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Weather: 'Cool, with outbreaks of rain'

County's fire engines cut by 25% in five years

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Berkshire's fire service has 25% fewer fire engines compared with five years ago.

A Freedom of Information Request by the Local Democracy Reporting Service showed there were 74 "red fleet" vehicles in 2013, and 55 in 2018.

Red fleet vehicles include fire engines, aerial ladder platforms, heavy rescue units and training fire engines.

The service said it had maintained 21 frontline fire engines since 2014.

Its funding settlement has decreased from £12.4m to £9.7m in the last three years, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

New waste contract to 'cut emissions'

A new contractor will begin running waste and recycling collections in Ascot, Windsor and Maidenhead from September.

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council says the deal with Serco will see the introduction of hybrid trucks that will reduce carbon emissions by 30%.

Recycled and garden waste will also be collected together to reduce emissions and cut mileage.

Chuffing nuisance

John Baish

BBC South

A chartered steam train heading to Windsor caused havoc for rush hour commuters this morning, after it arrived early at London's Waterloo station.

A signalling error led to the Mayflower blocking platforms at Britain's busiest railway station, leading to several hours of delays on South Western Railway services.

Network Rail has apologised for the delays.

Number of electric vehicles has fallen in West Berkshire

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The number of electric vehicles in West Berkshire has fallen by almost half in the past two years, figures show.

Statistics from the Department for Transport said there were 1,009 registered in the district at the end of 2018, down from 1,978 at the end of 2016.

In every other local authority in Berkshire, the number of electric vehicles has been increasing each quarter, apart from in West Berkshire.

By 2035 all new cars and vans should be electric, according to the Committee on Climate Change which advises the government.

The committee’s report said charging infrastructure must be strengthened, as electric vehicles are key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

Car charging point

Weather: Grab your umbrella

Here's Lucy Martin with the latest forecast.

Tuesday 11 June 2019 weather

Weather warning in place for heavy rain

There's now an Amber weather warning for London, and much of the South East following downpours overnight.

The Met Office has warned that the heaviest and most persistent rain is still to come with a warning in place on Monday covering an area from the Humber all the way down to the south coast, and from the East Midlands to Portsmouth.

Forecasters said some places could see a month's worth of rain in two or three days, and we could see some flooding issues.

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Student Joe found love letters and photos from their family in Exeter
Student Joe found love letters and photos from their family in Exeter and now wants to reunite the collection with the Ascher family. Can you help?

Weather: A wet day

A very wet start with persistent rain across the area.

Through the afternoon, some sunny spells will develop, but also a good scattering of heavy showers, some of which will turn thundery.

Heavy and locally thundery showers at first this evening.

Thereafter, the heaviest showers will clear to the northeast, leaving an increasingly windy and cloudy night, with patchy rain at times.

Temperature: Between 10 and 16°C (50 and 61°F).

Thundery showers expected later, says Alex Osborne

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Monday's weather forecast: Dry and fine but cooler

Staying mostly dry with sunny spells but feeling noticeably cooler than the weekend.

The odd light shower cannot be ruled out in the late afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 19°C (61 to 66°F).

Dry and fine but cooler today

New homelessness project launches in West Berkshire

A new project to tackle homelessness in West Berkshire is adopting a Scandinavian approach.

Run by the council, Sovereign Housing Association and homelessness charity Two Saints, Housing First will run 10 homes providing somewhere for people needing a long-term place to live.

It will offer them a tenancy first, before providing support.

Hilary Cole is from West Berkshire Council: "These people need quite a lot of support because some of them have never lived in a house or not for a long time.

"They've probably been sleeping rough so part of it is for us to get people off the streets and into accommodation and support them on that journey."


Conservatives beaten in PM's constituency

Earlier in the evening Jeremy Corbyn's party lost in his own constituency.

Now, Theresa May experiences similar disappointing results in her area.

In Windsor and Maidenhead the Conservatives were beaten into third place by the Brexit Party who came first and the Lib Dems who came in second.

EU election results in Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May's councils

South East turnout

Turnout in the South East was 39.36% - up from 35.4% in 2014.

The South East region is made up of the Isle of Wight, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Man robbed at knifepoint near shops

Police are hunting a man and a woman who assaulted and robbed a 39-year-old man in a night-time attack yesterday.

The victim was close to the shops in Barton, Oxford, when the pair assaulted him at about 00:45 BST.

While the man held a Stanley knife to his neck, the woman went through his possessions and stole tobacco, cash and a bank card.

Thames Valley Police want to hear from a taxi driver who is believed to have witnessed the incident and members of the public who were nearby.

Queen Victoria's 200th birthday

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. She was born on 24 May 1819 at Kensington Palace and ascended to the throne in 1837 at the age of 18. She reigned for almost 64 years - the second longest reigning monarch after Queen Elizabeth II.

The Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore is her final resting place, along with Prince Albert. It is currently undergoing a major restoration project.

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Weather: Warm and sunny

A fine and warm day with a good deal of sunny spells. However, some scattered showers are also likely to develop this afternoon.

Maximum Temperature: 21°C.

Any showers will fade to leave it dry tonight with clear spells and light winds. A rather mild and humid night though with a minimum temperature of 9°C.

A Golden Age of Air Travel

Kirsten O'Brien meets a local woman with cabin crew memories aplenty.
Kirsten O'Brien marked British Airways' hundredth anniversary this morning by celebrating the golden era of flight that gripped the nation in the fifties, sixties, seventies.

Marion Perks from Burnham worked as a flight attendant from the sixties to the nineties and joined her to share some stories from her storied career travelling the world with BA.

[On meeting celebrities]

"I think Princess Margaret, and pop stars, I was very lucky to be one of the crew when it was Live Aid, and some of the people that had performed in London got on Concorde and went to play in New York.

"I remembered Barbara Streisand when she was on my passenger list."

[On doing something wrong...}

"I was very new, and we took off out of Newcastle... I went out took a bar order and came back, and then the lovely chief stewardess who will remain nameless said "And where are the glasses?"

Woman sexually assaulted in Windsor

A 24-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Windsor in the early hours of the morning.

She had left the Old Ticket Hall in Datchet Road and was walking along Romney Walk towards The Boatman, Thames Valley Police said.

A man then subjected her to a sexual assault.

Police said a 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and remains in custody.

Det Insp Gavin Stiles said anyone in the area at the time should check if they have dash cam footage of the attack.

European elections 2019: Polls take place

Voters are heading to the polls for the European Parliament elections.

Seventy-three members, known as MEPs, will be elected in nine constituencies in England, and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Each region has a different number of representatives based on its population, with 10 MEPs in the South East.

Polling stations in the UK are open from 07:00 until 22:00.

The results will be announced once all EU nations have voted, with the voting process expected to be completed by 22:00 on Sunday.

Weather: 'Mostly dry and sunny'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Windsor Great Park gets highest conservation rating

Windsor Forest and the Great Park has been awarded the highest possible rating by Natural England for its important habitats.

The park is home to to one of the largest assemblages of ancient and veteran oak and beech trees anywhere in northern Europe.

It is also the site of significant ancient woodland, rare fungi and "decaying wood" invertebrates.

John Deakin, chief forester at the Windsor Great Park, told BBC Radio Berkshire the public "contribute in very important ways" to ensuring biodiversity is protected.

He added: "When they visit the park they are sensitive to the habitats they're enjoying and the environment they're enjoying."

Windsor Great Park
Windsor Great Park has been awarded the highest rating by Natural England

Thames Valley knife crime at record level, crime data reveals

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Serious knife crime in the Thames Valley has hit its highest level since 2010, latest crime data shows.

Thames Valley Police recorded a total of 1,483 serious crimes involving knives in 2018.

That is up 19 percent on the previous year and the highest since 2010-11.

The crimes included eight homicides, 48 rape and sexual assault offences and 117 threats to kill across the policing area last year.

Thames Valley Police covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Man handling a knife
Knife crime in Thames Valley has reached record levels since 2010

Household Cavalry parade marks end of era

Household Cavalry parade in Windsor

More than 250 soldiers from The Household Cavalry Regiment have taken part in a parade through Windsor to mark their departure from the town.

The regiment is moving home to Salisbury Plain as part of a major restructuring of the British Army.

It has been based at Combermere Barracks near Windsor Castle for more than 200 years.

The parade, which included marching and mounted troops, set off from the barracks at 14:30 on Saturday.

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Farewell to InterCity 125

Hundreds of people travelled between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids yesterday on the last scheduled InterCity 125 journey to the West Country.

The sold-out trip was attended by hundreds of railway enthusiasts, including the train's designer, 89-year-old Sir Kenneth Grange.

He said for many commuters the train had become part of their life.

The 1970s icon is being replaced with the bullet-style electric InterCity Express Trains.

Another royal wedding in Windsor

Lady Gabriella Windsor gets married (this video contains no sound)

The Queen and Prince Philip were among the guests at the third royal wedding to be held at Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel in less than a year.

Lady Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of the Queen's cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, married her partner, Thomas Kingston, on Saturday.

The Duke of Sussex attended without his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, or their son Archie who was born earlier this month.

Prince Harry accompanied Peep Show actress Sophie Winkleman, who is married to Lady Gabriella's brother, Lord Frederick Windsor.