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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 9 March
  2. An investigation is underway after the River Kennett was polluted with oil
  3. Unite union and AWE are holding talks over a long-running pensions dispute
  4. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's leader hopes new grammar schools will be created in the area.
  5. A dry and bright day is forecast

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

That's all for today!

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Thank you for joining us today - we'll be back tomorrow from 08:00. See you then!

Owners of stolen jewellery urged to come forward

Police are appealing for the owners of property recovered by officers to come forward.

On Thursday 26 January officers found an abandoned blue BMW 3 Series estate car in Windsor.

Officers recovered items of Asian gold jewellery from the vehicle.

Case investigator, Kate Devonshire based at Loddon Valley police station, said: "Our intelligence suggests that this jewellery could have been taken by a gang operating across county lines along the M4 and M40 corridor and West London. 

The items could have been stolen from a house in the east of the Thames Valley, West London, or Birmingham".

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The people behind Legoland's Miniland..

Adam Paylor

BBC South

Tim Dellor talks races

Man arrested after Slough fatal collision

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A 32- year-old man from Slough was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of a collision where a man died. 

He has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs.

Police have released CCTV in relation to a fatal collision in Slough.

CCTV
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At around 11.25pm on Sunday 11 December 2016 a pedestrian was in the carriageway of the A412 Uxbridge Road, George Green.

He was then struck by at least one vehicle which failed to stop at the scene.

The pedestrian, a 44-year-old man from Slough, died at the scene.

Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV is urged to contact police.

1,000 snowdrops planted at Reading Abbey ruins

1,000 snowdrops will be planted by the Reading Abbey ruins next week.

Volunteers will be planting the snowdrops on the corner of Chestnut Walk.

The aim is for the flowers to bloom in time for the re-opening in 2018. 

Snowdrops
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Mental health patients being 'sent to A&E'

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Mental health patients in Berkshire are being placed into overstretched A&E departments, it has emerged. 

Guidelines state patients should only be brought to hospitals by police if they have a physical injury - but numbers are rising . 

Thames Valley Police said its street triage programme, which aims to direct patients to get the right care, has reduced the problem. 

Ed Sheeran's facial scar: The truth (according to James Blunt)

Shortlist

Shortlist

Ed Sheeran and James Blunt
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A short while back,  Ed Sheeran 's face was apparently slashed by Princess Beatrice as she pretended to knight James Blunt at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.

But now, shock horror, James Blunt has claimed the whole story is fake news.

"Ed was drunk, messing around, and he cut himself," the singer has told ShortList .

Ed Sheeran
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"We made a fancy story up; people fell for it. It was very embarrassing."

Ed, the ball is now in your (Hampton) court. Say it ain't so...

John Lewis staff bonuses cut

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

John Lewis has cut its staff bonus by four percentage points this year. 

The retailer- which also owns Bracknell-headquartered Waitrose - has warned of an "increasingly uncertain market". 

This year's bonus of six per cent is thought to be the lowest level since the 1950s.

'New grammars welcome' - council leader

Toby Wadey

BBC South

The prospect of new grammar schools opening in Windsor and Maidenhead has been welcomed by the borough's council leader. 

Fresh funding for selective education was announced in the chancellor's budget yesterday. 

And Councillor Simon Dudley told BBC Radio Berkshire that new grammars would "give children the opportunity to fulfill all of their potential and talents". 

"The upcoming white paper will hopefully help to achieve that," he said. 

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J14 for A338 and J13 for A34 Chieveley.

M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on M4 London-bound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of an accident.

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

Weather: A look ahead to the weekend

Atomic Weapons Establishment responds to union criticism

Toby Wadey

BBC South

The Atomic Weapons Establishment claims that industrial action will "not have a material impact" on Trident. 

In a statement, it said the pensions offered to workers were "very competitive" and that "improvement have been made". 

It added: "The safety and security of AWE staff and the general public continues to remain our top priority during periods of industrial action.

"We have undertaken detailed contingency planning and have resilient measures in place."

Slough suffer 3-0 defeat

Strike action having 'adverse impact' on Trident programme

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Industrial action is having an "adverse impact" on the UK's nuclear weapons programme, a union has claimed. 

Unite union announced on Wednesday that 600 of its Berkshire-based Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) workers would go on strike for eight days. 

Bob Middleton, the union's regional officer, said members felt "betrayed" over changes to their pensions. 

Aldermaston AWE
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He said the affect of the walk-outs on Trident, built at Aldermaston and Burghfield, "should give the management extra impetus to resolve the dispute". 

AWE has been approached for comment. 

Oil leak probe starts

Toby Wadey

BBC South

An investigation has been launched after the River Kennet was polluted with oil last night. 

A 3.5 mile (5.5km) stretch of water was affected and more than 50 swans had to be rescued, the Environment Agency said. 

The agency, which is probing the incident alongside police, said the substance was believed to be diesel that had leaked from a nearby industrial site. 

Animal charity Swan Support has been searching for more injured birds overnight. 

BBC Berkshire tours Lambourn's equine facilities

BBC Radio Berkshire's sports editor Tim Dellor has been in Lambourn this morning previewing the Cheltenham Festival. 

Here he is touring some of the facilities horses in Berkshire have been using to prepare. 

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Weather: Mild and dry day ahead

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Thursday's weather with Lucy Martin

Morning headlines

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • Investigations are under way after the River Kennet in Reading was polluted with oil last night
  • The Unite union has announced a further eight days of strike action by staff at the Atomic Weapons Establishment over a pensions row
  • The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's leader hopes new grammar schools will be created in the area
  • Mental health patients in Berkshire are being admitted to accident and emergency departments, it has emerged

Good morning

Toby Wadey

BBC South

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