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Thames Valley knife crime at record level, crime data reveals

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Serious knife crime in the Thames Valley has hit its highest level since 2010, latest crime data shows.

Thames Valley Police recorded a total of 1,483 serious crimes involving knives in 2018.

That is up 19 percent on the previous year and the highest since 2010-11.

The crimes included eight homicides, 48 rape and sexual assault offences and 117 threats to kill across the policing area last year.

Thames Valley Police covers Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Man handling a knife
Knife crime in Thames Valley has reached record levels since 2010

Farewell to InterCity 125

Hundreds of people travelled between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids yesterday on the last scheduled InterCity 125 journey to the West Country.

The sold-out trip was attended by hundreds of railway enthusiasts, including the train's designer, 89-year-old Sir Kenneth Grange.

He said for many commuters the train had become part of their life.

The 1970s icon is being replaced with the bullet-style electric InterCity Express Trains.

Weather: 'Cloudier and cooler'

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Weather: Dry and sunny, but breezy

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Wednesday will be dry and fine with a brisk east-southeasterly breeze making it feel less warm in coastal areas.

A change in the weather is on the way from Thursday, bringing a risk of showers.

Resurfacing works to close road in Slough

Resurfacing work starts in Slough today.

The surface of Burnham Lane between the railway bridge and the A4 Bath Road will be replaced.

The road will reopen later, but will then close for the next three nights from 20:00 BST.

Residents in Burnham Lane have been warned of limited access during the work.

Railway bridge
the surface of Burnham Lane between the railway bridge and the A4 Bath Road is being replaced

Man suffers head injuries in KFC car park attack

KFC car park

A 21-year-old is in hospital with life threatening injuries after he was assaulted in an KFC car park in Slough.

Thames Valley Police said there were reports of an altercation in Farnham Road, Slough, at about 02:46 BST.

The 21-year-old man had suffered head injuries. A scene watch remains in place in the car park.

Det Insp Will Crowther said: “I would like to appeal for witnesses to this incident. We are in the early stages of this investigation and we are working hard to establish the full circumstances."

Domestic abuse survivor starts charity

A domestic abuse survivor from Wokingham has started a charity to help other people who are being abused.

Vicki Robertson, who suffered from domestic violence as both a child and an adult, said she is pursuing the initiative as SaveLives reports up to one in five children are being abused.

She said it is a "huge number" which goes to how just how much domestic abuse has become an "epidemic".

Ms Robertson said the charity will help victims of abuse spot signs of them being mistreated, as she said her own abuser's behaviour "seemed almost homely".

Woman being abused by man
Woman being subjected to domestic violence

Tuesday's weather forecast: Chilly start but dry and bright day

Today there will be some chance of clouds but generally clear skies.

Temperatures will range from low single figures to highs of 20°C.

South weather: Chilly start but dry and bright day

Design competition for school safety banner opens

A design competition for children to create an image which will be emblazoned onto road safety banners at their primary school has been launched in Slough.

Each school currently taking part in the walking initiative, Walk Once a Week, will take part.

The winning poster will then be transformed into the eye-catching banner.

The banner will go up outside their school gates to remind people of the need to act safely at the beginning and end of the school day.

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Monday's weather forecast: Dry and sunny today, but rather breezy

Today will be a dry and mostly sunny day with a chance of some cloud.

However, there will be a keen easterly breeze.

Maximum Temperature: 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F).

Dry and sunny today, but rather breezy

Weather: Early mist will clear to sunny spells

A clear and dry start, but there will be some areas of early morning mist or fog.

There will be long sunny spells throughout the day, but there is a chance of an afternoon shower. Light winds.

It will become rather cloudy this evening and some outbreaks of rain will spread from the west overnight, but it will be quite mild.

Maximum Temperature: 16°C (61°F).

A football team for refugees brings communities together
The Sanctuary Strikers have brought players together from countries including Zimbabwe and Sudan.

Elementary, my dear Watson - new police dog welcomed

Thames Valley, Hampshire & IoW Dog Section has welcomed a new recruit to its crew, and he looks like a keeper.

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CCTV footage released after car break-in

Police have released footage of a man suspected of breaking into a car and stealing cash and a debit card on Friday in Newbury.

The car was broken into at 23:45 BST in The Oaks and the debit card was later used at Hot News in Market Street.

Thames Valley Police has asked for anyone who recognises the man to call 101.

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Weather: 'Sunny spells and heavy showers'

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

"We had to have bodyguards after the royal wedding"

Karen Gibson from the Kingdom Choir on life after performing at the Royal Wedding
Karen Gibson from the Kingdom Choir on life after performing at the Royal Wedding and working with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

"Performing at the Reading Festival was a pinch yourself moment"

Tom from the Reading band Only the Poets on falling in love, touring and new music.
Reading band Only the Poets are about to tour the UK with Ten Tonnes - Bridgitte finds out more

Weather: A mostly dry day ahead

Expect highs of 15C
The choir made of up post-op throat cancer patients.
The choir is made of up of post-op throat cancer patients who have undergone a laryngectomy.

"Everyone thought he won't pay...and he can't pay"

Bookmaker Gary Wiltshire describes losing over a million pounds in one afternoon.
Imagine losing one point four million pounds on a single bet and then, instead of cutting your losses, heading straight back to the race course to win it all back. 

That was the moment that bookie Gary Wiltshire lost everything at Ascot Racecourse twenty three years ago.

He told Sarah Walker more about the lowest moment in his career.

Gary Wiltshire, Bookmaker:

"I was winning going into the last race, Frankie had six winners and I was winning... then there was a horse and you could lay it at 4-1... I was laying in the end at 2-1.

"I got carried away and I lost £1.4 million in one afternoon.

"The worst thing that happened to me was that nobody had a bet with me that Sunday."

On the bus catching mobile phone drivers

Police officers are riding on buses to catch drivers using their mobile phones.

Road Safety Officers from Hampshire and the Thames Valley are taking part in a joint operation, using the height of a bus as a vantage point to spot wrongdoing.

Michael Parkinson to stop in Thames Valley as part of UK tour

BBC Radio Berkshire

TV legend Michael Parkinson, who lives in Bray, Berkshire, will be making a stop in the Thames Valley as he tours the UK to discuss his career.

The acclaimed interviewer, famous for his chats with some of the world's most important figures, will be in conversation with his son Mike at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on 23 May.

He told BBC Radio Berkshire audiences may expect "a glimpse of what my life was, an extraordinary life".

Michael Parkinson
Michael Parkinson will visit Thames Valley on 23 May

Man runs with 2st barrel on his back for soldiers

A man is running hundreds of miles with a 2st barrel (12kg) to raise money for soldiers who died in Afghanistan.

Andreas Beirne, who served in the Army for seven years, is raising money for the charity Combat Stress and plans to do 456 kilometres (280 miles) - one for every service person who died in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2014.

He has already run the London Marathon on Sunday and is on Tuesday heading through Kingsclere, Reading and Tadley in Berkshire.

Mr Beirne said he took on the challenge because he felt he had to do something to help the soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Weather: Dry and sunny

Tuesday will be generally dry with light winds and spells of sunshine.

Generally dry and sunny spells

Good morning

Welcome to Tuesday's South Live.

We'll be bringing you breaking news and updates from Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire until 18:00.