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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.

Police search for missing 84-year-old man in Bracknell

John Hayes has been missing all day. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police are searching for an 84-year-old man with dementia and alzheimer's who has gone missing from his home in Bracknell in Berkshire.

John Hayes was last seen on Terrace Road South in Binfield at 9:30am this morning. He's known to travel around the town centre.

Thames Valley Police say they're very concerned for his welfare and anyone who sees him should call 101.

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Bracknell's roads to undergo major improvements

Major improvements to Bracknell town centre's roads will begin in just under a fortnights time.

The changes will create a more pedestrian friendly experience and are part of the two hundred and forty million pound regeneration scheme.

Artists impression of Charles Square Entrance Credit: Bracknell Forest Council

"We've always said that the regeneration is about providing a destination of choice for our residents and visitors, which is more than just a shopping centre.

"This £6.25m plan is part of the work to create a much more impressive and enjoyable overall town centre with improved gateways for customers and a continuation of the softening of the town centre, which is already underway through the regeneration project.

"The council set aside funding for this project last year, as our residents continually tell us that a thriving and modern town centre is one of their top priorities.

"In addition, this work will help to create a new social and cultural heart and will encourage greater economic prosperity within the borough."

– Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration
Artists impression of the area at night Credit: Bracknell Forest Council
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