A HENLEY Town Council employee sacked after more than £3,000 went missing from the council was fairly dismissed, an employment tribunal ruled. But its judgement heavily criticised the procedures which the council used to remove Rhona Price from her role as the town clerk’s senior assistant. Auditors spotted irregularities during an inspection of the council’s accounts in March 2005. A disciplinary panel alleged Mrs Price covered up discrepancies, falsified accounts and that money had gone missing on seven occasions.
Wildlife police are investigating at Sacred Heart Primary School in Henley following the levelling of a pond that was home to one of the most protected animals in the country. The pond at the Greys Hill school was drained and levelled during the Easter holiday for safety reasons and is to make way for a temporary classroom. But neighbour Chris Hackett, of Homelands Way, said the area was home to great crested newts. His complaint to English Nature is now being investigated.
A 19-strong syndicate of paint sprayers scooped £1.184 million on the National Lottery. The staff members at Tabbitt Ltd, the accident repair centre in Mill Lane, Henley, netted a cool £62,331 each.