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Boris Johnson pays tribute to police officer killed
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

Power cut in Newbury

Scottish and Southern Electricity Network is investigating a reported power cut in Newbury.

It says it expects power to be restored around midday.

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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

Five held after class A drugs raids

Pigeons Farm Road

Five people have been arrested in Newbury following raids aimed at tackling drug dealing.

Searches in Westwood Road and Pigeons Farm Road (pictured) on Friday also resulted in class A drugs being recovered.

Three men, aged 21, 22 and 26, and two women, aged 20 and 46, were arrested on suspicion of being involved in supplying class A drugs, Thames Valley Police said.

The 46-year-old woman was released while investigations continue while the remaining four have been bailed until 15 August.

Rough sleepers offered water and cold showers in hot weather

West Berkshire Council has said it will provide cold drinks, showers and a cool place to get out of the sun as temperatures in the district are expected to reach the 30s.

A spokesman said: "We're providing this support due to the hot weather expected over the next few days."

Anyone requiring assistance can go to the council's Market Street office in Newbury

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