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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 6 February

Live Reporting

By Toby Wadey and John Hudson

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 at 08:00 with all Berkshire's latest news, travel, sport and weather. 

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Trekking where penguins don't survive

A group of Army Reservists have become the first British team to cross Antarctica.

The team arrived back in the UK on Sunday after 67 days on the ice with only skis to travel by. 

Jamie Facer-Childs from Maidenhead, who was one of the six who battled temperatures of -50 C, told BBC Radio Berkshire: "It's really odd to be somewhere where there's no actual features of land, there's only ice.

"I got messages from people back home saying can you get me a picture of a penguin but we didn't see anything because nothing can survive there."

Jamie Facer-Childs told Sarah Walker about the challenges of the record breaking trek.

Former teacher jailed for sex offences

A former teacher at Windsor Grammar School has been jailed for 17 years for sex offences against boys committed over more than a decade.

Patrick Marshall, 70, of Churt, near Farnham, was found guilty of 24 counts of indecent assault against nine boys and teenagers and one count of indecency with a child.

The assaults took place between 1969 and 1981, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Patrick Marshall
Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

During this time, Marshall taught at what was then Windsor Grammar School before moving to St Paul's in Barnes.  

Reading Women FC captain signs new deal

Kirsty McGee has signed a new contract with the club until June 2018.

The defender didn’t play for a football team until she was 16, and joined Reading in 2014 after a decade years with Portsmouth Ladies FC.

The 29-year-old defender, joins Mary Earps, Lauren Burton, Becky Jane, Charlie Estcourt and Melissa Fletcher in extending her stay at Reading this winter. 

Reading Women F.C Captain Kirsty McGee in action
Reading Women F.C
Reading Women F.C Captain Kirsty McGee in action

Amanda Telfer's Mayfair window death 'avoidable'

The death of a lawyer crushed by three window frames that weighed more than half a tonne could have been prevented, the Old Bailey has heard.  

Amanda Telfer, 43, was killed when the frames fell on her as she walked past a building site in Hanover Square, Mayfair, London, on 30 August 2012.

Amanda Telfer
Handout

A man from Slough is among four people and three companies who deny a total of 13 charges over her death.  

Mutch looking ahead to Reading's promotion push

BBC Sport

Jordon Mutch is looking forward to playing his part in a Reading promotion push after scoring on his debut.

The 25-year-old midfielder, on loan from Crystal Palace until the end of the season, scored in the Royals' 2-2 draw at Ipswich on Saturday.

Jordon Mutch
Rex Features

"I haven't played regularly now for about two years and I'm looking forward to getting on and proving people wrong and myself right," Mutch said.

"There's plenty of games to go and I want to show people what I can do."

Jordon Mutch

Mutch looking ahead to promotion push

Reading loanee Jordon Mutch is excited at helping the Royals' push for promotion after scoring on his debut.

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65 years on the throne - Her Majesty the Queen makes history

The Queen makes history once again as she reaches her Sapphire Jubilee - becoming the first British monarch to have reigned for 65 years.

Her Majesty came to the throne following the death of her father, King George the Sixth, which was announced on this day back in 1952.

Christopher Warwick, Royal Commentator from Sunninghill said:

"She always keeps this day quiet for the simple reason because it also represents the day her father died.

"It's not necessarily one to get out the processions but it's a historic milestone because no British monarch has ever achieved 65 years on the throne."

Sunninghill's Royal Commentator Christopher Warwick says there'll be no celebrations.

Countdown to bin day...

'The smell was horrendous': Sewage floods family home

A family home in Reading has been flooded with sewage after a pumping station suffered a power cut. 

Michelle Wade-Green told the BBC that the smell in her Southcote property was "horrendous" after the waste started seeping in yesterday morning. 

Sewage in Michelle Wade-Green's house
BBC

She said there had been similar problems at the Circuit Lane station outside her house in the past, and was becoming "frustrated" with Thames Water. 

Thames Water said it was "really sorry" for the incident and that those affected  "would not be left out of pocket". 

"It was our pumping station that failed so it’s our responsibility to put things right," a spokesman said. 

"We had a team of around 20 people working to get things back to normal and used a fleet of eight tankers to pump away the excess sewage."

Kirsty McGee

Reading Women's captain Kirsty McGee signs a new deal with the Women's Super League One club until June 2018.

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Police seize £14,000 from drug dealer

Toby Wadey

BBC South

More than £14,000 in cash has been seized from a convicted Reading-based drug dealer.

Shahzad Qamar was jailed for six years last month after being found guilty of supplying cocaine and heroin, as well as possessing criminal property.

The 36-year-old was told to pay back £21,866 he made from the proceeds of his crimes, and on Friday police obtained a court order depriving him of £14,220 in cash officers had found at his Garnet Street property. 

If Qamar fails to repay the remainder of the money owed, he has been warned he could face a further 20 weeks in prison. 

Detective Inspector Gavin Tyrrell, of Thames Valley Police, said: “This outcome sends out a clear and strong message that crime does not pay."

MPs press Lloyds to compensate HBOS fraud victims

BBC Business News

MPs are urging the owner of HBOS, Lloyds Banking Group, to pay compensation to victims of a fraud facilitated by two former employees, who were jailed last week.

They also want assurances the bank will review its handling of the fraud, which was masterminded at an HBOS branch in Reading, and publish its findings.

David Mills, Michael Bancroft and Lynden Scourfield
TVP
Left to right: Michael Bancroft, David Mills and Lynden Scourfield enjoyed luxury holidays from the scam

The fraud took place before Lloyds Banking Group took ownership of HBOS.

The bank has always claimed to be a victim of this crime.

Weather latest: Wet evening ahead

After a clear and cold start it will become cloudier as the day progresses, with temperatures reaching 7C.

It is expected to start raining later this evening before fog patches begin developing overnight. 

BBC weather for Berkshire
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Man sentenced after racist car park rant

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A man who shouted “go back to your own country” at a woman in a Tesco car has been ordered to pay £20 in compensation and given a 12-month conditional discharge. 

Sixty-five-year-old Slough man Christopher Makepeace pleaded guilty to one count of racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment on Tuesday.

Slough Magistrates heard that Makepeace also branded his 34-year-old victim, who was accompanied by her two young children at the time of the incident, a "terrorist" as she packed shopping into the boot of her car at the store's Wellington Street site. 

The incident happened on 12 January. 

This was an extremely upsetting incident, not only for the victim but also for her two young daughters.

PC Nicholas Macchia

Queen's local council sends congratulations

The Queen has become the first British monarch to reach a sapphire jubilee. The folks at the Royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have sent their congratulations to their most famous resident.

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Rail station revamp plan awarded £6m funding

Emma Midgley

BBC South

A plan to carry out a £6m revamp of Newbury railway station has been awarded provisional funding. 

The money would also be invested in creating better access for those cycling, walking and taking public transport to catch a train. 

Newbury Station
Google

Great Western Railway (GWR) and West Berkshire Council have teamed up to take the revamp forward. 

GWR said it hoped the station would become a "gateway" for the town. 

'I had to call myself John Smith to get a job interview'

BBC Inside Out

A Slough businessman with an Indian name carried out an experiment which appeared to show he was more likely to get a job interview by calling himself John Smith. 

Yogesh Khrishna Davé, 56, is the director for quality at a pharmaceutical company and told the BBC's Inside Out London that he was consistently overlooked for jobs before eventually reaching his senior role.

Yogesh Khrishna Davé
BBC
Yogesh Khrishna Davé suspects he was overlooked for jobs because of his name

He said: "Someone suggested: 'Why don't you put a very English name on your CV [as well as sending one in your own name]... and see who they might offer the job to?' So I had my name, Yogesh, and John Smith. John Smith got the interview. I got rejected for the interview."  

The revelation came after a BBC test found a job seeker with an English name was offered three times the number of interviews than an applicant with a Muslim name. 

Reading remain third after draw

BBC Sport

Jordan Obita's 25-yard strike rescued a point for Reading, who twice came from behind to draw at Ipswich on Saturday.

Leicester City loanee Tom Lawrence opened the scoring with a trademark goal, running from deep and smashing home via the underside of the bar.

Top of the Championship table
BBC Sport

Jordon Mutch equalised on his Reading debut, finding space in the box to roll home his first goal since March 2014.

Lawrence then slotted past Ali Al-Habsi for his eighth goal in eight games, before Obita's powerful leveller.

The result means Reading stay third, four points from the automatic promotion places.

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J13 for A34 Chieveley and J12 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of an accident involving two cars.

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Health bosses target 'zero suicide rate'

Health bosses in Berkshire have set themselves the target of reducing suicide rates in the county to zero.

The idea comes from Detroit in the USA, where doctors said if we accept the need to eradicate cancer, why not do the same for suicides?

Depressed man
Thinkstock

Rates in the Michigan city have since dropped by 80%.

The proposal comes as new figures suggest the number of unexpected patient deaths reported by England's mental health trusts has risen by almost 50% in three years.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J12 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M4 London-bound at J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Travel latest: Long delays on A322

'We deserved to win it' - McCarthy

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy felt his side warranted more than a point from Saturday's entertaining 2-2 draw against high-flying Reading at Portman Road.

Mick McCarthy
BBC

He agreed with the majority of fans who went home happy after seeing a much-improved showing from their team after Tuesday's "comprehensive" defeat to Derby.

"I've said to the players lots of times that you can't worry about the result, that'll take care of itself. It's the performance that you've got to worry about and if we play like that every week I'll be happy," he said.

"I can tolerate losing if we play like that although I never want to lose. Some of the performances have been unpalatable and the players don't enjoy playing badly, they want to play well and they have today."

Morning headlines

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

  • Health chiefs in Berkshire have set themselves the target of eradicating suicide in the county. 
  • The victims of a £245m fraud masterminded at a branch of HBOS in Reading should be compensated by the bank’s owners, according to MPs.
  • Hospital trusts in the area say patients were not put at risk after it was revealed there was a serious shortage of beds between 1 December and 22 January. 
  • Cold weather is forecast for today after Berkshire woke up to widespread frost. 

Weather latest: Cold day ahead

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It has been a dry start to the day, but with the clear sky last night we have seen some frost and ice. 

Over the course of the day it will become cloudy from the west with rain moving in later this afternoon. 

BBC South weather: Monday 6 February

Good morning

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Good morning and welcome to today's BBC Local Live service for Berkshire. 

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