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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 6 April
  2. Arrests made over crash on M3 this morning
  3. Failing GP surgery back in NHS hands
  4. Gaia Pope police response investigated

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All times stated are UK

  1. That's all folks

    It's been a pleasure bringing you the latest news updates from across the South this week.

    South Live will be back on Monday at the usual time of 08:00 BST for more news as it happens.

    In the meantime, have a great weekend.

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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire eastbound severe accident, at J6 for A355 Slough affecting J8 for .

    M4 Berkshire - Two lanes closed and queuing traffic on M4 London-bound at J6, A355 (Slough), because of an accident. Travel time is 20 minutes. Congestion to J8.

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

  3. English rugby's next generation at week-long festival

    Adam Williams

    BBC Sport

    Rugby scrum

    To describe England's 2018 Six Nations campaign as a disappointment would be something of an understatement.

    But a quick scan through the majority of Eddie Jones' squad from this year's championship will show a well-trodden path through an age-group development programme.

    One of the first steps on the Rugby Football Union's (RFU) pathway for some of them will have started at a festival like one run at Wellington College in Berkshire this week.

    More than 400 youngsters from the 14 regional academies across England have not only been facing each other in a series of matches on the pitch but being exposed to a series of development workshops off it.

    Read more, here.

  4. Berkshire refuse sites stopped by Environment Agency

    Two refuse sites in Berkshire have been stopped by the Environment Agency after being suspected of operating without the required authorisation.

    The premises in Reading and Maidenhead are now being investigated after handling a mix of debris from home improvements, old cars and household rubbish.

    The Environment Agency says Illegal waste operators pose a threat to human health and contaminate land and rivers with oil and chemicals.

    Running one can result in an unlimited fine and up to five years imprisonment

  5. Isle of Wight: Plastic Free?

    Video content

    Video caption: Ian Marchant visits the Isle of Wight in hope of a plastic-free future.

    Ian Marchant visits the Isle of Wight in hope of a plastic-free future. And he finds out what happened to a mountain of trash after the legendary 1970 pop festival.

  6. Warning over bogus callers

    People in Slough are being warned about bogus callers who claim to be from the water board.

    There have been a number of distraction burglaries in Slough, Langley and Wexham recently.

    Thames Water is urging customers to check for proper ID before letting anyone into their property.

    Stuart Orchard from the company says there's nothing wrong with taking a moment to check someone is genuine

  7. Clement looks for repeat of home debut

    Jack Winstanley

    BBC Berkshire Sport Reporter

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    Video caption: Paul Clement looks ahead to Reading vs Preston

    It was quite the home debut for new Reading manager Paul Clement.

    A rocket goal from Sone Aluko, a red card for striker Yann Kermorgant, and an injury-time penalty save from Vito Mannone meant Reading fans didn't go home disappointed after the 1-0 win.

    However, a loss to Aston Villa on Tuesday means the Royals were dragged back towards the relegation zone with just six matches remaining.

    Clement's rescue mission at the Madejski Stadium continues tomorrow when they face play-off chasing Preston, where he'll look to make it two wins out of two in front of the home fans.

  8. Police custody death: Family want 'the truth'

    The sister of a man who died after collapsing in police custody has said she would "like to get to the truth".

    Marilyn Medford was speaking outside a pre-inquest hearing into the April 2017 death of Leroy Junior Medford.

    The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) was obliged to investigate because Mr Medford, 43, first fell ill at Loddon Valley police station after his arrest in Reading.

    The police watchdog said its investigation was finalised last year.

    Leroy Junior Medford
    Image caption: An IOPC spokesperson said the report had been sent to Mr Medford's family, the coroner and police
  9. Decision over new £8m Theale school will be made on Monday

    Theale Parish Council has announced that it will decide on Monday night, in a closed council session, whether it will give up land for a new primary school.

    West Berkshire Council gave the go-ahead last year for the £8m project on North Street Playing Fields.

    But parish councillors had failed to give up the land they own the lease on.

    A recent parish referendum of local residents came out in favour of the development by 53% to 47%.

    Theale map
  10. Gaia Pope: Watchdog probes 'actions and decisions' of police

    The police watchdog, Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), has announced it is investigating the conduct of Dorset Police in the aftermath of the disappearance of Dorset teenager Gaia Pope in November.

    Director Catrin Evans said: “We are examining the actions and decisions of Dorset Police when dealing with the missing person report made in respect of a vulnerable young woman.

    "We will also consider whether the force appropriately risk assessed, resourced and reviewed the missing person report.

    “Our investigation will be thorough and we will keep Gaia’s family, the coroner and the force informed of our progress.”

    Search for Gaia Pope
  11. Travellers leave park and ride site

    Travellers at Water Eaton Park and Ride
    Image caption: Travellers at Water Eaton park and ride on Thursday afternoon

    Travellers have moved on from a park and ride site in Oxford.

    Dozens of caravans and two horses were seen at Water Eaton Park and Ride yesterday.

    Oxfordshire County Council said they had since left the site.

    It is was the third time travellers had moved on to a park and ride site in Oxford following previous encampments at the Redbridge and Pear Tree car parks.

    Horse at Water Eaton park and ride
    Image caption: Two horses were with the travellers as well
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    Severe disruption: A37 Dorset westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A37 Dorset westbound severe disruption, between A352 and Dorchester Road.

    A37 Dorset - A37 in Stratton blocked and queuing traffic westbound between the A352 junction and the Dorchester Road junction, because of flooding.

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

  13. RAF 100 baton relay reaches the West of England

    Man carrying baton

    A baton relay to celebrate 100 years of the RAF has arrived in the West of England.

    It was carried by runners from Chipping Norton, in Oxfordshire, to RAF Fairford on the Gloucestershire Wiltshire border.

    It's now being taken by a fleet of minis to Stonehenge and Boscombe Down.

    The specially-designed baton will visit 100 sites associated with the RAF in 100 days, ending at Horse Guards Parade on 10 July.

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    Severe accident: M4 Berkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M4 Berkshire westbound severe accident, between J10 for A329 and J11 for A33.

    M4 Berkshire - Queuing traffic and one lane closed on M4 westbound between J10 A329(M) Wokingham and J11, A33 (Reading), because of an accident.

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

  15. Gaia Pope family welcomes police conduct probe

    The family of Gaia Pope has welcomed the announcement by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) that it was carrying out an investigation into the disappearance and subsequent searches for the Swanage teenager.

    Her sister Clara Pope-Sutherland said the family "won't stop until we get answers".

    "I did feel that it did take a long time to find her," she added.

    "I'm very hopeful the investigation turns out some useful and truthful information.

    "It's too late for Gaia but I'm not having anybody else go though what our family has gone through, it just can't happen."

    Clara Pope-Sutherland
    Image caption: Gaia Pope's sister, Clara Pope-Sutherland said her family was determined to make sure "no-one goes through what we've been through"