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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Long delays and reduced services for commuters

Rail passengers in the Thames Valley have been warned tonight that they face another two months of disruption - and cancellations - because of flooding and rising water levels on the network.

Flooding at Maidenhead means up to one in four First Great Western trains still aren't able to run. Tankers - which are in place to remove water from the lines - are on 24-hour standby at Newbury Station to keep things moving.

Many routes in and out of Paddington were able to re-open today after engineers worked through the weekend to clear lines. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

Gardens flooded with raw sewage in Berkshire

The Prime Minister today defended the Government's handling of the floods crisis and promised £10m of support to get businesses trading again.

14 Severe Flood Warnings remain in place along the River Thames in Berkshire and Surrey with water levels still expected to rise in places, despite the calmer weather.

In Newbury, flood-hit residents say their homes and gardens are polluted with toxic bacteria from what's coming up through the drains. Mel Bloor reports.

Interviewees: Residents Lin Gourlay and Jo Berridge and Lt Tom Legge from 4 Rifles.

Update on Thames Valley rail services for Monday

First Great Western (FGW) and Network Rail plan to restore the majority of services into and out of London Paddington from Monday.

Network Rail's engineering and maintenance teams have been working to try and solve the problems caused by the flooding at Maidenhead that had affected the normal signalling system reducing service to just 20% of normal capacity.

Through a series of innovative engineering solutions, from start of service on Monday, in excess of 75% of normal services will be running.

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