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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 11 April

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

That's all for today!

We're off for the day here at BBC Berkshire.

Don't forget to join us tomorrow from 8am for all the latest news updates.

CCTV images released to find robber who threatened staff with screwdriver

CCTV image of robbers
Thames Valley Police

Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an armed robbery in Wokingham on Monday 27 March.

Two males wearing face coverings entered a shop on Barrett Crescent and threatened employees with a screwdriver.

One employee handed cash over the counter and the robber then pointed the screwdriver at a female employee.

Both offenders left the shop going towards Norreys Avenue.

In sickness and in health

Atif Rashid

BBC News

Wedding ring
Getty Images

Wokingham has been named Britain's marriage capital. 

A report found 45 per cent of the Berkshire town's 60,000 residents are married.

It is the highest rate in the country. 

The study by The Marriage Foundation also showed that Berkshire has some of the highest rates of marriage in the country. 

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, between J10 for A329 and J8 for affecting J11 for A33.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J8, because of an accident. Congestion to J11, A33 (Reading).

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

Sussex move for Berkshire's Smith

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Linsey Smith
Rex Features

Berkshire cricketer Linsey Smith has completed a move to Sussex.

The 22-year-old, who is off to UAE later this week on her first tour with the England Academy, is a top-order batsman and left-arm spinner.

As well as representing Sussex in 50-over and T20 cricket this summer, she will also continue to play for Super League side Southern Vipers as they defend their title in August.

Listen: Campaign to save 105-year-old pool fails

BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach speaks to campaigners and the council about a failed attempt to save Arthur Hill Memorial Baths

Station Hill plans in doubt

The proposed £500m redevelopment of Reading's Station Hill is in doubt, the BBC understands. 

The site - between Reading Station and Friar Street - was originally bought by Sir John Madejski 12 years ago.

His vision was to provide a gateway for those arriving in the town from the station with a mixture of shops, flats and offices and a large piazza.

Reading Station Hill development
Stanhope

Developers Stanhope bought the site in 2011, and four years later they were granted planning permission and demolition work in the area began.

But work stalled and property agents say the decision to sell is because the market is already flooded with office developments.

Stanhope has refused to comment on the potential sale.

Tortoise saved by police

A tortoise was rescued from walking into oncoming traffic in Windsor last week, police have said. 

Officers reunited the reptile with its owners later in the day after getting it checked by a vet.

Thames Valley Police shared details of the incident on social media to mark National Pet Day. 

View more on twitter

Weather latest: Cloudy afternoon ahead

After a bright start to the day, more cloud is expected to move in as the afternoon progresses. 

Temperatures will stay mild at around 14C before dipping to 8C overnight. 

BBC weather
BBC

High speed internet arrives

Atif Rashid

BBC News

Fibre optic lights
BBC

Businesses in Slough and Maidenhead are getting access to gigabit-speed internet services.

It'll be up to 100 times faster than the UK's average speeds. 

The ultra-fast connections are already in place in Reading and Bracknell. 

Infrastructure provider, CityFibre, is building 38km of fibre network from Slough Trading Estate to the town centre, and a further 10km across Maidenhead. 

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J5 for A4 and J6 for A355 Slough.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound between J5, A4 (Langley) and J6, A355 (Slough), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Post-mortem for man who died in custody 'inconclusive'

A post-mortem into the death of a man who collapsed in police custody was inconclusive, the force watchdog said. 

Leroy Junior Medford, 43, who died a day after being arrested in Reading, was named by the Independent Police Complaints Commission today.

The IPCC said it was awaiting the outcome of further tests, which will be passed to the coroner. 

Thames Valley Police said it was "co-operating fully" with the investigation. 

Council proud of lowest inactive adults in UK

A report by the NHS has shown that only 13 percent of adults in Wokingham are inactive.

It is the lowest rate of inactive adults in the country.

Wokingham Borough Council say it's due to range of services and programmes they offer.

The findings were made by the NHS Digital Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet report.   

Irish's Narraway set for Coventry

Adam Williams

BBC Sport

Luke Narraway
Getty Images

London Irish club captain Luke Narraway is set for pastures new next season after agreeing to join Coventry as player/coach.

The 33-year-old former England back row will move to the National League One club on a two-year deal at the end of his third season with Irish.

Narraway has struggled with injuries this season, but hopes to lead the Exiles to a return to the Premiership when the Championship play-offs get under way later this month.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, between J10 for A329 and J8 for .

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and heavy traffic on M4 London-bound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J8, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Reading faces promotion risk over takeover bid

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

Reading FC risks having promotion to the Premier League blocked, if its Chinese takeover goes ahead. 

Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li's application to buy the club has been given conditional approval by the English Football League, but the Premier League is understood to have doubts about the deal. 

Dai Yongge
Rex Features

Last year the league blocked the siblings' bid to buy Hull City. 

Reading are currently fourth in the Championship, and on course to fight for promotion through the end of season play-offs.

Lady Sasima: Royals takeover 'getting there'

Reading takeover: Lady Sasima Srivikorn says deal to sell stake is 'getting there'

A deal to sell a 75% stake in Reading to Chinese brother and sister Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li is close, according to Lady Sasima Srivikorn, who heads the Championship side's Thai owners.

Lady Sasima told BBC South Today's Ben Moore that the club is looking for new investment because it has become "too expensive for them to run".

Campaign to save century-old swimming pool fails

A community campaign to save a 105-year-old swimming pool has failed. 

The Arthur Hill Memorial Baths in Reading was closed in December after the borough council said it would cost £700,000 to fully repair. 

Arthur Hill swimming pool
Google

Campaigners raised £10,000 to start up a community interest company to keep the pool open and presented their proposal to councillors on Tuesday. 

The council said the plan was not financially viable, and will invest in new facilities at nearby Palmer Park.  

Major housing plan rejected by council

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

The developers behind the single biggest planning application in West Berkshire's history have had their latest plans rejected. 

Five years ago, the council gave initial approval to plans for thousands of new homes at Sandleford Park near Newbury. 

A final decision was expected to be made by February this year, but concerns were raised about traffic and road access to the development. 

The developers have now been given more time to adjust their application.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, at J5 for A4 affecting J4B for M25.

M4 Berkshire - Delays, one lane closed and queuing traffic on M4 westbound at J5, A4 (Langley), because of a broken down vehicle. Congestion to J4b M25.

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

Royal children given roles at Pippa 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 will marry James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire, on Saturday 20 May.


          Prince George and Princess Charlotte with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will also attend the wedding.

Miss Middleton  confirmed her engagement  to Mr Matthews, a financier, last July.

Weather outlook: Dry day ahead

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

BBC South Weather: Tuesday 11 April

Morning headlines

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

  • The Arthur Hill Memorial Baths in Reading will close permanently after a last ditch attempt to save the 105-year-old swimming pool failed last night
  • The developers behind the single biggest planning application in West Berkshire's history have had their latest plans rejected
  • The Premier League could block Reading FC from being promoted if their prospective new owners take control of the club, reports suggest
  • A dry and mild day with high of 14C lies ahead

Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

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

M4 Berkshire - Slow traffic on M4 London-bound between J11, A33 (Reading) and J10 A329(M) Wokingham, because of an accident involving a car and a van earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Good morning

Toby Wadey

BBC South

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