Stories of the week: July 5-11

Stories of the week: July 5-11

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Stories of the week: July 5-11

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.


Thousands expected at Maidenhead's first night market

Preparations are underway for Maidenhead's first Camden-style night market on Saturday.

Key organiser Jeff Lloyd is excited about the event which has been in the pipeline since he won the Royal Borough’s £20,000 Bright Ideas competition in September.


Inquiry report praises 'great courage' of Eton schoolboy killed by polar bear

A 'tragedy' was how the death of an Eton College schoolboy killed by a polar bear was described by an inquiry report.

Horatio Chapple was mauled to death by a seven-foot bear in August 2011 while on an expedition to study glaciers with the British Schools Exploring Society.


Arrests made under Terrorism Act in Slough

Three men have been arrested by officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit on suspicion of terrorism offences with links to Syria.

Last Tuesday,  a 27-year-old man from Stoke Poges and a 26-year-old man from Slough were arrested in connection with offences under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act: preparation of terrorist acts.



Grand plan for Skindles and more in Taplow's Mill Lane site

New designs for residential and leisure facilities were among improvements made to proposals for the Mill Lane opportunity site in Taplow by Berkeley Homes.

The developer amended some of its plans for the 42-acre site after first displaying proposals at a pair of exhibitions in April.


Major investment starts ball rolling to fund talks into new Thames bridge

A third Thames crossing to ease congestion at Sonning Bridge could become a reality following a £96.9m investment in Berkshire's economy.

The Berkshire Growth Deal was announced on Monday and is an agreement signed by the Government and the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.


VIDEO: Belmont Crescent blaze which went up like 'napalm'

The bravery of firefighters in tackling a major blaze that went up like ‘napalm’ has been praised by the public.

The ‘absolutely huge’ fire in back gardens of Belmont Crescent in Pinkneys Green caused one gas canister to explode and left emergency personnel fearing others could also blow.


3D painting housed at Windsor gallery becomes YouTube hit

A 3D painting housed at a Windsor art gallery has gone viral after a YouTube clip of the picture racked up more than two million views in a week.

Scores of tourists and visitors have flocked to the Gallery at Ice, in High Street, to see the artwork called Zebra after a Danish art lover posted the video to the website on Monday, June 30.


Police appeal for information after cyclist hit and run

A motorist who drove off after colliding with a cyclist in Iver is being hunted by police.

The cyclist, who has been named as Patrick Knetemann by national media, was riding along Langley Park Road at 4.30pm when he was stuck head-on by a Volkswagen Golf travelling in the opposite direction.


VIDEO: Cracker Charity Challenge 2014

Sporting staff battled it out for glory in Braywick Park, with a Berkshire College of Agriculture team crowned the inaugural Cracker Charity Challenge champions.

The teams from BCA, the Advertiser, The Magnet Leisure Centre and Lane4 joined three sides from Shanly Homes on a warm Thursday evening.


Claude Mariaux's Seared Tuna with Vina Tomato Avocado and Coriander Salsa

Claude Mariaux, head chef at Tummies in Cippenham, is going to be offering up some recipe ideas in a regular blog for the Advertiser and Express websites.

First up is a tasty summer recipe perfect for some al fresco dining.

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