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Summary

  1. Mobile phone death crash driver handed more than three years jail
  2. Anger at mismanaged £2.8bn Great Western rail link electrification
  3. CCTV released after gay couple homophobic attack
  4. Date set for Wash Common library closure

Live Reporting

By John Hudson and Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

  1. Ta ta for now

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    That's all from us for today and this month, thank you for your company.

    We will be back with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for Berkshire on Monday from 08:00 GMT.

    Until then, have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Shoreham victim's nephew 'appalled' by regulations

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Oliver Morris, a Reading University student whose uncle died in the Shoreham Air Crash, has been speaking to the BBC as the findings of an investigation into the tragedy are released.

    A report, released on Friday, said pilot errors were to blame for the crash.  

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    Video caption: A Reading University student discusses the Shoreham Air Crash, in which is uncle died.

    "The key thing that we are appalled with and not satisfied with is the regulations around air shows", said Morris.

    "They're not stringent enough, they're not enforced enough, and this is how you get things like what has happened here".

  3. Leaving EU 'will damage Berkshire'

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Leaving the European Union will damage Berkshire's economy and image, according to the pro-EU campaign group, Berkshire for Europe.

    In a speech to the group's members tonight, the philosopher, author and Remain campaigner Anthony Grayling will say it's not too late to stop Brexit. 

    EU Umbrella

    The government says its still on track to begin the formal process of leaving the EU by the end of this month. 

    "We have a very globally focused economy so I think the damage will be economic and in terms of how we are perceived by other countries", says Gavin Whitwell, Berkshire for Europe's vice-chair.

    "Whether or not we succeed in preventing or reversing Article 50, we need to campaign to minimise the damage that is inflicted by Brexit."

  4. Rugby Championship play-offs scrapped

    Jack Winstanley

    BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

    From next season, the team who finishes top of the rugby Championship will automatically get promoted , rather than having to go through a playoff system as is currently the case.

    At present, the top four teams in the Championship enter a play-off to decide who wins promotion to the Premiership.

    This could mean that for teams such as London Irish, who look on course to finish the season with a 100% record, missing out on promotion despite being the best team over 22 games.

    Championship rugby balls

    BBC report  earlier this year cited the controversial play-off season was one of the reasons the Rugby Championship is failing as a league.

    As part of the deal, the RFU and Premiership Rugby have announced there will be more money provided to Championship clubs.

  5. Wild camping: How to holiday in the untamed countryside

    Wild camper Phoebe Smith from Windsor says "everything went wrong" on her first solo trip in Snowdonia's countryside 10 years ago, but she now sleeps in the open whenever she can. But what is wild camping and should you give it a try? 

    "Friends warned I'd be attacked by a bear, even though I was in Wales," says Phoebe, a 35-year-old magazine editor. 

    "By day two I had run out of water on a blazing hot day, was ludicrously sunburned and covered in bites." 

    But she noticed a "cataclysmic shift" within her. 

    "OK, things had gone wrong, but I had survived it and my confidence grew massively." 

    A decade on, she takes trips at least once a month to remote corners of the UK, where there is rarely a phone signal or passers-by to disturb her.

    Phoebe
  6. Magic moments from FA People's Cup

    #PeoplesCup

    Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

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    Video caption: FA People's Cup: Top 10 magic moments

    You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

  7. Irish supporters respond to proposed Brentford move

    In the results of a survey released by the London Irish Supporters Club, 43% of respondents said they would be season ticket holders if the club moved to Brentford.

    This is compared to the 62% of respondents who said they were currently season ticket holders.

    14% of respondents said they would not attend any matches in Brentford, compared to the 3% of respondents who said they did not currently attend matches at the Madejski Stadium.

    Tevita Koloamatangi
  8. Burghfield's Mears picks up World Series Silver

    Jack Winstanley

    BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

    Chris Mears, from Burghfield Common, along with his partner Jack Laugher have taken 3m Synchro Silver out in Beijing.

    It comes in the FINA/NVC Diving World Series, and they were the highest placing British athletes after Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow came fourth in the men's 10m synchro.

    The Olympic champions scored 427.98 but could not match hosts China (450.39), while Russia (419.25) won bronze.  

    Chris Mears and Jack Laugher
  9. Weather watchers snap stunning pics of Berkshire

    Daff
    Burghfield Common

    Don't forget to send your pictures to us via our social media pages.

  10. X Factor winner heads to Windsor next week

    Joe McElderry, who won the X Factor in 2009, is currently starring as Joseph on the Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat Tour, which comes to the Theatre Royal in Windsor between 7th-11th March.  

    BBC Radio Berkshire's Paul Coia asked the singer how the tour is going so far.

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    Video caption: Joe McElderry will be bringing his technicolor dreamcoat to the Royal County.
  11. Earley 'one of the best places to live in England'

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    It has the wonderful Maiden Erlegh Park, a wide array of parks and open spaces, and close travel links to Reading and London.

    As a result, the Berkshire town of Earley is one of the most desirable places to live in England, according to an economic research centre.

    Maiden Erlegh Park
    Image caption: Maiden Erlegh Park is a popular green space amongst Earley residents

    The RG6 postcode was ranked as the sixth most attractive location to live by the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

    They studied data for employment prospects, working hours, affordable housing, average commuting times and access to green spaces.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A34 Berkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A34 Berkshire northbound severe accident, near Fidlers Lane.

    A34 Berkshire - Lane blocked on A34 northbound in West Ilsley near the Fidlers Lane junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

  13. Football should be the focus for Maidenhead and Hungerford

    Jack Winstanley

    BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

    After a fractious local derby last weekend between Hungerford Town and Maidenhead United, both managers will be hoping the focus can turn back to the football this weekend.

    The 1-1 draw saw both sides slip down the league table, but they could regain some ground in the promotion chase with positive results this weekend.

    Hungerford Town play 4th placed Poole Town tomorrow, whilst Maidenhead have a double header on Saturday and Monday against Hampton and Richmond Borough and Chelmsford City.

    The latter game sees the Magpies play the game in hand that they currently have over the rest of the top four.

    York Road
  14. 'To me... to you'

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    This is the effect Reading midfielder Danny Williams can have on opponents.

    As this video shows, his footballing trickery caused two Huddersfield players to run head-first into each-other during Saturday's match.

    It didn't do too much good though, as the Royals lost 1-0 to their play-off rivals.

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  15. CCTV released after gay couple homophobic attack

    CCTV images have been released after a couple were attacked by homophobic youths travelling from Reading to London. 

    Phillip Poole was travelling with his partner on Valentine's Day when they were both punched in the face by "four or five men". 

    Mr Poole who lives in Maidenhead lost two teeth in the attack and suffered bruising and cuts. 

    Police said they were investigating the incident at Ealing Broadway Station.

    CCTV
  16. BreakingA34 crash driver jailed

    A driver who met the partner of a man he killed in a head-on crash has been jailed for more than three years. 

    Lewis Stratford crashed through the central reservation of the A34 at Compton, Oxfordshire, while arguing with his girlfriend on the phone. 

    The 24-year-old collided with a BMW driven by Gavin Roberts, 28, who died in the crash on 11 June last year. Stratford met his victim's girlfriend Meg Williamson after admitting causing death by dangerous driving. 

    At Reading Crown Court he was sentenced to three years and eight months in jail, and banned from driving for four years and 10 months.

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    Video caption: Moment killer driver meets victim's partner
  17. "Bye Bye" to the school lollipop lady?

    Could you be saying goodbye to your local school's lollipop lady? Lollipop ladies - or school crossing patrol services as they're called these days - at eight locations in Wokingham could be axed if plans to save £19 million by 2020 get the go ahead.

    BBC Radio Berkshire's Andrew Peach tried to get some answers from the Council's Executive Member for Highways and Transport, Malcolm Richards.

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    Video caption: School crossing patrol services at eight locations in Wokingham could be axed.
  18. Reading FC looking to get back to winning ways

    Ady Williams

    Sport presenter, BBC Radio Berkshire

    Two of my former clubs go head to head at The Madejski Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

    Reading go into the game on the back of two defeats. Wolves have lost their last 5 in all competitions.

    Join me from 1pm on BBC Radio Berkshire tomorrow for the best possible build up. Kick off is at 3pm.