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Security measures increased in Windsor after Westminster attack

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Thames Valley Police is increasing security measures in Windsor from this evening, following the recent terror attack in Westminster. Specialist barriers are being put in place around Windsor Castle ahead of the Guard Change which is set to take place on Wednesday. Security measures and activities, including those for pre-planned events in crowded places have been reviewed by the Force

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Hardcastle said: “While there is no intelligence to indicate a specific threat to Windsor, recent events in Westminster clearly highlight the need for extra security measures to be introduced. The Force believes that it is proportionate and necessary to put in place extra security measures to further protect and support the public and the Guard Change. This is consistent with security deployments in London. Preventative measures such as these have been put in place across the UK over the past 10 years at various events. The national threat level remains severe, which it has been since 2014, and I would urge the public to be alert to the threat of terror attacks but not alarmed, and to remain vigilant.”

The new barriers will support existing road closures and will be used to secure the Guard Change route during the operation. Ch Insp Sarah Grahame, deputy LPA commander for Windsor and Maidenhead, said: “I hope that people in Windsor will understand the reasons that these barriers are being introduced, and will see why they are necessary. Windsor is a safe place to live, work and visit, and these extra security measures at the Guard Change will offer further protection for people in the town in light of recent events in Westminster. Acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people, but have a big impact on communities, and it is essential that we all continue to work together and share information in order to combat this threat.”

Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, says: “We support the good work of Thames Valley Police and the Metropolitan Police in their work to make Windsor a safer place for those who live, work and visit the town. These measures will increase security at the changing of the guard ceremony and the council is offering its help where necessary to ensure that this valued and popular tradition can continue.”

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Janet Ajao said she had "shed many tears'' over the incident in Westminster last week, in which three pedestrians were killed and a police officer stabbed to death.

The statement also says: "I wish to make it absolutely clear, so there can be no doubt, I do not condone his actions nor support the beliefs he held that led to him committing this atrocity.''

We update the story and speak to a victim of a previous knife attack, a former acquaintance and to counter-terrorism consultant Andy Oppenheimer.


Schools rely on parents to pay for basic equipment

Growing numbers of primary and secondary schools are relying on parents to pay for basic equipment their children need for school.

Despite being told that record amounts of money is being spent on children's schooling by the Government.

As budgets become increasingly tight, schools are reluctantly asking mums and dads for cash.

Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports.

Christine spoke to Headteacher Pat Kerton, Steve Gray from the Parent Teacher Association and Emma Knights, the CEO National Governors' Association.

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Opponents of the scheme say they will ask for a judicial review if the Government does give the go-ahead later this year.

As Iain McBride reports.

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South West Trains will be taken over by its rival operator First Group later this year.

It is the second largest franchise in the country with 650,000 passengers using it every day.

Chinese company MTR will provide a £1.2 billion pound investment to the franchise.

750 new carriages and faster journey times are promised.

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Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.

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Surrey teacher awarded for 'dedicated' work

Yolanda de la Fuente (second from left) with Roger Coupe partners James Britton (left) and Edward Norman (right) and Jigsaw pupils Credit: The Star Awards

A teacher from Surrey has been awarded for her 'dedicated' work supporting youngsters with autism.

Yolanda de la Fuente was recognised for her willingness to volunteer "for anything" and her "unfailing dedication" at Dunsfold-based specialist school Jigsaw.

Yolanda was put forward for the Roger Coupe Star Award by her colleagues.

The 41 year old has been teaching Year 1 pupils aged between 4-19 for 18 months.

Working with the pupils at Jigsaw is wonderful; to be with them, to understand and play with them and to work with them – that’s the world for us. It’s all about the pupils and how we can help them to make their way in society.”

– Yolanda, Award winner

Our Star Awards aim to recognise and celebrate all those working in and around Cranleigh who go above and beyond for their communities. Teachers do an extremely important job helping to mould, motivate and educate the next generation so we felt they deserved their time in the spotlight."

– Edward Norman, partner at Roger Coupe
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