IPCC to begin investigation into cyclists deaths

The IPCC will start their investigation into the deaths of two cyclists who died last week in Purley-on-Thames, Berkshire.

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Police watchdog investigates near scene of crash

IPCC officials carried out house-to-house enquiries last night Credit: ITV News Meridian

The police watchdog spent last night investigating near the scene of a crash that killed two cyclists in Purley on Thames. John Morland, who was 30, and 39 year old Kris Jarvis, died last Thursday.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been examining police actions before the incident. A man's charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

IPCC investigators in Purley for house to house enquiries following cyclists deaths

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is appealing for witnesses to assist its investigation one week on from a fatal collision in Purley-on-Thames. Last Thursday night a collision occurred on the A329 in Purley-on-Thames, between a black BMW and two cyclists, who died of their injuries.

The IPCC’s independent investigation is examining how police responded in the short time period of less than two minutes between the sighting of the BMW and the fatal collision. The investigation will consider whether police actions had any effect on the events that followed.

Investigators will be in the Purley Rise and Pangbourne areas this evening, carrying out house-to-house enquiries and appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the events unfold.

I would like to offer my condolences to the families of the two men at this very difficult time. As police officers were in the vicinity and sighted the BMW very shortly before the collision, we will be investigating how the police responded to the sighting and whether their actions had any effect on the events that followed. I would urge anyone who saw anything that may assist with our investigation to come forward.”

– IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori

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IPCC begins investigation into cyclists deaths

The IPCC have begun an independent investigation into the deaths of two cyclists last week in Berkshire.

Thames Valley Police referred the matter after officers in a marked police 4x4 noticed a black BMW which was connected to an earlier reported incident.

A short time later a collision occurred on the A329 between the BMW and two cyclists, who died of their injuries.

The IPCC will examine the circumstances surrounding police actions prior to the collision tomorrow, a week after the crash.

IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori said:

I would like to offer my condolences to the families of the two cyclists at this very difficult time.

Our independent investigation will seek to establish the circumstances leading up to this tragic event.

Clearly we are at a very early stage of the investigation but I hope to be in a position to release further details very soon."

– IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori

Man charged with deaths of cyclists to appear in court

A motorist from Berkshire will appear in court charged with causing the deaths of two cyclists who were struck by a car in Purley-on-Thames on Thursday.

Alexander Farrar Walters, who is 31-years-old, faces two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He will appear at Reading Crown Court later.

The two cyclists who were killed have been named as father-of-two John Morland and Kris Jarvis who was 39-years-old.

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