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Stories of the week: December 3-9

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

Maliks fire: Family 'in pain' after suspected arson attack

Sadness has been expressed by the family behind Maliks restaurant in Cookham following a suspected arson attack there on Tuesday.

It took fire crews four hours to put out the blaze at the popular High Street curry house after they were called out at 1.20am, and one of the people inside had to leap from a first floor window before the engines arrived.


Woman, 27, dies in hospital following M4 motorcycle crash

A motorcyclist from Slough has died following a crash on the M4 on Monday night.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a grey Mercedes C-Class car and a green Kawasaki motorcycle collided on the westbound carriageway between junction 4 with the M25 and junction 5 at Langley.


Royal Borough leader refuses to apologise over council staff comments

The leader of the Royal Borough has remained defiant after the union representing council staff called for an apology from him over comments made at an Employment Panel meeting.

The meeting, held on Tuesday, November 29, saw panel members including Cllr Simon Dudley, discussing a staff exit survey filled out by departing council employees.


Council backs plan for new £49m A&E at Wexham Park Hospital

Plans for a new £49m A&E and assessment centre at Wexham Park Hospital have taken a major step forward after Slough Borough Council’s (SBC) planners approved a landmark application.

Councillors unanimously approved the plan, saying it would help cope with the town’s increasing population and healthcare demands.


Royal Borough announces homeless could use town hall for 'emergency accommodation'

Homeless people could be staying in Maidenhead Town Hall after the council offered to provide temporary accommodation for them following plummeting temperatures last week.

The Royal Borough said it triggered a ‘Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)’ after the cold weather worsened, which allows homeless people to get in touch with its housing team, which will find them a place to stay.


Council serves Government with legal papers over Heathrow third runway

Legal papers have been served to the Government by the Royal Borough and others over ‘unlawfully’ supporting the expansion of Heathrow airport.

In a legal submission to the High Court, the ‘coalition’, which is made up of RBWM, Hillingdon, Richmond and Wandsworth councils, Greenpeace and a resident of Hillingdon, is seeking a judicial review of the government’s decision to support the expansion of the third runway.


Suspended sentence for kitchen-fitter fraudster who falsely claimed £88,000

A kitchen fitter and fraudster from Taplow has been given a suspended sentence for his part in an £88,000 VAT scam.

Appearing at Reading Crown Court on Friday, Stephen Columbine, of River Road, was also told he must repay money he owes, or face prison time.


Rail fare hike branded a 'kick in the teeth' for commuters

Increases to rail fares have been branded a ‘kick in the teeth’ for commuters.

The Government’s Rail Delivery Group confirmed last week that ticket prices are due to go up by an average of 2.3 per cent nationally from Monday, January 2.


Legoland apologises after children queue for 'hours' in the cold to meet Santa

Legoland bosses have apologised after families were left queuing in the cold to see Father Christmas.

The resort held its Christmas Bricktacular event on Saturday with guests offered the chance to give Santa a personal visit.


Winning designs for Prime Minister Theresa May's Christmas card competition revealed

Three festive designs by children from her constituency will be used for Prime Minister Theresa May’s official Christmas card.

They were created as part of an annual competition run by the Maidenhead and Twyford MP and the Advertiser, which invites youngsters to send in their drawings and paintings.

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