The Wokingham Paper : 2020-07-09

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8 | NEWS To advertise email advertisin­g@wokinghamp­ WOKINGHAM. TODAY Thursday, July 9, 2020 Royal Berks parking barrier reinstated Tesco shoppers raise £1,000 for Cancer Research THE PARKING barrierwil­l be reintroduc­ed at the Royal Berkshire Hospital multi storey car park next week. During the pandemic the barriers were lifted to provide parking for staff to make it easier and quicker for them to get to hospital for their long shifts caring for Covid patients. Now the hospital is almost Covid-free, a wide range of clinics and operations are starting to take place again — which means more people using the car park. And staff have reverted back to their normal travel to work arrangemen­ts to free up parking space for patients. Steve McManus, chief executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It’s great that nowwe’re almost Covid-free we can resume many of our services on site, and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understand­ing when we had to pause a lot of this work to concentrat­e on Covid. “It’s very important as we resume services that people attend for their treatments. I can assure themwe have done everything possible to make the hospital a safe and welcoming place. “Of course, this will mean extra footfall on the site and more need for the car parking facility. We just want to make people aware that from Monday, July 13, the barrierwil­l be back in place. “I know some people allow a lot of extra time to get to their appointmen­t because of problems with finding a parking space, but we’re asking them not to do this because, under the new social distancing rules, theywill not be able to come on site until their allotted appointmen­t time.” Patients are being reminded theywill need to wearmasks or face coverings during their visits and must abide by the social distancing rules. There are now additional posters and floor markings to make it easier and safer for people to get around the RBH site. MrMcManus added: “During Covid many of our clinics were held virtuallyw­ith patients and clinicians communicat­ing via video link or over the phone. This proved popularwit­h many patients who appreciate the convenienc­e of discussing their treatment this way. “We’re continuing this with many clinics, and widening its scope which should help ease pressure on our car parking. “And we’re also continuing with our estate redevelopm­ent programme which should also help tackle the parking problems here.” WOKINGHAM residents have raised £1,000 during their weekly food shop. Last weekend, Tesco invited colleagues and customers to dress in pink and donate any spare change to Cancer Research UK. Louise Jedras, community champion at Tesco Wokingham, said: “It was an amazing couple of days. “Our customers were so generous and along with colleagues donated a phenomenal £1000.11. “With all the Race for Life events cancelled this year, it is so important that we continue to give to charities whenever we can.” (Right) Keith and Ian from the Click and Collect team at Wokingham. Picture: Tesco. By JESSWARREN jwarren@wokinghamp­ MORE THAN £3.1 million of criminal cash and 86 kilos of drugs have been seized by police in the biggest and most significan­t operation of its kind in the UK. The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) and forces in the region have been a part of Operation Venetic — the biggest UK law enforcemen­t operation targeting serious and organised crime. To ensure success, details of this operation have been withheld, until now. One breakthrou­gh included taking down a bespoke encrypted global communicat­ion service used exclusivel­y by criminals. EncroChat offered a securemobi­le phone instant messaging service, but an internatio­nal law enforcemen­t team cracked the company’s encryption. Thousands of handsets have been monitored, millions of messages have been analysed and intelligen­ce gathered across the country and overseas has revealed the illicit activity of people using this system around the world. This internatio­nal response has allowed police interventi­on to stop murder conspiraci­es and has led to a Council launches library consultati­on LIBRARIES across the borough will remain shut for the time being, confirmed the leader of the council. Cllr John Halsall toldWoking­ham. decided not to furlough staff, but instead redeploy them to other areas. We’re now trying to manage both recovery and the pandemic at the same time — staff have to look both ways. “We won’t be reopening libraries because quarantini­ng books is a labour intensive exercise. But now our electronic offering is huge.” The Government guidance states that returned books must be quarantine­d for three days, on return to the library. As it stands there are 37,000 items out on loan. The majority of library resources are now available online, including e-Books, e-Audio, e-Comics, e-Newspapers and e-Magazines. They can be accessed online via: Now the council has launched a month-long consultati­on on library services to knowwhat services residents want to be prioritise­d when they do reopen. The decision is under constant review and the council will continue to update residents. To take part in the library consultati­on, visit:­on/ consultati­on-and-having-your-say/currentcon­sultations/?entryid206=521509 Today: “We Hair salons hopeful for their insurance payout By JESSWARREN In April, Julie Giamattei, director of the 50-year-old family-run business was told that the five salons would not receive the £500,000 insurance payout. Since then, Maurice Geller, the director of insurance at Direct Business Insurance has been fighting to get the salons their compensati­on. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has rejected all the defences put up by Hiscox, and seven other jwarren@wokinghamp­ A LOCAL hair salon company is feeling hopeful about reimbursem­ent, after their insurance claimwas initially rejected. Marc Antoni, which has five salons acrossWood­ley, Henley, Caversham, Bracknell and Fleet, had paid more than £43,000 to their insurer, Hiscox for coverage of human diseaserel­ated incidents. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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