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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.

New street names celebrate future of Bracknell

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.

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New pocket pal offers lifeline to vulnerable and elderly

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.

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.

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
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