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'I'm on my knees," trader says regeneration has killed town

Work is continuing on the regeneration of Wokingham town centre - but some traders are concerned they could go out of business. The borough council has been criticised for the lack of support - but it says the work is essential to meet the future needs of residents.

Linden Reader, owner of The Dollshouse Boutique, tells ITV News Meridian how it's affecting her:

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Retired teacher pressures politicians on funding

The Prime Minister faced some tough questions on school funding last night as part of an election broadcast.

She was challenged over promises to spend an extra £4 billion on our schools and what that really means.

Primaries and secondaries in Wokingham receive some of the lowest levels of funding in the country and the whole issue of financing our schools has been a key issue across this election campaign.

We spoke to a 100 year old retired teacher who is helping protestors put pressure on politicians to get a good deal for schools.

As our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

Christine spoke to retired teacher Len Goldman, headteacher at Tanbridge House School Jules White and parents and campaigners Janine Dotchin and Annabel Yoxall.

CCTV released after blind man robbed

Police investigating a theft from an elderly vulnerable man in Wokingham have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to.

The victim who is blind, was leaving Waitrose on Rectory Road at around 1pm on 8th April when he had his wallet stolen from his pocket.

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

“We are asking for anyone who recognises the man in the images to contact us as a matter of urgency.

“We believe the victim was specifically targeted due to his vulnerability. We are concerned that other vulnerable people may also become targets.”

– Investigating officer Police Constable Sophie Smith

Police book pony into found property register

Police are appealing to the owners of a Shetland pony to come forward, after it was found wandering alone in Whitley.

The horse is now being looked after by officers after being brought in early this morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote the reference URN 87.

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'Worst hit' council in country to set budget for year

Credit: PA

The worst hit unitary authority in the country is considering its budget for the year.

Wokingham Borough Council is having to find an extra £2m savings - effectively a 50% cut in its budget.

Councillors claim that councils in Berkshire have been unfairly treated and are waiting for a response from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government about their grant cut before setting the final budget.

Its final budget will be considered by the council at its meeting on February 18.

Wokingham MP says EU migrant 'brake' not good enough

David Cameron is set to discuss the plans with EC president Jean-Claude Juncker today Credit: PA

A veteran Tory Eurosceptic has said David Cameron's proposal to introduce an 'emergency brake' on immigration is not good enough.

John Redwood said proposals to limit benefits to European migrants were an "insult" that would not be acceptable to Tory backbenchers opposed to remaining in the bloc.

"That proposal is an insult to the United Kingdom. It's not a serious offer. We need to take back control of our borders and we need to be able to control our own welfare system. That falls well short of that."

– John Redwood, MP for Wokingham

Mr Redwood also told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the plans would leave Britain having to "beg" Brussels for permissions to limit benefits.

"It's just simply a bad joke," he added.

Facebook Group launched to battle A329M changes

Drivers are complaining that the new road layout is causing delays Credit: ITV Meridian

An action group has been set up on Facebook against the newly designed layout of the A329M between Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell.

The 'Fix the A329M' group is calling for the council to change what they say are unsafe modifications which are causing delays for drivers.

The 'Fix the A329M' group is calling for the road layout to be changed Credit: Facebook

Highways England says it has put up signs and is monitoring ways of making improvements.

Wokingham MP John Redwood has stepped in saying it needs to be sorted out.

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