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Woman jailed for fraud offences across Berkshire

A woman has been jailed for more than five years for fraud offences across Berkshire.

Tanya Rowe used forged references and payslips to secure a tenancy on a property. She then bought furniture from a shop in Maidenhead and paid for the items with cheques which bounced.

Tanya Rowe used forged references and payslips to secure a tenancy on a property Credit: Thames Valley Police

“Tanya Rowe appeared to live a very extravagant lifestyle, it was a lifestyle that she couldn’t sustain. he claimed that she was a designer for Heston Blumenthal, which wasn’t true and, more unforgivably, she also told people that she was dying of cancer, which also wasn’t true. She is a devious woman who has affected so many people’s lives.”

– Thames Valley Police officer Det Con Abi Enright, of Windsor Police station


Memorial to the man who rescued 700 children from the Nazis

Work is underway on a memorial garden in honour of one of Berkshire's most heroic former residents.

The late Sir Nicholas Winton rescued almost 700 children from Nazi-occupied Prague in the former Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War.

The garden at Oaken Grove Park in Maidenhead is due to open to the public next Spring. Our reporter Kate Bunkall, met Nick Winton at the site and asked him about his father's legacy.

Pedestrian dies after collision near Maidenhead

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal road accident on the A404 near Burchetts Green, Maidenhead.

A 26- year-old man collided with a black Audi A3 which had been travelling on the northbound carriageway around 2am. The pedestrian died at the scene.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Grainger 'still has hopes for Rio Olympics'

Britain's most successful rower, Katherine Grainger, says she hasn't given up hope of going to the Olympics in Rio, despite a decision to withdraw her boat from the competition.

The Maidenhead athlete won gold medal at London 2012 at the fourth attempt.

She came out of retirement two years ago in a bid to defend her title at the age of 40.

Penny Silvester reports.


New 7 day GP service in Berkshire wins Government praise

It's one of the most controversial issues facing the health service today. Plans to create a seven day NHS have caused strikes among junior doctors and debate in Parliament.

But now the Home Secretary has visited a GP hub in the Thames Valley which she claims leads the way. So far 8-thousand patients have attended evening and weekend appointments there. Here's Mary Stanley

Ceremony marks the start of work on Berkshire's first children's hospice

A ceremony in Maidenhead today marked the start of building work on the Alexander Devine Children's Service Hospice.

When it's built, terminally ill children in Berkshire will be able to receive residential hospice care in their own county, for the first time.

Veteran broadcaster, Sir Michael Parkinson, and local MP, Theresa May, were at the site in Maidenhead as building work got underway.

Building work begins on the first children's hospice in Berkshire

Building work begins on new children's hospice. Credit: ITV Meridian

Veteran broadcaster, Sir Michael Parkinson, and local MP, Theresa May, are breaking ground to mark the start of building work on the first hospice for children in Berkshire.

Construction is now underway at Woodlands Park Avenue in Maidenhead.

Up until now, young people and their families in the area have had to rely on services in other counties.

Plans unveiled to rejuvenate Maidenhead town centre

New plans for Maidenhead Credit: London and Aberdeen

The plans for rejuvenating Maidenhead's Broadway Plaza have been released. People are invited to respond to the drawings for the £230 million project which will see King Street, Broadway and Queen Street revamped.

Known as The Landing, the developers hope to submit a planning application before the end of year. The area will include officers, new homes, shops, restaurants and cafés and provide a gateway from the railway station to the town. A public exhibition is currently underway at 59 King Street

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