Stories of the week: September 17-23

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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James Preston

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Mothers speak out about Legoland sexual assaults in Crimewatch appeal

'Someone will know who he is' is the message from police after the mothers of two girls who were sexually assaulted Legoland spoke out about the attack on Crimewatch.

The six-year-olds were touched inappropriately on a family trip to the Winkfield Road resort on August 11.


Robbers armed with large sword and hammer raid bank in Slough

Robbers armed with a large sword and a hammer threatened staff and stole cash in a raid on a NatWest bank in Buckingham Avenue in Slough yesterday.

At 11.40am, two men with their faces covered entered the bank, with one of them armed with the sword and the other holding a hammer.


Two men suffer serious injuries and Honeypot taped off by police after 'disturbance'

The Honeypot gentlemen's club in Queen Street was cordoned off by police yesterday morning after two men suffered serious injuries following a 'disturbance'.

Police were called to Queen Street at 4.09am, and two men were taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.


Royal Borough to decide on outsourcing children's services

The day-to-day running of the Royal Borough’s children’s services could be handed over to community interest company Achieving for Children.

Cabinet is set to discuss the proposals at its next meeting on Thursday.


Staff say final farewell as Maidenhead Post Office shuts

Despite months of petitions and campaigns, Maidenhead Post Office has finally shut its doors for the last time.

The High Street store, which has faced an uncertain future since January, served its last customer on Wednesday, September 14, ahead of services being moved to WHSmith in the Nicholsons Centre.


Dad 'frustrated' at lack of special needs schools

A frustrated father from Cippenham is being forced to home school his son, who has special needs, because Slough Borough Council (SBC) is unable to find him a suitable school place.

Joseph Reay, 12, from St George's Crescent, suffers from ADHD and dyspraxia and was bullied at The Westgate School, causing his father Allan to pull him out in June.


US firm to create 100 jobs setting up Maidenhead office

A US pharmaceutical firm is set to create 100 jobs by setting up a new European office in Maidenhead.

Massachusetts-based Alnylam Pharmaceuticals announced it is opening a new development and commercial hub in the town with space for 100 employees.


Ponies killed after being struck by lightning

A lightning strike which killed two ponies at Snowball Farm has left the equestrian centre’s staff and riders ‘devastated’.

Blue, a six-year-old rescue pony, and 11-year-old Beau were struck dead in their field when lightning hit the farm in the early hours of Friday morning.


Council leader responds to concerns over Heathrow expansion legal action

The leader of the Royal Borough has hit back at concerns over taxpayers’ money being used to fund legal action over the expansion of Heathrow.

The council has threatened to sue the Government along with Wandsworth, Hillingdon and Richmond if plans for a third runway at the airport go ahead, as first reported by the Advertiser in March.


Children asked to design Prime Minister Theresa May's Christmas cards

While the political upheaval in the months since the EU referendum has seen Theresa May become Prime Minister, some things haven't changed.

The MP for Maidenhead and Twyford might be sharing the international political stage with the most powerful leaders in the world - but she still wants children from her constituency to design her Christmas card.

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