grade 2 listed bridge was built in 1774.

It is an essential crossing on the busy commuter route between Berkshire and Oxfordshire and carries an estimated 16,000 commuters a day. The closure caused mass congestion as drivers were forced to use three other bridges in the area- Reading Bridge, Caversham Bridge and the bridge at Henley.

It was feared the road and bridge would remain closed unless the government found £1 million needed to fix it. But the floods have receded and engineers say it is safe to re-open the bridge to the single-lane traffic.

Mike Pearse spoke to Robin Islam, a restaurant manager, Michael Emmanuel, manager of The French Horn, Nick Collins, a plumber and Councillor David Nimmo-Smith from Oxfordshire County Council.


'Virtual wards' could ease the pressure on hospital beds

People who need hospital treatment could be looked after in their own homes in future.

Health experts at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading are looking at a new 'Hospital at home' scheme to relieve the pressure on beds.

Patients would receive daily nursing care and treatment - but is it just about saving money? Mel Bloor reports.

Interviewee: Lindsey Barker, Consultant Physician at the Royal Berkshire Hospital

Final Reading festival headliners announced

Queens of the Stone Age performs during the music festival Rock for People Credit: David Tanecek/Czech News Agency

US rockers Queens of the Stone Age and Paramore have been unveiled as the final headliners at this year's Reading and Leeds festivals.

They join previously announced headline acts Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 at the twin events staged over the bank holiday weekend in August.

The two bands will play Reading on Friday and Leeds on Saturday, taking it in turns to perform last.

It is the fifth time Queens of the Stone Age will have played the event, and Paramore's fourth appearance.

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