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  1. Updates from Tuesday 5 March

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  2. PM is 'burying head in sand' over knife crime rise

    Craig O'Leary
    Image caption: Craig O'Leary in 2010 Thames Valley Police had 4,434 police officers but the force now has 4,045

    Thames Valley Police federation has said Theresa May is "burying her head in the sand" after the prime minister suggested there was "no direct correlation" between falling police numbers and a rise in violent crime.

    PC Craig O’Leary said forces did not have the officer numbers "to proactively patrol any more and to deter these criminals from carrying knives and weapons".

    He added: "The numbers clearly back this up. She looks and sounds ludicrous. And the public won’t buy it."

    His comments come after Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick also said there was "some link" between falling officer numbers and a rise in violent crime.

  3. Solar panels to be installed as part of £750k scheme

    West Berkshire council is planning to install solar panels in up to 150 homes in a scheme that could generate £30,000 in savings and additional revenue.

    The £750,000 scheme is part of their three-year capital programme and is due to be approved on Wednesday at a full council meeting.

    Jeanette Clifford, West Berkshire's Executive Member for Environment and Countryside said: "This scheme is a winner on at least three fronts: We see it as saving money, making money - and reducing carbon emissions, and that's absolutely vital in the face of the threat of climate change."

    It is hoped the tender exercise could start by the end of March 2019. It would take six months for the panels to be installed and the energy generation to start.

    Solar panels
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    Severe disruption: M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Buckinghamshire clockwise severe disruption, at J16 for M40 J1A.

    M25 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M25 clockwise at J16 M40 J1a, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  5. Video content

    Video caption: D-Day bullet sculpture remembers 4,414 soldiers killed

    A sculpture depicts a D-Day soldier kneeling on 4,413 bullets, which represent the men killed alongside him.

  6. Plans to build power station spark controversy

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans to build a micro power station in north Reading have been opposed by a community association claiming it will increase the level of pollution.

    The small-scale gas-fired power station in Cardiff Road, near Cow Lane, would be built in what its developers, from the energy company Aggregated Micro Power, call a "predominantly industrial and commercial area".

    But David Neale, secretary of the Bell Tower Community Association opposing the plans, said the station would increase noise and nitrogen dioxide emissions.

    He said: "The air quality report shows a measurable increase in NO2 levels over an area extending as far as Caversham Road, and this part of Reading is already a designated Air Quality Management area because of its high levels of pollution.

    "We are also not sure about noise levels for residents of Cardiff Road, some of whom are less than 300 metres from the site."

    Cardiff Road in Reading
  7. Two men injured in 'multiple-vehicle crash'

    Two men were taken to hospital after being involved in a three-way crash on the A34 on Tuesday morning.

    South Central Ambulance Service released a statement saying they were called at 07:16 GMT to reports of a three-vehicle collision on the A34 northbound at Chilton, Didcot.

    A spokesman for the ambulance service added: "We sent two rapid response vehicles, two ambulances and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance emergency response vehicle to the scene.

    "Two males in the van involved have been taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital for further assessment on possible back and chest injuries. Two other patients were treated at the scene for minor injuries."

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    Severe disruption: M27 Hampshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M27 Hampshire westbound severe disruption, at J3 for M271.

    M27 Hampshire - M27 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J3, M271 (Southampton Docks), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M3 Surrey southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Surrey southbound severe disruption, between J4 for A331 and J4A for A327.

    M3 Surrey - One lane closed on M3 southbound in Hampshire between J4, A331 (Camberley) and J4a, A327 (Farnborough), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Child among injured in minibus crash

    Two adults and a child were injured when a minibus they were travelling in overturned on the M40 on Monday evening.

    Four children, aged between four and seven and a baby were on the minibus, which was towing a trailer loaded with a car, when it overturned between junction eight and nine at about 19:53 GMT.

    Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service said the group was "extremely fortunate" to have made it out of the minibus unaided.

    Pete Mackay from Bicester Fire Station said: “This incident shows that accidents can happen anytime, and it is extremely fortunate in this instance that all the people involved were able to be freed unaided from the vehicle.”

    Minibus overturned on M40
  11. Police re-appeal for information on Slough churchyard rape

    Police have renewed an appeal for information over a rape in a churchyard in Slough at the end of January.

    Officers were called on 30 January to St Mary's Church, on Church Street, Upton, after reports of a woman in her 30s being attacked in the churchyard.

    The offender was described as a dark-skinned man with a scar on his face.

    Three men, from Slough, were arrested on suspicion of rape following the incident but have all been released.

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    Severe accident: M25 Berkshire anti-clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Berkshire anti-clockwise severe accident, from J15 for M4 J4B to J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

    M25 Berkshire - Two lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise in Buckinghamshire from J15 M4 J4b to J14, A3113 (Heathrow), because of an accident involving car and lorry.

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

  13. Weather: A bright start but showers expected later

    Dry and bright in the morning but rain is expected to push in from the west in the evening.

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    Video caption: Bee Tucker has the forecast for this part of England
  14. Man jailed after assaulting woman three times

    A man who left a woman needing hospital treatment after attacking her has been jailed for assault at Oxford Crown Court.

    Bernard Cowley, 37, of Tyrells Way, Sutton Courtney, Abingdon, was convicted over three attacks on the same victim, a woman in her 30s, who was assaulted at a property in Tyrells Way, according to Thames Valley Police.

    The attacks happened in November 2017 and November and May of the following year.

    They left the woman with cuts, a black eye, a broken nose, bruising across her body and around her throat.

    Cowley was jailed for four years and three months.

    Bernard Cowley