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Summary

  1. Sport: West Berkshire trainers back at Cheltenham Festival
  2. Reading Carnival will be back this year after securing a lottery grant.
  3. Weather: Bright afternoon ahead
  4. Slough's Curve shortlisted for award

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 of Berkshire's latest news, travel, sport and weather at 08:00 tomorrow. 

Stay in touch via our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Mercury hits 18C on warmest day of the year

Berkshire has been bathed in sun today... but enjoy it while it lasts. 

Tomorrow's forecast looks far more gloomy. It is expected to be overcast with highs of 10C. 

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London Irish: Ojo happy with tight Carnegie win

Winger Topsy Ojo thinks his London Irish side's win against Yorkshire Carnegie will give the squad confidence.

He told BBC Radio Berkshire: "It was quite tight. Yorkshire played a really good game and they stuck at it for quite a while.

"But our ability to stay at it and kick on at the end when we finally got the break was really good.

"We were actually creating a lot of opportunities, and I think we panicked a bit in trying to take it too early, rather than trying to keep it simple.

"As we approach the end of the season...that experience for the guys is going to be invaluable."

Bracknell Forest's libraries to remain open

Proposals to develop a new way of delivering Bracknell Forest's library service were agreed at the meeting yesterday. 

The plan will see the council attempting to keep all nine libraries open and extending opening hours in some libraries. 

New technology, such as self-service kiosks will also be installed across all libraries, the authority said.

The proposals were agreed following a thorough review over the past nine months. 

Students miss out in moon competition

A group of students - two of whom are from Berkshire - have narrowly missed the chance to send their science experiment to the moon. 

Sam Brass, Nick Doughty and Elliot Robinson entered their creation - the Luna Dome - into an international aerospace competition.

Sam Brass, Nick Doughty and Elliot Robinson
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The Bath University students were the only British finalists, after finishing ahead of almost 3,000 other entrants. 

But they learned today that they had finished as runners-up. 

They have been told they can still send their experiment to the moon... but will have to secure funding of $750,000 (£614,000) to do it. 

Uber driver fined for illegally plying for hire

An Uber taxi driver who was caught illegally plying for hire during the Reading Festival has been ordered to pay more than £1,500 in fines and costs. 

Mohammed Shahjhan Hussain, who is licensed to drive cabs in London, pleaded guilty to the offence at Reading Magistrates' Court on Friday.

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The 37-year-old was fined £533 and ordered to pay costs of £1,000. 

Uber had an application to work in the town rejected by the council last year. 

Weather latest: Bright afternoon ahead

After a beautiful start to the day, the sunny and bright conditions are expected to continue this afternoon. 

Temperatures will peak at around 14C. 

BBC weather for Berkshire
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Severe disruption on M4 Berkshire

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J8 for and J7 for A4. 

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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J8 for and J7 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 London-bound between J8 and J7, A4 (Slough West), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J10 for A329 and J8 for .

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J8, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Ojo plots Irish course back to big time

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

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Things have been going pretty well for London Irish this season in both league and cup, but club stalwart Topsy Ojo knows the job is far from done.

Irish host Cornish Pirates at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday in their St Patrick's Day weekend fixture.

Ojo, who has been with the club since 2003, told BBC Sport cool heads and composure will secure the Exiles an immediate return to the Premiership in May.

"We're completely focused on trying to secure our goal," he said. "It's about just doing what we've done throughout the season.

"We don't want to get to the end of the season and have to revamp everything."

Police confirm M4 has reopened

Thames Valley Police has confirmed that it was dealing with an incident involving a member of the public which is now resolved. The motorway was closed for safety reasons.

M4 'all lanes now open'

Stand down everyone, BBC Radio Berkshire's reporter who is on a bridge over the M4 right now tells us that all lanes have just reopened. 

It remains very busy as traffic begins to move.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J8 for .

M4 Berkshire - M4 lane blocked on exit slip road and heavy traffic London-bound at J8, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

The Curve shortlisted for award

Slough Borough Council’s library and cultural centre has been shortlisted for an award.

The Curve has been nominated in the ‘Best public service building’ category in the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) building excellence awards.

The £22million hub houses Slough’s new central library, community learning rooms, the registrar services including a wedding room, a 280-seater performance and multi-use space, café and garden area.

The Curve
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Carnival return: Reaction

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Sonia Walker, from the Reading Caribbean Cultural Group has been telling BBC Radio Berkshire she is delighted the carnival will go ahead and was looking forward to “celebrating Reading’s diverse community.”

Philbert Herman, who was involved in setting up the original Reading Carnival in 1977, said it was “an important celebration of Caribbean history”.

“Carnivals arrived in Caribbean for emancipation – way back in the days of slavery, before my time.

“So the young ones coming up will know why everybody is dressing up, everybody is free.”

Cancelled Reading Carnival to go ahead in 2017

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A Caribbean carnival which had been completely scrapped for two years will go ahead this year.

The event in Reading had previously attracted up to 10,000 people to watch and take part, but was cancelled due to funding problems.

The carnival has been run by Reading's Caribbean community since 1977 but was axed in 2013 and 2015 while a stripped-back event was held in 2014.

A lottery grant issued this year will mean the carnival will now go ahead in May.

The event usually features a procession through the town's streets, featuring music and floats, ending in Prospect Park.

Reading Carnival
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A cloudy day for Berkshire

Weather forecast for 15 March

Hyde End Road queuing due to lorry

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

So, the county's roads are having a good morning rush, with no incidents to report at the moment.

Hyde End Road is queuing both ways between Shinfield & Spencers Wood, due to a recycling lorry partially blocking the road.

Berkshire's latest headlines

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • Reading Carnival will be back this year after securing a lottery grant. It has been cancelled for the last two years. In the past the event has attracted up to 10,000 people to watch and take part
  • A woman has been arrested by Police investigating the murder of a young child in Faringdon
  • A West Berkshire trainer has become the most successful in the history of the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. Nicky Henderson's Buveur Dair was second favourite before the race began, but the six year old stormed to victory yesterday afternoon

A sprightly Wednesday for the Royal county

Sarah Lee

BBC South

As a popular nursery rhyme says - Wednesday's child is full of woe. 

But, lucky for you, this Wednesday child is full of joy - ready to give you the latest news, travel and weather throughout the day.

So put the kettle on and prepare yourself for a rather informative Wednesday.

Here's a picture to brighten your mood - thanks to reader Karl Pooley. 

Sonning
Karl Pooley
Thames Path, Sonning on Thames, Berkshire