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  1. Thank you for coming

    We hope you have enjoyed our company this afternoon.

    We will be back tomorrow with the latest news, sport, travel and weather from the region from 08:00 BST.

    You can get in touch with your pictures and news on our Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Oxford Facebook pages, or by using Twitter @BBC_Hampshire, @BBCDorset, @BBCBerkshire and @BBCOxford.

  2. M4 Westbound reopened

    The westbound carriages of the M4 near the M25 have now been opened, after a serious collision involving multiple vehicles.

    All Loundon-bound lanes remain closed however, and reports from the scene have state that the air ambulance has visited the site of the incident for the second time.

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  3. Sailor deaths yacht 'well maintained'

    A company boss has told a court he regularly maintained a yacht which sank in the Atlantic with the loss of four sailors.

    The crew of the Cheeki Rafiki died after the 40ft vessel lost its keel and capsized in May 2014.

    Douglas Innes, 43, from Southampton, has denied four counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.

    James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren, Paul Goslin

    Sailor deaths yacht 'well maintained'

    James Male, Andrew Bridge, Steve Warren, Paul Goslin

    The four Cheeki Rafiki crewmen died when the yacht capsized more than 700 miles from Nova Scotia.

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  4. M4 closed in both directions

    The M4 has been closed in both directions after a multi-vehicle accident, which has caused significant delays.

    Traffic has come to a standstill between junctions 5 (Langley) and 4B (M25) after the incident, where the air ambulance were called.

    Tailbacks London-bound are leading all the way back to junction 7 (Slough West). Westbound traffic goes back to junction 3 (Heathrow).

    Traffic map
    Image caption: Traffic maps show the scale of the delays
  5. The Red Arrows announce schedule

    The Red Arrows have announced their 2018 display schedule.

    The RAF display team will be in the skies above Weymouth, Cowes, Overton and Bournemouth during their summer season.

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  6. Ex-Baptist minster Robert Dando jailed for sex abuse

    Robert John Dando
    Image caption: Robert Dando was arrested when he was brought back to the UK from America

    A former Baptist minister has been jailed for more than nine years for sexually abusing boys.

    Robert John Dando, 53, of no fixed address, had previously pleaded guilty to 13 sexual offences on 2 February 2018.

    Thames Valley Police said they involved 10 victims, including one aged 11, and took place between 1985 and 2008 in Oxfordshire.

    He was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Monday.

    Mr Dando was a senior minister at Worcester Park Baptist Church, Surrey, and Orchard Baptist Church in Bicester.

  7. Theale school meeting held in private

    Patrick O'Hagan

    BBC Berkshire political reporter

    Parish councillors in Theale say they're seeking legal advice before revealing whether they'll accept plans to build a new school in the village.

    Last month the parish council decided to hold what's a rarely-witnessed sight in the world of local politics... a parish poll.

    Asked whether they wanted a new school on playing fields the majority of voters said yes.

    Villagers were hoping to hear last night that the parish council would accept the poll's result and give the school the go-ahead, but councillors decided to hold their meeting in private on the advice of lawyers.

    The parish council has told us that it will make its decision public within the next few days.

    Theale school plan
  8. Three-time gold medallist retires from rowing

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    Three-time Olympic gold medallist Pete Reed has retired from rowing, having been part of the Great Britain team since 2005.

    The Royal Navy Lieutenant, who has trained in Caversham throughout his career, won medals at Beijing, London and Rio Olympics.

  9. Failing to match parents' grades distressing for men

    Students sitting exams

    A failure to live up to parents' educational achievements can be as distressing to men as getting divorced, according to a study.

    Academics at Oxford University suggest men who achieve lower levels of qualifications than their mothers and fathers are more likely to experience "psychological distress", such as feeling depressed, lonely or unhappy.

    Their research was based on analysis of data on more than 50,000 people in the UK, as well as individuals in 27 other European countries.

    Dr Alexi Gugushvili said: "For men, parents' educational achievement and inter-generational mobility retain an important influence on their psychological health... But no effect is observed for women's distress."

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A3020 Isle Of Wight both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3020 Isle Of Wight both ways severe accident, between A3054 and A3054 Forest Road.

    A3020 Isle Of Wight - A3020 Medina Way in Newport closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A3054 junction and the A3054 Forest Road junction, because of an accident.

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

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M3 Hampshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M3 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between J4A for A327 and J4 for A331.

    M3 Hampshire - One lane closed on M3 northbound between J4a, A327 (Farnborough) and J4, A331 (Camberley), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  12. Worzel Gummidge set to return

    Mackenzie Crook and Worzel Gummidge

    Worzel Gummidge is set to make his return to the small screen - in a new BBC series, starring Mackenzie Crook.

    Crook will play the lead, a talking scarecrow, who was previously played by Doctor Who's Jon Pertwee in the late 1970s.

    A statement for the star of The Office confirmed he is in the early stages of working on "a new contemporary adaptation of the original Worzel Gummidge books."

    The BBC has yet to confirm the remaking of the show.

    The original TV version, produced by Southern Television, was filmed at locations in Hampshire including Romsey, Stockbridge and Michelmersh.

  13. Trio deny care home 'neglect'

    Winterbrook Nursing Home
    Image caption: The women worked at Winterbrook Nursing Home in Wallingford

    Three woman have pleaded not guilty to allegations they mistreated residents at a care home.

    They were charged after police were called to Winterbrook Nursing Home in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, last June.

    Mary Craddock, 59, from Wallingford, denied five counts of ill treatment at Oxford Magistrates' Court earlier.

    Joan Lovell, 63, from Wallingford, and Elizabeth Collins, 61, from Didcot, pleaded not guilty to three counts of the same charge.

    Ms Collins also denies six counts of breaching a care provider's duty of care resulting in neglect.

    The case will be heard at Oxford Crown Court on 11 May.

  14. Police need to find 'more sophisticated' ways to reduce violence

    Police officers
    Image caption: Thames Valley Police says tackling drug use in pubs is a priority

    A former Thames Valley Police officer has said forces need more sophisticated ways of reducing violent crime rather than simply having more police on the beat.

    It comes after a pub landlord in Oxfordshire said he and others are having to tackle drug use and antisocial behaviour alone due to policing cuts.

    Thames Valley Police says tackling drug use in pubs is a priority for the Neighbourhood Policing Team in parts of the area.

    Former Thames Valley officer Dan Clacher doesn't expect to see more police on streets. He added: "We have to think about other ways to engage with the community and how best we as citizens can look after ourselves and take better care of our property and ourselves."

  15. Poole Bridge remains closed

    Poole Bridge remains closed to road traffic after a "technical problem" led to damage to the safety gates on Sunday.

    Both the pedestrian and cycle paths have since been reopened for public use and the normal lifting schedule has been resumed.

    Poole Bridge closed for major repairs in September 2016 and had originally been expected to reopen in June 2017. A series of delays meant it reopened in January 2018.

    Poole Bridge
  16. Bad weather stops Thames search for missing Shiplake man

    Frederick Lawson
    Image caption: Frederick Lawson was reported missing on Wednesday

    Bad weather is hampering a search of the River Thames for a missing 82-year-old man.

    Frederick Lawson was reported missing from Shiplake, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Wednesday.

    It is feared he may have fallen into the swollen river and divers searched it for days before heavy rain and high waters forced them to stop.

    Police said they were following other lines of inquiry and would review the decision when the weather improved.