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Summary

  1. Victorian baby-killer Amelia Dyer evidence found in loft
  2. Reading University students who held an event called "Pikey night" have apologised
  3. A hidden Thomas Hardy altarpiece in Windsor is set to be unveiled
  4. Reading prepare to take on Newcastle in the Championship
  5. Rain is forecast tonight after a fine day

Live Reporting

By Emma Midgley and Sarah Lee

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    Thank you for joining us again today. 

    We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with all Berkshire's latest news, travel, sport and weather. 

    Stay in touch via our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

  2. WATCH: Work continues to unveil hidden Thomas Hardy altarpiece

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    Video caption: Work continues on unveiling Thomas Hardy altarpiece
  3. Man charged with 1996 Reading gun murder

    Emma Midgley

    BBC South

    A 52-year-old man extradited from the United States and arrested at Heathrow Airport has been charged over the fatal shooting of a Reading man in 1996.

    Terrence 'Jeff' Allamby, 43, was shot twice in the Mandela Court area of Reading on 29 September and subsequently died from his injuries.

    Mandela Court
    Image caption: Terence Allamby was shot twice in Reading and died of his injuries in 1996

    Howard Patterson, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm.

    He will appear at Oxford Magistrates Court.

    US arrest man charged with 1996 murder

    Mandela Court

    A 52-year-old man extradited from the US faces a murder charge.

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  4. Reading v Newcastle: Match facts

    BBC Sport

    • After winning their first two league games against Newcastle at the Madejski Stadium, Reading have failed to win either of their most recent two (D1 L1).
    • Newcastle have netted in all but one of their nine league meetings with Reading, last failing to do so in April 2007.
    • The Magpies have scored with a league-high 13.2% of their total shots in the Championship this season.
    • Newcastle have attempted 81 shots on target more than they have allowed their opponents in the Championship this season; a league-high difference (192 attempted, 111 conceded).
    • Jaap Stam's side have won nine of their previous 11 home Championship games (D1 L1).

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  5. Long waits on 101 calls during upgrade

    A telephone system upgrade at Thames Valley Police has resulted in callers dialing 101 experiencing lengthy delays today. 

    A force spokesman said: "Thank you for your patience while this upgrade work is finished. If your call is an emergency, always dial 999."

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  6. 'Pikey night' students issue apology

    Students who held a social event billed as "Pikey night" have apologised for offending the Traveller community.

    The Agricultural Society at Reading University "apologised profusely" for the themed evening,  the Reading Chronicle reports .

    The University of Reading
    Image caption: The university, established in 1892, attracts more than 17,000 students each year

    The students set off fire extinguishers and fireworks and threw furniture in the street at the event last October.

    The Traveller Movement said it was "absolutely right" to apologise for an event with "an overtly racist theme".

    'Pikey night' students issue apology

    The University of Reading

    University students behind an Agricultural Society social apologise for offending Traveller community.

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  7. WATCH: Hidden Thomas Hardy altarpiece set to be unveiled

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    Video caption: A Thomas Hardy-designed altarpiece is set to be unveiled at All Saints Church in Windsor

    An altarpiece designed by novelist Thomas Hardy which has been hidden for more than a century is set to be unveiled. 

    Paper designs for the reredos had been on Windsor's All Saints Church's wall for decades, but it was thought it had never been built.

    However, the rare architectural example by the Mayor of Casterbridge author was discovered behind wooden panelling by choir members last year

    And now work has begun to unveil it after the £9,000 needed was raised. 

  8. Reading v Newcastle: Analysis

    Tim Dellor

    BBC Berkshire sport editor

    Reading have the best home record in the Championship, having only lost twice at the Madejski Stadium.

    Newcastle are the best team away from home in the Championship, with 13 wins on the road. Something has to give in this one.

    Reading were not convincing in their win against Wolves on Saturday. They probably need another four wins from their remaining 11 games to seal a play-off spot.

    Top of the Championship

    Newcastle have forged a five-point lead over Brighton at the top, and anything other than automatic promotion is now unthinkable for their fans.

    One of the big talking points at Reading in the past couple of weeks has been the low attendances, despite the excellent results. Stam and his team will enjoy playing in front of a full house.

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  9. Victorian baby killer Amelia Dyer evidence found in loft

    Sarah Lee

    BBC South

    Packaging used to conceal a baby murdered by Victorian serial killer Amelia Dyer has been found in a loft.

    Dyer murdered up to 400 infants in her care over a 20-year period and was found guilty of "baby farming" murders in 1896.

    Paper packaging containing the body of baby Helena Fry was fished out of the Thames in Reading in 1896, which helped secure Dyer's conviction.

    Amelia Dyer evidence

    It has been rediscovered by a relative of the arresting officer in the case.

    A box containing the brown paper packaging, string, white edging tape, and an evidence tag, was discovered in a loft by the great-great-grandson of DC James Beattie Anderson.

    It has now been donated to the Thames Valley Police Museum in Sulhamstead, Berkshire.

  10. Reading v Newcastle: Latest team news

    BBC Sport

    Here is the latest team news ahead of Reading's Championship encounter with Newcastle tonight

    • Reading winger Garath McCleary (knee and abdomen) is in contention to return after missing the win against Wolves.
    • Jordon Mutch and George Evans will compete for midfield spots with Joey van den Berg and John Swift.
    • Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is confident striker Dwight Gayle is over his hamstring injury.
    • Benitez has no fresh injury problems, with only long-term absentees Isaac Hayden (ankle) and Rolando Aarons unavailable for the league leaders.
  11. Weather latest: Wet night ahead

    After a bright and dry start, it is expected to become cloudier as the day progresses.

    Rain showers are forecast overnight ahead of a damp and mild day tomorrow. 

    Weather forecast for Berkshire
  12. Arise Dame Katherine!

    Dame Katherine Grainger from Maidenhead has officially been made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. 

    Great Britain's most decorated female Olympic athlete is being honoured for her services to sport and charity. 

    She says its an honour for her and rowing as a sport. 

    Dame Dame Katherine Grainger
    The Queen and Dame Katherine Grainger
    Quote Message: We've got two Dames now and two Knights of the Realm within the rowing body. It's lovely that the sport is celebrated in that way and recognised. from Dame Katherine Grainger Former Olympic rower
    Dame Katherine GraingerFormer Olympic rower
  13. "It's hard to be on the sidelines"

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    Video caption: Olympic rower from Maidenhead Katherine Grainger on life after rowing and becoming a Dame.
  14. Discussions 'ongoing' over Great British Bake Off tent at Welford Park

    Emma Midgley

    BBC South

    Despite press reports saying Channel 4 has “secured” the tent at Welford Park where the Great British Bake Off is filmed, Lord Lieutenant James Puxley has told BBC Radio Berkshire discussions with the production company are “ongoing”. 

    As yet, there is no confirmation the show will continue to be filmed there.

  15. Accident closes Nine Mile Ride

    Mandy O'Neale

    BBC Berkshire travel presenter

    An accident earlier this morning has closed Nine Mile Ride in both directions, between the junctions of New Wokingham Road and Crowthorne Road. 

    Police are dealing with the accident, and there are delays approaching from all directions

  16. Katherine Grainger to become a Dame

    BBC Sport

    The Olympic rower from Maidenhead Katherine Grainger will become a Dame today. 

    She'll be awarded the title at Buckingham Palace this morning for her services to sport and charity. 

    She says she had to keep quiet about it until it was officially announced in the New Year.

    Katherine