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Summary

  1. Dashcam footage released after lorry driver sentencing
  2. Fundraiser launched after Topshop boy death
  3. New dementia café closes
  4. Residents blast traveller mess

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee, Toby Wadey and Emma Midgley

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us again today, 

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

Cyclist seriously injured after collision with pedestrian in Earley

A 26-year-old cyclist remains in John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment after a collision with a pedestrian in Earley on Monday.

He was riding from Wokingham Road and turned into Church Road when the incident happened at 19.30.

The pedestrian, 29 had minor injuries and was taken to Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Police have appealed for witnesses to call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Councillor warns of 'devastating' impact on children's lives

Sabia Hussain, Slough Council's Deputy Leader called for residents to have their say on government proposals to cut funding for Slough schools.

The government is planning to cut £1.4m per year and is seeking views on the proposals.

The Councillor said: 

“The council and schools have opposed the plans because of the devastating impact it will have on children’s lives.

It’s crucial parents and other residents voice their concerns so we can send a united message that we want these cuts to be reversed.”

The government’s consultation ends tomorrow and views can be expressed here .

M4 reopens after crash

The M4 has reopened following an eight-vehicle crash. 

Two people involved have been taken to hospital, South Central Ambulance Service said. 

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Three muggers fail to snatch woman's handbag

An attempted mugging by three men outside a primary school has been described as “shameful behaviour” by police.

The group tried to snatch a handbag from a woman, who is in her 20s, outside Sandy Lane Primary in Bracknell on Tuesday evening.

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The victim was left uninjured, but police said the incident had been a “frightening experience”.

The force said the offenders were all white, in their late 20s and wearing dark clothing.  

Traffic stopped on M4 after crash

George Clooney visit thrills 87-year-old Pat

An 87-year-old woman says her surprise visit from George Clooney will be a moment she remembers forever. 

The Oscar-winning actor turned up unexpectedly at Sunrise of Sonning, a care home in Berkshire, on Sunday to give resident Pat Adams birthday flowers. 

Pat told the BBC that Clooney, who lives nearby, is welcome to "call in any time". 

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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

M4 Berkshire - M4 partially blocked and queuing traffic London-bound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J8, because of an accident.

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

Residents blast traveller mess

The mess left by travellers at an illegal encampment in Reading has been described as an eyesore by residents. 

The group moved on from the derelict Murdoch's pub on Bath Road before the council was able to get a date in court to force an eviction. 

Councillor Jean Gardener, chairman of Tilehurst Parish Council, said the area will require a big clean-up. 

"There is so much mess, it is absolutely awful," she said. 

Dashcam footage released after lorry driver sentencing

Harrowing dashcam footage showing the moment a distracted lorry driver killed a 21-year-old woman after crashing into her car at high speed has been released by police. 

Jodie Moss died when Dariusz Tokarczyk's HGV smashed into her stationary car on the A34 at Chieveley, Berkshire, in March 2016.

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Tokarczyk, 47, was selecting music on his mobile phone in the moments before impact, Reading Crown Court heard yesterday.   

He was sentenced to four-and-half years in prison and banned from driving for 51 months.

Man in court on child sex offences charges

A man charged with serious child sex offences against seven alleged victims has appeared in court.

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Michael Gibbons, of Dickens Way, Yateley, Hampshire, faces 16 counts of serious sexual offences against children under 13. 

Police said the alleged offences happened at locations in north Hampshire and Berkshire from 2009 onwards. 

The 26-year-old appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court earlier. He was bailed to appear at Winchester Crown Court (pictured) on 19 April. 

Heads increase pressure over school funding

Head teachers representing some 3,000 schools in England, including some in Wokingham, have written to their MPs and ministers calling for a rethink on school finance plans.

They say a new national funding formula, which should give underfunded schools more cash, ignores inflationary cost pressures faced by all schools.

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The heads come from 14 local council areas and represent 1.5 million pupils.

The letter comes as the government's  consultation  period for the new school funding formula closes on Thursday.

Weather latest: Bright afternoon ahead

After a bright and chilly start to the day, more of the same is expected this afternoon.

However, you'll have to enjoy it while it lasts, with rain forecast for much of tomorrow. 

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Fundraiser launched after Topshop boy death

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Money is being raised in memory of a 10-year-old boy who was killed after an accent involving a till barrier at Topshop in Reading.

Kaden Reddick died on 13 February when a store display barrier fell on him at the Oracle Shopping Centre.

His family are hosting a fundraising auction with a target of £1,000 to raise money for The Royal Brompton and Harefield Trust, which has cared for his younger sister since birth.

Kaden's two year-old sibling has congenital heart disease and requires continual care and procedures which is funded by the charity.

Kaden
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A statement on the fundraiser page, said: "We can’t change what has happened or put our family back together again, but the work that The Royal Brompton and Harefield Trust does saves lives and keeps families together. 

"Kaden would be very proud to know that so many people care."

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Lloyds Banking to look at compensation for fraud victims

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Lloyds Banking Group has recruited Professor Russel Griggs to spearhead an investigation into whether it should compensate customers who became victims of fraud at the hands of former HBOS staff. 

The move follows the bank's pledge last month to carry out a review and "redress if appropriate" once it had assessed all customer cases which may have been affected by criminal activities linked to the former HBOS impaired assets office in Reading. 

Lloyds said Professor Griggs will "agree the scope, methodology and individual case outcomes of the review" to ensure fair outcomes.    

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It comes after a group of corrupt financiers were jailed for carrying out a £245 million loans scam and squandering the profits on high-end prostitutes and luxury holidays. 

Consultant David Mills, 60, bribed Lynden Scourfield, 54, who looked after corporate customers at HBOS's Reading branch until 2007.

Southwark Crown Court was told that Scourfield took bribes in the form of luxury holidays and sex parties in return for arranging loans which allowed corrupt financiers to profit from rip-off consultancy fees. 

London Irish to play at the Madejski Stadium next season

Exiles CEO Bob Casey tells BBC Radio Berkshire their plans for 2017/18.
Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire's Adam Williams, the London Irish Chief Executive has exclusively revealed the club will continue playing at the Mad Stad next season, regardless of the division they're playing in.

Bob Casey, London Irish CEO:

"Yes we will [when asked if the club will be playing in Reading next season]

"We're very grateful for the support, the local community, and Reading, and they've been very good for us. But we need to look at a commercial decision.

"We have to look at generating more money by getting more bums on seats. 

"It's a great pitch, great stadium, our supporters are really vocal here and they get behind the team."

Man charged with child sex offences

Sue Paz

BBC South

A man has been charged with serious child sex offences against seven alleged victims. 

Michael Gibbons, of Dickens Way, Yateley, Hampshire, faces 16 counts of serious sexual offences against children under 13. 

Police said the alleged offences happened at locations in north Hampshire and Berkshire from 2009 onwards. 

The 26-year-old is due at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court later.

Irish will stay in Reading in 2017-18

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BBC Sport

London Irish will continue playing in Reading next season even if they miss out on Championship promotion, chief executive Bob Casey has said.

The Exiles have  applied to groundshare at Brentford FC's planned new stadium.

The Madejski Stadium looks set to continue as Irish's "home ground" until the  Lionel Road site in Brentford  is completed - hoped to be in August 2019.

"It's very difficult for us to make ends meet renting a stadium off Reading FC," Casey told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"We have to look at it from a commercial side of things," the former Exiles second row added. "Where rugby is going at the moment, for us to be able to compete, we have to generate much more revenue.

"The best way to do that is to get more bums on seats and having a better deal with the stadium we play at."

London Irish in action against Cornish Pirates
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'I just thanked him... I would never forget it'

Pat Adams has been telling the BBC the story of her surprise visit from George Clooney .

The Hollywood A-lister turned up unexpectedly at care home Sunrise of Sonning on Sunday to treat resident Pat Adams.

Clooney surprised the 87-year-old fan with a bouquet of flowers for her birthday.

Staff had written to the star, who lives nearby, telling him a visit would make Pat's dreams come true.

Pat tells BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach all about the breakfast time visit

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

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M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A4 affecting J8 for .

M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked, queuing traffic and delays on M4 London-bound at J7, A4 (Slough West), because of a broken down car. Congestion to J8.

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

Bridgitte Tetteh visits Thames Valley Police Musuem

BBC Berkshire's  Bridgitte Tetteh  is at the Thames Valley Police Museum this morning talking to museum curator PC Colin Boyes about an artefact related to serial killer Amelia Dyer.

Packaging used to conceal a baby murdered by Dyer was recently found in a loft and handed in to the museum. 

Dyer murdered up to 400 infants over a 20-year period and was found guilty of "baby farming" murders in 1896.

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Weather watchers snap first day of Spring

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Kennet And Avon Canal, Hungerford
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Accident on M4 westbound

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

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M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J8 for and J10 for A329.

M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic on M4 westbound between J8 and J10 A329(M) Wokingham, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Weather: A nippy start with some showers later

Weather for the South of England on Tuesday 21 March 2017

New dementia café closes

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

A dementia café in Thatcham, which opened in January, has closed because of a lack of funding. 

The Nature Memories Cafe launched in Thatcham in January as a pilot scheme to support rural, older communities in West Berkshire. 

But because of a lack of financial backing, it looks like yesterday's session may have been its last. 

The Nature Memories Cafe
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A cool Tuesday

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Good morning folks - it's Tuesday. 

I don't know what you think of Tuesdays, but for me, Tuesday's are really just Monday's dressed in their Sunday best.

The weekend seems a while away - but have no fear - we'll be here to brighten up your day with some cool - yes I said cool - updates.

Here's a random picture of people in their Sunday best so you catch my drift. 

Sunday best
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