Review of the Year: JulyBy Hugh Fort
January 03, 2013
A referee was hospitalised during a six-a-side football match run by mini-league organiser Pitch Invasion.
Ashleigh Goodall, 27, from Bracknell, was chased and kicked by a player after the game at Easthampstead Park School in Ringmead, Great Hollands.
When one team were told they had to wear bibs, James Barnett from the Legacy Allstars became frustrated and argued with the ref.
The abuse continued until Barnett was sent off, before the game started. However, after the game, he chased Ashleigh around the pitch before attacking him.
The 26-year-old, of West Drayton, was arrested two days later and was jailed in November for one year after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
More than 30,000 people lined the streets of Bracknell to welcome the Olympic Torch.
Spectators had waited hours to grab a glimpse of the burning torch as the Olympic relay made its way from Ascot through Bracknell.
Nine torchbearers, including Birch Hill man Richard March and Sharon Barton from Warfield, carried the torch on its journey, which started at New Forest Ride, along London Road and Millennium Way, and finished at Skimped Hill Lane.
Mayor of Bracknell Forest, Councillor Jennie McCracken, said: “There was the most joyous atmosphere. We are just so lucky that it came to our town. It couldn’t have gone any better.”
Environmentally friendly recyclers in Bracknell helped put the borough among the best local authorities in the county for recycling.
Bracknell Forest Council announced 42.5 per cent of the borough’s waste is recycled and less than a quarter of business waste was being sent to landfill.
The council is trying to up its recycling levels so it doesn’t face huge fines from the EU for sending too much rubbish to landfill
John Halladay, of Bracknell Friends of the Earth, said: “It shows we are moving in the right direction. We’ve got a long way to go to be in the same position of Germany where household waste recycling is around 70 per cent.”
“Sickening” ex-Wellington College teacher Bruce Roth, pictured left, was jailed for 11 years after being convicted of sexually assaulting five boys over a period of 22 years.
The former maths teacher was charged with 17 accounts of sexual abuse at Reading Crown Court after it was revealed he groomed and performed sex acts on boarders aged eight to 15 while he was maths teacher and housemaster at the boarding school in Crowthorne and King’s School, Rochester.
A victim who was subjected to sexual abuse said reliving the events in court was the “hardest thing” he has done.
He added: “I am ecstatic he has been convicted of all the crimes – it is closure for me and hopefully for the other victims.
“Thank God the door has been shut – justice has been done.