Stories of the week: October 8-14

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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Slough mum who died after giving birth 'could have been saved', inquest hears

A mother who died after giving birth to twins ‘could have been saved’ if her caesarean section had been carried out earlier, an inquest has heard.

Estelle O’Sullivan, 37, of Neptune Way, Slough, had lost more than four litres of blood during and after the delivery of her babies by emergency C-section at Wexham Park Hospital on February 24 last year.


Soldier was 'bundled into car at knifepoint' by former friend, court hears

A soldier has told a court how he was threatened with a knife, tied up and bundled into a car by a former friend from the army.

John Watson, 35, of Pirbright Barracks, Surrey, is on trial at Reading Crown Court charged with attempted murder, kidnap and having a bladed article in a public place.


Teenager stabbed after refusing to offer man cigarette

A teenager was stabbed with a knife after refusing to offer a man a cigarette in Baylis Park on Friday.

The victim, a 17-year-old boy, was walking through the park close to the fun fair at about 12.30pm when he stopped to smoke a cigarette near the walkway from Belfast Avenue.


Mutilated animals found in Datchet and Colnbrook

A dead deer which was discovered with a tree branch shoved into its rear and a McDonald’s bag wrapped around its head has been branded a ‘sadistic’ killing.

Shouvik Chatterjee made the shock discovery while out walking along Majors Farm Road in Datchet at about 5pm on Thursday, October 6.


Thames Valley Police warns 'killer clowns' could face arrest

Police have warned that anyone caught taking part in the so-called ‘killer clown’ craze could face arrest.

Thames Valley Police made the appeal through Facebook after apparently being called to 14 such incidents over the course of 24 hours ‘where people have reported being intimidated or frightened by others dressed as clowns’.


Marlow Bridge: Commuters could face 20-week wait if new parts are needed

Commuters could face a 20-week wait for the damaged Marlow Bridge to be repaired if engineers find replacement steelwork is needed.

Contractors  have found seven structural areas that will need further detailed testing as they continue to investigate potential damage to the bridge.


Thieves target gunsmith shop in Eton

Three men smashed the windows of a gunsmith shop in Eton and stole items from the window display on Saturday night.

At about 10pm police received reports of a break-in at Etonguns in High Street. The thieves smashed the windows and it is thought they snatched two swords and a paintball gun.


'Good' Ofsted rating for Furze Platt Senior School

Pupils, staff and parents are celebrating after a school bounced back from a poor Ofsted inspection.

Furze Platt Senior School, in Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead, has been given a rating of 'Good' in all areas in its latest report, which was released on Wednesday.


Actress Anna Friel told to demolish extension on Windsor town house

Actress Anna Friel has been ordered to tear down an extension on her lavish Windsor town house.

The Windsor Urban Development Control Panel slapped the Marcella star with a listed building enforcement notice during a meeting at Windsor Guildhall on Wednesday.


Crossrail: Behind the scenes of Europe's largest construction project

Most people in Maidenhead will associate Crossrail with being kept up at night – everyone is familiar with the repetitive loud noise, but what actually causes it and how much longer will it last?

I was invited on to the railway to watch the Network Rail engineers at work as they electrify the track – and yes, that did involve rocking the high-vis look.


POLL: Should the Royal Borough take legal action if Heathrow's expansion is approved?

An extra £20,000 has been allocated by the Royal Borough to fund a legal fight if Heathrow Airport is given permission to expand.

The borough has allocated £50,000 to launch a judicial review if expansion is given the go-ahead by the Government, with a decision expected within days.

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