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Live Reporting

Emma Midgley and Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today!

    That's all for today folks.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with all the latest news, travel and weather. 

  2. BreakingFraudster who took citizenship tests for refugees in Slough jailed

    A fraudster who travelled around the country taking examinations for refugees to help get them visas or citizenship has been jailed for 32 months. 

    Ahmed Ali tried to take four examinations for people who wanted to be UK citizens at test centres in Slough, Liverpool, Croydon and Ilford in the year to December 2016. 

    Ali, 34, a Somalian with gambling debts, used false passports and travel documents but was spotted by officials who became suspicious, Croydon Crown Court heard. 

    Ali, of Highams Park, north-east London, admitted four counts of fraud by false representation and four counts of possessing identity documents with intent. 

  3. "There are clutter bugs, there are collectors, accumulators, and hoarders"

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    Video caption: A Thatcham woman is helping the most disorganised to change their lives.
  4. Man sought after woman sexually assaulted on train

    Police have released an image of a man who may have information about a sexual assault on a train between Winchester and Reading.

    Shortly after 16:00 on Thursday 16 March, a man sat next to a woman in her twenties and started touching her arm. 

    When the train reached Reading, he tapped the victim on the shoulder. 

    When she looked at him, she saw that he was exposing himself and smiling. He then ran off the train.


    British Transport Police said anyone who recognises the man pictured on CCTV should contact 0800 405040.  

  5. CCTV image released after Earley theft

    Police have released an image of a man officers would like to speak to in connection with a theft in Earley on Saturday.

    CCTV image

    An elderly woman was returning to her car after shopping in Asda, Rushey Way, when she was approached by a man asking for directions to the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

    She later realised her bank cards had been stolen and a "quantity of money" was withdrawn from a cash machine at the BP Garage on Wokingham Road, Thames Valley Police said.

    The force said the man in the CCTV image "may have vital information which could assist the investigation". 

  6. Bracknell Market 'to close' as town regeneration gathers pace

    Emma Midgley

    BBC South

    Bracknell Market is to close after 60 years, a council has said.


    It comes as preparations are made for the town centre to reopen in September as the Lexicon, following a £240m regeneration. 

    Stallholders, said they had been given "no notice" of the closure. 

    Bracknell Forest Borough Council said operator Cotswold Markets had decided to step down and cited "limited trade" as the reason. 

    A petition opposing the closure has gathered hundreds of signatures. 

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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J12, A4 (Theale) and J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Broken down train between Reading West and Mortimer causing disruption

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    A broken down freight train between Reading West and Mortimer is causing disruption to trains between Reading and Basingstoke. 

    Trains may be delayed up to 60 minutes or amended to not run to all stations. 

    Delays are expected until 12:30.  

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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, at J8 for .

    M4 Berkshire - M4 lane blocked on entry slip road and heavy traffic London-bound at J8, because of an accident.

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

  10. Reading in top 20 for house sales to 'young urbanites'

    Reading is among 20 English property hot spots for sales to "young urbanite professionals" aged between 25 and 44. 

    The research was carried out by Lloyds based on CACI and Land Registry housing market figures. 


    "Aspiring young professionals are typically well qualified, in well-paid jobs and tend to live in areas not far from the city centre where they work," said Lloyds Bank mortgage products director Andrew Mason.

    "These buyers also don't appear to be put off by the significant premium in price to live in areas popular with young professionals."

    Top 20 areas with most property sales to young professionals:

    • Hove, south-east England
    • Wandsworth, Greater London
    • Wimbledon, Greater London
    • Fulham, Greater London
    • Battersea, Greater London
    • Tower Hamlets, Greater London
    • Brighton, south-east England
    • Streatham, Greater London
    • Hampstead, Greater London
    • Putney, Greater London
    • Tooting, Greater London
    • Ealing, Greater London
    • Hammersmith and Fulham, Greater London
    • Kilburn, Greater London
    • Paddington, Greater London
    • Balham, Greater London
    • Brixton, Greater London
    • Reading, south-east England
    • Chiswick, Greater London
    • Didsbury, north-west England
  11. All lanes now clear on M4

  12. Weather outlook: Plenty of sunshine

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

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    Video caption: BBC Weather for the South of England on Tuesday 18 April
  13. Parents of autistic children appeal to Legoland over new queuing system

    Calls are growing from parents of autistic and ADHD children for Legoland Windsor to go back to the old system which meant their children didn't have to queue. 

    Children who had a hard time dealing with queuing used to be given tokens that let them ride immediately, but Legoland have now moved to a new system that requires a smartphone to book a ride and enter a "virtual" queue. 


    Philip Pammenter, who's from South Oxfordshire has an autistic son, says many autistic children simply can't queue for rides like others do. 

    Quote Message: If you're putting an autistic child in a situation where they have to wait they are less likely to enjoy the thing, and more likely to have a meltdown.
  14. Delays M4 London-bound near Hungerford

    Mandy O'Neale

    BBC Berkshire travel presenter

    M4: Accident London-bound just after J14 (Hungerford) with several cars blocking the outside lane.

  15. Good morning!

    Emma Midgley

    BBC South

    It's a beautiful sunny day today, and Reading are one win away from a place in the playoffs. Could promotion be on the horizon?

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