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Summary

  1. Man dies after being run over in Maidenhead cemetery
  2. Reading man is Ice Cream Man of the Year
  3. Rohan Ince trial: Footballer cleared over nightclub attack
  4. Weather: Dry and sunny with mild temperatures

Live Reporting

By John Hudson, Toby Wadey and Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

  1. 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 Facebook and Twitter pages. 

  2. Newbury pubs given breathalysers

    Body-worn cameras and hand-held breathalysers are being given to pubs and bars in Newbury to keep people safer on a night out. 

    Bouncers will test people before allowing them into bars.

    breathalyser

    Inspector Matthew Lugg, of Thames Valley Police, told BBC Radio Berkshire that everyone has a part to play in helping people who find themselves in danger.

    He said: "I am keen to ensure that we all work together to reduce vulnerability within the night time economy and make Newbury a safer place to be.” 

  3. Reading Women players called up for international duty

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    Rachel Rowe, Melissa Fletcher and Charlie Estcourt will represent Wales.  

    Anna Green will play for New Zealand. 

  4. Berkshire travel updates

    Anoushka Williams

    BBC Berkshire travel

    • M4 eastbound: There has been an accident at Junction 10 involving 4 cars. The exit slip road is closed, all traffic is using the Maidenhead slip road.
    • The roundabout on the M4 roundabout at Junction 8-9 is also very busy.
    • M25 clockwise: There are delays between Junction 10 (Wisley Interchange) and Junction 15 for the M4.
    • M3 southbound: there is heavy traffic and one lane closed junction 12 for the M3 and Junction 3 for Lightwater/Bagshot
    • West Illsey: The A34 entry sliproad is closed due to mud at the West Ilsley turnoff.
  5. AWE says new pension is 'very competitive'

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    Following confirmation that Prospect union members have accepted a new pension offer from the Atomic Weapons Establishment, the company has sent us this statement:

    "AWE is committed to establishing future pension arrangements that are affordable for our staff and attractive to future employees.

    "Improvements have been made to the new scheme and additional enhanced benefits have been included.

    "This is a very competitive scheme which has been benchmarked against external comparators and puts the revised AWE scheme in the top 25 percentile.

    "Staff were informed that from January 31 2017 the AWE defined benefit scheme will close and as of 1 February 2017 all members of the AWE Pension Scheme were enrolled into the AWE Group Personal Pension scheme (AWEGPP)."

  6. Reading Uni 'surprised' by ReadyBike comments

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Reading University has said it is "surprised" by comments made by a Reading councillor about the ReadyBike scheme.

    The council voted to pull funding of the cycle hire scheme at a planning meeting on Monday.

    Tony Page, lead member for strategic environment, planning and transport, said "I think it?s regrettable the university hasn?t yet to put its hand in its collective pocket, bearing in mind the two most popular hubs are at the university."

    ReadyBike
    Image caption: The ReadyBike scheme has now been running for over three years

    A university spokesman said: "We are surprised by the comments made at Reading Borough Council?s policy committee meeting.

    "The current ReadyBike business model is not financially viable for the long-term success of the scheme. 

    "The university is in regular contact with ReadyBike about potential improvements to the scheme to help support it going forward.?

  7. Reading man scoops ice cream prize

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Arsenal's chances in the Champions League have melted, and Donald Trump's choice for labour secretary has been frozen out - but a Berkshire man has been doing rather well out of ice cream.

    Paul Field, from Reading, scooped the prize for 'Mobiler of the Year', at the Ice Cream Alliance awards in Harrogate last night.

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    Video caption: A man from Reading is voted ice cream man of the year at the Ice Cream Alliance awards.

    He has been serving ice cream from his now award winning vans around Reading for 35 years.

    Mr Field's business – Maurice’s Ice Cream – has served numerous famous customers including Princes William and Harry and Tony Blackburn.  

  8. Weather latest: Cloudy evening ahead

    After a bright start to the day with temperatures up to 10C, the cloud will begin to move in from around 17:00. 

    The cloud will continue to thicken overnight and there is a chance of mist and fog patches developing by the morning. 

    BBC weather for Berkshire
  9. BreakingAWE workers accept final offer over pensions

    Sarah Lee

    BBC South

    Workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) have voted to accept a final offer over pensions and end a long-running dispute.

    Members of Prospect backed the deal by 59%, although the union said workers had been treated "appallingly" over the closure of the defined benefit scheme.

    A second union at AWE, Unite, remains in dispute with the company, whose main sites are at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire, over the same issue.

  10. BBC's Ben Moore visits meningitis research foundation day

    Ben Moore

    BBC News

    Providing a proper support network for parents who have children affected by meningitis - that's the aim of an event today in Reading, for families of children who've lost limbs due to meningitis. 

    The special day, organised by the Meningitis Research Foundation, will also have taster sports sessions from Berkshire group Sportsable. 

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  11. New arts facility to be built in Newbury

    A new arts centre costing £1.7m is to be build in Greenham Business Park in Newbury.

    The art gallery, makers’ studios and café will open in spring 2018, and replace the current Greenham Arts building.

    Greenham Arts building.
    Image caption: An artist’s impression of the new building

    It has been funded by Greenham Common Trust and the Newbury Corn Exchange.

    In addition to this new facility, a dedicated Learning Centre - offering an extended programme of cultural and creative activities - will also be built in the centre of Newbury.   

  12. Talk about a wheely rubbish day...

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue had to rescue a girl in Spencers Wood after she got her head stuck in a wheely bin.

    Crew from Caversham Road station used small gear to free the child on Lambs Lane Primary School on 15 February. 

    Lambs Lane Primary School

    They could not use heavier equipment because of the proximity of the girls head.

    She was freed after around 20 minutes, and was not hurt.

  13. Parents of meningitis sufferers get support

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Families with children who have meningitis are coming to Reading today from all over the country today.

    The Meningitis Research Foundation are hosting an event called 'Pushing the Boundaries', which allows people to learn about the support on-offer to them.

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    Video caption: An event is held in Reading for families of meningitis sufferers to learn about support.

    "Every year, up to 2000 people can get meningitis a year", says Claire Wright from the Foundation. 

    "Children that do suffer from these have a very particular set of problems so it's very good to bring them together".

  14. Support for young carers in Royal Borough

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    A new project to help young carers is being launched in Windsor and Maidenhead.

    GPs in Old Windsor are starting to visit schools and youth clubs in order to work with young people who are looking after family members. 

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    Video caption: Sisters Oshin and Milifya, 16 and 19 respectively, look after their mum who has Parkinsons

    Local sisters Oshin and Milifya, 16 and 19 respectively, look after their mum who has Parkinson's.

    "I love to do it, for me my caring role is important to me - precious to me" said Milifya.

    "My mum always says she feels guilty that because of our situation we don't get to do things".

    Sharon Whitehead, the project lead of this new scheme said: "We really want to try and engage with the carers that are out there.

    "We can get them more support, and get them recognised within the family unit.

    "That way, we help the carers and the cared for".