A footballer has been jailed for a year after attacking a referee at a six-a-side football match. James Barnett, 25, was playing in a match on an astro-turf pitch in Bracknell when he got into an argument with the referee over the colour of his top. Barnett was then shown the red card.
After the match he pushed the referee and headbutted him, before kicking him repeatedly in the body and head whilst he was on the floor. Barnett was pulled away by other players, including his team-mates, before he was later arrested. The referee needed surgery to remove some of his teeth.
Barnett, of Kings Road, West Drayton, admitted a charge of ABH.
PC Ashley Todd, of Bracknell CID, said: “Barnett was angry about being shown a red card and took out his frustration by carrying out an unprovoked and reckless assault on the victim, which could have easily been more serious."
A man has been charged with murder after a woman's body was found at an underpass in Bracknell. Tuanjai Sprengel was discovered by passers by on Sunday morning. Muhammad Shafi, of Basemoors, Bracknell, has been remanded in custody and will appear before Slough magistrates today.
A man's being questioned tonight over the murder of a woman in Berkshire. The 43 year old victim was found in an underpass along Bay Road in Bracknell. It's believed she died of stab wounds. Helen Plint has our report.
Thames Valley Police is still appealing for witnesses as part of a murder inquiry in Bracknell.
The woman’s body was found at an underpass near Bay Drive, Bullbrook at 8am on May 27th.
It's thought the 43-year-old victim is local and was on foot when she was attacked. The underpass is still closed.
“We understand the victim lived locally. However, a formal identification is yet to take place which may take some time as we believe that the victim’s family live abroad.”
– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Tolmie
A 28-year-old man from Bracknell is still in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder
Police want to speak to anyone who was near the underpass from around 10pm on the Saturday night through till the early hours. They are trying to establish the exact circumstances of the death.
Chief Inspector Simon Bowden, local police commander for Bracknell, said: “I would like to reassure the local community that a thorough investigation is underway, and that people should avoid speculation until the full facts of the case are established.
“My neighbourhood teams are out in the local area providing local reassurance patrols. Incidents of this nature are rare in Bracknell and I would urge anyone with information who has not yet come forward to do so immediately."