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  1. Ex-Reading MP on Westminster dossier of MPs

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    Video caption: Ex-Tory MP Rob Wilson on Westminster dossier of MPs

    The party whips systems are "not fit for purpose in terms of dealing with employee matters” says a former Conservative Party whip, when interviewed about sex allegations surrounding some MPs in Westminster.

    On Monday, Downing Street denied it has a list of possible offenders on the Tory backbenches, but a day later Rob Wilson said he believed there was such a list, with names across the political divide.

    Asked by Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn if he believed there was a dossier-list of MPs and ministers who were "of concern", the former Reading East MP replied: "Yes".

  2. Soldiers fear legal action

    A former soldier has told the BBC he fears decisions made on the battlefield could be used against servicemen long after they have left the military.

    Newbury MP, Richard Benyon, has called for a change in the law and is bringing a bill before parliament which he hopes will address the issue.

  3. Reading v Nottingham Forest: Match facts

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    • Reading have won their past two home league matches against Nottingham Forest, last winning three in a row between April 2003 and April 2005.
    • The Reds have scored 14 goals in their past six league games against Reading, more than they managed in the 15 matches prior to this run (12).
    • Kieran Dowell netted a hat-trick for Forest in a 3-2 away victory against Hull last time out; the first Championship hat-trick scored by a Forest player since Henri Lansbury's against Barnsley in November 2016.
    • The Royals have won just one of their past six league games at the Madejski (D2 L3), and have lost each of their past two home league games - they have not lost three in a row at home since April 2016.
    • Forest, meanwhile, have won two of their past four on the road in league competition (L2) - more than they'd managed in their previous 16 away games (W1 D3 L12).

    Kick-off is at 20:00 GMT.

  4. Auctioneers fined over artist fakes

    painted box, tins, tea chest and cigarette packets

    A Dorset auction house has been ordered to pay more than £18,000 after advertising fake artworks it claimed were by Cornish artist Alfred Wallis.

    Duke's Auctioneers of Dorchester admitted eight charges under unfair trading regulations.

    The prosecution was brought by Dorset County Council's Trading Standards over fakes shown for sale in a brochure and on its website.

    Items included a painted box, tins, tea chest and cigarette packets.

  5. Police appeal after convict breaches licence conditions

    Connor Cassidy

    Police are looking for a man convicted of assault who they say has breached his licence following his release from prison.

    Connor Cassidy, 22, is believed to have links to Reading, Wokingham, Bournemouth and Northern Ireland, Thames Valley Police said.

    The force has asked the public to call 999 if they see Cassidy and not to approach him.

  6. Parachute husband 'worse off if wife dead'

    Victoria Cilliers

    An Army instructor accused of trying to murder his wife would have been worse off if she had died, a court has heard.

    Victoria Cilliers, 40, told jurors her husband Emile, 37, was "financially incontinent" and had issues with debt.

    But wills and a post-nuptial agreement would not benefit Mr Cilliers if his wife died, Winchester Crown Court heard.

    He denies attempting to murder Mrs Cilliers, who suffered a near-fatal fall when her parachute failed.

    The trial continues.

  7. Woman, 88, conned out of £120k savings

    John Hart, Philip Budden, Daniel Baker, Daniel Sherwood

    Four men have been jailed for their parts in conning an elderly victim out of her £120,000 life savings.

    John Hart, 61, and Philip Budden, 37, admitted fraud by false representation. Daniel Baker, 40, admitted money laundering.

    Daniel Sherwood, 34, was found guilty of laundering offences following a trial earlier this month.

    The victim, now aged 88, paid out cheques for incomplete and poor work on her house in Wimborne over two years.

  8. Teaching ban for 'inappropriate messages'

    The Henry Box School

    A 25-year-old man has been banned from teaching after he discussed "sexual topics" on Facebook with a child.

    Jack Fursdon was employed as a teacher at The Henry Box School in Witney, Oxfordshire, at the time.

    A panel found he sent inappropriate messages, which included sexual innuendo, to a girl at a school where he previously was a teaching assistant

    He has been banned indefinitely although the order can be reviewed after two years.

  9. Maidenhead golf course housing gets go ahead

    Plans for the building of 2,000 new homes on a Maidenhead golf course have moved a step closer to being built, despite vocal opposition from locals.

    Councillors at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead gave the development, which also includes a new school, the green light last night.

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    They were heckled by around a 150 locals at the meeting, but the council argue the development is essential to cope with Maidenhead's growing population.

    "We know this is a huge undertaking", said authority leader Simon Dudley "but Crossrail will be nearby by 2019, and we can create a wonderful place for residents to live".

    Critics at the meeting claimed that the plans do not address any subsequent traffic issues or social housing needs.

  10. Joint council committee meets for first time

    Poole Civic Centre

    Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Dorset council members have met for a joint committee meeting to consider local government reorganisation for the first time.

    The meeting at Poole Civic Centre saw 18 members agree terms of reference ahead of central government deciding whether to set up two unitary councils in the county to replace the existing nine.

    The next meeting will be held at Bournemouth Town Hall on 21 November.

  11. Weather: Cloudy afternoon ahead

    After a cloudy start to the day, more of the same is forecast for this afternoon.

    Temperatures are expected to peak at 12C before dipping to 8C overnight.

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  12. Officer denies telling PC to give chase in police car death

    Aston McLean Williams

    The colleague of a police officer who ran over a burglary suspect has denied telling him to give chase in an armed response vehicle.

    Aston McLean Williams, 28, died in Wokingham Road, Reading, after a PC used a car as a "mobile barrier".

    Two PCs have been accused of gross misconduct following the incident in August 2014, and are appearing at a misconduct hearing being live-streamed to Ascot Police Station.

    A firearms officer known only as officer "H" told the hearing although he did not order PC "N" to use the car, he did think it was "the logical thing to do".

    The misconduct hearing, which is in its second day, continues.

  13. Police Dog Finn 'immortalised' in Halloween pumpkin

    Helen Burchell

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    Fans of Halloween have been putting their artistic skills to the test this year, and this is one of our favourites so far... but what is it?

    Carved pumpkin

    Granted, it looks a little bit like a terrified "were-rabbit", but light it up and lo and behold, it becomes this:

    Carved pumpkin

    Yes, it's a police dog who was stabbed, but hailed a hero after saving his handler from an armed suspect.

    German Shepherd Finn almost lost his life after being stabbed by a suspect in Stevenage a year ago.

    Police dog Finn

    The attack and his subsequent recovery prompted a campaign for changes in the law to better protect police service animals.

    And now he's been turned into a pumpkin by solicitor and co-director of Finn's Law Ltd - the group pushing for the new law - Sarah Dixon from Christchurch in Dorset.

    Being a huge fan of all things Finn-related, she also likes to "get a little creative" - and we think it's a pretty good likeness.

  14. Rotary saves harbour candles event

    Candles on the Cobb

    An event to illuminate Lyme Regis harbour with 5,000 tealights will return after being taken on by the town's Rotary Club.

    The future of Candles on the Cobb was in doubt after organisers said they were "burnt out" by the planning involved.

    The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis said it would take up the organisation of the event, planned for 26 August next year, with funds raised going to the Royal British Legion.

  15. Councils to tackle Oxford's most polluted street

    Oxford's most polluted street is to be the tackled by a partnership between local councils.

    Both Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have pledged to tackle the poor air quality on St Clements Street, which has breached legal limits of pollution.

    St Clements
    Image caption: St Clements Street leads on to The Plain roundabout, which often causes car congestion

    The news comes as the air across Oxford has been deemed dangerous to public health by a World Health Organisation (WHO) report.

    It was one of 44 UK towns and cities that failed the WHO's test for fine sooty particles smaller than 2.5 microns, which are linked to heart disease and premature death.

  16. Castle closes for major restoration

    Highcliffe Castle

    Highcliffe Castle near Christchurch is closing today for five months as part of an 18-month project to open more of the building to the public.

    Once completed, visitors will have access to the Penleaze wing, which has been derelict since a fire in the 1950s.

    The castle will reopen in late March 2018.

  17. Delayed Reading relief road fully opens

    A road designed to ease traffic around the M4 in Reading has been opened after several issues delayed its opening by over a year.

    The Shinfield Relief Road has been built to support plans for nearly 2,400 new homes and a science park south of the M4.

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    Image caption: Works on the Shinfield Eastern Relief Road were due to finish in summer 2016

    It should have been completed and open in the summer of 2016, a variety of concerns repeatedly pushed the opening back, including Wokingham Borough Council withdrawing the licence to build it from a contractor.

    But the road, which received, £24.7m of funding from the then housing minister Mark Prisk in 2013, finally opened this morning.