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It's here - the Royal County of Berkshire Show

The Royal County of Berkshire Show takes place over the weekend at the Newbury Showground.

There will be two thousand animals, on a 150 acre site - in an event that attracts more than 60,000 visitors. ITV Meridian spoke to Darren Bowyer from the Newbury and District Agricultural Society as the final preparations were being made.


Flooding in parts of Newbury - Trains affected too

Some streets in Newbury flooded overnight amid storms Credit: Emma Guite

There are delays of up to 30 minutes and no service on Great Western Railway Westbound at Newbury train station because of flooding.

Trains can not run on some of the lines through Newbury and services are unable to call at Newbury station.

Water rising near Sainsbury in Newbury Credit: Emma Guite

Teenage boy sexually assaulted in public toilets

Police are appealing for information after a teenage boy was sexually assaulted in public toilets in Newbury.

It happened on Saturday afternoon when a 16-year-old boy, went into the public toilets in Pembrook Road behind WH Smith.

Whilst in the there, the victim was touched inappropriately by a man.

The offender is white, aged between 50 and 60 years old, slim build, with short grey hair and stubble. He was wearing a blue fleece jacket and grey suit trousers.

“The victim is being supported by specially trained officers and we are conducting a full and thorough investigation. There are officers in the area today making enquiries, and I would encourage anyone with any concerns, or anyone who has any information about the incident, to speak to them.

“I would appeal to the public to help our investigation. If you have any information about the offence or recognise the description of the offender then please contact police immediately.”

– Investigating officer, Det Con Angela Parsons


A powerful message: An old Church in Newbury has spent seven years re-inventing itself

A church in Berkshire is one of the first in the country to become carbon neutral - by using renewable energy.

St George the Martyr in Newbury has been undergoing seven years of work, which includes drilling into the ground to provide a heat source and placing solar panels on its roof.

The ambitious project has been welcomed by the Bishop of Reading. Divya Kohli has our report:

Family tribute to man killed in crash

Wayne Michael Angell died in a crash in Newbury Credit: Thames Valley Police

The following is released on behalf of the family of Wayne Angell who died in a fatal collision in Newbury.

"Wayne Michael Angell was sadly taken from us on the 9th January 2016.

"He was a well loved Son, Brother, Uncle, Father, Grandson and partner to Amy. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him. Angels East, Angels West, watch over Wayne, while he rests.

"If anyone would like to make donations please do so via Geoffrey Church funeral directors in Thatcham."

– Wayne's family

Big smiles for West Berkshire charity as it wins lottery funding

Swings and Smiles charity Credit: ITV Meridian

A charity in Berkshire that helps children with special needs has received a grant worth more than a third of a million pounds. Organisers say the Big Lottery funding will enable Swings and Smiles to continue running its Phoenix Resource Centre for the foreseeable future. More than 250 families have registered with the charity since it opened in June 2014. The centre has a purpose built soft play area, art room and sensory room and aims to provide an environment where children and young people with special needs and their family or carers can play together without the pressures often experienced in wider community settings.

The Phoenix Resource Centre Credit: ITV news

The lottery funding is a significant boost for the charity's fundraising efforts and will contribute towards its running costs. The charity is also looking to find its own dedicated site in the future.

Sian Cook, Founder of Swings & Smiles said "I can't describe the pleasure we have seeing families visit us on a regular basis and watching the children and their parents benefit from their time with us. This is what I set out to achieve in 2007 and it is wonderful to see it come to fruition and to know we are helping to enrich their lives. Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund we now know we are able to continue to offer this essential service for years to come. Their endorsement gives us tremendous credibility and provides us with a secure platform on which to build for the future."

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