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Summary

  1. Victorian baby-killer Amelia Dyer evidence found in loft
  2. Reading University students who held an event called "Pikey night" have apologised
  3. A hidden Thomas Hardy altarpiece in Windsor is set to be unveiled
  4. Reading prepare to take on Newcastle in the Championship
  5. Rain is forecast tonight after a fine day

Live Reporting

By Emma Midgley and Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

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WATCH: Work continues to unveil hidden Thomas Hardy altarpiece

Work continues on unveiling a Thomas Hardy altarpiece at Windsor's All Saints Church

Man charged with 1996 Reading gun murder

Emma Midgley

BBC South

A 52-year-old man extradited from the United States and arrested at Heathrow Airport has been charged over the fatal shooting of a Reading man in 1996.

Terrence 'Jeff' Allamby, 43, was shot twice in the Mandela Court area of Reading on 29 September and subsequently died from his injuries.

Mandela Court
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Terence Allamby was shot twice in Reading and died of his injuries in 1996

Howard Patterson, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm.

He will appear at Oxford Magistrates Court.

Mandela Court

US arrest man charged with 1996 murder

A 52-year-old man extradited from the US faces a murder charge.

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Reading v Newcastle: Match facts

BBC Sport

  • After winning their first two league games against Newcastle at the Madejski Stadium, Reading have failed to win either of their most recent two (D1 L1).
  • Newcastle have netted in all but one of their nine league meetings with Reading, last failing to do so in April 2007.
  • The Magpies have scored with a league-high 13.2% of their total shots in the Championship this season.
  • Newcastle have attempted 81 shots on target more than they have allowed their opponents in the Championship this season; a league-high difference (192 attempted, 111 conceded).
  • Jaap Stam's side have won nine of their previous 11 home Championship games (D1 L1).

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Long waits on 101 calls during upgrade

A telephone system upgrade at Thames Valley Police has resulted in callers dialing 101 experiencing lengthy delays today. 

A force spokesman said: "Thank you for your patience while this upgrade work is finished. If your call is an emergency, always dial 999."

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'Pikey night' students issue apology

Students who held a social event billed as "Pikey night" have apologised for offending the Traveller community.

The Agricultural Society at Reading University "apologised profusely" for the themed evening,  the Reading Chronicle reports .

The University of Reading
University of Reading
The university, established in 1892, attracts more than 17,000 students each year

The students set off fire extinguishers and fireworks and threw furniture in the street at the event last October.

The Traveller Movement said it was "absolutely right" to apologise for an event with "an overtly racist theme".

The University of Reading

'Pikey night' students issue apology

University students behind an Agricultural Society social apologise for offending Traveller community.

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WATCH: Hidden Thomas Hardy altarpiece set to be unveiled

An altarpiece designed by novelist Thomas Hardy which has been hidden for more than a century is set to be unveiled. 

Paper designs for the reredos had been on Windsor's All Saints Church's wall for decades, but it was thought it had never been built.

However, the rare architectural example by the Mayor of Casterbridge author was discovered behind wooden panelling by choir members last year

And now work has begun to unveil it after the £9,000 needed was raised. 

Reading v Newcastle: Analysis

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

Reading have the best home record in the Championship, having only lost twice at the Madejski Stadium.

Newcastle are the best team away from home in the Championship, with 13 wins on the road. Something has to give in this one.

Reading were not convincing in their win against Wolves on Saturday. They probably need another four wins from their remaining 11 games to seal a play-off spot.

Top of the Championship
BBC Sport

Newcastle have forged a five-point lead over Brighton at the top, and anything other than automatic promotion is now unthinkable for their fans.

One of the big talking points at Reading in the past couple of weeks has been the low attendances, despite the excellent results. Stam and his team will enjoy playing in front of a full house.

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Sun shines on Ascot Racecourse

Victorian baby killer Amelia Dyer evidence found in loft

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Packaging used to conceal a baby murdered by Victorian serial killer Amelia Dyer has been found in a loft.

Dyer murdered up to 400 infants in her care over a 20-year period and was found guilty of "baby farming" murders in 1896.

Paper packaging containing the body of baby Helena Fry was fished out of the Thames in Reading in 1896, which helped secure Dyer's conviction.

Amelia Dyer evidence
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It has been rediscovered by a relative of the arresting officer in the case.

A box containing the brown paper packaging, string, white edging tape, and an evidence tag, was discovered in a loft by the great-great-grandson of DC James Beattie Anderson.

It has now been donated to the Thames Valley Police Museum in Sulhamstead, Berkshire.

Queen goes for a gallop near Windsor Castle

Reading v Newcastle: Latest team news

BBC Sport

Here is the latest team news ahead of Reading's Championship encounter with Newcastle tonight

  • Reading winger Garath McCleary (knee and abdomen) is in contention to return after missing the win against Wolves.
  • Jordon Mutch and George Evans will compete for midfield spots with Joey van den Berg and John Swift.
  • Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is confident striker Dwight Gayle is over his hamstring injury.
  • Benitez has no fresh injury problems, with only long-term absentees Isaac Hayden (ankle) and Rolando Aarons unavailable for the league leaders.

Weather latest: Wet night ahead

After a bright and dry start, it is expected to become cloudier as the day progresses.

Rain showers are forecast overnight ahead of a damp and mild day tomorrow. 

Weather forecast for Berkshire
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Arise Dame Katherine!

Dame Katherine Grainger from Maidenhead has officially been made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. 

Great Britain's most decorated female Olympic athlete is being honoured for her services to sport and charity. 

She says its an honour for her and rowing as a sport. 

Dame Dame Katherine Grainger
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The Queen and Dame Katherine Grainger
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We've got two Dames now and two Knights of the Realm within the rowing body. It's lovely that the sport is celebrated in that way and recognised.

Dame Katherine GraingerFormer Olympic rower

Heathrow consultation in Maidenhead today

"It's hard to be on the sidelines"

Olympic rower from Maidenhead Katherine Grainger on life after rowing and becoming a Dame.

Discussions 'ongoing' over Great British Bake Off tent at Welford Park

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Despite press reports saying Channel 4 has “secured” the tent at Welford Park where the Great British Bake Off is filmed, Lord Lieutenant James Puxley has told BBC Radio Berkshire discussions with the production company are “ongoing”. 

As yet, there is no confirmation the show will continue to be filmed there.

Reading cars v Newcastle cars

Accident closes Nine Mile Ride

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

An accident earlier this morning has closed Nine Mile Ride in both directions, between the junctions of New Wokingham Road and Crowthorne Road. 

Police are dealing with the accident, and there are delays approaching from all directions

Katherine Grainger to become a Dame

BBC Sport

The Olympic rower from Maidenhead Katherine Grainger will become a Dame today. 

She'll be awarded the title at Buckingham Palace this morning for her services to sport and charity. 

She says she had to keep quiet about it until it was officially announced in the New Year.

Katherine
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Fine and bright day with rain later for Berkshire

Weather for Tuesday with Dan Downs

Government urged to tackle 999 ambulance abuse callers

Calls have been made for harsher penalties to protect ambulance control room workers from abusive callers. 

Figures obtained by the BBC under Freedom of Information laws revealed hundreds of verbal attacks in the past three years including threats to kill, racist and sexual slurs. 

The union Unison has urged the government to bring in tougher punishments to deter abusive callers. 

The Home Office said sufficient laws were already in place. The BBC asked all 10 ambulance trusts in England, the Welsh Ambulance Service, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service about abusive calls recorded in the years 2016-15, 2015-14, 2014-13.

Ambulance
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In examples recorded by ambulance trusts, a call handler for South Central Ambulance was left "visibly shaken" after suffering racial abuse while another was on the receiving end of sexually explicit comments.

Heathrow expansion consultations criticised by council

Patrick O'Hagan

BBC Berkshire political reporter

Government-run consultation events on Heathrow expansion have been criticised by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for leaving out key information. 

The council also says a local media outlet was excluded from the public event in Windsor last week. 

The events are designed to give people a chance to learn more about what the proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport would mean to them and their local environment - one is being held today in Maidenhead. 

The Department of Transport says should the Government decide to proceed with the scheme at Heathrow, the airport will put forward detailed flightpath proposals for consultation with local communities.

Travel: Long delays on M3

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

  • M3: Accident London-bound near J4 (Camberley) in the roadworks, long delays as motorway is partially blocked
  • Reading: Liebenrood Road at junction with A4 Bath Road, accident at junction with fuel spillage being cleaned up  

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