Club and pub owners in parts of Berkshire could be hit by a new levy to help police fight night-time crime in Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot. Royal Borough councillors are due to meet this evening to consider the tax.
Policing at night time in the three areas is estimated to cost £1million a year.
Business Secretary Vince Cable and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin - were at the site of a new £82 million factory today - where a new generation of high speed trains for the Thames Valley will be built.
'Inter City Express' is part of a £6billion contract awarded to Maidenhead based Hitachi.
Mr McLoughlin says it means the current 40-year-old First Great Western trains will be replaced:
Prime Minister David Cameron will chair a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) today to discuss possible military action against Syria.
Ahead of tomorrow's recall of Parliament, the NSC, which includes Maidenhead MP Theresa May among its members, is expected to discuss the intelligence gathered by UN inspectors from their visit to Mouadamiya, where last week's suspected chemical weapons attack is believed to have taken place
The council will also consider whether or not to push ahead with a military strike against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Mr Cameron said before the meeting that any intervention in Syria would not be about the conflict itself, but preventing the use of chemical weapons by any regime.
A man is due before Magistrates charged with attempted kidnap after a woman was grabbed on a street in Maidenhead. The 20-year-old had just left the town's train station when it happened in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Further forensic tests are being carried out on the body of a woman who collapsed at a house in Maidenhead, and was later pronounced dead at a hospital in Berkshire. Police say her death remains unexplained. A man who was arrested has since been released. Juliette Fletcher reports.