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Murder trial told infant suffered brain damage Father, 29, ‘shook his baby son to death’

Police at the scene of the incident

Teenager hurt in crash on A4 A TEENAGER was taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crash in Thatcham on Monday night. South Central Ambulance and Thames Valley Police were called to the A4’s junc- tion with Coombe Court at around 9.50pm following reports of a collision between a car and a motorbike. The ambulance service confirmed that the 18-year-old rider sustained serious head and leg injuries. After initial treatment at the scene, he was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. The Thames Valley Air Ambulance landed at Thatcham Town Cricket Club, but was not required. Thames Valley Police said that no offences had taken place and no arrests had been made. Slavery arrest A NEWBURY woman has been arrested during a modern slavery operation. The 35-year-old was held on suspicion of human trafficking in Wiltshire Police’s Operation Aidant. The arrest follows officers visiting an address in High Street, Marlborough on Tuesday, September 18. The woman has since been released under investigation. A 27-year-old man was also dealt with by Immigration Enforcement on suspi- cion of entering the UK illegally. The force supported national activity between September 17 and 30 and visited a number of addresses to check on the welfare of employees.

Report by JOHN GARVEY email john.garvey@newburynews.co.uk twitter @johng_nwn

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Blackbird wins Michelin star

A FATHER shook his baby son to death, a jury has heard. Reading Crown Court was told yester- day how four-and-half-month-old Jack McLaren suffered severe brain damage as a result, which led to his life support being switched off days later without him ever regaining consciousness. His father, Daniel, aged 29, had been left looking after the child by his fiancée, Krystin Bartholomew, for just an hour when he inflicted the devastat- ing injuries, the court heard. McLaren, a bricklayer who was living at Fleetwood Close, Newbury, denies murder but admits manslaughter. In addition, he has denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent to another child on a separate occasion, but admitted a lesser charge of plain GBH. Sally Howes QC, prosecuting, said Ms Bartholomew left McLaren at home with Jack on the evening of Friday, June

I’ve been dreaming of most of my adult life. “What means so much is we’ve done it together as a family. “My wife and kids are involved and even my grandfather helps out with the gardening. “It is something that we did not necessarily expect, but it is a goal we’ve been working towards. “I think our personality really comes through in our food. “We’re about cooking good food properly. We do it our way and don’t copy anyone else.” The Woodspeen, under the guidance of chef patron John Campbell, also retained its one Michelin star for the third consecutive year.

WEST Berkshire now has two Michelin star restaurants after The Blackbird at Bagnor joined The Woodspeen on the list of top eateries. Chef and owner Dominic Robinson reopened the family-run pub just a year ago with his wife Marliz and it has since become a huge hit with locals. Mr Robinson, formerly head chef at Tom Aikens in London, has also previously worked as executive chef at Supperclub Dubai, as well as chef/co- owner at Etive Pubs. He told the Newbury Weekly News yesterday (Wednesday): “All of us are absolutely delighted. “Getting a Michelin star is something

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