Review of the Year: OctoberBy Hugh Fort
January 04, 2013
Bracknell Forest’s Chief Inspector assured worried burglary victims that police were doing ‘exceptionally well’ despite the crime rising at an alarming rate.
In the Thames Valley Police mid-year update, it was revealed the number of home thefts in Bracknell had risen more than any of the other 14 local police authorities.
But Ch Insp Simon Bowden said the rise was because the number of burglaries last year was the lowest for 20 years.
Friends of Jimmy Savile expressed their shock at abuse allegations against the TV presenter and recalled memories of his ‘tremendous’ amount of fundraising for Broadmoor Hospital.
Crowthorne and Bracknell Forest councillor Jim Finnie who knew the late TV presenter ‘very well’ said he was ‘shocked and very surprised’.
He added: “It is a very difficult situation. He did so much for the community and raised a tremendous amount for charity.”
As more allegations into the Jimmy Savile scandal surfaced, Bracknell Forest MP Dr Phillip Lee called for Broadmoor Hospital to launch an internal inquiry. The politician said it was ‘shocking’ after claims emerged the Jim’ll Fix It host held keys to the hospital in Kentigern Drive, Crowthorne.
Dr Lee added he was told anonymously the presenter had been in charge of overseeing management at the psychiatric hospital and had a house on the site that was refurbished for him.
He said: “If the allegations are proven to be true, which judging by the number of them, is likely, then it is appalling it could have happened over a protracted period of time.”
A former employee at the psychiatric hospital who knew Savile but asked not to be named said: “He had access to all areas.”
West London Mental Health NHS Trust, which now runs the hospital, and the Department of Health later launched an investigation into Savile’s role at Broadmoor.
The family of a disabled teenager ‘living on borrowed time’ appealed for donations to help take him on a trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris.
Wheelchair-bound Alex Elkington’s family asked for help to raise £4,000 for the trip in February.
The 18-year-old has a life-threatening condition which means it is likely his next cold or chest infection will be fatal.
Alex is not eligible for children’s wish giving charities because of his age. To donate go to www.justgiving.com/Get-Alex-to-Disney