Stories of the Week: August 23-29

Stories of the Week: August 23-29

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Nick Mayo

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Stories of the Week: August 23-29

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.


In pictures: Reading Festival 2014

Thousands of music lovers flocked to Reading Festival at the weekend.

Reporters James Preston, Katherine Denham and Michael Owens were there soaking up the atmosphere. Click for reviews from Friday, Saturday and Sunday and see if photographer Ian Longthorne caught you on camera.


Smash-and-grab raid on Maidenhead antiques shop hours before visit from BBC film crew

A Maidenhead antiques shop was raided in a smash-and-grab last night - only hours before it was due to be filmed for a BBC television show.

 


Homeowner from Wraysbury raises house to avoid flooding

A homeowner's £70,000 project to raise his Wraysbury house to prevent it flooding again is complete.

Yaron Ivry took the decision to lift his five-bedroom riverside home by 1.5 metres after the ground floor of the property was left uninhabitable because of water damage caused during the February floods.


POLL: Should Scotland vote in favour of independence?

This week, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond went head-to-head with Better Together leader Alistair Darling in a televised debate as the build-up to the Scottish independence referendum heats up.

Should Scotland vote in favour of independence?


Humanitarian looking for help and support for relief work in Iraq

A relief worker back from a trip to Iraq has spoken out about his experiences there and appealed for help and support for his efforts.

Humanitarian Ravinder 'Ravi' Singh Sidhu, CEO of Khalsa Aid, returned from Erbil on Sunday after spending a few weeks carrying out relief work.

The 44-year-old handed out toys to children and said it was 'humbling' when they referred to him as 'Papa Noel' - which translates to 'Father Christmas' - because of his white beard.


Windsor mum pays tribute to son believed to have taken his own life after email scam

A mother from Windsor has paid tribute to her 'loving' son who is believed to have taken his own life after falling victim to an internet scam.

The Windsor Boys' School pupil Joseph Edwards died on Wednesday, August 6, after receiving an email from a bogus account pretending to be the police which demanded money.


Garage owner involved in luxury car smuggling ring escapes prison sentence

A garage owner who was involved in an international luxury car smuggling ring that raked in an estimated £5million has escaped a custodial sentence.

Andrew Murray, 50, of Bannard Road, Maidenhead, received a 12-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and 250 hours community service at Reading Crown Court this morning.

 


Magpies & the Advertiser team up to offer free entry to Saturday's match

The Advertiser and Maidenhead United FC have teamed up to offer free entry to Saturday's home match that will benefit a town-based charity helping struggling families.

 


What's on in East Berkshire and South Bucks this weekend - August 30-31

It will all be going downhill this weekend as the ever-popular Gravity Grand Prix returns to the streets of Cookham Dean. The karting race comes to the village on Sunday and is just one of a host of events taking place across Maidenhead, Windsor, Slough, Twyford, Burnham and the surrounding area this weekend.


SportsTALK: Bank holiday blues

A bumper bank holiday weekend saw a loss of momentum for Maidenhead United and Slough Town while there were some positive results from Burnham and Marlow. Maidenhead were brought crashing down to earth after a strong start to the season with two defeats in three days.

 


East Berkshire and South Bucks residents take on the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the world by storm.Initially launched to promote awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease, the challenge involves people being filmed having a bucket of ice water dumped over their head and nominating other people to take the challenge.


£15m Holyport College set to open

The headteacher of the new £15m Holyport College has said the doors will open on time next week - but building work could continue after pupils arrive.Walter Boyle said the redevelopment of the former Holyport Manor School site in 14 months, from when scheme got the go-ahead, was 'always going to be a challenge'.

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