3 Mar 2015 17:35

Former Highdown School headteacher denies fraud

A HEADTEACHER who advised Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s governments on education pocketed almost £7,000 of school cash and stole expensive computers and cameras, a court heard today.


3 Mar 2015 14:50

Man admits to string of unprovoked assaults in town centre

A MAN has admitted to a string of assaults after at least six residents were attacked in Reading town centre.


3 Mar 2015 14:30

ReadiFood benefit from Oratory Prep donations

A FOOD bank has been given a welcome boost in finances by a village school.

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2 Mar 2015 18:25 • Chris Anderson

Latest: Husband and wife in suspected double suicide at The Forbury Hotel

A HUSBAND and wife who checked in for a night away from home have been found dead after a suspected suicide pact in their hotel room.


2 Mar 2015 12:13 • Sportsdesk

Reading FC fans rally round supporter ejected from Nottingham Forest game

READING FC supporters have reacted angrily after two fans were ejected from Saturday’s home game against Nottingham Forest.

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2 Mar 2015 07:30 • Chris Anderson

Parents urged not to panic over school standards

THE “blunt tool” of Ofsted should not be used to score points and scare parents according to a councillor.

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1 Mar 2015 16:30 • Chris Anderson

Thames Valley fire service merger sparks heated debate

A PROPOSAL to merge three counties’ fire services into a Thames Valley-wide operation sparked a heated exchange.

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1 Mar 2015 15:20

Bouncer injured in club scuffle

A bouncer suffered from a cut eye after a man struck him with an implement outside a club.


1 Mar 2015 14:30 • James Ash

You could have your own ‘Wolf Hall’ for just £1.2m

ROOMS with wood panelling, low beams and large fireplaces could be the regal surroundings for King Henry VIII and his court.


1 Mar 2015 11:30 • Chris Anderson

Leighton Park School share books for 125th anniversary

FROM the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH) a literary celebration is seeing students ask residents to pass on a good read.

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1 Mar 2015 08:30 • Chris Anderson

Hear My Voice campaigners give Rob Wilson a grilling

CAMPAIGNERS standing up for the rights of residents with learning disabilities have given one of the town’s MPs a grilling on what he can do ahead of the election.

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28 Feb 2015 17:40 • Georgina Campbell

Breaking: Body of missing Tilehurst man believed to have been found today

The body of a missing Tilehurst man is believed to have been found today.


28 Feb 2015 17:30 • Chris Anderson

Oxford Road Texaco garage applies for 24 hour alcohol licence again

AN OXFORD Road garage has applied to extend its licence to allow the sale of alcohol 24 hours a day.

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28 Feb 2015 12:30 • Chris Anderson

Extra £1.5m borrowing for boroughwide 20mph zones voted down

A LAST-minute appeal to borrow £1.5m for affordable housing and boroughwide 20mph zones was thwarted as councillors discussed their financial plan for the year.

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28 Feb 2015 11:30 • Chris Anderson

Father raises cash for heart charity after daughter's life-saving operation

A FATHER has proudly passed on a donation to a heart charity to help fund work like the life-saving operation that his five-month-old daughter received.

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28 Feb 2015 08:30 • Chris Anderson

'Berkshire' dating site recommended Scottish lovers and dead woman

SCOTTISH hotties and a woman who died seven months ago were among the recommended ladies viewed by one man on a dating website that’s supposed to cover the local area.

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28 Feb 2015 07:36

3rd prize winner of the World War 1 young writers competition

3rd prize: The Cruelty of War by Matthew Mrozowski aged 12 A FLASH from a lamp could be seen for a brief moment somewhere down the lines of trenches. It quickly cast its glance over the sodden earth.


28 Feb 2015 07:34

Second place prize entry for the World War 1 young writers competition

2nd prize: My War by Poppy Webb aged 15 8th November, 1920 I CAN’T forget it, however much they think I can. How can I forget the constant chatter of the machine guns and the shrieks of the shells?


28 Feb 2015 07:32

First Prize winning entry of the World War 1 writing competition

1st prize: The Hubris of Men by Guilia Dissegna, aged 14 Judges’ comments: a carefully crafted piece of prose that leaves the reader wondering.


28 Feb 2015 07:30 • Sarah Lawrence

Young writers awarded for World War 1 fiction

YOUNG writers who immersed themselves in the lives of people on the front line and back home in the First World War have picked up awards for their stories and poems