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Summary

  1. Lakes in Windsor have become infested with blue green algae
  2. Thames Water hit with record £20m fine
  3. Two men are in hospital after being stabbed in Slough
  4. Sunny spells expected throughout the day

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee, Toby Wadey and Emma Midgley

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

We are ending our live coverage for today. 

However, you can continue to follow live updates on the latest situation in London here

We will be back at 08:00 tomorrow. 

MP 'was on a mission' to save policeman

Windsor MP Adam Afriyie said his friend and colleague Tobias Ellwood "defied orders" as he went to the aid of an injured police officer. 

Mr Afriyie said that Bournemouth MP and former solider Mr Ellwood, whose brother was killed in the Bali bombing in 2002, was "on a mission" to save the wounded man. 

Since then however, it has been confirmed that the police officer has died as a result the injuries.

Tobias Ellwood
PA
Tobias Ellwood tried to help an injured police officer

Windsor MP describes 'despicable act'

Windsor MP Adam Afriyie told the BBC he was close to the scene of the attack and heard six gunshots. 

He said: "My heart goes out to the innocent vicitms who have been injured - it is a despicable act." 

He added: "We were walking through Palace Yard through the arches when I thought I heard six rounds. 

"Instinctively we all crouched down behind the pillars and got quick instruction to head back to Portcullis House."

Thames Water fined £20m for sewage spill

Thames Water has been fined a record £20m after pumping nearly 1.5 billion litres of untreated sewage into the River Thames.

The company admitted water pollution and other offences at sewage facilities in the region. 

Sewage from the River Thames
Environment Agency
Sewage poured onto Upper Thames Sailing Club's pontoon

Fish and birds died following the spills in 2013 and 2014.

The £20.3m fine is the largest penalty handed down to a water utility for an environmental disaster.

Trains still running into London

Trains are still travelling from Berkshire to London as scheduled at the moment. 

However, once in the capital, people are requested to avoid the following areas:

  • Parliament Square
  • Whitehall
  • Westminster Bridge
  • Lambeth Bridge
  • Victoria Street 

MP pays tribute to dead police officer

Richard Benyon, MP for Newbury, has reacted to news that a police officer has died after being stabbed in today's attack at Westminster. 

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BreakingFour dead , 20 injured in London attack

The Met Police have confirmed that four people have died, including a police officer. Twenty more have been injured.

Follow our live coverage for the latest .

London attack: Statement from House of Commons

'Parliament won't cower to malevolent attackers,' says MP

An MP says he is feeling a "rising anger" about the "malevolent perpetrators" involved in the terrorist incident at Westminster today. 

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, told BBC Radio Berkshire: "My overwhelming sense right now is that I want parliament, and I want our democracy back up and running as quickly as humanly possible."

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor,
BBC

He added that parliament "would never be cowered by situations like this". 

"My heart goes out to those who have been injured and who have lost their lives," he said. 

Windsor MP says he heard 6 gunshots

Slough MP describes 'frightening' moment

Slough MP Fiona MacTaggart told BBC Berkshire she was leaving Westminster at the time of the attack. 

She said: "My colleagues were running towards me saying 'turn around, turn around'. 

"They were very frightened and the police were following them, and so we had to go back into Portcullis House."

Reading East MP Rob Wilson safe

Rob Wilson is the latest Berkshire MP to confirm he is safe after this afternoon's terrorist incident at Westminster.

Read live updates on the attack  here

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Newbury MP says 'everyone is calm' in House of Commons

Newbury MP Richard Benyon describes scene inside Commons Chamber

BreakingNewbury MP locked in Chamber of House of Commons

There are reports of shots being fired outside the Houses of Parliament and the Palace of Westminster is reportedly in lockdown.

Politicians and journalists have tweeted about hearing loud crashes outside the buildings, as witnesses said they saw people being treated for injuries.

Witnesses have reported seeing a man with a knife within the palace grounds.

A police officer has also told the BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg that someone has been shot outside Portcullis House.

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WATCH: Animator in Pigeon Street comeback bid

Toby Wadey

BBC South

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 aim the new episodes at adults. 

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

The crowdfunding target is £20,000. 

Weather latest: Damp afternoon ahead

After a chilly and wet morning, more showers are forecast for this afternoon. 

However, there may be some bright spells before it becomes wet again overnight. 

BBC weather
BBC

Funding for electric car charging points

Slough has been given £157,000 government funding for seven electric charging points for low emission taxis.

The funding is being matched by the council in a bid to reduce emissions in Slough and improve air quality.

Licensing rules are also being amended to encourage drivers of older, more polluting vehicles, to swap them for new electric versions.

A person demonstrating a charging point
Slough Borough Council

The seven new rapid-charging points will be placed at:

  • Slough railway station – front entrance
  • Slough Railway station – rear entrance
  • Harrow Market, Langley
  • Burnham Railway station
  • The Grove car park, town centre
  • Burlington car park, town centre
  • Church Street, town centre

The new charging points will be in place during 2018 and 2019.

Men in hospital following 'racist attack'

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Two men are in hospital after being stabbed in what police have described as a racist attack in Slough. 

It's alleged the men - one in his 40s, the other in his 20s - were stabbed in the leg, back and stomach by a group of males at a bus stop in Langley. 

Police say the attackers - thought to be carrying a baseball bat and a knife - used religiously-offensive language. 

Two 17-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy, all from Slough, have been arrested on suspicion of religiously-aggravated grievous bodily harm. 

They are currently on bail until 13 May.  

Shearing dreadlocks for charity

Archie Wilson is taking an unusual step for Thames Valley Air Ambulance - shaving off his impressive dreadlocks for charity. 

Archie Wilson
Archie Wilson

He says he was inspired to raise money for the cause after suffering a slight head injury during his final year of school playing rugby. 

After falling in and out of consciousness the Thames Valley Air Ambulance were called out to him. 

It turned out he had a subdural haematoma, or  the bleeding of the brain inside of the skull, and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance potentially "saved his life". 

This injury sadly carries a high risk of death and the speed and professionalism of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance decreased my chances of health problems.

Archie WilsonCharity fundraiser

A Tudor mass can be heard at The Vyne due to a new soundscape inside the chapel

The sounds of the 16th Century can now be heard at The Vyne near Basingstoke.

A Tudor church service has been recreated in a new soundscape inside the house's chapel.

 Visitors can hear the mass, just as King Henry the Eighth would have done when he visited.

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Police live chat about child sexual exploitation

All lanes now open on M4

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

M4 UPDATE: All lanes now reopened & queues easing.

'Dangerous' blue green algae warning in Windsor park

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Mild weather has brought a toxic algae to Windsor Great Park. 

The algae blooms in warm, dry weather, and can be dangerous to animals if ingested.

There is currently blue green algae in: 

  • Obelisk Pond
  • Wick Pond
  • Virginia Water Lake

Windsor Great Park said it was displaying signs to warn visitors and advise dog owners that dogs must not enter the water. 

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To treat the algae we have implemented measures, including the use of barley straw extract which breaks it down, and we continue to monitor the waters. However, the most effective treatment for the removal of blue green algae is a period of cold or wet weather.

SpokespersonWindsor Great Park

M4 delays London-bound

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

M4: London-bound just after Reading Services (J12-11), accident blocking the outside lane, causing delays back to J12.

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, after Reading Services.

M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic on M4 eastbound after Reading Services, 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

Travel: Delays on Peppard Road in Caversham due to stuck traffic lights

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

  • Delays on Peppard Road in Emmer Green due to roadworks, temporary lights were earlier stuck on red but there's now an operative there directing traffic

Today's weather: Some rain but sunshine also

We've got some rain in the forecast today but we should get some sunshine as well, although temperatures will be struggling to get in to the double figures. 

Maidenhead's success story continues

Ady Williams

Sport presenter, BBC Radio Berkshire

Maidenhead United are top of the National South league and they won last night after beating Oxford City 6-1. 

Striker Dave Tarpey has scored a record 38 league goals this season. 


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This morning's headlines: Schools, algae and 500-year-old music recreated at The Vyne

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • The National Governors Association is urging the government to press ahead with plans for a shake-up of school funding 
  • A man from Basingstoke says he's determined to walk again after having a leg amputated after being knocked off a bridge onto a dual carriageway.
  • Almost 500 years after Henry VIII attended mass at The Vyne in Basingstoke, the sounds of the service have been recreated.

Good morning! Where'd the sun go?

Emma Midgley

BBC South

There was a gorgeous sunrise this morning just before 06:00 - but it's looking grey and windy now. 

Sunrise in Reading
@picnicfoods

Looks like the old saying "red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning" is true. 

We'll be bringing you all the local news, weather, travel and sport throughout the day.