Stories of the week: August 17-23

Stories of the week: August 17-23

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Stories of the week: August 17-23

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


Exotic cockroaches posted through letterbox of new tea shop

A horrified businesswoman condemned a 'vicious' attack which saw live exotic cockroaches posted through the letterbox of a newly-opened teashop in Cookham.

Diane Bryant and her business partner Magda Wencel had to call in police after Diane opened the door to the Teapot tea shop to find about 50 of the bugs crawling around on the floor.

Police treating barbecued swan incident in Windsor as 'theft'

Shock was expressed following the gruesome discovery of a swan's barbecued and half-eaten carcass at a popular public picnic spot in Windsor.

The grim remains were discovered on Baths Island.

The find made national news headlines and caused shockwaves on Twitter, with users labelling the treatment of the swan as 'sick', 'disgusting' and 'an outrage'.

Former athletics prodigy jailed after drugs feud shooting

A former athletics prodigy from Langley got an eight year jail sentence for shooting a man in the leg over a drugs feud.

Javarne Adams, 20, of Churchill Road, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court today after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to wounding with intent and possessing a firearm.

VIDEO: Headteacher talks about taking over free school Holyport College

Work is well underway on transforming the former Holyport Manor School site in Ascot Road into the new Holyport College.

The college will be one of two free schools set to open in Bray parish in 2014.

Future headteacher Walter Boyle said he hopes to help pupils reach their full potential and to create a school to be proud of.

Watch the video report to get a first look inside the school grounds as well as an interview with Mr Boyle.

Woman banned from keeping horses after neglected ponies found in Burnham

A 63-year-old woman has been banned from keeping horses for life after three Shetland ponies in her care were found close to death in Burnham.

The RSPCA, police and a vet were called out to a field in Poyle Lane after receiving complaints from passers-by about the condition of the ponies.

'We will go after those fraudsters who cheat the system'

A warning has been issued by Wokingham Borough Council that it will continue to hunt benefits cheats after a couple who fleeced the system ended in the dock.

The council is also urging the public to report benefit fraud and help tackle the problem. It has launched 50 benefit fraud cases since April and there were 231 in the last financial year.

VIDEO: Skipping club perform at Claires Court

A medal-winning team are keen to rope more children into taking part in skipping.

Sam Cross, Tiff Branscombe, Georgia Toay and Harry Cross, from Bouncers Skipping Club in Tolworth, went along to Claires Court Holiday Club in College Avenue, Maidenhead. They gave demonstrations and then helped youngsters at the holiday club have a go themselves.

In pictures: Slough and South Bucks GCSE results 2013

Nervous and excited students found out how they had fared in their GCSEs as they picked up their exam results.

Pass rates at schools across Slough and South Bucks were high with 100 per cent of students at some schools achieving A* to E grades.

See a full round-up of pictures and results here.

 

In pictures: Windsor GCSE results 2013

Nervous and excited students found out how they had fared in their GCSEs as they picked up their exam results.

Pass rates at schools across Windsor were high with 100 per cent of students at some schools achieving A* to E grades. See a full round-up of pictures and results here.

In pictures: Maidenhead and Marlow GCSE results 2013

Nervous and excited students found out how they had fared in their GCSEs as they picked up their exam results.

Pass rates at schools across Maidenhead and Marlow were high with 100 per cent of students at some schools achieving A* to E grades. See a full round-up of pictures and results here.

Pub fire landlord: 'My world has just collapsed in a heap of flames'

A staff member of The Two Brewers pub in Marlow had a lucky escape in the early hours of this morning as the town centre pub went up in flames

The fire, of which the cause is still unknown, swept through the pub in St Peter Street at about 2am, destroying 80 per cent of the first floor and roof as well as causing water damage to the remainder of the building.

Head chef Jim Knight, who lives on site, was asleep in his ground floor bedroom when the fire struck and only awoke when alerted by his dog.

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