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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 9 January

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee, Emma Midgley and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, from J10 for A329 to J8 for J9 A404.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound from J10 A329(M) Wokingham to J8 J9 A404(M) Maidenhead, 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

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

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M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, from J8 for J9 A404 to J10 for A329.

M4 Berkshire - Lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 westbound from J8 J9 A404(M) Maidenhead to J10 A329(M) Wokingham, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Reading and Leeds Festivals measles vaccine warning

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, before J13 for A34 Chieveley.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 westbound before J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of emergency repairs.

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

Reading's Berkshire Record Office celebrates 70 years

Disruption for rail passengers between Basingstoke and Reading

Warning to plan ahead to avoid festival jams

Motorists are being reminded to plan ahead for next week so they don’t get caught out by the Reading Festival jams.

A total of 100,000 festival-goers are likely to attend this year's event from 24-26 August.

Reading Borough Council says roads will be busy throughout next with congestion expected to peak from Wednesday 22 August.

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Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

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M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, from J15 for to J14 for .

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound from J15, Swindon East to J14, Hungerford, because of a spillage on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire eastbound

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M4 Wiltshire eastbound severe disruption, from J15 for A346 Marlborough Road to J14 for A338.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 eastbound from J15, A346 (Swindon East) to J14, A338 (Hungerford), because of load spillage on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

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Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

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M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, from J11 for A33 Basingstoke Road to J12 for A4 Bath Road.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 westbound from J11, A33 (Reading) to J12, A4 (Theale), because of an accident.

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

Man stabbed during Slough park assault

A man has been stabbed, punched, kicked and hit with a blunt object during an assault in a Slough park.

Thames Valley Police said the attack happened in Baylis Park at about 20:00 on Friday, when a man in his thirties was walking towards a bench close to the pond near Woodland Avenue.

Three men approached him and assaulted him.

Baylis Park near Woodland Avenue
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The attack happened in Baylis Park near Woodland Avenue

The victim was treated at Wexham Park Hospital but has since been discharged.

The first offender is Asian, around 6ft tall, aged between 20 and 30, with short black hair, cropped on top, short on the back and sides. He had a muscular build and was wearing a short sleeved T-shirt.

The second offender is Asian, around 5ft 8ins tall, aged in his thirties, of thin athletic build, with a black beard and short black hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt and black trousers.

The third offender is of mixed race, in his twenties, was skinny with an Afro style haircut and had a scruffy appearance.

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Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J18 for A404 Rickmansworth Road to J15 for M4.

M25 Hertfordshire - Very slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise from J18, A404 (Chorleywood) to J15 M4, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe accident, from J2 for A355 to J1A for .

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M40 southbound from J2, A355 (Beaconsfield) to J1a, M25 J16, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M25 Surrey clockwise

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M25 Surrey clockwise severe disruption, from J13 for A30 to J14 for Horton Road.

M25 Surrey - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise from J13, A30 (Staines) to J14, Horton (Heathrow Terminal 4), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire southbound

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M40 Buckinghamshire southbound severe accident, between J2 for A355 and J1A for M25 J16.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M40 southbound between J2, A355 (Beaconsfield) and J1a M25 J16, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Six arrests after assault, drugs and weapons offences

ThamesValley Police has made a series of arrests following a number of crimes in Newbury.

They are:

  • On 24 June, a charity box was stolen from a Domino's Pizza store on The Broadway
  • On 10 July, a teenage boy was assaulted and a mobile phone was stolen near Almond Avenue
  • On 14 July, there was an altercation involving a group of men in Craven Road and drugs were also located at the scene
  • On 16 July, an altercation took place in Craven Road
  • On 21 July, three offenders were seen making threats to a teenage girl in Tudor Road
  • On 23 July, a mobile phone was stolen in Victoria Park
  • On 26 July, a man in his twenties was threatened in Brummel Road

Two 16-year-old boys, two 17-year-old boys, an 18-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman have been arrested and released under investigation.

Severe congestion: M25 Surrey clockwise

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M25 Surrey clockwise severe congestion, between J13 for A30 and J15 for .

M25 Surrey - Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J13, A30 (Staines) and J15, M4 J4b.

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

Former Eton sports coach to be sentenced for indecent assaults

A sports coach who taught at Eton College is due to be sentenced for sexually abusing students at another school.

Ajaz Karim was found guilty in April of indecently assaulting six girls aged 14 to 18 while he worked at Christ's Hospital School in Horsham between 1985 and 1993.

The 63-year-old, who went on to work at Eton, is expected to receive a lengthy prison sentence.

Ajaz Karim
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Fire at boatyard in Maidenhead

A fire has destroyed a boathouse of traditional boatbuilders Peter Freebody & Co. in Maidenhead.

Fire crews from Berkshire and Buckinghamshire remain at Boulters Lock.

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Berkshire Care home residents compete in armchair games
The event at a home in Newbury were designed to provide exercise for those who are now less active.

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Reading road reopens after large hole appeared

A busy traffic route which was closed yesterday after a large hole appeared near the site of roadworks has reopened in both directions.

Cow Lane in Reading, which goes underneath a major railway line, was shut to traffic while Network Rail worked to fix the problem yesterday.

While there has been no official announcement from the operator, staff from the BBC have visited the site this morning and witnessed traffic moving as normal.

Large hole
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The hole was discovered on Tuesday
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Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise

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M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise severe disruption, from M25 J16 to J17 for A412.

M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed on M25 clockwise from M25 J16, M40 Interchange to J17, A412 (Maple Cross), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Cow Lane shut until tomorrow

Rush hour drivers will not enjoy this post.

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Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, at J7 for Huntercombe Spur.

M4 Berkshire - Queuing traffic on M4 eastbound in Buckinghamshire at J7, Huntercombe (Slough West), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident involving three cars. Congestion to J5 (Langley).

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

Cow Lane in Reading closed due to 'possible sink hole'

Network Rail says engineers are on site and will open the road and footpath as soon as possible.

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Tilehurst fire out

Dramatic footage shows Tilehurst fire spread to cars

Joe Campbell

BBC South Today

A fire has damaged cars after breaking out in Tilehurst, Berkshire, this afternoon.

The fire appears to have broken out in a shipping container to the rear of a hardware store, and smoke could be seen billowing from a mile away.

The fire quickly spread to cars at a nearby car park, and three pumps from three fire stations were able to bring the fire under control.

Investigators are now on School Road in the town looking at what the cause might have been, but nearby Norcott road remains closed and buses are on diversion.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue (RFRBS) has advised people to avoid the area wherever possible and shut windows and doors if you live nearby.

Joe Campbell sends footage from Tilehurst

Wokingham burst pipe: One road now without water

One road remains without water after a burst pipe in Wokingham earlier.

Thames Water has said water supplies have returned to the majority of areas around Church Road, Woodley, which had previously been without water this morning.

The firm said it is still working to repair the pipe, and expect the repair work to continue throughout the afternoon.

High Tree Drive in Earley is the only road without water, although residents there have been supplied with bottled water and tanker is also on site for these residents.

Woodley Thames water leak 'fixed'

Water has been returned to all but 50 properties which were affected by the burst pipe in Wokingham, Thames Water had said.

Areas of Woodley and Lower Earley were affected by a burst pipe this mornbing, with dozens reporting a loss of water.

The utility company said it hoped to get the remaining properties back in supply asap, but will provide bottled water if needed.

Water leak reported in Reading

A water leak is currently affecting water supply around the Woodley and Lower Earley areas of Wokingham.

A main pipe is thought to be causing the problem around Church Road, affecting homes in the area.

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Thames Water have said they are "working to re-route water" around the network to "improve the pressure while we carry out the repairs".

The company say they have recieved 86 calls from customers with no water, and apologised to them as a result of the leak.

It also said that it was unlikely that bottled water stations should be used.

Drug deaths 'worse than London'

Deaths related to drugs have risen across the South, according to an Office for National Statistics report.

In Portsmouth there were 83 deaths between 2015-2017, a number which has more than doubled since 2008.

Southampton, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight have also all seen rises over the last 10 years, with 200 deaths across Hampshire in total.

Drug misuse
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In Reading, 44 people died from drug misuse, a rate higher than London's, with 9.5 deaths per 100,000 people compared with 4.8 in the capital and 6.4 nationally.

Meanwhile, 74 people died across Oxfordshire because of drugs, with 34 of those occurring in the south of the county.

There were 70 deaths in Dorset between the two years, with a high rate of 12.7 deaths per 100,000 people in Weymouth and Portland.