Stories of the week: August 2-8

Stories of the week: August 2-8


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Stories of the week: August 2-8

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.


Warning after cheques sent to the Royal Borough are cashed by a third party

A leading Chamber of Commerce member has said it is 'worrying' that business rates cheques sent to the Royal Borough were cashed by a third party.

Police have launched an investigation after it was revealed that at least two cheques made out to 'RBWM' were intercepted and cashed by somebody else.

Police chief moves to calm Slough rape fears

A police chief has calmed concerns following the rapes of two teenage girls in Slough in the past few months.

On Sunday police were called to Salt Hill Park at 11pm after an 18-year-old girl was raped by two men.

6ft First World War Centenary poppy sculpture stolen

The First World War Centenary poppy on Windsor's 'peanut roundabout' has been stolen.

The 6ft tall fibre glass sculpture was bolted into a concrete base on the roundabout at Sheet Street Road which runs between Windsor Great Park and Ascot.

Appeal made to prevent potential Dorney Lake tragedy

An appeal has been made to prevent a potential tragedy for youngsters swimming in Dorney Lake.

The venue's managing director, Ivor Lloyd, said its main concern is to protect visitors by stopping them from jumping into the water and risking death or serious injury.


Work to repair flood-damaged road over Sonning Bridge next month

Further closures look to be ahead for the road running over Sonning Bridge while flood damage is repaired.

A spokesman for Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) said it wants to avoid disruption and road closures 'as much as possible'.


Determined Sue Brett plans to expand her poverty tackling schemes

The driving force behind three home-grown schemes which offer a lifeline to the hungry hopes the borough council commits to helping them expand.

Determined Sue Brett wants to open a community cafe, a place to store donated furniture and a new food bank.

In pictures: Slough Mela 2014

Hip-hop royalty Tim Westwood and crowd favourite Jazzy B wrapped up a successful festival as Slough Mela returned to Upton Court Park.

Alongside the musical acts which took to the main stage were stone lifting demonstrations, belly dancers, stalls, a funfair and refreshments.

Great British Bake Off week one: Cake week

Each week, reporter Hannah Crouch will be tracking the progress of Charters School pupil Martha Collison in the new series of the Great British Bake Off.

The Great British Bake Off kicked off with cake on Wednesday as Martha Collison wowed the judges with her baking skills.

Maidenhead Half Marathon: Competition athletes set for quick race

A strong field of competitive runners are expected to lead the masses at this year's Pharmalink 2014 Maidenhead Half Marathon.

This year's event on September 7 will be part of both the Berkshire County Road Running Championships and the 2014 Association of Running Clubs Half Marathon Championships.

POLL: Where do you think your local football club will finish this season?

With the World Cup now a distant memory, the new football season is upon us to fill the void left in fans' hearts over the summer.

As our local teams kick-off their campaigns in their respective divisions, we want to know how you think they will do for the 2014/15 season.

Royal Borough Councillor Peter Lawless admits benefit fraud

A Royal Borough councillor was given a two-year conditional discharge today after he admitted receiving housing benefit while failing to declare his earnings.

Cllr Peter Lawless, representative for Eton Wick, pleaded guilty to three charges of failing to notify a change in circumstances which he knew affected his entitlement to benefits at Slough Magistrates Court.

The 62-year old from Eton Wick Road was caught thanks to an anonymous referral on the Royal Borough's Beat the Cheat hotline.



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