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Fundraising page set up after mum killed in lorry tragedy

The woman was killed and the baby injured Credit: ITV

Investigations are continuing after a woman was killed and her baby girl injured when they were hit by a lorry in Reading

The mother's been named locally as Lauren Heath. The accident happened as she was pushing her pram along Basingstoke Road in Whitley yesterday lunchtime.

Friends of the family have set up a fundraising page.


New campaign to 'Bring Back Reading Racers'

The Reading Racers site was at Smallmead Stadium in Whitley

A campaign has been launched to bring speedway bike racing back to Reading in Berkshire.

The 'Reading Racers' club attracted crowds of more than 7,000 fans at the height of its popularity. However it eventually closed in 2008 after its lease ran out. The Smallmead Stadium site in Whitley where the motorcyclists raced was later demolished.

Police appeal for witnesses after young mother dies in lorry crash in Reading

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following the crash which killed a young mother and injured a baby girl in Reading

The woman was pushing a pram along the Basingstoke Road when she was hit by a lorry. The driver of the HGV stopped at the scene. Police and other emergency services attended the incident however the woman, who was aged in her twenties and from Reading, died at the scene. Her next of kin has been informed. The baby girl sustained a minor injury and was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital by South Central Ambulance Service.

Senior Investigating officer Det Sgt Ashley Hannibal said: “We are appealing for any witnesses who saw the collision or who saw the heavy goods vehicle travelling prior to the collision. Anyone with any information which could assist officers’ enquiries should contact police. The family of the deceased are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers at this very difficult time.”

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mother pushing pram dies after lorry crash - but baby survives

The woman was pushing her baby in a pram at the time Credit: INS

Police have confirmed that a mother in her 20s has died after being involved in a collision with a lorry in Reading.

She had been pushing her baby in a pram on Basingstoke Road when the crash occurred at just past midday. The baby was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The road has been closed as emergency services deal with the aftermath of the collision. The woman's family has been informed.

The road is due to be closed for 3 or 4 hours.

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Woman reportedly hit by lorry in Reading

Basingstoke road has been closed Credit: Security Response UK/ Twitter

There are reports that a mother and her baby have been hit by a lorry in Reading this afternoon.

Emergency services have been called to the scene - where it is believed the mother is trapped underneath the lorry.

Eyewitnesses say the baby has been taken to hospital.

Basingstoke Road has been closed - and is expected to remain shut for 4 to 5 hours.


Life changing treatment helps 7-year-old Levi walk - but isn't available on the NHS

Levi is undergoing physiotherapy after his operation

The family of a seven-year-old boy from Reading who was told he'd have to spend the majority of his life in a wheelchair are calling for others to be allowed access to the treatment which has changed his life - and diagnosis for ever.

Levi Beckford is one of the thousands of children in the UK who have cerebral palsy. His family fought to raise funding for special surgery to help him walk, and he was lucky enough to be chosen for an NHS trial.

However, the medical trial has finished, and the treatment still isn't available on the NHS. Our reporter Sam Holder has been following Levi's story, and has been back to meet him and his family six months on from his life-changing operation.

The interviewees in the report are: Amanda Ward, Levi's mother; Sue Lower, Levi's NHS physiotherapist and Benedetta Pettorini, Consultant paediatric neurosurgeon at Alder Hey Hospital.

Levi's first steps after life-changing surgery

Levi Beckford suffers from cerebral palsy Credit: ITV Meridian

A 7 year-old from Reading has been told he could start walking thanks to life-changing surgery.

Levi Beckford has cerebral palsy but was given SDR treatment as part of a trial.

His family had fought for funding because the operation isn't available on the NHS. Luckily he was selected as part of a small trial for the treatment.

ITV Meridian spoke to Levi's Mum, Amanda Ward.

Street lights to be replaced in Reading in £10-million project

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A two year project to replace street lamps in Reading starts on Monday. It will cost nearly £10-million. More than 11,000 old lanterns are being taken away and replaced with new energy efficient LEDs, which are said to cost about half as much to run and last longer which means less is spent on maintenance.

The scheme is being funded by the government's Highways Challenge Fund and Reading Borough Council. The council says the project should pay for itself through reduced energy and maintenance costs over the next 20 years.

Cllr Tony Page said: "This investment in new street lighting across the borough will provide immediate and long lasting benefits. The new lighting gives better vision in the evenings and therefore improves the feeling of safety for pedestrians. LED lighting reduces power consumption, which in turn reduces the council's carbon footprint. The new lights also produce less light pollution so we will be able to see more of the night-time sky as the orange glow from street lighting disappears over the next two years."

It's official: public vote choses name for Reading bridge

The new crossing in Caversham opened in September 2015

A name has been chosen for Reading's new pedestrian and cycle bridge following a public vote.

The shortlist included four potential names:

  • Christchurch Bridge
  • Cusden Bridge
  • De Montfort Bridge
  • William Marshal Bridge
Local residents started using the structure as soon as it was opened

The consultation ended at 5pm today, and by popular vote the crossing at Caversham which opened last September will now be called 'Christchurch Bridge'. The crossing over the River Thames links the Christchurch Meadows park to the town centre and Reading railway station.

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