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Residents left to clean up after sewage swamps their homes

Water companies are being accused of not doing enough to help homeowners affected by untreated sewage which has poured into their homes.

Four weeks of rain has overwhelmed our sewer network with flood and groundwater and it's struggling to cope.

People living in Bullbrook in Bracknell know only too well the horror of overflowing sewers - they've been left to clear up the mess, as Mel Bloor reports.

Interviewees: David Lewington, son of flood victim and Bracknell MP Dr Phillip Lee.


Brothel owner has £150k seized

A man who ran a brothel in Reading has been ordered to pay back £156,153 after a successful confiscation order.

A search warrant was issued for a house in Bracknell that was believed to be a brothel.

Michael Drinkwater, aged 69, from Wokingham was arrested on suspicion of keeping a brothel and Wei Yi Wang, who lived at the address, was arrested on suspicion of being an immigration overstayer.

A search revealed £5,000 in cash at the premises that was seized and Drinkwater pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for 12 months.

The court ordered he pay £156,153 within three months otherwise he will be imprisoned for two years.

HP "remains committed to supporting employees"

HP commenced consultation for Q1 FY14 on November 28th, 2013 in the UK regarding potential workforce changes for 2014. _The proposed UK workforce management plan is part of HP’s global multi-year productivity initiative that was announced on May 23, 2012, and updated at its Securities Analysts Meeting on October 9, 2013, to address current market and business pressures in support of HP’s turnaround in EMEA.

– Hewlett Packard spokesperson

HP remains committed to supporting the employability of its employees through a number of internal initiatives, including re-skilling, redeployment and support to obtain alternative employment as appropriate.

– Hewlett Packard spokesperson

Unite condemn job losses at HP

For the last five years HP has been addicted to a culture of job cuts in the UK to such an extent that its highly skilled workforce has little faith in the way the company is being managed and will be going forward. Unite will be doing everything possible to mitigate these job losses which are a hammer blow to the UK’s IT sector and very distressing for employees in the run-up to Christmas.

– Unite national officer, Ian Tonks

1100 jobs to be lost at Hewlett Packard

More than 1100 jobs at Hewlett Packard (HP) are to be lost at the beginning of 2014 - just under a months time.

A total of 618 jobs could be lost at the company's Bracknell base. Many of those facing redundancy either work from home or within the organisations employing HP.

The company blamed falling demand and reorganisation for the job losses that it wants to implement in the first three months of 2014.


Man sentenced for robbery and assault in Wokingham

Luis Sousa from Bracknell has been sentenced to four years for a robbery in Wokingham in which his victim was seriously assaulted. Credit: Thames Valley Police

A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a robbery in which he carried out a serious assault on his victim.

Luis Sousa from Bracknell, was handed the sentence at Reading Crown Court today after entering a guilty plea at an earlier hearing on 16 September.

The incident happend on 17th August, where Sousa carried out an unprovoked attack on a 22-year-old man at the back of the Spin Bar in Alexandra Court, Wokingham, before stealing his mobile phone.

The assault was caught on CCTV and lasted for more than 3 minutes. The victim suffered around 120 blows to his head and body.

Victim "knew his attackers"

Police said they believe a man in his 20s, who died after being stabbed, knew those who attacked him.

Officers are following a number of leads after arresting two men as part of a murder investigation in Bracknell in Berkshire.

The investigation is still in an early stage, however we do have two men in custody and a number of enquiries are underway. I would like to reassure residents that a full investigation is taking place and incidents such as this are rare in Bracknell. We also believe the victim knew his attackers and this was not a stranger attack."

– Detective Chief Inspector Vince Grey, Senior Investigating Officer.

Anyone with any information or concerns should contact the Police Enquiry Centre on the non-emergency number, 101. If you don't want to speak directly to the police, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

Man stabbed in chest

Thames Valley Police has launched a murder investigation after man was found in Bracknell with a stab wound to his chest.

Police were called by paramedics at 11.25pm on 21st September 2013, after reports a man had been stabbed at an address in Appledore in Great Hollands.

They discovered a man in his twenties with a stab wound to his chest. Despite being treated at the scene, he died a short time later.

Two men, aged 42 and 31, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are in police custody.

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