Stories of the week: August 27-September 2

The Advertiser and Express websites bring you a round-up of the week's top stories from across east Berkshire each weekend.


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Witness appeal after woman is raped in Braywick Park

A witness appeal has been made by police after a 28-year-old woman was raped in Braywick Park in broad daylight yesterday.

The victim was walking in the park between about 4pm and 4.30pm yesterday. She talked to a man, who then raped her.

Former Berkshire Land Rover owners illegally claimed £86,000

The former owners of a Maidenhead-based motor dealership have been sentenced for illegally claiming £86,000 in VAT repayment.

Charles Mogford, 53, and Julia Smith, 51, are former company directors of Auto Exporters UK Limited, which traded as Berkshire Land Rover until July 2014.

Man jailed for nine years for child sex attacks

A 41-year-old man from Maidenhead has been sentenced to nine years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a child.

Anthony Bharji, of Ellington Park, was convicted of two counts of assault of a child under 13 by penetration, three counts of sexual assault of a child under 13, one count of attempted voyeurism and one count of making an indecent photograph of a child.

Two men rob bingo hall armed with gun and ‘sword’

Police are hunting two men who stole cash from a bingo hall in Slough armed with a gun and what was thought to be a sword or a baton.  

The pair entered Gala Bingo in Bath Road as it was closing at about 9.10pm on Tuesday and demanded money from the reception before emptying the cash tray into a bag.

Re-appeal for information following child sexual assault at Legoland

The E-Fit of a man who sexually assaulted two girls at Legoland Windsor has been re-released by the police.

Two six-year-old girls were touched inappropriately at Castaway Camp in the Pirate Shores area at the resort in Winkfield Road between 12.15pm and 12.30pm on Thursday, August 11.

Future of Maidenhead Riverside hotels in doubt

Fears are growing for the future of the Riverside area of Maidenhead as speculation mounts about the future of two hotels.

Plans to transform the Thames Riviera Hotel, in Bridge Road, into up to 30 flats have been published online through consultancy firm WYG.

Father's anger after six-year-old wheelchair user is refused access onto bus

A father has hit out after his disabled son was refused access onto a bus.

Martin Dobson who lives in Burnham with his wife and two children, said his family was left distressed after being told by the Courtney Buses driver they could not board.

Conmen target visually impaired OAP in her home

The town's talking newspaper has issued a warning to vulnerable people after one of its visually impaired listeners fell victim to distraction burglars.

A man claiming to be from the 'Water Board' called at her Maidenhead home on Tuesday, August 23, saying he was investigating a water leak.

In pictures: Slough Town FC's first fixture at Arbour Park

Slough Town FC made a winning return to the town as The Rebels played their first game at Arbour Park in front of a sell-out crowd.

The 2-1 victory over Hayes & Yeading United marked the club’s first fixture in its hometown since it left in 2003 to ground-share in Windsor, before moving to Beaconsfield in 2007.

Picture special: Reading Festival 2016

Thousands of people descended on Little Johns Farm in Reading at the weekend as one of the country's biggest music festivals returned.

Headline acts including Foals, Disclosure, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy took to the main stage at the three-day Reading Festival.


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