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Reading Ibis apologised to the guest after the emergency cord in his bathroom failed to alert staff

A DISABLED man was left on the floor of his hotel room for two hours after the emergency cord in his bathroom stopped working.

Richard Shakespeare was staying at the Ibis hotel on Friar Street in Reading when he fell down on January 16.

Despite pulling the red cord to ask

today 05:38
Rebecca Boyle died after a drunken fall down a set of stairs while working on a yacht in Italy

A WOMAN who was living her dream of working on a luxury £6m yacht on the Italian Riviera died after she fell down stairs, an inquest heard.

Rebecca Boyle had just started work in Italy as the only stewardess on a 150ft super-yacht when the tragic accident happened

yesterday 06:32
East Reading MRT: Page calls for talks as council accepts defeat

Councillor Tony Page has invited critics of the East Reading MRT scheme for discussions over alternatives after Reading Borough Council (RBC) accepted defeat over the transport scheme.

The segregated bus, cycle and walking route between Thames Valley Business Park and Napier Road

2019-01-22 20:59
PICTURES: Snow lands in Reading - latest forecast here

A WEATHER warning about ice has been put in place in Reading - as snow starts falling in Reading and West Berkshire.

Snow showers arrived in Reading today at around 2.40pm, expected to continue till tomorrow.

It comes as the Met Office put another ice warning in place.

2019-01-22 17:50
Reading FC fans and players sent messages of support to Simon Rossiter on Twitter

FOOTBALL players and fans of Reading FC have rallied around a supporter after he revealed he had a tumour on his spine.

Simon Rossiter posted his devastating news on Twitter on Monday and was met with a huge amount of support from fellow Royals fans.

As well as messages

2019-01-22 13:38
Police issue tips for vehicle safety following spate of Reading thefts

There has been an increase in theft from motor vehicles in the Caversham Road, Vastern Road and Westfield Road area of Reading.

Police are asking residents to be extra vigilant and have provided some tips on vehicle safety:

Further crime prevention advice is available at

2019-01-22 12:35
Birch Copse Primary School welcomed birds of prey from Falconry UK for the 'Up in the Air' week

CHILDREN were encouraged to spread their wings and interact with birds of prey.

Pupils at Birch Copse Primary School welcomed experts from Falconry UK as part of a themed week of learning.

The 'Up in the Air' week saw children learn more about butterfly conservation and

2019-01-22 09:26
Famous sporting brothers jailed for Africa charity fraud

A FAMOUS sporting family has been "shamed" for milking a charity set up for poor African children, it can now be reported.

Ex-footballers Efe Sodje, 46, and Stephen Sodje, 43, and ex-rugby player Bright Sodje, 52, were found guilty and jailed for siphoning off money from their

2019-01-22 08:23
Dylan Makepeace was sentenced at Reading Crown Court

A TEENAGER who grabbed and falsely imprisoned a terrified woman has been jailed.

Dylan Makepeace, of York Road, Reading, was sentenced to two years and eight months at Reading Crown Court.

The incident happened on Great Knollys Street in October when the 19-year-old

2019-01-21 20:50
Dylan Makepeace was sentenced at Reading Crown Court

A TEENAGER who grabbed and falsely imprisoned a terrified woman has been jailed.

Dylan Makepeace, of York Road, Reading, was sentenced to two years and eight months at Reading Crown Court.

The incident happened on Great Knollys Street in October when the 19-year-old

2019-01-21 16:38
Thatcham crash: Lower Way closed by Thames Valley Police

A SERIOUS crash between a motorbike and a car has occurred in Thatcham.

Emergency services have warned motorists to avoid Lower Way, which is closed between Tarn Howes Close and Jubilee Court.

The incident, which happened on Monday morning, is likely to close the road for

2019-01-21 12:26
Man sentenced for drug offences after vehicle collides with lamppost

A MAN has been sentenced after his vehicle collided with a lamppost and drugs were found nearby.

Chris Jordan, 34 from Reading was sentenced to two years imprisonment on Friday, January 18 at Reading Crown Court.

In March last year Mr Jordan was seen acting suspiciously,

2019-01-20 23:50
Man sentenced for drug offences after vehicle collides with lamppost

A MAN has been sentenced after his vehicle collided with a lamppost and drugs were found nearby.

Chris Jordan, 34 from Reading was sentenced to two years imprisonment on Friday, January 18 at Reading Crown Court.

In March last year Mr Jordan was seen acting suspiciously,

2019-01-20 18:35
Reading UK welcomed plans for the proposed BIDs

BUSINESS leaders came together to launch plans to help shape the future of Reading.

Reading UK, along with other stakeholders, welcomed plans for two proposed Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).

A BID is an area which has a mandate to create extra services in addition

2019-01-20 16:29
Newbury MP Richard Benyon says a long-term plan is needed for the future of the NHS

Drowned out by other matters was a key announcement last week which is relevant to all of us.

I am, of course, talking about the long-term plan for the NHS.

This has been drawn up by the NHS itself. It has been led by clinicians, not politicians.

Crucially it has

2019-01-20 08:05
Four people sentenced at Reading Crown Court after bringing cocaine and heroin into Reading

FOUR people in Reading have been sentenced for drug offences after bringing cocaine and heroin into the town from London.

Following a Thames Valley Police Investigation, Abraham Cardoso and Luri Costa both from London were sentenced along with Stacey Deacon and Mark White from

2019-01-19 16:20
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SDLP and Fianna Fail enter partnership ‘to restore faith in politics’

Opposition parties from both parts of Ireland have entered an “unprecedented and historic” partnership aimed at restoring public faith in politics.

The nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) in Northern Ireland announced a series of common policies with

today 12:59
Central Bank has ‘no appetite’ for firms setting up in Ireland as last resort

The Central Bank of Ireland said it has “no appetite” for international firms setting up in Ireland as a last resort for a hard Brexit.

Michael Hodson, the director of asset management and investment banking, issued the stark warning to financial businesses, saying it

today 12:59
Aberdeen’s depute lord provost quits post after sexual assault claims

Aberdeen’s depute lord provost has stepped down from his role after being charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault.

Councillor Alan Donnelly was suspended by the Scottish Conservatives earlier this month as police launched an investigation.

An

today 12:59
Union chiefs press May over workers’ rights after Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May has been pressed by union leaders to guarantee jobs and workers’ rights after Brexit during a series of face-to-face meetings in Downing Street.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said she did not receive the guarantees she was seeking.

today 12:59
Homicides up 14% to highest number since 2008

The number of homicides in England and Wales has increased by 14% in a year to the highest level since 2008, new figures show.

Official police-recorded data shows violent crimes are up by 19%, while offences involving a knife rose by 8% in the year to September 2018.

It

today 12:59
UK ‘relies on whistleblowers and press to ensure proper conduct’ – protester

John Catt was born in January 1925 and has been a peaceful activist since 1948, regularly attending public demonstrations.

He became involved with campaign group Smash EDO – which aimed to shut down the US-owned company’s weapons factory in Brighton.

Mr Catt

today 12:59
John Obi Mikel signs short-term deal at Middlesbrough

Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has joined Middlesbrough until the end of the season.

The Nigeria international becomes Boro’s second signing of the January window.

He won two Premier League titles and the Champions League during his 11 years at Chelsea.

today 12:59
Tsitsipas helpless to prevent Nadal storming into Australian Open final

Rafael Nadal attempted to pick Stefanos Tsitsipas’ chin off the floor after ending the run of the exciting young Greek in brutal fashion to reach his 25th grand slam final.

Tsitsipas was looking to become only the third man after Juan Martin Del Potro and Novak Djokovic

today 12:59
Latest news from Reading
today 11:56 Homicides increase by 14% as knife crime rises
today 11:56 More than one in 10 secondary schools under-performing
today 11:56 Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd may contest extradition from Georgia – lawyer
today 11:56 Man in court accused of killing wife with mallet
today 11:56 Competition watchdog’s ‘serious concerns’ about Viagogo court order compliance
today 11:56 Reading Abbey crash to six-try leaders Windsor
today 11:56 Reading FC: Tributes made to 'charismatic' former Reading FC captain Johnny Walker who has died age 90
today 11:56 Rivermead and Palmer Park pools not expected till 2021
today 11:56 Newbury charity 'delighted' to be chosen as law firm's Charity of the Year
today 11:56 Broad Street hosts The Jive Aces to perform ahead of UK tour
today 11:50 Man fined for illegally using his grandmother’s blue badge in Reading
today 11:50 Live updates as all lines are closed between Reading and Paddington
today 10:53 Possibility of a second Brexit referendum has ‘somewhat increased’, says Blair
today 10:53 Possibility of a second Brexit referendum has ‘somewhat increased’, says Blair
today 10:53 What is antimicrobial resistance and how can it be tackled?
today 10:53 Peaceful protester, 94, wins legal battle over police ‘extremism’ database
today 10:53 What you need to know about the Brexit amendments tabled by MPs
today 10:53 Solskjaer: United are ‘making progress’ in De Gea and Martial contract talks
today 10:53 Petra Kvitova and Naomi Osaka set up Australian Open final clash
today 10:53 Guardiola backs Mendy for key role at Manchester City for rest of season
today 10:53 Henry in rallying call to Monaco in wake of Metz defeat
today 10:53 Nadal bulldozes way past Tsitsipas and into Australian Open final
today 10:53 Gladman Homes appeals to high court over twice rejected Emmer Green development
today 10:53 Reading Station spreads some warmth for Brew Monday
today 10:53 Rivermead and Palmer Park pools not expected till 2021
today 10:53 Hurst barn fire: Investigation launched after crews from across Berkshire tackle blaze
today 10:47 Radio 1 presenter, indie rockers and DJs announced for Are You Listening? Festival 2019
today 09:50 Man charged with controlling prostitution
today 09:50 French minister announces resignation of under-fire Renault chief
today 09:50 French minister announces resignation of under-fire Renault chief
today 09:50 Alex Salmond arrested and charged by police
today 09:50 Motorists urged to take extra care as ice and freezing rain hit
today 09:50 Rush plays down lack of title-winning experience in current Liverpool side
today 09:50 Neymar may miss Champions League clash with Manchester United
today 09:44 Six fire engines called to barn fire in Hurst
today 08:47 Malaysian royals pick Pahang sultan as new king
today 08:47 Airbus chief warns aerospace giant could quit UK amid Brexit ‘disgrace’
today 08:47 Search for missing plane carrying Cardiff footballer resumes
today 08:47 James Harden claims career-high 61 points as Rockets blast Knicks
today 08:47 Police resume search for Sala plane
today 07:44 New technology to cut delays installed at Heathrow
today 07:44 Japanese whalers discuss plan to resume commercial hunt
today 07:44 Northern Ireland guitar firm announces collaboration with Ed Sheeran
today 07:44 State of the Union to be held once shutdown ends – Trump
today 07:44 Ice warning as overnight temperatures plunge
today 07:44 Naomi Osaka battles past Karolina Pliskova to reach Australian Open final
today 06:41 Unrest and uncertainty in Venezuela as Maduro’s rival claims to hold office
today 06:41 Boosting opportunity for female coaches will be Murray’s legacy – Mauresmo
today 06:41 Football rumours from the media
today 06:41 Kilmarnock a cut above as Rangers switch to diamond formation in 2-1 loss
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today 12:41 What’s up with Borna Barisic? Rangers boss Steven Gerrard leaves 'fit' player out of squad
today 12:41 Jordan Jones dedicates Rangers winner to Steve Clarke as he thanks Kilmarnock boss
today 12:41 Thug jailed for six years after pleading guilty to culpable homicide in Cambuslang death
today 12:41 'Reclaim the Village' East Kilbride community watchdog call for crackdown on antisocial behaviour
today 12:41 Daughter says Hamilton dad killed in bin lorry accident was her 'hero'
today 12:41 Man in serious condition after falling from Kilmarnock bridge
today 12:41 Lottery winner Jane Park claims footie fans stared through window as she changed into thong
today 12:41 Creepy stalker flew to YouTube star's home with 'sinister' kit of ammonia, syringe and sex toy
today 12:41 Husband accused of tying up Asda worker wife and murdering her with a mallet
today 12:38 Aldi staff save customer from being fired with whip-round to pay for his shopping
today 12:38 James Bulger’s mum Denise Fergus says movie about his killers ‘glorifies his murder’
today 12:35 BREXIT BACKLASH: Barnier rubbishes Brexiteers efforts to end backstop deadlock in London
today 12:35 Kingdom Hearts 3 REVIEW: Great news for fans ahead of release date
today 12:35 Health WARNING: Superbugs could set UK back '90 YEARS' – 'DEATH from cuts and grazes'
today 12:35 Nigel Farage explains he will have FINAL SAY on Brexit deal – 'I will say NO'
today 12:35 Tony Blair TEARS into Brexit and calls for SECOND referendum at Davos: 'Complete mess!'
today 12:35 Remainers will not get Brexit concessions and it's THEIR OWN fault, May's ex advisor says
today 12:35 May holds crunch Brexit talks with union chiefs in last-ditch bid for backing
today 12:35 Galaxy S10 images show this Samsung phone's best feature in full
today 12:35 EU PANIC: Farage warns Brussels are FLAPPING as Theresa May 'GREAT CARDS' to play
today 12:35 Naomi Campbell: Supermodel exposes assets as she goes braless for Valentino fashion show
today 12:35 Financial crisis WARNING: Christine Lagarde warns of 'real issue' linked to China economy
today 12:35 Aldi launches home gym equipment range and prices start from just £2.99
today 12:35 Doomsday Clock: When does the clock time change? Does it signal End of the World?
today 12:35 Jeremy Corbyn meets with Venezuela diplomat as thousands protest socialist regime
today 12:35 BBC Weather: Powerful system with 80mph gusts to hit Europe as SNOWSTORM batters continent
today 12:35 Keyless car stolen in 30 seconds by thieves using this simple trick - Is your car at risk?
today 12:35 Germany warns Trump: You are putting EU economy at RISK - and Berlin among WORST affected
today 12:35 Puppy shot in face with ARROW while playing in garden
today 12:35 Xperia XZ4 leak shows a huge change is coming to this Sony phone
today 12:35 Antibiotic resistance as threatening as WARFARE ‘the urgency is NOW’
today 12:35 Amal Clooney: George Clooney's wife 'left their home in explosive row' - truth REVEALED
today 12:35 Roswell Incident – THE TRUTH: Aliens, Hitler, and stolen terrifying Nazi technology
today 12:35 Alex Salmond arrested: Former First Minister charged by police
today 12:35 Pavement parking: Vicious CAT CLAW device that homeowners are using to puncture tyres
today 12:35 Royal JEWELS: History of the royal tiaras - Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and Diana
today 12:35 Huge EXPLOSION near Russia embassy Syria as car bomb rocks Damascus
today 12:32 Boris Johnson received £10,000 from JCB before Brexit speech
today 12:29 East Yorkshire's superb nature and scenery is attracting more people than ever
today 12:29 East Yorkshire's superb nature and scenery is attracting more people than ever
today 12:29 David Davis MP takes up second job earning £3,000-an-hour at JCB
today 12:29 David Davis MP takes up second job earning £3,000-an-hour at JCB
today 12:20 The fight for the game-changing cystic fibrosis drug, Orkambi
today 12:11 Paddy McGuinness STUNNED after nearly buying LUBE while doing domestic shop
today 12:11 BREAKING: Murders up 14% amid terrifying rise in UK knife attacks
today 12:11 Doomsday Clock 2019: What is the Doomsday Clock? How many minutes to midnight is it now?
today 12:08 UK finance minister Hammond pulls out of event
today 12:08 UK MPs appeal to Corbyn to back second Brexit vote
today 12:02 School Snow Closures: Everything You Need To Know
today 12:02 UK Weather: Ice And Freezing Rain Bring Treacherous Conditions
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