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By John Hudson and Emma Midgley

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That's all for today

Thank you for joining us again today. We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with all Berkshire's latest news, travel, sport and weather. 

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Berkshire's latest headlines

  • A brother and sister from Slough have been fined £15,000 for a tyre-dumping operation
  • Three Heathrow Airport baggage handlers were among 11 people arrested as police smashed a suspected drugs smuggling ring
  • Reading Borough Council has confirmed it will take up to 20 unaccompanied child refugees if asked to do so by the government
  • For the first time in more than a quarter of a century, Coral Reef Waterworld is without its recognisable roof.

Plans to widen Sunninghill High Street

Sunninghill High Street is set to be widened under council plans to cut congestion. 

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead wants to reduce the width of the pavement to allow two traffic lanes.  

The authority said the proposal had been met with support from residents. 

Celebrating 80 years of Pinewood Studios

For 80 years, Pinewood Studios near Slough has made dreams a reality.

This history is being explored in a brand new book, Pinewood - The Story of an Iconic Studio,- which has just been released. BBC Radio Berkshire's Sarah Walker chatted to author Bob McCabe about what he'd discovered:

Siblings fined for tyre dumping operation

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

A brother and sister from Slough have been fined £15,000 for a tyre dumping operation. 

Usman Ahmed, 28, from Slough, dumped tyres on local roads at night in a criminal operation that's been described as being on an industrial scale. 

He was caught in the act by enforcement officers and police one night - which resulted in a car chase and Ahmed being found hiding up a tree. 

He was found guilty of nine offences of illegal dumping. His 23-year-old sister Rizwana was found guilty of helping her brother and covering up his activity. 

The pair were sentenced to 300 hours of unpaid work between them.

Heathrow baggage handlers among 11 arrested in 'drugs smuggling' probe

Sarah Lee

South Online

Three Heathrow Airport baggage handlers were among 11 people arrested as police smashed a suspected drugs smuggling ring. 

Around 125 investigators from the National Crime Agency (NCA), along with officers from the Metropolitan Police and Border Force, carried out raids across London and south-east England on Wednesday. 

Ten men, aged between 26 and 60, and a 24-year-old woman, were detained on suspicion of conspiring to import class A drugs and taken for questioning. 

Photos released by the NCA showed arrests at addresses in London, Surrey and near Slough.

Appeal after attempted kidnap of young woman in Windsor

Sarah Lee

South Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her late teens was grabbed by her scarf by a man in a car in Windsor. 

At around 20:00 on Thursday, the woman was walking along Dedworth Road, Windsor, opposite the Fairacres Industrial Estate.

She was approached by a man in a car, who asked her if she wanted a lift home. She refused. The man then attempted to grab her scarf but failed.

The woman ran away and the offender drove off to Tinkers Lane.

The man is in his mid-20s, with an oval-shaped face, dark skin, dark hair, and clean shaven. 

He was wearing a black baseball cap with a white logo, a black baseball jacket, black t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms. He was driving a lime green small hatchback, possibly a Vauxhall Astra.

Woman, 89, defrauded by tree surgeon in Crowthorne

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after an elderly woman was defrauded in Crowthorne.

The victim, an 89-year-old woman, was at home in Pinewood Avenue at about midday on Wednesday 7 December.

A man posing as a tree surgeon visited the victim’s home. He said a tree in her garden needed to be cut down because it was at risk of falling.

The victim paid the offender a total of £500 but she later realised that the work had not been carried out.

The offender left the property at about 4.45pm.

Reading to house up to 20 unaccompanied children refugees

Emma Midgley

BBC News

Reading Council has confirmed it will take up to 20 unaccompanied child refugees if asked to do so by the government.

More than 750 children have been brought to the UK from the Calais migrant camp, with more to follow, the government said in December.

A scheme to move unaccompanied children from the so-called Jungle was launched in October.

Refugees being welcomed to the UK
PA

Children who have family links have been admitted to the UK under the Dublin regulation - which requires evidence that they have relatives who can care for them.

Others, without family ties, have arrived under the "Dubs amendment" rules which allow particularly vulnerable children - such as girls and those under 13 - refuge in the UK.

Green Party councillor Rob White said: “These children have a legal right to be in the UK and it is vital that this happens as soon as possible.

"Reading needs to be a caring council and to do its bit to help with the refugee crisis.”

Reading town centre
Andrew Smith

Woman seriously injured in three-car crash

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a serious injury collision between three vehicles on the A340, Tidmarsh Road, Theale on Tuesday.

At around 18:30 GMT, a black Vauxhall Corsa, a white Ford Transit van and a red Nissan Juke were involved in a collision in Tidmarsh Road, Theale junction with Englefield Road.

A female driver of one of the vehicles sustained serious injuries in the incident and was taken to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, where she remains.

Police are appealing for witnesses. 

Theale
Google

Appeal for witnesses after fatal M4 crash

Fiona Flaherty's husband Richard died when he was involved in a crash while travelling home from his job in Reading, on the M4 near Slough back at the end of October. 

However, despite it happening at the height of rush-hour, his family still don't know exactly what happened.

Fiona Flaherty relived that fateful day with BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach.

Leeds Utd 2-0 Reading: Stam's Post Match Interview

Reading boss Jaap Stam has been speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire's sports editor Tim Dellor after the Royals went down 2-0 away at fellow play-off chasers Leeds last night.

A goal in each half condemned Stam's men to the defeat, but despite the loss he was pleased with what he saw from his team.

Coral Reef Waterworld is without its roof!

For the first time in more than a quarter of a century, Coral Reef Waterworld is without its recognisable roof.

As part of the venue’s refurbishment, the site’s roof is being replaced after more than 25 years of service.

The old structure has now been fully removed and the main pool area is currently protected by a water and wind tight platform.

Coral Reef
Bracknell Forest

Since work began on the project in June, the old flume tower and flumes have been demolished and removed and the fittings stripped from the reception, Coconut Grove café and the changing rooms.

Away from the demolition work, constructing the new Coral Reef Waterworld has also begun with the replacement flume tower taking shape and the moulding of five new flumes.

The £13.3m refurbishment project is expected to be completed in summer 2017.

Christmas name suggestions for Berkshire stations - Brack-Noel anyone?

Sarah Lee

South Online

A rail company's appeal for customers to rename its stations with festive monikers has met with a mixed response. 

South West Trains asked passengers to suggest a yuletide twist for departure boards on its network using the hashtag SWTChristmas. 

Some got into the Christmas spirit with ideas like Dorchestnut and Brack-Noel. 

But others were more Scrooge-like, and used the opportunity to criticise the firm for running no trains on Christmas Day or Boxing Day

Train station
Alex Dowding

The Super Moon is coming...

Look up at the night sky this evening, and you should be able to see the last super moon of 2016 as the moon passes by at the closest point in its orbit.

Dr Simon Thomas is a Space Scientist from the University of Reading

Berkshire weather latest: Sunny afternoon ahead

It is expected to remain bright, dry and mild for the remainder of the afternoon. 

However, low cloud and mist patches will develop before tomorrow morning. 

See the full five-day forecast here. 

BBC weather
BBC
Low cloud and mist patches will develop before tomorrow morning

Fake pedigree pet scams on rise

Emma Midgley

BBC News

Increasing numbers of pet lovers are being duped by fraudsters falsely advertising animals as pedigree breeds, a council has said.

Officials in Berkshire have reported a spike in sales of ill or badly-treated pets being sold to unsuspecting owners.

Recently, 10 cocker spaniels were found living in "appalling conditions" in a house in Slough, having been advertised for sale for £550 each.

Four puppies were put down after testing positive for parvovirus.

Plans for controversial new school put forward

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Revised plans for a controversial new school on playing fields near Reading have been put forward. 

The Government wants land at Mapledurham to be used for the Heights Free School - but local people are challenging the proposals. 

The Education Funding Authority is offering Reading Borough Council 1.36 million pounds for the land - and says it now needs a smaller plot than first thought. 

A decision will be made next week.

Fire in Reading town centre last night

'Nose to tail' traffic at Windsor Castle this morning

Windsor and Maidenhead Council meet to discuss £6.1m savings

Windsor and Maidenhead Council met last night to discuss how to make £6.1m savings. 

The local authority decided to remove council tax exemption on empty properties, in the hope it will raise £267,000 for the council coffers.

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BreakingAll lanes now open on A34 at West Ilsley

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

All lanes are now reopened after accident on the Northbound A34 at West Ilsley. 

Delays easing

Update on traffic on northbound A34 at West Ilsley

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

UPDATE: A34: Accident on Northbound A34 at West Ilsley. Delays starting to ease, but still queuing from Chieveley to Beedon.

Widow appeals for witnesses following husband's fatal motorbike crash

The wife of Richard Burton, who died in a motorcycle crash on the M4 near Slough, nearly six weeks ago, says she still doesn't know how the accident happened.

Fiona Flaherty is appealing for witnesses to come forward so she can find out how her husband died.

The crash took place on 17 October, at 17:30 BST. 

Christmas 2016 travel: When should I avoid the roads?

The evidence from last time Christmas Day fell on a Sunday, in 2011, suggests the busiest days on the roads will be Friday 16 December, Tuesday 20 December and Friday 23 December.

Infographic
BBC

According to traffic information company Inrix, some journeys will take four times as long compared with other times of the year.

The A4 Westbound (Earls Court) to the M4 J11 (Reading) is predicted to have average speeds of 17 mph, meaning it will take two hours and 10 minutes to complete a journey which normally takes 45 minutes.

Congestion
Thinkstock

BBC Berkshire's Carol Service in pictures

BBC Radio Berkshire recorded the Christmas Carol Service at St Mary's Minster church in Reading last night.

If you weren't there, or even if you were, you can hear it all on Christmas day on BBC Radio Berkshire.

BBC Berkshire's carol service
BBC
BBC Radio Berkshire presenters at the carol service
BBC
Martyn from BBC Radio Berkshire
BBC

Delays of five miles on A34 back to Chieveley

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

UPDATE: A34: Accident on Northbound A34 at West Ilsley partially blocking the road, causing long delays of 5 miles back to Chieveley. 

Today's headlines

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • The family of Richard Burton who died in a motorcycle crash on the M4 near Slough 6 weeks ago still don't know what happened to him, and is appealing for witnesses to come forward
  • Revised plans for a controversial new school on playing fields near Reading have been revealed. The Government wants land at Mapledurham to be used for the Heights Free School - currently in temporary buildings in Caversham.
  • Reduced visibility in most areas this morning due to fog, so extra care needed

Today's weather: Cloud giving way to sunny spells

Today's weather in the South on 14 December

Starting the day with quite a bit of cloud, but prolonged sunshine and a mild day ahead.

Not a good night for Reading FC in West Yorkshire

Accident on the A34 at West Ilsley

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

A34: Accident on Northbound A34 at West Ilsley blocking one lane of two, causing delays back to Chieveley. 

Good morning

Emma Midgley

BBC News

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