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Kittens saved from being put down after fundraising campaign

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A fundraising appeal to raise money for three kittens found stowed away in a car engine in Bracknell has exceeded its target.

Nearly four thousand pounds has been raised to pay for veterinary costs for the trio - named Edam, Gouda and Tulip.

They were unknowingly smuggled into the country from The Netherlands.

The kittens who are being looked after at the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre near Reading - had to be put in quarantine.

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Hundreds attend second Lexicon jobs fair

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It has been years in the making and next month Bracknell's new, state of the art, shopping centre will finally open.

Today hundreds turned out at a jobs fair looking for work at the Lexicon.

It's the second one to be held with the first attracting more than 2,000 people.

But the Lexicon is just one part of the massive town centre make over.

As Mel Bloor reports.

Mel spoke to Rob Morris, General Manager of The Lexicon and Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker from Bracknell Forest Council, Con.

Thousands attend Lexicon development job fair

The Lexicon development in Bracknell is one of the Thames Valley's biggest ever regenerations and thousands of people went along to the job fair to see if they could be part of it.

It is hoped it will create a new heart in the previously run down town centre.

It will include new shops, restaurants and a 12 screen cinema and is set to open to the public in September.

Construction on the £240 million project began in March 2015.

The firm behind the development have promised the creation of thousands of new positions.

Our reporter Mel Bloor went along to meet some of the jobseekers.

Mel spoke to Simon Russian from the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership.

Residents say new development is a mixed blessing

It's one of the biggest town centre regenerations currently taking place in the UK and aims to make Bracknell a destination of choice.

Two hundred and forty million pounds has been spent on transforming the area into a state of the art shopping and leisure hub to rival the likes of nearby Reading and Basingstoke. But for some residents, the past two years have been blighted with dust and noise pollution whilst the work has been carried out just yards from their front doors.

They told ITV News Meridian that it's had a serious impact on their quality of life and worse still - their health has suffered as a consequence. However, when complete, the development promises to revive the area, and bring thousands of jobs. Mel Bloor has the story.

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Murder investigation launched after death of man in parish hall

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man from Bracknell in a village near Chelmsford.

Police were called by the ambulance staff just before midnight last night who were treating a man who had been assaulted following an incident outside Broomfield Parish Hall.

The 55-year-old from Bracknell was unconscious but died at the scene shortly after midnight.

A woman also had to be taken to hospital after suffering a suspected broken nose.

A 24-year-old man from Chelmsford has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The victim, from Bracknell was at a party in Broomfield Parish Hall near Chelmsford Credit: Steve Barrett

"The murder victim, assault victim and suspect were all attending a private party being held inside Broomfield Parish Hall in Main Road. "Both assaults happened outside the hall in the car park area.

"Our enquiries are continuing today and I would urge anybody with any information about the incident who has not already spoken to officers to contact us.”

– DI STEVE ELLIS, OF THE KENT AND ESSEX SERIOUS CRIME DIRECTORATE

Student jailed for Bracknell robberies

Caleb Molomo jailed for robberies Credit: Thames Valley Police

A 20-year-old student has been sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment for two armed robberies carried out at petrol stations in Bracknell.

Caleb Molomo of Priestwood Avenue, Bracknell, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, one count of possession of an imitation firearm and one count of possession of a knife at Reading Crown Court.

Thames Valley Police said that during the first robbery, in December, Molomo entered the BP Petrol Station on Wokingham Road, Bracknell, carrying a knife. He demanded money from the till and left with over £200.

In February this year he went into another petrol station on Downshire Way in Bracknell where he was captured on CCTV. This time he was carrying an imitation firearm in his pocket. He again demanded money from the till and left on foot with £300 in a carrier bag.

He was arrested at the Essex University campus

Molomo at the BP garage on 23/12/15 Credit: Thames Valley Police

Investigating officer, Det Con Andy Wroe of East Berkshire CID, said; “These were audacious robberies where the petrol station staff were threatened with violence, leaving them deeply upset. It was fortunate that nobody was hurt.

Imitation firearm found at Molomo's home address Credit: Thames Valley Police
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Youths stamp on 11-year-old's glasses in cruel attack

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in which an 11-year-old was attacked by two youths in broad daylight in Bracknell.

The boy was walking along a pathway opposite Welbeck which leads through to Jennett’s Park Credit: Google Maps

At around 8.20am on Wednesday, the 11-year-old boy was walking up a pathway when two boys jumped from some bushes and walked towards him.

One of the boys then ran towards the victim, knocked him to the ground and punched and kicked him. One offender removed the boy’s rucksack and emptied it. The second offender assaulted him while the other stamped on his glasses.

The youngster sustained facial injuries, grazes and minor bruising. A small quantity of loose change was stolen.

The first offender is white, aged 15 to 16 years of age with ginger hair which is shaved at the sides, longer on top and had been gelled back. He was wearing a black Nike hooded top, black jogging trousers and blue trainers.

The second offender is white, aged 15 to 16 years of age, with brown cropped hair, a pierced right ear and was wearing a silver stud earring. He was wearing a light blue block coloured t-shirt, black jogging trousers and white trainers.

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