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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 10 April
  2. 30 firefighters tackle large fire in Ascot
  3. The Chinese takeover of Reading FC moves one step closer
  4. A major police operation to prevent criminals using Berkshire's roads is launched
  5. Weather: Bright day ahead, highs of 12C

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

That's all for today!

Sarah Lee

BBC South

That's it for BBC Berkshire today folks.

Don't forget to join us at 8.00am tomorrow for all the latest news updates.

Have a good evening. 

Wheels of the bus to keep on rolling

Atif Rashid

BBC Berkshire reporter

Councillors are committed to retaining local bus services in Windsor and Maidenhead.

Proposals are to be discussed later this month to increase funding from £150,000 to £840,000. 

Councillor Hari Sharma, Bus Champion for the Royal Borough, said there will be no sudden end to services.

The existing bus network is expected to be retained until July 2022 with the proposed investment. 

"We are doing this to save the club"

Reading FC owner says they just ran out of money.

Lady Sasima on what it's like to run a football club.

Work continues to speed up bus journeys

The second phase of a major project to speed up bus journeys gets underway today. 

It aims to improve bus services around Reading and the first two phases is costing £5 million. 

The 36-week programme will include off-peak south-bound lane closures between Lindisfarne Way and Imperial Way.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of November. 

George and Charlotte given key roles at Pippa Middleton's wedding

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be page boy and bridesmaid at the wedding of Pippa Middleton, Kensington Palace has said. 

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister is to wed her financier boyfriend James Matthews at St Mark's Church, Englefield, Berkshire, on the morning of Saturday May 20. 

Kate will be accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry at what is set to be one of the most talked about society weddings of recent times.   

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews
PA

Ascot fire 'not deliberate'

Crews tackling a fire at Englemore Pond, Ascot have successfully extinguished it.

The site has now been handed over to the owners and Bracknell Forest Council who manage the land who will check the area to ensure the fire doesn't restart. 

Station Manager Nev Griffiths said: “It’s been very hot and dry recently, and it’s not thought that the fire started deliberately.”

“The fire generated a lot of smoke in the area, as the wind had picked up and caused it to spread. The crews did a good job in getting the situation under control."

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Fujitsu staff to strike over cuts

Staff at Japanese electronics firm Fujitsu are to take further strike action in the UK as part of a dispute over cuts to jobs and pensions.

The union Unite said the company, which announced 1,800 job cuts in October, was "keeping them in the dark over its plans for the future".

Members will strike for 24 hours on 13 and 24 April and two days on 20 April. It follows four other days of action.

The firm has a range of businesses in the UK, employing 14,000 people.

Fujitsu in Basingstoke
Google

Workers in Crewe, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield, Warrington, Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham and Bracknell will be involved.  

Severe disruption: M25 Berkshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Berkshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J15 for M4 and J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

M25 Berkshire - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J15 M4 and J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Piles of rubbish dumped behind shops

Piles of rubbish have been dumped on an area of land behind shops, restaurants and houses in Reading. 

The site at Shinfield Road is regularly targeted by fly-tippers overnight and is attracting rats, according to people living nearby. 

Residents have so far been unable to establish who owns the land. 

Government guidelines say those convicted of fly-tipping can be fined an unlimited amount or imprisoned for up to five years.

Breaking30 firefighters tackling 'large fire' in Ascot

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Around thirty firefighters are currently tackling a large fire in the open in Englemere Pond, Ascot.

Royal Berkshire Fire were called at 1.34pm to reports of one acre of undergrowth and pine trees on fire.

Crews currently at the scene include Ascot, Wokingham, Wokingham Road, Windsor and two specialist off-road vehicles from Maidenhead Fire Station.

People are advised to avoid the area. 

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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 and very slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Maidenhead and Hungerford both win

Maidenhead United moved five points clear at the top of the National League South on Saturday with a 2-1 win over East Thurrock. 

It was the side's seventh straight win, and their promotion bid was strengthened after rivals Ebbsfleet slipped up against Truro. 

National League South
BBC

Hungerford Town won 2-1 against relegation-threatened Whitehawk. 

View a full list of results here

Broken down train causes delays on line

A broken-down train is causing delays of up to 30 minutes between Reading and Westbury.

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Weather latest: Cloudy afternoon ahead

After a fine and dry start to the day, it will become overcast as the afternoon progresses. 

Temperatures will peak at around 13C before dipping to 7C overnight. 

BBC weather
BBC

Reading owner: 'We can't afford to keep club'

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

Reading FC's owners say they are not walking away from the team. 

The Thai consortium, which took the club over in 2014, is in talks to sell 75% of the Royals to a Chinese brother and sister. 

Lady Sasima Srivikorn
Rex Features

Lady Sasima Srivikorn, who heads the Thai group, told BBC Radio Berkshire that running the club has become too expensive for them.

She said: "Every month we have to put in more money... we just couldn't afford it comfortably anymore."

Motorcyclist seriously injured after Windsor crash

A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a crash at Windsor Great Park on Saturday.

The 41-year-old man was riding a grey Suzuki when it collided with a Mercedes at about 12:40 on Sheet Street Road, police said. 

Great Windsor Park
Thames Valley Police

The Mercedes driver was uninjured.   

Officers closed the road for several hours while the scene was investigated. 

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 and slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down car.

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

BreakingFujitsu workers announce fresh strikes

Workers at IT giant Fujitsu in Bracknell are to stage a fresh wave of strikes over a dispute about jobs and pension cuts.

Unite members will walk out for 24 hours on April 13 and 24, and for 48 hours on April 20, at sites across the country. 

Fujitsu
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Ian Tonks, Unite national officer, said the company was "treating its workforce with contempt".

Fujitsu declined an invitation to comment. 

Reading midfielder Jordon Mutch

Jaap Stam believes a crushing defeat at Norwich will be no more than a bump on their road to the Championship play-offs.

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Reading boss bemoans 'tough afternoon'

BBC Sport

Reading manager Jaap Stam has described his side's 7-1 defeat to Norwich as a "tough afternoon". 

He told the BBC: "We needed to make it far more difficult for them than that. No-one plays badly on purpose but we needed to be more aggressive out there, we needed to show more.

"It was just one of those days when all their shots on target seemed to go in, every loose ball seemed to fall to them although we didn't help ourselves.

"I don't think it will affect the confidence of the players - all they can do now is learn from what happened to do and then move on."