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Bracknell man jailed for 13 years for historic sexual offences

Ronald Eagles Credit: Thames Valley Police

A 75-year-old man has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for historic sexual offences including rape.

Ronald Eagles from Bracknell, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court after being convicted of two rapes and two indecent assaults against two girls during the 1970s and 1980s.

Speaking following the sentencing, investigating officer Det Con Eddie Hurley, of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said, "I would like to thank the victims for supporting the prosecution in what must have inevitably been an extremely difficult time for them to recall."

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Berkshire Urgent Care Centre now open for business

A new urgent care medical centre was officially opened in Bracknell today. It will treat patients with serious but not life threatening illnesses and injuries. It replaces the Minor Injuries Unit at Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot which closed at the weekend.

The controversial move has been the subject of a number of campaigns as some believe it could spell the beginning of the end of Heatherwood itself. Mel Bloor reports.

Interviewees:

Christian Ellwood, Operations Manager, One Medical Group

Terry Pearce, Chairman, 'Defend Our Community Services'

Rachel Beverley-Stevenson, Chief Executive, One Medical Group

Search and rescue assist in search for missing man

Trevor Downs Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is continuing to appeal for the public’s help in finding a missing man from Bracknell.

Trevor Downs, aged 50, was last seen on the evening of Sunday, 9 March, in Great Hollands South. He has not been seen since.

He has a burn mark on his left hand and has lost weight since the attached photo was taken. He does not have access to a vehicle.

Mr Downs often walks in Swinley Forest and Easthampstead Park. Officers are appealing to anyone who walks in these areas to look out for Mr Downs.

The volunteer group, Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue, has been helping Thames Valley Police with its searches in the aforementioned locations.

Search continues for missing man

Thames Valley Police is continuing to appeal for the public’s help in finding a missing man from Bracknell.

Trevor Downs, aged 50, was last seen on the evening of Sunday, 9 March, in Great Hollands South.

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Trevor Downs hasn't been seen since Sunday 9th March Credit: Thames Valley Police

Mr Downs is 6ft 2ins, of slim build and with short brown hair.

He has a burn mark on his left hand and has lost weight since the attached photo was taken.

He does not have access to a vehicle.

Mr Downs often walks in Swinley Forest and Easthampstead Park. Officers are appealing to anyone who walks in these areas to look out for Mr Downs.

The volunteer group, Berkshire Lowland Search and Rescue, has been helping Thames Valley Police with its searches in the aforementioned locations.

New picture released in missing man investigation

Trevor Downs was last seen on Sunday evening Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is continuing to appeal for the public’s help in finding a missing man from Bracknell.

Trevor Downs, aged 50, was last seen on Sunday evening (9/3) in Great Hollands South. He has not been seen since.

Trevor is 6ft 2ins, of slim build and with short brown hair. He does not have access to a vehicle.

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Search for man missing from home for nearly a week

Trevor Downs was last seen on Sunday evening Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in finding a missing man from Bracknell.

Trevor Downs, aged 50, was last seen on Sunday evening in Great Hollands South. He has not been seen since.

Trevor is 6ft 2ins, of slim build and with short brown hair. Officers say he may look slimmer than in this photo. He does not have access to a vehicle.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Thames Valley Police immediately on 101, quoting URN 1171 of 11/3.

Man sentenced to life in prison for murder

Ivan Svatkovskij, aged 31, of Appledore, Bracknell, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of murder.

Earlier today, he was unanimously convicted of murder by a jury at Reading Crown Court.

At 10.35pm on Friday 20th September, emergency crews were called to reports that a man had been stabbed in Appledore, Great Hollands, Bracknell.

The victim, 21-year-old Latvian national Aleksandrs Vasilievs, died from a single stab wound to the heart.

Svatkovskij was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 15 years.

Puppies stolen in Bracknell

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary in Bracknell late on Tuesday.

At about 11.30pm, two men forced their way into a property in Wayland Close, Harmans Water, and assaulted the 29-year-old male occupant.

They then stole five Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppies.

Both offenders were black and in their late twenties. The first offender was of medium build, around 5ft 10ins and was wearing a black woolly hat and dark clothing.

The second offender was of skinny build, taller than the first man and was wearing a black Nike baseball cap and dark clothing.

Two of the stolen puppies were male, one brown and one black, and three were female, one white with brown patches, one white and one black.

Residents left to clean up after sewage swamps their homes

Water companies are being accused of not doing enough to help homeowners affected by untreated sewage which has poured into their homes.

Four weeks of rain has overwhelmed our sewer network with flood and groundwater and it's struggling to cope.

People living in Bullbrook in Bracknell know only too well the horror of overflowing sewers - they've been left to clear up the mess, as Mel Bloor reports.

Interviewees: David Lewington, son of flood victim and Bracknell MP Dr Phillip Lee.

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