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  1. Maidenhead man found guilty of supporting so-called Islamic state
  2. Reading FC ownership 'becoming critical'
  3. Royal Berkshire Hospital under pressure due high number of patients.
  4. CCTV issued after train attack

Live Reporting

By Emma Midgley and Anna Browning

All times stated are UK

That's all for this week

We'll be back from 06:00 on Monday morning with all your Berkshire news, sport and weather.

Have a great weekend!

£10k reward over restaurant's arson

Sarah Lee

BBC South

The owner of a restaurant whose business was set ablaze by arsonists is offering a £10,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction. 

Police and fire crews were called out to the fire in Malik's in Cookham High Street, Berkshire, at 01:45 GMT on 6 December.

Seven people had to leap to safety when a blaze broke out at the Indian restaurant. 

Police believe the community 'may hold the key' to finding those responsible.

Maliks restaurant sign
Maliks has been a popular restaurant in Cookham since opening in 1999

Restaurant founder Malik Ahmed was not in the building when the fire started but headed straight to the scene after hearing of the blaze. 

"This restaurant is like another family member, everyone is really shocked about what has happened", said Mr Ahmed, who has put up the reward for information. 

"In a matter of hours, we have lost our beautiful restaurant."

17-year-old Bees player gets international call-up

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Bracknell Bees shooter Rio Grinell-Parke has been called up to the Great British ice hockey team for their upcoming world championships.

The 17-year-old sixth form student is one of 23 players called up by head coach Martin Grubb for the International Ice Hockey Federation competition between 1 and 8 April.

Rio Grinell-Parke
British Ice Hockey
Grinell-Parke returned to Bracknell Bees having played for London Raiders

The competition will take place Gangneung, South Korea, the location for next years Winter Olympics.

The Bees are currently second bottom of the English Premier League, having saved themselves from going bust last summer.

BMX track to be built in honour of son

Adam Whitty

BBC South

A man who raised £35,000 in honour of his son will have a BMX track in Thatcham built in his honour.

Paul Slater raised the money - in part - with a sponsored cycle ride to Paris, after his son Paul died in a road accident in 2012.

The track will be built at Henwick Worthy sports ground on land supplied by West Berkshire Council.

A memorial bench will also be installed.

Henwick Worthy sports ground
The track will be build in Henwick Worthy sports ground in Thatcham

Colnbrook will have no GP surgeries by the end of March 2017

Alex Tilley from the Slough Clinical Commissioning Group explains why.
Alex Tilley, the Associate Director of Primary Care for the Slough Clinical Commissioning Group explained why:

"Unfortunately the lease that the surgery holds with the landlord has become financially unviable, so there has been a clause which they can exit that lease at the end of March this year.

"Langley Health Centre is still very much committed to the population of Colnbrook. We've also ring-fenced a number of appointments.

"The Parish Council, who are working with us, have identified a couple of options."

Young star returns for Exiles

Connacht Eagles v London Irish (14:00 GMT)

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Theo Brophy Clews returns at fly-half for London Irish as the Exiles look to book their place in the British and Irish Cup quarter-finals with victory over Connacht Eagles in Athlone tomorrow.

The 19-year-old, who has also played for Henley Hawks, returns after a seven-month injury he sustained while playing for England Under-20s.

London Irish team
Five academy products feature in the Irish team

He is one of 14 changes to the starting line-up from their win at Bedford on New Years Eve.

Josh McNally, who has been released of his duty as a Senior Aircraftman with the Royal Air Force to play for the Exiles, also makes his debut.

Maidenhead man guilty of supporting IS

Adam Whitty

BBC South

A Maidenhead man who spoke of "40 trucks driving down Oxford Street full of explosives" faces a prison sentence for encouraging others to join so-called Islamic State.

At a retrial, Mohammed Choudry was found guilty of supporting IS at groups attended by up to 80 people, including young children.

He was convicted alongside Zaiur Rahman from Luton.

Mohammed Sufiyan Choudry and Zaiur Rahman
Met Police
Mohammed Sufiyan Choudry and Zaiur Rahman were caught in an undercover police operation in Luton

The pair were arrested after a covert officer infiltrated the Luton chapter of the banned group Al-Muhajiroun (ALM).

They secretly recorded speeches over 20 months.

In one, 23-year-old Choudry was heard to say: "A wave is coming - either be a part of it or you drown. 

Either you like it or you don't like it."

In another rant, he discussed attacking Oxford Street in London.

Judge Michael Topolski QC told the pair: "You have have hijacked and corrupted the principles and practices of an ancient and revered religion for its own ends and purposes. 

"You both will in due course be sentenced by me and can expect that sentence to be one of a term of imprisonment." 

Weather outlook: Sunny spells

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li

Tim Dellor

BBC Radio Berkshire Sports Editor

The proposed takeover of Reading by a Chinese-based consortium is hinging on approval by the Premier League.

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Royal Berks under pressure through December

Adam Whitty

BBC South

New figures show the Royal Berkshire Hospital was providing a "significant deterioration in performance" during December, because of a high number of patients. 

The hospital was on been on level three alert - the second highest on the scale - for 17 days, during the Christmas period, meaning targets for patient flow and treatment were not being met.

It's one of many NHS trusts affected as mounting bed shortages lead to delays.

Royal Berks hospital
The royal Berkshire Hospital has seen a significant rise in patients during December

Under a new system, NHS trusts follow a four-point scale to track pressures on its services. 

One means services are working normally, while four indicates organisations are unable to deliver comprehensive care with increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised.

Frimley Hospital Trust, which also runs Slough’s Wexham Park hospital, reported a level three alert on one day in the same period.

Reading manager reflects on QPR defeat

Man charged after family is racially abused

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A 65-year-old man has been charged with a racially-aggravated public order offence.

Christopher Makepiece, of Burlington Avenue, Slough, was charged early this morning in connection with an incident outside Tesco Extra in Wellington Street, Slough, yesterday, when a family was racially abused.

Makepiece has been bailed to appear at Slough Magistrates' Court on 30 January.

Colnbrook will have no GP surgeries by the end of March 2017

Langley Health Centre says the high cost of rent made keeping the Colnbrook surgery impractical, so locals will have to go to Langley instead. 

This morning BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach asked whether, with growing populations and strains on our health services, can we cope with fewer surgeries?

Danny Williams urges calm from Reading fans

The midfielders believes supporters need to remember where they sit in the league table.
The midfielders believes supporters need to remember where they sit in the league table.

"I think the gaffer did a great job so far. I said in the beginning that society tends to talk negative very quickly, and I don't understand it.

"It's about the media as well, we heard the game is boring to watch, but that is how we play, accept it.

"We've been successful so far this season, and we are not going to change that."

Last chance to comment on Local Plan

Yellow warning for ice

Sarah Lee

BBC South

The Met Office has just issued a yellow warning for ice, from dusk today until lunchtime tomorrow.

It only applies to part of our area – Reading, Wokingham, Windsor & Maidenhead and Oxfordshire.

Ice is likely to form on untreated surfaces. This may lead to the risk of disruption with difficult driving conditions and expect longer journey times.


Squatters evacuated after derelict pub fire

Squatters were evacuated from a derelict pub in Reading after a fire they lit to keep warm got out of control.

Crews from Caversham Road, Whitley Wood and Wokingham Road were called to the Red Lion in Southampton Street at around 7pm on Thursday.

Nobody was injured.

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Pup enjoys snowy morning in Streatley

Rolf Harris trial: Jury hears NSPCC call by alleged victim

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A phone call to the NSPCC from a woman who alleges she was indecently assaulted by TV presenter Rolf Harris has been played at his trial. 

The July 2014 call was made the day before Mr Harris was sentenced for indecently assaulting four victims. In the call, the woman said the alleged indecent assault was "horrendous". 

Mr Harris, 86, denies seven charges of indecent assault and one of sexual assault. He is appearing at court via video link from Stafford Prison. 

The woman - who gave evidence via video link - alleges she was assaulted at the Lyceum Theatre in London in 1971 aged 14.

The trial continues.

Rolf Harris

Weather watchers snap pictures of first snowfall in Berkshire

Dot Williams
Dot Williams
Sandra Lewis

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Travel: Slow traffic around Berkshire this morning

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

  • A308(M) Berkshire - Slow traffic on A308(M) northbound in Maidenhead at M4 J8.
  • A308 Berkshire - Slow traffic on A308 Marlow Road in both directions in Maidenhead at the A4 Castle Hill junction.
  • A4155 Berkshire - Delays on A4155 Caversham Road in Caversham around Caversham Bridge.  

Weather outlook: Ice warning and snow flurries

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Jaap Stam: Reading manager 'needs stability' back in the club

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

The Royals boss is hoping the prospective new Chinese owners come into place sooner rather than later, and delays in ratification of the deal by the Football League can be overcome.  

Reading manager Jaap Stam is annoyed by the lack of clarity behind the scenes.

Reading FC ownership 'becoming increasingly critical'

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

BBC Berkshire's Tim Dellor has an update on the Reading FC ownership situation...

"The deal is in the pipeline, there has been a hold up", he said.

"The hold up is with the Football League, and the fit and proper persons test. It's not all about Mr Dai himself, but some of his connections..."

BBC Berkshire's Tim Dellor has an update on the Reading FC ownership situation.

Colnbrook to lose only GP surgery

Several years ago, Colnbrook went from having two GPs surgeries to one. 

By February, there will be none. Langley Health Centre, which provides services to Colnbrook Branch Surgery in Slough, has applied to NHS England to close the surgery.  

The centre said a hike in rent prices meant the surgery was no longer "financially viable". 

Alex Tilley, the Associate Director of Primary Care for the Slough Clinical Commissioning Group said it was working closely with Langley Health Centre to help explore all options for the future in Colnbrook and ensure that all patients were supported during the period of change.  

Berkshire's morning headlines

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • There are six flood alerts in place around Berkshire following yesterday's wet weather.
  • Colnbrook is set to lose its only GP surgery. An application has been submitted to NHS England to close it down next month. It says a hike in rent prices means the surgery is not "financially viable".
  • The number of refuge places available for people trying to escape domestic abuse in Reading is to be cut.

Flood alerts in Berkshire

BBC Weather

There's a yellow warning for ice in place for Berkshire this morning, meaning there will be difficult driving conditions for some.

There are also six flood alerts in place in the area, with levels high on:

  • The upper and lower Lodden
  • Emm Brook 
  • River Blackwater 
  • Enborne and Foundry Brook
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CCTV issued after train attack

Police have released a CCTV imaged of a man after a passenger was put in a headlock and punched several times while travelling through Reading. 

It happened on Thursday 22 December. The victim, a 32-year-old man, had boarded the 12.20 service at London Paddington when two other men got on at Reading.

One of them began to throw chips at the victim, who asked for it to stop. 

A short while later the man stood up put the victim in a headlock and punched him several times in the head.

British Transport Police

From viewing the CCTV images, I can see that a member of the public may have filmed this incident on their phone. If you were this person, please do get in touch as your footage could be hugely important.”

PC Katherine BillinghamInvestigating officer at British Transport Police

Indian restaurant offers £10k reward

Baby it's cold outside

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Good morning from a rather freezing Berkshire!

Though yesterday's hype about "thunder snow" falling on the Royal County didn't exactly go to plan, the weather still remains rather chilly with some spells of snow scheduled for later on this afternoon.

Here's a lovely picture of a tiny snowman taken by Sandra Lewis from Thatcham.

Sandra Lewis

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