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Summary

  1. Parents of Ascot schoolgirl murdered in India call for justice
  2. A 104-year-old swimming pool in Reading is closed
  3. The so-called Lego building on the White Knights campus given protected status
  4. Weather: Murky start to the day
  5. Updates from Monday 19 December

Live Reporting

By Emma Midgley and Dan Kerins

All times stated are UK

That's all for today!

Sarah Lee

South Online

It's time to call it a night here at BBC Berkshire! Don't forget to log back on tomorrow from 08:00 GMT for the latest news, travel and weather.

Bye for now!

Just over a year in the job...

Twelve months ago Lt. Col. Lucy Giles passed out the very first integrated platoons from New College, but it's been quite a year for her since then.

BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach asked New College, Sandhurst's first ever female commander what she's been up to?

Berkshire's latest headlines

Tara Maxwell

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • School children in Sunningdale have agreed with the council a number of improvements to the route to school - making it safer. Students made a pitch to the Royal Borough to make the journey on foot to Charters School safer for youngsters
  • New leisure centres in Slough worth nearly fifteen million pounds are expected to be approved by the council today. The plans would see new facilities in Langley and Salt Hill Park

Busy roads around Reading this evening

BBC Travel

  • It's currently busy on Woodcote Road and George Street in Caversham, and King's Road past Cemetery Junction.
  • There are also delays in both directions across Caversham Bridge and along Oxford Road in West Reading.
  • Reading Buses is reporting delays of up to 20 minutes in this area to its services, while there are also delays on its Jet Black 1 service.
  • M4 Greater London - Queuing traffic on M4 Heathrow Spur Road in London (Heathrow) Airport at J4a, A4 (Heathrow Tunnel).  

Family of Kashmir murder victim fear 'justice will never be served'

The parents of a 24-year-old woman who was murdered in Kashmir say they fear justice will never be served.

Sarah Groves, who attended St Mary’s School in Ascot, was 24 years old when she was found dead with multiple stab wounds on a houseboat in 2013. 

Police in India arrested Dutchman Richard De Wit in connection with the murder, but no verdict has been reached. 

Sarah Groves
Groves family

Sarah's mum, Kate Groves, said this was despite more than 80 court hearings over a three-and-a-half year period. 

She told BBC Radio Berkshire that her family were now trying to raise enough money to carry out their own legal intervention. 

Mrs Groves said she feared the truth about what happened to her daughter may never emerge. 

"She was so loved by so many people - bright, fun, immensely caring," Mrs Groves added. 

Queen's 90th birthday portrait released

Sarah Lee

South Online

A photograph of the Queen and the Prince of Wales has been released to mark the end of her 90th birthday year.

The photo shows the Queen with her son Prince Charles in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

Previously unpublished, it was taken before the final night of celebrations at the Royal Windsor Horse Show in May.

Fashion photographer Nick Knight, who took the photo, said he had wanted to create something that showed "warmth, humanity... strength and tradition".

The Queen, who last year became Britain's longest-reigning monarch, turned 90 years old in April.  

Queen
Nick Knight

Pub blaze tackled by Slough firefighters

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Fire crews from Slough, Langley, Ascot and Surrey were called to a pub blaze in Slough on Sunday afternoon. 

Half the roof of the Golden Cross pub was damaged by fire.  

The blaze started at around 16:30 GMT and took four hours to put out. 

The cause is unknown. 

'I've gone straight from new boy to old codger' says Richard Benyon MP

Newbury MP Richard Benyon has been discussing his appointment as as a member of the Privy Council with BBC Berkshire. 

He said: "It's something that's given to cabinet ministers, which I'm not, or senior members of the opposition, which I'm not.

Richard Benyon
BBC

"It's also given to what people rather grandly call senior backbenchers, and I've always considered myself a new boy. 

"I've gone straight from new boy to old codger with nothing in between."

Severe accident: M25 Buckinghamshire anti-clockwise

BBC Travel

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

M25 Buckinghamshire - M25 lane closed on entry slip road from the southbound M40 and queuing traffic on the exit slip road anticlockwise at J16 M40, because of an accident.

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"I'm absolutely delighted" - George Evans

The match winning goalscorer gives his reaction to Blackburn Rovers 2-3 Reading.

Sir Michael Parkinson reflects on his career

He is considered by many, to be one of the greatest chat show hosts of all time. Sir Michael Parkinson - who lives in Bray - has literally interviewed everybody who's anybody.

The broadcaster joined BBC Radio Berkshire's Anne Diamond this morning to reminisce on his many decades meeting famous faces of showbiz.

Coping with bereavement at Christmas

BBC Newsbeat reporter James Waterhouse has been in Wokingham to talk to Luke Waddon, a volunteer for Marie Curie, about how to cope with Christmas after losing your dad to cancer.

Luke Waddon
BBC

Luke was aged 13 when his father died of cancer. 

Now he helps other young people cope with bereavement.

Developers defend plans to build homes at Aldermaston Park

Sarah Lee

South Online

Developers have defended plans to build hundreds of homes on a remnant of a medieval park.

Up to 227 houses are due to be built in Aldermaston Park, near Reading, as part of proposals to restore the site's Grade II listed Victorian manor and grounds.

The Woodland Trust criticised the plans, saying it would damage an important historic wood pasture and parkland which was once part of the great hunting forest that the Saxon kings and William the Conqueror called Windsor Forest.

But developer Praxis Real Estate Management said the plans for the estate would secure the restoration of the heritage assets, restore and manage degraded wood pasture and woodlands and see the planting of hundreds of new trees.

Aldermaston Park
Aldermaston Park

Berkshire's afternoon headlines

Toby Wadey

BBC Berkshire Online

  • A former doctor has been jailed at Reading Crown Court for indecently assaulting young patients in a hospital where Jimmy Savile also carried out abuse
  • Newbury MP Richard Benyon has been appointed to the Privy Council
  • The University of Reading's so-called "Lego Building" has been awarded protected status
  • A £14.6m plan to refurbish two leisure facilities in Slough is expected to be approved tonight.

Weather latest: Overcast afternoon ahead

After the murky start we've had this morning, it is expected to remain cloudy across Berkshire for the rest of the afternoon. 

There is also chance that some light showers could develop, with temperatures dropping to around 4C overnight. 

See a full five-day forecast here

BBC weather forecast for Berkshire
BBC
It is expected to remain cloudy

Stoke Mandeville abuse: Ex-doctor Michael Salmon jailed

Sarah Lee

South Online

A former doctor has been jailed for indecently assaulting young patients at a hospital where Jimmy Savile also abused people. 

Michael Salmon, 81, was convicted of 14 counts carried out at Stoke Mandeville and the Royal Buckinghamshire Hospitals between 1975 and 1989. In 2015, he was jailed for 18 years for nine indecent assaults of girls. 

He has been sentenced to an additional four years in prison following a trial at Reading Crown Court.

Michael Salmon
PA

Walking in a Windsor Wonderland? Train company gets festive

After last week's Brack-Noel and Eggnog-Ham, BBC reporter Ben Moore spotted a few more festive-themed locations on his commute into Reading this morning. 

It comes after South West Trains asked passengers to suggest a yuletide twist for departure boards on its network

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Richard Benyon MP appointed to Privy Council

Newbury MP Richard Benyon is among three new appointments to the Privy Council announced by the Queen.

Richard Benyon
BBC

A statement from the Prime Minister's office at Number 10 Downing Street reads: "The Queen has been pleased to approve that Diane Abbott MP, Richard Benyon MP and Emily Thornberry MP be sworn of Her Majesty’s most Honourable Privy Council."  

University's 'Lego Building' awarded protected status

A unique concrete building at the University of Reading has been awarded protected status. 

The so-called "Lego Building" on the White Knights campus, which was built between 1970 and 1972, has been given Grade II status.

It is one of more than 1,000 buildings to be recognised by Historic England this year. 

The university plans to remodel the building to house its new School of Architecture.

The so-called Lego Building
University of Reading
The building is one of more than 1,000 recognised by the Historic England this year

Swimming pool closes after 104 years

A 104-year-old swimming pool has closed after Reading Borough Council said it could no longer afford to repair the building.

The authority had said it would need to spend £700,000 to bring the Arthur Hill Memorial Baths up to standard.

The council said it would sell the building to help pay for a new facility in the area in about four years.

However, campaigners have now set up a community interest group in a bid to reopen the pool.

Arthur Hill Memorial Baths
Google
The council said it would sell the building to help pay for a new facility in the area

Leisure facilities set for £14m revamp

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

A £14m plan to refurbish two leisure facilities in Slough is expected to be approved by the council this evening. 

It would see new skiing and climbing facilities added to the Salt Hill Park bowling centre, and an overhaul of the Langley Leisure Centre. 

Both centres would have to close so the work can be done.

Councillor Joginder Bal, Slough Borough Council's commissioner for environment and leisure, said the plans would keep the facilities "relevant and useable for years to come". 

Reading boss: 'We deserved the win'

George Evans' late winner for Reading on Saturday means they continue to keep up the pressure on the Championship's front runners. 

Reading manager Jaap Stam told the BBC: "We deserved the win. We're always looking for a certain way of playing, dominating with possession and creating chances.

"We still tried to control the game, but every time we scored they got back and that gives the opposition confidence. I think after it went 2-2 we regained possession and controlled the game a bit more and went forward as well more.

"In doing that, we're very happy. But I'm honest, and they made it very difficult for us."

Read the full match report here

Top of the Championship table
BBC Sport
"They made it very difficult for us," said manager Jaap Stam

Boy 'kicked in ribs by man' in Thatcham robbery

A 12-year-old boy has been knocked off his scooter and kicked in the ribs by a man during a robbery.

Police said the victim was scooting through Thatcham, in Berkshire, on Friday afternoon with another boy when they were approached by a man on a bike.

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Police appeal for witnesses after fatal collision

 A 62-year-old pedestrian died after being hit by a car when crossing a road in Bracnkell on Friday evening.

The man was struck by a white Land Rover at about 17:15 GMT as the vehicle was being driven around the roundabout on the A3095 Bagshot Road.

The vehicle, a white Land Rover, stopped at the scene and emergency services were called.  

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses.

Travel latest: Quiet so far - but watch out for the fog

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

It is remarkably quiet on Berkshire's roads for a Monday morning so far. 

There are no traffic incidents in the county to report, but remember that Fleet Services southbound is now completely closed on the M3 until 2017, including the fuel area. 

Heathrow flights being affected by fog, so check your flight's status before travelling to the airport.

And on the trains, there's a greatly reduced service on Southern lines due to ongoing strike action. 

Today's weather: Murky start and fog

The weather for Monday with Emily Wood

Morning headlines

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • The parents of Ascot school-girl Sarah Groves, who was murdered in India, are calling on the government to help them get justice for their daughter
  • The so-called Lego building on the White Knights campus at the University of Reading has been given protected status by Heritage England
  •  A 104-year-old swimming pool in Reading has closed after the council said it could no longer afford to repair the building
  • Police are investigating after a 12-year-old boy was knocked off his scooter and kicked in the ribs by a man during a robbery in Thatcham. 

Good morning

Toby Wadey

BBC Berkshire Online

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