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  1. Updates for Monday 14 March
  2. Crowdfunding to bring back Pigeon Street
  3. Cheltenham Festival begins featuring runners from West Berkshire stables
  4. HGV crashes into building in Reading

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today!

    Sarah Lee

    BBC South

    That's all from us today! Thank you for joining us - we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

    Ciao for now!

  2. Appeal after Slough man stabbed in 'frightening attack'

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted and stabbed by a group of males.

    The offence took place in Moray Drive, Slough at about 2.45pm on Monday.

    The victim, a 21-year-old man, sustained injuries to his back and arm, and was taken for treatment at the John Radcliffe Hospital. He has has since been discharged.


    Investigating officer, Det Con Alex Beever of Maidenhead Force CID, said: "The victim in this incident was set upon by a group of males.

    "He initially thought he had only been kicked and punched, but subsequently discovered two knife wounds whilst being treated by ambulance staff.

    "This was a frightening experience and I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the assault to come forward".

  3. CCTV released after boy 'spied on in cubicle'

    CCTV has been released after a 13-year-old boy was spied on in a cubicle in the men's toilet of House of Fraser. The victim was in The Oracle shopping centre at about 5.30pm on Thursday 19 January when he suspected seeing a man watching him through a hole in the wall to the neighbouring cubicle.

    Police said they believed the man in the CCTV might have vital information about the incident.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a spillage on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Appeal after woman grabbed around neck during robbery

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was grabbed around the neck during a robbery in Reading.


    The victim, in her 50s, was using the cash machines outside Tesco on Portman Road on 7 March when a verbal altercation took place between her and another woman who grabbed the victim around her neck with both hands and assaulted her,  police said .

    A man then approached both women and started shouting at the victim, before stealing her purse and removing cash from it.

    A 40-year-old woman from Reading who was arrested on suspicion of robbery has been bailed until 11 April. 

  6. Reading FC press conference: Analysis

    Jack Winstanley

    BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

    Reading are going through a rough patch in the league at the moment, and if results go against them this week they could find themselves out of the play-off spots.

    Speaking ahead of the game against Sheffield Wednesday, manager Jaap Stam said Royals fans should remember where the side was last season before dwelling on recent troubles.

    Jaap Stam

    Joey van den Berg also gave a hint that this Reading side are willing to take responsibility for recent form. In his words: "There is no more time for excuses".

    In Stam, Reading fans have a manager who is very confident in his abilities, while In van den Berg they have a player who gives the impression the whole squad is united and professional.

    Those two things are surely some light in what has been a gloomy month for Royals fans.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J5 for A4 and J4B for M25.

    M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M4 London-bound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J4b M25, because of a broken down lorry.

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

  8. Christchurch Meadows tennis courts to undergo revamp

    Christchurch Meadows tennis courts in Reading will undergo a revamp to include a new playing surface, new programmed activities and a court booking system.

    Local residents and tennis fans are invited to an open session at the courts on Saturday.

    Coaches will be on hand, as well as representatives from the Lawn Tennis Association and the council’s leisure team to promote the upgrade and give people a chance to ask questions and give feedback on the proposed changes at the courts.

  9. Australian company sells stake in Thames Water

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    The last remaining stake held in Thames Water by Australian group Macquarie has been sold, ending more than a decade of its investment in Britain's biggest water company. 

    Macquarie has offloaded its 26% shareholding in the company to the Canadian pension fund investor Borealis Infrastructure and the infrastructure investing arm of the Kuwait Investment Authority.

    Thames Water

    It brings to an end Macquarie's share ownership in Thames Water, which supplies around 2.6 billion litres of drinking water a day and has some 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley. 

    The stake was sold for an undisclosed sum, but Macquarie had reportedly been looking for between £1 billion and £1.5 billion for the holding. . 

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, at J8 for .

    M4 Berkshire - M4 entry slip road partially blocked westbound at J8, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Reading FC press conference: Stam looking to turn around Royals' fortunes

    Jack Winstanley

    BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

    Things have not been going so well for Jaap Stam's Reading in the last month. Five games. Three losses. Only four points out of a possible fifteen, and the Royals have dropped down to fifth in the Championship table.

    More crucially for Reading fans, though, is the fact the side now only have a four-point cushion inside the playoffs. Even those four points come with a caveat in the fact that Fulham are unbeaten in seven games, and have played a game less.

    Reading's training ground
    Image caption: The media wait for Jaap Stam's press conference

    There are only three sides in the Championship who have picked up fewer points than Reading in the last five games, and unless something changes quickly Stam could see his side outside the top six. That is a private members club you do not want to find yourself outside of so close to the end of season playoff duel.

    Does Stam have a plan to get Reading back on track away from home? We'll be speaking to him, and a first team player, with all of the build up ahead of Friday's game against Sheffield Wednesday.

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

  12. Weather latest: Cloudy afternoon ahead

    It was a cloudy start to the day, and much of the same is forecast for this afternoon. 

    Temperatures will peak at around 13C. 

    BBC weather
  13. Doctor's surgery told to improve

    Sue Kinnear

    BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

    A doctor's surgery in Wokingham has been found to require improvement by Care Quality Commission inspectors. 

    The Shinfield Health Centre was found to be lacking in four areas - the provision of safe, caring, responsive and well-led services. 

    It was one of 12 GP practices in England found to require improvement in the CQC's latest round of inspections.

  14. RAF war heroes to be honoured

    Sue Kinnear

    BBC Berkshire

    The RAF will honour two women who flew planes in and out of White Waltham during World War II today. 

    A plaque will be unveiled at RAF Brize Norton to mark the contribution of Molly Rose and Mary Ellis. 

    Molly Rose died last year. Mary Ellis is 100 years old and is being flown into the base later. 

    Professor Marion Wooldridge, deputy chair of the British Women Pilots' Association, told the BBC that the women were role models. 

    She said: "They flew without radio, without navigation aids - and still did a fantastic job."