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Reading's Laura Ashley under threat as UK store closure plans announced

By Hugh Fort and Paul Cockerton

Reading's Laura Ashley store in Brunel Retail Park. Credit:getreading

Reading's Laura Ashley store could shut after the company announced another series of closures.

The company says its UK stores will reduce from 160 to 120 as it plans a massive ...

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Brief calm after the storm as more wet weather on the way for Berkshire

There will be sunny spells on Monday before more rain is on the way. Credit: getreading

By Brett Gibbons

Britain is set for a calm and less-cold spell after the devastation of Storm Deirdre.

It will be milder, especially in the south, with sunshine and showers following the ...

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Appeal for dash cam footage after biker suffers serious injuries in A4 crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after the crash. Credit:getreading

A motorcyclist remains in hospital more than a week after a crash on the A4 in Charvil.

Police are appealing for dash cam footage after the 60-year-old man was involved in a collision in Bath Road at around 4.30pm ...

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Police appeal after man dies in collision on A34

The incident happened on the A34 near the Botley interchange. Credit:Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a pedestrian on the A34.

The incident happened at around 2.15am on Sunday, December 16, on the southbound carriageway around half-a-mile from the ...

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Long-awaited Friars Walk demolition could begin next year

Friars Walk could be knocked down in April 2019. Credit:getreading

A Reading shopping centre that has been derelict for 14 years could finally be demolished in the new year.

And one of Reading's most expensive car parks is also set to be reduced to rubble as the next stage of the ...

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These are the roadworks set to cause delays around Reading in the run up to Christmas

Thames Water is carrying projects out in the run up to Christmas. Credit:getreading

Drivers in Reading heading out for some Christmas shopping could end up getting delayed by water work projects.

Thames Water faces a busy festive period around Reading and drivers will have to put up ...

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Man injured after shooting in Reading

Police closed Norfolk Road after a man was shot in the leg. Credit: Hampshire and Thames Valley Armed Response

A man allegedly shot in the leg in West Reading is in a serious condition in hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the man was allegedly shot at close range by ...

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See the iconic events you would have witnessed if history ran backwards

If history ran in reverse, would you have witnessed the first man on the moon? (or maybe you did!)

By Cullen Willis and Kelly Leung

Imagine if history ran in reverse, your life and events you have witnessed would be totally different.

If time went backwards rather than ...

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Coroner orders review of care at private Berkshire hospital after sepsis death

Berkshire Independent Hospital. Credit: google maps

Reading's private Berkshire Independent Hospital has been ordered to review its care of a cancer patient who died of sepsis following surgery.

Berkshire coroner Heidi Connor has instructed Ramsay Healthcare to prepare a Prevention ...

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See inside incredible £11.25m Grade II Georgian mansion and its jacuzzi with an amazing view

The huge home in Binfield Heath. Credit:Rightmove

As a homeowner, you know your property is worth a few quid when it has three, three-bedroom homes in the grounds.

Add in the fact it's a Grade II listed building, which has 11 bedrooms, an outdoor pool, a huge games room and a gym, ...

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Terrifying Emmer Green kidnap was isolated incident, say police

The woman suffered severe injuries. Credit:Thames Valley Police

The horrific kidnap and assault of a woman in Emmer Green is believed to be an isolated incident, say police.

However, Detective Chief Inspector Matt Stone of Thames Valley Police admitted he was concerned about the ...

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Head lice could prove cases of neglect, say Reading scientists

Head lice could be more than a childhood rite of passage, they could help uncover long term neglect. Credit: Getty/Peter Dazeley.

Head lice could help forensic investigators discover how long vulnerable people have been subjected to abuse and neglect.

Scientists at the University of ...

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The best Christmas light displays in Reading mapped

Lights on a house in Plymouth Avenue. Credit: UGC

There are some stunning Christmas light displays on homes across Reading and now's your chance to visit them all.

From Tilehurst to Woodley, homeowners have been busy decorating not only the inside, but the outside of their homes and ...

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Man on heroin and cannabis charge after stop and search in Reading

Hassan Nour has been remanded in custody. Credit:getreading

A man has been charged with supplying heroin and cannabis after being stopped by police in Reading town centre.

Hassan Nour, aged 30, of Copley Close, Ealing, was stopped and searched by officers in Watlington Street on ...

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Santa visits Reading department store in 1970

Santa and his assistant. Credit:getreading

A common modern day moan is that Christmas is getting earlier and earlier.

Christmas displays pop up in supermarkets in mid-October, prompting a mass outbreaking of tutting and claims that "it was never like this in the old ...

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50 new jobs as vegan burger restaurant set to open Reading

The Miami Burger restaurant kept under wraps on the top level of The Oracle. Credit: UGC

A new vegan burger restaurant is coming to The Oracle, and it's promising "10/10 for amazing taste" without the unhealthiness that comes with junk food.

Miami Burger will open on the ...

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Live updates as two M4 lanes close after crash near Wokingham

The crash is between Wokingham and Maidenhead. Credit:Highways England

Two lanes have been closed on the M4 after a crash involving a coach.

The incident has happened on the westbound carriageway between junction 10 at Wokingham and 8/9 and Maidenhead.

Police have shut lanes ...

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Text us if you see a drink driver this Christmas say Berkshire police

Drink drivers will be given breath tests. Credit:Liam McBurney/PA Wire

People concerned about drink or drug drivers in Berkshire can report them to police by text this Christmas.

Thames Valley Police has launched its Op Holly Christmas campaign to reduce drug and alcohol related ...

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Earley man arrested in police crackdown on money laundering

Officers raided a number of homes. Credit: Thames Valley Police

A 49-year-old man from Earley has been arrested in a crackdown on money laundering.

He was taken into custody followed a Thames Valley Police operation across the force area and in Nottinghamshire on Thursday, December ...

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Christmas markets, final chance to see Big Blue whale and more weekend events in Reading

Big Blue 'swims' through Reading town centre. Credit: getreading

Christmas is just two weekends away, and a range of exciting events in Reading are coming up to entertain people in the town.

We're well into Reading's Living Advent calendar, a new host of events taking place every ...

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Town loses £19 million funding as East Reading MRT plan refused again

Designs for the East Reading MRT. Credit: Reading Borough Council

By Hugh Fort and Oliver Sirrell

A massively controversial public transport plan faces an uncertain future after it was rejected for a second time by councillors in Wokingham.

The decision means Reading will lose ...

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