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Summary

  1. Weather latest: Sunny afternoon ahead
  2. 'Extraordinary' Shakespeare book found
  3. Hydrotherapy pool 'may move'

Live Reporting

By John Hudson, Toby Wadey and Adam Whitty

All times stated are UK

Thanks for the memories

Adam Whitty

BBC South

As Frank Sinatra would say: And now, the end is near, and so we face the final curtain.

I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway, and more, much more than this.

We did it our way (based on strict BBC guidelines of objectivity, taste and decency).

Thank you for joining us today, and this week.

We will see you again on Monday at 08:00 BST for the latest news, sport weather and travel from our fair county.

See you then.

Tarpey rewarded for record-breaking run

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

Maidenhead's record-breaking striker Dave Tarpey has been named as the National League South player of the month for March.

The 28-year-old has scored five goals this month, netting 38 in total in an amazing season in which he has taken his team to top-of-the-table with six games to go.

Earlier on in the month, Tarpey set a new record for most goals scored in a National League South season after scoring his 35th of the campaign.

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Drone 'nearly hit' plane near Heathrow

Adam Whitty

BBC South

A passenger plane had a near-miss with a drone at 10,000ft as it approached Heathrow Airport.

Pilots spotted a gadget with multiple arms and up to eight rotors pass by the right hand side of the plane as it was preparing to land.

Heathrow drone
PA

Both pilots exclaimed: "Was that a drone? At 10,000 feet!", according to a report which has been looking into the incident last November by air safety experts UK Airprox Board (UKAB).

The drone was estimated to be about 98ft (30m) away from the plane and "safety was not assured", UKAB added.

'Big carrot' for Reading against Leeds

Reading v Leeds United (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Ady Williams

Sport presenter, BBC Radio Berkshire

Reading manager Jaap Stam has a fully-fit squad to choose from for the visit of fellow play-off contenders Leeds.  

Captain Paul McShane has recovered from a hamstring injury and is in contention for a start, while there's a huge doubt over Leeds's leading marksman Chris Wood.

The big carrot for Reading is knowing a win over Leeds would see them finish the day in fourth place.

The two sides met in December at Elland Road, and despite 77% possession for Reading, the home side won 2-0.

Both teams go into the game with wins last time out against teams in the top six.

The best and worst bits of Antiques Roadshow

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Antiques Roadshow will have a very special feel when it is broadcast on Sunday night (20:00 BST).

It was filmed at Caversham Park, the site of the BBC here in Berkshire (and not to brag, but where I am currently writing this from).

While it was being filmed, BBC Radio Berkshire's Bill Buckley grabbed a word with Roadshow expert Henry Sandon, who has been the man who knows all things porcelain on the show since 1979.

"I found Ozzy the Owl, which ended up being worth £20,000. The old lady went absolutely berserk", he said.

"But I've been caught out with 'gotcha oscars'. I had to identifty this pot, and got hauled away to meet a chief detective superintendent, who turned out to be Noel Edmonds".

Don't waste time, get your green bin welcome pack

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Get a message to the Reading town crier (if there is one?), because new charges for garden waste collections will come into force from tomorrow. 

Reading residents have had garden waste collected from their doorstep free of charge since the green bin collection service started 10 years ago.

But Reading Borough Council says government funding cuts have put the council under what they call "unprecedented financial pressure".

Recycling
Getty Images

A £50 annual charge has been introduced for up to two green bins to be collected per property, or £15 a year for households with a green bag.

Almost 9,500 households have already signed up for the new welcome packs, in which coloured stickers are to put on resident's bins, or tags for their bags, to notify the crews to collect from their property.

Grab your passport!

Have you booked your summer holiday yet? If not, all is not lost. 

Tony Blackburn on his BBC Radio Berkshire show today quizzed Simon Calder, the Travel Editor of the Independent, on where best to travel to in 2017. 

(You probably weren't considering these places...)

12 changes for Irish ahead of Jersey return

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Nick Kennedy has made 12 changes to the London Irish starting XV who lost to Jersey Reds last weekend.

That match was in the Championship, their first loss in the league all season, whilst this fixture against the same opposition is in the British and Irish Cup semi-final.

You can follow the action live on Sunday via  BBC Jersey .

London Irish starting XV
BBC

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe accident, between J17 for A412 and J16 for M40.

M25 Hertfordshire - Queuing traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J17, A412 (Maple Cross) and J16 M40, because of an accident involving three cars and two vans earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Garden waste collection charges start tomorrow

New charges for garden waste collections come into effect in Reading tomorrow. 

The borough council blamed “sustained government cuts” for having to introduce fees for the service, which was previously free. 

More than 9,500 households have signed up for the scheme so far. 

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Reading v Leeds: Team news

BBC Sport

Reading manager Jaap Stam has a fully fit squad to choose from for the visit of fellow play-off contenders Leeds.

Paul McShane and Liam Kelly (both hamstring) have recovered from injuries during the international break.

Leeds United defender Luke Ayling serves the second game of his two-match ban, but midfielder Kalvin Phillips is back after his suspension.

Striker Chris Wood picked up a knock on international duty with New Zealand, but is expected to be fit.

M4 set for weekend closure

A full closure of a stretch of the M4 this weekend is expected to cause problems for motorists. 

The motorway will be shut in both directions between Theale and Newbury from Friday night until Monday morning. 

Highways England map
Highways England

Traffic will be diverted on the A4.

A Highways England spokesman told BBC Berkshire they were "confident" work would be completed on time.

BreakingCasey to leave Irish in summer

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Bob Casey
Getty Images

A surprise announcement coming out of London Irish this lunchtime - chief executive Bob Casey is to leave the club this summer.

The former Exiles captain, who had a distinguished 10-year playing career, is to return home to Ireland with his family at the end of this season. 

Here's a duck in a funny place

Adam Whitty

BBC South

Ed Sault, a local reporter for BBC South Today, has come across a quacking sight on a bridge at the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading.

A duck, with hidden ducklings, just chilling out on a spring day.

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Duck One
BBC
Here is said duck, probably working out which restaurant to have its lunch in
Duck 2
BBC
As you can see here, the ducklings are being sat on by the duck, although I'm sure she would say she's protecting them

Number plate recognition plan for bridge users

Number plate recognition technology could be installed on Marlow Bridge to catch drivers breaching weight and size restrictions. 

Police have started enforcing a three-tonne weight limit for the listed structure, which connects Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, after it was severely damaged by a 37-tonne lorry last year. 

Marlow Bridge
Transport for Buckinghamshire

And now engineers from Transport for Buckinghamshire are set to carry out a safety study.

Options being explored are expected to range from low-technology measures, such as signage and barriers, to more high-tech solutions such as  number plate recognition equipment.

Weather latest: Sunny afternoon ahead

After an overcast start, the clouds will clear this afternoon to make way for some sunshine. 

Temperatures are forecast to peak at about 15C, and will drop to 10C overnight.

BBC weather
BBC

Green light for redevelopment plans

Plans to demolish outdated 70s homes in Finchampstead have been given the go ahead. 

Wokingham Borough Council agreed last night to go ahead with the first phase of the Gorse Ride South redevelopment . 

Around £6m will be spent on replacing about 20% of the estate. 

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'Extraordinary' Shakespeare book found

A 17th century Shakespearean notebook with "enormous scholarly value" has been described as one of the most remarkable items to ever feature on the Antiques Roadshow. 

The tiny pad, featuring "scientific scholarly notes" written during the Bard's lifetime, left manuscripts specialist Matthew Haley "trembling". 

It was brought on the show, which was filmed at Caversham Park, by a man who found it among his mother's belongings. 

The notebook will be shown at 20:00 on Sunday on BBC One

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J10 for A329 and J11 for A33.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J11, A33 (Reading), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

War horse statue plans approved

Plans to build a bronze war horse on a roundabout in Ascot have been given the go-ahead. 

The statue will be built opposite Heatherwood Hospital to mark the millions of horses killed in the First World War. 

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Hydrotherapy pool 'may move'

Campaigners fighting to save Reading's hydrotherapy pool say they're delighted the decision to close it has been reversed.

The Royal Berkshire Hospital announced earlier this year it would close in June. However, yesterday bosses said the service will continue but may move to another site.

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Berkshire's travel headlines

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

M25 Clockwise: Earlier accident at J16 (M40) is now cleared, but causing long delays back to J14 (Heathrow)

A34 Southbound: Accident and fuel spillage at Burghclere is blocking the inside lane, and causing queues back to the Newbury Bypass

And a reminder for this weekend, the M4 will be closed both ways between J12 (Calcot) & J13 (Newbury) from 9pm tonight, till 6am on Monday. Signed diversions via the A4.

London-bound GWR train delays

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

A signalling fault between Reading and Slough is causing 15 minute delays and service alterations towards London.

Trains are not stopping at Taplow, and at Burnham - expected to continue until 10:30 BST.

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Weather: Risk of showers

BBC South Weather: Friday 31 March

Morning headlines

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • Around 150 people were forced to leave their homes in Hermitage yesterday after a lorry began leaking highly explosive gas
  • Campaigners fighting to save Reading's hydrotherapy pool say they're delighted the decision to close it has been reversed
  • Plans to build a bronze war horse on a roundabout in Ascot have been given the go ahead
  • Antiques Roadshow experts say the Caversham Park episode yielded one of the most remarkable items they have ever seen

Evacuation after lorry gas leak

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Around 150 people were forced to leave their homes in Hermitage yesterday after a lorry began leaking highly explosive gas. 

The HGV carrying liquid petroleum gas developed a fault at Faircross at around 16:30. 

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Firefighters and police cleared the area and residents were sent to a garden centre for safety. 

They have since been allowed back home .

Good morning

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Good morning and welcome to the BBC local live service for Berkshire. 

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