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Double amputee killed by rolling car in hospital car park after woman left handbrake off

A wheelchair-bound double amputee was knocked down and killed by runaway car in a hospital car park after the woman driver parked but left the handbrake off, an inquest has heard.

Pensioner Frederick Morton had arrived at the hospital and asked for directions to the wheelchair accessibility unit when he was struck down by the out-of-control silver Vauxhall Zafira which had rolled out of its parking bay and rumbled towards him.

Despite the efforts of paramedics and doctors from an air ambulance, Mr Morton - who previously had had both legs amputated - was declared dead at the scene.

Witnesses told the coroner how they had seen Mr Morton wheeling himself across the car park before spotting the rolling Zafira heading towards him.

In a statement read by the Berkshire coroner, nursing auxiliary Virginia Stalley described how she saw the 79-year-old try to get out of the way of the oncoming car after he noticed it rolling towards him, but it was too late.

Staff and patients at St Marks Hospital in Maidenhead, Berks., rushed to the aid of Mr Morton and two men held the car in place until police and paramedics arrived.

Sergeant Dean Franklin tried to open the car but after discovering it was locked used his baton to smash the window and pull on the handbrake, which he said had not been applied when he reached into the car.

"I saw there was a white elderly gentleman trapped underneath the vehicle," he said in a written statement to the inquest in Reading.

The air ambulance was scrambled but doctors could not save Mr Morton, who lived at Ploughlands in Bracknell, and he died from multiple injuries, including fractures to all his ribs and chest.

Work begins to upgrade busy Bracknell junction

Now how upgrading a coral reef will bring future prosperity to a Berkshire town and improve a major route between the M3 and the M4

Work has begun on the first phase of major road improvement works in Bracknell - on the Coral Reef roundabout on the A322 in Bracknell. The busy junction will eventually have a four way traffic light system.

It's designed to deal with the expected increase in vehicle numbers over the next ten years, and promote the borough as a great place for living, working and doing business Divya Kohli hs more.

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Coral Reef Waterworld set to close for £11m facelift

Bracknell's Coral Reef Waterworld centre is set to close for 12 months for an £11.3m facelift.

Coral Reef Waterworld Credit: Bracknell Forest Council

Two extra flumes, which will be accessible to people with disabilities, an outdoor seating area and a new roof will all be added to the 25-year-old complex.

Coconut Grove and Beach Café, Sauna World and the changing rooms will also be refurbished as part of the project, which is expected to be approved as part of next year’s budget.

If councillors approve the borough's draft budget next Tuesday, the site will close next December and is expected to reopen around a year later.

Duke of Gloucester to visit Primary School in Bracknell

Pupils and teachers at Crown Wood Primary School are preparing for a special visit from The Duke of Gloucester next week.

His Royal Highness, who is the grandson of George V and a first cousin of The Queen, will be given a tour of the recently refurbished and extended primary school on Tuesday November 18.

The Duke will be shown the new facilities, which include four classrooms, an extended dining room and much improved teaching accommodation and play areas.

The Dukewill be given a tour of the recently refurbished and extended primary school. Credit: PA

Janette Karklins, Director for Children, Young People and Learning, said:

Following extensive improvement works as part of the council’s Education Capital Programme, we are delighted to be welcoming The Duke of Gloucester to Crown Wood Primary School.

The improved facilities have already proved a hit with pupils at the school and they can’t wait to have a VIP in the building.

– Janette Karklins

Huge swarm of bees take to car in Berkshire

Bees in Bracknell got busy on a man's car Credit: David Martin

A gigantic swarm of bees settled on a car in Bracknell - proposing a sting operation of a different kind.

The bees were attracted to a man's car where he was working at Saba in Bracknell and came face-to-face with the buzzing intrusion.

A co-worker told the owner of the car, David Martin, he had ' a few bees' around his car.

But, when David went out to see, the group of bees had grown and ended up covering a large section of the vehicle.

The bees took to the man's car like honey Credit: David Martin

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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."

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.

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