Stories of the week: April 16-22

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James Preston

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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.



Eight men charged with child sex offences as part of Operation Royce

Police have charged eight men with a range of sex offences, including causing child prostitution and making child pornography.

Thames Valley Police carried out the first arrest in November 2014 and the others last year as part of Operation Royce.



PICTURE SPECIAL: The Queen's 90th birthday in Windsor

Thousands of wellwishers clutching flags and flowers lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the Queen in Windsor on her 90th birthday today.

At noon she appeared, driven through Windsor Castle’s Henry VIII Gate. She left the car at the top of Castle Hill and was greeted by a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.



Homeless protesters leave Maidenhead Town Hall

Homeless protesters who camped outside Maidenhead Town Hall have now left the site.

It follows a court order requiring the campaigners, known as Born SL6, to give possession of the land to the Royal Borough.



UKIP deny accusation of bullying after former Slough chairman's fraud conviction

Accusations of bullying within the Slough UKIP party have been denied after one of its ex-members received a suspended sentence for electoral fraud.

Former Slough UKIP chairman Steven Gillingwater appeared at Slough Magistrates Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to two counts of electoral fraud.



Investigation into alleged criminal damage at Nicholsons car park dropped

A motorist who was reported to police for lifting a barrier after becoming trapped in the Nicholsons car park has blasted the borough for its handling of the incident.

Stephen Davis, 42, was trying to leave the multi-storey when the automatic number plate recognition system failed to register his car.



Affordable homes sat empty in Woodlands Park due to legal wrangle

Affordable homes in Woodlands Park Avenue that have sat empty for six months over a legal wrangle have been described as 'tragic' by a parish councillor.

The 10 houses and three bungalows have been left fenced off and are becoming an ‘eyesore’ for nearby neighbours.



Police appeal for information after motorcyclist sexually assaults jogger

A woman was sexually assaulted as she jogged along a towpath close to Iver on Sunday.

The victim was jogging along the southern side of the Grand Union Canal towards Cowley at about 1pm when she was passed by a motorcyclist.


        
Police hunt crowbar armed men involved in failed cigarette robbery in Maidenhead

An attempted armed robbery in Maidenhead on Wednesday has prompted a police appeal.

At 9.56pm, four men, one of whom was armed with a crowbar, entered the Budgens store in Highway Avenue just before closing time.



Concerns raised over possible WHSmith takeover of Maidenhead Post Office

Concerns for both staff and services have been raised over the potential takeover of Maidenhead Post Office by WHSmith.

A new deal was announced on Wednesday, April 13, between the Post Office and the store to ‘relocate’ up to 61 branches into stores run by the national news agent.



Crown Estate 'keen' to find out who is behind mystery sculpture

A mysterious sculpture has appeared on a roundabout in Windsor.

The clock tower style artwork is in the middle of the Long Walk/Kings Walk roundabout and has been there since the weekend. The brightly-coloured artwork features a big Union Jack flag and a yellow smiley clock face.

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