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Officers cleared of gross misconduct following death

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Aston McLean Williams

Two Thames Valley Police officers have been cleared of gross misconduct following a five-day public misconduct hearing which concluded today.

27-year-old Aston McLean Williams, a father of two, was hit by a marked vehicle on the Wokingham Road in Reading as it responded to a burglary in Eastern Avenue in August 2014. He died at the scene.

An officer, known only as Police Constable ‘N’, was driving the police car near to another officer, known as Police Constable ‘P’ and Aston McLean Williams.

PC 'P' was pursuing Aston on foot while responding to a report of a burglary, and used pepper spray.

The car then collided with PC 'P' and Aston.

The hearing took place at Thames Valley Police's headquarters in Kidlington and was live streamed to Ascot Police Station.

The chairman determined the officers' identities could not be disclosed.

Police Constable ‘N’ was cleared of breaching Regulation 21 of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 in relation to Duties and Responsibilities, and Orders and Instructions.

Police Constable ‘P’ was cleared of breaching Regulation 21 of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 in relation to Use of Force, Duties and Responsibilities and Orders and Instructions.

The family of Aston say they still have unanswered questions.

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“After careful consideration of all of the evidence the panel cleared both officers of gross misconduct."

"The incident was subject to an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation."

“Whilst the panel found the case against the officers not proven, we will consider any learning which has resulted to ensure we offer the best possible service to the communities we serve."

“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the deceased man Aston McLean Williams and everyone who has been affected by this tragic event.”

– Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell

Panel retires in misconduct hearing of two officers

August 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

A misconduct panel considering the case of two police officers, who are alleged to have breached professional standards, has retired to consider its decision.

The officers are accused, by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, of using "unnecessary and unreasonable" force prior to the death of Aston Williams in Reading three years ago.

He died after being hit by a police car.

Mel Bloor was at today's hearing in Ascot.

Some of the pictures in Mel's report are from Aug 2014.

Officer questioned at misconduct hearing after death

It all happened "in an instant" - the account given today by a police officer questioned about the death of a man in Reading, who died after being hit by a police car.

27-year-old Aston Williams, a father of two, was hit by a marked vehicle on the Wokingham Road as it responded to a burglary in Eastern Avenue in August 2014. He'd also been pepper-sprayed. He died at the scene.

Two officers are facing misconduct charges over the way they reacted to the incident, and were today challenged at a police gross misconduct hearing.

Cary Johnston reports.

Appeal after dog found with bite marks in Reading

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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found injured in Reading.

A member of the public found the animal on Sunday in the Burghfield area.

He had bite marks all over his face and a bad leg injury which it's believed were caused by badger baiting or some sort of illegal hunting activity.

The dog is now back with his previous owners receiving treatment.

"This poor dog was found in Reading in a horrendous state, with a de-gloved lower jaw - meaning the skin had been ripped from his muzzle. He also had leg wounds and many old scars on his face."

"Veterinary inspection confirmed the dog's awful injuries were consistent with illegal activity, potentially hunting or badger baiting."

"Microchip details traced the dog back to previous owners in South Wales - who were horrified to hear of how the dog had been found, and the fears of the vet. They have brought the poor thing back to Treharris."

"Anyone with information about how this dog was found in the Burghfield area of Reading with horrific injuries on 29 October is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence."

– RSPCA inspector, Sophie Daniels


Weekend of chaos for rail passengers

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There will be disruption through Reading this weekend Credit: ITV Meridian

Tens of thousands of rail passengers across the Thames Valley are facing a weekend of chaos.

Engineering work means many services through Reading will be cancelled.

It's to allow further testing of overhead wires ahead of an extension to commuter services next year.

Limited replacement buses will run, but will be very busy.

Tickets bought for Saturday or Sunday will be accepted all day today and Monday

Passengers are advised not to travel unless they have to.

Major rail disruption on services into Waterloo

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There is major disruption on railway services between Reading and Waterloo and Windsor and Waterloo this morning due to a signalling problem between Putney and Barnes.

Disruption is expected to continue until approximately 11am.

The following services were cancelled earlier this morning:

  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Twickenham and Brentford
  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Brentford and Twickenham
  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Kingston and Twickenham
  • London Waterloo to London Waterloo via Twickenham and Kingston
  • Between London Waterloo and Weybridge
  • Between London Waterloo and Windsor and Eton Riverside
  • Between London Waterloo and Reading

Lines have now reopened, but trains may still be cancelled, delayed or revised.

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South Western Railway advise passengers not to travel between Reading and London Waterloo and Windsor and London Waterloo.

Passengers are able to use their ticket on the following routes:

  • London Underground via any reasonable route
  • Great Western Railway services between Reading and London Paddington
  • TFL buses via any reasonable route
  • Southern services between Clapham Junction and London Victoria

Campaigners bid to save historic black history mural

A march is being held in Reading this evening in protest against the council's plan to sell the Central Club on the open market.

Campaigners fear whoever buys the London Street building will demolish its iconic black history mural - but the council says any bid for the site must include a preservation plan.

A petition, signed by almost four thousand people, will be handed in to the council following the march.

Thames Water campaigning for clean, safe water in Malawi

Safe drinking water is something we take for granted in this country - but across the world, many people are still living without basic sanitation. Take Malawi in Africa as an example. 1.7 million people - 10% of the population - don't have access to clean water. Now the South's biggest water company, Thames Water - based in Reading - is on a mission to change that. Mel Bloor explains.

Credit: Malawi footage courtesy of WaterAid

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