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Reading council slammed over care of elderly woman who died

Reading care workers did not follow emergency procedures over an elderly woman who became ill and later died, an Ombudsman investigation has revealed.

The woman was being looked after by Reading Borough Council's care provider, the Radis Group, and had a number of conditions including lung ...

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Reading’s public toilets at risk of closure

Public toilets at Prospect Park are among those at risk of closure. Credit: getreading

By Tevye Markson and Hugh Fort

Reading's council bosses are looking to save a penny or two by closing public toilets.

As part of its efforts to save £30 million over the next three years, ...

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Elderly warned after cash and jewellery stolen in Reading and Wokingham frauds

Large sums of money and jewellery have been taken in nine suspected frauds around Wokingham and Reading.

The alleged incidents took place between Friday, January 18, and Monday, February 4 and police have issued advice for elderly people to avoid being conned.

Police say the alleged ...

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Bracknell boy has jaw broken in brutal racist attack

Police are hunting a witness after a crash in Bracknell. Credit: getreading

A teenager has been left "struggling to speak" after suffering a broken jaw in a suspected racist attack in a Bracknell underpass

The 15-year-old boy was attacked by a gang in the underpass between ...

2019-02-21 19:17 open_in_new
Escaped prisoner could be in Reading

Jason Sufi has escaped from HMP Springhill. Credit:Thames Valley Police

Police hunting a criminal who has absconded from prison have urged people to call 999 if they see him.

Jason Sufi, 39, has been on the run from HMP Springhill since about 1.15pm on Wednesday, February ...

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Two Reading men jailed for dealing coke, crack, heroin and cannabis in Reading

Two men have been jailed for dealing coke, crack, heroin and cannabis on the streets of Reading.

Kawsu Yarbo and Jordan Philo were caught after they were stopped and searched by police in Watlington Street at 1.55pm on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

The two were seen acting ...

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Pedestrian dies after Slough van crash

Wexham Road, near Borderside in Slough. Credit: Google Streetview

A pedestrian has died after being involved in crash with a van in Slough.

The incident happened in Wexham Road near the junction with Borderside at around 6.40pm on Tuesday, February 19.

The driver of the Ford ...

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HMV Reading reopens after takeover closure

HMV in Reading reopened on Thursday, February 21 after just over one week of being closed. Credit: HMV Reading

Music lovers and screen junkies will be rejoicing this week after the HMV store in Reading reopened.

The store in The Oracle was one of 27 branches which shut for good on ...

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Biker airlifted to hospital after serious crash in Bracknell

The A322 Bagshot Road in Bracknell was closed after a crash involving a motorcyclist and a lorry. Credit: google maps

A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries after a crash involving a lorry in Bracknell.

Firefighters, ambulance crews and police officers were called to Bagshot Road ...

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Urgent appeal after 'attempted child abduction' in Reading

Detectives have made an urgent appeal after receiving reports of a possible attempted child abduction in Reading.

A witness reported to Thames Valley Police that he saw a man grab a girl by the arm and ask her to come with him in Southampton Street at around 1pm on Wednesday, February ...

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How Reading council hopes spending £42m on property will pay off

Kennet Wharf in Reading, bought by Reading Borough Council. Credit: Google Maps

By Hugh Fort and Teyve Markson

Council bosses in Reading expect to receive some much needed extra cash after forking out more than £42 million on commercial properties in the last two ...

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Huge gin and rum festival coming to Reading

Staff at the Gin and Rum festival. Credit: getreading

So drinkers, which do you prefer?

Is it finely spiced Caribbean rum for you, or is a bit of the old mother's ruin more your thing?

Whatever the answer, there’s good news for everyone, as one of the biggest touring gin and ...

2019-02-21 07:44 open_in_new
Bagshot Road closed after crash involving motorcycle

Bagshot Road is closed after a collision. Credit: Google maps

A major road is Bracknell is closed after a collision involving a motorcycle.

Bagshot Road northbound is closed at the junction with Ringmead and Opladen Way.

The road, towards Bracknell, is expected to remain closed ...

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Council tax in Wokingham set to rise

Councillor Julian McGhee-Sumner (standing) speaking at the meeting which discussed the councils tax reduction scheme. The scheme has now gone back to the drawing board. Credit: Ollie Sirrell

Council tax is set to increase in Wokingham borough as the council attempts to balance its ...

2019-02-20 17:02 open_in_new
What's happening in Reading for LGBT+ History Month

Festival goers at Reading Pride 2018. Credit: getreading

Events highlighting LGBT+ History Month will take place in Reading across February.

The events have been organised by Mark Antony Albertyne, founder of Reading LGBT+ history month, with help from the Support U LGBT charity and ...

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Plan Bracknell Forest country park given go ahead

Concept art of what the café may look like at the Horseshoe Lake country park in Sandhurst. Credit: Bracknell Forest Council

People living in Bracknell Forest are set to benefit from "an improved" parkland area as plans to convert Horsehoe Lake into a country park were given ...

2019-02-20 13:53 open_in_new
How to watch the RAF Tornado flypast on Wednesday

Tornado fighter jets. Credit: Crown copyright

Tornado fighter jets will be honoured with a farewell flypast as they are retired after 40 years of service.

Times have been released for the flypast on Wednesday, February 20.

The jets will fly over a number of air bases.

The ...

2019-02-20 10:44 open_in_new
Broad Street Mall restaurant plan for former Poundland store

The former home of Poundland in Broad Street Mall. Credit: getreading

A new restaurant could come to Reading town centre after plans were submitted to join two recently vacated units in Broad Street Mall.

Inception Reading, which owns the shopping centre, has submitted a plan to ...

2019-02-20 05:29 open_in_new
Slough man faces jail after being found guilty of rape

Reading Crown Court. Credit: getreading

A Slough man faces jail after being convicted of rape and admitting smashing a wine bottle over his victim's head.

Hamid Mahmood, of Griffin Close, attacked a woman in her 40s at around 2.30am on Wednesday, August 17 in Salt Hill Park in ...

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Friar Street budget store closes ahead of demolition

The entry to the Savers store in Friar Street. Credit: Callum Cromwell

A budget store in Reading will close down as Friar Street undergoes a major redevelopment project.

The Savers store in Friar Street, Reading, will close on Saturday, February 23 as construction workers prepare to ...

2019-02-19 17:56 open_in_new
These brilliant Japanese drummers are back in Reading in February

The incredible display will be at The Hexagon next Wednesday. Credit: Yamato Drummers

An exhilarating Japanese drumming performance is coming to Reading in February.

The Yamato drumming band is heading to the town for one night only on Wednesday, February ...

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