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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 21 April
  2. Queen celebrates 91st birthday at Windsor Castle
  3. Reading Festival lost wallet results in drinking contest
  4. Woman sexually assaulted while looking for dogs
  5. PM has message for Maidenhead United FC

Live Reporting

By Sarah Lee and Toby Wadey

All times stated are UK

That's all from us

Alex Regan

BBC South

Thanks for joining us today on Berkshire Live, we'll be back again on Monday at 08:00 with more news, sports, weather and travel updates. 

Children set off 21 guns to honour Queen's birthday

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Windsor
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Windsor
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21 gun salute on the Long Walk, Windsor

Family's 'lucky escape' after aerosol can explosion

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

A family has had a lucky escape after an aerosol can exploded during a fire in the bedroom of their house.

Three crews responded to a call on Spencer Road, Slough at 4.27pm on Thursday 20 April.

Fortunately the family had been able to escape the blaze, but substantial damage had been caused inside the property, Royal Berkshire Fire Service said. 

An aerosol can had been heated up, causing it to explode. Several of the windows in the house were broken as they were forced out by the can exploding.

The fire had been started accidentally. 

Sean Keeley, Station Commander at Slough Fire Station said: “Aerosol cans are highly dangerous. They contain flammable products which have been stored at pressure and should be kept away from a naked flame at all times.”

BreakingLorry hits Colthrop level crossing

Chris Browning

BBC Radio Berkshire

A lorry has hit the Colthrop level crossing between Midgham and Thatcham.

It happened at 11:42 GMT.

Network Rail engineers said they were trying to rectify the problem.

Disruption to trains is expected until 15:00 - all lines between Midgham and Thatcham are blocked.

We understand there’s a lot of road traffic in the area as well – the road over the level crossing may be blocked.

Happy returns of the day for the Queen

BreakingDelays after vehicle strikes level crossing

A vehicle has struck a level crossing between Midgham and Thatcham, blocking all lines between the two stations. 

Journeys between Reading and Bedwyn may be delayed by up to 40 minutes, diverted via Swindon or cancelled. 

Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 15:00.

Buses are currently being sourced to operate between Reading and Bedwyn.

Tim Burrows responds to drinking game honour

Sarah Lee

BBC South

A man who lost his wallet 14 years ago at Reading Festival has said he was "touched" that a group of friends had held a drinking game in his honour since 2003.

Talking to the BBC, Tim Burrows said: "I had a message in my inbox sitting there since September I think – and it said ‘did you lose a wallet at Reading Festival in 2003’.

"And thinking back - yes I did,"

Tim was toasted by the group of friends during "the Tim Burrows Challenge' unbeknown to him for years.

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“It’s a nice feeling. I'm not completely distant from that kind of behaviour myself. It feels like I have added memories somehow – of haunting these debauched occasions", he said.

“I don’t begrudge that they spent £10 – I think that’s what anyone would do. At Reading you’re in your teens and you’re unable to budget correctly.

“In a sense anything you find it’s like a scavengers haul.

“But I would definitely take up Giles on the offer of a drink one day". 

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BBC Berkshire LIVE at Queen's Birthday in Windsor

Happy Birthday to the Queen 🎂 👑

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Queen
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The Queen is celebrating her 91st birthday privately at Windsor Castle, as online tributes and military salutes are also being held in her honour.

The monarch is to spend the day with her family, in contrast compared with last year's national festivities.

Guns will fire at London's Hyde Park at 12:00 BST on Friday to mark the day.

The Queen, who reached her 65-year Sapphire Jubilee in February, is Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

Last year, more than 900 beacons were lit up across the UK and overseas as part of her 90th birthday celebrations. 

Crowds lined the streets in Windsor, church services were held in her honour, and the Queen took part in a walkabout at Windsor.

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

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M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J4B for M25 and J5 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked on M4 westbound in Richings Park between J4b M25 and J5, A4 (Langley), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

New bike scheme launches in Reading

A new scheme to encourage more of us out of our cars and onto a bike has been launched in Reading. 

Bike Smart uses an app to award points for every mile cycled which can be spent on vouchers for high street stores, free coffees or used to donate to charity. 

The scheme has been funded by the EU.

Man loses wallet in Reading and becomes drinking game star

Toby Wadey

BBC South

A man who lost his wallet 14 years ago has discovered it led to an annual drinking contest in his honour. 

The Tim Burrows Challenge became a tradition among a group of friends who found the wallet at the Reading Festival in 2003 and "borrowed a tenner" to buy some cider. 

Mr Burrows shared the story on Twitter this week after being tracked down by the group. 

The wallet was handed into lost property after the cider purchase. 

Mr Burrows said on Twitter: "Been contacted by a man who found my wallet at Reading 2003, took £10 out to buy cider and held an annual drinking competition in my honour." 

His post had been liked more than 52,000 times by Friday morning and retweeted by more than 17,000 people. 

Giles taking part in the drinking game
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Happy Birthday Your Majesty

The Queen's birthday will be celebrated in Windsor today with a 21 gun salute.

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Reading travel latest

Woman sexually assaulted while looking for missing dogs

Police are appealing for information following a sexual assault of a woman in Reading.  

A 44-year-old woman accepted a lift from the offender who offered to help look for her missing dogs near Northumberland Avenue at around 12.45am on 17 April.

The offender then drove to the car park at the Academy Sport Leisure Centre in Northumberland Avenue, and touched the victim inappropriately.  

The offender, who is not known to the victim, is an Asian man, in his early to mid-forties, possibly under 5ft 9ins with combed back dark hair. 

Investigating officer, Det Con Devjeet Hunjan, of Reading CID, said: “I am appealing for the public’s help to find this offender, we believe he was driving a dark coloured four by four vehicle which may have been seen around the area following the incident.  

PM has message for Maidenhead United FC

Theresa May has a message for Maidenhead United FC, who are incredibly close to being promoted to the National League on Saturday!  

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Happy Friday!

Sarah Lee

BBC South

Good morning and welcome to BBC Berkshire on this wonderful Friday.

It's been a long week - so it feels.

I think we deserve another break after that really tedious four day week... don't you think?

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