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Summary

  1. Reading GP's placed in special measures
  2. Work on £50m A&E unit at Wexham Park begins
  3. Weather: Sunny but breezy
  4. Trout kept as school pets

Live Reporting

By John Hudson, Toby Wadey and Sarah Lee

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

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Man run-over after son shot with BB gun

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A man was run over and beaten unconscious after confronting two people he believed shot his nine-year-old son with a BB gun, police said. 

The boy was fired at from a car in Woolhampton, Berkshire, before his 41-year-old father tracked the suspected offenders down in nearby Bucklebury.

He was then hit by a car on Pease Hill and punched and kicked. 

A 19-year-old man and 17-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of GBH and have been released under investigation. 

He didn't forecast that...

If there's one thing us Brits love to talk about, it's the weather.

Simon King has been presenting the weather on both TV and Radio for almost 10 years - and before that even had a spell in the RAF.

And it all started here in Reading, where he studied meteorology at the university.

He joined BBC Radio Berkshire's Anne Diamond, and shared the time he helped his wife give birth to their daughter.

Heathrow owner halts future UK investment over Brexit

The Spanish owner of Heathrow airport has said that uncertainty over the UK's exit from the EU has put a halt on future UK investment deals.

Although investment in Heathrow is not in doubt, Ferrovial chairman Rafael del Pino said he saw "no opportunities" in the UK, Spain's ABC newspaper reported.

Rafael del Pino
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Brexit may even have "positive side effects", including a more favourable view of Heathrow expansion, he added.

The comments referred to future merger and acquisition deals, Ferrovial said.

Hospital CEO claims Brexit will cause recruitment problems

The CEO of Wexham Park Hospital claims Brexit will make it harder to tackle staff shortages. 

Speaking as a £50m project to build a new A&E at the Slough facility begins, Andrew Morris said the trust still has 200 vacancies and relies on doctors and nurses from overseas.  

Read more about the hospital upgrade here

Wexham Park Hospital
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'Inadequate' GP surgeries 'addressing problems'

Two Reading GP practices branded "inadequate" and placed in special measures following a damning watchdog report are "addressing the problems identified", according to their Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). 

North West Reading CCG said Circuit Lane and Priory Avenue surgeries "are now up to date on prescriptions, pathology tests and hospital letters". 

Circuit Lane and Priory Avenue surgeries
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Dr Andy Ciecierski, clinical chair of the CCG, said that "significant progress" had been made since Care Quality Commission inspectors visited in January. 

He said OneMedicalGroup, which runs the practices, is "committed to bringing in long-term improvements".

"We now hope a renewed push to recruit permanent doctors and nurses will be successful, recognising that all practices in the area are finding this challenging at the moment,” he added. 

Slough's night shelter helps 47 people over winter

Slough’s winter night shelter helped 47 homeless people over 94 nights before closing on Monday. 

The facility, which provided warmth, safety, meals and support for rough sleepers across the town, will open again when the cold weather returns later in the year. 

At least 20 of the shelter's guests now have a home and 11 have found work, the council said. 

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The shelter was organised by the London and Slough Run in conjunction with the borough council.

John Power, chairman of London and Slough Run, credited the success of the scheme with the "efforts of each of our volunteers".

Reading slip to fourth after play-off rivals win

Reading have dropped to fourth in the Championship after play-off rivals Huddersfield beat Norwich 3-0 last night. 

Newcastle's 1-0 win over Burton also means the Royals are now 10 points adrift of the automatic promotion spots. 

Jaap Stam's men's next match is against 10th place Norwich on Saturday. 

Championship table
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Weather latest: Sunny afternoon ahead

After a fine and dry start, more of the same is forecast for this afternoon, with temperatures reaching 14C. 

However, it is expected to become cloudier as the evening progresses and a dull day is forecast tomorrow. 

BBC weather
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Sir Nicholas Winton garden on track to open in summer

A memorial garden for Sir Nicholas Winton , who rescued hundreds of children from the Holocaust in the months before World War Two, is on track to open this summer. 

Sir Nicholas, who died last year aged 106,  brought Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to the UK.

The garden at Oaken Grove Park in Maidenhead will include an ornamental pond, a fountain and an information panel which will display a number of quotes from Sir Nicholas.

Sir Nicholas
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Reading GP's placed in special measures

Circuit Lane Surgery and the Priory Avenue Surgery in Reading, Berkshire have been placed into special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors found risks to patients were not assessed or well managed and some patients were at significant risk of harm.

The inspection highlighted the following problems:

  • Staffing levels were not appropriate to ensure the practice was staffed to a safe level and to ensure appropriate care was given to address patient’s health needs.
  • There was a significant backlog of patient correspondence not yet reviewed or filed onto the record system. 
  • There was not appropriate learning from events and complaints to ensure improvements to safety and quality were made.

GP
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Ruth Rankine, Deputy Chief Inspector of General Practice said:         

“During our inspections we found that Circuit Lane Surgery and Priory Avenue Surgery were both failing to provide the fundamental  aspects of good care that patients have the right to expect from their GP practice. 

“Earlier this year we took enforcement action to impose urgent conditions and taking such significant action is not something that the CQC takes lightly.  During our inspections in November and January we found that patients were at significant risk and both of these reports and the subsequent ratings fairly reflect our overall findings.”

Sport headlines

Ady Williams

Sport presenter, BBC Radio Berkshire

  • Reading drop to fourth in the Championship table despite not kicking a ball - after Huddersfield beat Norwich 3-0.
  • Reading's Premier League push continues in Norwich this weekend.
  • Day one of the  Aintree Festival : West Berkshire trainers Nicky Henderson, Warren Greatrex and Brendan Powell are all well represented.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J12 for A4.

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

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

Family of stabbed backpacker Sarah Groves 'hopeful' of trial speed up

Sarah Lee

BBC South

The parents of former Ascot schoolgirl, Sarah Groves, who was murdered in India are hopeful that the new public prosecutor appointed by the authorities will be able to speed up the trial of the man accused of her murder. 

The trial began in July 2013 but has been slowed by witnesses not appearing in court.

On the fourth anniversary of Sarah's death, Vic Groves says he's more convinced of the ability of the new prosecutor to press ahead with the trial. 

Sarah Grove
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Trout kept as class pets

School pupils in Berkshire have been taking part in a special conservation project by keeping baby trout as the class pets.  

Five schools were given hundreds of brown trout eggs in the winter by the Action for the River Kennet group. 

Now they are releasing them into the wild to help boost the fish population while helping the children understand how diverse the river can be.

Trout
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Trout
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Trout
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Work on £50m A&E unit at Wexham Park begins

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

As work starts on a new £50m A&E unit at Wexham Park - bosses say the hospital has turned a corner.

The upgrade is part of ongoing changes at Wexham which has now been rated as "good" - three years ago inspectors said it was "inadequate". 

Chief of Service for Emergency Medicine, Prem Premachandram says the new unit makes staff there optimistic for the future.

A sunny but breezy day in Berkshire

Weather forecast for 6 April 2017

Happy Thursday

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Good morning and welcome to BBC Berkshire live on this wonderful Thursday. 

We'll be bringing you all the latest news, travel and weather until 6pm. 

I wish you a tolerable Thursday. That's all any of us can hope for.