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Woman sexually assaulted outside a church

An 18-year-old woman has been sexually assaulted outside a church in Reading.

The victim was sheltering between the columns of the front of St Mary's Church in Castle Street when a man approached her and sexually assaulted her just after 9pm on Monday (23/12).

The offender is described as white, about 5ft 10ins, aged in his 30s, and of average build. He was wearing a beanie hat and a puffer jacket.

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Police appeal for witnesses after a sex attack in Wendover

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after an 11-year-old boy was subjected to a sex attack in Wendover. Officers said the youngster was walking in Bacombe Lane, close to a bridleway when a man approached him and assaulted him, before running off.

Neighbourhood patrols are taking place in the area and enquires are ongoing.

The offender is described as a white man aged approximately 40, with stubble on his face. He was wearing a grey and black diamond-patterned hooded top, dark blue jeans and black shoes.

Det Insp Ben Gasson said: “I am appealing for anyone who saw a man matching this description or anyone seen acting suspiciously in this area to contact police.

“The victim was not hurt during the incident but has understandably been left shaken."

Man charged after police officer injured in road collision

Thames Valley Police investigating an incident after an officer was knocked down by a car, have charged a man aged 28 with a number of offences.

PC Gareth Browning was seriously injured in the collision on Lower Early Way West, Reading at 5.30pm on Saturday 30th of November.

Luke Hayward, of Chagford Road, Whitley in Reading has been charged with: Causing grievous bodily harm with intent to evade arrest, dangerous driving resulting in serious injury, and aggravated vehicle taking. He is due before Reading magistrates tomorrow.

A 31-year-old woman arrested on Monday 2nd December in connection with the incident has been bailed until 16 January 2014.

A 34-year-old woman also arrested on Monday in connection with the incident has been released without charge.

Injured police officer: 3 arrests

Three people have been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of a police officer after a road traffic collision in Whitley, Reading on Saturday.

PC Gareth Browning was struck at high speed by a stolen car which he was attempting to stop as it travelled on Lower Early Way West.

One man, aged 28, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. A woman, aged 31, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. A 34-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All three suspects, from Reading, are currently in custody.

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Injured police officer is father of two

It's been confirmed a police officer who was knocked down while trying to stop a stolen car is a father of two.

PC Gareth Browning is in a critical condition in hospital following the incident on Saturday afternoon.

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PC Gareth Browning is in a critical condition after being knocked down Credit: Thames Valley Police

PC Browining was on foot patrol - with a colleague - when he was deliberately driven at by a car in Lower Earley Way West, in Reading.

The black Mazda car was later found abandoned about two miles away in Corinne Close in Whitley.

Thames Valley Police have confirmed PC Browning is married with 2 and a half year old twin boys.

Police officer hurt by stolen car is named

A police officer who is in a critical condition after being hit by a stolen car in Reading has been named as PC Gareth Browning.

He and a fellow officer were attempting to stop the vehicle on Lower Earley Way West, Whitley at around 5.30pm yesterday. The other officer was unharmed.

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Thank you for all the support and kind messages. We will pass each message to the family of PC Gareth Browning our injured colleague #Police

The black Mazda Aerosport, registration number KB07 LBV, failed to stop. The vehicle was later recovered in Corrine Close, Whitley, but officers are still attempting to locate the driver.

The Mazda was stolen during a burglary in Sonning Common on 21 November.

Police officer critically injured by stolen car

The black Aerosport Mazda looked similar to this vehicle Credit: Thames Valley Police

A Thames Valley Police officer is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a stolen car in Reading. He and a fellow officer were attempting to stop the vehicle on Lower Earley Way West, Whitley at around 5.30pm yesterday. The other officer was unharmed.

The black Mazda Aerosport, registration number KB07 LBV, failed to stop. The vehicle was later recovered in Corrine Close, Whitley, but officers are still attempting to locate the driver. The Mazda was stolen during a burglary in Sonning Common on 21 November.

Assistant Chief Constable John Campbell said: 'Our thoughts are with the injured officer and his family at this time. We would urge anyone who may have any information about these incidents or knows the whereabouts of the driver to call the non-emergency number 101 and quote URN 1104 30/11.'

Drink and drug drive campaign launched

Drink drive statistics Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary Joint Roads Policing Unit has today launched its Christmas anti-drink and drug drive campaign. The two forces will be conducting more cross-border operations to reduce the number of alcohol and drug related incidents on the roads.

Party-goers are being warned to think about the consequences before they have a drink and get behind the wheel during the festive period. The crackdown follows last year’s successful campaign, which saw 6,585 drivers breathalysed by Thames Valley Police between 1 December 2012 and 1 January 2013.

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