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Long delays on Hampshire/Berkshire border northbound

Long delays on the A34 northbound due to an overturned lorry Credit: Thames Valley Police

The northbound carriageway of the A34 is closed after a lorry overturned in icy weather this morning.

It happened near the service station at Tot Hill services just before dawn. The A34 has been closed between the A343 junction in Newbury and the A4 Bath Road junction at Bagnor.

Thames Valley Police it's likely there will be long delays through the area until lunch time.

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Drugs worth £5 million found in Thames Valley

Five people have been charged in connection with the seizure of around £5 million worth of drugs found in the Thames Valley.

All five men were arrested within the Thames Valley and Kent and charged with conspiracy to import heroin and cocaine and conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.

The men are:

  • Martin Gray, aged 31
  • David Bowen, aged 42
  • Shorne Ross, aged 42
  • Yemi Aiyegbusi, aged 35
  • Razaki Hakan, aged 41

The charges are in connection with the seizure of a large amount of drugs, as well as £50,000 in cash, a hydraulic press and other drug paraphernalia.

The items were seized on Monday from a vehicle on the M40 and at properties in Woodstock and Oxford.

IPCC referral after badger collision

Thames Valley Police has referred a fatal road traffic collision on the A34 this morning to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

It follows an incident where a lorry collided with a vehicle while police officers were removing a dead badger from the carriageway.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which occurred on the southbound carriageway of the A34 near Marcham just before 3am today.

Lorry driver dies as police slow traffic to remove badger

Thames Valley police are appealing for witnesses after a lorry driver crashed into another vehicle and died as officers were removing a dead badger from the A34.

Police received a call this morning to say the dead badger was causing an obstruction on the southbound carriageway near Marcham.

As they slowed down the traffic to remove the dead badger, a lorry crashed into another vehicle.

The driver was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but sadly died of his injuries.

The southbound carriageway of the A34 has been closed between Botley and Didcot, while one lane remains open on the northbound carriageway between Didcot and Abingdon.

Anyone who witnessed the crash are asked to contact the police via 101.

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Families forced to postpone funerals due to flooding

Grieving families are being forced to postpone burying their loved ones because the ground has been left too waterlogged for graves to be dug.

Measures are also being taken by groundsmen to prevent graves from collapsing.

At St Michael's Church in Reading, families have been told to delay funerals until the end of the month. ITV Meridian spoke to Reverend John Rogers.

Waterlogged graveyards leaves funerals postponed

Families are being warned to postpone funerals until later in the month because graveyards are too waterlogged to be dug.

Work is currently being undertaken to prevent existing graves from collapsing.

This graveyard in Reading is waterlogged due to the recent flooding Credit: ITV Meridian
Families have been warned to postpone funeral arrangements due to the floods Credit: ITV Meridian

High levels of bacteria found in Berkshire flood water

Tests carried out by scientists in the Thames Valley have revealed high levels of bacteria in the flood waters that have blighted communities for more than seven weeks.

Experts at Reading University have been testing the rising waters from the Thames and the Kennet which have turned roads into rivers and damaged hundreds of homes and businesses.

As, Mel Bloor reports, the concern is now for the health of those caught up in the floods.

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