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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.


Bracknell-based Waitrose sales up nearly 8%

Waitrose has seen its market share rise to 4.9% Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The employee-owned partnership, which has 39 John Lewis shops and 294 Waitrose supermarkets, racked up £4.7 billion in sales in the six months to July 27, an increase of 7% despite comparisons with strong trading last summer.

Underlying profits were 4% higher at £115.8 million, although a payment of £40 million to staff following the miscalculation of holiday pay over the last seven years meant bottom-line profits fell 38.5% to £68.5 million.

Waitrose has outperformed the sector for more than four years and that its market share stood at 4.9% - 0.3% higher than a year ago. Its sales in the first half were up by 7.8% to £3 billion, or 6.9% on a like-for-like sales basis, as operating profits climbed 12.8% to £160.2 million.

Waitrose has outperformed the market for the last four years Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In March, the business announced that employees would receive 17% of their salary as part of an annual bonus, equivalent to nearly nine weeks pay.

The business created a net figure of 800 new jobs, taking its headcount to around 85,500 staff.

Bracknell sexual assault appeal

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the assault Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police have released an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a sexual assault on a woman in Bracknell.

The assault happened on Monday, June 24 at 4.30pm when a man called at the property asking for a previous occupant.

A 28-year-old woman answered the door and the man forced his way into the house and punched her in the face, before sexually assaulting her.

The victim suffered bruising to her face and body as a result of the incident.

The man is in his early 30s, about 6ft 4ins and of heavy build.

Bracknell regeneration could create 2,500 jobs

Many town centre regeneration plans have been delayed or scrapped due to the current economic climate, but one scheme in Berkshire is pushing ahead at full speed. The shopping precinct in the northern area of the town centre has now been cleared, ready for demolition next month.

Around £200m is being spent on new shops, restaurants, homes and leisure facilities in the area, creating 2,500 jobs. But, as Mel Bloor reports, some independent retailers are far from happy.

Mel talked to Helen Barnett, Bracknell Regeneration Partnership; Ruth Layfield, Ron Taylor Carpets; and Richard Knight, Federation of Small Businesses.

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