Stories of the week: November 9-15

Stories of the week: November 9-15


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Stories of the week: November 9-15

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.

'Captain Marvel' foils thief who targeted elderly woman

An electrical engineer has earned the nickname Captain Marvel after tackling a thief who targeted an elderly woman in the car park of Waitrose.

Simon Combe jumped into action after pulling into the car park of the supermarket in Moorbridge Road.

The 44-year-old, from Walker Road, was on his way to buy some food after dropping his wife off at the Magnet Leisure Centre.


Falklands veteran died after Remembrance Day parade

Family and friends of an ex-serviceman and foster father from Windsor who died of a heart attack after a Remembrance Day parade have paid tribute to a man who 'lived life to the full'.

Archie Beaty, 56, collapsed outside the Royal British Legion in Marlow at about midday on Sunday after playing the drums with the Scots Guards Association Band.


VIDEO: Life inside the real Downton Abbey

It has been the back drop to the drama and tragedy of the Crawley family, but what is life like in the real Downton Abbey?

Lady Fiona Herbert, the eighth Countess of Carnarvon, talks about life in the past and present at Highclere Castle - the set of the hit ITV drama.




Mum who donated kidney to daughter fundraises for hospital

A 65-year-old mum who donated a kidney to save her daughter's life has gone on to raise £1,275 for the hospital that treated them.

Linda Chanan, now 66, of Grove Road, Windsor admits that at first she thought she was too old to be donor when daughter Jessica, 34, was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease last year.

She said: "I was assured by doctors that age did not matter. All that mattered was the health of the organ and the donor."


In pictures: Maidenhead remembers fallen heroes at packed service

A ‘dignified’ and ‘poignant’ Remembrance Sunday service was attended by one of the highest numbers of people to date in Maidenhead town centre.

Members of the public, ex-servicemen, former mayors and councillors congregated by Maidenhead's war memorial in St Ives Road at 10.45am yesterday to honour fallen servicemen and women.

Mother denies killing 11-month-old son with 'violent acts'

A 'series of violent acts' from a mother from Windsor culminated in the death of her 11-month-old son, a jury heard today.

Emma Wilson, 25, of Paddock Close denies murdering her son Callum, who died at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on March 20 2011.

The jury at the Old Bailey heard Callum died after suffering 'unsurvivable brain injuries' from an impact to his head.

Paul Dunkels QC, prosecuting, said doctors also found multiple fractures and bruises to his body after he was rushed to Wexham Park Hospital.


Man who set fire to love rival's car is jailed

A revenge attack which saw a 35-year-old man set fire to a love rival's car has landed him in prison for more than three years.

Gustavo Gallardo, of Smithers Hill Lane in Horsham, West Sussex, was said to have become enraged after learning that his recently-separated wife had started a fling with another man.



Trial of Colin Campbell hears how murdered teenager was dumped in Windsor

An accused murderer dumped the body of a teenager in Windsor after cutting her throat and mutilating her body, a court heard.

Colin Campbell appeared at Reading Crown Court today accused of murdering Claire Woolterton, 17, in August 1981. Her body was discovered in Barry Avenue.

The 66-year-old was arrested and charged in November 2012.


Brave woman saves man from drowning in freezing River Thames

A quick-thinking woman who saved a man from drowning in the river says the rescue has reignited her ambition to join the emergency services.

Abbie Young was walking along Ray Mead Road in Maidenhead on Saturday evening when she spotted the man clinging to the edge of the Thames.

Ex-soldier who threatened to detonate hand grenade sentenced to six years

A former soldier who threatened to detonate a hand grenade in the presence of three people in Windsor has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Sean Hemans, of Sawyers Close, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was handed the sentence at Reading Crown Court. On March 4, Hemans, who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as depression, pulled the pin from a practice grenade whilst saying he wanted to 'end it,' in close proximity to three other people at his flat in Dedworth.


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