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Summary

  1. Weather latest: Sunny afternoon ahead
  2. 'Extraordinary' Shakespeare book found
  3. Hydrotherapy pool 'may move'

Live Reporting

By John Hudson, Toby Wadey and Adam Whitty

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks for the memories

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    As Frank Sinatra would say: And now, the end is near, and so we face the final curtain.

    I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway, and more, much more than this.

    We did it our way (based on strict BBC guidelines of objectivity, taste and decency).

    Thank you for joining us today, and this week.

    We will see you again on Monday at 08:00 BST for the latest news, sport weather and travel from our fair county.

    See you then.

  2. Tarpey rewarded for record-breaking run

    Jack Winstanley

    BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

    Maidenhead's record-breaking striker Dave Tarpey has been named as the National League South player of the month for March.

    The 28-year-old has scored five goals this month, netting 38 in total in an amazing season in which he has taken his team to top-of-the-table with six games to go.

    Earlier on in the month, Tarpey set a new record for most goals scored in a National League South season after scoring his 35th of the campaign.

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  3. Drone 'nearly hit' plane near Heathrow

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    A passenger plane had a near-miss with a drone at 10,000ft as it approached Heathrow Airport.

    Pilots spotted a gadget with multiple arms and up to eight rotors pass by the right hand side of the plane as it was preparing to land.

    Heathrow drone

    Both pilots exclaimed: "Was that a drone? At 10,000 feet!", according to a report which has been looking into the incident last November by air safety experts UK Airprox Board (UKAB).

    The drone was estimated to be about 98ft (30m) away from the plane and "safety was not assured", UKAB added.

  4. 'Big carrot' for Reading against Leeds

    Reading v Leeds United (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

    Ady Williams

    Sport presenter, BBC Radio Berkshire

    Reading manager Jaap Stam has a fully-fit squad to choose from for the visit of fellow play-off contenders Leeds.  

    Captain Paul McShane has recovered from a hamstring injury and is in contention for a start, while there's a huge doubt over Leeds's leading marksman Chris Wood.

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    Video caption: Jaap Stam wants to get a positive result against playoff rivals Leeds on Saturday.

    The big carrot for Reading is knowing a win over Leeds would see them finish the day in fourth place.

    The two sides met in December at Elland Road, and despite 77% possession for Reading, the home side won 2-0.

    Both teams go into the game with wins last time out against teams in the top six.

  5. The best and worst bits of Antiques Roadshow

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Antiques Roadshow will have a very special feel when it is broadcast on Sunday night (20:00 BST).

    It was filmed at Caversham Park, the site of the BBC here in Berkshire (and not to brag, but where I am currently writing this from).

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    Video caption: Henry Sandon speaks to us at the Antiques Roadshow filming at Caversham Park last summer.

    While it was being filmed, BBC Radio Berkshire's Bill Buckley grabbed a word with Roadshow expert Henry Sandon, who has been the man who knows all things porcelain on the show since 1979.

    "I found Ozzy the Owl, which ended up being worth £20,000. The old lady went absolutely berserk", he said.

    "But I've been caught out with 'gotcha oscars'. I had to identifty this pot, and got hauled away to meet a chief detective superintendent, who turned out to be Noel Edmonds".

  6. Don't waste time, get your green bin welcome pack

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Get a message to the Reading town crier (if there is one?), because new charges for garden waste collections will come into force from tomorrow. 

    Reading residents have had garden waste collected from their doorstep free of charge since the green bin collection service started 10 years ago.

    But Reading Borough Council says government funding cuts have put the council under what they call "unprecedented financial pressure".

    Recycling

    A £50 annual charge has been introduced for up to two green bins to be collected per property, or £15 a year for households with a green bag.

    Almost 9,500 households have already signed up for the new welcome packs, in which coloured stickers are to put on resident's bins, or tags for their bags, to notify the crews to collect from their property.

  7. Grab your passport!

    Have you booked your summer holiday yet? If not, all is not lost. 

    Tony Blackburn on his BBC Radio Berkshire show today quizzed Simon Calder, the Travel Editor of the Independent, on where best to travel to in 2017. 

    (You probably weren't considering these places...)

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    Video caption: Where should we be going on holiday in 2017?
  8. 12 changes for Irish ahead of Jersey return

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport

    Nick Kennedy has made 12 changes to the London Irish starting XV who lost to Jersey Reds last weekend.

    That match was in the Championship, their first loss in the league all season, whilst this fixture against the same opposition is in the British and Irish Cup semi-final.

    You can follow the action live on Sunday via  BBC Jersey .

    London Irish starting XV
  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, between J17 for A412 and J16 for M40.

    M25 Hertfordshire - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J17, A412 (Maple Cross) and J16 M40, because of an accident involving three cars and two vans earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  10. Garden waste collection charges start tomorrow

    New charges for garden waste collections come into effect in Reading tomorrow. 

    The borough council blamed “sustained government cuts” for having to introduce fees for the service, which was previously free. 

    More than 9,500 households have signed up for the scheme so far. 

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  11. Reading v Leeds: Team news

    BBC Sport

    Reading manager Jaap Stam has a fully fit squad to choose from for the visit of fellow play-off contenders Leeds.

    Paul McShane and Liam Kelly (both hamstring) have recovered from injuries during the international break.

    Leeds United defender Luke Ayling serves the second game of his two-match ban, but midfielder Kalvin Phillips is back after his suspension.

    Striker Chris Wood picked up a knock on international duty with New Zealand, but is expected to be fit.

  12. M4 set for weekend closure

    A full closure of a stretch of the M4 this weekend is expected to cause problems for motorists. 

    The motorway will be shut in both directions between Theale and Newbury from Friday night until Monday morning. 

    Highways England map

    Traffic will be diverted on the A4.

    A Highways England spokesman told BBC Berkshire they were "confident" work would be completed on time.

  13. BreakingCasey to leave Irish in summer

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport

    Bob Casey

    A surprise announcement coming out of London Irish this lunchtime - chief executive Bob Casey is to leave the club this summer.

    The former Exiles captain, who had a distinguished 10-year playing career, is to return home to Ireland with his family at the end of this season. 

  14. Here's a duck in a funny place

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Ed Sault, a local reporter for BBC South Today, has come across a quacking sight on a bridge at the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading.

    A duck, with hidden ducklings, just chilling out on a spring day.

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    Duck One
    Image caption: Here is said duck, probably working out which restaurant to have its lunch in
    Duck 2
    Image caption: As you can see here, the ducklings are being sat on by the duck, although I'm sure she would say she's protecting them
  15. Number plate recognition plan for bridge users

    Number plate recognition technology could be installed on Marlow Bridge to catch drivers breaching weight and size restrictions. 

    Police have started enforcing a three-tonne weight limit for the listed structure, which connects Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, after it was severely damaged by a 37-tonne lorry last year. 

    Marlow Bridge

    And now engineers from Transport for Buckinghamshire are set to carry out a safety study.

    Options being explored are expected to range from low-technology measures, such as signage and barriers, to more high-tech solutions such as  number plate recognition equipment.

  16. Leeds games 'never easy' says Reading boss

    BBC Sport

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    Video caption: Jaap Stam wants to get a positive result against playoff rivals Leeds on Saturday.

    Reading manager Jaap Stam wants a positive result against play-off rivals Leeds to give the squad a boost for the remainder of the season.

    Fifth-placed Reading host Leeds on Saturday and a win will move them above their opponents into fourth.

    "This is a very important game for both of us," Stam told  BBC Radio Berkshire.  "It's going to be a tough game and everyone is eager to get a result against them."

  17. Weather latest: Sunny afternoon ahead

    After an overcast start, the clouds will clear this afternoon to make way for some sunshine. 

    Temperatures are forecast to peak at about 15C, and will drop to 10C overnight.

    BBC weather
  18. Green light for redevelopment plans

    Plans to demolish outdated 70s homes in Finchampstead have been given the go ahead. 

    Wokingham Borough Council agreed last night to go ahead with the first phase of the Gorse Ride South redevelopment . 

    Around £6m will be spent on replacing about 20% of the estate. 

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  19. 'Extraordinary' Shakespeare book found

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    Video caption: Analysis of the playwright's work written during his lifetime knocked experts for six.

    A 17th century Shakespearean notebook with "enormous scholarly value" has been described as one of the most remarkable items to ever feature on the Antiques Roadshow. 

    The tiny pad, featuring "scientific scholarly notes" written during the Bard's lifetime, left manuscripts specialist Matthew Haley "trembling". 

    It was brought on the show, which was filmed at Caversham Park, by a man who found it among his mother's belongings. 

    The notebook will be shown at 20:00 on Sunday on BBC One

  20. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J10 for A329 and J11 for A33.

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J11, A33 (Reading), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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