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  1. Man convicted of Jacqueline Pattenden murder
  2. Appeal after man approaches girl, nine
  3. 'Mysterious posh sign' appears on Sonning Roundabout
  4. Windsor Castle added to Commonwealth summit venues
  5. Hospital park and ride introduced

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us again today. 

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

Stay in touch via our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

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Swans kept away from river after oil spill

Tara Maxwell

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Swans are still being kept out of the River Kennet in Reading after an oil spill. 

Around 50 of the birds were evacuated from the water after a 3.5-mile (5.5km) stretch was affected last week. 

The Environment Agency said it believes the pollution stemmed from an industrial area in the south of the town. 

However, it has not yet been able to confirm the exact source. 

Reading fans raise almost £1k for cancer charity

Man left with broken leg after hit-and-run

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A 64-year-old man was left lying in a road with a broken leg after a hit-and-run in Slough.

He was hit by a grey or silver car in Stoke Road at about 19:50 on 1 March, Thames Valley Police said. 

The force launched a witness appeal today, and said the driver they are looking for is believed to be "of Asian origin". 

Backshall and Glover in 125-mile race

Double Olympic champion Helen Glover and her TV presenter husband Steve Backshall are set to take on a 125-mile kayaking challenge.

The couple plan to travel non-stop on the Thames through Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire before reaching the Houses of Parliament in London.

Weather latest: Cloudier evening ahead

After a bright and sunny start to the day with highs of 14C, it is set to get cloudier by this evening.

There is a chance of some patchy light rain overnight before an overcast day tomorrow.

Weather forecast for Berkshire
Ali Al Habsi

Reading goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi admits more focus is required away from home in the Championship run-in.

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Police reassurance after shoplifting panic

Thames Valley Police have reassured communities that they take “all reports of shoplifting seriously” after an officer said  police wouldn't routinely attend incidents where less than £100 worth of items had been taken.

In a statement, the force said it would like to reassure communities that all reports of shoplifting were investigated – regardless of the value of goods stolen.

“ In cases in which there is an immediate threat, such as a shoplifter becoming violent, the public can be assured that officers will be there for who need help”, it added.

“Our neighbourhood officers continue to work closely with businesses across our communities to help owners keep their businesses safe from all types of crime”.

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Man steals handbag and knocks woman to floor in robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Reading.

Between 10.30pm and 10.45pm on Saturday 4 March, a woman in her 60s was walking with her daughter along Vastern Road, Caversham, to the tow path by the river.

They walked over the new footbridge to Christchurch Meadows on the other side and along the footpath over the small bridge.

A man ran up behind them and grabbed the handbag of the woman - leaving her face first on the floor as a result.

The offender is described as white, very tall and well built. He wore dark clothing, dark woollen beanie hat and heavy boots. He has a bag across his body.

Ireland call-up for Royals pair

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

It might have been a disappointing weekend for Reading with defeat at Preston on Saturday, but two of Jaap Stam's squad are celebrating a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad today.

Club captain Paul McShane will hope to add to his 39 international caps but there's a first selection in a senior squad for midfielder Liam Kelly.

The academy graduate, 21, has impressed for the Royals this season and will hope to make the cut in Martin O'Neill's provisional squad for the World Cup qualifier against Wales and a friendly with Iceland at the end of the month.

Liam Kelly and Wayne Rooney

How do you transport space science?

In a sandwich box it turns out.

Three students from Berkshire are in India today for the finals of a competition which could see their experiment blasted in to space.

They have been sharing on social media their secrets for keeping the idea safe on route to the finals.

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'Mysterious posh sign' appears on Sonning Roundabout

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A sign labelled posh/even posher has been spotted on an Oxfordshire roundabout.

The meaning of the sign at Playhatch Roundabout on the A4155 Reading to Henley road is not yet known - but we can assume it's the latest in a line of work by a local artist .

In November, a mannequin with its head down a toilet appeared on the Roundabout.


From Berkshire to outer space

Ben Moore

BBC South Today

Three students from Berkshire have arrived in India for a major international youth competition where they hope to see their device flown in to space.

Sam Brass, Nick Doughty and Elliot Robinson make up the only UK team left in the Lab2Moon competition , in which entrants have to design an experiment focused on building sustainable life on the Moon.

TeamIndus is behind the mission and is planning to carry the winning idea in to space later this year.

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Weather for the South of England

Not the warmest of starts but it should be a mild day.

Man who approached girl was police officer

A man who approached a nine-year-old girl in Hermitage on Sunday afternoon was an off-duty police officer, police have said.

The officer was concerned to see a young child who appeared to be walking alone and offered to drive her back to her family, Thames Valley Police added.

He had his own children in the car and showed his warrant card, before the girl's father called her back towards the family.

The girl's family have since been updated.

BreakingMan convicted of Jacqueline Pattenden murder

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A man has been convicted of killing a woman who was stabbed to death in a Berkshire village.

Michael Rough, 55, of Ellis Road, Crowthorne, pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in relation to the death of his partner Jacqueline Pattenden, 53, at Reading Crown Court. 

A post-mortem found Ms Pattenden died after being stabbed in the chest at a property in Ellis in Road on 2 October. 

Mr Rough, who was arrested for murder, will be sentenced on 28 April. 


Senior investigating officer Det Ch Insp Ailsa Kent, of Thames Valley Police's Major Crime unit, said:

"Michael Rough and Jackie had been involved in a relationship since the beginning of the year which appeared to those who knew them to be happy with no suggestion of violence or arguments between them.

“However after reporting feeling depressed and stressed over work, on the evening of 2 October Rough stabbed and killed his partner Jackie.

"Rough has admitted unlawfully killing Jackie and I'm pleased her family will not have to go through the anguish of a trial.”

Daffodils bloom in Sonning

Appeal after man approaches girl, nine

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an incident in Hermitage, Berkshire.

At around 3.45pm on Saturday, a nine-year-old girl was walking with her family when a small blue hatchback being driven by a man passed the family and pulled up next to the girl. 

The male then got out of the vehicle and spoke to the girl expressing concerns that the girl was not with her family and offered to take her back to them. He identified himself as a police officer.

The girl then re-joined her family. Nobody was hurt during the incident and the police are keeping an "open mind" in relation to this incident.

The 9-year-old girl was on a family walk along an unnamed road that joins Slanting Hill to Marlston Road in Hermitage

Man charged with moving ambulance and obstructing paramedics

Alex Regan

BBC South

A man has been charged with allegedly moving an ambulance while paramedics were treating a woman with a life-threatening condition.

Alan Dale, of Tangley Farm in Hampshire, is accused of moving the vehicle in Pelican Lane, Newbury, on 29 December.

Pelican lane

He is also charged with obstructing emergency workers and moving an ambulance with no insurance.

The 67-year-old will appear at Reading Magistrates' Court on 23 March.

Windsor Castle added to Commonwealth summit venues

Sarah Lee

BBC South

The Queen is throwing open the doors of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to Commonwealth leaders as the UK looks to forge new trade relations ahead of Brexit. 

Prime ministers and presidents from more than 50 countries will gather for meetings in the London and Berkshire royal residences during a summit in 2018. 

It will be the first time the buildings have been included in the list of venues for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) and the decision was made following discussions between No 10 and the palace. 

David Dixon

Saving money scheme starts in Berkshire

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

A Berkshire scheme to teach children about the importance of saving money is looking to spread across the country. 

It's been two years since the Berkshire Credit Union's most recent scheme ran locally, and in that time, more than two hundred children have saved eleven thousand pounds. 

The headteacher of South Lake Primary, Antoinette Butler-Willis, says that it's especially important that young people learn the value of money, in this "digital currency" age.

Reading to Paddington train delays

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

There are delays of up to 30 minutes on Great Western Railway in and out of London Paddington due to a signalling problem at Ealing Broadway.  

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Hospital park and ride introduced

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Parking at the Royal Berkshire Hospital In Reading will be easier from now on with the introduction of a new system, according to Reading Borough Council. 

A new trial park and ride service from Mereoak to the RBH launches today, which also hopes to ease the congestion for those who live around the hospital. 

David Absolom, who's a councillor for the Redlands Ward where the hospital is based, as well as the Chair of the Strategic Environment, Planning & Transport Committee, says parking problems have been really tough for residents in recent years.

Bus delays due to heavy traffic

Happy Monday!

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Good morning and welcome to BBC Berkshire on this lovely Monday. Yes it's the start of another week - but don't let that get you down.

Because - we will be bringing you a cup of hot news, a slice of travel and a spoonful of sport. Sweet eh?

So make sure you keep in tune with us until 6pm.

Oh, and here's a lovely picture of a daffodil taken by one of our readers to make you smile. 

Mark Bulpitt