Stories of the week: January 18-24

Stories of the week: January 18-24

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Stories of the week: January 18-24

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.


Life sentence for Windsor mum Emma Wilson who killed son

A mum from Windsor has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her baby and will serve a minimum of 14 years.

Emma Wilson, 25, of Paddock Close, appeared at the Old Bailey today.

Her 11-month-old son Callum died at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on March 20, 2011.

During the trial the jury was told 'a series of violent acts' by Wilson killed Callum.

He died after suffering 'unsurvivable brain injuries' from an impact to his head.

Plans for revamped Desborough Suite could put Norden Farm at 'significant risk'

Norden Farm could be at 'significant risk' if plans to transform the Desborough Suite into a multi-purpose community entertainment centre become a reality. A feasibility study which looked into the possibility of revamping the ‘tired and characterless’ town hall site was published.

 

Shocked customer 'disgusted' by Tesco shelves

A mouldy packet of ham and congealed fat were among the 'disgusting' discoveries allegedly made by a customer while browsing the shelves of a Slough superstore.

Sylvia Tyler first spotted the state of the shelves at Tesco in Wellington Street a week before Christmas, and complained to a supervisor who told her the cabinets were 'hard to clean'.

Longridge counts the cost of flooding damage

A foul smell fills the air and sludge and silt covers saturated floors and walls.

Equipment stands ruined, the ground is churned up and, over a week since the worst of the wet weather passed, the River Thames is still lapping dangerously close to the cafe of Longridge Activity Centre in Bisham.

Noctor murder trial: Jury told death was 'tragic misfortune'

A birthday night out ended in tragedy when a man was murdered in an unprovoked attack in Windsor, a court was told.

A jury at the Old Bailey heard 24-year-old Seán Noctor, of Dedworth, died at Wexham Park Hospital on July 28 after he was fatally wounded in The Goswells.

Five defendants - Jordan Doyle, 21, Benjamin Brooks, 21, Harry Turney, 20, Lahin Miah, 26, and George Hay, 26, are standing trial charged with his murder.

The trial continues.

 

Prime Minister praises borough for council tax cut

The Prime Minister has praised the Royal Borough after it announced £6.1m is to be shaved from its budget and that council tax bills will drop for the fifth year running.

The reduction means the rate for a Band D property will fall by £19.38 to £926.40 from the start of the new financial year, £110 lower than in 2009/10.

Burglars cause damage at Twyford Snooker Club

A snooker club has been hit in the pocket following a burglary last week.

Burglars smashed their way in to the building, formerly known as Twyford Working Men's Club, in Wargrave Road over night between Thursday, January 16 and Friday, January 17.

Animal sanctuary faces possible legal action

A threat of legal action has been levelled at an animal charity operating without permission unless it files a formal planning application in the next 16 days.

 

2014 'could be turning point' for Maidenhead's rejuvenation

This year could be seen as the turning point for the town centre as a number of projects begin to take off, according to a key player involved in Maidenhead's regeneration. Bob Dulson, chairman of the Project for the Rejuvenation of Maidenhead (PRoM), said the town is experiencing 'a level of interest we have never expected before' as plans to transform the area take shape.

Flood misery continues for Wraysbury residents

Villagers trapped by flood water now face the added misery of toilets that cannot be flushed and baths that cannot be emptied.

Deborah Carter, 49, of Garson Lane in Wraysbury, said her family had been unable to use their loo for more than two weeks.

 

Police expect EDL protest to 'be nothing but peaceful'

Police and the council are working together to ensure disruption to residents is kept to a minimum after the announcement of two demonstrations in the borough on Saturday, February 1.

The English Defence League (EDL) announced their intention to demonstrate in Slough earlier this month. This announcement was followed by the publicising of a counter-demonstration by groups opposing the EDL.

 


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