Stories of the Week: January 25-31

Stories of the Week: January 25-31


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Stories of the Week: January 25-31

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.



UPDATE: Passenger Focus revises 'worst station' list

Rail watchdog Passenger Focus has issued a revised list of train stations with the lowest satisfaction rating among passengers.

The list shows MaidenheadTrain Station is still ranked in the bottom 10 among 63 stations with a big enough sample size from its most recent National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS). The list showed 71 per cent of respondents were satisfied with the overall quality of the station, giving it the ninth lowest satisfaction rating.


Sports Podcast: Debate on the weekend's top stories

Presenter Michael Owens will be joined by experts - Sports editor Graeme Copas and sports reporter Dan Darlington - each week to delve into the weekend's biggest sports stories. Topping the agenda for the debut Sports Podcast is the ongoing turmoil at Burnham FC including interviews with the new manager Rob Mallinson and chairman Gary Reeves.


Town prepares for EDL march

Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to descend on the town tomorrow as the English Defence League marches through Slough.

The focus of the demonstration will be plans to change the former Langley Village Club in Cheviot Road into a mosque. 

Gorilla tactics to get Geller for festival

Renowned illusionist Uri Geller has agreed to take part in the inaugural Twyford Festival - if the village can provide him with 3,000 spoons. A public appeal has been launched by event organiser The Twyford Village Partnership (TVP) to meet the unusual request and finish assembling the cutlery stockpile.


Maidenhead girl Penny Coomes going for gold at Winter Olympics

An ice dancer from Maidenhead will be competing on the world's biggest stage when she dons her skates for the Winter Olympics in Russia.

Penny Coomes will be heading to the games in Sochi on Sunday with her skating partner Nick Buckland fresh from winning a bronze medal at the European Championships in Budapest this month.

Noctor murder trial: Friend says victim had his back turned to his attacker 

A visibly distressed friend of stabbing victim Seán Noctor has insisted in court that the popular Windsor man had his back turned to his attacker when he received the fatal wound.

Christopher Oorloff told jurors at the Old Bailey on Monday: "Seán had his back to the man that stabbed him. His hands were at his side, he was not aware of anyone behind him at all.

"I could see Seán's back, the back of his head, arms at his side, hands open."


MP still pushing for new Thames Valley hospital

An MP with a radical plan to transform healthcare in the Thames Valley says he would like to see his dream realised after the next general election.

Dr Phillip Lee, who is a qualified GP and Conservative MP for Bracknell, says he is still 'banging the drum' for a new regional hospital to be built to serve the area as part of wider reforms to make healthcare more sustainable.


Burnham and Taplow blasted by storm described as 'mini tornado''

Violent weather briefly battered the Burnham area on Saturday causing chaos for anyone caught outside. A 'squall line’ passed quickly over the area at about 4.15pm, bringing thunderstorms, intense rain, hail, and lightning with brief but very strong gusts of wind of up to 60mph.

Concern after 11-year-old boy is approached by strangers

Police are investigating three reported suspicious incidents in Windsor - two involving children.

On Tuesday, January 14 at 8.25am an 11-year-old boy from a Windsor school was approached by two men in a dark blue Vauxhall Corsa, in the Hatch Lane area near the junction with Clewer Hill Road.

LISTEN: Cllr Claire Stretton talks Desborough Suite proposals 

The Royal Borough announced in July that it was considering plans to transform the Desborough Suite into a multi-purpose entertainment centre. An independent report, carried out by DCA, stated the plans could be key in the regeneration of Maidenhead but warned of the impact on other art centres, including Norden Farm Centre for the Arts.

'Heart of the community' plan for Maidenhead United's York Road

Creating a football club 'at the heart of the community' is the long-term goal for Maidenhead United as it looks to improve its historic York Road stadium.

The club is developing a five-year plan to play a key role in the town's regeneration while giving the ground better facilities and making it more financially sustainable.


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