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Baby killer jury hears: ‘I agreed to take the rap ’ A NEWBURY man who killed his four-and-a-half-month-old son by “shaking him to death” told police: “I’ll admit to murder.” Report by JOHN GARVEY email john.garvey@newburynews.co.uk twitter @johng_nwn ‘I’ll admit to murder’ – father told police Daniel McLaren

Craig Revel Horwood officially opens Rosebourne garden centre in Aldermas tononSunday

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Foxtrotting among the foxgloves at Rosebourne

STRICTLY Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood waltzed into West Berkshire to open a new garden centre in Aldermaston on Sunday. Donning a ruby-red glittery jacket, he

chatted with shoppers and fans before signing copies of his latest book. Horwood, who is renowned for being the strictest judge on the hit BBC dance show even showed his kind side by scoring Rosebourne 10 out of 10.

The new Rosebourne Aldermaston showcases quality, fresh, locally-sourced produce in its restaurant and food hall, alongside a wide range of beautiful plants, garden essentials, homewares and gifts.

Van and bikes stolen in five-day crime spree A FORD Transit van, three bicycles and several other valuables were stolen over five days in Newbury last week. Drive, Newbury. Call 101 using reference 43180305176 if you have information. have information, call 101 quoting 43180304694.

Bricklayer Daniel McLaren, aged 30, was speaking after his son Jack succumbed to devastating brain injuries. Reading Crown Court heard this week that a detective said that, after the life support machine was turned off and Jack died, he approached McLaren in the hospital and separated him from his extended family. On being told he was under arrest, the court heard, McLaren said he wanted to kill himself to be with his son. Det Sgt Stephen Merrington added that he later said: “Don’t arrest Krystin [Jack’s mother]. I don’t want her arrested. I’ll admit to murder.” The court heard McLaren also told detectives: “It’s all sorted – we’ve spoken about it and I agreed to take the rap.” Earlier, jurors were told how

McLaren had been left looking after the child at home in Fleetwood Close, Newbury, by his fiancée Krystin Bartholomew, for just an hour when he inflicted the injuries. McLaren admits manslaughter, but denies murder. He also denies causing grievous bodily harm with intent to another child on a separate occasion. During the trial, jurors have heard from Sally Howes QC, prosecuting, how Ms Bartholomew left McLaren at home with Jack on the evening of Friday, June 2 last year, to celebrate her sister's birth- day with a family meal. She said: “Daniel McLaren came home at 3.30pm from work, [she] went straight upstairs and had a bath. Ms Bartholomew was having an evening out to celebrate her sister’s birthday. n Continued on page 5

Between 6pm on October 5 and noon on October 6, offender(s) broke into a silver Toyota Corolla stealing a satnav and sunglasses in Derby Road, Newbury. Anyone with information should call 101 quoting 43180305650. In another incident which occured between 10pm on October 4 and 8.30am on October 5, offender(s) broke into a black Peugeot 207, stealing a camera fromWell Meadow, Newbury. Contact 101 quoting 43180303995 if you have informa- tion. In another incident between 10am and 10.25am on October 5, offender(s) stole a bicycle from Park Way, Newbury. If you

Between 4am and 11.30pm on October 7, offender(s) stole a Carrera Vengeance bicycle by breaking the lock in Race- course Road, Newbury. Call 101 using the reference number 43180306280. Between noon and 1.25pm on October 7, offender(s) stole a purse from a silver Mini Cooper in Cheap Street, Newbury. Again, contact 101 quoting 43180306491 if you have any information. Finally, between 5pm on October 8 and 8.30am on October 9, offender(s) stole a black Carrera bicycle with green and yellow detailing in Kingman Way, Newbury. Call 101 if you know more (Ref 43180308058).

In total, police are appealing for witnesses to eight separate incidents. Between 10pm on October 4 and 7.20am on October 5, offender(s) stole a Ford Transit van containing a Honda lawn- mower from Newport Road, Newbury. If anyone has information about this incident, contact the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 using the refer- ence number 43180303894. In another incident, between 4.30pm on October 5 and 8.20am on October 6, offender(s) broke into a silver Renault Megane, stealing various CDs in Ireland

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