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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

Tributes paid to army veteran who died after bike crash

The family of a former Army sergeant major who died after crashing his mountain bike into a tree, say they're stuggling to come to terms with what happened.

Mark Kingston was on an adventure trail in Swinley Forest in Bracknell when he crashed at the weekend.

Other cyclists and paramedics tried to help him but he suffered a fatal cardiac arrest. His son says he was a truly down-to-earth and good man.

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Former sergeant major dies in mountain bike crash

A former sergeant major has died in a mountain bike crash in Bracknell. Mark Kingston who fought in Iraq was on an adventure trail when he hit a tree. He'd received medals for long service with the British Army where he worked as a company sergeant major for 22 years. His son Matthew says he was loved by all who knew him.

Tribute to Bracknell man killed in crash

Simon Girling died in a fatal crash in Warfield last month Credit: Thames Valley Police

The following is a tribute from the family of Simon Girling who died following a collision on the A330 Ascot Road in Warfield on 29 June.

A tribute to Simon from his family follows:

“Loving husband to his wife Joanne and father to his children Sasha, Lauren, Jordan, Rhys and Leo.

“We cannot come to terms with the tragedy which saw you leave our lives forever. We love and miss you so much.

“Simon's funeral will take place at Easthampstead Crematorium at 3pm on Friday 24 July 2015 for family and friends to lay him to rest. Family flowers only but donations to CLAPA gratefully received via AB Walker (cleft lip and palate association)

“Sleep tight Si, will will never forget you xx”

Simon, who is from Bracknell, died following a road traffic collision, when his blue and white motorbike left the carriageway on A330, Ascot Road, northwest of Nuptown Lane at around 7pm on 29 June.

Anyone with any information about the collision is asked to contact PC James Baker on 101 quoting URN 1430 29/6.

Car dealer faked documents and lied to customers

The trading standards team at Bracknell Forest Council has welcomed the prosecution of a rogue car dealer.

David Lilley, trading as Chelsea Harbour International Cars, in Bagshot Road, Bracknell, pleaded guilty to 12 offences under the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations. He will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on 3rd July.

The court heard Mr Lilley misdescribed cars when selling them, faked documents and behaved in an aggressive and abusive manner towards his customers when they complained to him.

The court was told he falsely described cars as having a ‘brand new engine’ and ‘one previous owner’ and on two separate occasions MOTs supplied with cars bought from Mr Lilley were either amended or entirely faked. On another occasion he promised to pay for a new MOT and reneged on the offer.

“Bracknell consumers should feel confident when they buy goods in the borough. Our trading standards team will not stand by and allow rogue traders like Mr Lilley to take advantage of consumers and tarnish the good name of other traders in the borough.”

– Cllr Iain McCracken, Bracknell Forest Council

New school building on target for new term

New sixth form centre should be complete for next term in September

A brand new state-of-the-art sixth form centre is on schedule to open in Berkshire for the start of the new school year in September. T

The project to construct the building at Garth Hill College in Bracknell has cost more than £6 million. It will have capacity for 400 students. Education officials are hoping it will help to ease the pressure on school places in the local area.


Polo pony rescued from swimming pool

The pony was rescued by crews from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service Credit: RBFRS

A Polo pony has been rescued from a swimming pool in the garden of a house in Berkshire.

A crew from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the house in Forest Road in Winkfield Row near Bracknell just after 5am this morning.

The crews had to wait for a vet to arrive to administer sedatives but as soon as this was done, the pony was safely removed from the pool and was back on dry land by 8am.

Man charged with attempted murder after shooting

Thames Valley Police has charged a man with attempted murder in Bracknell.

Scott Kennedy, aged 28, of Sturdee Close, Frimley, Surrey was charged this morning with one count of attempted murder.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Reading Magistrates’ Court today.

The charge is in connection with a shooting in Swancote Green, Easthampstead, on Sunday.

A second man, aged 63, who was also arrested in connection with this incident has been bailed until 26 June.

Double amputee killed by rolling car in hospital car park after woman left handbrake off

A wheelchair-bound double amputee was knocked down and killed by runaway car in a hospital car park after the woman driver parked but left the handbrake off, an inquest has heard.

Pensioner Frederick Morton had arrived at the hospital and asked for directions to the wheelchair accessibility unit when he was struck down by the out-of-control silver Vauxhall Zafira which had rolled out of its parking bay and rumbled towards him.

Despite the efforts of paramedics and doctors from an air ambulance, Mr Morton - who previously had had both legs amputated - was declared dead at the scene.

Witnesses told the coroner how they had seen Mr Morton wheeling himself across the car park before spotting the rolling Zafira heading towards him.

In a statement read by the Berkshire coroner, nursing auxiliary Virginia Stalley described how she saw the 79-year-old try to get out of the way of the oncoming car after he noticed it rolling towards him, but it was too late.

Staff and patients at St Marks Hospital in Maidenhead, Berks., rushed to the aid of Mr Morton and two men held the car in place until police and paramedics arrived.

Sergeant Dean Franklin tried to open the car but after discovering it was locked used his baton to smash the window and pull on the handbrake, which he said had not been applied when he reached into the car.

"I saw there was a white elderly gentleman trapped underneath the vehicle," he said in a written statement to the inquest in Reading.

The air ambulance was scrambled but doctors could not save Mr Morton, who lived at Ploughlands in Bracknell, and he died from multiple injuries, including fractures to all his ribs and chest.

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