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Charlie Masters joined the Newbury Weekly News in 2019, and covers West Berkshire villages and small rural communities.

How residents have responded to consultation over Debenhams cinema plan

25 June 2022
How residents have responded to consultation over Debenhams cinema plan

How residents have responded to consultation over Debenhams cinema plan

25 June 2022

Plans to build a new cinema at the former Debenhams site in Bury St Edmunds have run into opposition.


Man, 24, took his own life near lake, inquest told

24 June 2022
Man, 24, took his own life near lake, inquest told

Man, 24, took his own life near lake, inquest told

24 June 2022

The death of an installation surveyor has been ruled a suicide at an inquest hearing.


Inquest into death of 27-year-old engineer opens

24 June 2022
Inquest into death of 27-year-old engineer opens

Inquest into death of 27-year-old engineer opens

24 June 2022

An inquest has opened into the death of a 27-year-old who contracted a blood clot days after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.


Police warn residents after vehicle thefts

23 June 2022
Police warn residents after vehicle thefts

Police warn residents after vehicle thefts

23 June 2022

Police are urging the public to keep valuables out of parked vehicles.


Town archives could be moved to new hub

23 June 2022
Town archives could be moved to new hub

Town archives could be moved to new hub

23 June 2022

A branch of Suffolk Archives could be moved to new premises as the county council considers plans for its future.


Shock over sudden closure of popular pub

22 June 2022
Shock over sudden closure of popular pub

Shock over sudden closure of popular pub

22 June 2022

A popular pub has announced it has shut its doors permanently, with residents sharing their shock at the sudden closure.


Businesses named amongst best in region in awards

22 June 2022
Businesses named amongst best in region in awards

Businesses named amongst best in region in awards

22 June 2022

Several Suffolk businesses have been named amongst the best in the region by an awards scheme.


Prison slated for expansion as part of £500m scheme

22 June 2022
Prison slated for expansion as part of £500m scheme

Prison slated for expansion as part of £500m scheme

22 June 2022

Under plans submitted last December, the number of prisoners at HMP Highpoint could rise by more than half.


'We've got cracks in our walls': Councillor on impact of store demolition works

22 June 2022
'We've got cracks in our walls': Councillor on impact of store demolition works

'We've got cracks in our walls': Councillor on impact of store demolition works

22 June 2022

A resident who lives near a former store site has complained of the disruption to his daily life caused by the works there.


Consultation between council and taxi drivers opens

21 June 2022
Consultation between council and taxi drivers opens

Consultation between council and taxi drivers opens

21 June 2022

Following proposals to increase taxi fees and charges, the council has initiated a consultation with drivers in the area.


Young Trader of the Year competition returns

21 June 2022
Young Trader of the Year competition returns

Young Trader of the Year competition returns

21 June 2022

Entrepreneurs from across the district are being invited to compete in the regional heats of the Young Trader of the Year competition.


World’s largest cargo ship arrives in UK port

19 June 2022
World’s largest cargo ship arrives in UK port

World’s largest cargo ship arrives in UK port

19 June 2022

The world’s largest cargo ship has arrived in the UK.


Public thanked for aiding woman during health emergency

18 June 2022
Public thanked for aiding woman during health emergency

Public thanked for aiding woman during health emergency

18 June 2022

Police have taken to social media to thank two members of the public who assisted a pregnant woman during a health emergency.


Suffolk records highest temperature in UK on hottest day of the year

18 June 2022
Suffolk records highest temperature in UK on hottest day of the year

Suffolk records highest temperature in UK on hottest day of the year

18 June 2022

Rain and cold weather is forecast today, after weather experts reported record-breaking temperatures yesterday.


All lanes reopen after A14 breakdown

18 June 2022
All lanes reopen after A14 breakdown

All lanes reopen after A14 breakdown

18 June 2022

The breakdown caused congestion and lengthy delays.


Man sentenced over stalking offences

15 June 2022
Man sentenced over stalking offences

Man sentenced over stalking offences

15 June 2022

A man has been handed a suspended sentence after stalking a former partner.


Jeweller 'honoured' after designing brooch for Queen

14 June 2022
Jeweller 'honoured' after designing brooch for Queen

Jeweller 'honoured' after designing brooch for Queen

14 June 2022

A jeweller and goldsmith was commissioned to design a brooch for the Queen to mark the Platinum Jubilee.


Renowned florist showcases flowers during Jubilee service

14 June 2022
Renowned florist showcases flowers during Jubilee service

Renowned florist showcases flowers during Jubilee service

14 June 2022

Flower displays created by an acclaimed florist were exhibited at the cathedral during a Jubilee service.


Second World War plane to take flight over village fete

14 June 2022
Second World War plane to take flight over village fete

Second World War plane to take flight over village fete

14 June 2022

Visitors to a village fete will be able to enjoy a flypast by a vintage Hurricane fighter.


Men jailed following drugs raid

13 June 2022
Men jailed following drugs raid

Men jailed following drugs raid

13 June 2022

Two men have been jailed after quantities of cocaine and cannabis were seized during a raid on a property.