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Stories of the week: November 26-December 2

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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Police believe they have found the body of missing pensioner Beatrice Stafford

Police have discovered what they believe to be the body of 83-year-old Beatrice Stafford.

The body was discovered at land near Brownfield Gardens, near the Gullet footpath, in Maidenhead on Sunday.


Three young brothers who ‘waged war’ and tortured pets given injunctions

Three young brothers who have been ‘waging a war' including firing catapults and torturing animals in Colnbrook have been issued with youth injunctions.

Following action by Slough Borough Council, Maidenhead Youth Court issued 12-month injunctions against Danny Smith, 12, Mickey Dean Smith, 14, and Billy Smith, 16, from Moreland Avenue, Colnbrook.


Inquest hears five-year-old was 'more likely' to have survived if she had been shocked early

The death of a five-year-old girl from Ruscombe could have been prevented if she had been shocked by a defibrillator at the earliest opportunity, an inquest heard on Wednesday.

The inquest, at Reading Town Hall, was told it was 'more likely than not' that Lilly May Page-Bowden, who lived at Pennfields Drive, could have survived after she collapsed at Willow Bank Infant School in Woodley on Thursday, May 15 in 2014.


Boy arrested in connection with Legoland sexual assaults released without charge

A boy arrested in connection with the sexual assault of two young girls at Legoland Windsor has been released without charge.

Thames Valley Police is now re-launching its appeal following the attack which happened at the Castaway Camp in Pirate Shores section of the theme park on Thursday, August 11.


Council staff leave over 'lack of trust'

A lack of trust in the leadership was among the top reasons for staff members leaving the Royal Borough council, its Employment Panel heard on Tuesday.

For the last 12 months, feedback has been collected through an anonymous online exit survey. The top three reasons staff cited for leaving were: trust/confidence in the senior leadership, how often work was appreciated, and the honesty/integrity/ethics of the leadership.


Slough police officer sacked for lying about tours of duty abroad

A Slough-based police officer who lied about tours of duty abroad and even wore medals he was not entitled to wear has been dismissed from the force.

PC Simon Edwards was dismissed without notice for gross misconduct on Tuesday following a two-day hearing at Thames Valley Police Headquarters in Kidlington.


More than 1,300 houses are empty in the Royal Borough

As the council begins a consultation into building thousands of new homes in the borough in the next 15 years, new figures have shown more than 1,300 properties are currently lying empty.

Figures by the Department for Communities and Local Government reveal that, in Windsor and Maidenhead, in the year up to October 2015, there were 1,603 vacant properties.


In pictures: Maidenhead Christmas lights are switched on

A spectacular fireworks show signalled the start of Christmas in Maidenhead on Saturday evening.

A choir, rock band and a range of attractions such as fire jugglers were at the town hall in St Ives Road for the switch-on of the town's Christmas lights.


BlackBerry moves into new European headquarters in Maidenhead

A global software leader was welcomed to Maidenhead by the council on Thursday morning.

BlackBerry Limited has moved its European headquarters to the Pearce Building in the town centre.


Nigel Farage set to feature on Question Time panel in Maidenhead

Donald Trump ally and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is set to be a panellist when BBC Question Time comes to Maidenhead next week.

The Brexit campaigner will appear on the popular political debate show when it comes to the town on Thursday.

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