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Grainger 'still has hopes for Rio Olympics'

Britain's most successful rower, Katherine Grainger, says she hasn't given up hope of going to the Olympics in Rio, despite a decision to withdraw her boat from the competition.

The Maidenhead athlete won gold medal at London 2012 at the fourth attempt.

She came out of retirement two years ago in a bid to defend her title at the age of 40.

Penny Silvester reports.

New 7 day GP service in Berkshire wins Government praise

It's one of the most controversial issues facing the health service today. Plans to create a seven day NHS have caused strikes among junior doctors and debate in Parliament.

But now the Home Secretary has visited a GP hub in the Thames Valley which she claims leads the way. So far 8-thousand patients have attended evening and weekend appointments there. Here's Mary Stanley


Ceremony marks the start of work on Berkshire's first children's hospice

A ceremony in Maidenhead today marked the start of building work on the Alexander Devine Children's Service Hospice.

When it's built, terminally ill children in Berkshire will be able to receive residential hospice care in their own county, for the first time.

Veteran broadcaster, Sir Michael Parkinson, and local MP, Theresa May, were at the site in Maidenhead as building work got underway.

Building work begins on the first children's hospice in Berkshire

Building work begins on new children's hospice. Credit: ITV Meridian

Veteran broadcaster, Sir Michael Parkinson, and local MP, Theresa May, are breaking ground to mark the start of building work on the first hospice for children in Berkshire.

Construction is now underway at Woodlands Park Avenue in Maidenhead.

Up until now, young people and their families in the area have had to rely on services in other counties.

Plans unveiled to rejuvenate Maidenhead town centre

New plans for Maidenhead Credit: London and Aberdeen

The plans for rejuvenating Maidenhead's Broadway Plaza have been released. People are invited to respond to the drawings for the £230 million project which will see King Street, Broadway and Queen Street revamped.

Known as The Landing, the developers hope to submit a planning application before the end of year. The area will include officers, new homes, shops, restaurants and cafés and provide a gateway from the railway station to the town. A public exhibition is currently underway at 59 King Street

Redgrave and Grainger back cancer rowing challenge

Chris Spencer and his Great Thames Row team (Dan Bartlett, Rob Coleman, Roger Spencer and Paul Prentice) with Katherine Grainger and Sir Steve Redgrave Credit: Everyone Active

Olympic gold medallist rowers Sir Steve Redgrave and Katherine Grainger CBE stepped out this morning at Maidenhead Rowing Club to show support to cancer survivor Chris Spencer, 48, who is rowing the length of the Thames to raise awareness of leukaemia and the Anthony Nolan charity.

A general manager for the Everyone Active leisure operator, Chris has had two bone marrow transplants – the most recent just 10 months ago. He says Anthony Nolan saved his life and now it’s ‘payback time’ so Chris set himself the task of rowing 150 miles in 3.5 days to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

Sir Steve Redgrave and Katherine Grainger CBE met Chris at Maidenhead Rowing Club in Berkshire earlier today to lend their support and encouragement to him and his team before sending them on their way to complete their challenge.

He will finish in London at midday tomorrow.


Runners prepare for this year's Maidenhead half marathon

Thousands of runners are lining up in Maidenhead ready for this year's half marathon.

The route will start and finish in Maidenhead town centre and take a scenic route through the surrounding areas.

Runners in the 2011 inaugural race keep their race number for the future of the race. Once they have run the race five consecutive times their number will change to gold indicate their achievement to all.

Bitcoin blackmail letters threaten abuse rumours

The first 'Bitcoin House' opened in Paris last month Credit: Press Association Images

Blackmail letters have been received by residents in the Thames Valley, demanding they buy bitcoins – a type of cyber currency – from a specific account. The letters threaten they will spread rumours about them being a paedophile if they do not.

Four people have received these letters in Maidenhead in the past few days and two people have received similar letters in High Wycombe. Officers from Thames Valley Police believe the letters may be linked.

Det Sgt Peter Wall from Force CID Maidenhead said: 'Do not be alarmed if you receive a letter like this. Our advice is to try not to touch the letter too much so that it can be preserved for forensic examination and then call 101. Do not respond to the letter or purchase any of the bitcoins.'

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