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Fundraisers sleep outdoors on 'Byte Night' to raise £150k for fight against youth homelessness

Volunteer fundraisers during 'Byte Night' in Reading last year Credit: Byte Night video

More than a hundred and fifty people will sleep outdoors in Reading tonight to raise money to tackle youth homelessness.

Many of those at the tenth annual 'Byte Night' at Forbury Gardens are from local IT firms. They're hoping to hit a target of raising £150,000 in sponsorship money. Since the first event in Reading in 2007 they have raised one million pounds for the charity Action for Children. The cash will pay for counselling and support for young people at organisations including Here4Me in Newbury.

There are ten other locations across the country holding similar 'sleep out' fundraising events.

Sally Hanson the Chair of the Action for Children 'Byte Night' board said it was a very worthy cause.


Parts of A33 to Reading shut due to standing water

The A33 at Basingstoke towards Reading has been affected by standing water

The heavy rain and thunderstorms overnight have left many main roads and smaller thoroughfares with standing water. The depth of the water-filled dips can be deceptive, with driver facing deeper puddles than expected. Motoring organisations and the emergency services are advising drivers to take care.

Sparky's reunion: cat trapped in van engine for 60 miles

Sparky is on the mend after his ordeal stuck in the engine of a van as it travelled 60 miles cross country

A cat which survived a sixty-mile journey trapped in the engine compartment of a van has been reunited with his family.

Sparky travelled from Tottenham in north London to Reading in Berkshire before being rescued, and has made a full recovery from his ordeal. Richard Jones has our report.

The interviewees are Helena Peace from the RSPCA; and Gemma Davis, Sparky's owner.

Sparky is back with his family

Reading diver Chris Mears helps win GB's first diving gold medal at Rio

Chris Mears and Jack Laugher have won GB's first dicing gold medal Credit: PA

Reading's Chris Mears and his partner Jack Laugher have won Great Britain's first Olympic diving gold medal at the Games in Rio.

The pair secured victory in the men's synchronised 3m springboard.

They scored a total of 454.32.

Chris Mears and Jack Laugher celebrate GB's first dicing gold medal Credit: PA


IKEA fans pitch tents ahead of new store opening

Fans of IKEA have started pitching their tents in order to secure the best spot at the front of the queue when a new store opens in Reading tomorrow.

Katie and Ella Cool are originally from Wokingham

Campers Katie Cool and her daughter Ella have travelled from Southampton to spend the night outside the store. Katie was also one of the first customers into the Southampton store when it opened.

The pair want to be in prime position for the traditional tree planting and ribbon cutting tomorrow. They're also keen to be the first to experience what the company says are 'a selection of UK and world firsts' inside.

The 32,000 square metre store on Pincents Lane, Calcot will create up to 370 new jobs.

EU Referendum: African Caribbean Society debate in Berkshire

The meeting about the EU referendum began with a tribute to the MP Jo Cox

Discussions about the whether Britain should Leave or Remain in the European Union have been taking part across the region in schools, workplaces, community centres, pubs, everywhere in short - ahead of Thursday's EU referendum.

Members of the African Caribbean Society in Berkshire have done their bit to help the debate, by holding a public meeting in Reading. Richard Slee's report ends in an interview with Jeff Hinds from the African Caribbean Society in Wokingham.

Missing - have you seen Clive House from Reading?

Missing man, Clive House, was last heard from on the night of Tuesday 21st June Credit: Thames Valley Police

A 75-year-old man has gone missing from his home in Reading.

Clive House was reported missing from the Lower Earley area at 10pm last night. He is white with grey hair, of a sim build, and about 5ft 5in. Police say he is believed to have been wearing brown shoes, black trousers and a blue, white and green striped shirt.

Police say that Mr House enjoys walking and is known to visit parks in the Lower Earley and Reading areas.

If you see him or have any information that could lead to him being found, please contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

Reading man jailed for cigarette tax fraud

Credit: HMRC

Two men have been jailed for two years after being caught in a car park with 300,000 illicit cigarettes.

Marek Prystupa, 42, from Reading, was found guilty of evading excise duty, at Luton Crown Court last month.

Taha Ahmed, 31, of Tottenham, London, pleaded guilty to the same offence in June last year.

HMRC officers observed Prystupa and Ahmed meeting at a DIY store car park in Hemel Hempstead. The cigarettes were seized.

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