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Summary

  1. Number of people swimming drops more than a third in 10 years
  2. Eton appoints first female deputy head

Live Reporting

By Emma Midgley and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

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Latest Berkshire headlines

Weather latest: Freezing conditions forecast overnight

Temperatures are expected to dip to -3C in parts of Berkshire overnight. 

Widespread sharp frost is forecast as well as freezing fog patches. 

Conditions are expected to remain clear, dry and very cold tomorrow. 

Berkshire weather forecast
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Conditions are expected to remain clear, dry and very cold tomorrow
Police tape

An 18-year-old man is arrested after a motorcyclist was killed following a collision between a lorry and a car near Wallingford.

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Lilly-May Page and mum

A paramedic who treated a five-year-old girl who died after collapsing tells an inquest the training she received was inadequate.

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Henley Festival wins national award

Henley Festival has won the Headline Performance of the Year award at the UK Festival Awards for Elton John's opening night in July. 

It was the first time the event had been shortlisted. 

Stewart Collins, the festival's artistic director, told the BBC: "To get this national recognition is quite fantastic."

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Lilly-May Page inquest: Paramedic training 'inadequate'

Sarah Lee

South Online

A paramedic who treated a five-year-old girl who died after collapsing at school said the training she received was "inadequate", an inquest has heard.

Lilly-May Page died after collapsing from an undiagnosed heart condition near Willow Bank School in Woodley, Berkshire, in 2014.

Lilly-May Page
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Paramedic Shannon Jacobs said Lilly-May's heart was in fine ventricular fibrillation, where the heart quivers.

On that basis, Ms Jacobs decided not to shock her with the defibrillator.

Streatley crossroads reopens

A road in Streatley which had been closed since last Thursday has reopened this afternoon. 

The A329 Streatley crossroads and B4009 Streatley Hill were shut after a a lorry became wedged between a house and the Bull pub when the driver attempted to make a tight turn.  

A chimney stack was damaged in the collision and West Berkshire Council said the structure had to be removed "brick by brick" to make it safe. 

The lorry wedged between two buildings in Streatley
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A lorry became wedged between a house and the Bull pub

Emergency night shelter opens as freezing conditions forecast

Slough's emergency night shelter for homeless people has opened following a forecast of very cold weather. 

It is staying open until Thursday morning. 

The council opens a night shelter when the temperature is expected to fall below freezing for three consecutive nights.

Peep Show star David Mitchell spotted filming in Maidenhead

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The number of people swimming in Berkshire has fallen by more than a third in ten years
The number of people swimming in Berkshire has fallen by more than a third in ten years.


David Wilkie, Olympic Swimmer:

"Fifty percent of children in primary school can't swim a length...I think that's historical in the sense that school swimming has never been very big.

"I think the world has changed, you know that exercise has changed, people have more options now.

"A lot of people are heavier, so you know they feel a little bit more self conscious going to the pool."

Stam: 'We defended very well'

Reading are back in training today with their focus on this Saturday's trip to Fulham. 

Last weekend's victory against Bristol City keeps Jaap Stam's men in third place. BBC Radio Berkshire's Sport Editor Tim Dellor spoke to the Royals' boss after the match. 

The Reading boss reacts to their 2-1 home win against Bristol City

Lilly-May Page inquest: 'Paramedic would have done things differently'

Sarah Lee

South Online

A paramedic would have done things differently in hindsight, the inquest into the death of a five-year-old Wokingham school-girl has heard.

Lilly-May Page collapsed at Willowbank School in May 2014 - she had an undiagnosed heart condition. 

Joe Campbell reports from Reading Coroners Court:

Lilly-May Page inquest: 'Paramedic would have done things differently'

Holly Green with the latest forecast

Holly Green with the latest forecast

BreakingMan arrested following fatal Wallingford collision

An 18-year-old man from Wallingford has been arrested after a man was killed following a collision just after midnight involving a lorry, a motorcycle and a car.

The 27-year-old motorcyclist from Reading died at the scene on the A4074 near Wallingford. His next of kin have been informed. 

A man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and driving whilst over the prescribed alcohol limit, and is currently in custody.

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Bees, beetles and butterflies in trouble

University of Reading scientists have contributed to a United Nations survey calling for urgent action to be taken to stop the global decline of pollinating insects.

It's reported 1.4 billion jobs depend on their survival around the world.

Deepa Senapathi spoke to Phil Kennedy

Survey finds 60% of businesses believe Reading 'lacks a clear identity'

A survey of businesses in Reading found 60% believe the town "lacks a clear identity". 

The questionnaire undertaken by Reading UK CIC was undertaken to mark the end of the town's year of culture. 

It looked at the role arts, culture and heritage play in shaping people's perceptions of a location. 

The survey also found 85% of respondents believed businesses and the arts should work more closely together for the benefit of the economy. 

Adam Jacobs, chairman of Reading UK CIC, told the BBC: "We spoke to over 50 businesses – 70% of those people who were surveyed said a strong location identity was important for relocation decisions and recruiting."

Streatley crossroads 'will reopen by 4pm' after delays

The main road crossing the Thames through Streatley remains closed today. 

West Berkshire Council initially said the A329 Streatley crossroads and B4009 Streatley Hill would reopen yesterday at 16:00 after a damaged chimney stack was made safe. 

However, a council spokesman said the work had been delayed and will now reopen by 16:00. 

It was shut on Thursday after a lorry became wedged between a house and the Bull pub when the driver attempted to make a tight turn.

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Father campaigns for daughter's access to Cystic Fibrosis drug

Kevin Cramner has sent BBC Berkshire this picture of his 12-year-old daughter Holly, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. 

The NHS does not currently fund a drug, called Orkambi, which could slow the progression of her illness.

It costs more than £100,000 a year for each patient.

Holly
Kevin Cramner

He says being given access to the new drug would reduce her reliance on antibiotics. 

"At the moment she's on oral antibiotics, inhaled antibiotics, enzyme tablets, physiotherapy for her lungs twice a day for 20 min and athletics 5-6 days a week and this is a good period yet her lung function is still at 79%. 

"At her age it should be in the high 90s.

"At one point she was on about 30 tablets a day."

Calls for Cystic Fibrosis drug to be made available on NHS

A Berkshire father, whose daughter suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, is calling for a drug to treat the condition to be made available on the NHS.

Earlier this year, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) rejected the drug Orkambi for use in the treatment of patients with Cystic Fibrosis.

The medication was deemed not cost effective as there was no long-term data available for the drug. 

It costs more than £100,000 a year for each patient.  

Kevin Cranmer, from Inglewood, said being given access to the drug would "massively reduce" his 12-year-old's dependence on antibiotic treatments.  

"I can't understand why they're making such a big deal about funding it. 

"We work hard to keep her healthy and fit. There are children worse off than Holly and actually it's a death sentence for them not having this drug.

Lungs
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James Barrow from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust said it was "remarkable" Nice had not approved the drug.

He said: "Half of people with Cystic Fibrosis don't live to see their 28th birthday and this drug has been seen to slow down the progression of the illness by almost half." 

He said Nice should fund treatment for patients in Britain so it could monitor the long-term effectiveness of the drug before negotiating payment with the drug’s manufacturer, Vertex. 

The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is now working with members of the CF community and MPs to hold a Parliamentary debate on 13 December to pressure the government into resolving the deadlock in negotiations between Nice and Vertex.

Weather update: Dry and sunny day ahead

The dry and sunny start we've been enjoying this morning is expected to last for the rest of the day. 

It is feeling cold outside with temperatures dipping to -3C after dark and a few freezing patches of fog also forecast.

Berkshire weather forecast
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It is feeling cold outside with temperatures dipping to -3C after dark

Road surfacing continues in Windsor

Signalling problems in Maidenhead

Matt Vaughan

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

Signalling problems in the Maidenhead area are causing delays on local services run by Great Western.

Buses are running between Marlow and Bourne End.

'Government needs to do more' on sexual harassment of children

Basingstoke MP Maria Miller has told BBC Radio Berkshire this morning the government is not doing enough to protect children against widespread sexual harassment. 

Maria Miller
BBC

The MP, who is chair of Parliament's Women and Equality Committee Committee, says the government needs to be dealing with this problem faster. 

The committee wants sex and relationship education to be made compulsory in all schools. 

Eton appoints Su Wijeratna as first female deputy head

Eton College has appointed a female deputy head for the first time in its 576-year history.

Eton schoolboys
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The all-boys' independent school said Su Wijeratna, currently deputy head at St Paul's Girls' School in London, would start in September 2017.

She will replace Dr Bob Stephenson, who has held the position at the Berkshire boarding school since 2003.

The role will involve deputising for the headmaster when he is absent and managing pastoral care.

Equestrian Sophie Christiansen nominated for Sports Personality of the Year

Berkshire equestrian Sophie Christiansen is among this year's contenders for Sports Personality of the Year Award. 

Sophie Christiansen
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Christiansen won three gold medals in dressage at the Rio Paralympics, taking her career haul to eight.

The rider, who has cerebral palsy, was victorious in the individual freestyle, grade 1a championship and mixed team event aboard her beloved horse Athene.

Weather: Cold but sunny and dry

It's a very cold start to the day but with plenty of sunshine, it could even be wall-to-wall blue sky for the majority of the day. Temperatures will only creep to a maximum of 4C and temperatures could get as low as -4C. 

Fewer Berkshire residents swimming

A person swimming
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The number of people swimming in Berkshire has dramatically fallen over the last decade. Since 2006, 19,000 people have stopped swimming at least once a week  - that's a fall of more than a third - one of the biggest drops in the country. 

It is part of a national trend, as across England, swimming has fallen by 24%.

Stats on swimming
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This morning's travel report

Matt Vaughan

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

  • Queueing traffic due to accident, now on the hard shoulder on M25 anticlockwise after J11 A317 (Chertsey), congestion to J12 of M3. 
  • One lane blocked due to broken down car on M3 London-bound after J3 A322 (Lightwater / Bagshot), congestion to J4 A331 / A331 Blackwater Valley Route (Camberley). 
  • A4074 Port Way in both directions closed due to accident investigation work, recovery work and fluids and debris on road between B4009 (Goring Turn Off, Wallingford) and B471 Red Lane (Woodcote). 
  • Queueing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J17 A412 (Maple Cross) and J16 M40. 
  • Problems at Sonning Bridge heading towards Twyford - there's a broken down car just after the bridge

A cold sunny day ahead

Emma Midgley

BBC News

Good morning! It's going to be cold and sunny today.

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