Stories of the week: October 1-7

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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Maidenhead woman struggling to pay funeral costs after tragic death of 17-year-old sister

A heartbroken woman mourning the shock loss of her young sister to cancer says she will struggle to meet the cost of her funeral.

Paige Hawkes, from Furze Platt, lost sister Chanice Colley, who was only 17, just three weeks after she was diagnosed with leukaemia.

Controlled explosion carried out after 'firearms' are found near school

A large bang was heard across Waltham St Lawrence on Tuesday as a controlled explosion was carried out near the village's primary school.

An explosion was seen at about 4pm in the field across from Waltham St Lawrence Primary School in School Road.

Police appeal after stolen car is used in ram-raid on Post Office shop

A stolen car was used to ram-raid a Post Office shop in Maidenhead before an attempt was made to drag a cash machine away from the store.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a green Mitsubishi Shogun was used in a raid on a shop in Furze Platt Road at about 10.55pm on Monday, September 26.

Slough council housing to be given £140m boost

The biggest investment in council housing in a generation has been announced by Slough Borough Council (SBC).

This week it unveiled plans to invest £140m in council housing over the next seven years – with £40m set aside to build new council homes over the next four years.

Plans put forward for 20mph limit in central Windsor

Plans to introduce a new 20mph speed limit in central Windsor in a drive to boost road safety could soon become a reality.

The idea was discussed at a meeting of the Windsor Town Forum held at the Guildhall on Tuesday.

Reassurances made about dogging and anti-social behaviour in Winter Hill

Reassurances have been made that work is being done to tackle dogging and anti-social behaviour in the Winter Hill car park in Cookham Dean.

It follows a report by Cllr Christine-Ann Jannetta at Cookham Parish Council's meeting, in which she raised neighbour concerns about National Trust plans to clear trees at the beauty spot.

Brett Foundation founder 'over the moon' with homeless shelter approval

The founder of the Brett Foundation has said she is ‘absolutely over the moon’ following the news the charity’s application for a new emergency shelter has been approved.

Members of Maidenhead Development Control Panel unanimously approved the planning application for the shelter, which also includes a furniture repair shop and foodbank storage, at a meeting on Wednesday.

Marlow Bridge lorry driver 'no longer employed' by haulage firm

A lorry driver who put Marlow Bridge out of action after attempting to drive over it is 'no longer employed' by a Lithuanian haulage firm.

Girteka Logistics said it has parted company with the driver, who attempted to drive over the bridge despite the lorry being significantly over the weight limit on Saturday, September 24.

First Let's Rock the Moor! 2017 acts announced

The first acts have been announced for Let's Rock the Moor! 2017.

Sister Sledge, who had hits with 'We are Family' and 'He's the Greatest Dancer' will join synth-pop singer Howard Jones and duo Go West at the festival in Cookham on Saturday, May 20.

Twitter can’t understand why people are excited to visit Slough in new advert

Remember the Disney adverts where parents tell their children that they’re going to Disneyland and the whole family pretty much wet themselves in excitement?

Replace Disneyland with Slough and you have the new Holiday Inn advert.

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