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Summary

  1. One person has died in a collision which has closed the Oxford Road in Reading
  2. HGV driver taken to hospital with serious injuries after two lorry collision closed M4 at Newbury
  3. Fatal road collision on M4 slip road at Junction 7
  4. PM's Christmas card designed by children from Maidenhead

Live Reporting

By John Hudson and Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

That's all for today!

Sarah Lee

South Online

Thank you one and all, but we're off for the night. 

Don't forget to tune in tomorrow from 08:00 GMT. Goodnight!

Oxford road in Reading has now reopened

Rob England

BBC News Online

The latest reports say Oxford road in Reading has reopened after an earlier fatal crash.

Woodland Trust launch campaign to protect Aldermaston Park

The park is a 140 acre estate which was bought in 2014 for £4.7m by Praxis Holdings Limited, they have since submitted a planning application for 227 new houses.

BBC Radio Berkshire's Paul Coia spoke to Jill Butler, Tree Specialist at the Woodland Trust.

A new career at 75...

BBC Radio Berkshire's Sarah Walker met the Tadley man who decided to become a clock maker in his retirement. 

Man convicted of sexual offences against a boy in Windsor

A man has been convicted of sexual offences against a boy under the age of 13.

Anthony Brailsford, 69, of Rays Avenue Windsor, pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday.

The offences took place between 1 January 1997 and 31 March 1998 at St George's School, Windsor castle.

Brailsford was arrested in 2014 following reports of historical sex abuse, and was convicted of possession of indecent images of children at Slough Magistrates court. 

Reading must not lose 'fighting spirit' - Stam

Reading v Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Despite being third in the table, there is one Reading statistic that is less attractive.

In 23 matches this season in league and cup, The Royals have managed 52 yellow cards, and four yellows, including Danny Williams' in the 5-0 defeat to Fulham on Saturday.

In comparison, in the whole of last season they managed 81 yellows and three reds.

For Reading's boss, Jaap Stam that it's all a sign of competitiveness and aggression.

"Sometimes players have a fighting spirit," Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire, you don't want to drag that out of the players."

Children's pictures get starring role in PM's Christmas Cards

Sarah Lee

South Online

Theresa May has chosen three pictures by schoolchildren from her Maidenhead constituency for her Christmas cards. 

The colourful designs by five-year-old Isabelle Milnes, 11-year-old Jade Winsor and 11-year-old Sophie Brazil all show the famous front door to 10 Downing Street decked out with Christmas decorations. 

Inside the cards is printed the seasonal message: "Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Theresa and Philip May." 

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Severe accident: A329 Berkshire both ways

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A329 Berkshire both ways severe accident, between Western Elms Avenue and Beecham Road.

A329 Berkshire - A329 Oxford Road in Reading closed in both directions between the Western Elms Avenue junction and the Beecham Road junction, because of an accident.

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Theresa May's local council joins group aiming to take the government to the High Court

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has joined a "coalition" of councils, environmental activists and private residents in serving legal papers to the government for "unlawfully supporting the Heathrow expansion".

The Prime Minister's local council has formally requested for a judicial review of the government's decision. If the request is successful they hope the case will be heard in the High Court early next year.

The Royal Borough has been very consistent in saying it will hold government to account for its decision and seek to protect our residents from the public health risks of an expanded Heathrow Airport."

Simon DudleyLeader of The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council
Theresa May, PM and Maidenhead MP
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Jaap's return will be televised

Adam Whitty

BBC Berkshire

Put Saturday 7 January in your diaries, Reading fans.

It has just been announced that Reading's third round FA Cup tie against Manchester United will be played at 12:30 GMT that afternoon.

Jaap Stam
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Jaap Stam won the FA Cup with Manchester United in 1999

It's going to be quite an occasion, as Royals manager Jaap Stam will return to Old Trafford, where he won six trophies - including the FA Cup - in a three year spell at the Red Devils.

The match will also be televised on BT Sport, for those who won't be able to make it to the North West.

Update: Police vehicle smashes through a wall in Newbury

Rob England

BBC News online

We've spoken to Thames Valley Police who confirmed a police vehicle and a van were involved in a collision this morning at around 10:27 GMT on Andover Road. 

The police car was responding to an emergency. 

No one in the van was injured, the officer driving the response car sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The Police car where it stopped through the wall on Andover road
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Report rates Thames Valley Police as 'good'

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has released part of its annual assessment for Thames Valley Police and rated it "good" for the way it treats the people it serves and its workforce.

HMIC also praised the force's leadership noting "it has clear expectations of leadership" and that it "is aware it needs to support women and black, Asian and minority ethnic officers to progress towards, and within, leadership positions".

Chief Constable Francis Habgood
Thames Valley Police

Commenting on the report, Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: "It is vital that our communities believe that we use our powers fairly and treat people with respect in the course of our duties and that we are seen as friendly and approachable."

The final part of the assessment, on the force's effectiveness at keeping people safe and reducing crime, is due in March next year.

Jaap's return will be televised

Adam Whitty

BBC Berkshire

It has just been announced that Reading's FA Cup third round tie against Manchester United will be televised live on BT Sport.

It will be quite an occasion, as Royals boss Jaap Stam will return to Old Trafford.

Jaap Stam
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The Dutchman won six trophies, including the FA Cup, while he was at the club between 1998 and 2001.

The game will be played on Saturday 7 January, at 12:30 BST.

Question Time in Maidenhead tonight

BreakingOne dead and three injured after Oxford Road crash

Sarah Lee

South Online

A woman has died after an accident between a bus, car and three pedestrians in Reading.

Police were called at about 13:15 GMT to Oxford Road to reports of a collision involving a black Ford Focus and a bus.

A woman aged in her forties, who was a pedestrian, died at the scene.

Of the other pedestrians, a man was airlifted to hospital with serious leg injuries and a second man was taken to hospital by land ambulance with pelvic injuries.

The female driver of the Ford Focus was also taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.

Oxford Road is currently closed between Gordon Place and Chester Street. Wantage Road is also closed up to the junction with Wilton Road and will remain closed for a significant time. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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Road closures around Oxford Road after crash

BreakingOne person dead after Oxford Road crash

Sarah Lee

South Online

One person has died following a crash between a bus and a car in Oxford Road, Reading.

More details will be released shortly.

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Delays after fatal accident on Oxford Road in Reading

The BBC's John Hudson is at the scene with the latest.
Crashed lorry

A man is arrested after a crash that injured a lorry driver in Berkshire, while a car driver dies in a separate collision nearby.

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BreakingOxford road crash: Collision between bus and car 'may have hit pedestrians'

Sarah Lee

South Online

A crash between a bus and a car may have hit some pedestrians, South Central Ambulance has said.

The crash happened at 13:16 GMT on Oxford Road, Reading.

An air ambulance is on the scene, along with rapid response teams. 

Reading Buses said its management team was at the scene. 

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BreakingDrink driving arrest after M4 HGV crash

Sarah Lee

South Online

A man has been arrested after a crash involving two HGVs on the M4 near Chieveley which closed the motorway for eight hours. 

The crash took place at 02:30 GMT between Junction 13 and 14 on the westbound carriageway in Berkshire. 

A lorry hit the central reservation before crashing into another HGV, South Central Ambulance said. A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and driving above the alcohol level. 

The man, from Reading, is currently in custody. It follows another accident which took place near Junction 7 of the same motorway. 

Plans to demolish After Dark club rejected

Rob England

BBC News Online

A controversial plan to demolish a Reading nightclub and replace it with luxury flats has been turned down. 

Reading Borough council's planning committee said the proposal for the After Dark club was poorly designed and lacked affordable housing.

A Reading Borough Council spokesperson said "Harm would be caused to the settings of the Listed Buildings and the Conservation Area, the shape and design would produce substandard accommodation and overall, the development represented an overdevelopment of the site."

The nightclub After Dark
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BreakingSevere accident: Oxford Road, Reading

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Oxford Road in Reading closed in both directions between the Western Elms Avenue junction and the Beecham Road junction, because of a severe accident.

Police car smashes through a wall in Newbury

PM's Christmas card designed by children from Maidenhead

BreakingMan dies in M4 collision at Junction 7

Rob England

BBC News Online

A man has been killed in a fatal road traffic collision involving three cars on the M4 westbound slip road at Junction 7 for Slough.

The collision took place at 07:00 GMT this morning, and officer are still on the scene.

Thames Valley Police say the slip road is likely to remain closed for several hours as the investigation continues.

Shinfield eastern relief road plans delayed

Sarah Lee

South Online

Plans for a £25m relief road to help ease traffic in Berkshire have been set back again. 

The Shinfield eastern relief road, due to open on Thursday, has been pushed back until 2017. 

The road supports plans for nearly 2,400 new homes and a science park south of the M4, which is due to create up to 780 jobs. 

Construction managers said cold weather and limited road space had hampered its progress. 

We recognise that this further delay is frustrating but we consider this decision to be in the best interest of residents and the travelling public by ensuring that as much of the outstanding work as possible is completed before the road is opened."

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Police appeal for information on Windsor man missing since Tuesday

Thames Valley Police are appealing for help in tracing a man from Windsor who went missing on Tuesday afternoon.

Tobias Mills, 34, was last seen near the BP garage on Windsor road in Maidenhead.

He is described as 5ft 6 inches tall, slim, with a shaven head and was wearing a green North face jacket.

M4 J13 begins to clear

How long did it take for you to get to work today on the M4?

Rob England

BBC News online

Some drivers this morning had it worse than others...

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BreakingM4 reopens at J13

We have had a number of calls from drivers who tell us that the M4 is now back open at junction 13.

It has been closed since 02:45 GMT following a collision between two HGVs.

More as we get it.

M4 closed near Newbury after crash injures lorry driver

John Hudson

BBC Berkshire

A lorry driver has been seriously injured in a collision involving two HGVs that has left the M4 closed until at least 14:00 GMT.

The crash happened on the M4 westbound in Berkshire between Junction 13 and Junction 14 just after 02:30 GMT.

The road is closed away from London between the two junctions, causing queues on the M4, the A34 and in Newbury.

One of the lorry drivers has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

A lorry with the front section badly damaged in the crash
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Morning headlines

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • A crash involving 2 lorries has closed part of the M4 this morning. The road between junctions 13 and 14 heading away from London is shut while investigation work is carried out. The crash happened just before 3am - and it is expected to stay closed until 2pm
  • A controversial plan to demolish a Reading nightclub and replace it with luxury flats has been turned down. At a meeting last night the council's planning committee said the proposal for the After Dark club was poorly designed and lacked affordable housing
  • Campaigners are angry about plans to build more than 200 homes at Aldermaston Park, saying ancient woodland will be destroyed. The homes are part of proposals to restore the Victorian manor and grounds there. But The Woodland Trust says 180 trees will be lost, some a hundred years old
  • Work on a 25 million pound relief road to help ease traffic in Berkshire has been set back again. The Shinfield eastern relief road, which was due to open today, has been pushed back until the New Year. The construction company says cold weather and limited road space has hampered its progress

Weather: A mild day

Emily Wood has the forecast for Thursday

Travel latest: M4 still closed at J13

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

  • The M4 at Junction 13 is still closed and expected to open at around 14:30. There are still 6.5 miles of queuing traffic on the London-bound side of M4 between Junction 13 and 14.
  • The Newbury Bypass is still solid with traffic right back to the Highclere junction at the A343. 
  • Newbury town centre and the surrounding area is currently gridlocked.
  • There is 3.5 miles of traffic on the A4 towards Newbury, but the A4 Newbury to Reading is looking a lot better.
  • Try to avoid the M4 stretch between Junction 12 and 13 as there are currently 7 miles queues.

Good morning!

Rob England

BBC News Online

Good morning, we've been covering the traffic issues on the M4 and surrounding areas this morning. As well as giving you the latest travel updates we'll be bringing you local news, weather and sport throughout the day.

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