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Land Rover smashes through Wokingham railway station

BBC Berkshire News Feed - 1 hour 15 min ago
A car smashes through the window of Wokingham railway station in a cash machine robbery, police say.
Categories: Berkshire, Reading, Slough

Enfield man charged over police officer attack in Weston

BBC Somerset News Feed - 1 hour 30 min ago
A man is charged over an attack on a police officer.
Categories: Somerset

Paul Gascoigne to face trial after denying 'race remark'

BBC Tyne and Wear News Feed - 1 hour 38 min ago
Former England football star Paul Gascoigne is to stand trial after denying making a racist remark.
Categories: Tyne and Wear

Paul Gascoigne to face trial after denying 'race remark'

BBC Birmingham News Feeds - 1 hour 38 min ago
Former England football star Paul Gascoigne is to stand trial after denying making a racist remark.
Categories: Birmingham

Ben Franks: New Zealand prop commits to London Irish despite relegation

BBC Berkshire News Feed - 1 hour 41 min ago
New Zealand international Ben Franks commits his future to London Irish despite their relegation from the Premiership.
Categories: Berkshire, Reading, Slough

Chagos islanders cannot return home, says Supreme Court

BBC Sussex News Feed - 1 hour 54 min ago
Former residents of the Chagos Islands who were forcibly removed from their homeland lose their appeal to the UK's Supreme Court to return home.

Oxford anti-fraud team stop £2.7m Right to Buy cheats

BBC Oxford News Feed - 1 hour 57 min ago
The amount of attempted fraud by people trying to buy council houses in Oxford increases from £385k in 2014/15 to £2.7m, council officials reveal.
Categories: Oxfordcity, Oxfordshire

Noah Serra-Morrison death: Cannabis joint photographed behind baby's ear

BBC Beds Bucks Berks - 2 hours 5 min ago
A mother accused of murdering her baby boy had a photograph of him with a cannabis joint behind his ear, a jury hears.

Joey van den Berg: Reading sign Dutch midfielder from Heerenveen

BBC Berkshire News Feed - 2 hours 14 min ago
Reading agree a deal to sign midfielder Joey van den Berg when his Heerenveen contract expires this week.
Categories: Berkshire, Reading, Slough

Attempted murder arrest after 'targeted' A41 van fire

BBC Beds Bucks Berks - 2 hours 18 min ago
A man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a van containing gas cylinders is set alight with the driver inside, police say.

George Smith: Gateshead sign ex-Barnsley defender on one-year deal

BBC Tyne and Wear News Feed - 2 hours 24 min ago
National League side Gateshead sign former Barnsley defender George Smith on a one-year contract.
Categories: Tyne and Wear

High Court ruling saves Cuckfield village meadow

BBC Sussex News Feed - 2 hours 28 min ago
Campaigners fighting plans to build a housing on a Sussex village meadow win their battle in the High Court.

Hundreds gather in Oxford over Brexit

BBC Oxford News Feed - 2 hours 37 min ago
Hundreds gather in Oxford to "Stand Together" over Brexit.
Categories: Oxfordcity, Oxfordshire

New homes created in transformed old Whitchurch pub

BBC Shropshire News Feed - 2 hours 43 min ago

News from our partners Wrekin Housing Trust

A pub in Whitchurch, once stayed in by The Beatles and Ken Dodd, has been transformed into 11 new homes, with the help of Shropshire Council’s Empty Homes grant funding.

Victoria House, as it will be renamed to reflect its past as The Victoria Hotel, used to be the Red Lyon pub where the famous Liverpudlians stayed.

Shropshire Housing Alliance (SHA) will be managing and letting the new apartments within the building, which has been developed in partnership with the landlord Anthony McNeillis, from Victoria Whitchurch Ltd, and Shropshire Council’s empty homes team, which works with partners to bring empty buildings into use as much-needed affordable housing.

The landlord of the building chose to work with SHA due to their ethos of finding, managing and looking after tenants who may struggle to find affordable property in their local areas.

Paula Phillips, Advice & Landlord Services Manager for SHA, said:

“It’s very exciting to see all the work on this project come to fruition; we look forward to welcoming people into the new apartments in such a great location, as well as bringing an empty and unused building back into use.”

The renovated building will consist of 10 one-bedroom apartments and one two-bedroom apartment in a fantastic location in the centre of Whitchurch opposite the new Civic Centre. The apartments will be suitable for single people and couples, who will meet SHA’s money matters advisers to make sure they can sustain their tenancies and provide advice on budgeting and looking after a home if needed.

Peggy Mullock, Whitchurch Joint Commissioning & Economic Board (WJCEB) Chair and a local Shropshire Councillor for Whitchurch North, welcomed the news that SHA will be managing the new housing:-

“I am really pleased to see the old Victoria Hotel, which has played a big part in the history of Whitchurch, brought back into such good use. WJCEB is continuing its work to bring empty town centre properties back into use, and congratulates Shropshire Council’s empty homes team and SHA in working with Mr McNeillis to bring such a positive outcome to this historic Whitchurch building.”

Categories: Shropshire

Rocking and rolling around the Bandstand

Wandsworth Council News Feed - 2 hours 48 min ago
Dust off your rock 'n roll skirts and leather jackets and get ready for the 2016 Live at the Bandstand: Rockabilly and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Categories: Wandsworth

Mobile field hospital to highlight reservist opportunities to NHS staff

BBC Shropshire News Feed - 3 hours 14 min ago

News from our partners Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

A mobile field hospital will be visiting Shropshire’s two acute hospitals to highlight spare time opportunities in the Medical Services’ Army Reserve for NHS staff.

The military medical facility will be at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) on 27 July 2016 and the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford on 28 July 2016.

Representatives from the Army Medical Services’ 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital will be on hand to provide staff with details of the opportunities to sign up to be reservists.

The events will also demonstrate how The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs RSH and PRH, supports its Reservists and the opportunities that are available.

The events will run from 10am until 2pm, with the RSH one taking place outside the Learning Centre, and the PRH event outside the main entrance.

In 2011 the Trust signed up to a new partnership with the military to help develop leadership skills, share best practice, and ensure the organisation and the Armed Forces are able to respond to changing clinical needs.

The partnership sees reservists contributing to training and development events in the Trust, together with opportunities for clinical and non-clinical staff at all levels to learn from experienced reservists. The Trust and reservists are also able to train together to improve safety, effectiveness and patient experience in both organisations.

Last year the Trust also signed up to the Ministry of Defence’s Corporate Covenant Scheme, a voluntary pledge that builds a two-way relationship between employers and the Armed Forces.

It recognises that:

    • the Armed Forces community should not face disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services in the area where they live;
    • special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given most such as the injured and the bereaved.


Captain Richard Courteney-Harris, from 202 (Midlands) Field Hospital, said:

“Wherever you find the British Army, you will find the Army Medical Services (AMS) who can deploy at short notice anywhere in the world to provide medical support. Whether that support is during war, counter insurgency, peace-making or during peacekeeping operations, the AMS will be there to maintain soldiers’ health and provide medical care to the sick and injured, both military and civilian.

202 (Midlands) Field Hospital forms part of the Army Medical Services and is manned by NHS staff from Trusts across the Midlands, including Shropshire’s acute hospitals.  A military field hospital can be deployed anywhere in the world and set up using tents or existing buildings providing secondary medical care to soldiers and if need be, civilians, in the field.

Fully deployed, a field hospital provides 200 nursing and ITU (Intensive Therapy Unit) beds, seven operating theatres and a full range of diagnostic services and other clinical departments. They are 566 strong and are further augmented by support staff and logistic staff.  The physical size of a fully deployed military field hospital is such that it would take some time to fully construct.

“However in order that you can see elements of a deployed hospital, C Detachment 202 Field Hospital, based in Shrewsbury, will be visiting RSH on 27 July and PRH on 28 July and will be deploying some of the infrastructure which goes to make up a deployed facility.  The intention is to give Trust staff the opportunity talk to serving NHS Reservists about their experiences and also see some of the equipment and facilities first hand.”

Further information

  • The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is the main provider of acute hospital care for almost 500,000 people from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales. Patients come to us from Telford, Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Whitchurch, Newtown and Welshpool in Powys.
  • The Trust continues to work with its partners in health and social care in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales to develop patient-focused services that meet the needs of our communities.
  • If you have any feedback about local healthcare, independent support and signposting is available from Healthwatch Shropshire, Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin and Powys Community Health Council (CHC):

For more information contact John Kirk, Communications and Engagement Manager at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, on 01743 492285.

Categories: Shropshire

Matz Sels: Newcastle United sign Belgian goalkeeper from Gent

BBC Tyne and Wear News Feed - 3 hours 18 min ago
Newcastle United sign goalkeeper Matz Sels from Belgian side Gent for a reported fee of about £5m.
Categories: Tyne and Wear

People warned to beware of scams

Wandsworth Council News Feed - 3 hours 20 min ago
July is Scams Awareness Month and Wandsworth Council and Citizens Advice Wandsworth (CAW) have teamed up to expose tactics used by scammers.
Categories: Wandsworth

Get ready for festival fever in Roehampton this weekend!

Wandsworth Council News Feed - 3 hours 20 min ago
Roehampton's Kings and Queens banquet and Feel Good Festival take place this weekend (2 and 3 July)
Categories: Wandsworth

Man dies in Sheffield after lorry crashes into wall

BBC South Yorkshire News Feed - 3 hours 45 min ago
A man dies in hospital after the lorry he was driving crashed in to a wall, South Yorkshire Police say.
Categories: Sheffield, South Yorkshire