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Summary

  1. Security barriers increased at Windsor Castle following terrorist attack in London.
  2. Barriers 'ugly', locals say
  3. Theale Station funding diverted to electrification of the line.
  4. More than half a billion pounds will be invested in Slough.

Live Reporting

By Emma Midgley and John Hudson

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

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Crime Commissioner prioritises counter-terrorism

Tara Maxwell

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Thames Valley's Police and Crime Commissioner says all vulnerable sites are being examined after last week's terror attack in Westminster. 

Security barriers have been installed around Windsor Castle overnight for tomorrow's Changing of the Guard ceremony. 

The commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld, has released his priorities for policing, including tackling terrorism and serious organised crime. 

Anthony Stansfeld
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Delay-hit rail project makes progress

Twelve miles of railway between Maidenhead and London was electrified at the weekend as part of an ongoing £2.8 billion Crossrail project. 

Mark Langman, a Network Rail director, said the progress was a "major milestone". 

A train
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"From May this year more passengers will see immediate benefits with brand new, cleaner, quieter electric trains operating between Maidenhead and Paddington," he said. 

The project has previously been hit with delays, and was described as a "stark example of how not to run a major project" by MPs  earlier this month. 

Man assaulted with 'bladed article'

A man has been "assaulted with a bladed article" at a house in Reading. 

The attack, which left the victim needing hospital treatment, happened at about 23:30 last night inside an address in Prospect Street. 

A 32-year-old man, of no fixed abode, has been arrested in connection with the incident. 

Thames Valley Police said officers have remained at the scene today, and are making door-to-door inquiries. 

WATCH: Windsor anti-terror barriers branded 'ugly'

Security barriers placed around Windsor Castle have been branded "ugly" by some residents.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of vehicle tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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

Temperatures to hit 21C by Thursday

Muggers target man talking on phone

Two muggers targeted a man in Windsor as he walked down an alleyway while talking on his phone yards from a busy street. 

After grabbing the victim, who is in his 20s, the pair threatened him and emptied his pockets.

They took his wallet and phone before during the robbery which happened off Dedworth Road at 19:35 on Sunday 19 March. 

Both of the offenders were wearing dark clothing, and one was described as white and the other black. 

Councils 'face funding gap' to fix roads

One in six roads across England and Wales, including many in Berkshire, are in such a bad state they must must be repaired within the next five years, according to local authorities.

The Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey (ALARM) found that 17% of roads were in "poor" condition.

Survey reveals pothole problem

The government is planning to invest £1.2bn in roads this year, which includes repair and maintenance.

But authorities say it will take an average of 12 years and £12bn to bring the local network "up to scratch".

Live: Windsor Castle barriers reaction

Body found in river

The body of a woman has been recovered from a river in Datchet. 

It is believed to be 52-year-old Ann McGloin, who had been reported missing from her Slough home on 1 March.

Police say the death is being treated as "unexplained and not suspicious". 

Ms McGloin's next of kin have been informed and a file passed to the coroner. 

Weather latest: Dry afternoon ahead

After yesterday's unbroken sunshine, things are not looking quite as bright today. 

There will be some bright spells and it will remain mild, but areas of low cloud will arrive by this evening and isolated showers are forecast overnight. 

BBC weather
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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J14 for A338 and J15 for A346 Marlborough Road.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J14, A338 (Hungerford) and J15, A346 (Swindon East), because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

'Ugly' castle barriers anger residents

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Windsor barriers
BBC

New security barriers around Windsor Castle have been branded "ugly" by some locals.

They were installed overnight to afford extra protection at Wednesday's Changing of the Guard ceremony in the wake of last week's attack in Westminster.

Police asked the public to understand why the barriers were "necessary".

But some residents in the Royal Borough have reacted angrily to the "over-the-top" measure.

Windsor barriers

'Ugly' castle barriers anger residents

The anti-terror measures have been described as an "over-the-top" reaction to last week's attack in London.

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Windsor Barriers: Analysis

Peter Cooke

Home Affairs Correspondent, BBC South Today

The police and security services face a constant balancing act of doing all they can to protect the public from acts of terror - whilst at the same time trying to maintain our civil liberties so we can continue to live in a free and open society.

No security infrastructure can ever remove all the risks. But the new barriers in Windsor are effective methods to stop vehicle attacks and to protect public spaces.

However some of these in-your-face barriers aren't always popular with the public.

But as we continue to face this low tech and lone wolf form of terrorism it's likely we'll see more obvious and also more subtle security measures being put in place in public spaces around the country.

Anti-terror barriers appear around Windsor Castle

Nick Johnson

BBC Berkshire reporter

Windsor barriers
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Windsor barriers
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Barriers around Windsor Castle
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Theale Station to remain inaccessible for disabled people for two years

Emma Midgley

BBC South

People with mobility problems or mothers with prams and buggies will have to wait at least another two years before ramps or lifts are installed at Theale Station. 

The station has stairs leading up to the ticket office, then more steps onto the platform. 

The unused ticket office at Theale
BBC

Those trying to board a train will find the station has no ramp to help people in wheelchairs get aboard, and staff are only around to help at certain times of day. 

Plans for new lifts and footbridges to the platforms have been around since 2011, when First Great Western, as it was called then, built a new ticket office that still hasn't opened. 

Then work ground to a halt.

In 2013, the station was one of 26 nominated for the Access for All programme - a government funding scheme to improve disabled access at stations all over the country. 

Now that money has been withdrawn and diverted to other projects such as the electrification of the Great Western main line. 

Travel: Accident at Basingstoke causing delays on M3

M3 Northbound at J6 (Basingstoke), accident now on hard shoulder, causing delays back to J7

Weather outlook: Sunshine and showers

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Castle barriers after Westminster attack

Windsor Castle
BBC

Security barriers are being placed around Windsor Castle ahead of the next Changing of the Guard.

Police said the decision was made following a review of security after the terror attack at Westminster  last week .

The extra protection would be installed on Monday evening, a force spokesman said.

The spokesman added that there was "no intelligence to indicate a specific threat to Windsor".

London Heathrow flights affected by fog and low visibility

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

Fog and low visibility is affecting flights to and from London Heathrow Airport

Travel: Long delays on M4 after earlier accident

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

Earlier accident on M4 Westbound at J6 (Slough) now on hard shoulder, but long delays still back to M25 interchange.

This morning's headlines: Train access, Windsor security and Slough is booming

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • Theale Station will remain inaccessible for disabled people for at least two years after funding to install new lifts and footbridges was diverted to electrification of the line.
  • New security barriers are to be increased at Windsor Castle during the Changing the Guard ceremonies, following the Westminster terror attack.
  • More than half a billion pounds will be invested in Slough over the next few years as the town's economy continues to grow. 

Good morning!

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Did you all enjoy the long sunny evening yesterday? It's looking like we'll get some sun today as well. 

It looks busy on the roads this morning, so we'll be bringing you the latest travel, along with news, weather and sport throughout the day.