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Man arrested after a rape which took place in 1988

A man has been arrested in connection with a rape that took place in Reading in 1988.

The offence took place in Heathfield Avenue, Tilehurst, in the early hours of 10 October 1988.

The victim, who was 18-years-old at the time, is now aged 44.

A 54-year-old man from Northampton was arrested on suspicion of rape this morning by Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Review Team.

CCTV released after four legs of lamb are stolen from a Reading supermarket

Police would like to speak to the man in this CCTV image Credit: Thames Valley Police

CCTV footage has been released of a man police would like to speak to after four joints of meat were stolen from Waitrose in Caversham, Reading.

At 10.31am on Friday (6/6) a man entered the store through the main entrance, made his way to the meat section and stole four legs of lamb.

Police would like to speak to the man in the CCTV image, as he might be able to help officers with their enquiries.

Anyone with information should contact PCSO Ian Chaston from Caversham police station via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.


Woman punched and kicked in the face in Reading

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a woman was punched and kicked several times in the face in Reading.

The 25-year-old was in a taxi outside the Sub 89 venue in Friar Street when a man opened the door and began assaulting her.

The offender is described as white, in his mid twenties, of medium build, about 5ft 7ins tall, with brown hair. He was wearing a white polo shirt.

Renewed appeal after father of two killed a decade ago

Video. Ten years ago this month, a father of two from Oxfordshire was attacked and killed by a gang of men outside a pub in Banbury.

Kevin Lavelle, who was 29-years-old, was set upon on the night of England's Euro 2004 defeat against Portugal.

He got into an argument with a group of Welshmen who were staying at the pub.

A decade on, his family have issued an emotional appeal to find his killers. Cary Johnston reports.

£25,000 reward for information

Kevin Lavelle Credit: Family photo

Thames Valley Police have renewed their appeal over an unsolved murder from a decade ago. 29 year old Kevin Lavelle was attacked and killed with an iron dumbbell outside a pub in Banbury, during England's Euro 2004 defeat against Portugal.

A reward of £25,000 pounds is on offer for any information regarding his death.


Bitcoin blackmail letters threaten abuse rumours

The first 'Bitcoin House' opened in Paris last month Credit: Press Association Images

Blackmail letters have been received by residents in the Thames Valley, demanding they buy bitcoins – a type of cyber currency – from a specific account. The letters threaten they will spread rumours about them being a paedophile if they do not.

Four people have received these letters in Maidenhead in the past few days and two people have received similar letters in High Wycombe. Officers from Thames Valley Police believe the letters may be linked.

Det Sgt Peter Wall from Force CID Maidenhead said: 'Do not be alarmed if you receive a letter like this. Our advice is to try not to touch the letter too much so that it can be preserved for forensic examination and then call 101. Do not respond to the letter or purchase any of the bitcoins.'

Police put plans into place for World Cup

Plans to cut down on anti-social behaviour whilst the World Cup is on are being put into place Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In the run up to the World Cup, Thames Valley Police are putting in place plans to cut down on anti-social behaviour during the competition.

The Force wants to raise alcohol awareness and disorderly behaviour especially when matches are being shown in bars and pubs.

Police officially name dead man found in Oxford

A man who was found dead at a property in Oxford has been officially named by Thames Valley Police as Michael Stephen Broadway. The 33-year-old had been living for several months at the address on South Bridge Row where he was found yesterday.

A post mortem examination which took place on Sunday has proved inconclusive pending further toxicology and histology tests.

A 55-year-old man arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.

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