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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 14 March
  2. Crowdfunding to bring back Pigeon Street
  3. Cheltenham Festival begins featuring runners from West Berkshire stables
  4. HGV crashes into building in Reading

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

That's all for today!

Sarah Lee

BBC South

That's all from us today! Thank you for joining us - we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow.

Ciao for now!

Appeal after Slough man stabbed in 'frightening attack'

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted and stabbed by a group of males.

The offence took place in Moray Drive, Slough at about 2.45pm on Monday.

The victim, a 21-year-old man, sustained injuries to his back and arm, and was taken for treatment at the John Radcliffe Hospital. He has has since been discharged.

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Investigating officer, Det Con Alex Beever of Maidenhead Force CID, said: "The victim in this incident was set upon by a group of males.

"He initially thought he had only been kicked and punched, but subsequently discovered two knife wounds whilst being treated by ambulance staff.

"This was a frightening experience and I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the assault to come forward".

CCTV released after boy 'spied on in cubicle'

CCTV has been released after a 13-year-old boy was spied on in a cubicle in the men's toilet of House of Fraser. The victim was in The Oracle shopping centre at about 5.30pm on Thursday 19 January when he suspected seeing a man watching him through a hole in the wall to the neighbouring cubicle.

Police said they believed the man in the CCTV might have vital information about the incident.

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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a spillage on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Appeal after woman grabbed around neck during robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was grabbed around the neck during a robbery in Reading.

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The victim, in her 50s, was using the cash machines outside Tesco on Portman Road on 7 March when a verbal altercation took place between her and another woman who grabbed the victim around her neck with both hands and assaulted her,  police said .

A man then approached both women and started shouting at the victim, before stealing her purse and removing cash from it.

A 40-year-old woman from Reading who was arrested on suspicion of robbery has been bailed until 11 April. 

Reading FC press conference: Analysis

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

Reading are going through a rough patch in the league at the moment, and if results go against them this week they could find themselves out of the play-off spots.

Speaking ahead of the game against Sheffield Wednesday, manager Jaap Stam said Royals fans should remember where the side was last season before dwelling on recent troubles.

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Joey van den Berg also gave a hint that this Reading side are willing to take responsibility for recent form. In his words: "There is no more time for excuses".

In Stam, Reading fans have a manager who is very confident in his abilities, while In van den Berg they have a player who gives the impression the whole squad is united and professional.

Those two things are surely some light in what has been a gloomy month for Royals fans.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J5 for A4 and J4B for M25.

M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on M4 London-bound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J4b M25, because of a broken down lorry.

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

Christchurch Meadows tennis courts to undergo revamp

Christchurch Meadows tennis courts in Reading will undergo a revamp to include a new playing surface, new programmed activities and a court booking system.

Local residents and tennis fans are invited to an open session at the courts on Saturday.

Coaches will be on hand, as well as representatives from the Lawn Tennis Association and the council’s leisure team to promote the upgrade and give people a chance to ask questions and give feedback on the proposed changes at the courts.

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Delays on buses due to collapsed scaffolding

BreakingHGV collides with house in Reading

A HGV has collided with a house on Tilehurst Road in Reading.

The incident took place between Brunswick Hill and Brunswick Street.

Firefighters said the road will be closed for some time.

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Australian company sells stake in Thames Water

Toby Wadey

BBC South

The last remaining stake held in Thames Water by Australian group Macquarie has been sold, ending more than a decade of its investment in Britain's biggest water company. 

Macquarie has offloaded its 26% shareholding in the company to the Canadian pension fund investor Borealis Infrastructure and the infrastructure investing arm of the Kuwait Investment Authority.

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It brings to an end Macquarie's share ownership in Thames Water, which supplies around 2.6 billion litres of drinking water a day and has some 15 million customers across London and the Thames Valley. 

The stake was sold for an undisclosed sum, but Macquarie had reportedly been looking for between £1 billion and £1.5 billion for the holding. . 

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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, at J8 for .

M4 Berkshire - M4 entry slip road partially blocked westbound at J8, because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Stam press conference gets under way

Reading FC press conference: Stam looking to turn around Royals' fortunes

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

Things have not been going so well for Jaap Stam's Reading in the last month. Five games. Three losses. Only four points out of a possible fifteen, and the Royals have dropped down to fifth in the Championship table.

More crucially for Reading fans, though, is the fact the side now only have a four-point cushion inside the playoffs. Even those four points come with a caveat in the fact that Fulham are unbeaten in seven games, and have played a game less.

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The media wait for Jaap Stam's press conference

There are only three sides in the Championship who have picked up fewer points than Reading in the last five games, and unless something changes quickly Stam could see his side outside the top six. That is a private members club you do not want to find yourself outside of so close to the end of season playoff duel.

Does Stam have a plan to get Reading back on track away from home? We'll be speaking to him, and a first team player, with all of the build up ahead of Friday's game against Sheffield Wednesday.

You can follow all the updates here on BBC Berkshire's  Twitter .

Weather latest: Cloudy afternoon ahead

It was a cloudy start to the day, and much of the same is forecast for this afternoon. 

Temperatures will peak at around 13C. 

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Doctor's surgery told to improve

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

A doctor's surgery in Wokingham has been found to require improvement by Care Quality Commission inspectors. 

The Shinfield Health Centre was found to be lacking in four areas - the provision of safe, caring, responsive and well-led services. 

It was one of 12 GP practices in England found to require improvement in the CQC's latest round of inspections.

RAF war heroes to be honoured

Sue Kinnear

BBC Berkshire

The RAF will honour two women who flew planes in and out of White Waltham during World War II today. 

A plaque will be unveiled at RAF Brize Norton to mark the contribution of Molly Rose and Mary Ellis. 

Molly Rose died last year. Mary Ellis is 100 years old and is being flown into the base later. 

Professor Marion Wooldridge, deputy chair of the British Women Pilots' Association, told the BBC that the women were role models. 

She said: "They flew without radio, without navigation aids - and still did a fantastic job."

Reading under-23s lose 3-0 to Spurs

Cheltenham Festival will be a big one for Nicky Henderson

Gymnastics club aims to raise £2m

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

A gymnastics club in Windsor says it is determined to rise again once its present home is knocked down for housing. 

Phoenix Gymnastics want to build a new gym for its 1,000 children, but it needs to raise almost £2m first. 

Charlotte Gale, a coach who has two children at the club, told BBC Radio Berkshire that she is determined to find the club a new home.

"It is too important to too many children," she said.

Crowdfunding to bring back Pigeon Street

Pigeon Street animator Peter Lang discusses bringing the classic series back

A crowdfunding campaign to bring back cult 1980s series Pigeon Street has been launched. 

Original animator Peter Lang, who lives in Reading, said he would like to aim the new series at adults. 

"The audience has grown up and I want to tell them the stories they would be interested in now," he said. 

Big day for Berkshire's racehorse trainers...

...and for the BBC Radio Berkshire sport team.

The four-day Cheltenham Festival begins today with many of the runners coming from West Berkshire stables. We'll keep you in touch with how they get on through the day.

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Morning headlines

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • The RAF will honour two women who flew planes in and out of White Waltham during WW2
  • A gymnastics club in Windsor used by 1,000 children a week is fighting for its future
  • A crowdfunding campaign to bring back popular '80s children's programme Pigeon Street has been launched in Reading

Good morning

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live for Berkshire. 

We will be bringing you all of the Royal County's latest news, travel, sport and weather until 18:00. 

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