Stories of the week: September 24-30

The Advertiser and Express websites bring you a round-up of the week's top stories from across east Berkshire each weekend.

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Marlow Bridge could be closed for 'up to six months'

Marlow Bridge could be out of action for up to six months in the ‘worst case scenario’ being considered by Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC).

According to Cllr Mark Shaw (Con, Chesham), BCC cabinet member for transportation, repair works are also expected to cost at least £100,000, possibly as much as £200,000.


Woman found dead in Berkshire College of Agriculture grounds

A woman was found dead in the grounds of the Berkshire College of Agriculture in Burchetts Green yesterday morning (Friday).

Members of the public discovered the body of the woman, who has not yet been identified, at about 10am in High Woods, a part of the college campus.


Council accused of 'total lack of transparency' after removing monitoring officer

Slough Borough Council (SBC) has been accused of a 'total lack of transparency’ following a controversial decision to remove its monitoring officer.

A monitoring officer is an additional responsibility placed on a council employee to investigate and report on any malpractice within the council.


Council urged to keep tight control over children's services company

Effective scrutiny of children’s services could be put at risk if the Royal Borough goes ahead with transferring them to a new partnership.

Councillors from the London Borough of Richmond, where community interest company Achieving for Children has been running the services since April 2014, warned about a lack of oversight following the changes.


Animal Sanctuary UK's move to Eton Wick called off

A move to Eton Wick for Animal Sanctuary UK is off after its lease was terminated by the Royal Borough on Thursday.

The charity was due to move from its Dorney home to Eton Wick in October after its current location was deemed unsuitable.


Rare owl left ‘close to death’ by youths in failed theft

A ‘cruel and sick’ attack on a beloved pet owl in Old Windsor left it ‘close to death’.

On Wednesday, Sue Lee-Paterson was at work when she received a call from her neighbour at 12.30pm about her owl Dobby.


Teenagers assaulted during Kidwells Park fight

A witness appeal has been launched by police after two 17-year-old boys were assaulted when a fight broke out in Kidwells Park.

One of the victims suffered a fractured nose during the incident, which involved a group of males and took place at about 6.20pm on Tuesday, September 20.


Lifetime ban for man who neglected dogs

A lifetime ban on keeping animals has been handed to a man who caused ‘unnecessary suffering’ to two dogs.  

Mohammed Azram, 64, of Langley Broom, Slough, was sentenced at Reading Magistrates’ Court on September 17.


Paralympian Sophie Christiansen slams train company over disability ramp

Gold medallist Sophie Christiansen has hit out at Great Western Railway after a disability ramp was not provided for her at Paddington Station.

The Paralympian, who lives in Maidenhead, is calling on train companies to make public transport easier for people living with disabilities.


'Men's rights' campaigner announces bid to oust Theresa May from Maidenhead seat

The leader of a men’s rights party has announced he will stand against the Prime Minister for the Maidenhead seat in the next General Election.

Mike Buchanan, leader of the Justice for Men and Boys (And The Women Who Love Them) party said he will stand in the 2020 election against Theresa May, and plans to start campaigning before Christmas.

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