Berkshire

Five arrests in Reading and Slough following disorder

A close up of glass shattered in the kerb after cars were damaged in Whitley
Image caption Cars were damaged in Whitley overnight on Monday

Five people were arrested overnight in Berkshire for criminal damage and burglary, police said.

Four people were arrested in Reading over an attempted burglary of a shop in Craddock Road and there was also a fire in London Road on Tuesday night.

In Slough, police made an arrest for criminal damage after dealing with a small group of people causing minor disorder in the town.

Police officers also supported the fire service at a blaze in the town.

Thames Valley Police has set up Twitter feeds to keep communities in the Reading and Slough areas updated.

Deputy Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: "We were prepared in advance to deal with any potential disturbances and officers responded quickly and effectively. Arrests were made and the groups involved were dispersed at an early stage.

"We would like to thank the community for working with us and providing information about potential incidents. We ask that communities continue to keep us informed of any further groups gathering or acting suspiciously so we can respond quickly."

He added: "I would also like to pay tribute to our Special Constabulary. More than 200 Specials made themselves available for duty yesterday and more than 100 of those were deployed across the force area."

On Monday night, youths wearing masks and balaclavas caused damage to cars in Reading in "copycat incidents" following riots in London, police said.

'Wanton vandalism'

A car was overturned in the Whitley area and one was set alight shortly after midnight in Northcourt Avenue in a suspected arson attack.

Thames Valley Police has issued an order allowing officers to remove masks and balaclavas from anyone suspicious.

Reading Football Club's away match against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday was postponed on police advice following the riots in London.

Club chairman Sir John Madejski criticised the violence of the past few days.

"I just cannot handle this wanton vandalism, this feral, totally abhorrent behaviour that's going on," he said.

"There's no justification for it, it just makes you want to weep, it's so bad."

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