Stories of the week: June 28-July 4

Stories of the week: June 28-July 4

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Stories of the week: June 28-July 4

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.


Rolf Harris sentenced to five years and nine months in jail

Rolf Harris has been sentenced to five years nine months in jail at Southwark Crown Court.

On Monday, the Australian entertainer, 84 – who had denied all the charges – was found guilty of indecently assaulting four girls, all aged between seven and 19, between 1968 and 1986.


Firefighters struggled to contain 'well developed and rapidly moving' blaze

Firefighters struggled to contain a ‘well developed and rapidly moving fire’ in Maidenhead on Thursday night.

At approximately 9pm, fire crews in Maidenhead received a call about a small shed fire at a property in Belmont Crescent.


Appeal to restore Victoria Cross holders' graves

An appeal for funds to restore the graves of two Victoria Cross holders is being run by a charity.

The Victoria Cross Trust works to preserve and restore the graves of the holders of the highest military decoration.


South Bucks boasts booming recycling thanks to new service

Bosses of a new waste centre in Burnham say the site has played a vital role in helping South Bucks District Council head towards the top of a national recycling leaderboard.

They say steps have also been made to ease problems at the waste depot in Dropmore Road that had angered neighbours when it went operational in February.


Four men arrested in connection with rape of teenage girl

Four men were arrested on Sunday night in connection with the a rape of a 17-year-old girl which took place in Chalvey on Friday evening.

The men, aged 19 and 20, 33 and 33, have been bailed until August 3.


Royal Windsor Walkway on track one year after launch

One year on from the launch of plans to create a new Royal Windsor Walkway the man behind the project says it is on track and receiving a warm response.

The Outdoor Trust won approval from the Royal Borough in June last year for the walkway planned to celebrate the Queen becoming the Britain's longest reigning monarch in September 2015.


Mourners bid farewell to much loved Golden Harp pub

A coffin containing a pint-holding mannequin was laid in Maidenhead Town Hall last night as part of a funeral held for The Golden Harp pub.

More than 20 people donned black clothing and attended the send-off which bid goodbye to the popular former drinking-spot in Furze Platt Road, which opened last month as a Tesco Express.


Main Crossrail works set to start in Maidenhead

The first visible phase of building work to prepare Maidenhead Station for the arrival of Crossrail is set to begin.

Network Rail contractors are due to arrive at the site in Braywick Road on Saturday and will be a permanent fixture throughout the summer.


99 per cent of Royal Borough homes on sale too expensive for average families

Research from a housing charity has found more than 99 per cent of houses for sale in the Royal Borough are too expensive for average families.

Shelter looked at asking prices for properties on sale in the borough and compared them with affordable mortgages.


Wexham Park needs to 'move on with the times' says Frimley Park boss

Moving on with the times is important to improving standards at Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals according to the chief executive of Frimley Park who is in the middle of negotiating a possible merger.

Speaking at the Slough Borough Council health scrutiny panel meeting, Andrew Morris, presented an update on the proposed acquisition.

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