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Council decision deferred over late night tax

Councillors discussing whether a levy should be put on bars and clubs to police drunken revellers in Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot have deferred the decision for further investigation.

The Royal Borough councillors will review whether the tax will raise enough money to offset costs of policing the three areas at night which is estimated at £1million a year.


Benefits cheat claimed she was a single mum when in fact she was married

Lisa Lay, 47, a former civil servant, failed to disclose her husband’s income on her tax credits claims between 2003 and 2011, telling HM Revenue and Customs officers that she had been separated from her husband since 1998.

When arrested in November 2011, Lay said she was separated from her husband and that he had been living with her parents and parents-in-law. She said she had never actually told her family that she and her husband were no longer a couple.

HMRC exposed her lies, getting evidence including photos of family holidays _that proved they had been together throughout her claim, living at three addresses in Sunningdale and Ascot, Berkshire.

This was fraudulent from the outset. These benefits were not being used for necessities; benefits are there for people who need them and not for going on holiday. People who choose to defraud the benefit system must be marked by an immediate custodial sentence

– Her Honour Judge Morris

Heatherwood hospital units closure to be reviewed

Video. After months of protests by campaigners against cuts at one of our hospitals, the Health Secretary and West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt has ordered a review of the plans.

NHS bosses announced the closure of the minor injuries unit, birth centre and stroke ward at Heatherwood Hospital in Berkshire earlier this year. From Ascot, Mel Bloor reports.

Service cuts at Heatherwood Hospital to be reviewed

Heatherwood Hospital in Berkshire Credit: ITV Meridian

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered an independent review of cuts to services at Ascot's Heatherwood Hospital.

A review panel will examine a decision to close the minor injury unit, birthing unit and rehabilitation ward.

Mr Hunt will meet with Windsor MP Adam Afriyie at Westminster today.

Strong protests from the council, health staff and local residents saw 3,000 people sign a petition against the the proposal.


Appeal after couples attacked after Ascot races

CCTV still of the women the Transport Police would like to speak to Credit: British Transport Police

Three women were attacked by two couples on a Waterloo-bound train following Ascot races.

The women used foul and abusive language towards the two couples- two men and two women.

The abuse continued on Richmond train station where the three women tried to attack the group of four before running away.

British Transport Police are continuing their investigation after receiving CCTV footage of the three women they want to speak to about the incident on Friday, June 21.

PC Neil Allison said: "This is a particularly violent and aggressive attack on two couples who had not done anything to provoke it.

"This is believed to be a very busy train service, with many of the passengers returning from a day at Ascot races. I am sure that other passengers on the train and at Richmond station may have information key to our investigation."

CCTV still of the third woman the British Transport Police are going to speak to Credit: British Transport Police
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