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CCTV released after bag and phone snatch

British Transport Police officers are appealing for the public’s help after the theft of a handbag and a mobile phone from two women on board a train as it arrived at Wokingham railway station.

Detectives are today in a position to release a series of CCTV images of two men they believe will be able to help them with their investigation into the thefts which took place at about 8.40pm on Monday, 15 September.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a theft Credit: British Transport Police
Police want to speak to this man in connection with a theft Credit: British Transport Police
Police want to speak to this man in connection with a theft Credit: British Transport Police

“The victims, a 22-year-old woman from Reading and a 41-year-old woman from Wokingham, were passengers on board a Clapham Junction – Reading service on Monday, 15 September 2014. When the train arrived at Wokingham station, two men who were on the train, grabbed the 41-year-old woman’s bag and a mobile phone from the 22-year-old victim before fleeing from the train. I am very keen to speak with the men in these CCTV images, as I believe both will have key information. If you recognise either man, or have any other information which could help the investigation, please get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Richard Day

Extensive enquiries have been ongoing since the incident, to try to trace those responsible for the thefts and bring them to justice.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference GSUB/B8 of 18/11/2014.

Street lights turned off to save Council cash

A further 504 street lights will be switched off in Wokingham today as part of the council's bid to cut back.

It comes as 2000 lights across the county will now be turned off between 12.30am and 5.30am - saving the council a total of £36,000 every year,

Further street lights will be turned off by the council overnight to reduce costs Credit: PA Wire

Street lights are carefully chosen to become part of the part-night lighting scheme, and the wellbeing and safety of residents and motorists is key to this.

We've been carrying out part-night lighting since 2009 and so far 1,434 street lights have become part of the scheme with an annual saving of £18,000 per year per 1,000 part-night lights."

– Cllr John Kaiser, executive member for planning and highways

Before the lighting is turned off, those roads affected will have a temporary sign to warn residents.

The affected lights will also have a permanent sticker and residents will receive a letter.

The selected street lights have been especially picked by the police to ensure they aren't in areas with high crime levels.

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Safety concerns prompt replacement footbridge at level crossing

There have been two near misses and numerous cases of vandalism at a level crossing in Wokingham.

Now Network Rail say they're going to close the dangerous pedestrian route over the tracks and replace it with a footbridge

It's one of 35 crossings to be closed across the South, amid safety fears. Penny Silvester reports.

Berkshire judo fighter wins gold

A judo fighter who trained in Berkshire has won gold in the women's under 70kg judo event.

Megan Fletcher trained hard at the Pinewood Judo Club in Wokingham and says her win is a great tribute to her coach, Don Werner, who died in December.

After badly injuring her nose in the semi-final, the 24-year-old battled on to win the final against New Zealand's Moira de Villiers.

Berkshire's Megan Fletcher after winning gold in the womens 70kg Judo Credit: EMPICS Sport/ PA Wire

CCTV image released in connection with theft in Wokingham

Thames Valley Police has released a CCTV image of a man it would like to speak to in connection with a theft in Wokingham.

At around 10.22am on Monday 9 June, a man entered the Halfords store in Gazelle Close and stole a Carrera Kraken mountain bike.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a theft Credit: Thames Valley Police

Investigating officer PC Paul Bentley from Wokingham police station said: “It is believed the man went towards the Winnersh Triangle train station so if you know or recognise the man, or have any information about this incident, I would urge you to call Thames Valley Police on 101.”

Children ill from swimming pool fumes: School statement

All Saints Primary School acting headteacher Jacqui Kearney said: “This morning was the first time we have used the pool this summer, and unfortunately four children reacted to chemicals in the water.

“We acted promptly to ensure their safety and well-being. Four children were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure and three of them have since been discharged. All other children appear to be unaffected.

“The swimming pool is now closed and it will be inspected tomorrow to establish what caused today’s issue.

"We are writing to parents today to inform them and remind them, as always, the safety and well- being of all the children at our school is our highest priority.”

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Swimming pool fumes make students and teacher ill

Four children and a teacher have been rushed to hospital after they were overcome by fumes from chemicals used in the swimming pool at their school in Wokingham.

Ambulance staff, firefighters and police were called to the All Saints Primary School after 10am when a number of children felt ill.

It is thought that fumes from the chlorine plant at the schools swimming pool leaked and were inhaled by students and teachers.

None of those taken to hospital are thought to be in a life-threatening condition.

A spokesperson from the South Central Ambulance Service confirmed that they had been taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

They added, "Ambulance staff including a rapid response vehicle and an emergency care doctor examined numerous children at the scene but they did not need hospital treatment."

New deal on offer for young people in Wokingham

Expert help to get jobs in the booming local construction industry, a dedicated centre for all careers advice and a new website for young jobseekers – they are all among the benefits coming to Wokingham Borough’s 16 to 24 year olds under the Thames Valley Berkshire City Deal.

The City Deal is a £4.8million agreement signed last year to reduce youth unemployment and promote apprenticeships. The borough will benefit from nearly £600,000 over the next three years, which will be used to reduce the number of young people who are not in employment, education or training.

We believe in all our young people. This money will increase opportunities for them to get the right advice and support when they need it. The City Deal is about helping young people to make their own decisions and to fulfil their potential. In particular it will help those who may have been disadvantaged in one way or another to take advantage of the opportunities on offer in Wokingham Borough.”

– Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor

City Deal funding will also be used to employ ‘brokers’ working with employers in the construction industry to link them with local people looking for work in the sector. Reading’s ‘Elevate Me’ website service will be extended to Wokingham Borough.

City Deal hub is a perfect fit for Wokingham Library as the library is already a centre for the community and a great resource for advice and learning. This is a great extension to the range of services we already offer at Wokingham Library.”

– Cllr Pauline Jorgensen
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