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REPORT: Hitting Reading streets to raise millions for charity

On Sunday around fifteen and a half thousand runners will take to the streets for the 34th Reading Half Marathon.

The 13 point one mile race starts at the Green Park business complex, and goes through the town centre with passing spots including the university campus, the main train station, three Hospitals - including the Royal Berkshire - and ending at the Madejski Stadium.

Cary Johnston met some competitors ahead of the race.


Surprise inspection finds GP surgery 'must improve'

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A GP surgery in Reading has been told it has to improve by the Care Quality Commission.

Private firm One Medical Group took over the Circuit Lane surgery in Southcote in September after a number of GP's walked out.

The CQC carried out a surprise inspection in December and found there were not enough experienced staff to ensure patients received the care they needed.

Patients were suffering delays in receiving prescriptions and improvements were not made on time.

Partial road closures in Reading town centre this week

Reading Borough Council is warning people of partial closures in the town centre starting this week.

For the next five months building repairs will be carried out on Oxford Road - with the pavement, bus stop and taxi rank all affected.

"Council officers have been working closely with the owners of the McIlroy building to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum for residents during their repair works, which I understand need to be carried out with some urgency.

"Access will be maintained for pedestrians at all times and inconvenience to bus users should be minimal.

"Unfortunately, the works will delay the Council's plans for a new pedestrian crossing outside the Broad Street Mall entrance which is a key part of the Council's Target Junction scheme. We will commence work on that project as soon as possible after the repair works are complete."

– Councillor Tony Page, Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport

Man jailed for trying to sexually assault women in underpass

A man from Reading has been jailed for trying to sexually assault two women in an underpass in Reading.

Biat Idriss Deen-Kamara, aged 26, formerly of Granville Road in Reading, was sentenced to five and a half years at Reading Crown Court.

The offences took place in the evening of 30th August last year when Deen-Kamara approached two different women in the underpass on Granville Road, Reading.

He approached the first woman and tried to talk to her but she continued to walk. He then grabbed hold of the victim but she managed to get away.

Around an hour later, Deen-Kamara approached a second woman from behind in the underpass and pulled her to the floor. He attempted to sexually assault her but she managed to stop him.

He ran off but members of the public managed to catch him.

Biat Idriss Deen-Kamara tried to sexually assault two women in an underpass Credit: Thames Valley Police

“On the day of trial, Deen-Kamara pleaded guilty to the serious offences that he had committed. He is an offender who approached two women from behind and attacked them whilst they were on their own, and his sentence has reflected this.

“I would like to pay tribute to the victims for the bravery they have shown during this investigation, and I am pleased they will not have to go through the added ordeal of having to give evidence at court.

“I would also like to thank all those members of the public who apprehended the offender on scene until police arrived, and those who came forward with information during our investigation which ultimately helped us to bring the case to court.”

– Investigating officer Det Con Robert Simpson-Jones


First day of inquest into death of boy at Topshop

Kaden Reddick Credit: Family handout

An inquest opened today into the death of a school-boy who was fatally injured at a Topshop store in the Oracle Centre in Reading.

The inquest was told that 10 year-old Kaden Reddick was in the store with his mother, siblings and grandmother.

His mother was paying at the till and Kaden was nearby.

The coroner said a display, also described as a queue barrier, had fallen and hit Kaden on the head.

He was pronounced dead at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

A detective from Thames Valley Police told the inquest that Arcadia, the group that owns Topshop, reacted quickly and all their stores worldwide were closed until the queue barriers were removed.

The inquest has been adjourned.

Boy, 10, dies after furniture incident at shop in Reading

A 10-year-old boy has died after suffering severe head injuries in an incident involving a piece of furniture in a shop in Reading.

The incident happened at the Topshop in the Oracle Centre this afternoon.

Paramedics and Thames Valley Police were called to the scene shortly after 4pm. It is reported that the child was lying on the floor, and had suffered major head trauma. He was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, but later died from his injuries. An investigation is underway into what happened.

We were called by the South Central Ambulance Service at around 4.15pm this afternoon to a retail store at the Oracle shopping centre, Reading.

On attendance they found that a 10-year-old boy had suffered serious head injuries after an incident involving store furniture.

The boy was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital where sadly he was pronounced dead. His next of kin have been informed.

At this time the death is being treated as unexplained but non-suspicious and police are making further inquiries.

– Thames Valley Police spokesperson

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.

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