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Tree to be planted in memory of men killed in crash

Kris Jarvis (left) and John Morland were killed in February Credit: ITV Meridian

The families of two men who were killed in a crash in Berkshire want a tree planted in their memory.

Kris Jarvis and John Morland were cycling in Purley Rise when they collided with a car in February.

Alexander Walter was jailed for 10 years last month after pleading guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving as well as driving while uninsured and disqualified, and aggravated vehicle taking.

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Independent Police Complaints Commission renew appeal for witnessess

Site of fatal crash at Purley-on-Thames Credit: ITV Meridian

The IPCC renews its appeal for witnesses to assist its investigation into police actions just over one month on from a collision in Purley-on-Thames, in which two cyclists died. Kris Jarvis and John Morland died following a collision with a black BMW on the A329 Purley Rise on 13 February 2014.

Officers in a marked 4x4 vehicle sighted the BMW in Pangbourne shortly before the fatal collision, and following a referral from Thames Valley Police, the IPCC decided to conduct an independent investigation.

The IPCC has considered initial accounts from police officers, and examined police radio transmissions. IPCC investigators will be taking statements from several witnesses who responded to last month’s appeal, and interviewing the relevant officers from Thames Valley Police.

Investigators are appealing for anyone who is yet to speak with the IPCC, and saw either the police vehicle or black BMW on the A329 between Pangbourne and Purley-on-Thames, in the few minutes leading up to the collision, to contact them on 0800 096 9071, or email pangbourne@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk

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.

Motorist charged with causing the deaths of two cyclists in Purley on Thames

A motorist has been charged with causing the deaths of two cyclists who were struck by a car.

Alexander Farrar Walters, 31, of Purley on Thames, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, Thames Valley police said.

He has also been charged with aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified and with using a vehicle without insurance. He will appear before Reading magistrates on Monday.

He has been charged in connection with a collision on the A329 Purley Rise on Thursday at 9pm in which two cyclist died.

The cyclists have been named locally as father-of-two John Moorland, 30, and Kris Jarvis, 39.

Man arrested following death of two cyclists

An investigation is underway tonight after two men died while Thames Valley police were responding to an emergency call.

Officers were on their way to a house in Berkshire when a black car raced away from the property.

Moments later in Purley-on-Thames two cyclists were hit by a car and killed in Purley Rise.

It's unclear exactly what happened, but it has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The men who died both worked for Reading Council - Cary Johnston has our report.

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