Articles from 2009

  • Suicide of man, 63, asphyxiated with plastic bag (2) 6 November, 2009 A 63-year-old Colnbrook man took his own life by asphyxia, an inquest heard yesterday. John Reed, of Park Street, died on May 20. He was found by his neighbour in his garage. He had a plastic bag wrapped tightly with brown masking tape over his head and two hoses from two gas cylinders going into the bag. A ...
  • Council launches new community initiative (0) 5 November, 2009 RESIDENTS are being encouraged to speak about issues that concern them in their area. Slough Borough Council has launched a new initiative that looks at how neighbourhoods in Slough can be improved by meeting residents face-to-face at drop-in sessions. The first is being held on from 11am to 3pm on Sunday at Manor Park Young The ...
  • What do YOU think? (2) 1 November, 2009 Clearly this site is a work in progress, but let us know what you think. It’s built using WordPress, probably the best known blogging software out there. Anybody can register – within minutes – and create a new posting, whether it is to report news, tell us about details of a forthcoming event, ...
  • Parish Council to hold Referendum on Johal’s “Buffer Zone” offer (0) 30 October, 2009 As agreed at the village meeting on the 17th October to discuss the ongoing disturbance from Johal’s Scrapyard a “referendum” will be held to get residents’ views on the buffer zone offer. Just prior to the last Planning Committee Meeting on 8th September, when the Application from Colnbrook Scrap Metals Ltd was recommended by officers for ...
  • Hotel work starts…a mere 18 years later (0) 21 October, 2009 CONSTRUCTION work on a major hotel in Colnbrook has restarted 18 years after planning permission was first granted. Builders have been hard at work since May developing the 350 room Hilton hotel in Poyle Road. The global hotel giant’s planning application was first approved in 1991 and after no work was carried out, was renewed again in ...
  • Blood donors needed for winter flu season (0) 20 October, 2009 ANYONE who is interested in giving blood can make a life saving donation in Colnbrook tomorrow (Wednesday). With donors less keen to leave the comfort of their homes in the winter months and many people unable to donate due to various winter ailments, now is the time to donate. Anyone wishing to give blood can do ...
  • Blood donors needed for winter flu season (0) 18 October, 2009 Donors are need to help meet demand for blood in the winter flu season. Anyone wishing to give blood can do so at the Village Hall in Vicarage Way, Colnbrook, on Wednesday from 12.30-3pm or 4.30-7.15pm. With donors less keen to leave the comfort of their homes in the winter months and many people unable to ...
  • Opening Salvo In War For New Kent Multi Modal Freight Terminal (0) 13 October, 2009 Battle Lines Drawn as Two Sites Vie for Development KENT – ENGLAND – The complex struggle for any new development in the “Garden of England” always produces a series of contentious arguments, and the fight to site a proposed new cargo terminal in the heart of the county which surfaced this week is no exception. In ...
  • The weekend starts here… (0) 9 October, 2009 Here is a round-up of some of the events going on in the area this weekend: Saturday A TV script writer and producer will officially open the new wing of Bourne End Library on Saturday. Adrian Hodges whose credits include popular science fiction show Primeval will cut the ribbon at the Wakeman Road building at midday. He will ...
  • Car set alight after being stolen (0) 30 September, 2009 A car was stolen and set on fire in Colnbrook last night. Firefighters from Langley were called out to the new MGF vehicle, which had been set alight in Majors Farm Road at 10pm. The crew used a tank of water, hose reels and breathing apparatus to put out the blaze. Pete Farmer, watch manager with White Watch, ...
  • Drivers stopped for speeding (0) 21 September, 2009 MORE than 80 drivers have been caught speeding in checks run in a clamp down by the police. The checks were carried out in response to concerns raised by residents in Poyle Road and Old Bath Road in Colnbrook, Eton Wick Road in Eton, Sutton Road and Whytelaydies Lane in Cookham and Norway Drive in ...
  • Slough schools taking part in Shoe Aid for Africa campaign (0) 16 September, 2009 SLOUGH residents are being encouraged to make a difference to an underprivileged person’s life by donating their old shoes. The second annual Shoe Aid for Africa campaign is being held nationwide in a bid to change the lives of thousands of people who have never owned a pair. Collection bins will located at more than 500 ...
  • Council to introduce ‘mini libraries’ (0) 16 September, 2009 MINI libraries will be set up in areas of Slough which do not benefit from their own library service. The council has proposed a new vision to make all libraries in the borough more accessible over the next three years by setting up the mini libraries within other community buildings in areas including Baylis and Stoke, ...
  • Fire in electricity sub-station (0) 14 September, 2009 A fire broke out at an electricity sub-station in Colnbrook yesterday. Crews from Langley and Slough were called to Lakeside Road at 4.40pm where smoke was coming from the switch room. The blaze involved high voltage cables under the floor. Firefighters in breathing apparatus were able to bring it under control. A Slough crew also had to go out ...
  • New florist open for business (0) 10 September, 2009 A NEW florist set up in Slough is hoping for a rosey start to business. Petals of Colnbrook was opened in Colnbrook High Street last month after owner Denise Deering thought she saw a gap in the market. The 43-year-old Brands Hill resident said: “There are no florists in Colnbrook and the village is actually a lot ...
  • Police hunt clown mask robber (0) 2 September, 2009 A man wearing a clown mask robbed a 60-year-old in Colnbrook on Saturday night. The male victim was standing outside an Indian restaurant in Coleridge Crescent smoking when he was approached by the masked man at about midnight. The robber produced a knife, which he held to the victim’s side, and demanded that he withdraw cash from ...
  • Victory for Mill Street Residents over Tanhouse Farm (0) 25 August, 2009 Mill Street residents’ campaign to stop Tanhouse Farm running a haulage operation on Green Belt has taken a major step forward this week with the refusal of the Lawful Development Certificate applied for earlier in the year. The Swanston family, owner of Tanhouse Farm, sold much of its existing yard space to MacArdles to ease financial ...
  • £800 bid for rock star Rod’s jacket (0) 23 August, 2009 INTERNATIONAL superstar Rod Stewart has helped contribute more than £800 to a children’s cancer charity by donating one of his stage jackets for an auction in Colnbrook. The rock star’s orange jacket went under the hammer for £810 at the charity fun day held at the Punchbowl Pub in Old Bath Road in memory of ...
  • Fighter pilot earns place in history (0) 17 August, 2009 AN INSPIRATIONAL World War II hero who was part of an experiment to help disfigured fighter pilots has spoken about the day he became part of history. Derek Martin OBE, is the last surviving founding member of the Guinea Pig Club – set up by a group of pilots injured in the Battle of Britain who ...
  • Travellers move camp to church (0) 16 August, 2009 TRAVELLERS who illegally set up camp outside Colnbrook Village Hall have left the site – only to move across the road to a church. The camper van and trailer left the site after the council said that would serve an eviction order, but made themselves at home at St Thomas’ Church in Vicarage Way. The move ...
  • Rod Stewart donates jacket for local mum (0) 14 August, 2009 ROCK star Rod Stewart has donated a jacket he wore on stage to an auction in memory of a young mum. The fundraiser is part of a fun day at the Punchbowl Pub in Old Bath Road, Colnbrook, on Sunday in memory of Rosarie Lynch who died on June 9. The musician’s donation came about ...
  • Everybody needs good neighbours (0) 25 July, 2009 A BRAVE Slough resident who single-handedly captured a burglar who he had caught trying to break into his neighbour’s home has been honoured by Thames Valley Police. Michal Wasilewski of High Street, Colnbrook, was presented with the Chief Constables Commendation at a special ceremony after putting his own safety at risk while chasing down, capturing and ...
  • Three charged with burglary (0) 24 June, 2009 Three men from Colnbrook have been charged with burglary following a break-in at a property in Iver. Ashley Holeman, 23, of Willow Close; Ryan Hayes, 21, of Moreland Avenue; and 18-year-old Alan Sines, of Drift Way, were charged following their arrest at a property in Wood Lane, Iver, on Wednesday of last week. They have been released ...
  • Paranormal investigators turn attention to Colnbrook Inn (0) 23 June, 2009 PARANORMAL activity seemed to be alive and kicking for ghost hunters carrying out an investigation at a Colnbrook Inn, writes Mike Greenshields. As part of our ongoing ghostly investigations, the Observer joined psychics from Mystic Paranormal on a real-life ghost hunt at the Ostrich Inn in Colnbrook High Street. The 13th century inn has a ...
  • Men charged with burglary (0) 23 June, 2009 THREE men from Colnbrook have been charged in connection with a burglary in Iver. Ashley Holeman, 23, of Willow Close, Ryan Hayes, 21, of Moreland Avenue and Alan Sines, 18, of Drift Way, have been charged with burglary in a dwelling, following their arrest at a property in Wood Lane, Iver, on Wednesday. They are all ...
  • Psychic’s findings echo ghost busters (0) 13 June, 2009 A PSYCHIC who visited Upton Court has made spookily similar findings to the previous two groups who have investigated the Observer offices. Barbara Giordano, a medium from ghost hunting group Mystic Paranormal, called in on Wednesday ahead of a vigil she is holding at the Ostrich Inn, Colnbrook, and claimed to make contact with spirits very ...
  • Man sentence for frenzied knife attack (3) 4 June, 2009 A man who innocently intervened in a lovers’ row in Slough almost paid for his gallantry with his life, a court heard this week. Ashley Burnel, 20, of Layburn Crescent, Colnbrook, found guilty of attempted murder earlier by a jury, was sentenced to 18 years in a young offender’s institution on Tuesday for a ‘frenzied’ knife ...
  • Fun bus for Slough teens (0) 30 May, 2009 A new ‘bus service’ has been launched in Slough in a bid to stop teenagers getting bored. The Slough For YOUth bus is not your average Number 23 though – it is a travelling youth centre. The colourful single-decker is kitted out with computers, high-tech musical equipment and will be supervised by trained youth workers. It is the ...
  • Tree crash victim is named (0) 26 May, 2009 A young man killed last week when his car hit a tree in Iver has been named as 24-year-old Mark Kipping, from Albany Park, Colnbrook. The accident happened between the Crooked Billet roundabout and Black Park on Uxbridge Road, Iver Heath, on Wednesday evening at about 6.45pm. A 33-year-old woman passenger in the black Mitsubishi was seriously ...
  • Chelsea Flower Show: Prizes for local entrants (0) 20 May, 2009 The winners of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show have been announced. Three entrants from across the area have walked away with prizes, at the competition that lasts until Saturday. Berkshire College of Agriculture has been awarded with a silver-gilt flora, for their courtyard garden. A gold award was presented to HW Hyde & Son in Twyford for their ...
  • Investigation into fire at waste incinerator (0) 19 May, 2009 An investigation has begun into what caused a fire at Colnbrook waste incinerater over the weekend. Firefighters from across East Berkshire spent three days tackling the blaze after it broke out at the Lakeside Industrial Estate plant on Friday evening. The fire ripped through a large warehouse leading firefighers to fear the building would collapse. Flames could still ...
  • Raging fire in warehouse (0) 18 May, 2009 Flames were still billowing from an industrial estate in Colnbrook on Saturday morning when a warehouse caught fire on Friday evening. Fire services were called out to the Grundon Waste Management site, in Lakeside Industrial Estate, to tackle the raging inferno. Firefighters from Slough, Maidenhead, Windsor, Bracknell and Langley attended the scene attempting to contain the ...
  • Fire at Colnbrook recycling unit could burn for days (0) 17 May, 2009 A FIRE at a recycling unit in Colnbrook could ‘go on for days’. Firefighters are still tackling a blaze inside the Tanhouse Farm building in Lakeside Industrial Unit, which broke out on Friday, today (Sunday). Watch manager at Langley Firestation, Darren Wilkins said: “We have had difficulty accessing the building because of bundles of recycling material and ...
  • Slough police powers to confiscate booze (0) 17 May, 2009 Measures have been put in place to give police greater power to deal with drinking in public places in parts of Slough. The borough council has approved a recommendation to introduce Alcohol Consumption in Designated Public Places Orders from tomorrow. It will not make it an offence to drink in public areas, but in certain areas police ...
  • Major fire at waste disposal unit – Colnbrook (0) 16 May, 2009 A major blaze broke out at a waste disposal unit in Colnbrook yesterday evening (Friday). Firefighters had been battling the fire at Grundons Waste Ltd at the Lakeside Industrial Estate through the night. Seven appliances attended the scene from Slough, Langley, Windsor, Maidenhead and Bracknell. A watch manager at Langley said: “It was going well to begin ...
  • Missing girl last seen in Slough (0) 14 May, 2009 Fears are growing for the safety of a Hillingdon teenage girl who was last seen in McDonalds in Colnbrook on Saturday. Choice John, 17, who was last seen at about 7.30pm, wearing denim jeans and a denim jacket. Police think she may be in Iver, Slough or Staines, and have appealed to the public for information. Contact DC ...
  • Two jailed over brutal murder of Iver man (1) 13 May, 2009 The family of John Finney issued a moving tribute this week after his killers were found guilty of his gruesome murder. Mr Finney’s headless torso was found at the rear of a Hertfordshire garage block in March last year. At St Albans Crown Court in Hertfordshire on Monday (May 11) a jury decided that Norman Jones, 50, ...
  • New Poyle Hilton to Open Soon (4) 13 May, 2009 A new Hilton International 350 bed conference hotel has just started on site with the main contractors Sisk, EPR Architects and Tonik Design. This will be a unique airport hotel due to its extensive landscaped areas, with existing river feature, which make the location not just suitable for the Terminal 5 Airport / Conference users, but ...
  • Colnbrook Blockade (0) 12 May, 2009 Early in the morning of 12th May 2009, a dozen anti-deportation campaigners from the Stop Deportation network and the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees blockaded the entrance to Colnbrook and Harmondsworth detention centres near Heathrow, to try and prevent a scheduled mass deportation of 45 Iraqi Kurdish refugees held at Colnbrook. Six activists locked themselves together ...
  • Colnbrook’s gruesome contraption (0) 8 May, 2009 The Ostrich Inn is not only the third oldest pub in the UK, it also has a gruesome history. Pub owner Jane Eyles told BBC Berkshire's Henry Kelly how a 17th century landlord murdered his rich victims.
  • £18,000 to improve youth facilities (0) 7 May, 2009 YOUNG people will benefit from improved facilities with the help of £18,000 funding from the Home Office. Slough Borough Council consulted with residents in Colnbrook in March to see how they would like the money to be spent and 44 per cent said they wanted more activities for young people as a way to make the ...
  • Fury at council as travellers flock in (0) 26 April, 2009 FURIOUS residents have lashed out at the council for not doing enough to prevent travellers from illegally setting up camp in a protected conservation area. More than a dozen caravans have moved into the Crown Meadow nature reserve in Colnbrook, prompting complaints from concerned residents who feel the council has done too-little-too-late. Colnbrook parish council ...
  • Undercover cops sink £1m drugs smuggler (0) 25 April, 2009 A SLOUGH businessman, who smuggled £1m worth of cocaine in ornate furniture, has been jailed for 18 years. Nigel Franks, 48, and friend Alan Sibley hid the class A drug in baths, sinks and in the inlay of elaborately decorated tables before shipment from Mexico but the drug ring was smashed after police officers posing as ...
  • Airport noise is set to soar (0) 24 April, 2009 RESIDENTS plagued by aircraft noise in Colnbrook are being warned that things are going to get worse from next week as BAA carries out construction work on the runways at Heathrow. People living under the flight path can expect all weekday night flights to take off and land on the northern runway, closest to Colnbrook, ...
  • Cannabis factory closed in Colnbrook (0) 13 March, 2009 A CANNABIS factory has been closed in Colnbrook. Police officers stormed the factory at a home in Welland Close on Monday. Officers acted on anonymous community intelligence and discovered a small hydroponics operation in one of the bedrooms. The room, which was empty at the time, was in the process of growing around 40 cannabis plants. PC ...
  • Bypass closed after crash (0) 27 January, 2009 A BUSY bypass was closed last night (Monday) after a crash involving a lorry and two cars blocked both carriageways. The accident happened on the Slough end of the A4 Colnbrook Bypass at around 8pm. Two vehicles, a black Vauxhall Astra and Grey BMW, had collided with a heavy goods lorry. Two fire appliances attended and ...
  • Massive boost for town’s job prospects (0) 16 January, 2009 SLOUGH has been given a huge economic boost that will create and secure thousands of jobs for decades to come. An unprecedented series of projects that will pump hundreds of millions of pounds into the Slough economy have been announced, lifting months of job gloom. The building of the £9bn third Heathrow runway, announced yesterday (Thursday) by ...
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