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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.

'Commune with the pods' - unique sound experience

Sounds pods provide a 'unique' audio experience

Two giant humming sound pods will be arriving in Reading today to as part of the town's year of culture.

The spheres play calm and soothing music that hums. Visitors to the Broad Street attraction can hug the globes and feel the reverberations.

The people behind the scheme say the spheres play calm and soothing music that hums. The pods will be at Broad Street all day. Visitors to the attraction can hug the globes and feel the reverberations.

Woman communing with a pod


University of Reading celebrates 90th anniversary

University of Reading Credit: ITV news

The University of Reading will today mark its 90th anniversary with a series of special events. The University was established by Royal Charter on 17th March 1926, becoming the 11th university in England and was the only UK university to be created between the two world wars.

It is now has 17,000 students, from 150 countries with campuses in the UK, a new state-of-the-art campus in Malaysia and Henley Business School Africa in Johannesburg.

Today's events include:

An official Guinness World Record attempt for the 'greatest simultaneous chair lift' by students and staff. It mirrors a famous photograph from the University's inauguration in 1926 when the University's first Vice-Chancellor, William Macbride Childs, was lifted to celebrate the granting of the Royal Charter.

Celebrating the Royal Charter Credit: University of Reading

A lunchtime celebration will then take place in the main quad on the Whiteknights campus in Reading, with the University Big Band providing entertainment, followed by the formal cutting of the anniversary cake and refreshments.

A special meeting of the University Court is taking place in the evening at the Great Hall, at the University's original London Road campus, led by Chancellor Sir John Madejski, with speeches by the Vice-Chancellor and reading by Oli Ratcliffe, President of Reading University Students' Union. The ceremony will see the presentation of three honorary degrees to Helen Gordon, Professor Haiyan Hu and Andrew Palmer CMG. CVO. The ceremony will also premiere a new film marking the 90th anniversary with current and past academics, students and staff setting out nine decades of history and achievement.

University cloisters Credit: University of Reading

University of Reading Chancellor Sir John Madejski said:"This historic event will be commemorated by our staff, students and graduates alike as we look forward to another 90 years of high quality education and world-changing research. Reading is already ranked firmly in the top 1% of universities worldwide, and its international reputation continues to grow. I am proud to be involved with such a forward-thinking institution, and I look forward to seeing the University of Reading continue to go from strength to strength in the years ahead."

CCTV released after baseball bat attack

CCTV pictures have been released of two men who might have vital information about a vicious attack with a baseball bat in Reading.

A 25 year old man suffered concussion after the assault on January 31st between Vastern Road and Station Approach.

Anyone who knows the men is asked to contact the police in confidence.

Police want to speak to these two men in connection with an attack in Reading Credit: Thames Valley Police

“If you are the men in these images or know who they are please contact police immediately as we believe these men may have vital information about this assault.

“I would ask anyone with any information about this horrific unprovoked attack to think about the victim, search their conscience and then contact police either at your nearest police or by calling 101.

“I understand that some people don’t want to speak directly to police, so alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 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, PC James Dunwell

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.

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