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Thousands attend Lexicon development job fair

The Lexicon development in Bracknell is one of the Thames Valley's biggest ever regenerations and thousands of people went along to the job fair to see if they could be part of it.

It is hoped it will create a new heart in the previously run down town centre.

It will include new shops, restaurants and a 12 screen cinema and is set to open to the public in September.

Construction on the £240 million project began in March 2015.

The firm behind the development have promised the creation of thousands of new positions.

Our reporter Mel Bloor went along to meet some of the jobseekers.

Mel spoke to Simon Russian from the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership.


Man arrested in connection with Didcot bomb hoax

Sainsbury's supermarket at the Orchard Centre Credit: ITV Meridian

A 35-year-old man from Didcot has been arrested on suspicion of causing a bomb hoax.

Police were called to the Sainsbury's supermarket at the Orchard Centre just after 8am yesterday to reports a suspicious item had been found.

Following an investigation, officers confirmed there was no danger to the public.

The man has been released under investigation.

Fewer police officers in the Thames Valley

There will be fewer police officers on the streets of towns and villages in the Thames Valley - that was the shock announcement today by the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood.

He outlined his plans to lose 100 officers and 200 staff support colleagues in a move to save millions of pounds.

It comes during a turbulent year for the force which faced criticism over the handling of child sexual exploitation, and referrals to the police watchdog. But Mr Habgood insists the public won't be put at risk. Cary Johnston reports.

Voting to Leave - Reaction from the Thames Valley

Our reporter Rachel Hepworth has been speaking to people in the Thames Valley about their reaction to the decision - in the referendum - to leave the European Union.


Loss of equipment dashes pole vaulter's hopes

After surgery to his shoulder and a year out, decathlete Ashley Bryant has been training hard at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre in Eton to make sure he can fulfil his lifetime ambition of competing in the Olympics.

But with just two months to go his hopes have been dashed - he failed to qualify following a disappointing pole vault round.

And he says if he doesn't get the call-up it's down to the airline who lost his pole vault poles en-route to the competition. Natalie Boare reports.

Advice to make your Christmas theft-free

Police are warning people not to keep presents under the tree in view of burglars Credit: ITV Meridian

A theft-free Christmas - that's what Thames Valley police want this year. It's revealing handy tips to keep crime at bay and reduce the chances of being affected.

"At this time of year we all want to relax and enjoy time with our family and loved ones. Unfortunately, as we do our Christmas shopping, gather our gifts and leave our homes to visit family and friends, it can provide opportunities for thieves.

"There are simple steps we can all take to reduce the chances of being affected by crime. Burglary and theft can have a devastating effect on victims.

"By taking a moment to protect our property we can better ensure a happy holiday period."

– Det Insp Andy Shearwood, from the Force crime strategy unit

Police urged to take more action on 'honour based crimes'

Thames Valley Police needs to do more to protect people from violence that's linked to traditions or culture.

A study published today concluded the force wasn't equipped to deal with illegal acts such as forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

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