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Summary

  1. Plans to build build apartments, a conference centre and an ice rink near Reading's Madejski Stadium are set to be approved.
  2. An international brain experiment - never tried before - is starting in Reading.
  3. A cat has been found decapitated in Bracknell.
  4. Weather: Cold with showers in the afternoon.

Live Reporting

By Emma Midgley

All times stated are UK

That's all for today

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

Thanks for reading today. We'll be back from 08:00 with more news, sport weather and travel from across Berkshire.

Firefighters dealing with crash in Wokingham

Man knocked out in Reading town centre attack

Police have released CCTV images after a man was assaulted at about 03:00 yesterday in St Mary’s Butts, Reading town centre.

CCTV
TVP
Police want to speak to the man pictured in these CCTV images

The 53-year-old got into a verbal altercation with another man inside the PFC chicken shop before leaving and walking away.

The other man then ran up behind and assaulted him, causing him to fall to the floor unconscious and receive serious head injuries. He is being treated in the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

DC Nathan Lampard said: "This was a serious act of violence against a victim who was walking away and defenceless."

Reading band The Amazons on Later with Jools Holland

Stam (sort of) admits that a play-off campaign is imminent

Jack Winstanley

BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

For weeks now Jaap Stam has played down the prospect that Reading FC will be in the end of season play-offs but today, in a small way, he admitted that the Royals will be there.

Responding to a question about Yann Kermorgant's form, Stam responded, "I hope he keeps scoring until the end of May," before hastily adding, "if we do well in the next two games".

Ali Al-Habsi was much more open about a play-off campaign, telling me that he wants the home leg second in the semi-final, but that he doesn't care who they play.

Jaap Stam
BBC

The Royals now only need one point from their final two games to secure a top six finish.

'Perfect English garden' could disappear

The ‘perfect’ English garden and the traditional village green could become a thing of the past thanks to climate change, scientists at the University of Reading have warned in a new report

Village green
Getty Images

The research said changes to British weather could mean the end of parks and village greens, which would turn into "dusty brown meadows" in hotter dry summers. 

It also warned traditional fruits such as blackcurrants could disappear.

Queen meets with President of Guyanna

Number of red kites increasing in Reading

Heston Blumenthal's divorce due after 28 years of marriage

Michelin-star winning chef Heston Blumenthal is due to get divorced from his wife of 28 years.

He married Zanna Blumenthal in 1989, with the couple having three children before separating in 2011. 

The chef, who runs The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, later dated American food writer Suzanne Pirret. 

Mrs Blumenthal's divorce petition appears in a list of cases to be heard before District Judge Anne Hudd at the Central Family Court in London on Wednesday. 

Heston
BBC

'Top views' from Reading University library

Tiger wants to make Reading FC 'stronger'

Reading FC part owner Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth says they are not looking to sell the club, but simply bring in new investment which would 'make the club stronger'.

Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach he said there are still many stages to go before the club's potential new majority owners, Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li, are in place.

He also said negotiations are still ongoing about the exact specifics of the deal, and how involved the Thai consortium would be after the takeover is complete.

The club recently received conditional EFL approval for the takeover earlier this month.

Royals part owner Sumrith Thanakarnjanasuth gives the latest on the ownership situation.

MP promises to ensure 'bright future' for Chiltern Edge school

The Hexagon in Reading is having a deep clean

Hexagon
Reading Arts

M4 all clear following accident at Maidenhead junction

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

The M4 accident on the exit slip road at J8/9 (Maidenhead) London-bound has now cleared. 

Weather: Sunshine and showers

Wednesday's weather forecast

Chiltern Edge school 'could close' following Ofsted

Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common could face closure after it was placed in special measures by education watchdog Ofsted.

Chiltern Edge
Google Maps

Ofsted says the secondary school is failing to provide a satisfactory standard of education and has received inadequate ratings for its leadership, quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils. 

Oxfordshire County Council will now consult on closing the school. 

There are 500 pupils at the school, including children who travel there from Reading. 

More than 300 people have already joined a Facebook group to save the school, called Save the Edge. 

My son has blossomed at the school .. for me to think about the school closing and having to move is absolutely a horrendous thing

AngelaParent of a child at Chiltern Edge

Frosty in Berkshire this morning

Delays on M4 this morning

Mandy O'Neale

BBC Berkshire travel presenter

  • On the M4 London-bound just before J13 (Chieveley), a broken down car is causing delays back to J14 (Hungerford)
  • An earlier accident on the exit slip from London-bound M4 at J8/9 (Maidenhead) still causing delays

Ice rink, convention centre and 600 homes for Reading set to get go ahead

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Royal Elm Park development
RFC PROP CO LTD

Plans for a huge new development next to the Madejski stadium in Reading are set to be approved later.

Proposals for Royal Elm Park include more than 600 homes, a convention centre, a park and an ice rink.

Royal Elm Park development
RFC PROP CO LTD

When Reading's Thai shareholder Narin Niruttinanon first made the announcement he said the scheme would be beneficial for the football club as well as the town.   

We are looking to develop some project around the stadium something that can work for the club as well as the community."

Narin NiruttinanonReading FC shareholder

Morning!

Emma Midgley

BBC South

Did anyone else have to scrape frost off their windscreen this morning? 

It's feeling pretty chilly out there - and it was even hailing quite a lot yesterday afternoon! 

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