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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

Police release e-fit after sexual assault in Kidlington

Have you seen this man? Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to after a woman was sexually assaulted in Kidlington.

The incident happened at about 4.50pm on Friday 6th October. The victim, a woman in her twenties, was walking along an alleyway between Oxford Road and Crown Road when she was approached from behind by a man who grabbed her arm. When she turned around, he exposed himself and then left the scene.

“Understandably, this has been a very distressing incident for the victim, and she is being supported by the investigation team at this time.

“We would ask anyone with any information, or anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area at the time, to contact police on 101.

“We are carrying out an investigation into this offence, and would like to hear from anyone who may have any information relevant to the investigation.

“If anyone recognises the man in the E-fit please contact police immediately."

– PC Sharon Harris, Bicester Investigation Hub, Thames Valley Police

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Man charged with murder of 5-month-old baby

Thames Valley Police have charged a 29-year-old man with murder after the death of a baby in hospital on Sunday.

Jack McLaren died in hospital on Sunday 4th June. He was 5 months old. Daniel McLaren, 29, from Fleetwood Close in Newbury was arrested on Tuesday 6th June. He was charged on Wednesday 7th June with Jack's murder.

The charge follows a post mortem examination which was completed on Wednesday, which led to the baby's death being treated as suspicious.

Daniel McLaren was also charged with grievous bodily harm with intent relating to injuries suffered by another child under one years old. He is due to appear before Reading magistrates today.

Meanwhile a 28-year-old woman from Newbury who was arrested on suspicion of causing or allowing the death of a child; and on suspicion of committing Section 18 (grievous bodily harm with intent) on Tuesday the 6th of June in connection with this investigation was released on police bail until the 5th July 2017.

Two men arrested in connection with Banbury GBH

A man has been treated at Horton Hospital after being stabbed during an assault in Banbury.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to the fraca which happened in Prescott Avenue between 6pm and 6.20pm yesterday. A number of men were involved in the incident. While one man with minor injuries was treated and later discharged from the Horton Hospital, another received a minor injury to the head.

Two men, one aged 18 from Banbury and a 19-year-old from Brackley have been arrested on suspicion of Grievous Bodily Harm and remain in police custody.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police by calling 101 quoting reference 43170148321, or by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously.

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