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By Emma Midgley and Sarah Lee

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Toby Wadey

BBC South

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Arthritis: 'It's not an old age disease'

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is one of the most common causes of physical disability during early childhood - affecting one in 1,000 children under the age of 16. 

Aaron Chauha from Windsor is one of those young sufferers and he, along with Anne Gilbert from the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire's Martin Stanford. 

Rush hour travel latest

Ascot: Congestion on the High Street in both directions between King’s Ride and Long Hill Road

Reading: Very slow traffic on Rose Kiln Lane southbound

Reading: Slow traffic on Berkeley Avenue westbound between Rose Kiln Lane and Burghfield Road

Slough: Very slow traffic on the A4 Bath Road in both directions between Tuns Lane and William Street

Taxi drivers receive child safeguarding training

Taxi drivers have been undertaking training on child safeguarding in Reading.

The two-hour sessions will now form part of the application process for prospective cabbies. 

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All Reading licensed drivers are being invited to a limited number of free training sessions throughout the year. 

Councillor Jan Gavin, Reading council's lead member for children's services, described the training as "an excellent initiative which will help drivers recognise when young people may be at risk."

Poole and Hungerford in play-off limbo

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Two National League South clubs face an uncertain wait for appeals against being barred from the division's promotion play-offs to be heard.

Sixth-tier Poole Town and Hungerford Town have been told by the National League they do not have the required 500 covered seats across two stands.

Poole's ground
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Poole Town were promoted as Southern League champions last season to National League South

"We argue it's a decision no reasonable tribunal could have come to," Poole chairman Chris Reeves said.

Both clubs have satisfied FA ground grading rules to stay in the division.

Fallen tree removed from River Loddon

A large tree blocking water from flowing properly down the River Loddon has been removed.

The Environment Agency posted photographs of the operation in Wokingham on social media. 

They said it would reduce the risk of flooding in the area. 

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BreakingSlough MP votes against general election

Slough's Labour MP Fiona Mactaggart was one of 13 to vote against Theresa's May's plan for a general election. 

Ms Mactaggart won her seat in 2015 with 7,346 majority. 

The BBC has approached her for comment. 

Missing man's disappearance 'out of character'

The family of an 82-year-old man who has been missing for almost three weeks has described his disappearance as "very out of character". 

Michael Asher, from Maidenhead, was last seen boarding a train to Poole in Dorset on 31 March. 

Police believe he has been using buses in the county, and the last unconfirmed sighting of him was at a soup kitchen in Bournemouth. 

Michael Asher
Thames Valley Police

In a statement, Michael's cousin Pat Goodsave said: "Michael's disappearance is very out of character, he enjoys his home comforts and in particular maintaining his garden.

"Michael please get in touch, I'm just so worried about you and want to know where you are."

Weather latest: Bright afternoon ahead

After a chilly start to the day, a fine afternoon with unbroken sunshine is in prospect. 

You'll have to enjoy it while it lasts though, because the clouds are expected to make a return tomorrow. 

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Junction of Majors Farm Road, Ditton Road and London Road.

The 18-year-old had been walking away from a village railway station when she was attacked.

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What a load of rubbish

Berkshire fire stations to close in money saving bid

Plans to close some of Berkshire's fire stations have been given the go ahead. 

The decision was made on Tuesday following a consultation which put seven options to the public as part of a bid to save £1.4m. 

The option chosen would see both Pangbourne and Wargrave stations close.

Pangbourne station in West Berkshire will be permanently closed while Wargrave, in Wokingham Borough, will stay open for another year. 

At the meeting Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service amended the proposal to allow Wargrave station to remain open if the financial savings can be found elsewhere and that the station increases its availability to 60%.


West Berkshire Conservative Councillor Emma Webster - who sits on the Fire Authority, said: "I understand the concerns raised by residents and the local community. 

"I think the most important thing that people need to remember is that residents across the whole of Berkshire will remain safe. 

"If the need to dial 999 they will get the service they expect in a prompt and timely manner to assist them in their hour of need."

Man arrested after Datchet rape

A man has been arrested in connection with a rape in Datchet. 

An 18-year-old woman was raped on the side of the road shortly after leaving a village railway station. 

The woman was walking away from Datchet railway station in Berkshire at about 22:10 BST on Wednesday when she was approached by her attacker. 

After trying to ignore his advances, the victim was dragged to a wooded area at the junction of Majors Farm Road, Ditton Road and London Road.

Thames Valley Police said the woman was being supported by specialist officers. 

A 34-year-old man from Addlestone, Surrey, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of rape. 

'Drunk driver', 18, jailed over motorcyclist death

Alex Regan

BBC South

An 18-year-old man has been jailed for four years and eight months for killing a motorcyclist while drink-driving.

Daniel Beaumont of Springfield, Ipsden, Oxfordshire, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst over the alcohol limit.

Beaumont crashed into Michael Dix, 27, from Reading, on the A4074 near Ipsden, in November, Oxford Crown Court heard.

Police said Beaumont's driving "could easily have caused greater loss of life that night".

Daniel Beaumont
Daniel Beaumont, 18, was sentenced for killing motorcyclist Michael Dix in a car crash in Ipsden, Oxfordshire, in November

BreakingPangbourne and Wargrave fire stations to close

Plans to close Pangbourne and Wargrave fire stations have been given the go ahead. 

The decision was made last night - although Wargrave will stay open for another year. 

The decision follows a public consultation over budget cuts.

Fire station

A chilly start with sunny spells for Berkshire

Weather forecast for 19 April

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