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Post-mortem examination reveals Reading death was suspicious

Thames Valley Police officers were called to an address in London Road, Reading, on Sunday 27th December at 4.20am by paramedics where a man had died.

The man has been formally identified as Bobir Esanov, 36, a Uzbekistan national who lived there at the time of his death.

The death was initially treated as unexplained but after a post-mortem examination a murder investigation was launched.

Senior Investigating Officer, Det Chief Insp Simon Steel, is today appealing for anyone with information to contact the investigation team.

DCI Steel said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in London Road between Liverpool Road and Manchester Road on Boxing Day evening into the early hours of the next day to contact us."

“The easiest way to contact us is to call 101, but you can also visit your nearest police station; the police station in Reading is situated in Castle Street.

Detectives say if callers would prefer not to speak directly to the police they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.


Police force criticised for way it handled 'interactions' with 'vulnerable' Jayden before her murder

Teenager Jayden Parkinson was murdered by her ex-boyfriend

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has released its report into the way that Thames Valley Police handled the disappearance of Oxfordshire teenager Jayden Parkinson, and the force's earlier interactions with her in the year 2013.

Seventeen-year-old Jayden was murdered by her former boyfriend Ben Blakeley, who is currently serving a life sentence for killing her.

The IPCC report identified a number of errors in Thames Valley Police's handling of its dealing with Jayden. It found that Thames Valley Police had '... failed to record pertinent information and to allocate sufficient resources to progress earlier enquiries regarding Jayden, which had a detrimental impact on the later missing person investigation.'.

“Jayden Parkinson had already been murdered by Ben Blakeley when she was reported missing and therefore the actions the police should have taken could not have prevented her tragic death.

“However, Jayden was clearly vulnerable when she came to police attention a number of times prior to her death. If information about these interactions had been correctly recorded on police systems, Jayden would have been treated as a high priority when she later went missing. Unfortunately it took nearly a week for the force to identify that Jayden was a high risk missing person.”

– IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori

Extra training: Police react to criticism of fatal car chase

Thames Valley Police has reacted to criticism of its role in a fatal car chase in Reading and says it has improved the way it responds to incidents and has given staff further training.

The comments follow an Independent Police Complaints Commission report into the conduct of the force in February 2013 and a pursuit which led to the death of 19-year-old Matthew Seddon.

The crash on the A33 Credit: ITV Meridian

Mr Seddon, of Wensley Road, Reading, died after the red Ford Fiesta he was driving collided with the central reservation of the A33. The force referred the incident to the IPCC the following day.

Following the IPCC’s investigation, misconduct proceedings were brought against five police officers and one member of staff.

Three police officers were found to have no case to answer, a fourth police officer was given management advice for an admitted breach of duties and responsibilities, and a fifth police officer was found to have breached the standards of duties and responsibilities but received no sanction.

A TVP member of staff was given management advice for failing to comply with Thames Valley Police guidelines for the management of pursuits.

The IPCC sent its evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which concluded there was no realistic prospect of conviction regarding driving offences.

Matthew Seddon, who died on the A33 Credit: ITV Meridian

“This has been a long and distressing process for both Matthew Seddon’s family and everyone involved in the case since Mr Seddon’s death.

Our thoughts remain with Matthew Seddon’s family and friends, and everyone impacted by this tragedy at this difficult time.

“As a result of this tragic case Thames Valley Police has reviewed a number of our policies and our training, and has improved the way we respond to incidents. For example, all our control room sergeants and supervisors who are involved in managing police pursuit activity from the control room perspective have been given additional training on how to make and record their decisions and actions.”

– Alan Baldwin, Assistant Chief Constable, Thames Valley Police


Three men convicted of GBH and attempted murder

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, three people have been convicted following an incident in which a man was shot in his chest in Bracknell.

Robert Connor, aged 37, of Victoria Avenue,Camberley, was found guilty at Reading Crown Court by unanimous jury of attempted murder and possession of a firearm.

Michael Crook, aged 64, of Sturdee Close, Frimley, was found guilty by unanimous jury of Section 18 GBH and possession of a firearm.

Scott Kennedy, aged 29, of Sturdee Close, Frimley, was found guilty of Section 20 GBH and possession of a firearm.

They were convicted on Thursday after a trial which lasted two weeks and four days.

At around 6.10pm on 10 May 2015, Robert Connor and Scott Kennedy knocked on the door of a property in Swancote Green while Michael Crook was in a car nearby. When the victim, a 35-year-old man, opened the door Connor shot him in the chest with a firearm.

He sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and was taken to hospital but has since been discharged.

Det Con Greig Williams from Maidenhead Force CID said:

“The jury has convicted all three defendants for their role in this offence. The victim was lucky he was not more seriously injured in this attack and I hope these convictions will allow him to move on from this.”

– Thames Valley Police

The three defendants are due to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on 20 November 2015.

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