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Witnesses needed as man dies after Reading car crash

Thames Valley police are appealing for witnesses after a man died in a car crash in Tilehurst, Reading.

At 3:30am on Monday, police were called to a report that a white Ford Transit van had collided with a pedestrian.

The 31-year-old Reading man was taken to the Royal Berkshire hospital in Reading.

He was then transferred to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, where he sadly died yesterday.

Investigating officer PC Melanie Todd said, "I am appealing for anyone who saw the collision or anyone who was in the area at that approximate time.

"If you saw what happened or saw the van shortly before the collision, please call the police via our non-emergency number."

That number is 101, quoting URN 13/01/14.

Missing woman may not 'be in the best frame of mind'

Thames Valley Police are appealing for help in trying to find a missing woman from Eynsham.

Jacqueline Gulliford was last seen yesterday morning at around 7:30am when she left her home in the village.

The 54-year-old is described as white, about 5ft 4ins, with curly brown hair and glasses. She is wearing a purple outdoors sports style coat.

She does not have a car or known access to one.

PC Martyn McHale, investigating officer from Witney police station said, "We have some concerns that she might not be in the best frame of mind and so if anyone can help find her, please contact the police."

Anyone who has information is asked to call Thames Valley police on 101, quoting URN 469 of 14/1.

Jacqueline Gulliford Credit: Thames Valley Police


Police call for caution near flood areas after fatality

The incident happened at Osney Lock in Oxford

A man using a mobility scooter has died after falling into the River Thames, at Osney Lock, in Oxford.

The 47 year old was pulled from the water, but was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are warning the public to be extra careful along waterways, during the current wet weather. It happened on saturday 4th January.

The man's next-of-kin have been informed

Police renew appeals for caution on pathways near flooded areas after man's death at Osney Lock

Thames Valley Police have said they are treating the death of a man whose motobility scooter went into Osney Lock at Oxford, as unexplained.

The 47-year-old man from the Oxford area was recovered from the lock and died at the scene.

Officers were called to the lock at 6.30pm on Saturday 4th January.

“This tragic incident highlights the dangers of using pathways which have flooded in areas including Oxford.

“The public should be particularly careful following the recent heavy rainfall, especially along the River Thames, and ensure they do not put themselves at risk by entering flood water. I urge anyone using these areas to take extra caution.

“Our thoughts are with the family of the man who has died.”

– Supt Christian Bunt, LPA Commander for Oxford - Thames Valley Police

Woman's body found after fire in Woodstock

The body of a woman in her seventies has been found after a fire at a house in Woodstock in Oxfordshire. Around twenty firefighters were called to the property on Green Lane at about 1.30am this morning.

Thames Valley Police said the fire is not believed to be suspicious at this stage of their investigation.

The woman's next-of-kin have been informed.


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.

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.

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