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  1. That's all folks!

    Thank you for joining us today.

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

    Have a good evening.

  2. FA Cup third round replay analysis: Reading vs Stevenage

    Jack Winstanley

    BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

    George Evans, Danny Newton, and Chris Gunter
    Image caption: Reading drew 0-0 with Stevenage in the first clash 10 days ago.

    At the moment, Reading manager Jaap Stam just needs a win. It doesn't matter where that victory comes from, just crucial it comes soon.

    Tonight's FA Cup third round replay against Stevenage will be the ninth game since the Royals last won, all the way back at the start of December.

    The clash against the mid-table League Two side offers the perfect opportunity to disrupt that disappointing run.

    If Reading do get the win, a fourth round tie against Carlisle or Sheffield Wednesday awaits. That outcome, though, is by no means guaranteed.

    Full build-up to the match can be found here.

  3. Commissioner "not supportive" of scrapping mounted police

    Mounted police
    Image caption: Officers in the mounted unit, which is made up of nine horses and is based in Milton Keynes, would be redeployed if the section was removed.

    The police commissioner for Thames Valley has told the BBC he does not want the force to disband its mounted section.

    Thames Valley Police said scrapping its mounted section was one of three options which will be put forward to Mr Stansfeld at a budget meeting on 23 January.

    Other options put forward by chief constable Francis Habgood will be to maintain the unit in its current format or restructure it to "deliver savings".

    PC Craig O'Leary, the force's federation chairman, said the removal of the unit would be a "sad loss".

    The officers and horses are deployed to maintain public order at football matches and events.

    Quote Message: "The meeting where I will consider the chief constable's budget options and proposals is next week. At this time I am not supportive of the option to disband the mounted section." from Anthony Stansfeld Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner
    Anthony StansfeldThames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner
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    Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J7 for A30 and J6 for A30.

    M3 Hampshire - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on M3 northbound between J7, A30 (Basingstoke) and J6, A30 (Basingstoke), because of an overturned vehicle.

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

  5. Reading nursery reopens after Ofsted suspension

    Greyfriars Day Nursery
    Image caption: Ofsted confirmed it suspended Greyfriars Day Nursery from operating in November last year.

    A nursery has reopened in Reading after it was shut due to "serious concerns" about its leadership and management.

    The owners of Greyfriars Day Nursery said they were "deeply sorry" for the "disruption and inconvenience" caused by its closure in November.

    The child care service was suspended by Ofsted after its manager left without notice, but it reopened on Monday.

    The nursery has employed new staff and held an open day for parents to meet the new management team.

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    Video caption: Does MP Sir Desmond Swayne nod off in Ken Clarke's speech?

    Does MP Sir Desmond Swayne nod off during Ken Clarke's speech on the EU Withdrawal Bill?

  7. Inquest opened into Slough train station death

    Slough Train Station
    Image caption: Officers were called to Slough train station, where they found the body of a woman

    An inquest has been opened into the death of a pregnant woman at Slough Train Station.

    Zdenka Yabani, 39, of Merton Road, Slough died after being hit by a train on 8 January, Reading Coroners Court said.

    Officers from British Transport Police were called to the scene at 08:51 GMT where they discovered the body of a woman.

    A date for a full inquest is yet to be set.

  8. West Berkshire Council shake-up after boundary reshuffle

    West Berkshire is to lose nine councillors as new boundaries are drawn for each council ward across the district.

    In future it will be represented by 43 councillors under the recommendations from the independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England.

    Commission Chair Colin Mellors said: "We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout West Berkshire."

    The new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament and will come into force at the council elections in 2019.

    West Berkshire
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    Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J11 for A33 and J12 for A4.

    M4 Berkshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M4 westbound between J11, A33 (Reading) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  10. Antique dealers snubbed by agricultural show

    The antiques section of the long-running New Forest and Hampshire County Show has been ditched in "drastic changes" made to the format by the organisers.

    The agricultural show said it made the decision after visitors complained the layout and attractions were the same year-on-year.

    Those who run the antiques section received a letter from the organisers saying it is no longer required.

    Among the events this year will be Jamie Squibb Freestyle Motocross Display, cattle milking demonstrations and the show’s first-ever baking competition called Bake and Cake.

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  11. England's first 'prisoner of war' discovered

    The earliest known use of the term "prisoner of war" in England has been discovered by a historian at the University of Southampton.

    Court documents from 1357 show the term first used for the Count de Ventadour, captured at the Battle of Poitiers.

    "It's possible this early use of the phrase was prompted by the very large number of soldiers captured at Poitiers," says Dr Remy Ambuhl.

    This suggests a "new phrase linked to a new status", says Dr Ambuhl.

    But Dr Ambuhl says his research has shown that the legal "rights" attached to a medieval prisoner of war were not about protecting the captured soldier.

    Prisoner of war picture
    Image caption: The earliest use of "prisoner of war" in England appears after the Battle of Poitiers, fought in 1356
  12. Rescue team to free entangled humpback whale off Dorset

    Plans are under way to help a humpback whale seen off the Dorset coast entangled in fishing gear.

    The animal was spotted off Chesil Cove with what is thought to be an orange lobster pot buoy and netting attached.

    British Divers Marine Life Rescue said a team was preparing to assist the whale once winds and high waves drop.

    The rescue team is asking the public to report any sightings to help them track it, as the whale is moving around in the area.

    Humpback whale
  13. Missing Weymouth woman has been located

    Police are pleased to say they have found an elderly woman who had been reported missing in Weymouth overnight.

    Irene Cardwell, 84, had failed to return home after walking into town at 18:30 on Monday.

  14. 'Thomas Hardy' Wool Bridge collapses into River Frome

    An Elizabethan bridge that features in Thomas Hardy's novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles has partially collapsed and been washed away.

    Wool Bridge collapse

    Cracks began to appear on the Grade II* listed Wool Bridge, which crosses the River Frome in Dorset, on Thursday.

    Since then the wall foundation has "slumped" and been washed away, a county council spokesperson said.

    The bridge has been closed to traffic for many years, except for pedestrians and cyclists, she added.

  15. Man charged after M3 crash lorry sheds paper and diesel

    A man has been charged after a lorry carrying 20 tonnes of paper overturned, forcing a partial closure of the M3.

    Overturned lorry on M3

    The vehicle also shed about 32 gallons (150 litres) of diesel on the southbound road near junction 12 at Eastleigh on Sunday night. A crash barrier was also damaged.

    The man, 50, is in custody accused of driving without due care and attention and failing to provide a specimen.

    The man, from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, is due before Southampton magistrates.