Review of the Year: DecemberBy Ralph Webb
January 07, 2013
A teaching assistant from Woodley was jailed for having sex with schoolboys.
Emma Webb, pictured below, a 42-year-old married mother-of-two, was sentenced to 32 months in prison at Reading Crown Court after admitting a total of 30 counts of sexual offences.
The offences took place between 2009 and 2012 and involved five boys, all aged between 15 and 17 at the time.
The victims were students at a Wokingham borough school, which cannot be named for legal reasons.
Webb lured the boys with Kentucky Fried Chicken meals and used Facebook to befriend them before striking up a phone relationship in which she sent them explicit photos of herself.
Education bosses picked their top sites for new primary schools to tackle demand for places, but were expecting opposition from neighbours.
Winnersh Farm, Smith’s Walk in Woosehill and East Park Farm in Charvil were named as the locations to help create more than 150 new places by September.
Wokingham Borough Council’s executive approved the Primary Provision Strategy action plan for 2013/14, which included the sites, at an extraordinary meeting.
The Piggott School in Wargrave will run the Charvil primary.
Six school locations were agreed in all, including the development of a one-form entry primary school in the south west of the borough as part of Shinfield SDL (Strategic Development Location), plus the expansion of Shinfield Infant and Shinfield St Mary CE Junior School and Grazeley Parochial Primary School.
Hundreds of bikers dressed in festive outfits spread Christmas joy across the borough on the 27th annual Toy Run.
More than 1,700 motorcyclists rode from Shinfield to Barnardo’s High Close School in Wokingham to deliver sackfuls of presents in the Run organised by Reading Christian Bikers.
Hordes of people lined the streets to cheer the riders on as they arrived at the school in Wiltshire Road, which offers residential care for children with leaning difficulties.
Hundreds of toys, gift vouchers and books were donated, which will be split between High Close School and other charities in the area.
Colette Hamilton, a teacher at the school, said: “Without this event and these people’s help, I wouldn’t be able to do my job because it all goes to the children – every gift and every penny.”
A surpirse visit to 10 Downing Street and an appearance on the BBC’s The One Show marked a ‘surreal’ end to London 2012 for a team of Games Makers.
Stan Hetherington and other Olympic and Paralympic volunteers from Wokingham agreed to appear on the teatime programme.
But they had no idea a day of filming would culminate in a trip to Downing Street, where Prime Minister David Cameron would present them with a Big Society plaque to commemorate the work of all the 70,000 volunteers.
Mr Hetherington said: “The word surreal is one I have used a lot this year with the Jubilee, the Olympics and the Paralympics.
“But when the Prime Minister said ‘Hello, Stan’ it really was a surreal moment.”
Mr Hetherington and Games Makers from Wokingham borough spent the day in front of The One Show cameras, cheering up commuters between Reading and Paddington, serving up snacks and singing rousing songs.
They then went to the East End to make tea for a group of builders before they were asked by the BBC if they could go back to London the next day.