Stories of the week: November 19-25

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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Bath Road death trial: Slough man found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving

A Slough man who was involved in a three-car pile up which killed an Old Windsor driver in Bath Road has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Amar Ali Waqar, 23, from Queens Road, Slough, was driving at more than double the 40mph speed limit in his Audi TT when he collided with 63-year-old Peter Mackrory on December 7 at about 2.30pm.


Fears Maidenhead could become 'graveyard for the homeless' unless more is done this winter

Maidenhead could become a ‘graveyard for the homeless’ if more is not done to help them during winter, a homelessness campaigner has warned.

Former rough sleeper Jason Verdaguer spoke out on Tuesday, after the second death of a homeless man in a matter of weeks.


Slough drug dealer caught with more than £6,000 worth of crack cocaine and heroin sentenced

A drug dealer who tried to headbutt a police officer while being arrested has been jailed for more than eight years.

Reuben Barnett, of Frimley Drive, Slough, was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years behind bars at Reading Crown Court on Thursday, November 17, after being found guilty of two counts of possessing heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply.


Mother threatened with knife during burglary

Police are appealing for help after a mother was threatened at knifepoint in her own home.

The woman was at her home with her nine-year-old daughter in Granville Avenue, Slough, when four men forced their way in at about 10.50pm on Wednesday.


Russell Brand to 'sleep out' after visits to Slough homeless charity

Having taken inspiration from homeless charity Slough Homeless Our Concern (SHOC), superstar Russell Brand will be visiting homeless charity Trinity’s ‘Big Sleepout’ event next week.

The comedian and actor turned political activist has visited Serena Hall, SHOC’s Burlington Road centre, several times over the past few months to check out the charity’s work.


Application submitted to turn Thames Riviera Hotel into flats

After speculation earlier this year, plans have been submitted to replace the Thames Riviera Hotel with 29 apartments.

The plans, submitted to the Royal Borough on Thursday, November 17, propose a change of use and extension of the main hotel to create 15 apartments.


Spencers Farm landowner says grammar school will be built 'over my dead body'

‘Over my dead body’ was the response from a landowner to the suggestion a satellite grammar school could be built on his fields.

Education campaigner Peter Prior, who is also the executive chairman of Summerleaze, said he could not see reason in building a selective secondary school at the Spencers Farm site in Maidenhead.


Parking tickets given to German guests delivering Christmas tree for the Queen

An 'unfortunate' mistake saw delegates from Coburg in Germany who were delivering a gift for the Queen in Windsor issued with parking tickets.

A 40ft Christmas tree was gifted to the Royal Borough for the monarch’s 90th birthday by the German town, the birthplace of Queen Victoria’s consort Prince Albert.


Maidenhead Christmas lights switch-on set for tonight

A dazzling display of lights will mark the start of the festive season when they're switched on in the town centre tonight.

The lights will be turned on by Norden Farm competition winner Zoe Hibbert, Kevin Cruise as his panto character Simple Simon from the Windsor Theatre Royal, and characters from Maidenhead's Desborough Theatre panto and Yorkie the Magpie, Maidenhead United FC's mascot.


Record-breaking rally navigator, 98, narrowly escapes earthquake

A record-breaking mother and her son have narrowly escaped two earthquakes during a classic rally event.

Dorothy Caldwell, 98, from Maidenhead, is the Guinness World Record holder for the world’s oldest active rally navigator, and is currently competing in the Haka Classic, in New Zealand.

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