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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 31 January
  2. Parents from Chieveley are furious the council is increasing school bus fees
  3. Colleagues of the late MP Jo Cox are pledging to keep her legacy alive with a campaign to tackle loneliness in Reading.
  4. Hundreds of workers at Berkshire's two Atomic Weapons Establishments are continuing to strike today

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee, Toby Wadey and Emma Midgley

All times stated are UK

Dominic Samuel

Ipswich Town sign Cardiff midfielder Emyr Huws and Reading striker Dominic Samuel on loan until the end of the season.

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Reading FC: Stam pleased to get new players in

The Reading FC manager is happy to have strengthened before the close of the window.
The Reading FC manager is happy to have strengthened before the close of the window.

"We knew it wasn't going to be easy because they were looking for their first win.

"We know that Yann, Joey, and Macca are very important because of the qualities they have but because of the mentality.

"Due to injury they were out, they couldn't play, and the other players needed to do it.

"He's (Reece Oxford) got the qualities and abilities that we need within the squad, in how we want to play, and he is very highly rated by everyone.

"Jordon Mutch joined us as well, an extra body in midfield with qualities, experience, certain qualities that other players within the team don't have."
Jordon Mutch

Reading sign Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban, West Ham defender Reece Oxford and Crystal Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch on loan.

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Birmingham v Reading

Reading dig deep to beat an out-of-sorts Birmingham and move to within three points of the automatic promotion places.

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That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us again today.

We'll be back tomorrow with all of Berkshire's latest news, travel, sport and weather. 

Stay in touch via our Twitter and Facebook pages.  

Birmingham v Reading: Analysis

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

Gianfranco Zola up against Jaap Stam on the pitch in Chelsea against Manchester United games in the late 1990s was always worth watching.

Now they meet with their respective teams at St Andrew's as managers.

Stam is way ahead in the race to be recognised as a top manager. His Reading team will move to within three points of second-placed Newcastle, if they win.

Zola is still trying to get a first win since taking over at Birmingham in December. Despite only winning three points from a possible 24 since taking over, Birmingham are still 12th.

Reading have struggled away from home defensively all season, conceding 26 goals in 13 away games. They are without Tiago Ilori, Joey van den Berg and probably Paul McShane as well, so a makeshift defence will be trying to tighten things up.

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Parents rage over £700 school bus bill

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Parents in Berkshire say they will have to pay £700 a year in bus fares as their children cannot get a place at their nearest school.

Half of Chieveley village is not eligible for subsidised travel to The Downs School as Trinity School is marginally nearer.

The Downs School
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Parents say they have no choice but to send their children to The Downs School

Newbury MP Richard Benyon said there should be "wiggle room" for parents with no choice.

West Berkshire Council said there could not be exceptions for different areas.

The Downs School

Parents rage over £700 school bus bill

Parents say a lack of school places will leave them with a £700 transport bill.

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Plans to close Windsor fire station overnight presented to public

Plans to end Windsor fire station overnight service as part of a series of cost-cutting measures are being put on show today. 

It is the latest part of a consultation on the future of the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service as it looks to save £2.4m by 2020. 

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Dean Haverley/The George Inn

A 62-year-old is charged with manslaughter over the death of Dean Haverley in a Burnham pub last year.

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Swans killed by air guns and slingshots

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Air guns and slingshots were used to kill two swans and wound 10 more in attacks on the River Thames. 

A metal pellet was removed from the head of one of the protected birds, which were targeted near Windsor Castle. 

A metal pellet found in a swan's head
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Several of the animals to survive the shootings had been left "severely injured", Thames Valley Police said. 

The force launched a witness appeal today following reports of the incidents on 24 and 27 January. 

Thames Valley Police launches web chat for youngsters

Man, 62, charged with pub killing

A 62-year-old has been charged with killing a man who was injured during a brawl in a pub in Buckinghamshire last summer.

The George, Burnham
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Dean Haverley, 48, died in hospital after he was assaulted in the early hours of Saturday, 13 August at The George on High Street in Burnham.

Anthony Gardener, of Burlington Road in Burnham is accused of manslaughter.

He is due to appear at Wycombe Magistrates' Court on 2 March.

Do you know who you are?

According to the Berkshire Psychology Service there are two main personality tests - the Big 5 Questionnaire and the Myers Briggs test.

Dr David Purves who runs the service, says with as little as four psychotherapy sessions, someone's personality can completely change. 

Dr David Purves talks about the effect psychotherapy sessions can have on the mind.

Goalkeeper hoping to get Moore games elsewhere

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

Young Reading FC goalkeeper Stuart Moore has joined League Two club Luton Town until the end of the season.

22-year-old Moore has been a regular member of Jaap Stam’s first team squad this season, but is yet to make his first team debut.

Stuart Moore
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Jaap Stam adds 'Mutch' needed reinforcement

Reading Football Club have announced the loan signing of talented midfielder Jordon Mutch from Crystal Palace, linking up with Jaap Stam’s side until the end of the current 2016-17 Championship campaign.

The 6ft midfielder joins the Royals’ having played top tier football for Birmingham City, Cardiff City, QPR and Palace since making his senior team debut for the Blues at just 16 years of age back in 2008.

Midfielder Jordan Mutch in a Crystal Palace shirt
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Jordan Mutch signs for Reading F.C

Weapons workers strike for second day

Around 600 Atomic Weapons Establishment workers are striking for a second day

Unite union members at the company's Aldermaston and Burghfield sites walked out 00.01 GMT yesterday for 48 hours. 

AWE Aldermaston
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They claim "iron-clad promises" about their pensions were broken after the scheme was moved from the government to the private sector in the 1990s.  

AWE said it was "committed to holding discussions" with the union.

Reading FC Women sign midfielder Brooke Chaplen

Weather outlook: Wind warning

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Oxford to Reading?

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

West Ham defender Reece Oxford has been linked with a loan move to Reading FC by the end of the transfer window later today.   

West Ham's official Twitter account has quoted both manager Slaven Bilic and Joint-Chairman David Sullivan as saying they hope the deal will be completed.

It will be Jaap Stam's third signing of the window after Tiago Ilori and Adrian Popa.

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Birmingham v Reading: Match facts

Reading travel to St Andrew's tonight to play Birmingham City in the Championship. 

Here are some key match facts:

  • The Blues have won three of their past four home league games against Reading, losing the other
  • The Royals are without a clean sheet in any of their past 11 league visits to St Andrew's, last recording one in May 1990
  • Since Gianfranco Zola took charge of Birmingham, only Bristol City (0) have taken fewer Championship points than the Blues (3)
  • Reading's central defenders Paul McShane (1,467) and Liam Moore (1,400) have completed the most passes of defenders in the Championship this season

Weather latest: Cloudy afternoon ahead

After a dull start it is expected to remain overcast with outbreaks of rain throughout the day. 

The wet conditions will continue overnight, with temperatures reaching 10C. 

BBC weather for the South East
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Half-term fun coming up with guide dogs in Wokingham

Frimley Hospital trials prostate cancer 'breakthrough'

Frimley Hospital is one of 11 to join a study using MRI scanners for prostate cancer diagnoses. 

Simon Bott, consultant urologist at the hospital, descrbied the trial, which will involve 30 patients, as a "game-changer".

Frimley Hospital is one of 11 to trial using MRI scanners for prostate cancer diagnoses.

"This new type of MRI enables us to look more accurately inside the prostate and target abnormal areas", said Dr Bott. 

"There aren't really that many hospitals in the country that could actually be involved in it, but we had the kit to show how accurate the MRI is."

Reading fan 'lurking in bush' this morning at Madejski Stadium

Royals fan Jacob South-Klein has made his biannual pilgrimage to hide in a bush outside the Madejski Stadium to see if he can spot any prospective new signings on transfer deadline day. 

He's been tweeting his thoughts and broadcasting on Periscope this morning using the hashtag #bushwatch

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Jacob says he decided to started hiding in a bush in September 2014. 

Since then he has gathered quite a following on social media, including Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills who sent him a pizza during last August's stakeout.

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£700 to get your child to school?

Parents in parts of West Berkshire are going to be charged £700 a year to get their children to school on the bus. 

The cost is going up from the next school year. It will affect parents whose catchment school isn't their nearest school.

Parents in West Berkshire could pay £700 a year to get their children to school on the bus

Emma-Jayne's children aren't eligible for free travel because they live too far away. 

"Everyone was consulted on paying £250 per child, and everyone signed to say they would pay. 

"The problem is this year that nobody has been consulted."

Councillor Lynne Doherty, in charge of children's services in West Berkshirem, defended the policy. 

"When parents apply for their school, it's their preference which school they send their child to. 

"We did this over a phased period so parents could take the decision for themselves".  

West Berkshire Council says it 'can't make exceptions' over school buses

Lynne Doherty, head of children's services at West Berkshire Council, has told BBC Radio Berkshire the council "can't make exceptions" for one set of parents. 

Parents are angry that if their catchment school is further away than another geographically closer school in West Berkshire, they will have to pay £750 a year per child for a school bus. 

"It's the parents responsibility to get their children to school," she said. 

"I myself have two children in school, I get them to school every day and I pay for it. 

"We can't have one set of rules for one area and not apply them across the district."

School bus charges will 'force parents to drive to school'

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Michelle Corr, one of the parents affected by increases in school bus charges, says the price hike will force parents to take their children to school by car. 

"I have one child going to school, but for families with two or three children, they'll have to put their children in the car because this is the only option we have."

It will put parents in a position of driving children to school, which will have add environmental and road issues with rural villages such as Compton.

Emma-JayneWest Berkshire parent

School bus charges: 'The 300% increase is the issue'

Emma Midgley

BBC South

West Berkshire parent Michelle Corr says transport to her child's school, The Downs, was always free until last September, when the council consulted upon and introduced a fare-paying scheme of £250 per child. 

She says no-one has been consulted on the latest increase, which only applies to parents where their child's catchment school is not their nearest school. 

I don't think it should be free, the 300% increase is the issue, and the fact is it only applies to people where The Downs School isn't their nearest school but it is the catchment school.

Michelle CorrWest Berkshire parent

Parents 'angered' by school bus fare increase

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Parents in West Berkshire say they are angry it will now cost up to £700 for their children to use the school bus.

From September the council is putting up the price by £450 a year. 

It will affect parents whose catchment school is further away than their nearest school, so they don't qualify for free bus travel. 

A petition against the plans states: "The £700 fee actively discriminates against rural communities and splits villages into two: those that receive free transport and those that don't!"

Thames Valley officer sacked for racist comments

Toby Wadey

BBC South

College of Policing Ryton
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A police officer has been sacked for making racist comments to a colleague during a training course. 

After being asked to leave the College of Policing in Warwickshire, the officer then "secretly recorded" a telephone conversation with the person who made the complaint, Thames Valley Police said. 

The force said the tribunal's independent chair had not allowed the officer to be named due to "operational security".

The incident happened on 11 May 2016, but reporting has been delayed for legal reasons. 

Thames Valley Police could not give the officer's name or where they worked. 

This morning's headlines: School bus fare increase and Tunisia inquest

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • A group of parents from Chieveley is furious the council is increasing school bus fees from £250 a year to £700 a year
  • Hundreds of workers at Berkshire's two Atomic Weapons Establishments are continuing to strike today, over changes to pensions
  • Colleagues of the late MP Jo Cox are pledging to keep her legacy alive with the help of her family at the launch of a new campaign to tackle loneliness in Reading

Today's weather: Dank and wet but mild temperatures

It's another fairly wet and dank day with some of us waking to outbreaks of rain. 

There is some hill fog hanging about at the moment, which should clear up soon, it will be fairly mild in terms of temperatures with some getting up to 11C. 

But tonight there will be more concentrated rain. 

Queues on M4 London-bound

Good morning! Bit rainy today

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Good morning and welcome to BBC Berkshire. 

It's the last day of January, and it's looking cloudy and dark out there, with the odd outbreak of rain.

We will be keeping you up to date with the latest news, travel and weather on our live page. 

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