Stories of the week: May 11-17

Stories of the week: May 11-17


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Stories of the week: May 11-17

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

Visit our websites every Saturday for the main news stories over the last seven days in Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Twyford and Burnham. Click on the links to read the full story.

1. Police raided my home after son wanted to buy gun in Call of Duty

A fuming mum has criticised the authorities after a discussion by her teenage son about computer game Call of Duty sparked a police raid on her home.

Danielle McGill said police burst into her home in Britwell after her 15-year-old son chatted about 'buying a gun' for the warfare game while at school.

2. School pupils appealt o burglars to return their laptops

Pupils' hard work has been lost after callous thieves stole laptops from a school in Maidenhead for the second time.

Burglars broke their way into Wessex Primary School on Sunday by smashing a hole through the main hall window before making away with nine laptops.

3. Police and crime commissioner reacts to 'sham office' claims

Police and crime commissioner (PCC) Anthony Stansfeld has responded to claims made in the national press regarding his expenses.

Reports emerged over the weekend which said Mr Stansfeld had changed the location of his main office to a room in his local police station in West Berkshire.

Revenue rules mean the PCC could not claim expenses for the 45-minute drive from his home to Thames Valley Police's Kidlington HQ every morning.

4. Fixing beleaguered Burnham Park Hall finances key for new chairman

The new chairman of Burnham Parish council has said fixing Burnham Park Hall's finances and deciding how to best spend £240,000 improving the High Street are her key targets.

Cllr Penny Plant described the £2.7m hall as a 'drain on the community'

5. Sheeplands boss says inquiry delay is a 'hammer blow'

The frustrated owner of Hare Hatch Sheeplands has said the decision to delay an inquiry into the centre's unauthorised development is a 'hammer blow.'

Rob Scott told supporters that ongoing delays were strangling the business, leaving it in limbo and unable to properly plan for the future.

6. Council aim to end agreement with ING after town centre plans refused

The Royal Borough has said it is aiming to end a development agreement with ING after outline plans to redevelop Maidenhead to centre were refused.

The £152m Kings Triangle scheme for the key town centre location was turned down by council planners.

7. Windsor Park Street Fire: Investigators still unable to gain access

Fire investigators have not yet been able get into the Grade II Georgian listed home torn apart by fire in Windsor's Park Street to probe what caused the inferno.

The property in Park Street was virtually destroyed in a massive fire on Tuesday last week, and more than 80 firefighters were called to put out the blaze.


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