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During a six week trial at Reading Crown Court, jurors heard how cheated clients were “fobbed off” and that bank accounts of online bidders were raided to fund the extravagant lifestyle of bosses at the Midgham based firm.
Also this week, plans to make improvements to Warren Road have been approved despite concerns that the application is being used as a “back door route” into Sandleford.
The decision has been met with scepticism from Newbury Town Council and some local residents due to the fact that the applicant, Mark Norgate, is also one of the landowners of Sandleford Park.
In other news, the village of Beedon is rallying to try and save one of its pubs, the Langley Hall Inn.
Plans have been submitted to convert the 200-year-old Grade II listed building into a domestic dwelling with alterations and an extension.
Concerned residents say that the permanent closure of the Langley Hall Inn, which ceased trading in January 2014 following years of decline, would be a “tragic loss”.
Meanwhile, it was the end of an era on Sunday as Hermitage café The Coffee House, located on the grounds of Hillier’s Garden Centre, closed for the final time.
Owners Beryl and Richard marked the occasion with an event with free food and drink for all their loyal customers, and sent a heartfelt thank you to all those who had supported them over the 40 years that they had been open.
As always, there’s also a roundup of the week’s entertainment and sport, and of course this week’s £25 free fuel giveaway.
All this, plus more, in the Newbury Weekly News, on sale every Thursday.



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