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BBC South

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Berkshire's latest headlines

Fly-tipping rubbish

A 20% increase in fly-tipping in Reading is blamed on the introduction of a waste permit scheme in the area.

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Travel update: Slow traffic around Oxford

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A40 westbound in Eynsham at the Eynsham Roundabout, on the A4165 Banbury Road in Wolvercote at the Cutteslowe Roundabout, as well as westbound between the Cutteslowe Roundabout and the Wolvercote Roundabout.

Tonight's weather: 'Widespread frost'

BBC Weather

It will be another dry and cold night, with a widespread frost developing. 

There will also be the risk of fog patches developing by dawn, particularly in prone spots such as along the River Thames. 

Minimum temperature -3C (27F).

Four-year-old's inquest to resume in March

The inquest of four-year-old Barnaby Cork will resume on 23 March after being opened today, Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter said.

County Hall
Robin Sones

Sitting at the coroner's court at County Hall in Oxford he told those assembled it was a "tragic case".

Council blames financial pressure for leisure facilities review

Bracknell Forest Council says severe financial pressure is responsible for a review into whether it can continue managing three of the town's major leisure services. 

The authority is considering transferring the management of Coral Reef Waterworld, Downshire Golf Complex and Bracknell Leisure Centre to a third party by 2018, 

It is hosting a public information session this evening about the plans at Bracknell Leisure Centre.

Coral Reef
Coral Reef Bracknell

Al Habsi commits to new Reading deal

Reading goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has signed a new contract with the club, extending his current deal until 2019.

The Oman international, 35, has made 65 appearances in all competitions since joining the Royals on a two-year contract from Wigan in July 2015.

Ali Al Habsi
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Ali Al Habsi

Al Habsi commits to new Reading deal

Reading goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi signs a new extended contract, keeping him at the club until 2019.

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Probe after patient left malnourished

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A council has been criticised after an elderly woman was left "severely" malnourished during her stay in a care home.

The unnamed patient lost a third of her body weight while living at Murdoch House Care Home in Wokingham.

Murdoch House
The woman, who has aphasia, arthritis and osteoporosis, entered Murdoch House care home in 2010 weighing 61kg

The woman, in her nineties, who has aphasia, arthritis and osteoporosis, entered the care home in 2010 weighing just under ten stone (61kg).

By 2013, her weight was just six-and-a-half stone (41kg).

Murdoch House

Probe after patient left malnourished

A council is criticised after an elderly woman was left "severely" malnourished during her stay in a care home.

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Council proposes average £5 council tax hike

West Oxfordshire District Council is preparing its budget for 2017-18 and is consulting on its proposals.

It says it is facing a number of financial pressures, with reductions in government funding of in excess of £750,000, and increasing waste and recycling costs of £800,000.

Toby Morris, cabinet member for resources, said “We are proposing an average council tax increase of £5 for residents. 

"This will help protect frontline council services, allow free car parking to continue and provide ongoing grant support for valued services provided by the voluntary sector."

Visit the council's website to to complete the consultation survey.

Cyclist dies after collision with van

A cyclist was killed after his bike collided with a van near Legoland in Windsor this morning. 

The victim, a man in his 50s from Berkshire, died after the incident at around 06:35 on Winkfield Road. 

Thames Valley Police said the man's next of kin have been informed. 

The force is appealing for witnesses. 

Windmill Primary School to be closed for third day

Headington-based Windmill Primary School has announced it will be closed for a third day due to a lack of heating.

Windmill Primary School

Head teacher Lynn Knapp said she had hoped the school would be open on Friday, but without heating it is not safe for the children.

BreakingReading think Al Habsi is a keeper

Reading have just announced that goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi has signed a two year contract extension.

The Oman international was The Royals player of the year last season.

He has continued his fine form in this campaign, making three clean sheets as Jaap Stam's men have climbed to third in the table.

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George Michael fans continue to pay respects in Goring

Thousands of people have gone to George Michael's home in Goring to lay down flowers.

The streets around his house are now full to bursting point.  

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Porter building recognised as prominent scheme in Slough centre redevelopment

Barnaby Cork inquest opened in Oxford

A coroner this morning opened an inquest into the death of four-year-old Barnaby Cork, who was knocked down by a car while walking outside Thame Leisure Centre on 10 December.


Despite attempts to revive him, he died on his way to hospital. The coroner said it was a "tragic case".

Barnaby's family have thanked the "amazing doctors" for their efforts and added they were "privileged to be able to call on the best support".

Council fears 'significant impact' of building plan

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Reading Borough Council is objecting to a proposed 245-property development in Emmer Green on the grounds it would have a “significant impact on surrounding infrastructure”.

The authority said the plans for the site at Peppard Road, which falls under the control of South Oxfordshire District Council, would also have an “adverse effect on road safety”.

Gladman Developments, however, said its plans would "create a sensitively designed and high quality place". 

Its design and access statement said this would "complement the existing character of Emmer Green". 

The council will meet on Wednesday to discuss its response

Lane closures on A339 in Newbury

The final phase of work on the A339 in Newbury will begin next week.

West Berkshire Council have warned of daily lane closures on the A339 between 09:30am and 15:30pm for approximately 9 weeks.

Drivers are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys or use a different route. 

Unions to discuss strike action over nuclear job cuts

Union leaders representing thousands of nuclear workers - including those in Harwell in Oxfordshire - are to discuss calling a strike ballot in a row over pensions, it has been reported.

Artist's impression of Hinkley Point C building proposals
Artist's impression of Hinkley Point C building proposals

The Energy Voice website reports union claims that 16,000 workers at 19 sites face cuts under plans by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to make savings of £660 million.

The workers are also based at Sellafield in Cumbria, Magnox in Anglesey, Ayrshire, Dorset, Dumfriesshire, Essex, Gloucestershire, Gwynedd, Kent, Oxfordshire, Somerset, and Suffolk.

Pete Reed announces return to GB Rowing Team

Adam Paylor

BBC Online

Three times gold medalist Pete Reed has announced his return to the GB Rowing Team

BreakingA40 pile-up victim named by coroner

A woman who died in a 20-car pile-up on the A40 during the Christmas period has been named by Oxfordshire's coroner. 

Deborah Flood was 54 years old and from Gloucester when she died from injuries sustained in the car crash on 28 December on the Witney bypass. 

A full inquest into her death will be opened on 12 January. 

A40 pile-up

Weather latest: Chilly afternoon ahead

It will remain cold, crisp and sunny for the remainder of the afternoon. 

However, there is a risk of fog developing later in the evening as temperatures drop to -2°C overnight. 

BBC weather forecast for Berkshire

Fundraising for Tilehurst boy with rare brain tumour

Reading councillor recognises spike in fly-tipping

Sarah Lee

BBC South


Fly-tipping has increased by 20% in Reading since 2015. 

Is this because of the introduction of permits in some parts of the borough? 

The new Re3 permit scheme was launched last summer, which prevented people living outside of the Wokingham, Bracknell Forest or Reading Borough area being able to use the large tip off the A33.

Here's what Liz Terry, Reading's Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods, had to say: 

Where these changes have been introduced elsewhere there clearly has been a spike in fly-tipping initially, but over time that has levelled off and returned to normal levels. It is clearly depressing and frustrating that people are dumping stuff illegally. It’s against the law, and we will investigate those who are doing it."

Liz TerryReading's Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods

Stephen Hawking to kick off new lecture series at Oxford University

It has been announced that Professor Stephen Hawking will give a free public lecture on black holes at the Oxford University Mathematics Institute on Wednesday 18 January.

Stephen Hawking

He will speaking about black holes in the inaugural Roger Penrose lecture at the Royal Observatory Quarter on Woodstock Road and his talk will be broadcast live as a podcast.

5-star businesses congratulated in Slough

MoD agrees £410m Atlas service contract for RAF Brize Norton

A £410m contract for maintenance of the RAF's new Atlas A400M aircraft has been agreed by the Ministry of Defence.

An Altas

The fleet of 14 transporters is based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and is set to increase to 22 by 2019. 

The support contract with Airbus Defence and Space will pay for maintenance, repairs and upgrades of the aircraft until 2026. 

They are operated by 70 Squadron and the MoD said the deal would secure the future of at least 400 jobs.  

Stam excited to take on Mourinho

Manchester United v Reading (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

It's a huge game for Reading fans, and an exciting return to Old Trafford for Royals boss Jaap Stam

The Dutchman played for United for three years, winning three trophies, before falling out with then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Man Utd v Reading: FA Cup third round sees Jaap Stam return

But he says the chance to tactically outwit Jose Mourinho matters more to Reading manager Jaap Stam than revisiting his old club. 

"I admire all the success [Mourinho] has had and the trophies he's won", says Stam. 

"It is good to play against managers like that because you can learn something."

Reading manager Jaap Stam

Stam excited to take on Mourinho

A chance to tactically outwit Jose Mourinho matters more to Reading manager Jaap Stam than a return to Manchester United.

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Fly-tipping in Reading increases by 20% since 2015

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Fly-tipping in Reading has increased by 20% since 2015, the BBC has learnt. 

A Freedom of Information Request showed that more rubbish was illegally dumped around the borough between July and December 2016 than in 2015. 

Last year, Re3 introduced a permit scheme stopping people from the likes of West Berkshire from being able to use Reading's tip near the A33. 

According to resident Alan Ashford, the introduction of a permit scheme has contributed to the increase of fly-tipping in the area.

Fly-tipping increased by twenty-percent in Reading during late 2016.

It's cold, but sunny...

Oxfordshire County Council tweeted this stunning picture of of clear skies and sun at Wittenham Clumps this morning.

Wittenham clumps

Met Office warning to take care on icy roads

Ice took hold in parts of Britain overnight, as temperatures in Oxfordshire plunged to the lowest of the winter so far in England.

An icy road

Benson saw a record low of -8.1C (17F) and motorists have been warned of icy conditions, with a yellow weather warning in place for the East Midlands and the east of England.

Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: "We would warn people to be aware really and just be considerate of the fact that there could be some icy patches which are on untreated surfaces like pavements, cycling paths and minor roads."

Conditions are set to get milder into the weekend, with daytime highs of up to 10C (50F) in southern parts of the UK, he added.

Reed looks to the future, not the past

Peter Reed could become one of British most decorated Olympic rowers should he get a fourth gold medal at Tokyo 2020.

He announced today that he plans to compete at Tokyo 2020, having already competed at Beijing, London and Rio.

But by the looks of this, the former Oxford Blue, who trains in Caversham, is not concerned with making history.

I'm not going for a fourth gold medal in Tokyo 2020. I'm going for a gold medal in Tokyo 2020. Great to be back.……

Appeal for information after serious collision

Adam Whitty

BBC Radio Berkshire

Thames Valley Police has appealed for witnesses after a serious collision this morning near Legoland, Windsor.

The incident, between a cyclist and a silver Volkswagen transporter van, took place at about 06:35.

Winkfield Road
The incident took place on Winkfield Road by Legoland Windsor

The road is currently closed in both directions as an investigation takes place.

You can still get into Legoland though, but not if you are travelling from Ascot.

More proof it was a bit chilly this morning...

Philip Roberts woke up this morning in the freezing cold and noticed this frosty-looking kingfisher couldn't move a muscle.

A (not real) kingfisher
Philip Roberts

Parking permit charge could be introduced in Reading

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A number of changes to the residents’ parking permit scheme is being proposed for Reading following a review of the operation.

Proposals include the introduction of a charge for the first parking permit, expanding the areas which could be considered for inclusion in the scheme and a tightening of the eligibility of applicants.

There could also be a number of improvements for permit holders, such as upgraded technology to allow residents to manage their parking permit requirements online, improved enforcement of permit zones and more flexible visitor permits.

Parking permit sign

Oxford United vs AFC Wimbledon tickets sell out in minutes

BBC Sport

Oxford United's allocation of more than 800 tickets for their match against AFC Wimbledon on 14 January sold out within minutes of going open sale this morning.  

Consultation starts on future of children’s centres

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A 12-week consultation on the future of children’s centre services in Reading has been launched.

The council is proposing to reduce the number of designated centres to four central hubs with services also being offered in a network of satellite buildings and community venues.

The new arrangement will continue to offer health and maternity services.

The proposals form part of the council’s requirement to make £42m of savings by 2020 due to ongoing cuts in central government funding.

Oxford United academy could be forced to close when training ground shuts

Oxford Mail

Oxford United fear they may be forced to close their academy for six months due to a gap in training facilities.  

Wokingham council criticised over malnourished care home patient

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A council in Berkshire has been criticised after an elderly woman was left "severely" malnourished during her stay in a care home. 

The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) criticised Wokingham Borough Council after an unnamed dementia patient lost a third of her body weight while living at Murdoch House Care Home. 

The woman, who has aphasia, arthritis and osteoporosis, entered the care home in 2010 weighing 61kg. By 2013, her weight was 41kg.

Murdoch House Care Home.

The council admitted the woman's weight was of concern and offered the family £500 compensation. 

Councillor Julian McGhee-Sumner said: "We are profoundly sorry for the poor care provided in this case, and for the distress this caused our care client and her family. 

"The care she received was below the standard we expect from our care providers and we apologise that we did not identify these problems."

Wokingham council has since been asked to pay the mother of the patient £3,500 and her daughter £500.