The mother of a heavily pregnant woman who died on Christmas Eve, just weeks before giving birth to twins, is urging people to be more aware of epilepsy and how to help someone who has a seizure.
Debbie Walker from Thatcham in Berkshire, wants to raise awareness of the condition and how people can help in an emergency. Her daughter Kirsty was due to give birth to twins next month, but she died after suffering an epileptic fit. Paramedics were unable to save Kirsty or her unborn twin girls.
Penny Silvester's report includes an interview with Leigh Slocombe, the Chief Executive of Epilepsy Research UK.
The NHS Choices website has advice on what to do if you see someone having a seizure. The tips covered include:
- move them away from anything that could cause injury – such as a busy road or hot cooker
- cushion their head if they're on the ground
- loosen any tight clothing around their neck – such as a collar or tie, to aid breathing
- when their convulsions stop, turn them so that they're lying on their side
- stay with them and talk to them calmly until they have recovered
- note the time the seizure starts and finishes
Work is underway on a new flood defence scheme in West Berkshire.
The £1.2m project will help protect Thatcham from flooding - previously the town's surface water sewers couldn't cope.
A new embankment will be built which can hold back 50,000 square metres of water.
A Chinese takeaway cook tried to murder his head chef with a meat cleaver over an argument about how to prepare marinaded chicken.
The argument began after Qiang Gao took exception to Kok Yuan Woon interrupting his food preparation and led to the defendant storming out of the kitchen.
The two men twice had to be separated by co-workers after going face-to-face with each other, before they took their argument outside the Chinese Takeaway in High Street Thatcham, Berks, a jury heard.
Mr Woon initially swung a meat cleaver at Gao in a courtyard at the back of the takeaway and smashed him around the ankle with a heavy duty metal ladle before heading back into the kitchen.
Gao – who suffered a cut to the arm and heavy bruising to his ankle – then retaliated, furiously hitting Mr Woon twice over the head and in the shoulder and leaving a series of horrific injuries.
Gao, of Acorn Drive, Thatcham, will be sentenced on December 22
Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a man has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order restricting entry to shops in Thatcham.
Adrian Lewis, aged 50, of Old Bath Road, Newbury, was given a Criminal Behaviour Order at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (29/7).
The order bans Lewis from entering the following places in Thatcham:
The Co-op in 22-26 The Broadway
The Co-op in 54-55 The Broadway
The Co-op in Burdwood Centre, in Station Road
The Co-op in Harts Hill Road
The Co-op food petrol station in London Road
Waitrose in The Broadway
Sainsbury’s Local in Coombe Square, Chapel Street
Lloyds Pharmacy in Crown Mead, Bath Road
Lloyds Pharmacy in Kingsland Centre, The Broadway
The order will last for two years and was put in place due to Lewis’ persistent shoplifting.
Lewis is also prohibited from remaining in any retail establishment in West Berkshire if asked to leave by staff.
Investigating officer, PC Greg Jones, from the response team based at Newbury police station, said:
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.
A Berkshire woman was admiring a second hand car she had just bought, when she opened the boot and got a big surprise.
A three-foot boa constrictor was staring up at her.
23-year-old Charlie Wise thought the snake was a toy at first but when the reptile flicked its tongue she screamed and slammed shut the boot.
Charlie rang the car's previous owner who said he had lost the snake two months ago but did not want the animal anymore.
Local animal charity, Berkshire Reptiles Centre, came and collected the snake who survived the ordeal unscathed.
Help could soon be at hand for drivers left fuming, waiting in queues at level crossings. One driver from Thatcham in Berkshire is so infuriated at the problem he's decided to do something about it.
Steve Ardagh-Walter is developing a system that tells drivers when the barriers are down so they can avoid the queues. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.
The driving test is facing its most radical changes. Within the next few weeks the Government will consult on measures that would make young learners spend much more time practising and experience conditions like night and motorway driving.
It comes as alarming figures show young drivers are now responsible for hundreds of deaths and thousands of serous injuries a year.
So how will the measures help? The Under 17 Car Club (U17CC) teaches young people to drive from the age of 11 years old. It's a charity based in the Meridian region and research shows if youngpeople get more experience they are less likely to be involved in accidents or get convictions.
The U17CC promotes safe driving skills and attitudes through a programme of voluntary pre-licence driver development events.
Well this year we're following the work of the club. Members also visited the Thatcham Motor Research Centre to look at the safety work they do and the cars of the future.
In this report from our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse we talk to Oliver Lambert, aged 12, from Hampshire, Rhiannon Bailey, aged 16, from Reading and Sydney Austin, also 16, who lives near Heathrow. Shaun Cronin is from the club and Iain Wallace from Thatcham Research Centre.
Pipers Way in Thatcham is both directions blocked due to an accident involving two vehicles at Agricola Way. May cause localised delays.