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December 2008

TW8 Property Volumes Hit All-Time Low
Prices fall further and sales down by 60%

Exeter 0 Bees 0
Bees consolidate second position

Bees 2 Cherries 0
Bees move into second after a fairly easy Boxing Day win

Brentford Model in 105ft Death Plunge
Family dismiss reports that Sahar Daftary committed suicide

Gills 1 Bees 1
A draw places Bees third in the table

Track Improvements Closes Train Lines
No service between Waterloo and Barnes for eleven days of Christmas

Michael Fletcher's Relatives Traced
Family touched by learning of Michael's on-line popularity

Raise Funds for Melissa
School teacher needs £150,000 to save her life

Bees 2 Bradford 1
Elder scores in stoppage time as Brentford take points at Griffin Park

Boris Announces No Rise in Tax
Mayor announces the first ever freeze of the GLA precept

'Royal Mail Should Be Part-Privatised'
According to Government Minister who welcomed approach by TNT

Western Extension to be Scrapped
Part of the Congestion Charging Zone is to be removed

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Forum Regular Dies in Road Accident
Michael Fletcher hit by car while cycling on A4

Switch-On Party at the Watermans Arts Centre
Brentford High Street Christmas Lights

Brentford Man Killed in Football Fight
Stephen Ritchie dies from head injuries after playing game

Watermans Passes on VAT Cut
Just in time for their 'Best of 2008' season

Third Runway Decision Postponed Until January
Transport Secretary wants to "take more time before making an announcement"

Hybrid Buses to be put on Local Route
E8 between Ealing and Brentford to get eco-friendly vehicles

Brentford Man Jailed for Benefit Fraud
Derek Lamb claimed £31,000 he wasn't entitled to

Plans For Local Police Stations Put On Ice
Icelandic Bank losses and property slump means refurbishment plans shelved

Thornbury Road to be Closed
Urgent repairs needed to underground gas pipes

Bees Bomb at Harrow
Brentford crash out of FA Cup

Luton 0 Bees 1
Brentford make it three away wins on the bounce

High Tides on the Thames at Brentford
Heightened flood risk in coming weeks

Local Schools Receive Outstanding Praise
From Chief Inspector of Education in Ofsted's annual report

Council Leader In The Hot Seat
As residents took chance to grill him over a range of local issues

A Step In The Right Direction To Beat Air Pollution
New online service helps locals to plan cleaner and greener journeys

Business Leader Accused of 'misleading the public' on Heathrow
Staying "suspiciously silent" on numbers of companies backing alternatives

Schedule of carriageway closures M4 Junctions 1-3
Further overnight maintenance on elevated section required this week

"Heathrow Put Environmental Limits Before New Flights"
BAA ask Government to appoint independent assessor if expansion is approved

BAA offer on Heathrow 'meaningless'
Friends of the Earth dismiss offer to "put environmental limits before new flights"

Parents of Truant Teenagers Face £50 Fines
Figures reveal numbers high numbers in Chiswick and Brentford

Want To Make Your Community A Safer Place?
Youth Service is looking for volunteers for community panel

'Tap Top' Is Tip Top For Tap Water
Award winning carafe aimed at London's discerning drinkers unveiled


Motorbikes to be Allowed in Bus Lanes
Ealing borough to trial scheme for 18 months

Six Figure Sum For Drunk Who Fell Under A Train
High Court rules local man was only 50% accountable for accident

Major Road Works Bring Chaos to Kew Bridge
Road closures due to Transco gas main repairs

'Happy' Couple's 30 Year Marriage Ends in Tragedy
Husband confined to mental institution after battering wife to death

Track Improvements Signal Line Closures
No trains betweens Waterloo and Barnes for eleven days

Fullers Head of the Rivers Fours 2008
Challenging conditions greeted 480 crews from across the UK and Europe

New for the Syon Estate
WESTPLaY launches new play-scheme this month

Who are the Best Plumbers in Brentford?
Give your feedback on plumbing and central heating services in the area

2M Wins Runway Alternation Pledges
As well as scrapping third runway plans from main opposition parties

Tara Proves Too Strong for Opposition
Camogie Junior League Final - Tara 2-6 v 1-2 Croydon

Police Take Blunt Approach To Underage Sales
Crack down on traders selling knives, fireworks or alcohol to young people

Middlesex: What Does it Mean to You?
Rupert Barnes on a county with a long history and vanishing traditions

Serious Assault at Osterley Tube Station
Man stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle

Watermans Gets its Money Back
Arts Councils backtracks on cuts at local arts centre

Brentford 'London's Worst' for Burglary
But local police dismiss survey by financial website

Council Puts Leaders In The Hot Seat
Residents given opportunity to grill Councillors on a range of local issues

Fire in Lateward Road
Three people flee burning house

Comedy and Curry at The Watermans
Penny Flood finds George an all round good egg

Who are the Best Decorators in Brentford?
Give your feedback on painting and decorating services in the area

Green With Envy Over Neighbours' Recycling?
Hounslow announce new waste collection scheme in line with adjoining boroughs

Bollywood, Boats and Ice Skates But No BMX's
Gunnersbury Regeneration Board discuss options for Park's future

The West London Waste Plan
Have your say on the future of West London's waste

2M Group Take Rail Plan to Scottish Parliament
Heathrow campaigners to outline alternative to Third Runway

Love Food But Hate Waste?
Campaign aims to reduce the amount of good grub in our bins

Harley Street Comes To Chiswick
With the opening of Cosmetic Surgery Clinic at The Hogarth


Latest Brentford Property Sales
Market back in the doldrums as Wallis House sales falter

Another Incident at the Holiday Inn
Man attacked after attending social event at hotel

Over A Third of Local Children Live In Poverty
According to research carried out by child welfare organisation

Ex Gunnersbury Pupil Killed on Motorbike
Witnesses sought after collision in Ealing

Tracking The Invasion of Tube Spiders
Colony of alien arachnids set up home in arches of Kew Bridge

Council Lorries Use Cars As Doorstoppers
Resident compensated after vehicles were damaged by recycling trucks

Thieves Risk Lives for Scrap Metal
Emergency generator at West Mid stripped of cabling

Schedule of carriageway closures M4 Junctions 1-3
Further overnight maintenance on elevated section required

The Italian Conversion
Vino Rosso to be replaced with authentic Neapolitan pizzeria

Think Before You Knock This Halloween
Safer Neighbourhoods Teams' code of conduct for trick or treaters

Overcrowding On Local Trains 'No Longer a Problem'
But whether they are 'acceptably loaded' in another issue altogether

TfL Announce 150% Increase in Penalty Fares
New £50 fine introduced to act as a greater deterrent

All Day Flights 'Worse Than Third Runway'
Expansion using existing runways could mean 18 hours of noise

Drug Dealer Found with Canned Cocaine
Brentford man jailed after stash of narcotics discovered in raid

Bus Strike Goes Ahead
First, Metroline and Metrobus bus drivers stage 24 hour walkout

Racist Gang Rampage in Holiday Inn
Three arrests as Sri Lankan party violently attacked

Setting The Record Straight on Gunnersbury Park
Council leader says no decisions without full community involvement

PCSOs Prove Their Worth in Brentford
Two crimes solved by Community Support Officers

Isleworth Teen Arrested for Murder
Fijian man dies from stab wounds on Wood Lane

Infections at West Mid Fall
New disinfectant products proving successful

Heathrow's Anti-expansion Campaign Turns To 'Pod'
Video booths enable residents to send a personal message to Geoff Hoon

Councillors Deny De-selection Reports
Adrian Lee, John Todd and Gerald McGregor all set to stand for re-election

More Trains Less Planes
Conservatives propose high speed rail link in place of third runway

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