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Summary

  1. A PC has died three years after being hit by a stolen car
  2. Jewellery worth £30,000 has been stolen from a pawnbrokers in Newbury
  3. A couple who stole a police car and and drove it from Cornwall to Berkshire have been jailed
  4. The Queen has dined with the astronaut Tim Peake at Windsor Castle
  5. Reading prepare to take on Blackburn Rovers in the Championship

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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Expect more points at the Mad Stad tonight

Reading v Blackburn (20:00 BST)

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

Yann Kermorgant scores against Leeds
Empics

Three days after beating Leeds, Reading have another game at the Madejski Stadium.

This time they face Blackburn - who are currently in the relegation zone. Reading know a win will propel them up to third spot, at least for 24 hours, until Huddersfield play Norwich.

Reading's success this season has been built on their home form. With only the three teams currently in the relegation zone still to play at the Madejski Stadium, they have already won 44 points at home.

Jaap Stam does have a growing injury list to contend with. Two of his central defensive options - Paul McShane and Joey van den Berg, are both out with hamstring injuries.

Danny Williams limped off, supported by two team-mates after the Leeds win. Callum Harriott, Stephen Quinn, Tiago Ilori and Denis Rakells are all longer-term absentees.

Reading v Blackburn: Match facts

BBC Sport

  • Reading have won two of their past three against Blackburn in league competition, after winning just one of their previous 14.
  • Blackburn have scored five goals in their past two league games against Reading, more than in their previous six combined (4).
  • The Royals have won 13 home league games this season - the past two times they managed that in the Championship, they won promotion to the Premier League.
  • Blackburn haven't won any of their past 10 away league games (D5 L5) since a 1-0 win over Newcastle in November.

Tributes to university student after death crash

A 20-year-old man who died following a collision in Nottingham has been named as Andrew Robertson from Berkshire. 

Andrew, a University of Nottingham student, was in collision with a car in the Lenton area of the city on Thursday 30 March. 

Andrew Robertson
Nottingham Police

In a statement, his family paid tribute to their "loving son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and boyfriend". 

"Words cannot express how much he will be missed," the statement said. 

March temperatures in Berkshire were 'above average'

Gold shop targeted in jewellery raid

Jewellery worth £30,000 was stolen from a pawnbrokers in Newbury on Monday. 

Diamond rings, watches and bracelets were taken during the raid at the Gold Buying Shop in Bartholomew Street.

Gold Buying Shop
Google

Police said cash and bank cards were also taken during the burglary, which happened at some point between 09:00 and 09:30. 

The force is appealing for witnesses. 

Irish announce two more renewals

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

They say things come in threes, and that is certainly the case for London Irish this afternoon.

Shortly after announcing the contract extension of Topsy Ojo, the club have confirmed that full back Greig Tonks, and scrum-half Brendan McKibbin have also signed new deals.

London Irish are currently 1st in the Championship and are confirmed to be in the end of season playoffs to gain promotion to the Premiership.

Greig Tonks and Brendan McKibbin
Rex Features

Reading v Blackburn: Team news

BBC Sport

  • Reading defensive midfielder Joey van den Berg remains a doubt as does centre-back Paul McShane (both hamstring) for the visit of Blackburn.
  • Midfielder Danny Williams will hope to recover from rolling his ankle against Leeds United on Saturday.
  • Blackburn remain without striker Danny Graham following groin surgery last month while defender Gordon Greer (calf) is still doubtful.
  • Full-back Adam Henley (hamstring) is yet to regain match fitness.

Ojo extends Irish stay

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

Club record try-scorer Topsy Ojo has extended his contract at London Irish.

The 31-year-old recently notched up his 80th career try and 400th point for Irish.

Ojo made his debut in 2005 and has been a mainstay in the side ever since.

Topsy Ojo
PPAUK/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Teenage girl assaulted in Windsor

Emma Midgley

BBC South

A 13-year-old girl has been assaulted in Windsor while walking through an underpass on a Saturday evening. 

An unknown man grabbed the teenager while she was walking between Vansittart Skate Park to Green Lane between 17:00 and 19:00 GMT on Saturday 4 March.

The victim managed to free herself and left the location. 

She sustained bruising to her upper torso and arms.

The offender is described as a white man, around 30-years-old. He spoke with a local accent.

Police will send out extra patrols in the area

This was a frightening experience for the victim who has understandably been left shaken by the incident. Events such as these are thankfully extremely rare, and we believe this to be an isolated incident.

Sgt Dean BrownMaidenhead Local Area CID

Woodley homeowner found 140 problems with his new house

homeowner from Woodley  in Berkshire has told  BBC 5 live  he's spent the last two-and-a-half-years trying to sort out the 140 problems with his new house.

Speaking to Adrian Chiles, Luke Mahon was so disappointed with his new home, that he set up a Twitter account listing the problems that needed fixing.

Unfinished house
Luke Mahon

House building firm Taylor Wimpey have apologised to Mr Mahon for his long list of problems.

"We have acted to put things right and are working hard to fix any outstanding issues."

"The vast majority of our customers tell us they are satisfied with the quality of their home."

98% of those surveyed for the latest Home Builders Federation customer satisfaction report had at least one problem to report. A quarter had 15 or more problems to flag up with the developer.

Leeds' Cooper charged with 'stamp' on Reading player

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Liam Cooper
Empics

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has been charged with alleged violent conduct by the Football Association following their match against Reading on Saturday.

Cooper appeared to stamp on the head of Reading defender Reece Oxford in the 74th-minute of the game, which Reading won 1-0.

The incident was not seen by the match officials at the time, but was caught on television cameras.

The FA has submitted a claim that the standard punishment for such an alleged offence by Cooper would be "clearly insufficient". He has until 18:00 BST today to respond to the charge.

BreakingPolice officer dies after on-duty injury

A police officer who was hit by a stolen car as he tried to stop it getting away has died from his injuries nearly 4 years later. 

PC Gareth Browning was on foot in Whitley, Reading, in November 2013 when he was hit by a black Mazda driven by Luke Haywood.

Hayward was jailed for nine years for causing grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving.

Gareth Browning
TVP

PC Browning, who was medically retired, died on Saturday aged 36. 

In a statement released today, Thames Valley Police said that following his death it would now "liaise with the coroner and Crown Prosecution Service". 

Police 'semi-professional' swan catcher to the rescue

Weather latest: Cloudy afternoon ahead

After a few bright spells this morning, it is expected to be overcast this afternoon with a chance of a few light showers.

Temperatures will remain a mild 14C before dipping to around 6C overnight.   

BBC weather
BBC

Berkshire vicar's reaction to 'Easter egg row'

On BBC Radio Berkshire Anne Diamond has been discussing the National Trust and  Cadbury's decision to drop the word 'Easter' from this year's egg hunts

Anne spoke to the Reverend Doctor Adam Carlill, Vicar of St George's church and St Mary Magdalen church in Tilehurst who said it was "prejudicial". 

"I'm down at St George's this morning and we're having an Easter egg hunt. 

"I've had a lady in who is Muslim, and she's taking part,  what's the evidence that people don't want it .. there is none.

"Who took this decision and how? They're making prejudicial decisions.

"How do you define what is Christian and what is not?"

Theresa May says dropping Easter from egg hunt event is 'ridiculous'

Well, the prime minister and Maidenhead MP, Theresa May, has spoken out on the big Easter egg hunt debate.

She has described the decision to drop the word Easter from the name of Cadbury and National Trust egg hunts as "absolutely ridiculous".

Her comments come after the Archbishop of York said calling the event the Cadbury Egg Hunt was like "spitting on the grave" of the firm's Christian founder, John Cadbury.

But Cadbury said Easter was referred to on much of its packaging and marketing.

The National Trust also denied it was downplaying the significance of Easter.

Cadbury poster
Cadbury
The Cadbury website mentions Easter - just not in the name of the event

'Nesting bats stop demolition'

The Reading Post  reports bats nesting in the roof of the old sergeants’ mess at Arborfield will hold up demolition of the MoD building and the construction of thousands of homes. 

The paper says a bat report accompanying a prior notification application to Wokingham Borough Council for the demolition of Ballieul Sergeants’ Mess in Princess Marina Drive reveals that eight common pipistrelle and one soprano pipistrelle have made their home there.

Arborfield development
BBC

According to the Reading Post the demolition will have to wait until a Natural England licence is granted.

Bat boxes will be placed in nearby mature trees and contractors will be briefed about the presence of bats on site.

Tim Peake attends Queen's dinner party

Tim Peake
BBC

Astronaut Tim Peake, the first Briton to form part of the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), has dined with the Queen at Windsor Castle. 

Major Peake, and his wife Rebecca, joined the monarch at her Berkshire home on Monday. The Queen holds annual 'dine and sleep' events as part of her Easter court. 

Previous guests have included the director Tim Burton, actress Helena Bonham Carter, Bond star Daniel Craig and actress Rachel Weisz.

Today's headlines: Heathrow, stolen police car and Tim Peake's dinner with Queen

Sue Kinnear

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • Protestors campaigning against the forced closure of an environmental community project near Heathrow say they will fight on, despite the landowners taking them to court
  • A couple who stole a police car in the West Country and drove it at high speed all the way to Berkshire have been jailed and disqualified from driving
  • The Queen has dined with the astronaut Tim Peake and his wife Rebecca at Windsor Castle

Couple drive stolen police car 200 miles to Slough

A couple who stole a police car and drove it more than 200 miles at speeds up to 124mph, have been sentenced.

Daniel Toy, 24, stole the car from Camelford Police station in Cornwall on 8 October, Truro Crown Court heard.

Daniel Toy
Devon and Cornwall Police/ Tri Se

He and his girlfriend, Samantha Poole, 31, drove it to Slough, Berkshire, before being stopped by a stinger.

Toy was jailed for two years and six months. Poole was given a 15 month sentence but was released due to time already spent in custody.

Oh to be in England now that April's there

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Even though there's a few drops of rain around this morning, it's looking glorious as spring unfolds. 

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