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Boy, 10, dies after furniture incident at shop in Reading

A 10-year-old boy has died after suffering severe head injuries in an incident involving a piece of furniture in a shop in Reading.

The incident happened at the Topshop in the Oracle Centre this afternoon.

Paramedics and Thames Valley Police were called to the scene shortly after 4pm. It is reported that the child was lying on the floor, and had suffered major head trauma. He was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, but later died from his injuries. An investigation is underway into what happened.

We were called by the South Central Ambulance Service at around 4.15pm this afternoon to a retail store at the Oracle shopping centre, Reading.

On attendance they found that a 10-year-old boy had suffered serious head injuries after an incident involving store furniture.

The boy was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital where sadly he was pronounced dead. His next of kin have been informed.

At this time the death is being treated as unexplained but non-suspicious and police are making further inquiries.

– Thames Valley Police spokesperson

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14-year-old boy missing in Aylesbury

Max James Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police are appealing for the public’s help in order to trace a missing boy.

Max James, aged 14, was last seen in Disraeli Square, Aylesbury on Thursday afternoon.

He is black, about 5ft 7ins with short black afro hair and brown eyes. When he was last seen, he was wearing a black tracksuit with a zip up hooded top, a black puffer jacket, a grey or white t-shirt, and black and navy Nike trainers. He was also wearing a black baseball cap with a white logo on the rim.

Investigating officer Det Insp Dominic Williamson, said: “We are concerned about Max and I am appealing for anyone who has any information about him to get in touch.

“Max, if you are reading this, please call us to let us know that you are safe and well. You are not in any trouble, we just want to make sure that you are OK.”

Man jailed for rape and sex offences against children

Wells has been sentenced to 12 years in prison Credit: Thames Valley Police

A 45-year-old man has been jailed for 12 years for rape and a number of sex offences against children.

Paul Wells from High Street, Beckley was found guilty by a unanimous jury at Oxford Crown Court in October. He was sentenced yesterday.

Wells had been found guilty of eight offences of sexual activity with a child, one count of rape of a female aged 15 and under and two counts of making indecent photographs of a child.

He will be on the Sex Offenders register for life.

The offences took place in Oxfordshire between 2011 and 2013 and involved two girls aged under 16.

Detective Constable Kelly Gilbert of the Child Abuse Investigation Unit said: “I am so pleased with the outcome of this trial. Finally, Wells is where he belongs and the girls in this case can try to move forward with their lives”.

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Fire officers warn drivers of winter weather conditions

M40 closed at crash site Credit: Oxfordshire Fire Service

Drivers are being warned of more difficult driving conditions as winter approaches.

This follows a collision on the M40 in Oxfordshire yesterday involving four cars.

Thames Valley Police closed all lanes of the southbound carriageway while emergency services worked to clear the road and attend to the casualties.

Fire and Rescue Incident Commander, John Callaway, from Banbury said, “This was a high speed collision on a fast road, it is remarkable that nobody lost their life.

This is the second serious multiple vehicle collision that has happened on the M40 in Oxfordshire over the last two days and the seventh road traffic collision that Banbury have attended in under a week.

With the onset of winter and more difficult driving conditions, I urge drivers to allow more time for their journey and adjust their driving accordingly, taking into account weather conditions.”

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