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By John Hudson, Toby Wadey and Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us again today. 

We'll be back tomorrow with all Berkshire's latest news, travel, sport and weather. 

'What greater role models than us?'


Meet the mums who decided not just to watch their daughters at football training but get involved on their own....

FA People's Cup: Football mums show daughters how it's done

There's not long left to sign up for the FA People's Cup - the deadline is Sunday, 19 February - and you can find out how to here.

Kaden Reddick Topshop death: Family tribute to 'cheeky' boy

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A boy killed in an accident in a Topshop store has been described as "loving, cheeky and energetic" by his family. 

In a statement, the family said they were with 10-year-old Kaden Reddick at the time of the tragedy at the Oracle Centre in Reading.

They added that his death would leave a "huge empty hole in the lives of everybody that knew him".

An investigation has been launched into his death, which happened on Monday.

Kaden, from Reading, suffered serious head injuries in an accident involving a display barrier.

Kaden Reddick
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Footballer cleared over Windsor nightclub incident

Professional footballer Rohan Ince is looking forward to "getting his career back on track" after he was cleared by a jury of hitting a bouncer with a Jack Daniel's bottle. 

The 24-year-old Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder was found not guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm outside Atik nightclub in Windsor in the early hours of Christmas Day in 2015. 

The jury at Reading Crown Court returned a unanimous not guilty verdict on Wednesday afternoon, having retired just over two hours previously.

A police officer and security guard remain at the scene on Tuesday

Topshop removes till barrier units from its stores following the death of a 10-year-old boy.

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Breaking'Our house feels empty without him'

The family of Kayden Reddick have paid tribute to the 10-year-old after his death following an incident in Topshop in Reading.

Kaden was a loving, cheeky, energetic boy whose death will leave a huge empty hole in the lives of everybody that knew him. Our house feels empty without him.

Family of Kaden Reddick
Kaden Reddick
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BreakingTopshop confirms till barrier recall

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Topshop have confirmed the recall of its till barrier units in all stores after the death of a 10-year-old Kaden Reddick in Reading. 

A spokesman for the firm said: “Further to the recent incident in Reading, as a safety precaution we have decided to remove all the till barrier units in question from our stores across the country with immediate effect.”

Recycling bins in Southcote not emptied by Reading Council

Were you one of the homes in the Southcote area expecting to get your recycling bins emptied yesterday, only to come home to find that the bins were left behind.

Many residents took to Facebook to complain about a note left by the Council, which said there were items inside they couldn't take. Sarah Wise was one of them, and she told BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach what happened.  

Liz Terry, Reading Borough Council's Lead Member for Neighbourhoods responded to the claims:

"We have been working really hard to communicate these changes to people. They are important and we do need people to put things in the right bin.

"The government have cut our funding by £57 million by 2020 - we've got to find ways of delivering good services to people in a different way.

"At the end of the day we've got to get it right."

Reading's Purple Turtle - Getting too big for its boots?

Patrick O'Hagan

BBC Berkshire political reporter

Thames Valley Police is objecting to plans by Reading's Purple Turtle Bar which wants to extend in to a basement next door, adding an extra 240 people, taking it to a 440 person capacity.

Police objections are due to what they describe as "anticipated and ongoing violent crime and disorder" 

The bar's owners say that for the first six months they'd be willing to limit numbers to just 390 to see if it can cope with the extra bodies, adding that having a bigger basement would make the bar less crowded and make it easier to get people in and out both safely and quietly.  

Reading Borough Council will discuss the plans at a meeting next Tuesday evening.

Purple Turtle Bar

Topshop 'recalls' displays over death

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Topshop appears to have removed display units at its stores after a 10-year-old boy died in a "horrific accident". 

Kaden Reddick, from Reading, suffered serious head injuries in an incident involving a display barrier on Monday at the Oracle Centre branch. 

The BBC has visited a number of stores and found no evidence of the units, previously found at the tills. Topshop said its thoughts were with the boy's family but has yet to respond on the recall reported by newspapers. 


"We are thoroughly investigating all the events surrounding this extremely sad situation," a spokesman said. 

Topshop staff in one store said till barriers had been recently removed. 

One BBC reporter who visited the branch found small holes in the ground where the units once stood. 

Almost eight million stems of roses in just a single month...

Did you receive a rose yesterday? If you did, we hate to break it to you...but you weren't alone. 

BBC Radio Berkshire's Phil Kennedy spoke to Heathrow's Head of Cargo to find out how they cope with an increase in demand for the flowers come Valentines Day. 

Is Reading home to the best ice cream man?

The competition is on... Ice cream man Paul Field from Reading is in the final three of the 'Mobiler of the year 2017'.

He's facing tough competition from other kings and queens of the 99 across the country.

We find out this evening who will be crowned winner.

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Jaap's three-card trick pays off

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Jaap Stam
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Reading manager Jaap Stam played a risky move last night which ultimately paid off as the Royals continued their assault on the Championship's top two.

A triple substitution with 17 minutes to go and Reading trailing 2-1 to Brentford reaped rewards within eight minutes as Roy Beerens netted the winning goal in an entertaining 3-2 victory.

"Sometimes you need to take certain risks," the Dutchman told BBC Radio Berkshire. "The players that came on earned it very well and that's what they need to do."

Reading closed the gap on second-placed Brighton to five points and are now unbeaten in sixth.

Royal Mail release new Windsor Castle stamp set

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A new set of stamps featuring images of Windsor Castle is being launched to celebrate the "grandeur" of the royal residence. 

Royal Mail said the 10 stamps are a "photographic celebration" of the castle. 

The stamps feature images of the castle's exterior as well as its interior rooms. 

One stamp features an image of St George's Hall which was restored after a fire in 1992. 


BreakingRolf Harris faces sexual assault retrial

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Entertainer Rolf Harris, who lived in Bray, Berkshire, faces retrial over three alleged sexual assaults, and tried on a new charge, which he denies.

BreakingTopshop closed for third day after boy's death

Sarah Lee

BBC South

The Topshop store in Reading's Oracle Centre will be closed for the third day following the death of a 10-year-old boy on Monday. 

Kaden Reddick suffered serious head injuries during an incident involving a store display barrier.

An Oracle Centre spokesman said: "We don't expect it to open at this point today and we don't have a confirmation [when it will re-open] as yet." 

Sonning road closure after 9:30

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

A major route in Sonning will close for urgent highway and drainage repairs later.

The B478 Charvil Lane will shut from 0930 until 3.30 this afternoon between its junctions with the A4 Bath Road and Pearson Road - with diversions in place via the A4.

Investigation into Topshop death will 'take time'

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Investigations into the death of a 10-year-old boy at a Topshop store in Reading will take some time, Reading Borough Council have said this morning.

A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said as the incident happened on retail premises, it was an issue for the local council and that it would not yet be investigating.

In a statement, the council said: "As the enforcing authority for health and safety within retail premises, we will be working closely with the police, who are at present leading on the investigation." 

Berkshire's weather

South weather forecast for Wednesday 15 February 2017

Rohan Ince trial: Blood evidence 'does not prove attack'

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Blood from an injured doorman found on the jacket of a professional footballer accused of hitting him with a bottle does not prove he carried out the attack, a court heard. 

Rohan Ince denies wounding with intent outside Atik nightclub in Windsor in the early hours of 25 December in 2015. 

The 24-year-old Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder is said to have jumped and hit Mr Jurcic in a "slam dunk". 

Ince said it was a case of mistaken identity.

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Topshop boy death: What we know so far

Sarah Lee

BBC South

  • 10-year-old boy Kaden Reddick from Reading was in the Oracle Centre's Topshop when what police described as "an incident involving store furniture" left him him with serious head injuries
  • People have taken to social media to pay tribute to the young boy
  • Emergency services received a call at 16:15 GMT on Monday and the youngster was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, where he was pronounced dead
  • Police cordoned off the shop overnight and launched an investigation
  • Officers said the death was being treated as "unexplained but non-suspicious"
  • It was announced the store would be closed while council and police officials inspected the site

Happy hump day!

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Hello and welcome to BBC Berkshire on this glorious - but foggy - Wednesday. We're half way there.

We will be bringing you all of the Royal County's latest news, travel, sport and weather until 18:00.

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