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  1. Lilly-May Page inquest: Coroner due to deliver findings
  2. Eminem to headline Reading Festival
  3. Ladybird artwork unveiled at University of Reading
  4. Weather: Chilly start with sunny spells

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By John Hudson and Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

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We'll be back at 08:00 Monday with all Berkshire's latest news, travel, sport and weather. 

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Man jailed for Reading sex attacks

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A man who tried to sexually assault two women walking in an underpass has been jailed.

Biat Idriss Deen-Kamara pinned one of his victims to the ground on Granville Road, Reading, in August last year before she managed to get away. 

An hour earlier, the 26-year-old had tried to engage a woman in conversation in the same place and grabbed her arm before she also escaped. 

Biat Idriss Deen-Kamara

He pleaded guilty to one count of assault with intent to commit a sexual offence and another of attempted assault.

On Thursday Deen-Kamara was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison, and has been placed on the sex offender register for life. 

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J12 for A4 and J13 for A34 Chieveley.

M4 Berkshire - Broken down vehicle and a rolling road-block on M4 westbound between J12, A4 (Theale) and J13, A34 (Chieveley).

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

Koloamatangi gets Irish debut

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

New signing Tevita Koloamatangi has been handed his London Irish debut for the visit of London Scottish tomorrow afternoon.

Winger Alex Lewington makes a return to the side for his first appearance this season after a lengthy injury layoff.

Kick off at the Madejski Stadium is at 3pm.

London Irish starting fifteen

CCTV released after Slough stabbing

Police have released CCTV images of a man officers would like to speak to in connection with an incident of GBH in Slough.

At 4.30pm on Sunday 12 February, police were alerted to an incident in Kennedy Parade, Britwell in which a 26-year-old man sustained an injury to his back, believed to be a stab wound.

The victim was taken to hospital following the incident from where he has since been discharged.


Brighton v Reading: Match facts

BBC Sport

Here some key stats ahead of Reading's trip to Brighton tomorrow :

  • Brighton have recorded just one league win in their last 13 attempts against the Royals (D5 L7), although it arrived in this fixture last term.
  • After winning four in a row at Brighton between 2002 and 2012, Reading are winless in their last three league games on the south coast (D2 L1).
  • Brighton have suffered just two defeats in their last 26 league matches (W18 D6 L2), but both of these have come in 2017.
  • At home, Brighton have lost just one of their last 26 league matches (W19 D6 L1) - this coming versus Brentford in September 2016.
  • Garath McCleary has had a hand in 15 goals this season in the Championship for Reading (8 goals, 7 assists) - in his previous two seasons combined, he'd been involved in nine goals in 60 Championship apps for the Royals (5 goals, 4 assists).

River Thames Scheme to be finished by 2024

Adam Paylor

BBC South

An aerial view of the flooding in Wraysbury in 2014.

The River Thames Scheme is The Environment Agency's plan to reduce flood risk along the largest area of undefended floodplain in England, between Datchet and Teddington. 

The plan involves the construction of a 17km channel that will take four years to complete.

Andrew Mole, Senior Project Manager, said that the estimated cost of the scheme is £476m and he hoped that the project would be completed by 2024.

'Seatbelt could have saved Whitley man who died in stolen car'

Train operator 'very sorry' for travel disruption

South West Trains has issued an apology to customers affected by travel disruption caused by Storm Doris. 

In a statement, head of customer experience Christian Neill admitted that the company expected the storm to have "minimal impact on services". 

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He said that there were 20 incidents of trees falling on the tracks. 

"We are very sorry for the disruption that many of you may have faced whilst travelling on our services yesterday," he added. 

46 trees fall during Storm Doris in Windsor and Maidenhead

BreakingCoroner says defibrillator could have saved five-year-old

A coroner has concluded that a five-year-old Reading schoolgirl died from natural causes contributed to by the neglect of ambulance personnel called to help her.

Lilly-May Page-Bowden collapsed at Willowbank School in May 2014.  

Lilly-May Page-Bowden
Family picture

It later emerged she had an undiagnosed heart condition. 

The coroner concluded that she would probably have survived if she had been shocked with a defibrillator in time.

Weather latest: Bright afternoon ahead

Following the high winds brought by Storm Doris yesterday, conditions are much calmer today. 

It is expected to remain bright for the remainder of the afternoon, but there is a possibility of some showers overnight. 

BBC weather for Berkshire

Severe accident: A34 Berkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A34 Berkshire northbound severe accident, after Fiddler's Lane affecting A339.

A34 Berkshire - Queuing traffic for five miles and one lane closed on A34 northbound in East Ilsley after the Fiddler's Lane junction, because of an accident involving four cars. Travel time is over 45 minutes. Congestion to the A339 junction.

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

Curling rink plans turned down

Plans to build a curling rink near Bracknell have been turned down again. 

Proposals to develop a barn in Warfield were rejected last night. 

Ernest Fenton is behind the one only existing rink - in Tunbridge Wells. He said finding a suitable plot is difficult.

Analysis: Should the Royals fans look up or down?

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

Beat Brighton tomorrow night, and Reading could be five points off the top two. Lose, and the Royals could be 11 points adrift of the automatic promotion spots, and Brighton and Newcastle would still have a game in hand.

By any measure, getting into the playoffs this season would be a massive success for Jaap Stam and Reading FC, a denouement which is looking increasingly likely. They are eight points clear of Fulham in 7th, which is not an insignificant gap at the end of February.

But some Reading fans have been hoping and, in small parts, expecting slightly more. The result tomorrow could either finally extinguish those thoughts, or add more fuel to the fire, there is no real middle ground.

Reading FC players celebrate
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The last league game between Reading FC and Brighton ended 2-2 after Paul McShane's equaliser.

Pepper the robot made by Wokingham company

Ladybird artwork unveiled at University of Reading

Illustrations taken from more than 100 years of Ladybird Books are being exhibited for the first time. 

The gallery at the University of Reading's Museum of Rural Life Life contains more than 20,000 pieces of original artwork. 

It was revealed for the first time on Thursday - a month after the release of a new book co-authored by Prince Charles. 

The free exhibition will be open to the public from 11 March until 2 July. 


BreakingEminem to headline Reading Festival

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Eminem will headline Reading and Leeds festival for the third time later this year. 

The rapper last appeared at the dual event in 2013 and also topped the bill in 2001. 

Reading and Leeds organisers have unveiled more than 70 names for the festival, which takes place between 25 and 27 August. 

Muse were announced as the first headliners in December while Kasabian were added to the line-up last month.

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Lilly-May Page inquest: Coroner due to deliver findings

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A coroner is expected to deliver his findings after an inquest into how a five-year-old girl from Wokingham died.

Lilly May Page collapsed at Willowbank School in May 2014 - it emerged she had an undiagnosed heart condition. 

The hearing last year was told she probably would have survived if she had been shocked with a defibrillator. 

Lilly-May Page
Family handout

Police search for car park flasher

Police are hunting a flasher who followed a woman into a busy Caversham car park.

The man, wearing a zip-up raincoat, approached the 29-year-old while she was sitting in her car at Hills Meadow on George Street.

After indecently exposing himself, he was seen walking towards the river.

The force said the offender – described as a 5ft 10ins white man of medium build – had his hood up and was wearing baggy blue jeans.

The incident happened at about 18:00 on Wednesday.

Weather: Chilly start with sunny spells

It will be a cold start, with sunny spells and any very isolated wintry showers soon fading away. A fine day follows, however cloud is likely to thicken from the west later in the day.

Weather forecast for South of England on Friday 24 February 2017

The end is nigh

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Yes - it's Friday - which means we are in VERY good spirits this morning. 

We'll be bringing you the best of the latest news, travel and weather throughout the day - so put your feet up, make a cuppa, and let us do all the work for you - you lucky things.