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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

Live Reporting

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. The disabled boy without a diagnosis

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    Video content

    Video caption: Isaac Mansfield: The boy with a syndrome that has no name

    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.

  4. 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".

  5. 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

  7. 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.


    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.

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    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

  9. 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.

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    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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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
    Image caption: Reading council was inspected on 31 May and 1 June
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    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

  15. 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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  16. 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.

    Image caption: 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.

  17. 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

    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.