Review of the Year: SeptemberBy Ralph Webb
January 04, 2013
A murderer who beat and strangled his wife to death changed his plea at the eleventh hour before his impending retrial.
Jon Clinton was jailed for 26 years in May 2011 for murdering his wife Dawn, but his conviction was quashed in January when a change in the law saw the murder defence of provocation replaced with ‘loss of control’.
Clinton then denied the charge, but changed his plea before the retrial was due to start. His original sentence was reduced by six years after he received a life sentence to serve a minimum of 20 years running concurrently with two years for arson.
Landlords took a stand against drug-users when police found 91 per cent of pubs they tested showed positive for illegal substances.
As part of the crackdown, pub owners decided that any drinker caught taking drugs in pubs will be banned from all bars in the town.
Traces of cocaine and methadrone were found in nearly all of the pubs tested during the biggest operation of swab tests in Bracknell Forest. Only six of the 64 pubs that were tested for drug use showed negative results.
Furious families and nature lovers planned to boycott Coral Reef and The Look Out when Bracknell Forest Council brought parking charges into force.
Car-owners slammed the charges as ‘disgusting’ and ‘shocking’ on social media sites.
Customers who pay to visit The Look Out Discovery Centre or swim at Coral Reef will have the parking charge deducted from their entry.
Cllr Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection, said: “The council has resisted charging for car parking at The Look Out for many years, but the current financial challenges it faces means it has had to make many difficult decisions.”
Plans were revealed which showed how the town centre is expected to look at the end of the regeneration project.
Town planners hailed Cineworld’s move to Bracknell as a ‘major step forward’ in Bracknell’s development.
The top chain signed a 25-year lease to open the cinema in Bond Way in the future. The development, close to Waitrose, will be built after parts of Broadway and Crossway are demolished.