Stories of the week: May 8-14

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Man charged in connection with rape at Slough Cemetery and Crematorium

Thames Valley Police has charged a man in connection with a rape in Slough Cemetery and Crematorium.

Christopher Rode, aged 30, of Granville Avenue, Slough, was charged yesterday morning.

Royal Borough spent nearly £12,000 on eviction of peaceful homeless protesters

The Royal Borough spent almost £12,000 evicting a homeless protest group from the front of the town hall and hiring security and a guard dog.

A Freedom of Information request, made by Vaughan Williams found the council spent £8,325, excluding  VAT, on ‘external security costs’.

Antiques shop owner calls for extra policing following two raids in as many weeks

A call for extra policing has been made by a shop owner in central Windsor after his business was raided by thieves twice in two weeks.

Bruce Sutton, owner of Berkshire Antiques in Thames Street, says he has noticed a change in the town in the past 10 years.

New Royal Borough leader says he will take 'quarterback' role

The Royal Borough’s newly elected council leader says empowering officers and councillors will be key traits of his leadership.

On Monday Cllr Simon Dudley announced he would be replacing Cllr David Burbage, who recently resigned following allegations of bullying.

Plans for Maidenhead Post Office to move to WHSmith unveiled

Maidenhead Post Office looks set to close, with services moved to WHSmith in the Nicholsons Centre.

The proposals, which are to be put out to six-week public consultation from tomorrow, were confirmed by the Post Office on Tuesday.

Re-elected PCC hits back at claims no one knows what he does

The newly re-elected Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Anthony Stansfeld has hit back at claims no one knows what he does.

Mr Stansfeld, who first took on the role in 2012, was returned to the post last week on the back of a vote that saw a turnout of just over 25 per cent.

Police appeal after bogus estate agent cons renters out of thousands of pounds

An appeal has been launched for victims to come forward after a suspected bogus estate agent conned renters out of thousands of pounds.

Last month, seven people were scammed by a man claiming to work for 'Red Bricks Estate'.

New Mayor chosen for Windsor and Maidenhead

The new Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead has been confirmed as Cllr Sayonara Luxton (Con, Sunningdale).

The current Deputy Mayor will take over from Mayor Eileen Quick on Tuesday, May 24.

In pictures: The Queen in attendance at Royal Windsor Horse Show

Wild horses couldn’t drag the crowds away from the private grounds of Windsor Castle on Thursday as the Royal Windsor Horse Show got underway.

Bad weather forced the organisers to cancel the show’s opening day on Wednesday with heavy rain leaving access routes to the show grounds waterlogged.

Portrait of David Cameron created using £2,000 worth of Swarovski crystals

A father is hoping to personally deliver a £2,000 portrait of the Prime Minister to Number 10 Downing Street.

Syed Azmatullah, 65, who is originally from Saudi Arabia, has brought his masterpiece which is made from Swarovski crystals to the town.

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