Berkshire

Bracknell Magistrates' Court building to close

Bracknell Magistrates' Court
Image caption Bracknell Magistrates' Court has not been used for two years

One of Berkshire's magistrates' courts is to be permanently closed, following a decision by the Lord Chancellor.

No trials have been heard at the court since 2012 as HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) said it is in a "poor state of repair".

Hearings have been transferred to Reading, Slough, Maidenhead and Newbury which have better custody facilities and transport links.

A HMCTS report found closing the building would save £40,000 annually.

The closure of the court would allow the site on Town Square to be included in Bracknell Forest Council's regeneration plans for the town centre, HMCTS said.

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