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Plea for more adoptive parents in Wokingham

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A project to increase the number of foster carers and adoptive parents in the Wokingham Borough is being launched this weekend - and churches in the region are being asked to help.

The Home for Good project is a partnership between the church community and Wokingham Borough Council and aims to find 20 new carers and families in the next two years. The initiative will work with churches across the Wokingham Borough, with plans to extend to other faith groups when these links are established. An adoption event is being held at Kings Church in Reading Road in Wokingham on Sunday

Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Home for Good to raise awareness in the church community of the need for us to find local carers for our children and young people. I would like to encourage anyone who believes they could provide a safe and loving family home life to come and talk to us."

Car thief crashes after punching delivery pizza driver and stealing his car

A car thief who punched a pizza delivery driver before driving away in his vehicle flipped it onto its roof when he crashed, police said today.

The delivery driver was returning from dropping off a pizza in Goodchild Road, Wokingham when a man punched him in the stomach and stole his keys.

The thief then crashed into another car when making his getaway and ended up flipping the vehicle upside down.

Police were today trying to track down the man, who was believed to have been injured in the crash.

He crashed into a VW Polo on Finchampstead Road just before 9pm.


Wokingham mum lends support to Syrian refugees

Refugees and migrants are continuing to try to make their way across Europe.

Many are Syrians fleeing the civil war, with more than 40,000 claiming asylum between April and June this year.

It's become a big political talking point in Europe, with questions being asked over who really is a refugee. Now thousands are being held in makeshift camps between borders.

But a mother from Wokingham has been inspired to help after a chance meeting with Syrian refugees while on holiday in Greece.

And she's managed to get hundreds of her neighbours involved. Sam Holder reports.

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Students rescued in Himalayas due back next week

Students from the Holt School in Wokingham became trapped during flash floods in the Himalayas Credit: ITV Meridian

A group of students from Berkshire who were rescued in the Himalayas after they became trapped by flash floods are due to fly home on Tuesday.

Twenty pupils and three teachers from the Holt School in Wokingham were trekking in the Ladakh region when they were caught in torrential rain.

They were airlifted to safety.

Two arrested on terrorism offences remain in custody

Two people from Berkshire remain in the custody of West Midlands Police

A man and a woman from Berkshire arrested by West Midlands Police on suspicion of preparing for acts of terrorism in the United Kingdom, remain in police custody.

The 24-year-old man from Reading and 23-year-old woman from Wokingham were detained at around 7.30pm on Thursday 28th May. It is believed that the pair are friends. They were arrested in an operation by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit assisted by officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.

In a statement released today the West Midlands police force said that the pair will remain in custody while inquiries continue. Police emphasized that the man and woman posed no imminent threat.


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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.

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