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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 11 January
  2. Ex-Windsor Grammar teacher on trial for abuse
  3. Mssing woman, 76, found
  4. Tributes to man killed in crash near Legoland

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

  1. 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, weather and sport. 

    You can stay in touch via our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

  2. Snow or no snow?

    Alexis Green

    BBC South Today weather presenter

    BBC weather presenter Alexis Green says there is a "great deal of uncertainty" over the chance of snow in the south tomorrow.

    She says: "We have all the ingredients for snow - intense rain, cold air from the north and the right wind direction.

    "But it is less likely along the coast where it will be warmer. More likely for areas north of the M4.

    "The uncertainty is about the track and intensity of the weather system, meaning that confidence is low in the amount and extent of any snow."

    snow graphic
  3. Evening headlines

    • Armed police who guard AWE in Burghfield were made to feel they were blamed for the failings of their senior commanders, according to an independent inquiry.
    • The sexual assault trial of former entertainer Rolf Harris, who used to live in Bray, has begun.
    • A letter written by DH Lawrence describing Pangbourne as repulsive and smelly has been auctioned for £1,000. 
    • An 89-year-old man has been left "shaken" after he was targeted by a thief posing as a delivery man in Slough. 
    • Plans to build 250 new homes on the South Oxfordshire border are set to be opposed by Reading councillors tonight.
    • The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow tomorrow. 
  4. Rush hour travel latest

    • There is congestion between Burleigh Road and Kennel Avenue North in Ascot due to ongoing roadworks in the area.
    • Traffic is particularly slow on Basingstoke Road in Three Mile Cross at the Church Lane junction where temporary traffic lights are in operation.
    • An accident on the clockwise M25 near Denham is causing severe delays between J13 and J17. 
  5. Envelope update

    Medium congestion: M25 Greater London clockwise

    BBC Travel

    M25 Greater London clockwise medium congestion, between J14 for A3113 and J16 for M40.

    M25 Greater London - Slow traffic on M25 clockwise between J14, A3113 (Heathrow) and J16 M40.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  6. DH Lawrence letter calling Pangbourne 'smelly' sells for £1,000

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    A letter written by DH Lawrence describing a Berkshire village as repulsive and smelly has sold for £1,000 at auction. 

    The author of Lady Chatterley's Lover maligned Pangbourne while inquiring about cottages to let in 1919.

    A letter written by DH Lawrence

    He wrote: "Women use scent on their clothes, and petrol plus river plus pavement... I suffer by the nose."

    The note was auctioned by Lyon and Turnbull in Edinburgh earlier today. 

  7. Reading v QPR: Latest team news

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport

    Reading will remain without captain Paul McShane for the visit of QPR tomorrow night as the central defender continues to recover from a wrist injury.

    Winger Callum Harriott sustained a hamstring injury before the new year and will be out for up to six weeks.

    The Royals will be looking to bounce back from their 4-0 FA Cup defeat by Manchester United and put pressure on Championship top two Newcastle and Brighton. 

    Read more here

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    Reading 0-1 Queens Park Rangers

    Jamie Mackie

    Jamie Mackie scores the winner against his old club Reading to give QPR their third consecutive Championship victory.

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  8. Elderly man's wallet snatched by bogus delivery man

    An 89-year-old had his wallet snatched by a thief posing as a delivery man in Slough. 

    The offender knocked on the door of the property in Mirador Crescent on Sunday night, telling his victim he had a parcel for his neighbour.

    This, he claimed, had been thrown into the victim's back garden by mistake.

    Once inside the house, the bogus delivery man asked the victim to check he had his wallet as he did not want to be accused of stealing it - before snatching it from his hand.

    The offender is described as white, around 30 years of age, stocky and with thick dark hair. He was wearing dark clothing.

    Thames Valley Police said the incident had left the victim "shaken" and is appealing for witnesses. 

  9. BBC Weather Watcher pictures: Hungerford and Windsor

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Hungerford

    Our BBC Weather Watchers in Berkshire have been taking some great photos today.

    These are from Ken in Hungerford and Mandy in Windsor.

    Windsor
  10. Roadworks causing delays in Ascot

    BBC travel for Ascot
  11. Rolf Harris trial: Inside the courtroom

    Dan Johnson

    BBC News

    This is a highly unusual case. A man who achieved fame and fortune through television is on trial via a screen.

    We've got used to seeing "celebrity" defendants arriving at court for high profile cases. Often they're flanked by family and friends. Some try to avoid the cameras, others stop to pose for pictures.

    Rolf Harris doesn't have to run the gauntlet in that way. He isn't actually here in the courtroom on London's South Bank. Instead he is watching and listening to proceedings over a video link.

    Court sketches
    Image caption: Rolf Harris, who lived in Bray, appeared via video link

    Everybody in court can see him, sat at a desk, smartly dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and tie. Occasionally he puts his head in his hands, sometimes he takes his glasses off to rub his eyes.

    Despite his 86 years, the white hair and neatly trimmed beard make him instantly recognisable, somehow even more so because he appears - as most of us are used to seeing him - on a screen, fixed to the courtroom wall.

    Read more here

  12. Armed officers at AWE 'made to feel to blame' for failings

    Special armed police who guard the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Burghfield were made to feel they were blamed for the failings of their senior commanders, according to an independent inquiry. 

    A Ministry of Defence investigation into police patrols at AWE resulted in more than 50 officers leaving the force or facing misconduct proceedings. 

    But now a report by a member of the MOD Police Committee has found that officers further up the chain of command were not considered for disciplinary action.   

    Armed police

    The Ministry of Defence said its police officers are held to the highest standards and on the rare occasion when these are not met, disciplinary action is taken. 

    It added that there was never any threat to the safety or security of the AWE Burghfield and Aldermaston sites.

  13. Can we expect the first snow of 2017?

    Have a listen to the latest expert prediction, as the Met Office warns of snow in Berkshire tomorrow.

    Quote Message: Rain is likely to turn to snow, but it's borderline. from Professor Liz Bentley Chief executive, Royal Meteorological Society
    Professor Liz BentleyChief executive, Royal Meteorological Society

    Video content

    Video caption: Professor Liz Bentley has the latest forecast as snow is predicted to fall.
  14. Council fears 'significant impact' of building plan

    Plans to build 250 new homes on the South Oxfordshire border are expected to be opposed by Reading councillors later. 

    The authority says developing the site at Peppard Road in Emmer Green would have a “significant impact on surrounding infrastructure”.

    In its design and access statement, Gladman Developments said its plans would "create a sensitively designed and high quality place". 

    It added that this would "complement the existing character of Emmer Green". 

    Read Reading Borough Council's report on the plans here

  15. 'My mum realised what I'd done and called police'

    Sarah Walker

    BBC Radio Berkshire

    Michael Longsmith from Reading has spent six of the last 10 years in prison. 

    Born into a family of criminals, his earliest memories are of the police breaking down the door of the family home.

    Now he's turned his life around - as he told me this morning on BBC Radio Berkshire.

    Video content

    Video caption: Reformed career criminal Michael Longsmith on how he began a life of crime.
  16. Weather latest: Dry and breezy afternoon ahead

    Berkshire will stay dry this afternoon, with cloud increasing later. 

    Temperatures are expected to fall to 4C overnight, with a chance of frost in the morning. 

    The Met Office has issued a weather warning for snow tomorrow.

    BBC weather forecast for Berkshire
  17. Rolf Harris sex assault trial begins

    The trial of former entertainer Rolf Harris on charges of indecent assault and sexual assault against seven women and girls has begun at Southwark Crown Court.

    A jury of seven women and five men, selected on Monday, has been sworn in.

    Rolf Harris

    The 86-year-old, who used to live in Bray, has pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

    He will appear via a video link from Stafford Prison during the trial, which is expected to last five weeks.