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Summary

  1. Bomb scare at Newbury housing development
  2. London Irish move to Brentford a step closer
  3. Reading boss wins manager of the month award
  4. Daughter of 'British Schindler' criticises government on refugee policy
  5. Soldier attacker branded 'calm and calculating' by police

Live Reporting

By Toby Wadey, John Hudson and Adam Whitty

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks for the memories

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    That is all for us today, and this week, thank you for joining us.

    We will be back with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Berkshire on Monday from 08:00 GMT.

  2. Ready, set, go... for the Wokingham Half Marathon

    Now did you get some new running shoes for Christmas? 

    Well this Sunday might be your first chance to put them through their paces at the Wokingham Half Marathon. This year is the 32nd year the event has been staged, starting and finishing in Cantley Park. 

    Organiser Peter Evans told BBC Radio Berkshire's Chris Hollis he has been involved since the start.

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    Video caption: Organiser Peter Evans says the course is 'almost ready' for Sunday's event.
  3. Man sentenced for Newbury GBH

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    A man from Newbury who fractured a man's eye socket and cheekbone in an attack in a pub in Newbury has been jailed for two years.

    Thomas Britzman, 22, of Avon Way, Newbury, pleaded guilty to one count of grevious bodily harm at Reading Crown Court .

    Tomas Britzman
    Image caption: Britzman was convicted and sentenced on the same day

    On 4 June 2016, Britzman  punched a 29-year-old man, causing him to be knocked unconscious.

    Investigating officer Det Con Claire Midwinter, based at Newbury police station, said: “This was a nasty, unprovoked attack, which left the victim with lasting injuries.

    “The sentence he has received should serve as a warning to others, and demonstrates the seriousness with which offences of this nature are treated."

  4. Traffic building across Berkshire

    Anoushka Williams

    BBC Berkshire travel

    • There is very slow traffic due to earlier accident, on the M25 anticlockwise at J15, with congestion  to J17 (Maple Cross). All lanes have though re-opened.
    • There is also plenty of congestion on the M3 Southbound on the exit slip road due to accident at J3 A322 (Lightwater / Bagshot).
    • On the M4 Westbound at J7 for the A4 (Slough West) there is queueing traffic and a lane is blocked on the entry slip road due to an accident.
  5. Reading vs Barnsley: 'Both teams will be optimistic'

    Tim Dellor

    BBC Berkshire sport editor

    Here are two in-form Championship teams. A couple of weeks ago, they were also two teams vying for a play-off spot.

    But some Reading fans are now getting carried away with life, and are wondering if they can catch second-placed Brighton.

    Based on the last 10 years, to reach the Championship play-offs, you need 73 points. The automatic promotion figure is an average of 86 points.

    If the next 16 games go as well as the most recent 16, then Reading will move beyond the 86-point mark. Both Barnsley and Reading will be optimistic as they move into the last three months of the season.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, at J7 for A4 affecting J4B for M25.

    M4 Berkshire - Queuing traffic and long delays on M4 westbound at J7, A4 (Slough West), because of an accident involving two cars earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J4b M25.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A34 Hampshire southbound

    BBC Travel

    A34 Hampshire southbound severe disruption, between A343 and A303.

    A34 Hampshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on A34 southbound between Highclere turn off and Bullington Cross.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  8. BreakingMaidenhead man jailed for terrorist offences

    A man from Maidenhead who spoke of "40 trucks driving down Oxford Street full of explosives" has been jailed for four years.

    Mohammed Choudry was was found guilty of encouraging support for so-called Islamic State, while part of an extremist group based in Luton.

    Choudry and Rahman
    Image caption: Choudry (left) was convicted alongside Zaiur Rahman (right) and three others

    Choudry was among a group of five covertly recorded when an undercover officer infiltrated their group over a 20-month period.

    In what was described in court as a "truly chilling" speech during a gathering in 2015, the 23-year-old said: "A wave is coming. Either be a part of it or you drown".

    He then described an attack on Oxford Street in London.

    The court heard he was first set on the path of radicalisation when, at the age of 13, he attended a speech in London by convicted terrorist Omar Brooks. 

    He was sentenced today along with four others from the extremist group.

  9. Don't you mean Sully?

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    London Irish are clearly enjoying themselves ahead of their weekend off.

    Brendan McKibbin is lifting weights dressed as a sumo, and there is a mystery as to who the man in the background is.

    That is definitely Sully from Monsters Inc. though, and not the Gruffalo.

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  10. BreakingForm is temporary, class is Kermorgant!

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Yann Kermorgant has signed a new deal with Reading, keeping him at the club for another year.

    The Frenchman is The Royals' highest scorer this season, netting eight times.

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  11. Pub and nightclub staff given police training

    Pub and nightclub managers in Newbury are receiving police training on preventing alcohol-related disorder.

    Breathalyzers and body cameras have been purchased already for some of the businesses by Thames Valley Police, the force said. 

    And at a symposium on Tuesday officers will be giving them further guidance on spotting different types of vulnerability in people, and how these might manifest themselves.

    Inspector Matthew Lugg said: “This will be a great opportunity for Newbury’s businesses and charities to meet and engage with other people involved with the night time economy.”

  12. It's snowing in Berkshire... if you look hard enough

    John Hudson

    BBC South

    We've seen two or three flakes here at BBC Berkshire headquarters in Caversham and it looks we're in good company... Her Majesty has a few outside her window too.

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  13. Weather latest: Freezing night ahead

    After another cold start and the odd spot of snow, the chilly conditions are expected to continue. 

    Temperatures will drop to 0C overnight with some more wintry showers possible. 

    BBC weather for Berkshire
  14. We didn't start the fire

    John Hudson

    BBC South

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    The Army bomb disposal team were called out to the site of the new housing development at Newbury Racecourse this lunchtime after builders discovered a "suspicious package".

    Despite much chatter on social media, and police cordoning off a small area, it turned out to be an old fire extinguisher.

    An onlooker told us that the Army took it away... I wonder if it will clean up and be of any use?

  15. Tilehurst precinct gets new lease of life

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    After years of planning - the go ahead has been given to renovate Meadway precinct in Tilehurst. 

    On Wednesday, Reading Borough Council's planning committee approved the planning application to refurbish shops and build new ones. 

    Meadway precinct
    Image caption: An artists impression of the finished Meadway precinct

    The precinct, which was initially built in the 1960s, will also provide 200 parking spaces.

    Councillors also heard that Boots has agreed to a new lease until 2029.  

  16. Jaap's magic month

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Jaap Stam has been named as the Championship manager of the month for January.

    He won four of his six league games during the month, with the Royals sitting third in the table.

    These were the key matches.

    2 January: Bristol City 2-3 Reading

    Yann Kermorgant
    Image caption: Yann Kermorgant scored a last-gasp winner as Reading came from behind to beat Bristol City

    24 January - Reading 1-0 Fulham

    Roy Beerens
    Image caption: Roy Beerens scored Reading's fifth goal from a penalty rebound this season as they defeated Fulham.

    28 January - Reading 2-1 Cardiff

    John Swift
    Image caption: The Royals rose to third in the Championship table with a victory over Cardiff

    31 January - Birmingham 0-1 Reading

    John Swift
    Image caption: John Swift scored his seventh goal of the season as Reading snatched victory against Birmingham
  17. Who ya gonna call?

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's gritters, apparently.

    They are preparing for another cold evening across the county, with The Met Office expecting temperatures to drop to freezing tonight.

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  18. London Irish move to Brentford a step closer

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport

    London Irish, who currently play their home games at Reading FC's Madejski Stadium, are a step closer to moving away from Berkshire.

    Last night, Hounslow Council gave approval for rugby use at Brentford Community Stadium, which is the proposed new home of Brentford FC from the 2019/2020 season.

    Irish Chief Executive Bob Casey has said he is now looking forward to taking "discussions with Brentford FC to the next stage".

    Brentford Community Stadium