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  1. Reading Surgery rated "inadequate"
  2. Thames Valley Police review of security after Westminster attack
  3. AWE workers in first of series of new strikes

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By Sarah Lee and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

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Adam Whitty

BBC South

Thank you for your company today, we hope you have enjoyed the updates from around the county.

We will be back from 08:00 GMT - sharp - tomorrow morning, with Berkshire's news, weather, travel and sport.

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Thames Valley Police 'actively monitoring hate crime' following terror attack

Thames Valley Police has said following yesterday's Westminister terror attack , the national threat level remains at severe, and the public need to "be alert but not alarmed". 

The force has reviewed security measures for pre-planned events and says there is no intelligence to suggest specific threats in the region.

"We will continue to provide a visible policing presence across the Thames Valley to provide reassurance to our communities," a spokesman said.

"Today we will be engaging with key community representatives to allay concerns and fears linked to this incident - with a particular focus on supporting our Muslim communities. We will be actively monitoring any incidents of hate crime and will ensure that they are dealt with robustly."

Hyam reckons it's worth a Shot

Reading player Dom Hyam is getting some first team experience in the National League.

The 21-year-old is joining Aldershot Town until the end of this season.

The former Scottish U21 player is yet to make a senior appearance for the Royals.

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Five-time gold-medallist turns 55

Steve Redgrave has a rather special relationship with the number five, so you would hope he wouldn't mind his birthday today.

The five-time gold medallist, who career with British Rowing is celebrated with the Redgrave/Pinsent lake in Caversham, turns 55 today.

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Dominic Hyam

National League play-off hopefuls Aldershot sign Reading defender Dominic Hyam on loan until the end of the season.

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Weather latest: Clouds moving in after bright day

After a bright and dry day, it is expected to become overcast this evening. 

The temperature is expected to drop to around 7C overnight, with winds reaching 15mph. 

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Window crush death accused guilty

A Slough man has been convicted over the death of a woman who was crushed by window frames weighing more than half a tonne.

Lawyer Amanda Telfer, 43, died when three frames fell on her as she walked past a building site in London.

The frames had been left unprotected and unrestrained against a wall, in Hanover Square, Mayfair, in 2012.

Amanda Telfer

Kelvin Adsett, 64, from Slough, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence, following a six-week trial at the Old Bailey.

Adsett, a supervisor for Slough-based IS Europe Limited, was also convicted of failure to take reasonable care for safety whilst at work.

Terrorists 'destined for hellfire' says religious council member

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Islamist extremists who commit terrorist acts, like the one in Westminster yesterday, are 'destined for hellfire', says a member of the Reading Muslim Council.

Mustapha Chaudary was speaking after the so-called Islamic State group claimed  it was behind the attack .

Muslim against hate

“There are clear-cut messages from Imams that say the person who carried the act out, from an Islamic point of view, is destined for hellfire", Chaudary told BBC Radio Berkshire .

"There’s no glory, no martyrdom in this, it’s just taking other people’s lives.

"This is completely unjustified, we are encouraged to do the complete opposite of this. Islam is about people’s safety, and coming together".

Severe disruption: A321 Berkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A321 Berkshire northbound severe disruption, between Jubilee Avenue and Matthewsgreen Road.

A321 Berkshire - A321 Milton Road in Wokingham closed northbound between the Jubilee Avenue junction and the Matthewsgreen Road junction, because of a fallen tree.

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

Al-Habsi the impenetrable wall

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

If Reading FC fans were to name three things strikers would find it impossible to score past right now, a brick wall and the whole team lined up on the goal line would probably do the job.

The third? Current Royals shot stopper Ali Al-Habsi.

He was in inspired form a week ago to ensure the Royals left Hillsborough with all three points.

Ali Al-Habsi reflects on his match saving heroics against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Omani international is currently on duty with his national side, who face Bhutan on Tuesday afternoon.

Figures reveal child sex offences rise

The number of child sex offences recorded by Thames Valley Police rose by 37% last year. 

Figures obtained by the NSPCC show the force recorded just under 2,500 of the crimes. 

Nationally there was an allegation made every ten minutes.

Peter Wanless, the NSPCC's chief executive, said: "This steep rise lays bare just how extensive this appalling crime against children has become, claiming multiple victims every hour, some of whom are yet to say their first word."

Cyclist dies after pedestrian collision

Adam Whitty

BBC South

A cyclist has died after colliding with a pedestrian at a crossroads in Berkshire. 

The 26-year-old was cycling from Wokingham Road in Earley on Monday 20 March, and turned into Church Road where he collided with a 29-year-old male pedestrian.

Wokingham Road junction
The cyclist turned off Wokingham Road onto Church Road, where the collision took place

The cyclist sustained serious head injuries and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for treatment, but died on Wednesday 22 March. 

The pedestrian suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital. 

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident.  

Slough 'united in abhorrence' following terror attack

Slough council says the town "with all its races and religions, stands together, united in abhorrence" following yesterday's terror attack in London. 

In a statement, the authority said: “If this act was indeed inspired by international terrorism, we add our voices to those around the world; terrorists do not represent us.

"This does not represent any faith, no religion sanctions acts of evil."

Reading women targeted in courier fraud

Adam Whitty

BBC South

A 90-year-old and 76-year-old woman were the victims of two cases of courier fraud in Reading in March.

The incidents took place on 8 March and 20 March, where both victims were contacted by a man claiming to be from the fraud departments at two different high street banks.

The man claimed that the victims' cards had been cloned and that they should be returned. 

Cashpoint fraud
The women were told to withdraw money from cashpoints in Reading

The victims were then told to withdraw a sum of money which was then collected by a man who claimed to be a police officer in the first instance, and then a courier.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses to the two incidents.

Tarpey the goal machine continues to fire

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

40 goals in total, 38 in the league. The latter stat means Maidenhead United striker Dave Tarpey has smashed the league goal scoring record which had stood for seven years.

It has been some season for Tarpey who has been firing in goals left, right, and centre (quite literally) for the league leaders.

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He scored two more goals on Tuesday night against Oxford City in Maidenhead's 6-1 victory.

Dave Tarpey reflects on another brace for the Magpies to keep them top of the league.

Maidenhead United's next game is away against Bishop's Stortford on Saturday afternoon.

Bed blocking figures revealed

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

West Berkshire and Reading are among the worst areas in the country for getting elderly patients out of hospital and into social care. 

New figures show last year there were almost 9,000 days spent waiting in hospital beds by patients who did not need to be there.

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Nationally, more than 2,500 hospital beds a day are taken up by patients whose release has been delayed due to problems in the social care system.

Councillor Rick Jones, West Berkshire's social care lead, told BBC Radio Berkshire: "Inflation and wage pressure is one of the main things upon us. 

"We know we will have to pay more for that care in West Berkshire."

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J12 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - M4 lane blocked on exit slip road London-bound at J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Appeal after airfield burglary

Police are appealing for information following a burglary at an airfield building near Maidenhead.

At about 00:45am on Tuesday 14 March, tools were stolen from White Waltham Airfield.

Many of the items stolen were of the Snap-on brand and include ratchets, sockets, spanners and screwdrivers. Other Bosch and DeWalt branded tools were also stolen.

Thames Water fined £20m after sewage spillage

Reading Surgery rated "inadequate"

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

A Reading GP practice has been put in to special measures after being rated inadequate. 

An inspection by the Care Quality Commission found the 5,000 patients at South Reading Surgery in Whitley Road are at risk of harm because processes, including health and safety assessments, weren't in place to keep them safe. 

Leadership has also been criticised although the practice was rated good for providing effective services.  

Review of security after Westminster attack

London terror attacks

Thames Valley Police will review security across the region after five people were killed in an attack in Westminster on Wednesday. 

Chief Constable Francis Habgood said will there is "no specific intelligence" suggesting an "imminent threat", a review would take place to ensure the public are kept safe.  

Francis Habgood
Chief Constable Francis Habgood offered sympathies to those affected

Mr Habgood added: "On behalf of all my colleagues in Thames Valley Police I offer my sympathies to all those affected by the serious events in London." 

AWE workers in first of series of new strikes

Workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment are staging the first of a new series of strikes today in a long-running dispute over pensions. 

Members of Unite at sites in Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire are due to take seven days of action in the coming weeks in protest at the closure of their final salary pension scheme. 

The union said workers were angry "copper-bottomed" pledges made by the Conservative government in the 1990s about the future of pensions once they transferred from the Ministry of Defence to the private sector, had been broken. 


Unite regional officer Bob Middleton said: "Our members feel betrayed and badly let down by what has happened to their pensions, they don't deserve to lose thousands of pounds when they retire. 

"Until a settlement is reached that is acceptable to our members, the seven further days of strike action remain in place."

Talks are due to be held next week.

AWE has told the BBC that it is committed to establishing future pension arrangements that are affordable for staff and attractive to future employees. 

The statement went on to say that "the safety and security of AWE staff and the general public continues to remain our top priority during periods of industrial action

Newbury MP gives final thoughts after yesterday's attack

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BBC South

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