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Summary

  1. Thames Valley Police insists it has sufficient resources to respond to terror attack
  2. A new permanent exhibition is opening at West Berkshire Museum
  3. Trains between Reading and Paddington will be severely disrupted on Sunday
  4. Weather: Dry and breezy day ahead

Live Reporting

By Toby Wadey, Adam Whitty and John Hudson

All times stated are UK

  1. Time to make like a banana, and split

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    We are spent.

    We've given you all the local news, travel, sport and weather we can muster over the past 10 hours.

    It's time for a bubblebath and maybe a soft beverage.

    We will be back with the latest from around the Royal County from 08:00 on Monday.

    Thank you for your company, and see you then.

  2. McShane revels in positives under Stam

    Reading captain Paul McShane felt they "downed tools" towards the end of last season after an FA Cup exit, resulting in a mid-table Championship finish. 

    The Republic of Ireland defender, 31, is hoping to lead the Royals to the play-offs this season under Jaap Stam.

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    Video caption: McShane says Royals finished the way they did last season because of players giving up.

    "There were lots of things going on towards the end of last season," McShane told BBC Radio Berkshire.

    "But that's all in the past now," he added, "We've got a different set of players and different staff."  

  3. It's busy on the roads tonight

    Anoushka Williams

    BBC Berkshire travel

    As ever, traffic is building up this Friday evening across Berkshire.

    On the M25 clockwise, there are delays between J12 (M3) and J15 (M4), as well as between J10 (Wisley Interchange) and J12 (M3). 

    Anti-clockwise, there is heavy traffic between J12 (M3) and J11 (A317, Chertsey). 

    On the A33 northbound in Reading, there is one lane closed and slow traffic due to a raised manhole after Bennet Road / Smallmead Road / Northern Way (Madejski Stadium).

    Also, there is congestion on the A343 in both directions between A34 / Andover Road (the Highclere turn off) and Essex Street.

  4. Reading buses provide 'one of the best services in the country'

    Reading buses provide some of the best service in the country, according to a independent transport user watchdog.

    The operator was placed in the top three bus operators in the country by Transport Focus , achieving 93% for overall passenger satisfaction.

    Reading buses

    The company scored highly for the second year running in the survey, which was between September and December last year.  

    They, however, did receive their lowest mark in terms of cost, with only 63% of those surveyed agreeing the service offered value for money - 4% lower than last year. 

  5. BreakingAttempted armed robbery in Whitley

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Armed officers were called out to a newsagents in Whitley, Reading, after an attempted armed robbery in a newsagent.

    At 10.50am this morning, a man entered the newsagents on Northumberland Avenue, showing what appeared to be a handgun, and demanded cash from a member of staff.

    Northumberland Road
    Image caption: The attempted robbery took place along Northumberland Road in Whitley, Reading

    However, another customer then entered the store and the offender ran out empty-handed.

    The alleged offender was riding a large blue mountain bike which had silver pedals and front suspension. He is believed to have left the scene in the direction of Hexham Road.

  6. Who wouldn't want to custard pie their teacher?

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    Do you remember the CBBC programme, Get Your Own Back?

    It allowed children to mercilessly gunk their own parents, who let's be honest, probably didn't deserve such treatment considering the probable love and affection they showed their children.

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    Video caption: Student's at Emmer Green Primary School got the opportunity of a lifetime on Red Nose Day.

    Today, the students at Emmer Green Primary School got the chance to do something very similar.

    They were allowed to custard pie their own teachers, all in the name of Red Nose Day.

  7. Woman and teenager arrested for alleged fight

    A 28-year-old and 16-year-old - believed to have been involved in an altercation in Bracknell - have been arrested.

    The pair were arrested on suspicion of public order offences by Thames Valley Police following the incident at The Point on 18 March.

    The point

    The woman has been bailed until Wednesday, May 3, and the teenager until Monday, April 24.

    Police are appealing for witnesses, and anyone who may have footage of the incident, to come forward.

  8. £300 stolen in Slough distraction burglary

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    A safe box containing £300 has been stolen during a distraction burglary in Langley, Slough.

    On 21 March, an elderly man allowed two men into his home in Hawker Court, after they claimed they were from the water board.

    High Street Langley
    Image caption: The burglary took place on High Street Langley in Slough

    One offender distracted the 83-year-old man in the kitchen whilst the other offender stole a fireproof safe box which contained £300.

    Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses.

  9. Lewington hoping to continue 'ruthless' displays

    Jack Winstanley

    BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

    London Irish winger Alex Lewington returned to the side against Cornish Pirates last weekend, scoring a try after a long injury layoff.

    He told BBC Radio Berkshire after the game that he couldn't believe how good the initial attacking display was as the Exiles scored six tries in the first half.

    He and his teammates will be hoping what Nick Kennedy has called 'ruthless' performances continue against Jersey tomorrow.

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    Video caption: The Exiles' Alex Lewington is all smiles after his return in the St Patrick's weekend win.
  10. Council leader: Slough schools face cuts

    Adam Whitty

    BBC South

    The leader of Slough Borough Council has reportedly received an letter from the Government, saying that per pupil funding in the area will face a 2.5% spending cut.

    Cllr Sohail Munawar recieved the letter from Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

    It comes as Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced a new national funding formula for schools from 2018-19, saying it would resolve "unfair" and "inconsistent" funding levels.

    The shake-up does mean that generally, schools in urban areas will receive less money.

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    In the letter, Mr Gibb says that "secondary schools in Slough will see a 2.5% reduction in per pupil funding".

    It appears to be a response to an earlier letter, written as part of a consultation into the plans, which finished on 22 March.

    Cllr Munawar said that the Council "has been campaigning against the cuts".

  11. The FA People's Cup is back!

    #PeoplesCup

    It's the semi-finals stage of the FA People's Cup this weekend and you'll be able to keep up with all the action on our live text pages from 10:00-18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 

    There'll be loads more cracking goals like these ones, analysed by the Football Focus team after the first round.

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    Video caption: People's Cup goals analysed by the pros
  12. Six changes for Irish ahead of Jersey test

    Jack Winstanley

    BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

    London Irish have made six changes for tomorrow’s Championship game against Jersey Reds.

    Hearn, Brophy Clews, Steele, Court, Hoskins, and Treviranus make their way into the starting XV for Nick Kennedy's men.

    The game kicks off tomorrow at 3pm. 

    
          London Irish starting fifteen for the game against Jersey Reds
  13. Councillor blames 'hard Brexit' for quitting Tories

    A Wokingham councillor has cited the government's pursuit of a "hard Brexit" for quitting the Tories in favour of the Liberal Democrats. 

    Councillor Ian Pittock said the government's approach made "the Charge of the Light Brigade looks like a sensible, well planned and executed operation,"  the Wokingham Paper reported. 

    
          Cllr Lindsay Ferris welcomes Cllr Ian Pittock to the Lib Dem bench
    Image caption: Councillor Lindsay Ferris welcomes Councillor Ian Pittock to the Lib Dem bench
  14. TB awareness event in town centre

    A tuberculosis awareness event is being held in Reading town centre today. 

    Members of the South Reading Clinical Commissioning Group and the council will be at the Broad Street Mall between 11:00 and 15:00 to answer the public's questions. 

    The event is part of a worldwide campaign to stamp out the killer disease. 

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  15. Council approves boundary changes

    Plans to create new ward boundaries in West Berkshire have been approved. 

    It means the number of councillors will be reduced from 52 to 42. 

    The changes will come into effect from the 2019/20 elections.

    West Berkshire Council offices
  16. Weather latest: Bright afternoon ahead

    After a dry but overcast start to the day, the sun is expected to come out at about 15:00. 

    Temperatures are forecast to reach 12C, and will drop to around 5C overnight. 

    BBC weather
  17. Alan Devonshire wants more from his Magpies

    Jack Winstanley

    BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

    Despite winning 6-1 against Oxford City on Tuesday night, Maidenhead United boss Alan Devonshire feels his side can still give more as they close in on the National League South title.

    They are currently a point clear of second placed Ebbsfleet, who are unbeaten in the league in 2017.

    And the Magpies boss feels that his players need to start better in games or they could get found out in the tightest of title races.

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    Video caption: Magpies boss Alan Devonshire still wanted more despite 6-1 win vs Oxford City.

    Maidenhead face Bishop's Stortford away from home tomorrow looking to make it five wins in a row in the league.

  18. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A332 Berkshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A332 Berkshire both ways severe accident, at A412 Albert Street.

    A332 Berkshire - A332 Windsor Road in Slough closed in both directions at Trinity Church Traffic Lights, because of an accident.

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

  19. Tory councillor quits party

    Sam Clayton

    BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

    A Wokingham Conservative councillor has quit the party - and joined the Liberal Democrats. 

    Ian Pittock, who represents Finchampstead South, made the switch at a council meeting last night. 

    He is the second Tory to leave the party in four months after Gary Cowan resigned in November, when the council rejected the recommendations from the Independent Renumeration Panel.

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