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The letters threaten to spread false rumours about the recipients being paedophiles unless they deposit Bitcoins, a form of online currency, into a specific account.
Slough Borough Council have joined forces with Cambridge Education and put together a detailed plan of action to help improve failing standards in children's centres
Ten centres across Slough were inspected by Ofsted in March and were judged to be 'inadequate' in a report published on Thursday.
A former Concorde pilot who is behind one of the two controversial plans to expand Heathrow had a blunt message for people in the Royal Borough yesterday.
Captain Jock Lowe is one of the directors of the Heathrow Hub company that wants to extend the airport's existing northern runway to 6,000m.
'Financial pressure' has prompted plans to close Taplow Health Centre.
Its staff and services are expected to merge with Burnham Health Centre in Minniecroft Road in the autumn.
Steps to make Twyford a 'friendly' place for the ageing population have begun.
Events are running all week at Bridge House Nursing Home in the High Street as part of Carers Week and a launch to make Twyford a 'Dementia Friendly Village' was held last month.
One Direction made an eight-year-old girl's dreams come true when she met the boyband at a charity event for youngsters living with serious or life-limiting illnesses.
Brave Maisy McErlain, who was diagnosed with Wilms' tumour in March, met Harry , Zayn, Louis, Liam and Niall along with more than 50 other children.
An international luxury car smuggling ring that netted an estimated £5m - and involved a crooked Maidenhead garage owner - has been smashed by police.
Members of the crime syndicate, including Andrew Murray from Bannard Road, have been hauled before the courts after a two-year operation that involved 200 police officers at its peak.
An outbreak of football fever is guaranteed with the 2014 Fifa World Cup kicking off in Brazil today.
England fans will be cheering on the Three Lions and supporters from other nations living in East Berkshire and South Bucks will be as desperate for their home countries to taste success.
Arsenal legends and celebrities were unable to defeat a triumphant Slough RFC in a game of football at the rugby club's summer fun-day.
More than 1,000 people turned up for the match in Tamblyn Fields, Upton Court Park, which saw the Gunners charity side field a team of former pros and other famous faces.
The dubious honour of finishing runner-up in a competition to find Britain's worst holiday photographer has been handed to a man from Maidenhead for his entry of a photo taken by his wife.
Ryan Waters took second prize in a search to find Britain's Worst Holiday Photographer 2014, after entering a photo taken by his wife Louise on a holiday.
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The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough and Wokingham, warning that rain moving eastwards across the south of the country may turn to snow in some places.