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Summary

  1. M4 fire: Road closed westbound at j6
  2. Consultation on fire stations shows closure of two stations as preferred option
  3. Thousands of pounds paid in compensation to injured schoolchildren in Berkshire
  4. Weather: Dry and sunny
  5. Sport: Reading take on Norwich City tomorrow

Live Reporting

By John Hudson, Sarah Lee and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

That's all folks!

Sarah Lee

BBC South

That's all for us today at BBC Berkshire.

We'll back from 08:00 on Monday with all the latest news, travel and weather.

Enjoy your weekends!

Severe accident: A329 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A329 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between Loddon Bridge Road and B3350 Church Road.

A329 Berkshire - A329 Wokingham Road in Reading closed and queuing traffic westbound between the Loddon Bridge Road junction and the B3350 Church Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Cyclist killed in crash was 'exceptional human being'

Ben
TVP

The family of Benjamin Pedley who died following a collision on Monday 20 March on Church Road, Reading, have paid tribute to him.  

"Ben was exceptional; not just as a brother or a son, a friend or a student; but as a human being with unparalleled natural talent, matched only by his immeasurable strength and perseverance to better himself", they said.

“Ben was, soon to be, a grade 8 classical pianist, largely self-taught. He was a keen cyclist; and a ‘prodigious talent’, as he was often introduced.

“He was an athlete; running televised races months after taking up the sport, could fly light aircraft, skateboard on half-pipes, keep up with professional snooker players and excelled at golf.  

“Whilst the sadness and grief is at times, unbearable, we are ever grateful for the memories we hold."

Police at incident in Slough

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

Police were called today following reports of a fear for welfare incident involving a woman at Herschel car park in Slough.

Officers are at the scene along with the ambulance service, and the car park has been closed while the incident continues.

Reading v Norwich City: Match facts

BBC Sport

  • Norwich have lost their past three games against the Royals, conceding seven and scoring just three in the process.
  • Norwich are unbeaten in 2017 in the Championship at Carrow Road (W5 D3).
  • Reading have lost three of their past four league games on the road but did beat Sheffield Wednesday last time out - 2-0.
  • Cameron Jerome has scored four goals in his past five league games at home in the Championship.
  • Yann Kermorgant is looking to score in three successive Football League games for the first time.

Severe disruption: M25 Berkshire anti-clockwise

BBC News Travel

M25 Berkshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, between J15 for M4 and J14 for A3113 Airport Way.

M25 Berkshire - Stationary traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J15 M4 and J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4), because of a broken down van and a rolling road-block.

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

Dog-on-horse attack sparks petition

The owners of a horse that nearly died in a dog attack have started a petition calling for stricter animal laws .

Anna Bunton's mare, Mo, was bitten on the neck and stomach by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in New Mill Lane in Wokingham, Berkshire, in February.

The dog, that was off its lead, then attacked Ms Bunton and cut her while trying to bite through her boots.

A second horse in the group was also badly bitten on the leg but police said no criminal offence had occurred.

Ms Bunton is now calling for laws on animal-on-animal attacks to be tightened. Specifically she wants the government to "lessen the ambiguity surrounding animal-on-animal attacks".

M4 fire: Two lanes reopen

Two lanes have now reopened on the M4 around Slough after a vehicle fire shut the motorway . 

Crews were called to a crash involving a car and a van inbetween J6 and J7 westbound just after 11:00.

Three people were treated at the roadside  

Weather latest: Sunny afternoon ahead

It's another beautiful day in Berkshire, and it's only going to get warmer as the afternoon progresses. 

Temperatures are expected to reach 15C - and over the weekend the mercury is expected to soar into the 20s. 

BBC weather
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M4 fire: Diversion in place

The Highways Agency is advising motorists to follow the "Hollow Square" diversion symbols to avoid the closure on the M4 westbound at J6.

Diversion details
Highways England

M4 fire: Van alight

Faye Harland

BBC Radio Berkshire news editor

I have just spoken to Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service about the incident on the M4 westbound between J6 and J7.

The fire brigade say it is a road traffic collision between a car and van, and that the van caught fire.

Crews from Slough and Langley and Windsor are still on the scene.

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M4 fire: Road closed westbound at j6

TRAVEL: Fire on M4

M4 Westbound blocked, stationary traffic due to vehicle fire between J6 A355 (Slough / Windsor) and J7 A4 (Slough West).

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TRAVEL: M4 rolling road block

Slow traffic due to rolling road block and emergency repairs on M4 Westbound between J11 A33 / B3270 (Reading) and J12 A4 (Theale). 

Driverless cars arriving 'could speed up pothole repairs'

The arrival of driverless cars could hasten the need to repair potholes, a study has found.

Autonomous vehicles are likely to require "enhanced standards of road maintenance", according to a report commissioned by the RAC Foundation.

Driverless shuttle
Gateway

The study's findings have been revealed in the week members of the British public were given their first extended  trial of a driverless shuttle bus.

The project, led by the Transport Research Laboratory in Crowthorne, saw about 100 people travel in a prototype shuttle on a route in Greenwich, London, on Wednesday.

Fire station closure 'preferred option'

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Just over a thousand members of the public have taken part in a consultation on the future of fire services in Berkshire .

According to the responses closing Pangbourne and Wargrave stations along with shared management across three areas was the most favoured option.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue says it needs to save 2.4 million pounds by 2020.

A decision will be announced on the 18th April.  

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Local artist one of those announced for Reading festival

More names announced for Reading Festival

Norwich City v Reading: Latest team news

BBC Sport

  • Reading's Jordan Obita has a leg injury and is expected to miss out but Tiago Ilori could return from a knee injury.
  • Paul McShane (calf), Joey van den Berg (hamstring), Deniss Rakels (ankle), Danzell Gravenberch (ankle) and Callum Harriott (hamstring) remain out.
  • Norwich will have defenders Mitchell Dijks and Ivo Pinto available again following suspension.
  • Wes Hoolahan (thigh) missed the midweek defeat at Huddersfield while midfielder Graham Dorrans (ankle) is a doubt.

Read a full preview here

Thousands in compensation paid out by Berkshire schools

Pupil mishaps including a blindfolded child running into a goalpost and pupil hit by a cricket ball have cost schools £7m in three years, it has emerged.

Figures obtained by the BBC reveal an apparent doubling in school payouts from £1.65m in 2014 to £3.45m in 2016.

Injured child
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Among the authorities to pay out was the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, which provided more than £7,000 in compensation during that period. 

The Campaign for Real Education says some teachers are now "terrified" of being sued.

High pollen warning for hay fever sufferers

Traffic latest

  • Reading: Traffic heavier than normal on Oxford Road into town at Beresford Road
  • Reading: Delays on Caversham Road in both directions around Richfield Avenue
  • Slough: Heavy traffic on Farnham Road in both directions on Bath Road (Three Tuns traffic lights)
  • Slough: Heavy traffic on Bath Road in both directions at M4 Huntercombe Spur/Goldsworthy Way

Weather outlook: Fine and dry day ahead

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Today's weather with Holly Green

Morning headlines

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • Decisions about the future of fire services in Berkshire will be announced today
  • Thousands of pounds has been paid out in compensation to injured schoolchildren in Berkshire in the last three years, it has emerged
  • A dry and sunny day lies ahead with a hot weekend also in prospect
  • Reading prepare to take on Norwich City in the Championship tomorrow

Decision day for Berkshire fire services

A decision on whether to cut the number of fire stations in Berkshire is set to be announced today. 

The county's fire authority says it needs to save £2.4m by 2020 to balance the books.

Firefighters
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It has been considering seven options, which include proposals to close Pangbourne and Wargrave stations.

And Windsor could be left unmanned for 12 hours overnight. 

Good morning

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Good morning and welcome to BBC local live for Berkshire. 

We will be bringing you all of the county's latest news, travel, sport and weather until 18:00. 

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