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The midweek round-up: The most read Advertiser stories of the week so far

Each Wednesday, we bring you a midweek round-up of the five most read stories on the Advertiser site.

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5.) Royal Borough announces homeless could use town hall for 'emergency accommodation'

Homeless people could be staying in Maidenhead Town Hall after the council offered to provide temporary accommodation for them following plummeting temperatures last week.

The Royal Borough said it triggered a ‘Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)’ after the cold weather worsened, which allows homeless people to get in touch with its housing team, which will find them a place to stay.


4.) Suspended sentence for kitchen-fitter fraudster who falsely claimed £88,000

A kitchen fitter and fraudster from Taplow has been given a suspended sentence for his part in an £88,000 VAT scam.

Appearing at Reading Crown Court on Friday, Stephen Columbine, of River Road, was also told he must repay money he owes, or face prison time.


3.) Paperchase set to open in Maidenhead in time for Christmas

A new stationery shop will be opening in Maidenhead High Street just in time for Christmas.

Paperchase will open this Friday, according to Enjoy Maidenhead.


2.) Firefighters tackle haystack blaze near Stubbings

Firefighters from Maidenhead were tackling a haystack fire off Henley Road near Hurley yesterday.

Maidenhead Fire Station tweeted at 1.51pm to say two fire engines had been sent to tackle the blaze and smoke was likely to appear on the A404.


1.) Police believe Maliks fire was 'arson with intent to endanger life'

An arson investigation has been launched by police following a fire at Maliks in Cookham in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Thames Valley Police said it believes the blaze was a deliberate attack with intent to endanger life.

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