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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 10 April
  2. 30 firefighters tackle large fire in Ascot
  3. The Chinese takeover of Reading FC moves one step closer
  4. A major police operation to prevent criminals using Berkshire's roads is launched
  5. Weather: Bright day ahead, highs of 12C

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

That's all for today!

Sarah Lee

BBC South

That's it for BBC Berkshire today folks.

Don't forget to join us at 8.00am tomorrow for all the latest news updates.

Have a good evening. 

Wheels of the bus to keep on rolling

Atif Rashid

BBC Berkshire reporter

Councillors are committed to retaining local bus services in Windsor and Maidenhead.

Proposals are to be discussed later this month to increase funding from £150,000 to £840,000. 

Councillor Hari Sharma, Bus Champion for the Royal Borough, said there will be no sudden end to services.

The existing bus network is expected to be retained until July 2022 with the proposed investment. 

"We are doing this to save the club"

Reading FC owner says they just ran out of money.

Lady Sasima on what it's like to run a football club.

Work continues to speed up bus journeys

The second phase of a major project to speed up bus journeys gets underway today. 

It aims to improve bus services around Reading and the first two phases is costing £5 million. 

The 36-week programme will include off-peak south-bound lane closures between Lindisfarne Way and Imperial Way.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of November. 

George and Charlotte given key roles at Pippa Middleton's wedding

Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be page boy and bridesmaid at the wedding of Pippa Middleton, Kensington Palace has said. 

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister is to wed her financier boyfriend James Matthews at St Mark's Church, Englefield, Berkshire, on the morning of Saturday May 20. 

Kate will be accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry at what is set to be one of the most talked about society weddings of recent times.   

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews
PA

Ascot fire 'not deliberate'

Crews tackling a fire at Englemore Pond, Ascot have successfully extinguished it.

The site has now been handed over to the owners and Bracknell Forest Council who manage the land who will check the area to ensure the fire doesn't restart. 

Station Manager Nev Griffiths said: “It’s been very hot and dry recently, and it’s not thought that the fire started deliberately.”

“The fire generated a lot of smoke in the area, as the wind had picked up and caused it to spread. The crews did a good job in getting the situation under control."

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Fujitsu staff to strike over cuts

Staff at Japanese electronics firm Fujitsu are to take further strike action in the UK as part of a dispute over cuts to jobs and pensions.

The union Unite said the company, which announced 1,800 job cuts in October, was "keeping them in the dark over its plans for the future".

Members will strike for 24 hours on 13 and 24 April and two days on 20 April. It follows four other days of action.

The firm has a range of businesses in the UK, employing 14,000 people.

Fujitsu in Basingstoke
Google

Workers in Crewe, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield, Warrington, Basingstoke, Belfast, Birmingham and Bracknell will be involved.  

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 - Slow traffic on M25 anticlockwise between J15 M4 and J14, A3113 (Heathrow Terminal 4), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Piles of rubbish dumped behind shops

Piles of rubbish have been dumped on an area of land behind shops, restaurants and houses in Reading. 

The site at Shinfield Road is regularly targeted by fly-tippers overnight and is attracting rats, according to people living nearby. 

Residents have so far been unable to establish who owns the land. 

Government guidelines say those convicted of fly-tipping can be fined an unlimited amount or imprisoned for up to five years.

Breaking30 firefighters tackling 'large fire' in Ascot

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Around thirty firefighters are currently tackling a large fire in the open in Englemere Pond, Ascot.

Royal Berkshire Fire were called at 1.34pm to reports of one acre of undergrowth and pine trees on fire.

Crews currently at the scene include Ascot, Wokingham, Wokingham Road, Windsor and two specialist off-road vehicles from Maidenhead Fire Station.

People are advised to avoid the area. 

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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J13 for A34 Chieveley and J12 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Maidenhead and Hungerford both win

Maidenhead United moved five points clear at the top of the National League South on Saturday with a 2-1 win over East Thurrock. 

It was the side's seventh straight win, and their promotion bid was strengthened after rivals Ebbsfleet slipped up against Truro. 

National League South
BBC

Hungerford Town won 2-1 against relegation-threatened Whitehawk. 

View a full list of results here

Broken down train causes delays on line

A broken-down train is causing delays of up to 30 minutes between Reading and Westbury.

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Weather latest: Cloudy afternoon ahead

After a fine and dry start to the day, it will become overcast as the afternoon progresses. 

Temperatures will peak at around 13C before dipping to 7C overnight. 

BBC weather
BBC

Reading owner: 'We can't afford to keep club'

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

Reading FC's owners say they are not walking away from the team. 

The Thai consortium, which took the club over in 2014, is in talks to sell 75% of the Royals to a Chinese brother and sister. 

Lady Sasima Srivikorn
Rex Features

Lady Sasima Srivikorn, who heads the Thai group, told BBC Radio Berkshire that running the club has become too expensive for them.

She said: "Every month we have to put in more money... we just couldn't afford it comfortably anymore."

Motorcyclist seriously injured after Windsor crash

A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a crash at Windsor Great Park on Saturday.

The 41-year-old man was riding a grey Suzuki when it collided with a Mercedes at about 12:40 on Sheet Street Road, police said. 

Great Windsor Park
Thames Valley Police

The Mercedes driver was uninjured.   

Officers closed the road for several hours while the scene was investigated. 

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J13 for A34 Chieveley and J12 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J13, A34 (Chieveley) and J12, A4 (Theale), because of a broken down car.

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

BreakingFujitsu workers announce fresh strikes

Workers at IT giant Fujitsu in Bracknell are to stage a fresh wave of strikes over a dispute about jobs and pension cuts.

Unite members will walk out for 24 hours on April 13 and 24, and for 48 hours on April 20, at sites across the country. 

Fujitsu
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Ian Tonks, Unite national officer, said the company was "treating its workforce with contempt".

Fujitsu declined an invitation to comment. 

Reading boss bemoans 'tough afternoon'

BBC Sport

Reading manager Jaap Stam has described his side's 7-1 defeat to Norwich as a "tough afternoon". 

He told the BBC: "We needed to make it far more difficult for them than that. No-one plays badly on purpose but we needed to be more aggressive out there, we needed to show more.

"It was just one of those days when all their shots on target seemed to go in, every loose ball seemed to fall to them although we didn't help ourselves.

"I don't think it will affect the confidence of the players - all they can do now is learn from what happened to do and then move on."

Concern grows for missing man

Police are becoming "increasingly concerned" for a missing 82-year-old man from Maidenhead. 

Michael Asher was last seen at lunchtime on 31 March after buying a train ticket to Poole in Dorset. 

Michael Asher
Thames Valley Police

Police believe he has stayed in the area since, and that he has been using buses to travel around the county. 

Inspector Geoff Hicks, of Dorset Police, said: “We know Michael has been upset recently and we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare. 

"It is very out of character for him to go missing like this."

Disabled man mocked for walking slowly

Two teenage girls stepped on a disabled man's heels and subjected him to verbal abuse as he walked in Wokingham, police have said. 

The man, who is in his 30s and has limited mobility, was in Rose Street at about 13:00 on Thursday when the girls started laughing at him and mocking the speed he was walking. 

Rose Street
Google

The force said the offenders were seen leaving the scene with three other girls in a red car, which had been parked in a disabled bay near Wokingham Methodist Church.

Thames Valley Police said the girls are believed to be aged around 16, and an appeal for witnesses has been launched. 

Reading thrashed 7-1 by Norwich

BBC Sport

Norwich scored six first-half goals as they thrashed Reading 7-1  on Saturday. 

The hosts were 4-0 up within 31 minutes through Nelson Oliveira's penalty, Wes Hoolahan's chip, Alex Pritchard's 25-yard shot and Russell Martin's tap in.

Championship table
BBC

Pritchard slotted in his second before Yann Kermorgant pulled one back, only for Hoolahan to tap in for 6-1.

Mitchell Dijks hit the bar for the Canaries before substitute Cameron Jerome slotted in number seven late on.

Reading, who had won their previous three games, stay fourth in the table with five games left to play.

Sleeping driver caught in crackdown

Police checking HGV
Hampshire Constabulary
The forces used a commercial vehicle unit to stop haulage vehicles to make sure they were complying with the current legislation

Eighteen people are arrested and 63 vehicles are seized during a four-day operation.

Police checking HGV

Sleeping driver caught in crackdown

Eighteen people are arrested and 63 vehicles are seized during a four-day operation.

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Easter getaway: When is it busiest?

More than 20 million cars are expected to be on the roads and more than 200 rail engineering works are taking place over Easter.

The busiest day for the great getaway will be Thursday, with drivers being warned some journeys could take 90 minutes longer than usual.

Easter getaway
BBC

The M4 at Reading is expected to be one of the busiest areas, with a six-mile stretch of the motorway affected by roadworks. 

Read more about the travel situation here

Reading FC receives conditional approval for takeover

BBC Sport

Championship promotion hopefuls Reading have received conditional EFL approval for their takeover by a Chinese family.

The 146-year-old club have released a statement saying a "change of control" to allow brother and sister Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li to take over has been conditionally approved.

Dai Yongge
Rex Features

The pair  began negotiations  with Reading's Thai owners in November.

The Premier League, which has a say in takeovers of clubs who could compete in their league, is said to be cautious.

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J11 for A33 and J10 for A329.

M4 Berkshire - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M4 eastbound between J11, A33 (Reading) and J10 A329(M) Wokingham, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car.

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

Overnight roadworks planned for major route

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

The A329(M) in Reading will be closed for roadworks tonight and tomorrow. 

The route will close between its slip roads with junction 10 of the M4 from 21:00 until 06:00 on Tuesday. 

Lane closures are also scheduled between Wednesday and Friday night.

Man 'stamped on head' in town centre attack

A man was pushed to the ground and stamped on the head three times during an attack in Reading town centre, police have said. 

The 31-year-old suffered facial injuries during the assault, which happened in Station Road at about 01:00 on Saturday. 

The force said the area had been busy at the time, and a witness appeal has been launched. 

A 26-year-old man from Bramley, Hampshire, was arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and released under investigation.

Weather outlook: Bright day ahead

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

BBC South Weather: Monday 10 April

Morning headlines

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

  • The Chinese takeover of Reading FC has moved one step closer
  • The A329 in Reading is set to close for roadworks tonight and tomorrow
  • A major police operation to prevent criminals using Berkshire's roads has been launched
  • A bright day is forecast, but temperatures will be 10C lower than at the weekend

Good morning

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Good morning and welcome to BBC local live for Berkshire. 

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