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Oligarch 'frequently talked about suicide'

Boris Berezovsky talked regularly about suicide and described himself as "the poorest man in the world" before his death, an inquest has heard.

Mr Berezovsky's body guard added, however, that security was "very light" at the Berkshire home where the oligarch was found dead.

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Berezovsky 'unprotected' on day of his death

Boris Berezovsky was unprotected by security for "a couple of hours" prior to his death, an inquest into the Russian oligarch's death has heard.

ITV News' Romilly Weeks reports:


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Berezovsky a 'broken man' after Abramovich case

Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky was a "broken man" after losing a lengthy court case against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, an inquest has heard.

The loss in the £3 billion claim is thought to have cost Mr Berezovsky £70 million in total.

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Berezovsky family questioned over new information

Boris Berezovsky's family has been asked why 'potentially significant' information was only presented to a coroner two days before his inquest was set to resume.

ITV News' Romilly Weeks reports from Windsor Guildhall:

The inquest into Mr Berezovsky's death was opened and quickly adjourned shortly after his death in March last year.

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.

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