Thu, 04 Jun 2015
IN this week’s Newbury Weekly News, commuters and local politicians have reacted with anger after the revelations that First Great Western staff were being told not to offer rail commuters the lowest fares.
An undercover investigation conducted at Newbury train station by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme reported a range of failings from one of the largest train providers.
In other news, a youth ran a “sophisticated” drug dealing operation from home.
Detectives found drugs, digital scales, ‘deal’ bags, cash in a bedroom safe plus pages of incriminating ledgers.
Also this week, people in Pangbourne staged a ‘sit down’ protest against West Berkshire Council slashing funding for the village public toilets.
Campaigners brought their own toilets to protest against the closure of the ‘vital’ facility saying that the cuts against human dignity went too far.
Meanwhile, the opening date for a new £9.3m state-of-the-art sports complex in Newbury has been announced.
The club will open in December 2015 on the grounds of Newbury Rugby Club and will be operated by David Lloyd Leisure.
In this week’s Hungerford edition of the Newbury Weekly News, a D-Day veteran is given France’s highest honour for his heroic exploits.
In Thatcham this week, the future of a former play area in the town was debated.
Thatcham Town Council is looking at options for the former play area in Browning Close, including sports equipment, a grassed area or affordable housing.
And on the Hampshire pages, Three Tadley sports organisations are to pitch for more than £48,000 of developer’s cash to town councillors behind closed doors after an initial airing of grant applications at a town council meeting.
We've gone Jurassic with our award-winning augmented reality image this week, with Allosaurus being resurrected through our app.
The ‘different lizard’ can be brought to life by downloading our award winning Newburyi3d app –available from Google Play and the App store.
Our commemorative coverage of the First World War continues its focus on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.
This week's article looks at the life of Herbert Ravenor who travelled the world before joining up. He was wounded at Gallipoli only to be killed in France two years later.
As always, there’s also a roundup of the week’s entertainment and sport, and of course this week’s £25 free fuel giveaway.