Live updates

Reading council votes to build 'homeless hub'

Credit: ITV Meridian

Councillors in Reading have tonight voted to build its own local temporary accommodation for the homeless.

The so-called 'homeless hub', its argued, will save money instead of putting people in expensive BNB's, sometimes as far away as Slough.

The council is looking to save a further £11 million over the next three years.

Credit: ITV Meridian

Man jailed after driving car at man in Berkshire

Jesse Gregory Credit: Thames Valley Police

A 52 year old man was left needing surgery for a broken leg after a car was driven at him in Berkshire.

The 26 year old driver has been jailed for 12 years after the incident at Paices Hill in Aldermaston in February last year.

Jesse Gregory of Moat Close, Tadley in Hampshire pleaded guilty to GBH on Thursday at Reading Crown Court.

This was a very serious incident where Gregory used a vehicle as a weapon against the victim. The victim subsequently required corrective surgery to his leg following the injury. I am pleased for the victim that justice has been done.”

– Detective Constable Gareth Perry, Investigating Officer

Advertisement

Man punched in unprovoked in attack in city centre

Credit: PA

A 19 year-old man has been punched in an unprovoked attack in Reading.

At around 2.15am on Saturday a 19-year-old man was at the Purple Turtle public house on Gun Street, Reading with two other people.

As he was sitting outside, an unknown man ran up behind him and punched him in the eye.

The offender then ran off.

The victim sustained a significant injury to his right eye which required hospital treatment.

He has since been discharged.

This was an unprovoked assault on the victim, who sustained a significant eye injury and has been left shaken and distressed."

– Police Constable Richard Probert, Investigating Officer

Remembering Leroy: Hundreds gather to say goodbye to Reading man

Family and friends of a Reading man who died in police custody have gathered for his funeral.

Leroy Junior Medford was arrested and taken to Loddon Valley Police station. He was then admitted to hospital because he was a diabetic but later taken back to the police station. His body was found in his cell the following day.

The independent police complaints commission is now holding an investigation into what happened.

Heather Edwards has more.

Funeral for Reading man who died in police custody

Leroy Junior Medford

Family and friends of a Reading man who died in police custody have gathered for his funeral.

Leroy Junior Medford was arrested and taken to Loddon Valley Police station.

He was then admitted to hospital because he was a diabetic but later taken back to the police station.

His body was found in his cell the following day.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is now holding an investigation into what happened.

As Heather Edwards reports.

Heather spoke to Marilyn Medford-Hawkins, sister of Leroy Junior Medford and Rev Billy Fenning from All Nations Christian Centre.

Fly-tipping increases after bin collection overhaul

Credit: ITV Meridian

The amount of rubbish being dumped illegally on Reading streets has increased dramatically since the council overhauled the way bins are collected.

Five months ago, residents were told that extra bags could no longer be left out on bin day, and they would have to pay to have their green waste to be taken away.

Penny Silvester joined council enforcement officers on patrol to see the extent of the problem.

Penny spoke to resident Paul Banks and Gina Frost, a Reading Council Environment Officer.

Advertisement

Labour leader visits Reading to reveal future vision

Credit: ITV Meridian

A large crowd of Labour supporters cheered on Jeremy Corbyn in Reading today as he spelt out his vision for the future.

It was the Labour leader's first visit to the Thames Valley since the General Election was called.

Sangeeta was hoping for a one to one interview with the leader to put some of your Facebook questions to him - but as you can see in the report below, it didn't go quite to plan.

Jeremy Corbyn was received by crowds of supporters Credit: ITV Meridian

Work on new bus lane causes lane closures on A33

Credit: ITV Meridian

Off-peak lane closures will be in place on the A33 northbound near Reading from today.

Between 9:30am and 3:30pm Monday to Friday, restrictions will be in place between Longwater Avenue and Island Road.

The council is building a new bus lane to help speed up journeys along the busy route.

All lanes will be fully open for both the morning and evening peak periods.

It is anticipated that southbound off peak lane closures will commence from mid-June.

Road users are being asked to be aware of the restrictions and allow some extra time for their journeys if travelling during off peak hours.

While the off peak lane closures are unavoidable as this project progresses, working with contractors we have delayed them as much as possible to minimise inconvenience for road users.''

– Tony Page, Reading Borough Council

Reading's Chris Mears receives MBE from Queen

Chris Mears with diving partner Jack Laugher Credit: John Walton/PA

Reading's very own olympic diver, Chris Mears, has been at Buckingham Palace today to receive his MBE from the Queen.

The 24-year-old, and his diving partner Jack Laugher won gold at last summer's games in Rio in the synchronised three metre springboard event.

Mears was given just a 5% chance of survival in 2009 after suffering a ruptured spleen but overcame his illness to become an olympic champion.

Jack Laugher and Chris Mears at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 Credit: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA
Load more updates