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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 2 December 2016

Live Reporting

By John Hudson and Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

Severe disruption: A34 Berkshire northbound

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A34 Berkshire northbound severe disruption, from A4 Bath Road to A339 Western Avenue.

A34 Berkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A34 Newbury Bypass northbound from the A4 Bath Road junction to the A339 Western Avenue junction, because of an overturned motorhome. Congestion to A343.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Development proposals for Thatcham

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Residents in Thatcham, Berkshire are being asked to support the building of a new bridge at Thatcham Station.

It's being proposed in response to a "problematic" level-crossing and nearly 1,000 new homes nearby.

In addition more homes and a bridge, the Colthrop Village Consortium is also proposing a new primary school, contributions to secondary education, sports facilities and a riverside park.

It put another plan together in 2015 which didn't go ahead, but Daniel Hayman, the man behind the development process, says this is a much better scheme.

New multi-storey for Maidenhead

Andy Jones

BBC Radio Berkshire

Plans to spend £3.8 million on a new multi-storey car park for Maidenhead are set to be approved by the council.

The proposed 500 space car park at Vicus Way will, if approved, be open by January 2020, to help commuters and residents park in town both during and after the regeneration.

It will also make up for the spaces lost during the renovation of the train station.

Severe disruption: A34 Berkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A34 Berkshire northbound severe disruption, at Fidler's Lane.

A34 Berkshire - A34 in East Ilsley blocked and stationary traffic northbound at the Fidler's Lane junction, because of animals on the road.

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Puppy farmers' sentence appeal

An appeal against the sentences of a gang of puppy farmers who were convicted earlier this year will be heard in court today.

Edward Stokes, 35, of Upper Basildon, Berkshire and Simon O'Donnell, Thomas Stokes and Daniel Doherty, who are all from Hayes, made millions of pounds from importing puppies and using fake welfare documents when selling them on.

The Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC will argue that their sentences were unduly lenient at the Court of Appeal.

Puppy
RSPCA
Sir Cliff outside court

The singer is awarded £210,000 in damages after the BBC breached his privacy with its reporting of a police raid at his home.

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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, from Js8,9 A404 to J7 for Huntercombe Spur.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound from Js8,9 A404(M) Maidenhead to J7, Huntercombe (Slough West), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Views sought over new Reading school plans

Plans to build a new school fin Reading have gone out for public consultation.

Land at Richfield Avenue, west of Rivermead Leisure Centre and bordering Thameside Promenade has been chosen as the preferred site for the new 900-place free school that could open in September 2021.

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Reading Women striker Brooke Chaplen

Reading Women striker Brooke Chaplen extends her contract with the Women's Super League club.

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Homes set for approval on hospital site

Plans for 200 homes on the site of Reading's Battle Hospital are set to be approved later.

The development on Portman Road encompasses the last remaining part of the old hospital - other parts of the site have already been used for housing and a supermarket.

About 50 of the homes will be set aside for affordable housing.

Computer generated image of the proposed Portman Road development
Bellway

Overnight road closures in Reading

Sir Cliff 'aimed to right a wrong'
Sir Cliff Richard's solicitor says the singer's motivation to take the BBC to court was not for personal gain.

Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J16 for M40 J1A.

M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M25 anticlockwise at J16 M40 J1a, because of a broken down car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Anti-drug graffiti gets mixed reception in Reading

Anti-drug graffiti has sprung up in a Reading street overnight.

Residents in Cambridge Road told the BBC they do not know who is responsible but many said the area has a drug problem and applauded the secret artist's "message".

Others described the writing and sign drawn on the road as "disgusting".

One resident, who wants to remain anonymous, said: "There's been an epidemic for needle use and intravenous drug use with anti-social behaviour.

Graffiti
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Reading A33 closures warning over new bus lanes

Conservation area extension proposed

Plans to extend the St Peters conservation area in Caversham have been put forward by the council.

The revised plans would include Caversham Bridge and the shops around Barclays Bank and the former telephone exchange.

This is the first of a series of revisions to conservation areas planned by Reading Borough Council.

A consultation is open now and runs until 14 September.

Caversham Area
Reading Borough Council

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, from J13 for A34 Chieveley to J12 for A4 Bath Road.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 eastbound from J13, A34 (Chieveley) to J12, A4 (Theale), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A329(M) Berkshire both ways

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A329(M) Berkshire both ways severe disruption, at M4 J10 Wokingham.

A329(M) Berkshire - Long delays and queuing traffic on A329(M) in both directions at M4 J10, Wokingham, because of all traffic being temporarily held.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire both ways severe disruption, at J10 for A329.

M4 Berkshire - Queuing traffic on M4 in both directions at J10 A329(M) Wokingham, because of all traffic being temporarily held and a police incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Darren Sidoel

Reading complete the signing of Dutch defender Darren Sidoel from Ajax on a three-year contract.

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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

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M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J13 for A34 Chieveley and J14 for A338.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J14, A338 (Hungerford), because of emergency repairs.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Reading Central Club to be turned into flats

A club which was the "spiritual home" of an African and Caribbean community in Reading will be turned into flats.

Reading Central Club will be demolished to make way for a seven-storey block to end a 12-year dispute over its future.

The council said it lost out about £1m in revenue by retaining the 36m-long black culture mural on the site.

Community group Aspire failed in their bid to take over the property as Reading councillors agreed a 99-year lease with developer Redline on Monday.

Mural
BBC
The 36m-long artwork was painted on the side of Reading Central Club in 1990

Future of Reading swimming pool to be discussed

Bracknell Forest parks get Green Flag awards

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, from J12 for A4 Bath Road to J13 for A34 Chieveley.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound from J12, A4 (Theale) to J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Witness plea after woman 'dragged into street and sexually assaulted'

Police have released a CCTV image of a man who may be a witness in an attempted rape investigation in Reading.

A woman was dragged into Union Street and sexually assaulted on 5 July, police said.

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Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, at J6 for A355 Slough.

M4 Berkshire - M4 lane closed on entry slip road and slow traffic eastbound at J6, A355 (Slough), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Heights Primary School: Survey takes place before build

Preparations for a controversial school development in Reading are set to get under way, with the local council about to begin an archaeological survey at the site.

Hundreds of local people had objected to the plans to build The Heights Free School on Mapledurham fields, Caversham, but planning permission was granted by Reading Borough Council in April.

Mapledurham
GRAHAM HORN
Campaigners have previously threatened to take legal action if the playing fields were developed

The archaeological survey will form part of the work needed for landscape improvements.

Cllr Debs Edwards, Chair of The Mapledurham Playing Fields Trustees Sub-Committee, said their "proactive" work would reveal how the land was used in the past.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire both ways severe disruption, at J5 for A4 London Road.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 at J5, A4 (Langley), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A34 Berkshire southbound

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A34 Berkshire southbound severe disruption, at Beedon Village Hall.

A34 Berkshire - A34 blocked and slow traffic southbound at the Beedon Village Hall junction, because of a car fire.

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Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, from J17 for A412 to J16 for M40 J1A.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J17, A412 (Maple Cross) to J16 M40 J1a, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M25 Berkshire clockwise

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M25 Berkshire clockwise severe disruption, from J15 for M4 J4B to J16 for M40 J1A.

M25 Berkshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on M25 clockwise from J15, M4 J4b (Thorney Interchange) to J16 M40 J1a, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A329 Berkshire both ways

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A329 Berkshire both ways severe accident, from Doncastle Road to A322 Downshire Way.

A329 Berkshire - A329 Berkshire Way in Bracknell closed and delays in both directions from Doncastle Way to Twin Bridges Roundabout, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time