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Search for man missing from home for nearly a week

Trevor Downs was last seen on Sunday evening Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for the public’s help in finding a missing man from Bracknell.

Trevor Downs, aged 50, was last seen on Sunday evening in Great Hollands South. He has not been seen since.

Trevor is 6ft 2ins, of slim build and with short brown hair. Officers say he may look slimmer than in this photo. He does not have access to a vehicle.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Thames Valley Police immediately on 101, quoting URN 1171 of 11/3.

Man sentenced to life in prison for murder

Ivan Svatkovskij, aged 31, of Appledore, Bracknell, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of murder.

Earlier today, he was unanimously convicted of murder by a jury at Reading Crown Court.

At 10.35pm on Friday 20th September, emergency crews were called to reports that a man had been stabbed in Appledore, Great Hollands, Bracknell.

The victim, 21-year-old Latvian national Aleksandrs Vasilievs, died from a single stab wound to the heart.

Svatkovskij was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 15 years.


Puppies stolen in Bracknell

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary in Bracknell late on Tuesday.

At about 11.30pm, two men forced their way into a property in Wayland Close, Harmans Water, and assaulted the 29-year-old male occupant.

They then stole five Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppies.

Both offenders were black and in their late twenties. The first offender was of medium build, around 5ft 10ins and was wearing a black woolly hat and dark clothing.

The second offender was of skinny build, taller than the first man and was wearing a black Nike baseball cap and dark clothing.

Two of the stolen puppies were male, one brown and one black, and three were female, one white with brown patches, one white and one black.

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.

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