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Drink-driver who went wrong way on M4 near Reading jailed

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage shows police clipping Lee Johnson’s van A man who drove the wrong way down a motorway while more than three times the drink-drive limit has been jailed. Lee Johnson, 44, steered his red Citroen van against the run of traffic on the M4 near Reading. Police brought him to a stop by clipping his vehicle with a patrol car on 15 December. Johnson, of Colman Road in London, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was sentenced at Reading Crown Court…

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Daniel Williams: Reading University student search goes on

Image copyright Police handout Image caption Daniel Williams, 19, was last seen in a student union bar at the University of Reading’s Whiteknights campus A university student’s disappearance is “completely out of character” and officers are “extremely concerned for his welfare”, police have said. An air and land search for 19-year-old Daniel Williams is continuing after he went missing from the University of Reading in the early hours of Thursday. Mr Williams, from Sutton in London, was last seen leaving a student union bar. Police said they were “continuing to…

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Daniel Williams: Search for missing University of Reading student

Image copyright Police handout Image caption Daniel Williams, 19, was last seen in a student union bar at the University of Reading’s Whiteknights campus Search and rescue teams are trying to find a missing university student. Daniel Williams, 19, was last seen in a student union bar at the University of Reading’s Whiteknights campus in the early hours of Thursday. He was reported missing after he failed to return to his student accommodation. Thames Valley Police said officers, volunteers and Berkshire Lowland Search & Rescue had been deployed. It added…

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The school using giant book murals to encourage reading

Image copyright Mundelein High School For many students, this week saw the end of the Christmas break and a return to school. However, one school in Illinois, US, has taken a novel and eye-catching approach to motivating its students in the new year. Students of Mundelein High returned to find six floor-to-ceiling book covers lining the corridor of the school’s English department. The vinyl prints, which wrap around sections of wall like the jackets of giant books, flank the doorways of three of the school’s English classrooms. The school explained…

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Paul Clement: Reading sack manager after eight months

Championship strugglers Reading have sacked manager Paul Clement after less than nine months in charge. The 46-year-old former Swansea and Derby boss leaves with the Royals 21st in the table, only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. Clement joined Reading in March after Jaap Stam departed and helped them avoid relegation on the final day of the 2017-18 campaign. But the Berkshire club have only won four of their 20 matches this season. “Owners Mr Yongge Dai and Ms Xiu Li Dai have made the difficult decision that the…

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Earn after reading: China news app lures with clickbait and cash

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Cai Li, a janitor in Shanghai, developed a serious addiction to news app Qutoutiao, lured by gossipy articles about celebrities and the cash she gets from reading them. A red packet giving out free cash for new users is seen on the news aggregator app Qutoutiao, on a mobile phone next to a Qutoutiao logo in this illustration picture taken November 26, 2018. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration Logging on during breaks at work and sometimes at night when she can’t sleep, the 63-year old has earned a few hundred…

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Molly Bartrip: Reading defender on overcoming teenage anorexia

Reading defender Molly Bartrip’s battle with ‘evil Ana’ anorexia Ana wasn’t a relative of Molly Bartrip’s. She wasn’t a team-mate and she most definitely wasn’t a friend. Bartrip hates what Ana did to her. She had control of her life and “played her like a puppet” – yet Ana wasn’t a real person. ‘Ana’ was the name Reading defender Bartrip gave to the voice inside her head during her teenage battle with anorexia. “It was like this evil person on my shoulder who wanted me to fail,” she tells BBC…

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Arsenal Women 6-0 Reading Women: Leaders maintain 100% start in style

Jordan Nobbs had another fine game for Arsenal in attacking midfield Arsenal maintained their 100% winning start to the Women’s Super League season in style as Vivianne Miedema’s hat-trick helped them thrash Reading. Miedema’s early header, Jordan Nobbs’ placed finish and Beth Mead’s fine shot in to the far corner gave manager Joe Montemurro’s side a 3-0 half-time lead. Miedema tucked in her second after the break, before her Netherlands team-mate Danielle van de Donk slid in for 5-0. The clinical striker slotted in when one-on-one to claim her treble…

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Man Utd Women 0-2 Reading Women: Record crowd watch hosts lose

Manchester United are managed by former Arsenal, Chelsea and Lincoln defender Casey Stoney A record crowd of 4,835 watched Manchester United Women lose 2-0 to Reading Women in their first home game since relaunching this season. United, returning after the club disbanded their senior female side in 2005, were beaten by goals from Brooke Chaplen and Gemma Davison. United are second in the five-team Continental Tyres Cup group, with the top two reaching the quarter-finals. The crowd at Leigh Sports Village was a record for the competition. It was more…

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Fall Out Boy: How to headline Reading and Leeds

This weekend Fall Out Boy will play the main stage at Reading and Leeds for the sixth time. They were last there in 2016 when they co-headlined with Biffy Clyro. This time they’ve got the top spot all to themselves. “It’s not sunk in, it’s such a big thing,” says bassist Pete Wentz. “I remember when we’d play there and be like, ‘There goes Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails – he’s headlining Reading and Leeds’.” So how do work your way up the bill and survive years at the…

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