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  1. Updates from Wednesday 5 July
  2. Man hospitalised after caravan fire
  3. Weather: Warm for the next few days
  4. Reading manager Jaap Stam signs new deal

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River consultation to begin

A public consultation is to be held on how to improve a stretch of river in Berkshire.

Roundmoor Ditch, which runs between Taplow and Dorney Common, was subject to a major clean-up operation in 2014 to rid it of sewage.

Charity Thames21 is leading the consultation, which it said was the start of a two-year project to rebuild riverbanks and remove vegetation preventing wildlife diversity.

Read more about the consultation here.

Roundmoor Ditch

Rare water vole sighting on Dorset river

Dorset Wildlife Trust has reported the "first recorded sighting for many years" of a water vole on the River Cerne.

The trust authenticated a sighting at Forston, near Dorchester, reported by a local resident.

It said Britain's "fastest declining mammal" was under "intense pressure" from American mink and habitat loss.

water vole
Stewart Canham

The disabled boy without a diagnosis

Toby Wadey

BBC South

The parents of a young boy who requires round-the-clock care have spoken to the BBC about living with a child without a diagnosis.

Four-year-old Isaac Mansfield, from Reading, has problems with his cognitive function and motor skills.

Refugee's fatal journey under lorry was 'very uncomfortable'

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

A coroner's court has heard a refugee was killed after the lorry he was clinging to reversed out of the entrance of a factory belonging to plastic injection moulding firm Magna in Banbury after it had gone the wrong way.

Oxfordshire Coroner Darren Salter said the driver had switched on his hazard warning lights and did not see the teenager in his mirrors.

Crash scene investigator Gary Baldwin said Mr Hassan must have "either deliberately or accidentally emerged from the axle area" as the lorry stopped, and was run over when it started reversing.

He told the inquest that the space on top of the axle would have been a "very uncomfortable place to be" and he could not think of "a more difficult thing to do" especially given the temperature had been almost freezing.

Beaumont Road, Banbury

The Romanian driver told police he heard a bump and then saw a body in front of the lorry.

"I pulled him from the ground, I didn't know what to do," he said. Mr Salter said Mr Hassan was pronounced dead at the scene and died from "severe crush injuries".

Disruption until tonight at London Waterloo

Some rail lines at London Waterloo are blocked because of signal faults outside the station, South West Trains has said.

It means that West of England serves are terminating at Basingstoke.

A separate track defect is affecting services from Waterloo towards Reading.

The company says disruption is expected "until the end of service".

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Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J7 for A4.

M4 Berkshire - Lane blocked and slow traffic on M4 London-bound at J7, A4 (Slough West), because of a broken down lorry.

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

Feeding pigeons could lead to £80 fines

A Hampshire council is considering introducing a ban on feeding pigeons in a shopping area.

Havant Borough Council says bird droppings are having a "shocking impact" on residents and retailers in Waterlooville town centre.

Havant Borough Council

The council is launching a poster campaign to warn people who are "currently feeding the pigeons up to four kilos of bird seed twice a day" to stop.

It says it may issue those responsible with Community Protection Notices, which can lead to £80 fines if ignored.

Maidenhead agree sponsorship deal

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

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

M4 Berkshire - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J8 and J10 A329(M) Wokingham, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Opinions sought on public space order

Residents in Slough are being asked for their views on plans to curb anti-social behaviour in public places.

The proposed Public Space Protection Order will prohibit street drinking, urinating in public and spitting and will give the council or police the right to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £100.

A conviction for breaching a PSPO could carry a fine of up to £1,000.

A 28-day consultation starts on Friday. Residents can complete an online survey.


A final decision is expected in September.

Cute alert: Abandoned monkey cared for by keepers

Severe accident: A35 Hampshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Hampshire both ways severe accident, before A337 Shrubbs Hill Road.

A35 Hampshire - A35 High Street in Lyndhurst blocked before the A337 Shrubbs Hill Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Car park upgrade ahead of centre opening

Work has begun on a £3m refurbishment of Bracknell's Princess Square car park.

The internal upgrade is being carried out in phases to allow the car park to remain open.

The Lexicon

The works are due to be completed ahead of The Lexicon shopping centre opening on 7 September.

Hospital cladding passes fire safety checks

Fire safety tests have been carried out on the cladding on Oxfordshire’s hospitals and no further action is required, the BBC understands.

The checks found that the samples from the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust buildings were not aluminium composite material.

The material is thought to have been a factor in the spread of the fire at Grenfell Tower in which at least 80 people died, and 38 trusts are carrying out urgent checks.

So far buildings at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, and North Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust have failed tests, though they are not used to house patients.

Reading children's service makes 'no progress'

"Significant weaknesses persist" in a council's children's service a year after it was rated inadequate.

Ofsted has revisited Reading Borough Council and found it has been "too slow" to make improvements.

In 2016 the inspector found "serious, persistent and systemic failures", with standards having deteriorated since previous visits in 2012 and 2013.

The council said it "accepts that the pace and scale of improvement has been slower than anticipated".

Reading council
Reading council was inspected on 31 May and 1 June

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J10 for A43 Brackley and J11 for A361.

M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 northbound between J10, A43 (Brackley) and J11, A361 (Banbury), because of medical incident.

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

Albion Towers fire: 'Crews responded effectively'

Fire area manager Tom Simms explains what happened at Albion Towers in Southampton earlier.

Crews responded to a top-floor fire at the block where a resident left a wok of oil on the hob.

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Maidstone first up for Maidenhead

Maidenhead United will start their National League journey against Maidstone United.

Alan Devonshire's men will play in the country's fifth tier after promotion from the National League South last season - their greatest achievement in the modern era.

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York Road, Maidenhead's ground, is the oldest senior football ground continuously used by the same club

They will play Maidstone on 5 August, before hosting Wrexham at York Road on 8 August.

The Magpies then play the two teams relegated from League Two last season, Hartlepool and then Leyton Orient.

Spanish state visit to include Oxford

Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will visit Oxford during their trip to the United Kingdom next week.

It will be the first state visit by the couple - the last from Spain was by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia in 1986.

The Spanish monarchs will visit Oxford University on Friday 14 July when they will visit Weston Library and an exhibition of Spanish treasures from the university archive.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia
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King Felipe is also due to give a speech at a lunch at The Divinity School ahead of a reception for Spanish nationals at Exeter College.

BreakingEx-coach charged in football child abuse probe

A former Southampton FC coach has been charged with 65 counts of indecent assault involving 23 teenage boys in the 1980s and 90s.

Robert Higgins, 64, of Litchfield Road, Southampton, is due to appear before Southampton magistrates on 20 July.

Hampshire Constabulary said the charges were in connection with an investigation into non-recent child abuse within the footballing community.

Bob Higgins

Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

BBC News Travel

M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for A34.

M40 Oxfordshire - M40 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J9, A34 (Bicester), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Have you seen the Bournemouth Belle today?

The steam train is running a special service from London to its namesake town on the south coast.

Bournemouth Belle passing through Southampton
Bournemouth Belle passing through Southampton

Hiding refugee crushed under lorry in Banbury

Joe Nimmo

BBC South

An Iraqi refugee who entered the UK illegally was crushed to death under the wheels of the lorry he was hiding in, an inquest has heard.

Mohammed Hassan, 17, died on 1 April on an industrial estate in Beaumont Road, Banbury.

Oxford Coroner's Court was told the student had spent three hours clinging to the axle of a lorry transporting three crates of car parts from Romania.

Mr Hassan was killed when the HGV reversed over him at about 04:30.

Crimewatch joins hunt for sex offender

A five-year hunt for a serial flasher has been featured on Crimewatch.

Police said a sex offender indecently exposed himself to women in the Dorchester area by knocking on doors and windows and performing sex acts.

The suspect is described as white, aged 30 to 50, between 5ft 6in and 5ft 9in-tall and of medium to stocky build with dark hair.

Map of reported offences

Police said there had been 29 reported incidents.

A renewed appeal to catch the man was on BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow earlier.

Tower block fire now out

Eight fire crews were called to deal with a fire in a tower block in Southampton.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue was alerted to the blaze at Albion Towers after fire alarms sounded at about 10:30.

Albion Towers

The fire, which is now out, was caused by unattended cooking.

Crews tackle tower block fire

Severe disruption: M4 Berkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Berkshire westbound severe disruption, between J12 for A4 and J13 for A34 Chieveley.

M4 Berkshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M4 westbound between J12, A4 (Theale) and J13, A34 (Chieveley), because of a broken down truck.

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

E-fit re-released in hunt for 1982 Poole rapist

An e-fit image of a man suspected of raping a girl 35 years ago has been re-released by police.

E-fit of suspected 1982 Poole rape attacker
Dorset Police

Dawn Clark, who was 15 at the time and known as Dawn Bridgeman, was attacked as she walked alone in the east Alderney area of Poole on 3 May 1982.

Ms Clark has waived her right to life-long anonymity in a bid to find her attacker.

"I just feel like he has turned my world upside down," she said.

Oxford researchers to study offshore wind farms

Researchers at Oxford Brookes University have been handed a share of three million Euro to study the socio-economic impact of offshore wind farms on the human environment.

The study is one of four projects which form part of an offshore wind research programme by Vattenfall.

Offshore windfarm
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£1,000 broken table sells for £17k

A Victorian coffee table with a broken leg has fetched £17,360 at an auction in Sherborne.

The "unassuming" piece, dating back to 1873, had been valued at £1,000 because of the damage.


The walnut table, attributed to Victorian designer Edward William Godwin, received interest from Paris, London and from a dealer who was bidding while at Glastonbury festival.

Changes ahead for mental health residential unit

Adults living at Reading's council-run mental health accommodation service could soon be living more independently under council plans.

The authority is proposing changing Focus House residential care home to a supported living unit, meaning residents would be given individual tenancy agreements.

Other options being considered are to close the home, outsource the service or keep it as it is.

Castle Crescent

A final decision on the proposals will be made on Wednesday 12 July.

Berkshire headlines: Conference address and mental health care

  • The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox will be in Reading later to address the City of Sanctuary annual conference
  • A new model of care to promote independent living is being proposed for adults in Reading with mental health issues
  • The family of a four-year-old from Reading with a life limiting illness are trying to raise awareness of the syndrome, which has no name

Oxfordshire headlines: Prescription fines and festival launch

  • The number of fines issued to people for not paying for prescriptions in Oxfordshire has doubled in the space of a year
  • Henley Festival kicks off today - acts include Chaka Khan, Jess Glynne and the Pet Shop Boys
  • The number of people from deprived areas using Oxford fitness centres has halved in the last year

Dorset headlines: School provision and crash arrest

  • Bournemouth town centre is to be left with two primary schools, both of which are oversubscribed, following the relocation of a third school
  • A man has been arrested after a crash in Bournemouth in which two students were injured
  • A school in Sturminster Newton which was evacuated yesterday after a chemical leak has reopened

Hampshire and Isle of Wight headlines: Caravan fire and dino tooth

  • A man has been taken to hospital following a fire in a caravan in Baughurst
  • The tooth of a rare dinosaur goes on display in Sandown today after it was discovered by a teenager on the island
  • Isle of Wight's trading standards have issued a warning after multiple reports of cold callers, claiming to be from Island Roads, offering to tarmac drives

Arrest after pedestrians hit in two-car Bournemouth crash

A man has been arrested after two 16-year-old pedestrians were injured when two cars crashed in Bournemouth.

A347 Wimborne Road at the junction with the B3064 Lansdowne Road

The crash happened on the A347 Wimborne Road at the junction with the B3064 Lansdowne Road on Sunday evening.

One of the cars then collided with metal railings, causing injuries to two German students.

One sustained serious injuries and the other had minor injuries. A 24-year-old Poole man was later arrested on suspicion of driving offences.

He has since been released under investigation.

Weather: Warm for the next few days

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

South of England weather on Wednesday 5 July 2017

Stam signs new deal, Williams leaves

Reading manager Jaap Stam has signed a new contract to remain in charge of the Championship club until the end of the 2018-19 season.

The former Netherlands and Manchester United defender, 44, had one year left on his current deal, and took Reading to the Championship play-off final last season.

Assistant manager Andries Ulderink and first-team coach Said Bakkati have also signed new contracts.

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Stam led his side all the way to the Championship play-off final last season, losing on penalties to Huddersfield

Midfielder Danny Williams has left the club, joining the team that beat The Royals that day, Huddersfield Town.

The 28-year-old masde 135 appearances for Reading, scoring 13 goals.

He joined The Terriers on a free transfer, signing a two-year deal.