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That's all for today!

Sarah Lee

BBC South

It's time to call it a day here in Berkshire - but don't fret - we'll be back bright and early tomorrow morning from 08:00 for all the latest news, travel and weather.

See you then!

That's all for today

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

Thanks for listening today. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow morning with more news, sport, weather and travel from around Oxfordshire.

A trial of the the UK's first driverless car has been hailed a success

The Gateway project took place at Crowthorne's Transport Research Laboratory.
The Gateway project  took place at Crowthorne's Transport Research Laboratory.

Simon Tong, Transport Research Laboratory:

"We were able to achieve full driverless control over a conventional vehicle. This level of automation was sufficient enough that our disabled driver could hand over this vehicle to a remote operator.

"There are a couple of ways it can connect, you can use a local wifi network or a cellular connection.

"Driverless technology can solve a problem for people with reduced mobility."

BBC Antiques Roadshow to stop at Caversham Park this summer

Sarah Lee

BBC South

BBC’s legendary Antiques Roadshow has been travelling the country since 1979, looking to uncover treasures in the collections of ordinary local residents. 

Fans of the show will be thrilled to know that host Fiona Bruce and crew will be on the road from 12 May until 25 September.

Crews will stop at Caversham Park, Berkshire on 26 June from 07:30 - 16:30.


New training ground plans 'exciting' say Oxford United

Robyn Cowen

Presenter, Radio Oxford Sport

Oxford United has describe their partnership with Oxford City FC and Oxford City Council, which will make Court Place Farm their weekday home, as an "exciting" and "mutually beneficial" development.

The ground

As revealed on the BBC Oxford breakfast show this morning, talks are underway about the U's moving their training ground to the site, with commercial possibilities there too. 

The deal will also help City survive in tough economic circumstances.  Listen to our drive time show for more.

Berkshire's latest travel updates

BBC Travel

  • Slow traffic on A33 Southbound between A329 I D R and A33 Rose Kiln Lane (Matalan Junction) 
  • Queuing traffic on M25 clockwise around J15 M4
  •  A404: Heavy traffic northbound at the Bisham Roundabout junction in Bisham   

Fire crews at Dunelm off Botley Road

Oxford Mail

A furniture store in Oxford had to be evacuated this afternoon after a blackout and a strong smell of smoke.  

Parents of club runners 'extremely disappointed' at Crown Estate decision

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Russell Young, a father of two children at the club, said he was "extremely disappointed" the Crown Estate had told the club it could no longer practise on the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park.

"We thought they'd be quite happy to have children exercising on it." 

The nearby playing fields of Eton, where the Thames Valley Athletics Centre is based, are not lit and have cricket pitches which could be damaged by runners, while Upton Park in Slough is not safe for the club to use at present as the pedestrian crossing is out of service following a collision with a lorry.

 A spokesperson for Windsor Great Park said discussions were continuing with the club to find what other options may be available for the next season.  

Gritters out tonight ahead of expected frost

Travel update: A417 delays expected after accident

BBC Travel

Drivers should expect some delays on the A417 westbound at East Hendred, as it's partially blocked following an earlier accident at Featherbed Lane.

Cold weather alert for Slough residents

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Slough Borough Council is issuing advice to residents following a cold weather alert from the Met Office.

A level three alert, indicating a 90% probability of severe cold weather, is currently in place until 3pm on Friday 6 January. 

The authority is urging rough sleepers to use the homeless night shelter, which is available every night between now and the end of March.


Oxford Farming Conference: 'Migrant farm workers may stay after Brexit but red tape goes'

The Environment Secretary told the Oxford Farming Conference she is is "absolutely committed" to ensuring that British farmers have access to migrant workers after Brexit.

A sheep
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Andrea Leadsom said that the government will ensure that the food and farming sectors have the labour that they need.

Mrs Leadsom also said that leaving the EU will allow the government to slash "ridiculous" farming red tape.

But critics are worried that these plans will damage key wildlife protections.

Reading poet Alice Oswald wins Costa book award

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Berkshire poet Alice Oswald has won the poetry award for her collection Falling Awake in this year's Costa book awards. 

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Police hunt arsonists after special school attack

Police have appealed for witnesses after an arson attack at a special school on New Year's Day in Bicester.

Six fire engines helped put out a fire at the Bardwell School after reports of a blaze at 23:00 GMT.

Bardwell School
Bardwell School

The fire destroyed a toy shed with specially-adapted equipment for pupils aged between 2 and 19. 

Since the fire, the school has received more than £3,400 in online donations and has requested spare toy donations. 

Sgt Simon Woodman appealed for witnesses to come forward and said: "The school's buildings were thankfully not damaged in the incident however the consequences of arson can have a devastating impact."

The Centre car park to close in Slough as demolition begins

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Work to create a "state-of-the-art leisure facility" on the Centre site in Farnham Road, Slough, will begin next week following the demolition of the old building.

The Centre, which has been closed since November, was built in 1997 and is now being replaced with a brand new facility.

The new leisure centre will include an eight-lane swimming pool, a poolside sauna and steam room,  a four-court sports hall and a gym.

The Centre
Slough Council
The Centre
Slough Council
The Centre
Slough Council

The demolition of the old centre is a major step forward for the project to bring the latest and best leisure facilities to the borough.

Councillor Joginder BalCommissioner for leisure and environment

Woman taken to hospital after bus crash

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A woman has been taken to hospital after she was hit by a bus in Reading.

The incident happened in Vastern Road at around 10.55am.

The woman, believed to be in her 60s, suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

Remembering Jane Austen on the 200th anniversary of her death

She lived and wrote in Berkshire and spent a large part of her life near Basingstoke.

She lived and wrote in Berkshire and spent a large part of her life near Basingstoke

"One of the reasons we don't know much about her is that her sister destroyed the majority of her letters. My own feeling is that there are family secrets in there.

"I think she was a very acute observer, I think she had a great sense of humour.

"She saw her sisters-in-law die in child birth, she saw a tough part of life.

"I think she thought about marriage, but I think she got nervous about the idea of producing children, and if she had we wouldn't have the books."    

Police seek witnesses to 20-car fatal pile-up in Witney

Police are looking for witnesses to a 20-car pile-up which killed a woman last Wednesday. 

The crash, which occurred near Witney on the A40, saw four other people taken to hospital, one woman in her 50s also suffered life-threatening injuries. 

A40 crash

She remains in a critical condition and Thames Valley Police is seeking any dashcam footage or eye witness accounts from the day. 

Nikki Cowan, who was involved in the crash but was uninjured, said; ""As I tried to apply my brakes, I could feel that the car was just gliding across and realised there must have been black ice.

"As much as I tried to either steer or brake, I just didn't stop."

Windsor Great Park 'perfect' for winter training, says club

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow athletics coach John Higgins said although the club used an athletics track for summer training, in winter it needed an outdoor venue for athletes to train on grass for cross country fixtures.

The club is used by children aged between eight to 18 and has been running since the 1880s, with Prince Philip as their current patron. 

"We need somewhere lit and that's why the Long Walk is so perfect.

"It's a lovely place and we're very very careful about not littering, because we respect the place," he said.

CQC inspectors publish reports on GP practices in Berkshire and Oxfordshire

Sarah Lee

BBC South

CQC has published reports on the quality of care provided by GP practices in Berkshire and Oxfordshire that have been inspected by specialist teams of inspectors. 

Here's a rundown of the findings: 


Dr Ajaz Nabi, NHS Slough CCG: Good

Crosby House Surgery, NHS Slough CCG: Good

The Village Medical Centre, NHS Slough CCG: Requires improvement


Banbury Health Centre, NHS Oxfordshire CCG: Requires improvement

King Edward Street Medical Practice, NHS Oxfordshire CCG: Requires improvement

Dr Uden & Partners, NHS Oxfordshire CCG: Focused inspection

Radiohead confirmed as Coachella headliners

Oxford band Radiohead have been confirmed as one of the headliners for the American music festival Coachella.

The band will play the Californian event in April, on top of commitments at this year's Glastonbury Festival. 

Thom Yorke

Windmill Primary School to be closed for second day

Headington-based Windmill Primary School will be closed for a second day due to a lack of heating. 

Head teacher Lynn Knapp said the school hopes to be open on Friday, but without heating it is not safe for children to be taught at the school. 

Windmill Primary School

Man sought after New Year's Eve exposure

A man "exposed himself" to a woman along Highlands Alley in Banbury on New Year's Eve. 

The incident happened at about 07.20 on Saturday near The Magnolias.

The victim was heard screaming by a witness, who saw the offender run away. 

He was wearing black running leggings, a black hooded jacket and grey running shoes. 

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses. 

'Fab' photo shows Hungerford Common sunset

Mo Farah's former athletics club banned from training in Windsor Great Park

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Young runners at Olympian Mo Farah's former athletics club have been banned from training on the Long Walk for cross country training sessions. 

Windsor Great Park
Getty Images

Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow Athletics Club have been using areas of Windsor Great Park for winter training. 

 The Crown Estate now says the park's ground conditions are not suitable for the club's training sessions.

 Coach John Higgins said: "Mo Farah used to train with the club, and he used to train exactly on this venue". 

"It's really sad." 

Disabled adult stars in Little Mermaid

Sarah Chandler suffered two strokes as a child, leaving her with spastic dystonic quadriplegia, which means she has severe physical disabilities. 

But thanks to modern technology she has starred in her own version of The Little Mermaid. 

Using a green screen, the 29 year old and her parents took part in scenes from the Disney film. 

Sarah's mother Paula said: "Sarah just smiled for the whole day."

Emergency services at scene of incident involving bus in Reading

Emergency services are currently at the scene of an incident in Vastern Road, Reading.

The accident, which involves a bus, is affecting bus routes on the Northern Interchange, Reading Buses said. 

Police have closed one lane approaching the scene.

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Berkshire's latest headlines

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • Reading's Meadway shopping precinct is in line for a revamp. Developers want to create more shops and a bigger car park, with the Asda store remaining where it is
  • Oakwood Infant School will be fully closed today due to health and safety issues
  • Health bosses in East Berkshire insist stroke patients will get better treatment - despite having to travel further for emergency care

Recycle Christmas trees, urges Windsor and Maidenhead Council

Goring streets laden with George Michael tributes

Hundreds of flowers, cards and arrangements in tribute to pop superstar George Michael have been left on the streets of Goring. 

News of Michael's death was broken on Christmas Day, and since then a steady stream of fans have laid flowers near the artist's Oxfordshire home. 

George Michael flowers
George Michael flowers

Tim Dellor chats to GB rowing coach about logistics

Oxford United training ground: Share with City a 'win/win solution'

Oxford United is closing in on a deal to use Oxford City Football Club's home ground as its training facility.

In a joint statement, both clubs said the move could be a "win/win solution" as The U's are set to lose the use of their current training ground.

Darryl Eales
Getty Images

United chairman Darryl Eales said: "Relatively unusually, this really is a win/win solution. 

"We are delighted to be able to help Oxford City whilst also establishing a broader base for Oxford United commercially as well as hopefully for our first team and our women's team."

Horses 'rounded up' from A34 in East Ilsley

Rowers 'back to work' at 07:30 this morning!

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

A34: Accident at East Ilsley causing delays

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

Chertsey hospital says it is prepared for east Berkshire patients

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Chertsey, which will take acute patients living in east Berkshire, said: "The team... has been working closely with colleagues at East Berkshire CCG for some time in making the necessary preparations to ensure we are able to accommodate additional stroke patients who would have been treated at Wexham Park Hospital.

"This includes creating additional bed space and expanding the team of specialist stroke staff. 

"In reality the number of patients expected to come to St Peter's Hospital instead of Wexham Park is small." 

Oxford weather: Cloudy with a chance of showers

Good morning, it's much less cold this morning due to the cloud. That could lead to a bit of drizzle but for the majority of us it will stay dry and mild. 

This evening, temperatures will go down to -3C in places which will lead to a frosty start, but the pay-off is some lovely winter sunshine on Thursday. 

Weather forecast for Wednesday

East Berkshire patients to travel further for acute stroke treatement

Emma Midgley

BBC South

After the closure of Wexham Park's acute stroke unit - patients in Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough now have to travel further for emergency treatment . 

Local groups are concerned that travelling to a specialist acute stroke unit in Wycombe or Chertsey will take too long.

Wexham Park Hospital
Alan Hunt

Esme Mutter of the Stroke Association said: "We're seeing more young people affected by stroke. Stroke is a medical emergency so getting to the right place of care is essential."

But the chair of Windsor and Maidenhead's Clinical Commissioning Group - Adrian Hayter - says the changes will allow Wexham to concentrate on other services.

He said: "Every hospital can't do everything."

Wexham will get a new stroke rehabilitation unit as part of the changes.  

BreakingOxford United training ground deal close

Jerome Sale

BBC Oxford

Oxford United are closing in on a deal for a new training ground after BMW announced it would build on their current site, the BBC can reveal. 

The club has been searching for a new long-term home since BMW Mini was granted permission to expand its plant in 2015. 

Oxford United training ground

Now BBC Oxford has learned the club is on the verge of making Oxford City FC's Marsh Lane ground their weekday home. 

The club would still play league and cup games at the Kassam Stadium. 

The 24-acre site of the Oxford Sports and Social Club and Oxford Cricket Club has been United's training ground for six years