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  1. Updates for Monday 24 April
  2. A health watchdog in West is calling for more to be done to protect people who no longer have parents to take care of them in West Berkshire
  3. A bag of salt has been pushed off a motorway bridge in Berkshire and smashed into a van below.

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By Toby Wadey and Emma Midgley

All times stated are UK

That's all from us today

Alex Regan

BBC South

Thanks for joining us today. 

We'll be back tomorrow with more news, sports, weather and travel news from across Berkshire at 08:00. 

Latest headlines: Vulnerable adults offered reassurance

Tara Maxwell

BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

Here's the latest headlines from the Berkshire newsroom:

  • Reassurance for the parents of vulnerable adults worried about what will happen to their children when they can no longer care for them has been offered by West Berkshire council today.
  • Tougher penalties for speeding introduced today have been welcomed by the Basingstoke based AA.
  • Fujitsu workers in Bracknell and Basingstoke are striking for 24 hours today in a company wide dispute about job and pension cuts.

General election 2017: How do I register to vote?

Don't get left outside on polling day. Here are details of what you need and where you need to go to register for the general election on 8 June:  

The deadline to register is 22 May

Golden chance for third place Reading this week

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

Reading FC
Rex Features

The games get bigger and bigger for Reading, in their pursuit of promotion to the Premier League. 

A point against relegation-bound Wigan on Saturday will ensure Reading are in the Championship play offs. 

If they slip up in that game this Saturday at the Madejski Stadium they'll get a third and final chance to secure the point needed at Burton Albion on Sunday week. 

Garath McCleary could return this coming Saturday. He missed the defeat at Nottingham Forest with a bad groin. 

Influential defenders Paul McShane and Joey Van Den Berg will be desperatly keen to get back to full fitness at some point in the next couple of weeks. 

They're both out with hamstring injuries. 

So the final home game of the season - Reading vs Wigan this Saturday should be a cracker - it's live on BBC Radio Berkshire

In case you missed it: The Queen's 'mini' 21-gun salute

Adam Paylor

BBC South

Children from Windsor and Maidenhead use little cannons to celebrate the Queen's 91st birthday with a 21-gun salute. 

The cannons are just 1ft (0.3m) long, just over 1in (2.54cm) wide and weigh about 12lb (5.44kg). 

The Queen's date of birth is 21 April, but her "official" birthday is celebrated on the second Saturday in June.

Fujitsu workers striking in Berkshire and Hampshire

Alex Regan

BBC South


Fujitsu workers in Bracknell and Basingstoke are striking for 24 hours today in a company wide dispute over job and pension cuts. 

The IT company announced plans to get rid of eighteen hundred jobs last October and there have been a number of walkouts since. 

More than two thousand people work at the two offices and Unite say workers are being kept in the dark. Fujitsu refused to comment on the strikes.

Severe accident: M40 Buckinghamshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Buckinghamshire northbound severe accident, between J1A for M25 and J2 for A355.

M40 Buckinghamshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M40 northbound between J1a M25 and J2, A355 (Beaconsfield), because of an accident.

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

Reading is 'one to watch' in run up to General Election

Alok Sharma and Rob Wilson

As Jeremy Corbyn takes his election campaign to Scotland, in Reading, the local Labour party says it will fight to stop the town sleepwalking back to the Tories.

Its candidates for the Reading East and West constituencies ahead of June's General Election are being chosen by the party nationally.

Reading's sitting MP's, Conservatives Rob Wilson and Alok Sharma have confirmed they'll stand again.

BBC South's political editor Peter Henley says Reading is an interesting one to watch in general elections, as it often "goes against the tide" in national politics.

Will we be watching Labour or will we be watching Liberal Democrats? They seem to be the resurgent ones at the moment, in the past the Liberal Democrats have mounted a strong challenge, more in Reading East than Reading West, but in both constituencies.

Peter HenleyBBC South's political editor

Watch yourself finish


Runners completing the London Marathon

If you took part in the London Marathon yesterday, massive congratulations - we hope you're not aching too much today.

You can watch highlights of the day here.

And, if your time was between 2hrs 30mins and 6hrs, you can see yourself finish with this special feed on iPlayer.

Gina Miller rules out standing as candidate in Maidenhead

The woman behind the Brexit legal challenge has ruled out standing as a candidate in the 2017 General Election. 

Gina Miller
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There had been speculation on social media Gina Miller might stand as a pro-remain candidate in Theresa May's constituency.     

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Men sought over theft of wallet from 84-year-old

Police are searching for three men captured on CCTV after an 84-year-old man had his wallet stolen in Reading. 

The incident took place at a bus stop in Market Place at about 11.30 GMT on 23 February.

Thames Valley Police

When the bus arrived, a man got on and spoke to the driver, which held up a queue of people who were waiting to board.

As this was happening, two other men stood behind the victim, and one took a wallet from his pocket.

The offenders then left the scene with the wallet. The victim was not hurt as a result of the incident.

The men pictured in these CCTV images could have vital information about this incident, so I would encourage them, or anyone who knows them, to please get in touch.

PC Victoria DriverReading Local CID

New fire station plans for Theale

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is holding a public consultation exhibition to talk to local residents about plans to develop a new fire station on Wigmore Lane in Theale.

Theale Library

The plans are at an early stage and subject to the outcome of negotiations with the site’s owner – but this exhibition has been scheduled to provide local residents with an opportunity to learn more about the plans and provide initial feedback.

The exhibition will take place in the Gateway Centre, Theale Library on Church Street, Theale. It will be open for the public to drop in on Wednesday 3 May, from 15:00 to 17:00 and 18:00 to 20:00.

Although we’re some way off opening a new station, we want to ensure that local residents are formally consulted with and kept informed every step of the way.

Simon JefferiesAssistant Chief Fire Officer at RBFRS

Fears over housing and care for vulnerable in West Berkshire

Housing and care for vulnerable people living with increasingly elderly parents is not being provided by the council, according to Healthwatch West Berkshire. In a document called "The Final Transition Report", they argue more needs to be done to protect these people.

Mandy Heisig, who has an eighteen year-old son Nathaniel, says she is struggling and worries constantly about the future.  

He is a toddler in the body of an 18 year-old-man, and then there all his learning disabilities, autism, on top of that. We have been struggling in the last few years, it does take its toll on carers who get socially isolated, physically and emotionally drained.

Mandy HeisigCarer

Escaped prisoner 'has links to Slough'

Emma Midgley

BBC South

A prisoner with links to Slough has escaped from Springhill Prison in Buckinghamshire.

James Delahoye, 40, was serving a sentence for drugs offences, was last seen at the prison on Friday evening. 

 Investigating police are urging anyone who knows where he is to contact them.

James Delahoye
Thames Valley Police

James has links to Slough but we would also ask residents in Buckinghamshire to be vigilant and please keep an eye out for him.

Det Insp Simone MarplesInvestigating officer at Thames Valley Police

Some slow spots on the roads this morning

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

  • M4 currently slow J12 (Calcot) to J11 (Reading) on London-bound side
  • M3 slow London-bound from Fleet Services to J3 (Bagshot)
  • Due to ongoing closure of Loddon Bridge Road, the Bader Way is queuing from Sandford down to the A329M
  • Temporary traffic lights on B3349 Basingstoke Road at Riseley are stuck on red, causing delays joining the A33

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Sack of salt dropped from M4 bridge on to van

A bag of rock salt has been dropped through the windscreen of a moving van from a motorway bridge.

Smashed windscreen
Thames Valley Police

It was being driven by a 40-year-old man between junctions 5 and 6 on the M4, near Langley, Berkshire, on Tuesday when the 5kg sack was hurled down.

A group of teenagers was seen on the footbridge before one of them pushed the sack over the railing.

Police said the "reckless" act smashed the windscreen and the driver had been fortunate to escape injury.


Emma Midgley

BBC South

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