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Storage space to become home as Reading council tackles affordable housing crisis

125 Basingstoke Road, where unused storage space will be replaced with a new three bedroom apartment. Credit: Google Maps

Plans to convert an unused storage space into a family home to help tackle a lack of affordable housing in Reading have been approved.

Reading Borough Council ...

2019-01-18 13:56 open_in_new
Reading Town Hall's new cafe will open in the spring

Reading Town Hall. Credit:getreading

A new cafe will open at Reading's Town Hall in the spring.

The venue will replace the 3Bs cafe and bar which closed in 2011.

The new cafe is as yet un-named even though signs advertising Lains Cafe - in honour of the 19th century architect ...

2019-01-18 12:53 open_in_new
Children need to be recognised as victims of domestic abuse, says charity

Children need to be recognised as victims of domestic abuse. Credit: Jon Challicom/NSPCC/PA Wire

Domestic violence is an everyday reality for hundreds of children living in Reading, according to child protection charity NSPCC.

These children need to be recognised as victims in their ...

2019-01-18 05:32 open_in_new
Staff made redundant as Poundland closes Reading store

The Friar Street Poundland store is now closed. Credit: getreading

Nine members of staff at Poundland in Friar Street have lost their jobs after the store permanently closed.

The shop closed on Friday, January 11, with the company's other branch in Broad Street Mall closing in the ...

2019-01-18 05:32 open_in_new
Jurassic 5's Reading gigs and the Readipop Festival launch party

Jurassic 5 on stage with Soup (left). Credit: Manchester Evening News

Preparations for Readipop 2019 are already well underway with a launch party on Saturday night at the Purple Turtle headlined by the Fullee Love Collective.

Also known as Jurassic 5’s Soup, Fullee Love is the ...

2019-01-18 05:32 open_in_new
Ferdi and Jurassic 5’s Soup coming to Reading this weekend plus more things to do

Jurassic 5's Soup is coming to The Purple Turtle for the Readipop launch party. Credit:getreading

There's lots to do in and around Reading for the third weekend of 2019.

There are two big appearances coming to venues in Reading, Berkshire this Saturday.

Rapper Soup from ...

2019-01-17 19:02 open_in_new
Huge jet of water captured spurting into the air in Woodley

Burst main shoots water into the sky in Colemans Moor Road, Woodley. Credit: Mark Frawley

A neighbour captured the dramatic moment a jet of water sprayed into the air after a water main burst in Woodley.

At around 6.51pm on Wednesday, January 16, Colemans Moor Road in Woodley had to ...

2019-01-17 16:56 open_in_new
Arrests after armed police swoop on suspected cannabis farm

Two men were arrested by armed police. Credit: getreading

Armed police arrested two men following reports that a cannabis farm was being set up in an empty building close to Reading Lake Hotel.

Officers searched the empty building in Pingewood and discovered items including a samurai ...

2019-01-17 14:50 open_in_new
Man injured after large brawl in Reading town centre

The incident happened outside the Premier store in St Mary’s Butts. Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was allegedly beaten up in a brawl in Reading town centre.

At around 3.30am on Sunday, January 13 a large fight broke out outside the Premier shop ...

2019-01-17 13:47 open_in_new
How Berkshire MPs voted in government no confidence vote

Prime Minister Theresa May speaking outside 10 Downing Street after MPs rejected Labour's motion of no confidence. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Rebel Berkshire MPs rejoined the ranks of loyal Tories to vote down Labour's vote of no confidence in Theresa May's government.

Sir John Redwood ...

2019-01-17 13:47 open_in_new
Snow falls in Reading for the first time in 2019

Snow fell in Reading on Thursday but it didn't settle. Credit: getreading

It's happened quite a bit earlier than we were expecting.

That's right. Snow has come to Reading for the first time in 2019.

Snow began falling on commuters as they made their way to work at around 8am ...

2019-01-17 12:44 open_in_new
Former Reading police officer behaved inappropriately towards female colleagues

Former Reading PC Clinton Geldard was found guilty of gross misconduct. Credit: getreading

A Reading police officer resigned from the force after being sexually inappropriate towards two colleagues.

One of the incidents took place while PC Clinton Geldard was policing the Royal ...

2019-01-17 12:44 open_in_new
Reading landlords failing to sign up to new rules to protect tenants

The regulations aim to protect tenants living in HMOs. Credit:getreading

By Julie Spencer and Tevye Markson

Private landlords in Reading appear to be ignoring new government rules designed to protect tenants.

Only 135 landlords out of an estimated 3,000 have applied for a ...

2019-01-17 05:23 open_in_new
Jobs on offer as Wokingham gin bar prepares to open

An impression of the new Peach Place. Credit:The Regeneration Company

If gin's your tipple, you will be spoilt for choice come Easter in Wokingham.

A new gin bar is opening in Peach Place, promising drinkers more than 200 varieties.

The Leafy Elephant is described as a ...

2019-01-17 05:23 open_in_new
Police investigating Reading shooting make two further arrests

Norfolk Road in Reading was sealed off for 24 hours after the shooting. Credit: Hampshire and Thames Valley Armed Response

Two further arrests have been made in connection with a shooting in West Reading in December.

A 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, both from Reading, ...

2019-01-16 19:56 open_in_new
Passionate Reading Rugby Club stalwart remembered

Two past players and presidents of Reading Rugby Club, Ewart Martin, ex-head of Chiltern Edge School, Sonning Common, (left) and Colin Barrett (right) Credit: UGC

Colin Barrett, a founding member of Reading Rugby Club who shaped its first 50 years and actually built its first club house, ...

2019-01-16 17:50 open_in_new
Appeal after teenager allegedly raped in Bracknell

Police are appealing for witnesses after an alleged rape in Bracknell Credit: getreading

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was allegedly raped in Bracknell.

The woman, who is in her late teens, was allegedly approached by a man between 4.30pm and 5pm on ...

2019-01-16 16:47 open_in_new
Work to start on new Heatherwood Hospital

The new Heatherwood Hospital will be set in woodland. Credit:Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

After five years of planning, building work is finally about to start on the long-awaited new Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot.

The £98m complex will be in woodland behind the site of the ...

2019-01-16 15:44 open_in_new
Shinfield man avoids jail after grooming underage girl

If Jimmy Dawes reoffends in the next two years, he will be sent to prison. Credit: getreading

A man who groomed an underage girl and arranged to meet her with the intention of committing sexual offences has been jailed.

Jimmy Dawes, 47, of Skylark Way, Shinfield was sentenced to 12 ...

2019-01-16 14:41 open_in_new
Unusual statue stolen from Bracknell park

The sculpture in The Elms Park, Bracknell by Lydia Karpinska to celebrate its 60th anniversary as a town. Credit: Bracknell Town Council

Thieves have stolen a huge statue of a swinging girl from a park in Bracknell.

The girl is part of a dynamic sculpture in The Elms Park, which was ...

2019-01-16 13:38 open_in_new
The Berkshire Tory rebels who voted against Theresa May's Brexit deal

Prime Minister Theresa May after losing a vote on her Brexit deal in the House of Commons. Credit: House of Commons/PA Wire

By Julie Spencer and Dan Bloom

Wokingham and Bracknell's prominent Conservative rebels were joined by their Windsor neighbour in crushing Prime Minister Theresa ...

2019-01-16 13:38 open_in_new