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Summary

  1. Two gay men have spoken about how they suffered an unprovoked homophobic attack on a train between Reading and London on Valentine's night.
  2. Reading Council is launching a consultation to cut provision for homeless services.
  3. More than 1,300 recycling bins were not emptied by Reading Borough Council last week, because people had put non-recyclable items in them.

Live Reporting

By John Hudson and Emma Midgley

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us again today.

We'll back with Berkshire's latest news, travel, sport and weather tomorrow at 08:00. 

Slough stabbings: Second victim identified as David Yokota

A man found with fatal stab wounds in Slough has been named as 39-year-old local man David Yokota.

A murder investigation was launched after Dennis Kelly, 59, was also found with fatal stab wounds in Lower Cippenham Lane on Friday 10 February.

Mr Yokota died in hospital the following Sunday and a post-mortem proved inconclusive, Thames Valley Police said.

The force said it does not believe anybody else was involved in the incident, and has passed the case to the coroner.

Shop loses licence after selling 'fake alcohol'

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A shop in Reading has been stripped of its premises licence after selling “fake alcohol unfit for human consumption”.

Twelve bottles of vodka containing harmful chemicals were found at Kush News on Southampton Street when council officials visited last year.

Almost 300 bottles of smuggled wine, as well as counterfeit whisky were also found at the store.

Vodka bottles
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Fake vodka can look exactly like the real thing

Owner Paulam Patel, 49, was ordered to pay £3,674 in costs.

The licence was initially revoked by Reading Borough Council in April, and that decision was upheld at Reading Magistrates’ on Monday 13 February.

Paul Gittings, lead councillor for consumer services, said: “By removing the illegal alcohol, the council has prevented a potentially serious health risk to unwitting consumers."

What do you want to know about the A34?

BBC South would like to know what questions you have about the A34?

We'll be putting some of your questions to a panel made up of representatives from interested parties and experts, who will also be debating the issues.

To ask your questions, click here

A34
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Topshop closed week after boy's death

Sarah Lee

BBC South

The Topshop at Reading's Oracle Centre remains closed a week after the death of a 10-year-old boy at the store.

Kaden Reddick died after an incident involving a till barrier on 13 February. He sustained serious head injuries and later died in hospital. 

Officials at the Oracle Centre are still unsure as to when the store will re-open.

Met Office says mild weather won't last

It's been much milder out today, with parts of the south enjoying highs of 17C. 

However, the Met Office is predicting that temperatures will drop down to around 7C or 8C again by the end of the week. 

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Man hides in Domino's after parking row

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A row about a parking space resulted in a man being chased into a Domino's Pizza by attackers brandishing a baseball bat and knife.

The 25-year-old victim had gone into a house on Catherine Street, Reading, shortly after arguing with a woman on the road outside. 

Domino's on Oxford Street
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Two men then arrived at the address and "pulled" him out of the house before he fled into the Oxford Street branch of the fast-food chain for sanctuary. 

Police said two arrests were made following the incident, which happened on Sunday 12 February. 

Reading named as one of 25 most congested towns in the UK

Drivers in the UK's biggest towns and cities spent an average of five days stuck in traffic last year, a study has found. 

The UK was the second most congested country in the world, behind China, with 11 of the 100 most gridlocked cities, according to traffic analysts TomTom.

The 25 most congested towns and cities in the UK last year include Belfast, London, Manchester and Reading.

Scum-half Allinson to join Bath in summer

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Darren Allinson
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London Irish have confirmed that scrum-half Darren Allinson is to leave the club at the end of the season to join Bath.

The Welshman, 28, has spent time on loan in the West Country already this season and will leave Irish after joining from Cardiff Blues in 2010.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at London Irish, a club that holds many great memories for me,” Allinson said.

“I’m fully committed to helping Irish gain promotion back to the Premiership, which is my sole focus at present."

Cue Card dominates to emphasise Cheltenham potential

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

Cue Card suffered no ill effects from his impressive win at Ascot on Saturday, and according to trainer Colin Tizzard is ready to go for the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March. 

Nicky Henderson also had a winner at Ascot on Saturday, as did one of our other local trainers, Brendan Powell.

The next meeting there is the family day on Sunday 2nd April.

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Man robbed while suffering asthma attack

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A thief pushed a man suffering an asthma attack to the ground before stealing his phone and wallet.

The robbery, which happened on Burnham Lane in Slough, was described as "horrendous" by Thames Valley Police.  

The force said the victim, who is in his 50s, was not injured. 

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It is believed to have taken place at some point between 11:00 and 11:30 GMT on Wednesday 15 February.   

The offender is described as a stocky, 5ft 7ins white or mixed race man with short grey hair. 

He was wearing a dark-blue hooded top, and either dark trousers or jeans which had white paint marks on them.

Maidenhead United maintain the pressure as Hungerford slip up

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

In National League South this weekend Maidenhead won to stay level on points with Ebbsfleet at the top of the table. They scored a late winner against Whitehawk to keep up their promotion push.

Hungerford are fifth, so still in the play-off zone, but they lost at the weekend for the first time in 13 games.

Maidenhead United home ground sign
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Royals head north ahead of Huddersfield test

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

Reading's footballers will be travelling north today for their Championship game against Huddersfield tomorrow night. 

With 14 games remaining it's crunch time. The winners of tomorrow night's game will be third in the table. Newcastle, who are second in the table play tonight. They're six points ahead of Reading as they go into tonight's game against Villa, who are down in 17th. 

Norwich lost at the weekend which is a big boost to Reading's chances of finishing at least sixth and in the play off zone.

Full commentary of Reading's game at the John Smith Stadium tomorrow night only here on BBC Radio Berkshire.

Andries Ulderink and Jaap Stam
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Andries Ulderink and Jaap Stam are looking to guide Reading FC to a seventh game unbeaten in the league.

Range Rovers and Ford Transit vans banned from Marlow Bridge

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Range Rovers, Discoveries, Ford Transit vans and other 4x4 cars should not use Marlow Bridge, police have warned.

From Wednesday 1 March, any overweight vehicles trying to cross the bridge will be turned around by officers and issued with an advisory notice.

Thames Valley Police said it will issue a £50 fixed penalty notice to drivers breaching regulations.

The Grade 1 listed bridge is restricted to vehicles under three tonnes maximum gross weight (MGW) and less than 6ft 6ins wide.

Marlow bridge
Andrew Smith

According to police, the following vehicles should not use the bridge:

Range Rovers, Discoveries, Ford Transit vans, Mercedes Sprinter vans, Volvo XC90s, 4WD pick-ups, Mercedes GLE/GLS/G Classes and Audi Q7s.  

Marlow bridge
Rob Farrow

Celebrate your local music legends!

For BBC Music Day on Friday 9 June 2017, all 40 BBC Local Radio stations in England are teaming up with the British Plaque Trust to unveil 40 historic Blue Plaques celebrating iconic musicians and venues.

Whether you’re rooting for a country guitarist, a classical composer or a famous jazz venue - we need your suggestions for a range of people and places that have made a significant musical contribution.

Blue Plaques are a tradition that dates back 150 years, but there aren’t many for music. We’re going to change that, and we can't wait to hear your suggestions.

Woman holding blue plaque
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Travel: Blackboy roundabout 'busy', queues up to Mad Stad and slow on M4

Matt Vaughan

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

  • The Blackboy roundabout is very busy coming from Earley and Shinfield.
  • The A33 into Reading from J11 roundabout to the Madejski Stadium is queuing.
  • Slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J12 A4 (Theale) and J10 A329(M) Wokingham / Bracknell. 
  • In Reading there is slow traffic on A4 Berkeley Avenue inbound at A33 Rose Kiln Lane. 
  • Queueing traffic on A404 in both directions between A308 Marlow Road / Marlow Road (Bisham Roundabout) and M40 J4 / A4010 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout). 
  • Slow traffic on A329(M) Southbound at M4 J10 (Wokingham / Bracknell). 

Bus delays in Reading

Reading Council 'astonished' at school asking for donations

The Reading Post has published an interview in which the leader of Reading council says it is "quite astonishing" to see a state school in Caversham appeal for donations from parents.

Councillor Jo Lovelock, leader of Reading Borough Council, made the comments after Caversham Primary School asked parents to make a voluntary donation of £190 a year to help it plug funding gaps.

She said that a state school appealing for donations to "prop up their basic budget" is "unheard of".

It's quite astonishing for a school to be asking for that amount of money from parents for basic school services.

Jo LovelockLeader of Reading Borough Council

Have you noticed more molehills?

Sarah Walker

BBC Radio Berkshire

I saw this in the paper over the weekend and will be talking more on the show from 10 today.

Would love you to get in touch via our twitter or Facebook page.

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Pub says roadworks affecting trade

Swan Inn
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Businesses in Shinfield and Arborfield are speaking out against the delays to the completion of the Shinfield Eastern Relief Road. 

Wokingham Council ordered work to halt for a short period towards the end of last year, over concerns about the time it was taking to complete, and safety issues.

The contractor Hochtief says it'll now be completed by Easter - some four months late - and they apologise for any ongoing inconvenience.

Mike Bowen-Killick
BBC

A lot of people get fed up because they just can't get around to try and get here, it's impossible .. which is causing us problems in terms of a loss of trade

Mike Bowen-KillickPub landlord

This morning's traffic: Queues on M3, M4, M40, A4, A404 and A329(M)

Matt Vaughan

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

  • One lane blocked and queueing traffic due to accident, three vehicles involved on M3 Southbound between J3 Lightwater / Bagshot and J4 Camberley
  • London bound also slow with on lookers
  • This is having a knock on effect on the A322 from Bracknell and the A331
  • Queueing traffic due to earlier broken down vehicle on M25 anticlockwise between J13 A30 (Staines) and J11 A317 (Chertsey)
  • Reading - Slow traffic on A329 King's Road Eastbound between Watlington Street and A4 London Road (Cemetery Junction)
  • Reading - Slow traffic on A4 Berkeley Avenue inbound at A33 Rose Kiln Lane
  • Queueing traffic on A404 in both directions between A308 Marlow Road / Marlow Road (Bisham Roundabout) and M40 J4 / A4010 (High Wycombe Handy Cross Roundabout)
  • Slow traffic on A329(M) Southbound at M4 J10 (Wokingham / Bracknell)

Watch: This morning's weather

This morning's headlines: Homophobic attack, homelessness and recycling

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • Two gay men have spoken about how they suffered an unprovoked homophobic attack on a train between Reading and London on Valentine's night. 
  • Reading Council is launching a consultation to cut provision for homeless services. 
  • More than 1,300 recycling bins were not emptied by Reading Borough Council last week, because people had put non-recyclable items in them.

Morning! Time to get out those t-shirts

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Good morning!

It's going to be lovely and warm today, thanks to a plume of "tropical air" wafting over Britain. 

The rise could see the UK enjoy higher temperatures than parts of southern Europe, including the Balearic islands of Menorca and Majorca.  

It could be a lovely day to get out and about and take some pictures.

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