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Leader of Windsor and Maidenhead council resigns

Simon Dudley
Simon Dudley

The leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) has resigned.

Simon Dudley announced his departure "with immediate effect" on Twitter this morning.

The Riverside ward councillor said his priority will be to "focus on national issues".

Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire, he said it would be a "tremendous honour" to be an MP - but did not confirm whether he would be standing.

As the council's leader, he campaigned against Heathrow expansion and made headlines before Windsor's Royal Wedding.

Mr Dudley has been the leader of the Conservative council since 2016 and a councillor since 2007.

RBWM said councillor David Coppinger is now the acting leader of the council and a by-election will take place in the Riverside ward.

Thousands in rural areas affected by delays to install broadband

Ten thousand people in rural parts of Berkshire are facing delays in getting broadband.

Internet service provider Gigaclear, which is installing the infrastructure for a fibre network in the Berkshire countryside, has written to residents to inform them of delays.

Resident Jane Rimmer, from Binfield, said she was told her home would be connected to broadband in August, but has since received a letter saying the date has been put back.

Jane Rimmer

She said: "Network Rail are obstructing them from putting the service over one of their bridges, so we're still back at square one where we don't have broadband, let alone super-fast broadband. "

Many bridges carry pipes and cables, and digging them up can be disruptive for road and rail users.


Gigaclear said in this case the project was being stalled by access needed to lay wires over a railway bridge.

A spokeswoman said: "In situations like this there are inevitably factors which are beyond our control."

Speaking on the case, Network Rail said: "We have been working with providers to assist with installation where possible, and where we have been unable to we are investigating alternative arrangements."

Killed PC 'will have police funeral'

A Thames Valley Police officer killed while investigating a burglary will have a formal police funeral, it has been announced.

PC Andrew Harper, 28, died after he was dragged along the road by a vehicle in Sulhamstead, Berkshire, on 15 August.

Thames Valley Police said his family has confirmed their wish for a formal police funeral to take place.

A force spokesman said: "We will continue to work closely with Andrew's family so that their wishes are front and centre and ensure that the funeral is a fitting tribute that honours our colleague Andrew's strength, courage and bravery."

No further details about the funeral have been released.

PC Andrew Harper
Family handout via Thames Valley Police

Maidenhead teenage girl threatened with knife in raid

A teenage girl was threatened with a knife during a raid by four masked men in Maidenhead.

The burglary happened while the teenager was at home around 22:00 BST on Saturday in Laxton Green, Maidenhead.

Thames Valley Police said jewellery was stolen and the girl suffered no injuries.

The men arrived in a white hatchback wearing caps, gloves and face coverings, police said. Detectives are appealing for witnesses and CCTV footage.

Laxton Green, Maidenhead

Officer cleared after using Taser on suspect

Thames Valley Police have cleared an officer of misconduct after he used a taser on a "compliant" suspect, it has been revealed.

The officer discharged the taser when responding to reports of a man in possession of a sword, during an incident in Newbury, Berkshire, in 2015.

The man, who has not been named, said he had been standing still at the time and did not have a sword. He complained to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The police watchdog ruled the tasered man had been shown on CCTV to be compliant and not in possession of the weapon. They directed Thames Valley Police to hold a tribunal.

At a meeting last year, the officer was found not to have committed misconduct in using the Taser and when giving his account of the incident.

"We play indie tunes you can dance to"

"We play indie tunes you can dance to"
A chat with bands St. Peters Dream and Protective Fences backstage at the Reading Festival 2019

"Without Reading Festival there would not be the Amazons"

"Without Reading Festival there would not be the Amazons"
Matt Thomson from the Amazons reveals what happened at his first Reading Festival experience age sixteen. While in conversation with presenter Bridgitte Tetteh in the press area at the Reading Festival 2019.

"I'm not just representing my club or my family but also the black community"

"I'm not just representing my club or my family but also the black community"
Bridgitte meet's 13 year old Mason from Windsor swimming club. He is encouraging young people from BAME backgrounds to take swimming more seriously!.

Oliver and Olivia most popular baby names

In the South East, Oliver and Olivia have been revealed as the most popular baby names.

The figures are from 2018 and some believe the show Peaky Blinders has been an inspiration behind many of the choices.

Chart of most popular boys names in the South East of England in 2018
Chart of most popular girls names in the South East of England in 2018

Final ball sees Cumberland lose trophy final by a run

BBC Cumbria Sport

Cumberland’s cricketers were beaten by one run in a dramatic finale to their Unicorns Trophy Final against Berkshire at Wormsley yesterday.

Match picture
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Set 145 to win, Cumberland lost opener Sam Dutton first ball and were 65 for 7 at one stage before fighting their way back into the game thanks in the main to an unbeaten 28 from Toby Bulcock.

Set four to win off the final ball, Adam Sydall could only manage two runs to leave Cumberland agonisingly short of their first 50-over title since 2013.

Hugh Bonneville speaks to Downton Abbey Location Manager Mark Ellis

They talk about how locations are chosen for filming.

Hugh Bonneville speaks to Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes

They speak about the role location plays in period dramas.