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  1. Inquest into Topshop death to open next week
  2. More cuts on the way in West Berkshire
  3. Reading arts centre opens after £800k makeover
  4. Former Reading hockey players honoured at the Palace

Live Reporting

By John Hudson, Toby Wadey and Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

Would you look at the time

Adam Whitty

BBC South

That's all from us today.

Thank you for joining us throughout the week.

Do not fear though, we will be back on Monday at 08:00 GMT to give you the local Berkshire fix you need.

Until then, it's goodbye.

Pub fined for showing football illegally

A pub in Maidenhead has been ordered to pay £6000 after it infringed copyright by broadcasting Premier League football without authorisation. 

The New Inn, in Farm Road, is one of 10 pubs across the country which has been ordered to pay out. 

The New Inn

A spokesman from the Premier League said. "Like other sports and creative industries our model is predicated on the ability to market and sell rights and protect our intellectual property.

“It is because of this that clubs can invest in and develop talented players, build world class stadiums, and support young people in schools and communities across the country."

A more comfortable ride for Berkshire train passengers?

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Reading train passengers will have more seats and leg room on the "bullet train inspired fleet" being introduced later this year. 

That's according to Great Western Railway (GWR) which has announced the fleet of InterCity Express Trains, will run for the first time in the autumn. 

New trains
Great Western Railway
Reading passengers will have "more seats and leg room" in the new carriages

The trains will run on the line which links London, Reading and Cardiff.

"These trains are considerably more modern, have longer carriages and frankly, they allow us much greater flexibility to offer the improvments in passenger services that we know we need to do in the coming years", said GWR's Dan Panes.

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Severe disruption: A355 Berkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A355 Berkshire both ways severe disruption, near Whitby Road.

A355 Berkshire - A355 Farnham Road in Slough closed and queuing traffic in both directions near the Whitby Road junction, because of an earlier vehicle fire.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Berkshire's non-league magic

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Reading have a weekend off because of the FA Cup, so attention turns to the remarkable success that our local non-league teams have been having this season.

Both Maidenhead United and Hungerford Town are in the top four of the National League South table, so let's have a look at the big talking points ahead of Saturday's action.

Hungerford v Ebbsfleet

When Hungerford were thrashed 5-0 by St Albans on 12 November, they were twelfth in the National League South.

Now, 12 unbeaten games later, they are fourth.

Hungerford record

This is all the more remarkable considering they were promoted last season.

Top-of-the-table Ebbsfleet though will pose quite a challenge for Bobby Hungerford's men.

Maidenhead v Ebbsfleet

The table makes very good reading for Maidenhead United, although the story has taken a bit of a twist in recent weeks.

Alan Devonshire's men have been caught.

Dave Tarpey
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Maidenhead have one of the most potent goalscorers in the country in Dave Tarpey

They had a ten point lead at the top of the league six weeks ago, but a dodgy run, in which they have won one of their past four games, has coincided with a remarkable run by Ebbsfleet.

They have knocked them off the top on goal difference, so a win against Whitehawk tomorrow would do nicely.

A win for Hungerford Town then tomorrow, would be doing the whole of Berkshire a favour.

Men eat pizza after burglary at student halls

Police have released CCTV images after a robbery at students halls in Reading.

Once inside the halls of residence in Kings Road, the offenders stole a digital camera and blue tooth speakers. They also cooked pizza and ate food from the communal kitchen.

Investigating Officer PC Kimberly Wright said: "I am appealing for information about this incident and would like to speak to the men in these images, who may have vital information about the incident."


Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J8 for and J10 for A329.

M4 Berkshire - Lane blocked and queuing traffic on M4 westbound between J8 and J10 A329(M) Wokingham, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

McCoy to be honoured at Cheltenham

Many Berkshire jockeys and trainers will want to get their hands on some of the greatest prizes in the jump racing calendar when the Cheltenham Festival gets underway a month today.

The racecourse meanwhile will be honouring Lambourn resident Sir AP McCoy with a lifeize statue.

The Irishman was inducted into the racecourse's Hall of Fame in 2012 after winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup that year.

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The Richardson-Walsh's honoured at the Palace

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Former Reading hockey players players Kate Richardson-Walsh, her wife Helen, and Alex Danson have been honoured at Buckingham Palace today.

The Team GB players were recognised by Prince Charles today for outstanding contributions to hockey after winning a gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Kate, who captained her side to Olympic glory, was awarded an OBE, while partner Helen and the rest of the squad, were awarded MBEs.

All three players were Reading players during 2016, but have since left the club.

BreakingInquest into Topshop death to open next week

Toby Wadey

BBC South

An inquest into the death of a 10-year-old boy who died in an accident in a Topshop store is set to open next week. 

Kaden Reddick suffered serious head injuries at the Oracle Centre in Reading on Monday and later died in hospital. 

Police said the tragedy had involved a till display barrier and launched an investigation. 

Reading Borough Council said that a coroner's inquest into Kaden's death would open on Thursday 23 February. 

Kaden Reddick
Family handout

Kaden's family described him as a "loving, cheeky and energetic boy" following his death, which happened on the first day of half-term for students in Berkshire. 

Flowers have since been placed outside Topshop, which has removed till barriers from all of its stores after what it described as a "horrific accident". 

Thames Valley Police said the incident was being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.   

Berkshire to be 'hotter than Majorca' next week

A blast of Caribbean hot air could push temperatures in the south over that of Menorca, Majorca and Sardinia next week.

The air mass is set to continue the unseasonable warmth of the last week as parts of the country prepare for highs of 17C on Monday, following a spell of mild weather.

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Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: "Although obviously above average, it's not necessarily unusual.

"In February 2012, around 50 stations recorded temperatures of 15C (59F) and over and we're not expecting that many to record the same next week."

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J11 for A33 and J12 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J11, A33 (Reading) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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Confidence key for Reading squad

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

There seems to be a change of mood today at the Reading FC training ground after the win against Brentford on Tuesday.

Three of the Royals' next four games are against the current top three but when Roy Beerens was asked about how tough these games could be, he responded in an optimistic, up-for-the-fight fashion. 

Roy Beerens

He said, aside from looking at tough games for the Royals have coming up, that every other side should be wary of facing Reading at the moment. This squad is oozing with confidence.

The other bit of good news is that Ulderink confirmed John Swift does have a small fracture in his toe, but Reading's joint top scorer this season will be available on Tuesday evening. The moon boot he is wearing is just a precaution.

These next few weeks could define Reading's season, but if recent results are anything to go by, Stam, his staff, and his players, are up for the fight.

The all-new South Street Arts Centre is open for business

The long wait for the all-new South Street Arts Centre is over from today. 

Tonight, the centre has its launch party to mark the completion of its £800,000 improvement project. 

Earlier BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach chatted to its Artistic Director, John Luther. 

Fraudster brought to heel by trading standards

Patrick O'Hagan

BBC Berkshire political reporter

A man caught selling fake Converse trainers by West Berkshire trading standards has been told he’ll have to pay back nearly £100,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.  

Paul O’Hea, from Guildford, was caught when a trading standards officer carried out a random inspection of the van he was selling trainers and boots from at the 2014 Henley Rewind Festival.   

Converse Shoes
This is what the real shoes look like

Initially fined a couple of thousand pounds by the courts, investigators from West Berkshire went back into his bank accounts and found more than £80,000 he couldn’t account for. 

He’s now been ordered to pay that amount plus another £17,000 over to the council, the government and the courts.

West Berkshire Trading Standards officer Sean Murphy says it shows how useful the Proceeds of Crime Act can be in bringing counterfeiters to book.

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J11 for A33 and J12 for A4 affecting J10 for A329.

M4 Berkshire - Very slow traffic on M4 westbound between J11, A33 (Reading) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J10 A329(M) Wokingham.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

'Swift' recovery from injury

Meningitis sufferers shown good time thanks to charity

Some breaking Swift news?

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

So very strange, it's a Friday and we are here at the Reading FC training ground for the press conference ahead of the Huddersfield game on Tuesday night.

We will be speaking to Reading assistant manager Andries Ulderink and a player to get their thoughts ahead of a huge game for the Royals against their play-off rivals next week.

Andries Ulderink
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Andries Ulderink is Jaap Stam's assistant at Reading

John Swift has already been spotted leaving the training ground with a moon boot on, so an injury update is top of the agenda.

You can follow all the updates on BBC Berkshire's Twitter feed and right here. 

Wheels in motion for new cycle lane

Adam Whitty

BBC South

The next phase of work on a new cycle route, which crosses through Berkshire, will begin next week.

The first Reading section of the new route runs between Bath Road and Southcote Road.

Route 422 map
Reading Borough Council
When complete, Route 422 will run from its start point of Newbury in the west and on to Ascot in the east.

Work began last month along the Bath Road and the reconstruction of the footway between Parkside Road and Southcote Road is expected to be completed next week.

The next phase of the project is to construct a ‘raised table’ across Southcote Road, at its junction with Bath Road. This will begin on 23 February and will involve the closure of the junction for two weeks.

Once the lane is built though, there will be no loss of capacity for general traffic.

TRAVEL: Trains return to normal

Hockey trio to be honoured at the Palace

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Gold medal winning hockey players Kate Richardson-Walsh, Helen Richardson-Walsh and Alex Danson will be honoured today for helping the national team win gold at the Rio Olympics.

The trio were playing for Reading hockey at the time they won their medals, although have since left Berkshire.

Kate and Helen Richardson Walsh
Getty Images

Kate will be awarded an OBE, while partner Helen, as well as Danson, will receive an MBE.

They are being recognised for outstanding contribution to hockey for being part of the Great Britain team that beat the Netherlands in a dramatic penalty shootout in the final

They will be recognised by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace alongside six Paralympic swimmers who won gold medals in the pool at the Rio Games.

IT'S GOLD! 🏅🏅🏅 Incredible scenes at @readinghc as three of their players bring back a gold medal! #bbcrio2016

Irish sign Tongan international

Adam Whitty

BBC South

London Irish have strengthened their back-row with the signing of Tongan international Tevita Koloamatangi until the end of the season.

The powerful number-eight, who has been capped three times by his country,  has joined from Super Rugby side Gallagher Chiefs.

Tevita Koloamatangi
Getty Images
You wouldn't mess with him, would you?

The 28-year-old could feature in next week’s Championship fixture against London Scottish.

More cuts on the way in West Berkshire

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Further cuts are on the way to services in West Berkshire despite the fact council tax there will go up by just under five per cent from April. 

West Berkshire Council is expected to approve a 4.99 per cent increase - the most they can increase the rate by without a referendum -  at a meeting on 2 March.

West Berkshire Council
West Berkshire say it is no different savings other councils all need to make

Despite that tax increase, the council are still expecting to have to make savings.

"The actual money we are spending is decreasing but the burden on the council tax payer is increasing," says Graham Jones, who is running the council as its leader Roger Croft recovers from a car crash in France in which his wife died. 

"We have to find this balance between protecting the services and also looking at which services we will have to cease funding in the future".

Goal reforms cross the dotted line

Adam Whitty

BBC South

This will settle a few arguments.

There looks like there will be a little less contraversy in Championship football from now on, with EFL clubs agreeing in principle to introduce goal-line technology from the 2017/18 season. 

The Premier League have been using the system since 2013, so with Reading third in the Championship table, they will be using it one way or another next season.

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TRAVEL: Delays continue on trains to London

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

Delays of up to 30 minutes on Great Western Railway between Slough and London Paddington.

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SPORT: Super Saturday!

Ady Williams

Sport presenter, BBC Radio Berkshire

Fourth placed Hungerford face top of the National South League Ebbsfleet tomorrow afternoon. Hungerford are unbeaten in their last 12.

Maidenhead are also in action, The Magpies who are second in the league table play Whitehawk at York Road. Both games kick off at 3 O Clock.

And we have National Hunt racing at Ascot on Saturday afternoon.

There are seven races on the card, the feature is The Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase. Berkshire trainers Nicky Henderson, Mark Pitman and Warren Greatrex all well represented.

A cloudy day for Berkshire

Weather forecast for the South region on Friday 17 February

Reading arts centre opens after £800k makeover

A Reading arts centre which had been threatened with closure has undergone a £800,000 makeover.

South Street Arts Centre was awarded £500,000 by Arts Council England and just over £300,000 from Reading Council last year.

The arts centre, which has been closed since June has been revamped to feature new seating, toilets, dressing rooms and a brand new purpose built bar.


Cllr Paul Gittings, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, said he was “delighted” at the transformation.

“The Council is very proud to have provided and funded the venue for many years, recognising the importance of its offer to the local and regional arts scene.

“Despite our current financial constraints, thanks to the generous extra funding from the Arts Council – which we are very grateful for – we have been able to improve the facilities at this much loved location.”

Reading family back new NHS genetics project

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

The family of a little girl from Reading are backing a new NHS genetics project to discover more about their daughter's condition. 

Seven-year-old Lola Eaton has severe autism, but her mum Jodie hopes the project will help them learn more about her other conditions. 

The 'One Hundred Thousand Genomes Project' aims create a clear picture of a variety of genetic disorders by analysing DNA. 

Jodie says it'll help them understand some of the things Lola does.

Oracle Centre talks to retailers following death of boy

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Officials at the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading have been in touch with all its retailers about their safety measures following the death of a 10-year-old boy in its Topshop store.

A spokesperson for the Oracle shopping centre said:“We have communicated with all retailers at the centre following the tragic accident which occurred in Topshop on Monday.  

"We understand that the incident is now the subject of a police investigation.”

Flowers left outside Topshop after boy's death

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Flowers have been left outside the Topshop store at the Oracle Centre in Reading following the "horrific" death of 10-year-old Kaden Reddick.

The young boy suffered serious head injuries following an incident involving a till barrier.

One card reads: "We are going to miss you so much and so will the family. All the memories we had together were so much fun."


Welcome to the end of the week

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Good morning and welcome to BBC Berkshire Live on Friday.

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