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Police investigate kidnap and assault in Slough

Police are investigating the kidnap of a man in Slough.

On 3 June at 17:20 the man, aged in his 40s, was dropped off from a vehicle on Wexham Street, near the roundabout with Stoke Green and Church Lane, and he had an array of injuries.

They included a fractured eye socket, broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and lacerations to his forearm. He was taken to hospital where he remains.

He said he had been taken by a group of four or five men and assaulted.

Det Con Anthony Kelly said: "I am appealing for witnesses to this incident, where the victim has sustained injuries requiring hospital treatment.

"I am appealing for any motorists who were in the area at this time who may have dash-cam footage that could assist with the investigation. I would also like to appeal to anyone who was in Mayflower Way, Beaconsfield and believes they may have information that could help with this investigation."

Weather: 'Cool, with outbreaks of rain'

County's fire engines cut by 25% in five years

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Berkshire's fire service has 25% fewer fire engines compared with five years ago.

A Freedom of Information Request by the Local Democracy Reporting Service showed there were 74 "red fleet" vehicles in 2013, and 55 in 2018.

Red fleet vehicles include fire engines, aerial ladder platforms, heavy rescue units and training fire engines.

The service said it had maintained 21 frontline fire engines since 2014.

Its funding settlement has decreased from £12.4m to £9.7m in the last three years, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Number of electric vehicles has fallen in West Berkshire

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The number of electric vehicles in West Berkshire has fallen by almost half in the past two years, figures show.

Statistics from the Department for Transport said there were 1,009 registered in the district at the end of 2018, down from 1,978 at the end of 2016.

In every other local authority in Berkshire, the number of electric vehicles has been increasing each quarter, apart from in West Berkshire.

By 2035 all new cars and vans should be electric, according to the Committee on Climate Change which advises the government.

The committee’s report said charging infrastructure must be strengthened, as electric vehicles are key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

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CCTV images released after engagement ring theft

Police have released CCTV images of three men in connection with a distraction burglary at an elderly couple's home.

Thames Valley Police said three men said they could help fix the couple's windows, but stole cash and three rings, including an engagement ring.

The force released the images yesterday, but the offence happened in Minster Way, Slough, on Monday 20 May.

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Weather: Grab your umbrella

Here's Lucy Martin with the latest forecast.

Tuesday 11 June 2019 weather

Weather warning in place for heavy rain

There's now an Amber weather warning for London, and much of the South East following downpours overnight.

The Met Office has warned that the heaviest and most persistent rain is still to come with a warning in place on Monday covering an area from the Humber all the way down to the south coast, and from the East Midlands to Portsmouth.

Forecasters said some places could see a month's worth of rain in two or three days, and we could see some flooding issues.

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Student Joe found love letters and photos from their family in Exeter
Student Joe found love letters and photos from their family in Exeter and now wants to reunite the collection with the Ascher family. Can you help?

Weather: A wet day

A very wet start with persistent rain across the area.

Through the afternoon, some sunny spells will develop, but also a good scattering of heavy showers, some of which will turn thundery.

Heavy and locally thundery showers at first this evening.

Thereafter, the heaviest showers will clear to the northeast, leaving an increasingly windy and cloudy night, with patchy rain at times.

Temperature: Between 10 and 16°C (50 and 61°F).

Thundery showers expected later, says Alex Osborne

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Monday's weather forecast: Dry and fine but cooler

Staying mostly dry with sunny spells but feeling noticeably cooler than the weekend.

The odd light shower cannot be ruled out in the late afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F).

Dry and fine but cooler today

New homelessness project launches in West Berkshire

A new project to tackle homelessness in West Berkshire is adopting a Scandinavian approach.

Run by the council, Sovereign Housing Association and homelessness charity Two Saints, Housing First will run 10 homes providing somewhere for people needing a long-term place to live.

It will offer them a tenancy first, before providing support.

Hilary Cole is from West Berkshire Council: "These people need quite a lot of support because some of them have never lived in a house or not for a long time.

"They've probably been sleeping rough so part of it is for us to get people off the streets and into accommodation and support them on that journey."


South East turnout

Turnout in the South East was 39.36% - up from 35.4% in 2014.

The South East region is made up of the Isle of Wight, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Funding given for school car emissions study

A study to measure car emissions around schools in Slough has been given nearly £100,000 in funding.

The year-long research programme will investigate nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution and the results will be used to better understand the impact that idling vehicles have on air quality.

Slough Borough Council was one of 28 local authority projects granted government funding.

Sensors will be placed around three schools in the borough, which are yet to be decided, for 12 months starting this summer.

Schools should have 'no idling zones', Public Health England chief says.

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Man robbed at knifepoint near shops

Police are hunting a man and a woman who assaulted and robbed a 39-year-old man in a night-time attack yesterday.

The victim was close to the shops in Barton, Oxford, when the pair assaulted him at about 00:45 BST.

While the man held a Stanley knife to his neck, the woman went through his possessions and stole tobacco, cash and a bank card.

Thames Valley Police want to hear from a taxi driver who is believed to have witnessed the incident and members of the public who were nearby.

Weather: Warm and sunny

A fine and warm day with a good deal of sunny spells. However, some scattered showers are also likely to develop this afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 21°C.

Any showers will fade to leave it dry tonight with clear spells and light winds. A rather mild and humid night though with a minimum temperature of 9°C.

A Golden Age of Air Travel

Kirsten O'Brien meets a local woman with cabin crew memories aplenty.
Kirsten O'Brien marked British Airways' hundredth anniversary this morning by celebrating the golden era of flight that gripped the nation in the fifties, sixties, seventies.

Marion Perks from Burnham worked as a flight attendant from the sixties to the nineties and joined her to share some stories from her storied career travelling the world with BA.

[On meeting celebrities]

"I think Princess Margaret, and pop stars, I was very lucky to be one of the crew when it was Live Aid, and some of the people that had performed in London got on Concorde and went to play in New York.

"I remembered Barbara Streisand when she was on my passenger list."

[On doing something wrong...}

"I was very new, and we took off out of Newcastle... I went out took a bar order and came back, and then the lovely chief stewardess who will remain nameless said "And where are the glasses?"

European elections 2019: Polls take place

Voters are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.

Seventy-three members, known as MEPs, will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population, with 10 MEPs in the South East.

Polling stations in the UK are open from 07:00 until 22:00.

The results will be announced once all EU nations have voted, with the voting process expected to be completed by 22:00 on Sunday.

Weather: 'Mostly dry and sunny'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Thames Valley knife crime at record level, crime data reveals

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Serious knife crime in the Thames Valley has hit its highest level since 2010, latest crime data shows.

Thames Valley Police recorded a total of 1,483 serious crimes involving knives in 2018.

That is up 19 percent on the previous year and the highest since 2010-11.

The crimes included eight homicides, 48 rape and sexual assault offences and 117 threats to kill across the policing area last year.

Thames Valley Police covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Man handling a knife
Knife crime in Thames Valley has reached record levels since 2010

Farewell to InterCity 125

Hundreds of people travelled between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids yesterday on the last scheduled InterCity 125 journey to the West Country.

The sold-out trip was attended by hundreds of railway enthusiasts, including the train's designer, 89-year-old Sir Kenneth Grange.

He said for many commuters the train had become part of their life.

The 1970s icon is being replaced with the bullet-style electric InterCity Express Trains.