Stories of the week: October 5-11

Stories of the week: October 5-11

Stories of the week: October 5-11

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.

School's award-winning chef hurt in explosion

A school chef named locally as Corinne Du Preez was rushed to hospital in the air ambulance after a gas cooker exploded in the kitchen of the school where she supervises the provision of 95 meals a day.

Cancer survivor dubbed 'miracle man' after 'losing most blood'

A determined 23-year-old has been nicknamed a 'miracle man' after a summer of cancer hell that nearly killed him on three separate occasions.Tom Twitchen now holds the record at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading for losing the most amount of blood and surviving.



Rapist who attacked 14-year-old girl jailed

A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the rape, attempted rape and sexual grooming of a 14-year-old.

Harjaskaran Singh, of Trelawney Avenue, Langley, pleaded guilty to the three charges at Reading Crown Court in July.


VIDEO: A look inside the John Lewis Partnership heritage centre

The doors to a heritage centre charting the history of John Lewis and Waitrose have been opened to the public.

Archives containing more than 30,000 textile design prints as well as pottery and memorabilia from the department stores were viewed by members of the public and company partners at a ceremony in Cookham.


In pictures: Hundreds take part in Maidenhead Boundary Walk 2013

Walkers of all ages were up at dawn on Sunday to retrace the town's borders and raise thousands of pounds for good causes.

The 32nd annual Maidenhead Boundary Walk took place on an beautifully sunny early autumn morning, which helped to attract even more participants than last year.



Care home plans thrown out after road safety concern

 Developers eyeing the former Mabey site have been warned they face an uphill battle for approval of any major build unless they find a way to address traffic safety. Safety concerns over a busy junction were cited as a major reason for Wargrave Parish Council's objections to plans for a 70-bed care home.


Crime crackdown planned in burglary hotspot

Police have identified Burnham as one of the top six hotspots for home burglaries in the Chiltern and South Bucks districts.

Sgt Stephen Bobbett, neighbourhood sergeant for Burnham, Taplow, Dorney and the Farnhams, said the village is a 'permanent fixture' in that list, which is regularly updated with crime data.


 House-bound couple write to PM in anger of social means testing

An elderly couple facing financial crisis for the cost of in-home help are campaigning to put an end to social means-testing by lobbying the Prime Minister.

Chris McCarthy, who is 87 and lives in Grenfell Road, is on call 24-hours a day to care for his house-bound wife Eileen who has suffered from severe arthritis for 15 years.


Windsor's own military wives choir

 Windsor's military wives have something to sing about - and not just because their men are coming home from Afghanistan for the last time.

They are getting ready for their first public appearance as Windsor Military Wives Choir.

 Work to reduce 'legendary' Farnham Road traffic congestion to begin

Work to reduce congestion and improve traffic movements on Farnham Road in Slough will begin on Monday.

The multi-million pound works include the installation of a peak-time only bus lane southbound.

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