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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.

Hit by a crossbow but cow now recovering

A farmer has spoken of his horror at discovering how one of his cows had been shot by a crossbow. Alan Bishop found the injured animal on his field at Church Farm in Finchampstead - near Wokingham.

The pedigree cow had been shot in the neck. It survived - and is recovering - but police are investigating the incident. Here's Divya Kohli's report.

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