Police officer hurt by stolen car

A police officer is in a critical condition in hospital after he was hit by a stolen car in Reading last night. He and a fellow officer were on foot, trying to stop the vehicle on Lower Earley Way West, Whitley. The other officer was unharmed.

Injured police officer: 3 arrests

Three people have been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of a police officer after a road traffic collision in Whitley, Reading on Saturday.

PC Gareth Browning was struck at high speed by a stolen car which he was attempting to stop as it travelled on Lower Early Way West.

One man, aged 28, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. A woman, aged 31, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. A 34-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All three suspects, from Reading, are currently in custody.

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Injured police officer is father of two

It's been confirmed a police officer who was knocked down while trying to stop a stolen car is a father of two.

PC Gareth Browning is in a critical condition in hospital following the incident on Saturday afternoon.

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PC Gareth Browning is in a critical condition after being knocked down Credit: Thames Valley Police

PC Browining was on foot patrol - with a colleague - when he was deliberately driven at by a car in Lower Earley Way West, in Reading.

The black Mazda car was later found abandoned about two miles away in Corinne Close in Whitley.

Thames Valley Police have confirmed PC Browning is married with 2 and a half year old twin boys.

Police officer hurt by stolen car is named

A police officer who is in a critical condition after being hit by a stolen car in Reading has been named as PC Gareth Browning.

He and a fellow officer were attempting to stop the vehicle on Lower Earley Way West, Whitley at around 5.30pm yesterday. The other officer was unharmed.

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Thank you for all the support and kind messages. We will pass each message to the family of PC Gareth Browning our injured colleague #Police

The black Mazda Aerosport, registration number KB07 LBV, failed to stop. The vehicle was later recovered in Corrine Close, Whitley, but officers are still attempting to locate the driver.

The Mazda was stolen during a burglary in Sonning Common on 21 November.

Police officer critically injured by stolen car

The black Aerosport Mazda looked similar to this vehicle Credit: Thames Valley Police

A Thames Valley Police officer is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a stolen car in Reading. He and a fellow officer were attempting to stop the vehicle on Lower Earley Way West, Whitley at around 5.30pm yesterday. The other officer was unharmed.

The black Mazda Aerosport, registration number KB07 LBV, failed to stop. The vehicle was later recovered in Corrine Close, Whitley, but officers are still attempting to locate the driver. The Mazda was stolen during a burglary in Sonning Common on 21 November.

Assistant Chief Constable John Campbell said: 'Our thoughts are with the injured officer and his family at this time. We would urge anyone who may have any information about these incidents or knows the whereabouts of the driver to call the non-emergency number 101 and quote URN 1104 30/11.'