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Summary

  1. Railway trespasses at 'all-time high'
  2. An extra £100,000 needed to convert former air traffic control tower into visitors' centre

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Toby Wadey

BBC South

Thank you for joining us again today. 

Enjoy your Easter weekend, and we'll be back with all Berkshire's latest, news, travel, sport and weather next week. 

WATCH: New flumes installed at Coral Reef

New flumes are being installed as part of an £11m project to rebuild Coral Reef leisure centre in Bracknell. 

The BBC has been for a look at the progress.

Teenager raped after leaving village railway station

An 18-year-old woman was raped on the side of the road shortly after leaving a village railway station, police say. 

The woman was walking away from Datchet railway station in Berkshire at about 22:10 last night when she was approached by her attacker. 

After trying to ignore his advances, he dragged her to a wooded area at the junction of Majors Farm Road, Ditton Road and London Road. 

Thames Valley Police said she is being supported by specialist officers. 

Reading midfielder 'not concerned' by negative goal difference

The Royals midfielder says as long as they win more than they lose, everything is fine.

Reading midfielder John Swift says he is not concerned by the amount of goals the team have shipped away from home this season.

He told BBC Radio Berkshire: "I don't think it's a concern. I think as long as we're up there in the table and winning more than we're losing that's the main thing."

Easter getaway: What to expect on the roads, railways and in the air

Drivers are facing the worst of the Easter traffic this evening as people getting away for the Easter break compete with regular commuters.

According to transport data supplier Inrix, traffic will be 28% above typical levels for Thursday afternoon but could be normal again by 18:00 BST.

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About 20 million car journeys will be made between Thursday and Monday.

A further two million Britons are planning to head overseas over Easter, says travel trade organisation Abta, which says Good Friday will be the busiest day for travel.

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Council in £100,000 bid to finish tower

A council which has spent almost £700,000 restoring a Cold War airbase is applying for a further £100,000 loan to finish the project off.

Greenham Control Tower in Berkshire had been unused since 1992 when the parish council started work to turn it into a visitor centre in 2014.

Greenham Control Tower
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The authority, which had received a £421,000 government grant, ran out of money for the project last year.

The council agreed at a meeting on Wednesday to apply for further funding.

Prime minister warns new Army recruits about terrorist threat

Theresa May has warned the Army's newest officer recruits that challenges posed by terrorist groups and changing allies have made the world more complex than ever before.

The prime minister was representing the Queen at the Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst Academy. 

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She also talked about the London terror attack last month. 

She commended former Sandhurst graduate Captain Michael Crofts for tending to the wounded in Westminster. 

Weather latest: Cloudy afternoon ahead

After a bright and fine start to the day, the outlook is decidedly gloomier for the remainder of the afternoon. 

The overcast conditions are expected to continue tomorrow, before things brighten up again on Saturday. 

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New flumes fitted at Coral Reef

Adam Paylor

BBC South

A leisure centre in Bracknell has been closed for a year while a £11.5m refurbishment takes place.  

But it shouldn't be too long until the waterpark is re-opened.

Today, four new flumes were fitted at the Coral Reef.

Flume
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Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J1A for M25 and J1 for A40.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 northbound between J1a M25 and J1, A40 (Denham Roundabout), because of an accident.

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

Star Wars theme tune for Sandhurst's troops

Number of trespasses on railway tracks at 'all-time high'

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Across Britain, one person trespasses on the railway every hour, according to new data.

Figures from Network Rail and British Transport Police show an increase in the number of people risking their lives on the rail network by trespassing on the tracks in the south-east region.

The data, which looks at trends over the last five years, shows trespass incidents are at all-time high in the region, while nationally one person trespasses every hour:

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Number of trespass incidents in the last five years:

Reading: 

2012: 98

2013: 94

2014: 94

2015: 109

2016: 127

Number of young people under the age of 18 who came to the attention of BTP in 2016 while trespassing: 

Berkshire: 7

Buckinghamshire: 4

Hampshire: 14

Oxfordshire: 2

More money needed for Greenham Common tower

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Significantly more money needs to be spent before the former air traffic control tower at Greenham Common can be opened to the public. 

Conversion of the landmark into a visitors' centre was supposed to be completed last summer. 

Just over £700,000 has already been spent on the renovation. 

The Parish Council last night confirmed it's applying for a further £100,000 loan.

Theresa May visits Sandhurst to see new officers graduate

Fuel leak in Earley

Lower Earley Way is currently closed in both directions due to an accident involving a motorbike.

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A cloudy and cool start to Easter weekend

Thursday's weather forecast

Berkshire's morning headlines

Sam Clayton

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

  • It's been confirmed an extra £100,000 is needed to convert the former air traffic control tower at Greenham Common into a visitors' centre
  • A Thames Valley detective who allegedly placed a toy monkey on a black colleague's desk has been accused of gross misconduct. Det Sgt Andrew Mottau is alleged to have told the woman to make him cups of tea "when the black monkey starts to sing"
  • Theresa May will be representing the Queen at the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst later

Detective in 'toy monkey' racism claim

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A detective who allegedly placed a toy monkey on a black colleague's desk has been accused of gross misconduct.

Det Sgt Andrew Mottau is alleged to have told the woman to make him cups of tea "when the black monkey starts to sing", Thames Valley Police said.

He is also accused of making racist remarks and asking her to "embrace" the monkey in the period between 15 August and 15 September 2016.

A four-day misconduct hearing will start in Oxford on 24 April.

Thames Valley Police HQ in Oxford
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