Review of the Year: NovemberBy Jennie Slevin
January 07, 2013
The family of a motorcyclist whose ‘lives were shattered’ when he was killed in a crash have backed a campaign for tougher sentences for killer drivers.
Father-of-three Steve Hazel, pictured below, from Bracknell, was killed when he was knocked off his bike in June 2010 by Nicholas Donne.
Steve’s widow and father joined calls for the Government to abolish the more lenient offence of causing death by careless driving so anyone whose bad driving results in death will be jailed.
Donne was given a 36-week suspended sentence, fined £1,000 and given 150 hours of community service.
Steve’s widow, Nicola said: “The pathetic sentence made my husband’s life feel worthless.
"The sentencing should be an awful lot harsher than it is.”
Bracknell MP Dr Phillip Lee, also backed the online petition stopdangerousdrivers.com.
A family had a lucky escape as a stray rocket landed in their garden and nearly set their home on fire.
Vicky Weller, who was at home with her husband, two children and 24 pets when the firework hit, called for tougher laws on fireworks after the rocket set fire to her garden fence and table.
A next-door neighbour, whose garden was also set ablaze, alerted fire crews who spent an hour at the house putting out the blaze.
Vicky said: “Fireworks should be kept at displays – there’s no room in people’s gardens.”
Families who recycle their rubbish can earn reward points to pay for swimming, fitness sessions and family days out.
Bracknell Forest Council has received Government cash to introduce the Nectar Card-style scheme in April as a thank-you and an incentive to boost recycling.
The incentive scans bar codes on families’ blue recycling bins by a reader on rubbish trucks and credit points to householders’ e-plus accounts.
There was celebration in Bracknell as the town was named second for economic growth across the whole of the UK.
Despite delays to the town centre regeneration it was only beaten by Oxford in the report, which ranked it joint second with Reading.
Councillor Marc Brunel-Walker, said there was a lot that would keep Bracknell’s economy growing.
He said: “There’s just so much that draws families to the town.
“This is why Bracknell is such a great town to invest in and I think the report just reinforces what we’ve been working towards.”