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Summary

  1. A chronic shortage of doctors in Berkshire is forcing many GPs to keep working past the age of retirement, new figures have revealed
  2. A public consultation is being launched about plans for a third runway at Heathrow
  3. A dull and wet day is forecast
  4. Updates for Thursday 2 February

Live Reporting

By Toby Wadey and Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Thanks for joining us today, we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with the latest travel, news, sport and weather from across the royal county. 

HBOS fraud: 'They caused me to give birth early’

Businesswoman talks about how HBOS fraudsters caused her to give birth early.

An award-winning businesswoman has told BBC Radio 5 live that losing more than £15m through the Reading-based HBOS fraud, which caused her to give birth early.

Slough second most productive area in UK

Slough is the second most productive place in the UK, according to the latest research conducted by the Centre for Cities.

The research, which annually looks at key economic indicators across 62 centres across the UK, lists Slough as second only to London when it comes to productivity. 

The Curve Slough
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Council leader Sohail Munawar said: “This report shows once again that Slough means business.

“Not only the big headquarters we are known for, but the up and coming small businesses, the entrepreneurs, the innovators."

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, at J11 for A33.

M4 Berkshire - Lane blocked on M4 westbound at J11, A33 (Reading), because of an accident involving two cars.

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Consultant bribed HBOS banker with 'sex parties'

David Mills and Lynden Scourfield
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A Reading-based banker who accepted bribes, including designer watches, sex parties and "boys' jollies", has been jailed. 

HBOS manager Lynden Scourfield, 54, accepted the bribes in exchange for loans which allowed consultant David Mills, 60, to profit from high consultancy fees. 

Scourfield was jailed for 11 years and three months and Mills was given 15 years at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday. 

In summarising Judge Martin Beddoe said Scourfield "sold his soul" for "sex, for luxury trips...for bling and for swag". 

The £245m loans fraud took place between 2003 and 2007.

Four other people were also jailed on Thursday for the scam.

BreakingBankers jailed in £245m HBOS fraud

Faye Harland

BBC Radio Berkshire news editor

After the biggest fraud investigation in the history of Thames Valley Police - six people have been jailed.

The group carried out a £245m loan scam centred around the Reading branch of HBOS bank. 

Two former managers at the bank have been jailed for between 10 and 15 years. Four consultants who worked with the bank's business clients were jailed for between 3.5 years and 15 years. 

Thatcham car tests prove we're twice as likely to walk away from accident

Adam Paylor

BBC South

We're now twice as likely to walk away from a car accident than we were 20 years ago.

Heathrow 'to get more domestic links'

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Building a third runway at Heathrow will allow more connecting flights with other UK airports, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said. 

He told the Commons six regional airports could be added to the Heathrow hub network, bringing the total to 14. 

The new airports are thought to be Belfast, Liverpool, Newquay, Prestwick Humberside, and Durham Tees Valley. 

His comments came as he launched a public consultation on a new runway, unlikely to be operational until 2025. 

Public consultation on Heathrow third runway plans

Last October the government announced Heathrow was its preferred option for expanding airport capacity in the UK. 

Ministers say a new runway at Heathrow will bring more than 70,000 jobs to the area and be worth more than £60bn to the wider economy, as well as offering new destinations. 

But a public consultation was promised before the government made a final decision. BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach spoke to Matt Gorman, Heathrow's director of sustainability. 

A security shake-up to the Changing the Guard ceremony in Windsor

Sarah Lee

BBC South

He lost 11 stone in three years...

Becoming a TV personality, having a baby and losing 11 stone. 

Quite a three years for Marlow chef Tom Kerridge, and now he has revealed the secrets of his success in a new book 'the dopamine diet.'

He joined BBC Radio Berkshire's Sarah Walker to talk about his weight loss story. 

Victims of emotional abuse speak out

Victims of psychological and emotional abuse talk about their experiences.

Victims of psychological and emotional abuse within relationships have been speaking about their experiences.

Research by BBC South has shown that in the year following new legislation, there were 374 reported cases of controlling or coercive behaviour in the South of England. 

This led to five convictions. 

Yellow weather warning for wind tomorrow updated

Reading promotion rivals draw

Newcastle moved four points clear of Reading last night after drawing 2-2 with Queens Park Rangers

The result means Rafael Benitez's side remain in second, one point behind Championship leaders Brighton & Hove Albion. 

Top of the Championship table
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Lewis Grabban

Lewis Grabban hopes he can help Reading's push for Championship promotion during his loan from Bournemouth.

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Former HBOS manager to be sentenced for fraud

A former HBOS banker in Reading and five other people are due to be sentenced later for bribery and fraud that cost the business, its customers and shareholders more than £245m. 

Lynden Scourfield, 54, was bribed with cash, foreign holidays and prostitutes in exchange for business favours.

Read more about the case here

Southwark Crown Court
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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J14 for A338.

M4 Berkshire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic London-bound at J14, A338 (Hungerford), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, at J11 for A33.

M4 Berkshire - M4 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J11, A33 (Reading), because of a broken down vehicle with a brake issue.

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All Berkshire's MPs back triggering Article 50

MPs voted by a majority of 384 to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way last night.

They backed the government's European Union Bill, supported by the Labour leadership, by 498 votes to 114.

All of Berkshire's eight MPs, seven Conservatives and one Labour, voted for the bill. 

Houses of Commons last night
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But the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats opposed the bill, while 47 Labour MPs and Tory ex-chancellor Ken Clarke rebelled.

The bill now faces further scrutiny in the Commons and the House of Lords before it can become law.

Reading manager welcomes three 'quality' new faces

BBC Sport

Reading manager Jaap Stam believes his three deadline day signings, Lewis Grabban, Reece Oxford and Jordan Mutch, will add "quality and experience".

The Championship side also strengthened their grip on third place with a 1-0 win at Birmingham City on Tuesday.

Reece Oxford
Reading FC
Reece Oxford was one of three players to arrive on loan at Reading on transfer deadline day

"We needed to have extra bodies in the squad when you look at the number of games towards the end of the season," Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"Maybe we will have injuries and suspensions that will stretch us."

Travel update: All lanes on M4 reopen after car fire

Heathrow third runway consultation to start

A public consultation is being launched about plans for a third runway at Heathrow today. 

Last October, after years of delay, the government announced that airport was its preferred option for expansion. 

Heathrow
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Ministers say a new runway at Heathrow will bring more than 70,000 jobs to the area and be worth more than £60bn to the wider economy.

Campaigners claim there are alternatives to building a new runway and that it will cause environmental problems. 

Figures reveal shortage of doctors in Berkshire

A chronic shortage of doctors in Berkshire is forcing many GPs to keep working past retirement age. 

That's according to figures from NHS Digital which show that nearly 40 GPs in the county are still working past 60. 

A doctor
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Dr Chauke Kade from The Gainsborough Practice in Warfield is still working despite officially retiring four years ago. 

He told BBC Radio Berkshire that the situation could lead to "a crisis in the NHS". 

Update: Two lanes closed on M4 after car fire

BBC Travel update
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Rolf Harris jury retires to consider verdicts

The jury in the trial of Rolf Harris began deliberations yesterday after retiring to consider its verdicts.

The former TV star, who used to live in Bray, denies six indecent assaults and one sexual assault on victims aged 12 to 42, from 1971 to 2004.

Court sketch of Rolf Harris
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His defence lawyer said a "media frenzy" had left Mr Harris "vulnerable to people making accusations against him" in a closing speech on Wednesday.

The prosecution earlier told Southwark Crown Court that Mr Harris, 86, had a "propensity" for assaulting women.

Weather latest: Wet and dull start

It will be wet and overcast this morning with blustery winds reaching 16mph.

The gusty conditions will continue throughout the day, but some sunshine is forecast for later in the afternoon. 

Bee Tucker has the latest forecast

Morning headlines

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • A chronic shortage of doctors in Berkshire is forcing many GPs to keep working past the age of retirement, new figures have revealed
  • A 16-week public consultation is being launched about plans for a third runway at Heathrow
  • A former HBOS manager based in Reading, along with five others, will be sentenced for bribery and fraud which cost businesses hundreds of millions of pounds after being found guilty on Monday

Car fire causes delays on M4

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Toby Wadey

BBC South

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