Amanda has today's headlines

A first look at the stories making the news this Friday with Amanda Piper. And to find out what the weather has in store for the end of the working week, Simon Parkin brings you the forecast.

Today's Headlines:- Ash Action - There are urgent calls for the Government to take action fast to try to combat the growing number of trees infected with Ash Dieback. Of the three hundred plus confirmed to have the fungal disease, the majority are in Kent.

Foster Appeal - The charity Barnardos is urging families to help the growing need for foster parents. It's looking in particular to people in Berkshire as it highlights the needs of older children looking for a family.

Haggis, tatties and neeps! It is Burns Night today - among the events taking place to mark the occasion, Wokefield Park in Berkshire is bringing out the bagpipes and raising money for local charities.

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Friday's top stories

Amanda Piper brings you a full round up of what's happening in the region.