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
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.
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Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in which an 11-year-old was attacked by two youths in broad daylight in Bracknell.
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 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.
Bracknell town centre's long awaited regeneration has reached another milestone after its new street names were announced.
The £240 million pound project is due to be complete by next Spring.
And as Mel Bloor reports they've been borrowing names from the past to celebrate the future.
Vulnerable and elderly people in Bracknell are being offered a lifeline thanks to a new scheme launched by the council.
Pocket Pal is a GPS based personal alarm system which means help can be sought instantly if a person gets lost or has an accident while out and about.
Sam Holder has more.
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.
"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."
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