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Residents demand answers over home demolition plans

ITV Meridian's Mel Bloor met up with Stuart Rowbotham, who's the director of health and wellbeing at Wokingham Borough Council. She asked him some of the questions posed to her by the residents of the Gorse Ride South estate.


Families' pleas to save homes from demolition

"Please don't destroy our homes." That's the plea from families living on an estate in Berkshire earmarked for demolition.

Residents in around 180 houses on the Gorse Ride South estate in Finchampstead have been served demolition notices by Wokingham Borough Council which wants to redevelop the area.

Many of the properties - which were built in the 1970s - are council owned, but some have been bought by tenants under the 'right to buy' scheme.

Mel Bloor has been speaking exclusively to worried residents.

Man in court over Christmas Day murder

A man from Berkshire is due in court this morning charged with the murder of an elderly man on Christmas day. The body of Bernard James Smith, known as Jim, was discovered on a street in Stafford in the early hours of Wednesday.

A post-mortem examination revealed 83-year-old Mr Smith died as a result of multiple chest injuries

Joseph Nicholas Moscicki who's 22 and from Finchampstead is due to appear at Stafford Crown Court. Police say he also faces a further count of failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.


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.