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Roadworks and lane closures to avoid in Reading and on the M4 this week

There are a number of temporary traffic lights around the town. Credit: getreading

As another week begins we've taken a look at the roadworks which could affect your journeys as you make your way around Reading.

The westbound exit slip road on the M4 at junction 12 Theale is due to ...

2018-11-18 19:30 open_in_new
Make a child's wish come true this Christmas with the Giving Tree

A Giving Tree at the Holiday Inn in South Reading. Credit: Connect Reading

The generous people of Reading have been asked to make Christmas special for disadvantaged children again this year.

The Giving Tree initiative has been going in the town for 22 years, and involves people ...

2018-11-18 05:50 open_in_new
Meet incredibly lifelike reindeer puppet at Wokingham Winter Carnival

Jingle will be on hand to meet people. Credit:Creature Encounters

Reindeer only tend to come to Wokingham for one night a year, and it's very much a flying visit.

However, visitors to a magical annual event can meet the next best thing.

Jingle, an amazingly lifelike reindeer ...

2018-11-18 05:50 open_in_new
Revealed: Reading council's huge profit from parking

Parking tickets have raised a lot of cash for Reading Borough Council. Credit:getreading

By Claire Miller and Hugh Fort

Drivers in Reading have helped council bosses rake in more than £4 million in profit in just a year.

New figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities ...

2018-11-18 05:50 open_in_new
House prices in Reading and Wokingham fall again

House prices are down in Reading once again. Credit:getreading

By Hugh Fort and Claire Miller

House prices in Reading and Wokingham are continuing to fall, bucking the trend nationally.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show prices in Reading have ...

2018-11-17 19:21 open_in_new
Crack and heroin dealer jailed after peddling drugs in Wokingham

Max Gough, 26, of no fixed abode. Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man has been jailed for almost three years after he was caught dealing crack and heroin in Wokingham.

At around 1.30pm on Wednesday, September 26, Max Gough, 26, of no fixed abode, was dealing drugs from a vehicle in ...

2018-11-17 05:41 open_in_new
Pirates, Vikings and Doctor Who? coming to Reading escape room

Escape Hunt will be opening in Reading in December. Credit: Ant Jones Photography

People who love testing their wits and solving puzzles are in for a treat as a new escape room opens in Reading.

Escape Hunt Reading is opening on Friday, December 7 at The Village in Kings Walk with ...

2018-11-17 05:41 open_in_new
Hundreds of homes set for Royal Mail site in Reading

Designs for the new development. Credit:Hermes

Developers have confirmed plans will soon be submitted for a huge development on the former Royal Mail sorting office in Reading.

Leaflets revealing information about Hermes' plan for homes, offices and shops have been put through ...

2018-11-17 05:41 open_in_new
Firefighters tackle flat fire in Whitley

Police cars on the scene during the fire in Hillbrow, Whitley. Credit: UGC

Firefighters have spent around two hours tackling a fire at a block of flats in Whitley.

The crews were called to the three-storey apartment block at around 2.24pm on Friday, November 16 in Hillbrow, ...

2018-11-16 19:11 open_in_new
Kids go for free in Legoland Black Friday 2018 offer

Legoland Windsor is offering a Black Friday deal. Credit:Legoland Windsor

By Jonathan Yates

Good news for parents - Legoland Windsor Resort has revealed its Black Friday offer for 2018.

The resort has announced children go for free and deals will be available from Friday, ...

2018-11-16 19:11 open_in_new
When elephants came to Reading in 1970

Elephants and their riders parade through Reading. Credit:getreading

It's fair to say, when you're out and about amongst the wonderful wildlife of Berkshire, the chances of seeing an elephant are slim.

You might see deer, foxes, and perhaps even the odd wildcat, on your ...

2018-11-16 18:08 open_in_new
Police linking nine BMW and Land Rover thefts in Wokingham area

Land Rover and BMW cars are being targeted by car thieves. STOCK PHOTO Giles Blair/Publicity Picture

Owners of BMWs and Land Rovers are being given advice on how to protect their vehicles after nine were stolen in the Wokingham area since September.

Thames Valley Police is ...

2018-11-16 17:05 open_in_new
Wokingham Borough Council leader to go after losing vote of no confidence

Councillor Charlotte Haitham Taylor will resign from the council as leader. Credit: UGC

The leader of Wokingham Borough Council has lost a vote of no confidence and is due to resign.

Councillor Charlotte Haitham Taylor, who has led Wokingham Borough Council since 2017, said a ...

2018-11-16 17:05 open_in_new
Reading restaurateur to reopen Palmer Park Café

Tutu Melaku culinary mastermind behind Tutu’s Ethiopian Table, with Councillor Sarah Hacker outside Palmer Park Café. Credit: Reading Borough Council

The empty cafe in Palmer Park will finally reopen after a new tenant was revealed.

Culinary mastermind Tutu Melaku will be ...

2018-11-16 13:56 open_in_new
Sneak peek: A look inside Reading's new brewery

Mike Clayton-Jones and Luci Clayton-Jones inside their brewery, Double Barrelled. Credit: getreading

A new brewery and tap room is expected to open in Reading before Christmas and getreading has been down for a sneak peek.

Inside a warehouse in Stadium Way looking out over Portman ...

2018-11-16 13:56 open_in_new
Man charged after burglary and charity boxes stolen across Reading

Kyle Hill is due back at Reading Crown Court on Thursday, December 13. Credit: getreading

A man from Tilehurst has been charged with burglary and stealing charity boxes from shops across Reading.

Kyle Hill, aged 31, of Usk Road, Tilehurst was charged with five counts of theft from ...

2018-11-16 11:50 open_in_new
'Horrendous' anti Traveller mounds make Reading 'look like a dump'

The anti-Traveller mounds that have been established in Portman Road. Credit: UGC

Mounds of dirt to stop Travellers setting up illegal camps in Reading are bringing down the area and turning it into an eyesore, a woman claims.

The woman, who works in Portman Road in West Reading, ...

2018-11-16 05:32 open_in_new
How to get rid of your green bin in West Berkshire

People in West Berkshire can have their green bins taken away. Credit:getreading

People in West Berkshire not willing to pay a new charge for green waste collection can have their unwanted bins taken away.

West Berkshire Council is set to collect any unwanted green bins after a saga ...

2018-11-16 05:32 open_in_new
Friar Streets famous suit of armour on the Real Reading Podcast

The Real Reading Podcast's Tom Canning getting in to character at A2 Supplies Credit: getreading

The latest Real Reading Podcast with Jonathan Low, Rachel Nemeth and Tom Canning features a bit of Reading FC chat, Rachel's favourite Royal and a trip behind the scenes of that shop on Friar ...

2018-11-15 20:05 open_in_new
Christmas light switch ons, Warfare convention and more things to do in Reading this weekend

Reading Elvis with Jack and Joel from The X Factor, Broad Street Mall manager Graham Mountford and Father Christmas switching on the lights last year. Credit: UGC

The lead up to Christmas officially begins in Reading this weekend as the lights are switched on around the town.

Former ...

2018-11-15 19:02 open_in_new
SWR train strike - see which routes are affected

SWR workers are walking out on Saturday, November 17

Passengers may face disruption on South Western Railway this weekend as workers strike again.

The dispute between the RMT union and South Western Railway bosses over train guards continues, with staff due to walkout on Saturday, ...

2018-11-15 17:59 open_in_new