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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the killing of PC Andrew Harper as "mindless and brutal".

CO­² emissions from transport increase

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cars, lorries and buses cause the most carbon dioxide emissions in West Berkshire, recent government data reveals.

Emissions from road transport in the district make up more than that from domestic, commercial, and industrial energy use combined.

While emissions from homes and businesses using energy fell from 2016 to 2017, the latest data available, emissions from road transport increased.

The carbon footprint per person fell in West Berkshire in the same period, from 8.5 tonnes to 8.2 tonnes. However, this is the highest carbon footprint across the whole of Berkshire.

It is more than double the carbon footprint per person in Reading, at 3.4 tonnes.

The data comes from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Police open day cancelled due to weather forecast

TVP open day

A police force has decided to cancel its open day to the public due to adverse weather forecast.

Thames Valley Police said it would "not be safe or practical" to hold the event due to strong winds posing a risk to a "significant amount" of temporary structures.

Chief Constable John Campbell said: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused to all those who were looking forward to the open day as much as we were."

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind throughout Saturday.

The event was due to take place on Saturday between 10:00 and 16:00 BST at the force's training centre in Sulhamstead, Berkshire.

Police chase flying geese down the M4 in Berkshire
Officers were forced to shut the motorway as they pursued the geese that were recorded flying at 26mph.

Police drone trial set for take-off

Drones are starting to be used to fight crime across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire from next month.

Thirty-five officers have been trained as part of a joint trial involving the Thames Valley and Hampshire forces.

The drones will be used to search for missing people or offenders on the run as well as policing large events or dealing with the aftermath of road accidents.

High quality footage from the drones can be beamed into control rooms or incident command units in real time.

The use of drones in policing is already wide spread across Dorset, Wiltshire, Sussex and Surrey, and has already helped secure convictions.

Police drones

Certainly in rural areas where we're trying to cover large areas of land, the use of drones rather than using large numbers of police officers is one of the significant benefits we think we'll get out of it

Ass Ch Const David HardcastleHampshire Constabulary

South of England weather: Largely fine and sunny

BBC Weather

Aside from the odd shower, it should be a largely fine day with plenty of sunshine and blue skies developing.

Fairly breezy at times. Highs of 22C.

Weather forecast for Southern England

Watch: Today's weather for the south

Sunny spells this morning but also there is a risk of a few showers.

Through the afternoon, more widespread and heavier showers will spread in from the south-west, potentially thundery.

Maximum Temperature: 21 to 24C.

Showers spreading in from the south-west

Berkshire MP enjoys the sunshine at Lord's

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As new prime minister Boris Johnson delivers his first speech in the House of Commons, his predecessor has been spotted at Lord's Cricket Ground.

Also snapped enjoying the sunshine away from Westminster are her former chief of staff Gavin Barwell, and ex-cabinet ministers Greg Clarke and David Gauke.

Thames Valley Police crime recording 'inadequate', watchdog says

Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police's crime recording has been rated inadequate by the government watchdog, with concerns raised over the recording of domestic abuse and rape.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) said although the force has "improved its crime recording" it "needs to do more".

HMICFRS said the force records 87.9% of crimes reported to is, about an increase of 13,800 crimes more than in 2017.

But the inspectorate said despite an increase in recording the numbers "for violent crime are still too low".

It added: "Officers and staff are still failing to correctly identify and record domestic abuse and rape crimes."

A force spokesperson said: "Last year we responded to over half a million calls for assistance.

"That is over 1,400 incidents a day and every day the members of this force come to work to fulfil only one purpose, and that is to keep the communities of Thames Valley safe from harm."

Police advise people to lock windows to curb summer burglaries

South of England weather: Hot and humid, but thunderstorms later

It's a hot and humid day, many of us will see temperatures climbing to the low 30s.

We should see some long spells of sunshine but it is a murky start with low cloud, mist and fog patches.

Overnight we will see some thundery downpours pushing from the south, and there's the risk of some frequent lightning.

South of England weather: Clody start, warm later

A rather cloudy start in places, but this will quickly thin and break to leave it dry with plenty of sunny spells.

Breezy at first but winds easing. Turning very warm or hot.

Highs of 25C.

Weather forecast for 22 July

South of England Weather: Cloudy with rain at times

BBC Weather

It's set to be mainly cloudy with rain at times and a brisk south-westerly wind.

The rain is likely to be occasionally heavy, perhaps with a rumble of thunder. Highs of 20C

Thames Valley crime rises 2% more than national average

Thames Valley Police headquarters in Kidlington, Oxfordshire
Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police has its headquarters in Kidlington, Oxfordshire

Recorded crime in the Thames Valley rose by 9.7% in the financial year that ended in March - 2% more than in England and Wales overall - according to the Office for National Statistics.

Det Chf Con Jason Hogg said: "We continue to see rises in some crime categories as victims are having more confidence to report previously hidden crime such as domestic abuse, sexual crime as well as stalking and harassment.

"The reasons for crime recording fluctuations are quite complex and are not necessarily just as a result of an actual increase in crime.

"The increase in overall crime numbers in the Thames Valley is linked to changes in our crime recording processes with our officers and staff now recording crimes at point of contact."

Police appeal for man who could have 'vital' information' on voyeurism incident

Police have released CCTV of a man they think may have "vital" information in regards to an incident of voyeurism in Newbury.

A man was seen indecently exposing himself close to the park area of Stroud Green at around 12:30 BST on 3 July.

Police believe the man pictured in the footage could have significant information to assist their inquiries.

They appealed on the public to come forward if they recognise the man or have any useful information.

Thames Valley Police
The man is being sought by police to assist them in the investigation

'Perfect storm' of cuts is behind rising mental health issues for police

Craig O'Leary

A "perfect storm" of austerity and cuts to police resources is behind rising levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and stress among police officers, a force federation has said.

More than 10,500 officers across the UK had to take time off with stress, depression, anxiety or PTSD symptoms in the past year, a rise of 69% since 2012/13.

400 Thames Valley Police (TVP) officers took time off work for stress, depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder in the past year.

TVP federation chairman Craig O’Leary said: "If you keep exposing police officers to that much pressure, coupled with the traumatic things they deal with on a day-to-day basis in their jobs, it doesn’t take a scientist to work out that we’re going to suffer disproportionately to most other occupations in terms of PTSD, workplace stress, depression and anxiety.

"“[These figures] show it’s not a good story. Now we need to make sure that we are there, that people step up to the plate, organisations support officers that are going through these tough times," he added.

Reading graduate awarded unsung hero prize

An award honoring a University of Reading scientist who discovered a fossil twice as old as the earliest dinosaurs has been been presented to its first recipient.

Tina Negus discovered the fern-shaped fossil, believed to be 560 million years old, while still a teenager in 1956.

She presented her rubbing of what is thought to be the earliest evidence of life to her school teacher, who dismissed it as impossible.

Uni of Reading
The award will be handed to a University of Reading scientist graduate

Ms Negus' contribution to the discovery was only recognised in 2004, after which she allowed the School of Biological Sciences to create a prize in her name.

The first award has been handed to University of Reading graduate Jake Brendish, 22, for his research on paravians - a group that links dinosaurs and modern birds.

On receiving the prize, Jake said: “It's great to know that someone who went unrecognised for such a major discovery is finally getting some measure of acknowledgement for their work."