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Three men convicted of GBH and attempted murder

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, three people have been convicted following an incident in which a man was shot in his chest in Bracknell.

Robert Connor, aged 37, of Victoria Avenue,Camberley, was found guilty at Reading Crown Court by unanimous jury of attempted murder and possession of a firearm.

Michael Crook, aged 64, of Sturdee Close, Frimley, was found guilty by unanimous jury of Section 18 GBH and possession of a firearm.

Scott Kennedy, aged 29, of Sturdee Close, Frimley, was found guilty of Section 20 GBH and possession of a firearm.

They were convicted on Thursday after a trial which lasted two weeks and four days.

At around 6.10pm on 10 May 2015, Robert Connor and Scott Kennedy knocked on the door of a property in Swancote Green while Michael Crook was in a car nearby. When the victim, a 35-year-old man, opened the door Connor shot him in the chest with a firearm.

He sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.

Det Con Greig Williams from Maidenhead Force CID said:

“The jury has convicted all three defendants for their role in this offence. The victim was lucky he was not more seriously injured in this attack and I hope these convictions will allow him to move on from this.”

– Thames Valley Police

The three defendants are due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on 20 November 2015.

Love it, or loathe it: The Lexicon it is!

A new 240 million pound shopping area in Bracknell town centre will be called 'The Lexicon'.

The name was revealed at a meeting this morning to discuss the progress of the development. It's due to open in spring 2017 and will include 50 shops, ten restaurants, a new cinema and seated amphitheatre.

The Lexicon's Twitter page - no tweets yet!

The Lexicon already has its own Twitter page, but it's yet to send its first tweet. It already has two followers.

Almost all of the town centre has been demolished as part of the regeneration project. Roadworks are expected to cause disruption as the work develops further, with lane closures in and around the town.

Most of Bracknell town centre has been demolished as part of the regeneration programme

Tributes paid to army veteran who died after bike crash

The family of a former Army sergeant major who died after crashing his mountain bike into a tree, say they're stuggling to come to terms with what happened.

Mark Kingston was on an adventure trail in Swinley Forest in Bracknell when he crashed at the weekend.

Other cyclists and paramedics tried to help him but he suffered a fatal cardiac arrest. His son says he was a truly down-to-earth and good man.

Watch Emma Wilkinson's report:


Tribute to Bracknell man killed in crash

Simon Girling died in a fatal crash in Warfield last month Credit: Thames Valley Police

The following is a tribute from the family of Simon Girling who died following a collision on the A330 Ascot Road in Warfield on 29 June.

A tribute to Simon from his family follows:

“Loving husband to his wife Joanne and father to his children Sasha, Lauren, Jordan, Rhys and Leo.

“We cannot come to terms with the tragedy which saw you leave our lives forever. We love and miss you so much.

“Simon's funeral will take place at Easthampstead Crematorium at 3pm on Friday 24 July 2015 for family and friends to lay him to rest. Family flowers only but donations to CLAPA gratefully received via AB Walker (cleft lip and palate association)

“Sleep tight Si, will will never forget you xx”

Simon, who is from Bracknell, died following a road traffic collision, when his blue and white motorbike left the carriageway on A330, Ascot Road, northwest of Nuptown Lane at around 7pm on 29 June.

Anyone with any information about the collision is asked to contact PC James Baker on 101 quoting URN 1430 29/6.

Car dealer faked documents and lied to customers

The trading standards team at Bracknell Forest Council has welcomed the prosecution of a rogue car dealer.

David Lilley, trading as Chelsea Harbour International Cars, in Bagshot Road, Bracknell, pleaded guilty to 12 offences under the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations. He will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on 3rd July.

The court heard Mr Lilley misdescribed cars when selling them, faked documents and behaved in an aggressive and abusive manner towards his customers when they complained to him.

The court was told he falsely described cars as having a ‘brand new engine’ and ‘one previous owner’ and on two separate occasions MOTs supplied with cars bought from Mr Lilley were either amended or entirely faked. On another occasion he promised to pay for a new MOT and reneged on the offer.

“Bracknell consumers should feel confident when they buy goods in the borough. Our trading standards team will not stand by and allow rogue traders like Mr Lilley to take advantage of consumers and tarnish the good name of other traders in the borough.”

– Cllr Iain McCracken, Bracknell Forest Council

New school building on target for new term

New sixth form centre should be complete for next term in September

A brand new state-of-the-art sixth form centre is on schedule to open in Berkshire for the start of the new school year in September. T

The project to construct the building at Garth Hill College in Bracknell has cost more than £6 million. It will have capacity for 400 students. Education officials are hoping it will help to ease the pressure on school places in the local area.

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