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Teen seriously injured in Slough attack

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was left with a serious head injury after being attacked in Slough.

The 16-year-old was assaulted on Wellesley Path, off Wellington Street, at around 20:40 BST on Friday.

He was taken to Wexham Park Hospital, where he remains in serious condition.

Det Insp Will Crowther said he believes there are "many witnesses" as the attack happened when it was still daylight and in a busy area of the Berkshire town.

The force was unable to release details of the offenders as the victim was in no condition to speak due to his injuries.

Wellesley Path
The boy was attacked on Wellesley Path

Warning a year after Jubilee River drowning

The family of a teenager who drowned in the Jubilee River in Slough has warned people to stay out of the water as the weather warms up.

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Dajarn Daly, 17, went into the shallows of the weir at the river to cool off last July.

He died after he lost his footing and was dragged into deeper and very cold water.

Slough Borough Council has worked with the guardian of the Jubilee River, the Environment Agency, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Thames Valley Police to discourage people from getting into the river, to prevent another life being lost.

Dajarn’s mother Shantel said: “On Dajarn’s 18th birthday we had a barbecue to remember him but he should have been celebrating.”

Watch: Today's weather for the south of England

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

We're expecting a warm and humid day with a risk of thundery showers.

D-day convoy returns to England
A journey made by General Dwight D Eisenhower in WW2 is re-enacted to mark D-Day.

South Western railway strike continues

It's day four of a strike by South Western Railway (SWR) staff over the role of train guards.

SWR is running a reduced service across the network.

The operator which runs services in London and Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, the Isle of Wight and Somerset, said the action was "unnecessary" and it was "cynical" of the union to target events such as Royal Ascot.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said staff had been left with no choice but to strike, and accused SWR of failing to guarantee guard roles.

The walkout is due to continue on Saturday.

Surbiton station during strike
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Couple's engagement ring stolen in Slough burglary

Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police wants to speak to the men pictured in these images

CCTV images have been released after a distraction burglary in which an elderly couple had an engagement ring stolen in Slough.

The offence happened in Minster Way at about 15:00 on 20 May, Thames Valley Police said.

A dark grey Volvo V40 occupied by five men was parked in Minster Way when three of them entered the home of a couple, both aged 73.

They claimed they could help to fix the couple’s windows, before stealing cash and three rings, including an engagement ring.

A 23-year-old man, of Haymer Close, Uxbridge, has been charged with burglary and is due to appear at Reading Crown Court on 16 July.

The Volvo
Thames Valley Police
Police want to locate this Volvo that may have been used in the burglary

Weather: Risk of thunderstorms

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

SWR strike: Wheelie bin on train sparks concerns

On a day when South Western Railway (SWR) is experiencing severe overcrowding due to the start of a five-day strike, a number of commuters have wondered why a wheelie bin has been given a special place on one of its trains...

Other passengers have raised security concerns as it was not clear what was in the bin.

SWR later tweeted to say it was most likely transporting lost property to one of its station.

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Royal Ascot set to kick off

Five days of top horse racing at Royal Ascot kicks off today.

The event will see the annual attendance of the Queen, whose arrival will be announced by a colourful procession of open-top carriages along the racecourse.

Racegoers heading to Ascot have been urged to allow extra time for travel as a five-day strike begins.

South Western Railway has told passengers that while services may be disrupted they will still be running.

Queen at Ascot
The Queen attends the event every year

MP supports train guards strike

Labour MP Ian Mearns has joined a picket line this morning in support of striking South Western Railway (SWR) workers.

RMT said staff had been left with "no choice" but to strike, and accused SWR of failing to guarantee guard roles.

SWR said the action was "unnecessary" and it was "cynical" of the union to target events such as Royal Ascot, which will start later.

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Tuesday's weather: Dry start with thunderstorms later

A dry start to the day but from 18:00 BST there is a yellow warning in place for thunderstorms which will see heavy downpours across the region.

Temperatures will hold up in the double figures at about 18C.

Monday's weather forecast: A largely dry day

Fairly cloudy this morning with some scattered showers.

More in the way of sunshine in the afternoon and most areas should remain dry.

Just a chance of the odd shower. Breezy.

Maximum Temperature: 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F).

It should be a largely dry day

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.

Car charging point

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
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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