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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 18 January
  2. Families of serving military personnel still being let down by poor accommodation, BBC learns
  3. Workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment sites in Aldermaston and Burghfield striking
  4. Three year-old girl born without a left hand has had one built for her using 3D printer

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee, Emma Midgley and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us again today. 

We'll be back tomorrow with all Berkshire's latest news, travel, sport and weather from 08:00. 

Stay in touch via our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Are you up for the FA People's Cup?

#peoplescup

Ever dreamed of lifting a trophy on the pitch at Wembley? Well, here's your chance.

BBC Get Inspired has again teamed up with the Football Association to launch the 2017 FA People's Cup, a free five-a-side knockout competition that gives the people of England the chance to play in their version of the FA Cup.Watch as Radio 1Xtra DJ Nick Bright shows his (almost) silky ball skills, while explaining how you can get involved - and for all the information you need, read our Get Inspired guide.

FA People's Cup: keepy-uppy challenge with Radio 1Xtra's Nick Bright

WATCH: Reading midfielder Garath McCleary counting on home support

Berkshire to host war charity project

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A project to commemorate World War One soldiers who fought on battlefields outside France and Belgium has won a £100,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

New charity Away From The Western Front aims to explore the role of men and women from Britain and its former empire who served in often-overlooked campaigns in the Middle East and Africa. 

The charity said partners in Berkshire, Devon, Lancashire, Sussex and London had already been identified to host projects. 

Local museums and National Trust properties will work with community groups and schools to research the lives and stories of those who served in these far away campaigns. 

Woman jailed after 'violent' attack on stranger

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A woman has been jailed for 10 years after a man was stabbed in a "violent and unprovoked" attack in Reading.

Nardein Murrihy, 23, of Basingstoke Road stabbed a 31-year-old stranger who was walking through Reading during the early hours of 16 June last year. 

The man sustained injuries to his arm, left side and back in the attack in St Mary’s Butts.

Police said it was lucky the attack did not lead to a fatality. 

Murrihy was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of bladed article following a three day trial at Reading Crown Court in December. She was jailed on Friday.

Nardein Murrihy
TVP

This was a violent and unprovoked attack in public against a stranger who was walking through Reading at night. "

Det Con Jon NichollsInvestigating officer of Reading Force CID

Two five-year-olds 'pinned against phone box' in crash

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Two five-year-old children were pinned against a telephone box after a car left the road and reversed into them. 

One of the casualties suffered serious leg injuries in the incident in Silverdale Road, Earley.

The other was taken to hospital with an arm injury, South Central Ambulance Service said. 

Silverdale Road
Google

Thames Valley Police said no arrests have been made following the incident, which happened at about 15:30 yesterday. 

A force spokesman said a gas pipe was also damaged in the incident. 

Uri Geller's paranormal ability tested by CIA

Toby Wadey

BBC South

The "paranormal ability" of former Sonning resident and celebrity psychic Uri Geller was tested by the CIA, declassified documents have revealed. 

Memos dating back to 1973, when Geller was already a well-established performer, detail how he could replicate pictures drawn in another room with varying degrees of precision. 

This led researchers to write that he "demonstrated his paranormal perceptual ability in a convincing and unambiguous manner".

Uri Geller sketches released by CIA
CIA
Four-part composite showing a CIA researcher's drawings of a bunch of grapes and the solar system, left, and Uri Geller's very similar drawings, right.

They were among 13 million pages made available after lengthy efforts from freedom of information advocates and a lawsuit against the CIA.

Gritters out in Reading

James Ellington & Nigel Levine 'conscious and stable' after crash

BBC Sport

British sprinters James Ellington and Windsor based Nigel Levine are "conscious and stable" after a motorbike accident in Spain.

British Athletics confirmed the pair were injured on Tuesday in Tenerife, where they were warm-weather training.

It said its staff were with the athletes and were liaising with hospital doctors over treatment.

"We will not be releasing further information on the severity of their injuries at the present time," a statement said.

"Both athletes are receiving medical treatment and are conscious and stable."

Sprinters
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Debbie McGee launches charity badge after Paul Daniels death

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Debbie McGee has launched a pin badge to raise money to fund research into the disease which killed her husband, Paul Daniels. 

The magician died last year aged 77 at his Berkshire home, a month after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. 

Ms McGee is working with the charity Brain Tumour Research to raise awareness of the disease. 

The new pin badge - featuring a white rabbit in a pink top hat - will help generate funds, McGee said.

Pin badge
PA

The dog ate my Christmas cake!

BBC Radio Berkshire's Sarah Walker was after your pet disasters on her show this morning - including this one from Pat in Wokingham.  

She served it to her family anyway.

Nuclear workers hold 48-hour strike in pensions row

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Hundreds of workers at a nuclear weapons company are staging the first of two 48-hour strikes in a dispute over pensions.

The Unite union says 600 employees at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) have walked out at the Aldermaston and Burghfield sites in Berkshire.

Aldermaston AWE site
BBC

A strike is also taking place on 30 January after 92% of staff voted for action.

AWE said it had "resilient" safety measures in place.

Missing Newbury man found safe and well

A man reported missing from his home in Newbury on Monday has been found safe and well. 

Thames Valley Police said that officers were becoming increasingly concerned for 60-year-old Gerry Lynch's welfare before he was traced yesterday. 

The force said it would like to thank the public for their help. 

Bus lane footballer should 'make charity donation'

Emma Midgley

BBC South

A footballer who apparently filmed his car being driven in a bus lane to avoid being late for training should make a donation to charity, a police social media account has claimed.

Reading winger Yakou Meite recorded the footage for a French television programme about his life at the club.

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And following reports of the incident in the media, the Thames Valley Police Road Policing account suggested the player make a “proactive donation to charity”.

Thames Valley Police and Reading FC have been approached for comment.

WATCH: Reading signing Tiago Ilori talks about joining the club

Latest weather: Freezing evening ahead

It will remain clear, sunny and cold this afternoon with temperatures dipping to -1C by midnight. 

Tomorrow we will wake up to a sharp frost, but it will remain bright and dry in most areas. 

BBC weather forecast for Berkshire
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A 3D printer helped change a young girl's life

Three-year-old Marla was born without a left hand. Just before Christmas, Newbury-based Hackspace came to the rescue, and she was given a prosthetic one that's changed her life.

She came in to see BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach with her family earlier on. 

Beautiful morning's walk in Newbury in the mist

Emma Midgley

BBC South

What a beautiful morning's walk by the canal in Newbury today with the mist. - - - - #Newbury #canal #swans #kennet…

What a beautiful morning's walk by the canal in Newbury today with the mist. - - - - #Newbury #canal #swans #kennet…

Power cut in Warfield

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Around 170 properties in Warfield are without power. 

Southern Electricity says engineers are on site and power should be back by 13:30.  

Watch: Time-lapse of London Waterloo station upgrade works

Burglars target 19 garages in a week

Nineteen garages have been targeted by burglars during the last week in Windsor and Maidenhead. 

The offences are believed to be linked, Thames Valley Police said. 

Items which have been stolen include bicycles, tools, quad bikes, mowers and £15,000 worth of fishing equipment.  

The force has issued crime prevention advice to help deter the overnight thefts. 

Thames Valley Police officers commended after four-death crash

Seven police officers who dealt with the aftermath of a pile up on the A34 which killed four people have been given commendations for their work.

Tracy Houghton, 45, died instantly along with her sons Ethan, 13, and Joshua, 11, and her partner's daughter Aimee Goldsmith, also 11, when Tomasz Kroker smashed into stationary traffic.

Cars involved in the pile-up
BBC
Kroker's truck ploughed into a stationary queue of two lorries and four smaller vehicles

The crash on the Oxfordshire/Berkshire border happened on 10 August.

Kroker, 30, was scrolling through music on his phone at the time of the crash.

GB rower Alex Gregory's 'beautiful' eight hour walk through the Chilterns

Maidenhead beat Slough 4 - 2 in Berks Bucks Senior Cup semi-final

Girl gets new 3D printed hand

A new prosthetic hand given to a three-year-old girl in Newbury has been "life-changing" according to her mother.

Marla Trigwell was born without a left hand.

Her mother Joanne managed to get a new one designed by a group called Enable - but took to social media for help to get it printed and built.

A local non-profit group dedicated to promoting scientific and engineering skills, called Newbury and District Hackspace, took it on as a project.

Now Marla is wearing it every day.

BreakingTiago Ilori signs for Reading

BreakingSlip road blocked at Junction 8/9 at Maidenhead

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

M4: Westbound at Junction 8/9 (Maidenhead), exit slip road partially blocked going towards A404M due to broken down vehicle

A frosty morning at Eton College

Icy roads

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

Extra care needed across the county this morning, especially on minor routes which are untreated, but no particular problems to report. 

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, at J8 for .

M4 Berkshire - Delays and one lane closed on M4 westbound at J8, because of a broken down vehicle.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Midfielder McCleary signs new Reading FC contract

Chris Browning

BBC Berkshire sport journalist

Reading FC’s top scorer this season, midfielder Garath McCleary, has signed a new contract at the Madejski Stadium. 

His deal was due to expire at the end of the current campaign, and there'd been a few worries another side would try and lure him during the January transfer window. 

 But the 29-year-old will stay at the Madejski until 2020. 

That’s a boost for manager Jaap Stam ahead of this weekend’s game away at Derby. 

The Royals are still fourth in the Championship, but have lost their last two games in all competitions. 

Free entry to leisure centres in Windsor and Maidenhead this weekend

McCleary signing 'quite a deal' for Reading

This morning's headlines

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • Six months after MPs said the families of serving military personnel in the region were being let down by poor accommodation - the BBC has been inundated with reports the situation hasn't improved. 
  • Workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment sites in Aldermaston and Burghfield are striking today. 
  •  A three year-old girl from Newbury born without a left hand has had one built for her - using a 3D printer. 

Today's weather: Frosty start with sunny spells later

Temperatures dipped as low as minus 5C overnight, but there are sunny spells coming up. 

It's only going to reach about 5 or 6C today, but there will only be light winds, so it's going to be pleasant out there. 

Morning! Freezing out there

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Good morning from all of us here at BBC Berkshire.

It dropped as low as minus 5C in the South last night, and today is going to be cold and bright with sunny spells. 

We'll be bringing you the local news from our region today on our live page.

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