Stories of the week: July 27-August 2

Stories of the week: July 27-August 2

Stories of the week: July 27-August 2

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.

Twyford trains are some of the country's most overcrowded

Morning commuter trains from Twyford to London have once again been named in the Department for Transport's list of the most overcrowded in England and Wales.

Statistics for spring and autumn 2012 were unveiled as part of the Government department's latest research into overcrowding on the nation's trains, with early morning services from Henley-on-Thames appearing on both lists.

Maidenhead Festival 2013 a 'resounding success'

The people behind the 2013 Maidenhead Festival have said the musical event was a resounding success.

The old carnival format featuring a parade though the town centre was abandoned in favour of an event exclusively set in Kidwells Park, bringing everything together in one place.

Heartbroken family pay tribute to stabbing victim

The family of stabbing victim Seán Noctor have spoken of their grief.

Windsor resident Seán, 24, died after being fatally stabbed in Barry Avenue soon after 3am on Sunday.

A family statement released this week said: “Our lovely son and brother was taken away from us needlessly on Sunday. He was friendly and effervescent and we feel so privileged to have known him.


Former Asda manager fined over store fire exits being padlocked

A safety investigation that found fire doors padlocked shut at a supermarket used by thousands of shoppers weekly in Cippenham has ended in court.

Asda and one of its former managers, Gail Fitt, have been prosecuted after a site visit by Royal Berkshire Fire Search and Rescue officers to the chain's store.

VIDEO: David Brent sings about Slough - 'his favourite place in the world'

The sixth episode of online series Learn Guitar with David Brent titled 'Slough' was released.

The internet series has had over 18 million views and features the character of David Brent from BBC Two’s Slough-based comedy 'The Office' played by Ricky Gervais.

The episode sees Brent describe Slough as his favourite place in the world.

Can you help fundraise to give three-year-old Ruby a second chance?

A fundraising appeal has been launched to raise £20,000 to help a brave three-year-old girl fighting cancer from Holyport.

Ruby Thompson has neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer.

Mum Claudia, 43, described how the family, from Stroud Farm Road in Holyport, was devastated when she was diagnosed at 11-months-old and started chemotherapy to treat tumours in her spine, neck and chest.

The silver screen returns to Windsor

The age of the traditional 'picture palace' is to make a comeback in Windsor - 30 years after the town's last purpose built cinema closed.

The Theatre Royal in Thames Street is to begin showing films alongside the usual live plays and shows.

It will become the 'Windsor Picturehouse' when showing movies.

 More than 6,000 suspect buildings identified in 'beds in sheds' crackdown

A crackdown on 'beds in sheds' in Slough is set to begin with more than 6,000 suspect illegal outbuildings identified.

Earlier this year, the council commissioned a thermal imaging company to collect aerial images of the town to help create an accurate map of all outbuildings. 

Early analysis identified 211 outbuildings that required more investigation in one part of Slough, since then a further 6,139 outbuildings across the whole borough that will need a closer look.

 Boy, 12, who drowned in Jubilee River was Westgate School pupil

Neighbours in Wood Lane rallied together last night to comfort the mother of a 12-year-old boy found dead in the Jubilee River as she awaited news of her son. 

The boy has been named as Hamse Darman and was a pupil at The Westgate School in Cippenham Lane. He had gone swmming in the river before finding hmself in difficulty.

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