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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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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.

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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.

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