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Teenager robbed by two men posing as police officers in Reading

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery in Reading, carried out by two men claiming to be police officers. An 18 year old man was walking in Falmouth Road in Whitley with his friend when they were stopped by two men. They said they were undercover officers and told the victim to open his bag to be searched as there had been a burglary in the area. The victim was then punched and his iPhone and cigarettes were stolen.

The first offender is white, aged 35-40 years old, stocky, with short dark hair and a dark beard and moustache. The second offender is white, 6ft 1ins, slim. He was wearing a waterproof black coat and a cream-coloured Adidas baseball cap. The offenders were in a silver-coloured Ford Focus with tinted windows before they got out to speak to the victim and his friend.

If you have any information please contact PC John Chen via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry line on 101. Or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Police investigate sudden unexplained death of baby

Thames Valley Police has launched an investigation into the sudden unexplained death of a baby in Oxfordshire.

The Force received a report at 2.57am on Monday that an 11-week-old boy had collapsed at a property in Faringdon at 6pm the previous evening. The boy had been taken to the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, by ambulance and was later transferred to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children where he sadly died of his injuries at 10.30pm last night.

A 21-year-old man from Faringdon was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm on Monday and has been released on police bail until 2 February next year. A postmortem examination will be carried out today.

Thames Valley Police is treating the death as suspicious at this stage and an intensive investigation has been launched. However, I would like to stress that this is a very complex case and we are keeping an open mind as to the cause at this moment. The Force’s specially trained Family Liaison Officers are currently with the family, at this extremely distressing time.

– Det Ch Insp, Kevin Brown


Have you seen Lee Doyle? He hasn't returned to prison

Thames Valley Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a man who was recalled to prison.

Lee Doyle, 29, - pictured below - was jailed for a burglary committed in June 2012. The sentence was for 32 months, but he was released from custody on licence on 18 November 2013. He was then recalled to prison on 28 March 2014 for breaching the terms of his licence.

Lee Doyle is white, 6ft tall, and slim with brown hair.

Lee Doyle is known to frequent Oxford. He also ha slinks to Weston-super-Mare and Hayling Island.

“Lee Doyle remains outstanding and is believed to be in the south Oxfordshire area, possibly in the Benson, Wallingford, or Thame area.

“He has been wanted for more than six months and every effort is being made to locate him. We would also like to speak to him in connection with a burglary which took place in Benson Place, Oxford, on 16 March 2014.

“I would once again like to urge members of the public to report any sightings of Doyle to the police.”

– PC Ollie Norridge, Didcot Local Area CID

Anyone with information can contact Thames Valley Police on 101. Or get in touch anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity either online or via telephone on 0800 555 111.

Vehicles seized in police operation

Vehicles seizes in Thames Valley Police operation Credit: Press Association Images

Twenty vehicles were stopped by Thames Valley Police during an Automatic Number Plate Recognition operation.

Of the 20 stopped, a total of four vehicles were seized as the drivers could not prove they were insured to drive the vehicles.

Five fixed penalty notices were also issued during the operation on Monday in Colnbrook and Horton. No arrests were made.

Murder investigation after man killed in M4 collision

Thames Valley Police have launched a murder investigation after the unexplained death of a man on the M4 in Berkshire.

Officers were called to the eastbound carriageway between junctions 10 for Reading and 8/9 for Windsor, after a driver reported hitting someone at around 10 o'clock on Friday night. The man, who was in his forties, was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

Officers are trying to find out the exact circumstances behind the man's death. A post mortem examination is due to take place this afternoon.

"We have been investigating the death of a man in his forties on the M4 on Friday night and working to establish the exact circumstances behind the death.

"It is as a result of this work that we are now treating this death as a murder investigation.

"I therefore ask that if anyone was travelling along this stretch of motorway on Friday night and saw anything which could help our investigation to get in touch immediately. Did you see anything unusual?"

– Det Ch Supt Chris Ward from Thames Valley Police Major Crime

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101, quoting URN 1707 24/10.

Alternately you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at


Police continue appeal for witnesses

Neil Telford was attacked Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is continuing to appeal for witnesses after an assault occasioning Grievous Bodily Harm in Banbury.

An image of the victim's injuries is being released in a renewed appeal for witnesses to come forward.

At around 12.30am on Tuesday 8 August, the victim, a 48-year-old man, was walking along the footpath leading from West Bar Street to People's Park with two female friends.

As they walked along the footpath they noticed a man and a woman walking behind them.

Suddenly, the man behind them jumped on the victim, knocked him to the ground and punched him repeatedly before running off into People's Park.

During the incident, the woman who was with the offender shouted "Michael" at him before running back towards West Bar Street.

As the victim's friends went to help him, a third man ran past them into People's Park shouting 'Mikey".

The victim sustained a number of serious lacerations to his face and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment.

Woman raped near Reading car park

An 18-year-old woman has been raped in Reading during the early hours.

Thames Valley Police were called at 12.40am, near an NCP car park by Icon House in Merchants Place. The victim had earlier left Milk Bar, and was walking towards the car park when she was attacked.

DCI Linda York said: 'At this time we are carrying out a full and thorough investigation into this incident, which includes reviewing CCTV in and around the area where the offence was reported to occur, to gather as much forensic evidence as possible.'

Anyone with information is asked to contact Thames Valley Police via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101. If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

Controlled explosion of World War II mortar

Controlled explosion of World War II mortar shell at the River Thames in Windsor Credit: Thames Valley Police

A World War II mortar shell has been detonated in a controlled explosion in Windsor.

The mortar was discovered in the River Thames and was disposed of yesterday near the Victoria Bridge by King Edward the Seventh Avenue by the Royal Navy Bomb disposal team and members of Thames Valley Police Specialist Search and Recovery Team.

Roads and part of the River Thames were cordoned off and closed temporarily during the operation yesterday lunchtime

PC Rupert Jones of Thames Valley Police said: 'This was a successful operation and we are very pleased with the outcome which caused minimal disruption to the public.'

Police handling of woman's death referred to IPCC

The way Thames Valley Police handled the death of a woman in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

A 44-year-old woman died at a house in Aylesbury in the early hours of Saturday morning. Her death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. No more details have been released regarding her death.

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