Stories of the week: September 28-October 4

Stories of the week: September 28-October 4

Stories of the week: September 28-October 4

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.

Line-up for Let's Rock the Moor! 2014 announced

Marsh Meadow will be alive with the sound of 80s music in May as Let's Rock the Moor! returns next year for a sixth time.

Cookham's family friendly festival will take place on May 17, with tickets going on sale at the start of next month.


Rapist who attacked teenager in a park is jailed

A predatory rapist has been given a life sentence.

Arshad Arif, of Belfast Avenue in Slough, was jailed at Reading Crown Court after being found guilty at the same court in May of two counts of rape.

He raped a 17-year-old girl in Salt Hill Park after meeting her in Watford on November 25.

The 28-year-old had previously been convicted in 2006 for raping a 17-year-old.

Zombies set to take over Maidenhead town centre

The dead will walk the Earth, or at least Maidenhead High Street, for a scary new event coming to the town centre.

The Maidenhead Zombie Walk will see hoards of the undead take to the streets to lurch their way from Maidenhead Train Station to the Maiden's Head pub (formerly the Hobgoblin), in High Street, on Saturday, October 26.

The event is inspired by the much-loved Brighton Zombie Parade, which ran for five years but was cancelled this year after huge turnouts put a strain on finances.


NHS trust to revisit dozens of 'cases of concern'

Dozens of unchecked ‘cases of concern’ at Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals are set to be revisited after they were identified in a new report.

The hospital trust will reopen 48 cases of potential harm

after a review by consultancy firm InPractice.

Plea for help to save Burnham Carnival

An urgent call for volunteers has been made to save the annual Burnham Carnival.

The Burnham Community Association's (BCA) flagship summer event was revived this year after a wash-out in 2012 and attracted thousands of villagers for an afternoon of fun in Burnham Park.

Lost Second World War telegram handed back to dead soldier's family

An appeal published in the Advertiser has led to a family being reunited with a telegram and copy of the paper from 1941, reporting the death of Maidenhead man Thomas Gemmel in the Second World War. Reporter James Preston spoke to his children and grandson about his life after the items were saved from destruction and came into the hands of a former civil servant from Sheffield.


Brad Pitt takes twins Vivienne and Knox to Legoland Windsor

A stir of excitement was caused at Legoland Windsor on Saturday as Brad Pitt enjoyed a day out with the kids.

The 49-year-old took time out of his busy filming schedule to enjoy an afternoon of attractions with five-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

The Hollywood star is currently filming Second World War film Fury at Pinewood Studios.



Hindu Society to discuss options after community centre rejection

Members of the Hindu community are to discuss their next move after the Royal Borough rejected proposals to bring a cultural community centre to Maidenhead.

The council has also been called upon to work closely with Hindus in the town to find a suitable location for a permanent base after plans to build a multi-purpose facility and temple in Lincoln Road were narrowly refused at a planning meeting on Wednesday, September 25.

Attempted robber, who was in a 'trance', thwarted by anti-bandit window

The attempted robbery of a jewellery shop in Windsor by a then unemployed man has been described as 'not the most sophisticated' by a judge.

Samuel Medhurst, of Victor Road, Windsor, appeared at Reading Crown Court for sentencing after he pleaded guilty to attempting to rob Pearl Gallery, in Peascod Street, on April 19, at a previous hearing.

The 24-year-old defendant tried to smash the shop window with a lump of rock.

 Charity concert to honour Marlow midwife who died from DVT

The son of a community midwife who died unexpectedly as a result of deep vein thrombosis has organised a charity concert in honour of his mother.

Ben Hutchinson, who lives in Seymour Park Road in Marlow, lost his mum Helen on October 16 2012.


Telephone box could soon hold life-saving equipment

Specialist kit that could mean the difference between life and death for heart attack victims could be installed in a village phone box.

Sonning Parish Council has applied to Wokingham Borough Council for change the use of the disused red box in Pearson Road to house a defibrillator.

Results & Pictures: Thousands take part in the 2013 Windsor Half Marathon

The sun beamed down on almost 5,000 runners for the 31st annual Windsor Half Marathon.

Competitors braced the autumnal heat to take part in the 13 mile race which set of from the Long Walk and took runners around two laps of Windsor Great Park.


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