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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


Pharmacy robot lightens the load for human colleagues

A robot that could save lives has been showing off its skills at a chemist's in Wokingham today. The 'Rose Street robot' could prevent potentially fatal mistakes if pharmacists dispense the wrong medicines.

GPs and chemists have been worried about errors caused by overworking, stress and of course bad handwriting. They're hoping the robot will relieve the pressure. Mel Bloor reports.


Dispenser Matthew Gunstone & GP Dr Ranjit Bahra.

Possible firearm used in robbery

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Finchampstead Credit: ITV Meridian

A firearm may have been used to threaten residents during a robbery in Berkshire. At around 7.48pm yesterday a man entered a house in Reading Road, Finchampstead, and produced what is believed to be a firearm before stealing items from the address. The offender ran away after police were called.

He is described as 6ft, of slim build, and was wearing a balaclava and a black jacket. Inspector Phil O’Neil, of Thames Valley Police, said: 'Officers will be carrying out extra patrols in the area and if anyone has any concerns, please make contact with an officer or the local police station.'

If you have any information about the incident, contact Insp O’Neil via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.


Crews tackling fire at Wokingham Industrial Unit

Fire crews are currently at the scene of a large fire in Toutley Road in Wokingham.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue were called to the Metro Centre on Toutley Road at 6:49 this morning to reports of a large plume of smoke billowing over the A329.

Eight appliances have attended the fire and crews are using foam and water to tackle the blaze.

People are being warned of heavy traffic in the area and restricted access to roads around the centre.

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