Stories of the week: April 30-May 6

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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.



Opposition councillors call for end to 'autocratic' culture in Royal Borough

Nearly a year since a Conservative landslide was secured in the borough’s local elections, a call has been made to end the ‘autocratic’ culture within the council.

Members of the opposition say a change in attitude is needed at the top to halt high staff turnover, improve relationships and raise the morale of the borough’s officers.



'I'm no bully' says departing Royal Borough leader

The departing leader of the Royal Borough has ‘categorically denied’ allegations of bullying following the announcement he is to step down from the council’s top post.

Cllr David Burbage revealed his decision on April 22, stating on his personal blog that he wanted ‘to give others the opportunity to succeed as the council’s leader’.



Former Berkshire scout leader jailed for sexual offences against children

A former scout leader has been jailed for more than four years for sexual offences against children.

Graham Stanford, 79, formerly of Cambridge Court, Ellesmere, Shropshire, was convicted at Reading Crown Court on Friday.



Slough Borough Council elections: Labour takes 12 out of 14 seats

There were few upsets at this year’s local elections in Slough as the Labour Party continued to dominate.

As the polls closed at 10pm, the verification and counting process began at Montem Leisure Centre in Montem Lane.



Police investigating after stranger told primary school pupil to get into his car

Parents have been warned to be vigilant following a ‘serious incident’ in Britwell when a man tired to encourage a primary school pupil to get into his car.

A letter went out to parents at Lynch Hill School Primary Academy on Thursday telling parents to speak to their children about ‘family safety rules’.



Healthwatch Slough chairman says Wexham Park Hospital is 'falling short'

The quality of care at Wexham Park Hospital is ‘still falling far short of acceptable’ according to the chairman of Healthwatch Slough.

Colin Pill was admitted to the hospital in Wexham Road in November and then again in February following breathing problems and then a urine infection.




Survey finds low morale among Royal Borough council staff

A survey completed by staff at the Royal Borough has found serious dissatisfaction among council employees.

The survey reveals concerns staff have with the way the council is run including a high turnover of staff, councillor interference, low morale and increased stress.



Pedestrian safety concerns over Station Road traffic experiment

Concerns over pedestrian safety have been raised since the implementation of the second Station Road traffic experiment.

Commuters who walk to Burnham Station say they have noticed the difficulty in crossing since traffic was able to travel one-way northbound under the bridge.



Woman scoops £5,000 after placing £1 bet on Leicester winning Premier League

A medical student has scooped £5,000 after placing a £1 bet on Leicester City FC to win the Premier League.

Eleanor Reeve, 22,  placed the bet when the odds of the team topping the league were 5,000-1, and on Monday night it was made official, netting her the cash.



Hundreds of shoppers queue up for H&M opening in Nicholsons Centre

Shoppers queued patiently for the doors to open at the new H&M store in the Nicholsons Centre this morning.

The high street clothing store had hundreds of customers waiting to come in, with those first in the queue turning up at 9.20am.

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Update: Man dies following M4 crash

The crash, which took place at about 7am today (Thursday), involved three vehicles. One man sadly died as a result of the collision and his next of kin have been informed.