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Cricket girls take to the field

The cricket season is still in full swing, and with it came success for the England women's team, with victory in last month's World Cup.

Since then, the sport has been booming among schoolgirls across the region, who now have champion role models to look up to.

Cary Johnston reports from the Falkland Cricket Club in Newbury.

Cary spoke to former assistant England women's coach Neil Rider and parent Liz Hayward.

England photos courtesy ECB/Tom Shaw Images


Man charged with murder of 5-month-old baby

Thames Valley Police have charged a 29-year-old man with murder after the death of a baby in hospital on Sunday.

Jack McLaren died in hospital on Sunday 4th June. He was 5 months old. Daniel McLaren, 29, from Fleetwood Close in Newbury was arrested on Tuesday 6th June. He was charged on Wednesday 7th June with Jack's murder.

The charge follows a post mortem examination which was completed on Wednesday, which led to the baby's death being treated as suspicious.

Daniel McLaren was also charged with grievous bodily harm with intent relating to injuries suffered by another child under one years old. He is due to appear before Reading magistrates today.

Meanwhile a 28-year-old woman from Newbury who was arrested on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of a child; and on suspicion of committing Section 18 (grievous bodily harm with intent) on Tuesday the 6th of June in connection with this investigation was released on police bail until the 5th July 2017.

New CCTV technology installed after vandalism

New CCTV technology is being installed in Newbury after a spate of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

It comes just months after cameras in the town centre were switched off by the council in a bid to save money.

It's hoped it will make residents feel more secure.

As Mary Stanley reports

Mary spoke to Sarah Greenall and Granville Taylor from Newbury Town Council.

Berkshire charity's plea for help to move to bigger site

A charity in Newbury which created a soft play area for children with disabilities says it desperately needs a bigger, purpose built area.

Swings and Smiles is used by more than 300 local families. It was designed to be less daunting for children with special needs.

But it has outgrown its old home and the charity needs thousands to relocate to a new site.

Mel Bloor reports.

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