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Summary

  1. Berkshire company test driverless shuttle bus
  2. Man arrested after three-hour stand-off
  3. Large disparities in successful parking fines appeals
  4. Cinemas criticised for lack of screenings with subtitles
  5. Controversial new homes in Hungerford expected to be given the go-ahead

Live Reporting

By Emma Midgley and John Hudson

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    Thank you for joining us again today. 

    We will be back with all of Berkshire's latest news, travel, sport and weather at 08:00 tomorrow. 

    Stay in touch via our  Facebook  and  Twitter   pages.   

  2. Three more sign new London Irish deals

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport

    Full-back Ben Ransom is among three more players to sign new contracts with Championship leaders London Irish.

    Prop Lovejoy Chawatama and back row Josh McNally have  followed Topsy Ojo, Brendan McKibbin and Greig Tonks  in committing their futures.

    Ben Ransom

    Ransom, 25, joined the Exiles from Premiership champions Saracens in May and has scored nine tries this season.

    Former London Welsh pair Chawatama, 24, and McNally, 26, both joined on initial short-term deals earlier this term.

  3. Car park blaze extinguished

    Fire crews extinguished a blaze in a Maidenhead car park this afternoon. 

    The fire service received 23 calls alerting it to the smoke coming from Grove Road car park shortly after 15:40.

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    The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service tweeted that the flames were put out by two crews using hose reel jets. 

    Thames Valley Police said it had closed the road, and was advising drivers to take alternative routes. 

  4. Reading boss 'happy with three points'

    BBC Sport

    Following Reading's 3-1 win over Blackburn last night, manager Jaap Stam told the BBC: "I was happy with the three points and certain parts of the first half. 

    "To go 2-0 up in half-an-hour gives you a good feeling and you are always hoping that you can continue like that.

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    "But players can then sometimes feel a bit too comfortable and you get a bit sloppy. It gives the opposition the chance to go forward.

    "It was a bit worrying when Blackburn scored, but Garath McCleary got it back straight away and that made it a bit easier for us."

  5. Boy attacked after getting off bus

    A 12-year-old boy was attacked after getting off a bus on a busy road in Wokingham. 

    The child was pushed over in Nine Mile Road, grabbed by his arm and then pinned to the ground at about 15:35 on Monday, police said. 

    Nine Mile Road

    The assault was interrupted by a passer-by, and the victim escaped uninjured. 

    Thames Valley Police said the offender was described as a boy in his early teens, 5ft 7ins and mixed race. 

  6. Temperatures set to hit 23C

    Temperatures will reach 23C in Berkshire on Sunday, according to the Met Office. 

    The warm conditions will arrive just in time for the weekend, with gloomy conditions forecast for Thursday and Friday. 

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  7. Community march in condemnation of terror attack

    Police, politicians and religious leaders in West Berkshire have marched together in defiance of terrorism this afternoon.

    The 'Not In My Name' event was organised two weeks after the London terror attack. 

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    The group marched through Newbury to the town hall, where they laid wreathes and held a minute's silence in memory of the dead. 

    Speeches by Muslim community leaders as well as MP Richard Benyon and Mayor of Newbury Julian Swift-Hook were also planned. 

  8. Queen renames Royal Lancers

    The Queen has paid tribute to the "loyalty and devotion" of The Royal Lancers by renaming the British Army regiment at Windsor Castle.

    Accompanied by her son, the Duke of York, the monarch announced she was granting the distinction of an honorific suffix to the armoured cavalry regiment, making them "The Royal Lancers - Queen Elizabeths' Own".

    Queen

    The new name recognises their service to both the Queen and her mother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, as well as commemorating the monarch's 70th anniversary as Colonel-in-Chief.

    At a ceremony to present them with a new heraldic banner in Windsor's St George's Hall , the Queen praised the Lancers, who amalgamated from two regiments in 2015, for being a "force without match".

    She symbolically touched the flag known as a Guidon to signal its handover.

  9. Kermorgant quality delights Royals boss

    BBC Sport

    Reading manager Jaap Stam was full of praise for in-form striker Yann Kermorgant after his brace in  their win against Blackburn Rovers.

    Four goals in the past three games from Kermorgant have solidified Reading's place in the Championship play-offs.

    Yann Kermorgant

    "Yann's a quality player and everyone knows that," Stam said. "He's important for the team in everything he does."

    Victory against relegation-threatened Blackburn lifted Reading to third ahead of Huddersfield's match with Norwich.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M25 Berkshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Berkshire clockwise severe accident, between J15 for M4 and J16 for M40 affecting J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

    M25 Berkshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M25 clockwise between J15 M4 and J16 M40, because of an accident. Congestion to J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4).

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

  11. WATCH: Pothole inspections to be reduced

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    Video caption: The frequency potholes are checked in Reading are set to be reduced by the council.

    The move comes after the government said councils could decide how often roads are checked.

  12. Weather latest: Cloudy afternoon ahead

    After a fine and bright start, the clouds are gradually going to thicken as the afternoon progresses. 

    It should remain dry in most places, but there is a chance of an odd light shower later in the evening. 

    BBC weather
  13. Reading move up to third after win

    BBC Sport

    Two Yann Kermorgant headers helped Reading to victory over struggling Blackburn Rovers, sending the Royals up to third in the Championship.

    The 35-year-old French striker struck twice during the first half, converting crosses from Tyler Blackett and John Swift to put the hosts in command.

    Top of the Championship

    Elliott Bennett's sweet volley briefly gave Rovers hope, but Garath McCleary's shot sent Reading above Huddersfield.

    Blackburn remain in 22nd, but only one point behind Bristol City.

  14. Man arrested after three-hour stand-off

    A man has been arrested after a stand-off with police in Reading lasting nearly 3 hours. 

    Police were called to Yuvraj Mini Market in Manchester Road just after 18:30 last night.

    A man had barricaded himself in the shop and was threatening to damage it, Thames Valley Police said. 

    Yuvraj mini market

    No one was injured in the incident. 

    A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of threats to cause damage.

  15. Driverless shuttle bus to be tested

    Members of the British public are getting their first extended trial of a driverless shuttle bus.

    The project led by the Transport Research Laboratory in Crowthorne will see about 100 people travel in a prototype shuttle on a route in Greenwich, London.

    Oxbotica's prototype shuttle

    The vehicle, which travels up to 10mph (16.1kmph), will be controlled by a computer.

    However, there will be a trained person on board who can stop the shuttle if required.

  16. BreakingCooper banned for stamp on Reading player

    Leeds defender Liam Cooper has received a six-match ban after admitting an FA charge of violent conduct for a "stamp" on Reading's Reece Oxford.

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