Stories of the week: April 19-26

Stories of the week: April 19-26

Stories of the week: April 19-26

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.


1. Mum thanks fire service after boy got head stuck in potty

A relieved mum has thanked firefighters who cut free her mischievous toddler after he got his head stuck in a potty.

Sorcha Baker, of Thatchers Drive in Maidenhead, was getting ready for a night out on Friday when she heard 22-month-old Lewis crying from downstairs.


2. Charity workers hatch plan to find swan sanctuary's stolen boat engines

Charity worker Wendy Hermon fought back after two motor boat engines used to rescue sick and injured swans from the Thames were stolen.

She was determined to get back the engines which were taken from the premises of Swan Lifeline at Cuckoo Weir Island in Eton. She is the co-ordinator of the charity.

3. Apology issued as sewage is pumped into Thames

A major clean-up operation has been launched after ‘technical issues’ have resulted in raw sewage being pumped into the River Thames.

Water firm bosses have apologised following the leak at the Little Marlow Sewage Treatment Works on Saturday afternoon and again yesterday morning.


4. Simon Large murder trial set to resume on Monday

The murder trial of a landscape gardener has finished for the day with the jury set to go out to consider a verdict on Monday.

The defence closed their case today at Reading Crown Court for Slough Borough Council employee Ricky Clarke-Dilly, of Grampian Way, Slough.

Jurors heard today from an independent car collision expert presented by the defence team.


5. Are there too many pound shops in Slough?

There are too many pound shops in Slough, according to a Slough Borough Councillor.

Cllr Satpal Parmar (Lab, Cippenham Meadows), said: "The only new businesses are pound stores.

6. Children's charity close to dream facility opening

An excited mum has said she is within touching distance of opening a new facility that will improve the lives of disabled children and their families.

Jane Holmes, whose daughter Kitty has cerebral palsy, has signed a lease to open a base for her charity Building for the Future (BftF) in the Toutley Industrial Estate in Emmbrook.

7. Parish council moves to create community forum

Burnham Parish Council will move to create a public forum to foster direct links with villagers and improve its battered reputation.

It was agreed at the annual meeting of electors on Monday and comes after criticism over a lack of transparency and failure to address problems with the £2.7m Burnham Park Hall managed by the council.

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