Bucks Herald review of 2015: April to June

June: Jeremy Clarkson's final Top Gear was shot in Quainton
June: Jeremy Clarkson's final Top Gear was shot in Quainton

We take a look back at some of the stories and people making the news in Aylesbury Vale during spring and early summer.

APRIL

April: Freda Roberts announced her retirement

April: Freda Roberts announced her retirement

Southcourt councillor Freda Roberts MBE stepped down after more than half a century in local politics.

Police launched a manhunt after a sex attacker struck again at Aqua Vale swimming pool. He was eventually caught and in October sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison.

The family of Paralympic champion Pamela Relph hit out at the ‘toerags’ who defaced a postbox which was painted gold in her honour in Weston Turville.

The Aylesbury Society announced plans to create a mural under the High Street canal bridge, completed in August.

May: All smiles as Conservative David Lidington beats UKIP's Chris Adams

May: All smiles as Conservative David Lidington beats UKIP's Chris Adams

MAY

Conservative David Lidington retained his Aylesbury seat in the general election, mirroring his party’s success nationally. UKIP came second. Speaker John Bercow was returned to Buckingham.

A man was convicted of wounding with intent after attacking a shop worker in the neck and causing him life-changing injuries. David Clarke was found guilty of stabbing Rushatharan Asok, 25, at Bab’s Food and Wine in Buckingham Street, Aylesbury.

Parking firm UKPC apologised after one of its vehicles was caught in a disabled bay outside the spinal injuries centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

A horrified cat owner discovered a beloved pet had been impaled by a bamboo cane when it tried to force its way through the cat flap with the stick still inside it.

JUNE

Buckinghamshire Railway Centre in Quainton featured on the last Top Gear to star Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, which was predicted to be the most-watched episode in the TV show’s history.

Stoke Mandeville Hospital put forward plans for a multi-million pound helipad.

The HS2 committee visited Aylesbury to see first-hand how the scheme will impact on the town and surrounding villages.

Employment land for up to 9,000 jobs together with a link road and sports stadium were unveiled for the east of Aylesbury. The Aylesbury Woodlands development, between the Grand Union Canal and the A41, would also include 1,100 homes – many of which could be self-built by individuals.
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