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Thousands in rural areas affected by delays to install broadband

Ten thousand people in rural parts of Berkshire are facing delays in getting broadband.

Internet service provider Gigaclear, which is installing the infrastructure for a fibre network in the Berkshire countryside, has written to residents to inform them of delays.

Resident Jane Rimmer, from Binfield, said she was told her home would be connected to broadband in August, but has since received a letter saying the date has been put back.

Jane Rimmer

She said: "Network Rail are obstructing them from putting the service over one of their bridges, so we're still back at square one where we don't have broadband, let alone super-fast broadband. "

Many bridges carry pipes and cables, and digging them up can be disruptive for road and rail users.


Gigaclear said in this case the project was being stalled by access needed to lay wires over a railway bridge.

A spokeswoman said: "In situations like this there are inevitably factors which are beyond our control."

Speaking on the case, Network Rail said: "We have been working with providers to assist with installation where possible, and where we have been unable to we are investigating alternative arrangements."

Killed PC 'will have police funeral'

A Thames Valley Police officer killed while investigating a burglary will have a formal police funeral, it has been announced.

PC Andrew Harper, 28, died after he was dragged along the road by a vehicle in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on 15 August.

Thames Valley Police said his family has confirmed their wish for a formal police funeral to take place.

A force spokesman said: "We will continue to work closely with Andrew's family so that their wishes are front and centre and ensure that the funeral is a fitting tribute that honours our colleague Andrew's strength, courage and bravery."

No further details about the funeral have been released.

PC Andrew Harper
Family handout via Thames Valley Police

Officer cleared after using Taser on suspect

Thames Valley Police have cleared an officer of misconduct after he used a taser on a "compliant" suspect, it has been revealed.

The officer discharged the taser when responding to reports of a man in possession of a sword, during an incident in Newbury, Berkshire, in 2015.

The man, who has not been named, said he had been standing still at the time and did not have a sword. He complained to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The police watchdog ruled the tasered man had been shown on CCTV to be compliant and not in possession of the weapon. They directed Thames Valley Police to hold a tribunal.

At a meeting last year, the officer was found not to have committed misconduct in using the Taser and when giving his account of the incident.

"We play indie tunes you can dance to"

"We play indie tunes you can dance to"
A chat with bands St. Peters Dream and Protective Fences backstage at the Reading Festival 2019

"Without Reading Festival there would not be the Amazons"

"Without Reading Festival there would not be the Amazons"
Matt Thomson from the Amazons reveals what happened at his first Reading Festival experience age sixteen. While in conversation with presenter Bridgitte Tetteh in the press area at the Reading Festival 2019.

"I'm not just representing my club or my family but also the black community"

"I'm not just representing my club or my family but also the black community"
Bridgitte meet's 13 year old Mason from Windsor swimming club. He is encouraging young people from BAME backgrounds to take swimming more seriously!.

Oliver and Olivia most popular baby names

In the South East, Oliver and Olivia have been revealed as the most popular baby names.

The figures are from 2018 and some believe the show Peaky Blinders has been an inspiration behind many of the choices.

Chart of most popular boys names in the South East of England in 2018
Chart of most popular girls names in the South East of England in 2018

Final ball sees Cumberland lose trophy final by a run

BBC Cumbria Sport

Cumberland’s cricketers were beaten by one run in a dramatic finale to their Unicorns Trophy Final against Berkshire at Wormsley yesterday.

Match picture
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Set 145 to win, Cumberland lost opener Sam Dutton first ball and were 65 for 7 at one stage before fighting their way back into the game thanks in the main to an unbeaten 28 from Toby Bulcock.

Set four to win off the final ball, Adam Sydall could only manage two runs to leave Cumberland agonisingly short of their first 50-over title since 2013.

Hugh Bonneville speaks to Downton Abbey Location Manager Mark Ellis

They talk about how locations are chosen for filming.

Hugh Bonneville speaks to Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes

They speak about the role location plays in period dramas.
Boris Johnson pays tribute to police officer killed
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the killing of PC Andrew Harper as "mindless and brutal".

CO­² emissions from transport increase

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cars, lorries and buses cause the most carbon dioxide emissions in West Berkshire, recent government data reveals.

Emissions from road transport in the district make up more than that from domestic, commercial, and industrial energy use combined.

While emissions from homes and businesses using energy fell from 2016 to 2017, the latest data available, emissions from road transport increased.

The carbon footprint per person fell in West Berkshire in the same period, from 8.5 tonnes to 8.2 tonnes. However, this is the highest carbon footprint across the whole of Berkshire.

It is more than double the carbon footprint per person in Reading, at 3.4 tonnes.

The data comes from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Police open day cancelled due to weather forecast

TVP open day

A police force has decided to cancel its open day to the public due to adverse weather forecast.

Thames Valley Police said it would "not be safe or practical" to hold the event due to strong winds posing a risk to a "significant amount" of temporary structures.

Chief Constable John Campbell said: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused to all those who were looking forward to the open day as much as we were."

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind throughout Saturday.

The event was due to take place on Saturday between 10:00 and 16:00 BST at the force's training centre in Sulhamstead, Berkshire.