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Summary

  1. Vodafone to cut hundreds of jobs at HQ
  2. Slough one of top places where a home earns more than its owners
  3. Atkins gets nod for Irish cup tie
  4. Half of bridges in Slough branded 'inadequate'
  5. Weather: Dull and damp all day

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

That's all for today!

Sarah Lee

BBC South

So long! We are done for the weekend - let me hear you say wayo (wayo).

We'll be back with a bang on Monday. Hope to see you all bright and early.

Ciao for now.

West Berkshire Museum exhibits bird-eye views of landmarks

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Reading University honour first female professor

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Britain's first female professor has been honoured by her Reading University, by having a faculty named in her memory. 

Edith Morley was appointed Professor of English Language at the University of Reading in 1908.

Edith Morley
University of Reading
Morley is known for her comprehensive 1935 biography of the writer and traveller Henry Crabb Robinson

After a student-led campaign, the Humanities and Social Sciences Building on the University's Whiteknights campus has now been named the Edith Morley Building. 

Penny Mordaunt MP officially unveiled the renamed building after giving the annual Edith Morley Lecture, held annually to celebrate her achievements in the field.

The Portsmouth North MP said she was "very honoured" to help rename the building. 

Weather outlook: Lingering mist

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Academy trust hands back control of its 12 schools

Pete Cooper

BBC Local Live

The  Education Fellowship Trust , which is based in Islip, is the first academy trust to give up all of its schools.

The Islip-based trust is responsible for the education of about 6,500 students in Northamptonshire, Wiltshire and Maidenhead in Berkshire.

The trust said in a statement they stopped running the schools "following a review of financial constraints facing the education sector and the misalignment of values with the DfE".

The DfE said they have agreed to the move after "ongoing concerns regarding the educational performance of the majority of the trust's schools" and that all the schools will now be transferred to new sponsors.

Risdene Academy, Rushden
Risdene Academy, Rushden

The following five out of the Education Fellowship Trust's 12 schools were rated inadequate by Ofsted.

  • Ruskin Junior School, Wellingborough
  • Blackthorn Primary School, Northampton
  • Risdene Academy, Rushden
  • Rushden Community College, Rushden
  • Wrenn School, Wellingborough

10 games to go for Maidenhead

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

Maidenhead United, currently top of the National League South, are closing in on promotion to the National League.

Alan Devonshire's men travel to the seaside tomorrow to play Weston-super-Mare as they hope to extend their lead over second-placed Ebbsfleet to four points.

If they are where they are in ten games time, they will be going up.

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Property closed for anti-social behaviour and drugs possession

A property in Slough has been closed down after numerous complaints of noise, intimidation and threats of violence.

Slough Neighbourhood Policing Team executed a drugs warrant at 32 Rokesby Road, Slough on 23 February. 

During the warrant, evidence of large scale class A drug abuse was found in the premises.

No arrests have been made at this stage of the investigation but enquiries are ongoing.

A Closure Notice was served on the resident at Reading Magistrates’ Court today, closing the property for three months.

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Analysis: Preston may be in the mood to spoil Royals party

Ady Williams

Sport presenter, BBC Radio Berkshire

Reading could climb to fourth in the table and cement their top-six place with a win against in-form Preston.

The Lilywhites have tasted defeat just once in their past seven and will go into the game in confident mood after earning a point against Derby at Pride Park.

Liam Moore has been outstanding this season, but picked up a hamstring injury in Tuesday's draw with Newcastle.

Britain's first female professor honoured

Water pain in West Berkshire

Thames Valley Police fine 300 drivers for using phone

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Thames Valley Police has stopped more than 300 drivers who were using their mobile phones since tougher laws were brought in ten days ago.

Legislation introduced on 1 March meant motorists who use a mobile phone or handheld device will be fined £200 and given six points on their licence.

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Thames Valley Police tweeted on Wednesday that 270 people had been caught using their phone at the wheel in the eight days since the ban was introduced.

Since then, they have fined an extra 37 people in the Thames Valley area.

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There have been two high profile deaths caused by mobile phone use on roads in our area in the past year.

In October, lorry driver Thomas Kroker was jailed for ten years after he killed a mother and three children near Newbury while distracted by his phone.

On 3 March,  Lewis Stratford was jailed for three years and eight months  for causing the death of Gavin Roberts on the A34 near East Ilsley.

Where are the best places to live in the South East?

Fifteen locations in the South East, including Finchampstead, Marlow, Wallingford and Tadley have been named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times. 

The locations were assessed on a wide range of factors, from jobs, exam results and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops in order to compile the definitive top locations to make your home.

The judges also used their own experience of the villages, towns and cities, such as local pubs, ease of transport and the range of attractive property to choose the top locations. 

Wallingford
Andy Peacock
Sunset over Wallingford town centre
Marlow
Rob Farrow
Marlow Church and bridge
St James' Church
Brendan and Ruth McCartney
St James' Church, Finchampstead, Berkshire

Atkins gets nod for Irish cup tie

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

London Irish have named their side to face Yorkshire Carnegie in the British & Irish Cup quarter-final at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Teenage fly-half Jacob Atkins starts alongside side club record try-scorer Topsy Ojo at outside wing. Luke Narraway captains the side from blindside flanker.

Victory for Irish would secure a home semi-final against either Cornish Pirates or Jersey next month.

London Irish BI Cup Yorks
BBC Sport

Slough one of top places where a home earns more than its owners

Slough has been named as one of the top places where house price growth has "beaten" earnings over the last two years.

House prices in the town are said by the Halifax to have increased by £103,175 in two years with average net wages for that same period standing at £44,796.

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1,000 snowdrops to be planted at Reading Abbey

Vodafone to cut hundreds of jobs at HQ

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Vodafone is set to make hundreds of redundancies at its Newbury headquarters. 

The mobile phone company, which employs 4,500 people at the site, said the decision was made to "simplify" its business structures. 

It said that those working in project management, managerial and functional roles were at risk. 

Vodafone HQ
Pam Brophy

A spokesman said: "We will be working with all those affected to support them." 

The company would not confirm exactly how many employees had been put at risk of losing their jobs, but said the number was in the "low hundreds". 

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Half of bridges in Slough branded 'inadequate'

Almost half of bridges managed by Slough Borough Council are inadequate, according to a new study. 

Figures from the RAC Foundation suggest 47% of the town's bridges are not suitable for 44-tonne vehicles. 

This is a higher proportion of substandard bridges than anywhere else in England.

A combination of ageing infrastructure and a lack of funding could see more bridges subjected to weight restrictions in the future, the RAC Foundation said. 

Man released on bail after murder arrest in Newbury

Police are to ask the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider a murder charge over the death of a 14-year-old girl more than 50 years ago.

The body of Elsie Frost was found near a tunnel under a railway line in Wakefield on 9 October 1965. She had been stabbed several times.

Elsie Fros
West Yorkshire Police

A man, 79, who was re-arrested in Newbury earlier this week on the suspicion of her murder has been granted police bail.

West Yorkshire Police is sending a file of evidence to the CPS.

Police bump into 250 sheep

Morning headlines

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • The way two GP surgeries in Reading are run is putting patients at risk, according to a Care Quality Commission report.
  • A 79-year-old man who was re-arrested earlier this week in Newbury in connection with the murder of a schoolgirl more than 50 years ago has been released on bail.
  • Almost half of bridges managed by Slough council are inadequate - more than anywhere else in Britain, according to the RAC.

Weather: Dull and damp day ahead

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Holly Green with the weather for the south on Friday 10 March

Good morning

Toby Wadey

BBC South

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