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Two men have been sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving and serious injury by dangerous driving following a fatal collision in Reading.
Irene Rodriguez-Caballero, aged 36, who was walking in Caversham Road with her 34-year-old partner Jonatan Bosque, sustained life-threatening injuries and subsequently died in hospital on 29 December. Her partner also sustained serious life-changing injuries.
David Puryer, aged 24, of Rotherfield Way, Emmer Green, Reading, was sentenced to four years and eight months' imprisonment at Reading Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to one count of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at the same court on 11 August.
Oliver Enstone, aged 27, of Waller Court, Caversham, received the same sentence as Puryer at the same hearing. He pleaded guilty at the same court on 21 August to the same two offences.
Puryer and Enstone admitted that on 27 December 2014, a silver Vauxhall Astra being driven by Puryer was driving competitively close to a red Seat Leon being driven by Enstone. Puryer lost control of his vehicle which mounted the pavement and collided with two pedestrians.
Speaking following the sentencing, senior investigating officer Sgt Ashley Hannibal, from Thames Valley Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This collision happened just two days after Christmas Day as a result of the irresponsible actions of Puryer and Enstone. These devastating actions resulted in a family losing someone who was deeply loved by them. Her partner, not only has to come to terms with the loss of Irene, but also with the very serious injuries which will have a lasting impact upon his life. I hope the fact that these two men will serve time in prison will go some way to helping the family come to terms with their loss, although I recognise this will never bring Irene back. Thames Valley Police thoroughly investigates collisions, using specially trained officers to establish the circumstances and to support Irene’s family throughout the process, resulting in the offenders being brought to justice.”
There is less than a year to go until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, and Liam MacDevitt from Berkshire is sprinting into the spotlight.
The 20-year-old runner who lives in Reading is already attracting national attention. He hopes to qualify for Team GB next year. Mel Bloor joined him during a training session.
Liam's sports physio, Grant Bullion, was also interviewed.
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Police have launched an investigation after a man was punched in the face while walking in Reading town centre.
It happened just before midnight on Thursday. The victim, a 38-year-old man, left the Hope Tap pub in Friar Street and walked towards West Street.
A man approached him and swore at him, then assaulted him.
The offender then walked past the victim and down Friar Street towards Reading town hall.
He is white, aged in his mid-twenties, 5ft 5 to 5ft 11ins, medium build with short dark hair.
He was wearing a dark blue or black zip-up jacket and dark trousers.
"The incident appears to have been an unprovoked attack and I would like to speak to anyone who saw anything which may assist with police enquiries.”
A statue depicting the bravery of Reading's only winner of Britain's highest award for gallantry - the Victoria Cross - has been unveiled in the town's Forbury Gardens.
Hundreds of people gathered to witness the event and attend a special ceremony to honour Trooper Frederick Owen Potts, affectionately know as Fred Potts, one hundred years after he rescued a colleague, Trooper Arthur Andrews, at Gallipoli during World War One.
The television presenter Chris Tarrant, has spoken about the honour of removing the covering from the artwork. He was involved in the public awareness campaign and fundraising efforts to get the statue made.
The story of Trooper Potts was not widely known, but that has changed. The Trooper Potts VC Memorial Trust was set up in October 2010 to raise money for the statue. The organisation brought more recognition for the Trooper Potts story. A street has been named after him, and now, his legacy will live on with the completion and placing of the statue at Forbury Gardens beside a military roll of honour.
He was one of Reading's bravest sons, and today a statue commemorating Trooper Frederick Potts is being unveiled at the town's Forbury Gardens.
The soldier is the town's only recipient of the Victoria Cross. The statue has come about following years of fundraising and campaigning by the Trooper Potts VC Trust which was set up in 2010 to create an appropriate memorial in his honour.
The Victoria Cross was awarded for Trooper Potts' deeds in Gallipoli 21-23 August 1915 when he rescued his comrade, Trooper Arthur Andrews from certain death over a period of 48 hours.
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Police have releasing an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sexual assault in Reading.
The victim, a girl, was walking a dog in Courage Park in Coley, on Friday afternoon.
She noticed a man staring at her and then a few moments later the man approached her from behind and touched her over her clothing.
The victim was unable to get away from the offender, who continued to touch the girl inappropriately.
The offender then followed the victim into Edenham Crescent where he again touched her.
“We would like to speak to the man in the CCTV image as he may have information which could help police with enquiries.
“If you have any information about this incident or recognise the man in the image please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.”