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Tributes to victims of Wargrave collision

The A4 Bath Road at Wargrave was closed for several hours after the fatal collision Photo:

Investigations are continuing into a fatal collision in which a police officer and a woman were killed.

The incident involving a motorbike and a car happened on the A4 Bath Road at Wargrave near Reading at about 1.50pm on Tuesday 5th December.

PC James Dixon, the police officer who died, was on duty at the time and riding a motorbike. A 91-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car involved in the collision also died. Her name has not yet been released officially. The next-of-kin of both people have been informed.

The driver of the car was taken to hospital for medical attention. her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

PC James Dixon was based at Loddon Valley police station, and had featured in the television programme 'Road Wars' on Sky One.

PC James Dixon appeared on the television show 'Road Wars' Credit: Raw Cut Television/Sky 1

In their initial statement Thames Valley Police said that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) had been informed of the incident because it involved a serving police officer.

As is standard procedure, due to the fact that the incident resulted in the deaths of a member of the public and an on duty police officer Thames Valley Police has made a mandatory referral to the IPCC who have begun an investigation.

– Thames Valley Police
The investigation continues at the scene in Wargrave

Today the force issued a tribute to the two people killed in the collision.

Thames Valley Police have released a photograph of PC Dixon in happier times as a tribute to him Credit: Thames Valley Police

“My officers, staff and I were devastated to hear the very sad news about our colleague PC James Dixon, aged 39 and the 91-year-old woman who died as a result of a road collision yesterday (5/12).

“James was a hugely respected officer, serving with the force for 18 years in a variety of roles including in Local Policing, Roads Policing and Force Intelligence and Specialist Operations.

“In policing we often talk about the strength and importance of the police family and that is never more so as we share in the pain of loss and offer support to one another at this time of need.

“We have received countless messages of support from other forces and our emergency service partners, demonstrating that our policing and emergency services’ family extends far beyond our own borders.

“I also extend our thanks to our communities and other agencies for the many messages of condolences we have received.

“Our thoughts remain with PC Dixon’s family and friends, as well as those of the 91-year-old woman, at this very difficult time.”

All our force flags will be flying at half-mast for the next week as a mark of respect."

– Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Francis Habgood

The IPCC have confirmed that their investigation has started. They are appealing for witnesses.

“We have been notified by Thames Valley Police of a collision on the A4 near Reading, in which, tragically, a 91 year old woman and a police officer have died.

“My thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and the colleagues of the officer at this very difficult time.

“IPCC investigators are attending the scene as part of an independent investigation to determine the circumstances which lead to the collision.”

If anyone has information regarding the incident they can contact the IPCC on witness@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk or call 0800 096 9070.

– IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori
Gladys Goodwin died in the crash Credit: Thames Valley Police

Mum was a fun loving jolly lady that everybody loved as soon as they met her.

Mum and I used to have regular monthly trips to Christchurch in which we met up with friends and had lots of laughs. She never wanted them to end but I used to tell her that we are coming back in a few weeks' time and that was okay then. We were together nearly all hours of every day.

I will be completely lost without her. She was full of fun and laughter and never had a bad word to say. Mum also leaves behind a son, brother, cousin, two grandchildren, which were my children, and two great grandsons.

She will be now be reunited with her other grandson, Tom, and husband, Joe.

I will remember her as the perfect Mum that everybody would want.

– Sandra Blunden, daughter