A WOMAN has been taken to hospital after being rescued from a river in Reading.

Teams of emergency services were scrambled to Bridge Street in the town centre yesterday after reports of 'clothing and shoes' being spotted in the River Kennet.

Thames Valley Police confirmed it was called to a fear for welfare incident off Bridge Street.

The force said a woman in her 40s was rescued from the river after 12.30pm.

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Firefighters, police officers and paramedics were all on scene, as well as river rescue assistance for officers, and the area off Bridge Street was cordoned off.

A South Central Ambulance Service spokesman said paramedics were called shortly after 1pm to assist with the rescue and the adult woman was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital with hypothermia.