Stories of the week: October 19-25

Stories of the week: October 19-25

Stories of the week: October 19-25

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.




New bike hire scheme launched in Slough

Slough Borough Council (SBC) launched its new bike hire scheme as it hopes to encourage more people travel on two wheels instead of four.

The new scheme sees bikes stationed outside Slough train station, Burnham train station and on Leigh Road in the centre of Slough Trading Estate.


Royal Borough housing benefit overpaid by almost £1m

The way the Royal Borough claws back housing benefit is being reviewed after nearly £1m has been overpaid to claimants in the last six months.

Since April 1 a total of £980,000 has been paid out that should not have.

The figure includes £498,000 attributed to claimant error, £329,000 to fraud, £48,000 down to council mistakes and £105,000 in other errors.


Award for lifesaver who rescued driver from burning car

A bravery award has been handed to a lifesaver from Hurst who ignored his own safety to rescue a driver from the wreckage of a burning car.

Thames Valley Police has commended Guy Monahan for the 'highest order of good citizenship' after his selfless actions following the late-night smash in the village.


Tonnes of hay spill into road after tractor clips bridge

A tractor driver has been left red-faced after most of his cargo of hay ended up in the road in Craufurd Rise. Eyewitness Seb Butt, owner of the Bear House Diner in Queen Street, was on his way into work at about 11.45am when he realised the lorry a few cars in front was stacked too high.


Petition launched for safer roads in Burnham

Protecting children from traffic on Burnham roads is the aim of a campaign spearheaded by the village's county representative.

Bucks county councillor, Dev Dhillon (Con, Cliveden) has launched a petition to reduce the speed limit across the centre of Burnham to 20mph.


Anti-Tesco song released by two Golden Harp campaigners

A song to dissuade Tesco from turning the empty Golden Harp pub into an Express store has been written and produced by two passionate objectors.

Hey! Tesco! is the creation of Marlow musician Andy Barrett, who drank at the pub for 30 years, and also features the saxophone of Furze Platt resident Peter Ripper.


Ascot mum jailed after fraudulently claiming £96,000

A mother from Ascot has been jailed for 10 months after fraudulently claiming £96,000 in tax credits by saying she was a single parent.

Lisa Lay, 47, of Bouldish Farm Road, was sentenced on Friday at Reading Crown Court after pleading guilty on the first day of her trial, after initially denying the charges.



Morrisons refusal welcomed by Langley traders

A decision to refuse planning permission to allow supermarket giant Morrisons to set up shop in Langley has been welcomed by traders. The multi-million project would see a new 23,000sqft store built at the Langley Business Centre, in Station Road.


False widow spider fears a 'fuss about nothing'

Pest control companies have dismissed fears over the presence of the false widow spider as a 'fuss about nothing'.

They have urged people to stay calm after a string of reports in the national media about growing numbers of the spider and people suffering extreme reactions to bites.  


In pictures: Dames go on the run for hospice

There is nothing like a dame. Especially if you want to raise some money for a good cause.

There were 47 of them at Bachelors Acre in Windsor on Saturday morning, all poised to run a 5km route to raise money for Thames Hospice in Hatch Lane.


Award-winning town crier has something to shout about

Royal Borough town crier Chris Brown had something to shout about this week.

The man who delivers the latest news at full volume to the people of Windsor and Maidenhead has won the 61st National Town Crier Championships at Hastings, after delivering a eulogy on the delights of his home borough.

Chris, 45, was competing against 25 other town criers from all over the country - and even some from Holland and Belgium at the event.



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