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Force preparing to police next week's Royal Ascot

Thames Valley Police are preparing their operation for policing Royal Ascot which begins next week Tuesday.

The force says a "significant security operation" will be in place during the five-day event which will be attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family.

"Thames Valley Police has been involved in policing Royal Ascot for many years. Every year is different but the challenge remains the same for us to support those attending as well as those living near to Ascot Racecourse.

"The event attracts a global audience and thousands of prestigious visitors but our planning and approach is no different to any other large scale public operation.

"A great many officers and staff have been working on the plans in partnership with Ascot Racecourse Limited, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and neighbouring police forces. We anticipate the focus remaining firmly on the track but will remain ready to respond if required."

– Supt Jim Weems, Thames Valley Police

Girl aged 15 due in court on attempted murder charge

The stabbing incident happened in Reading on Sunday

A 15-year-old girl has been charged with attempted murder after a boy aged 16 was stabbed in the chest. It happened at around midday on Sunday 7th June on Granville Road in the Southcote area of Reading.

The 15-year-old girl has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before magistrates this morning charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of possession of a knife blade/ sharp pointed article in a public place.

Girl, 15, in custody after boy, 16, stabbed in Reading

A 16-year-old boy is in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed in Reading on Sunday. Thames Valley Police were called to Granville Road in the Southcote area of Reading just after midday yesterday.

A 15-year-old girl has been arrested. Our reporter Mel Bloor sent this report from the scene.

“I would like to reassure the local community that we believe this is an isolated incident. We are investigating the circumstances fully. If anyone has information about this I would ask them to contact police by calling 101.

Officers remain on the scene and anyone with concerns can contact the police.”

– Det Insp Mark Spencer, Reading CID, Thames Valley Police

Attempted murder charge after restaurant 'incident'

A man charged with attempted murder is due before magistrates in Reading today. Quiang Gao, 39, of Acorn Drive in Thatcham was arrested on the evening of Thursday 28th May. It was in connection an incident at a restaurant in the town's High Street earlier that day which left a 40-year-old man with serious head injuries.

Quiang Gao was charged on the evening of Friday 29th May. The victim needed surgery for his head injuries, and remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.


Great First Western promise more seats for commuters in the Thames Valley, Hampshire and Surrey

From next year there will be trains with twelve carriages which will be some the longest in the country all over the Thames Valley. It will mean up to 25 per cent more rush hour seats in Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey.

It is part of a major upgrade that will see almost 60 new and refurbished carriages on local routes.

There will also be two new evening peak rail services from Paddington to Maidenhead, adding over 350 seats for passengers.

A new Monday to Friday 16:42 London Paddington to Bourne End (17:24) service will call at Maidenhead (17:11) and plug an hour gap in services from Maidenhead between 16:47 and 17:47 with a 17:12 departure. The service will also call at Furze Platt and Cookham.

This will be supplemented with a new 19:36 London Paddington to Twyford (20:07) service, calling at Maidenhead at 20:00.

The additional services will come into effect with First Great Western’s summer timetable, starting on Monday 18th May, increasing capacity on London Thames Valley services prior to the introduction of Electric Multiple Unit trains during 2016.

In the Thames Valley, First Great Western will replace most of its Turbo commuter fleet with a mix of 58 electric trains comprised of 37 new and as-new four-carriage Class 387 trains and 21 four-carriage Class 365 trains from spring 2016. This will increase the number of seats for commuters travelling in the high peak by 25% from 2017. These new trains can run with up to 12 coaches.

Man arrested after death of man found bleeding in car

A murder investigation is underway in Oxford tonight - after a man was found bleeding in a car in the city on Tuesday evening and later died at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Residential streets have been cordoned off around North Way in the Barton area while forensic teams investigate. It is believed the man had suffered stab wounds. A 31-year-old man has been arrested. Kate Bunkall reports.

Fire fighters bring shopping outlet blaze under control

Staff fled from flames and hundreds of shoppers were turned away as a fire broke out at a popular shopping village preparing for the Easter rush.

Around 40 firefighters were called to the Bicester shopping village, in Oxfordshire, after a blaze broke out in an Italian restaurant.

Nearby residents saw plumes of smoke climb into the sky, as the designer outlet was shut down.

Asana Greenstreet reports:

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