Wednesday, 21 November 2018

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FOUR premises in Hart Street, Henley, suffered smash and grab attacks on the same night. Lingerie was stolen from Kimberleys

FOUR premises in Hart Street, Henley, suffered smash and grab attacks on the same night. Lingerie was stolen from Kimberleys after a front window was smashed and £75 was taken from the offices of Lux Trade. The burglars tried to steal a carpet from a carpet shop but it got stuck so they left empty-handed. They also broke into an office and searched drawers and filing cabinets. They took nothing but made themselves a cup of coffee.

Henley Town Council was given a rude shock this week when it was notified that it faces a massive 150 per cent rates increase under the new system with effect from April. The rise would mean an end to free hire of the town hall by charities and increased hire charges, said the Mayor Tony Lane. The town hall’s old rateable value was £1,430 but it has been raised by Inland Revenue officers to £32,500, an increase of more than 22 times.

A new outfit for Henley’s Mayor at a cost of £900 is good value for money, town councillors said this week. “The mayoral robes are tatty,” said general purposes committee chairman John Pruckner. David Nimmo Smith added: “The present robes are over 80 years old — this is good value for money.”

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