Reading, Berkshire, News Brief: 5 Stories Tuesday, Including Sightings of ‘Big Cats’ and 20 Mile Police Chase on M4


It was another busy day in the BerkshireLive newsroom today (Tuesday, September 28).

Here are five of the stories you might have missed. The list goes from where “big cats” have been spotted in the county, to a M4 truck driver who led police near Reading in a 20 mile chase.

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Where ‘big cats’ have been spotted in Berkshire

Most people have pets, many have cats. Some are cute and fluffy, some sleep all day, others can be a bit more vicious.

But no matter how many dead birds your cat drags through the door, there might be some feral cats in Berkshire that make your four-legged wild friend look like the picture of grace and kindness.

In the peaceful Berkshire countryside, there have been rumors of “big cat” sightings. However, there has never been any hard evidence of their existence, with photographs almost nonexistent.

We decided to go back to some of those supposed sightings and see what made people say they spotted a wild cat and, in one particular case, a crocodile.

You can find out more here.

M4 truck driver led police in 20 mile chase

A drunken truck driver who led police in a 20-mile chase on the M4 when he exceeded the limit four times has been jailed for 14 months.

WalesOnline reported that champion Andrew Jason’s driving on the highway near Reading was one of the worst they’ve ever seen.

Champion, from Porthcawl in Wales, admitted dangerous driving and driving over the alcohol limit at Newport Crown Court in August and was jailed on Monday 27 September.

You can read more here.

The area of ​​Reading that has seen a rise in house prices and why

Reading estate agents have revealed that the areas with the biggest increase in house prices are the properties around Reading town center and Caversham.

In general, however, house prices all over Reading are increasing. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show house prices have risen 13.3% in England this year, and it looks like Reading is no exception.

Tom Howe of Haslams Estate Agents said “a lot of people are moving near the center”.

You can find out more here.

Events at the recreation center could “disturb grieving families”

Fears have been expressed that hosting new events and serving alcohol at a Berkshire leisure center could upset grieving families.

A license application has been submitted by Braywick Leisure Center, Leisure Focus to host sporting events, boxing or wrestling, dance performances and plays.

The applicant also requested permission to broadcast live and recorded music as well as to sell alcohol on and off the premises until late, seven days a week.

The £ 33million leisure complex opened in Braywick Park last year and was built to replace the aging Magnet leisure center.

You can read more here.

The perfect Christmas holiday destination that costs just £ 50 to get there

Bing Crosby was right – there isn’t much more magical than a White Christmas.

Sadly here in the UK it’s a rare sight we are not blessed with every year as the holiday season draws near.

So travelers with itchy feet can be forgiven for wanting to get away with a flight from Heathrow Airport when Christmas arrives – and where else could be more perfect than Iceland. ?

The Nordic Island offers spectacular scenery and great Christmas markets – and of course, the ever popular Northern Lights are easily spotted in the region.

You can find out more here.

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