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Tributes paid to 'fun loving, family man'

Tributes have bee paid to a man that died in a car crash in Reading.

Allan Woodcock's family have described him as a "fun loving, family man". He was killed in the collision on Tilehurst Road last week.

His family also said, "Allan was a keen sportsman and over recent years he has run marathons and competed in the London to Brighton bike ride, as well as other events for charities.

"He was well loved by all of his family and his large group of friends.

"Allan was the kind of person that just the mention of his name would bring a smile to anyone's face that knew him and he will be sadly missed by all, following this tragic accident."

Allan Woodcock, who was 31-years-old, was killed in a car crash on Tilehurst Road Credit: Thames Valley Police


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.

Berkshire firefighter is weight-lifting champ

Tom and his kettlebells Credit: Berkshire Fire & Rescue

Firefighter Tom Mayes traded his hose reels for kettlebells this month to become a British Champion in the weight-lifting sport.

Tom with his wife Tanya Credit: Berkshire Fire & Rescue

The dad-of-one from Tadley went up against 80 athletes from seven different countries to clinch the title of ‘British Champion’ in the Men’s 28kg Long Cycle category.

Woman charged with attempted murder of 13-year-old

Thames Valley Police has charged a 32-year-old woman with attempted murder.

Jane Rogers, from Tilehurst, has been charged with the attempted murder of a 13-year-old boy, following an incident at a property in Tilehurst at just before 6am last Friday.

Following the incident, the boy was taken to hospital but was discharged the same day.

Rogers was also taken to hospital for treatment where she remained until yesterday when she was taken into custody at Reading police station and charged with attempted murder.

She is due to appear before Reading Magistrates’ Court later today.


Man charged after weekend assault

Thames Valley Police has charged a man in connection with a serious assault in Tilehurst in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Craig Leighton, aged 26, from Coombe Road, Reading, has been charged with one count of section 18 wounding with intent.

He will appear before Reading Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The victim, a 52-year-old man from Tilehurst, remains in the John Radcliffe Hospital in a critical condition.

Teen arrest after school "gun" scare

A teenager has been arrested after an imitation firearm was found near a Berkshire school.

Police were called at around 12.30pm after reports that a man had been seen in vehicle in the car park of Little Heath School in Tilehurst holding what was believed to be a firearm.

Police started a large scale operation in response to the incident.

Officers located the vehicle and found what is believed to be an imitation firearm in the glove-box. A 17-year-old boy has been arrested.