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Man charged with serious sexual assault in Reading hotel

A man has been charged in connection with a rape investigation in Reading.

Kevin Breedon, who's 39, and of Great High Ground, St Neots in Cambridgeshire, has been charged with one count of rape of a woman 16 years of age or over.

It's in connection with an incident in Hillingdon Prince Hotel in Christchurch Road in the early hours of Thursday.

Breedon has been remanded in custody to appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court today.

Man suffers broken foot after head on crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a head on crash between two cars in Reading.

It happened in the early hours of Saturday. An orange Ford Fiesta was travelling on Lower Earley Way between the M4 Junction 11 roundabout and the Black Boy roundabout. A black Audi A8 was overtaking a broken down HGV, and the two vehicles collided head on.

The 19-year-old driver of the orange Ford Fiesta required hospital treatment for a broken foot. He has now been discharged from hospital.

“We are appealing for anyone who might have been a witness to this collision to come forward that might be able to help us with our investigation.

“We would ask anyone who may have seen this incident or seen the vehicles prior to the collision to come forward and call Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.”

– Investigating Officer, PC Jennifer Swain of Roads Policing


Man left blind in one eye after attack outside casino

A man has been left blind in one eye after an attack outside a casino in Reading.

The 33-year-old and two friends were assaulted by a group of men they had met at Grosvenor Casino. Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to about the incident.

The victim and his two friends had been at the casino in Basingstoke Road between 1am and 3.30am on Saturday December 19th. They had spoken to a group of men on a smoking terrace and were attacked after leaving the casino as they walked through a car park.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an assault Credit: Thames Valley Police

"I would appeal to the man in the CCTV images or anyone who knows him to contact police, as we believe he may have vital information about the incident."

– Detective Constable Holly Stothard
Police want to speak to this man in connection with an assault Credit: Thames Valley Police

Four men from Berkshire have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. Two men aged 25 and 26 from Caversham, a 41-year-old man from Earley and a 28-year-old man from Shinfield were detained on December 22nd.

They were released on police bail until April 2nd.

Planes will spend 2,000 hours more in air because of climate change - says Reading expert

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A new study by the University of Reading has found that planes flying between Europe and North America will spend more time in the air due to the effects of climate change.

An accelerating jet stream - the high-altitude wind blowing from west to east across the Atlantic - means eastbound flights will travel faster but slow down westbound flights.

It's thought the findings of the study could have major implications for airlines, passengers, and airports.

The study, led by Dr Paul Williams, an atmospheric scientist , calculates that transatlantic aircraft will spend an extra 2,000 hours in the air every year, adding millions of dollars to airline fuel costs and increasing the risk of delays.

The bad news for passengers is that westbound flights will be battling against stronger headwinds. The good news is that eastbound flights will be boosted by stronger tailwinds, but not enough to compensate for the longer westbound journeys. The net result is that roundtrip journeys will significantly lengthen.

– Dr Paul Williams, University of Reading

Cashless parking to begin in Reading

Drivers in Reading will be able to pay to park by mobile phone Credit: ITV Meridian

Drivers in Reading will no longer have to worry about carrying change with them to park.

A new cashless system is being introduced today - meaning motorists can pay by phone.

Optional alerts are then sent to residents when their time is due to expire.

"This is an additional way of paying for parking which takes away the worry of having the right coins in your pocket when you park in pay and display bays. It also allows people to top up their stay remotely, instead of returning to their car.

"Many drivers will already be familiar with the system, as it is widely used across the UK. I'd like to emphasise however, the option to pay by cash remains in place for those who prefer the traditional method."

– Councillor Tony Page, Reading Borough Council's Lead Member for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport

Surgery under fire after doctors walk out

Wrong prescriptions, a lengthy wait to get an appointment and no continuity of care. Those are the criticisms, from patients about a doctor's surgery in Reading.

The crisis at Circuit Lane Surgery in Southcote was discussed at a public meeting last night - chaired by Reading West MP Alok Sharma.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, which has temporarily taken over the surgery after all five GPs walked out, admitted its failings and apologised to patients.

Our reporter Mel Bloor was at the meeting and sends this.


Health bosses apologise over doctors surgery crisis

Patients are unhappy with the service at Circuit Lane Surgery in Southcote Credit: ITV Meridian

A doctors surgery in Reading where all 5 GPs resigned will now see upgrades.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust apologised at a public meeting last night for problems at the Circuit Lane practice in Southcote.

It comes after patients complained about being given the wrong prescriptions and waiting for hours to get through to book an appointment.

A new telephone system will now be installed.

ITV Meridian spoke to Helen MacKenzie from Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

Doctors resign: Public meeting over GP crisis

A public meeting is taking place tonight so patients can hear what is happening to their local GPs surgery in Reading, Berkshire.

Five GPs handed in their notices at the Circuit Lane surgery in Southcote following a recruitment crisis is 2014. All tendered their resignation because they were unable to recruit doctors to replace three retiring partners.

It has been run by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust ever since.

Reading West MP Alok Sharma will chair the meeting giving patients the latest on developments at the surgery. It's taking place at St Matthew's Church at 7pm.

As well as Mr Sharma, the panel will include Dr Rod Smith, clinical lead for Circuit Lane Surgery, Helen Mackenzie, director of nursing and governance at BHFT, Dr Geoff Payne, medical director at NHS England, Shirley Edwards, primary care commissioning for the CCG at NHS England, Dr Barbara Barrie, governing body clinical lead at the CCG.

Lessons in teeth cleaning for Reading pupils

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Children in Reading are to be given lessons on how to look after their teeth. A four week programme of events is taking place to tackle tooth decay. Three hundred children under five will be given free toothbrushes and activity packs.

The youngsters who attend South Reading Children's Centre will be shown how to clean their teeth properly, learn how to avoid damaging their teeth and role play visiting the dentist.

South Reading Children's Centre is working with the council's Early Help Services and Public Health Berkshire to provide the programme. Each session has a theme which will include; helping make children's trips to the dentist more enjoyable, practice how to clean your teeth effectively, learn how much sugar is in our food and drinks and how bottles and dummies can harm children's teeth.

Councillor Jan Gavin, Reading's Lead Councillor for Children's Services, said: "It is important that children are taught how to look after their teeth from an early age and this programme of activities aims to do that in a fun way. I hope parents will also come along to these sessions as it's just as important they know how important good oral hygiene is, so they can lead by example."

CCTV images released following arson attack

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an arson in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

CCTV has beeen released by police investigating an arson at a tyre shop in Reading.

The blaze started at Low Cost Tyres in Craddock Road at 4:20 on the 16th of December. Nobody was injured.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an arson in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

“If anyone has any information or recognises the person in the CCTV image please get in contact via 101.

“If you don’t want to speak to police you can contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

– Investigating officer Det Con Sam Pricket of Criminal Investigation department based at Reading police station
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