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Officers cleared of gross misconduct following death

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Aston McLean Williams

Two Thames Valley Police officers have been cleared of gross misconduct following a five-day public misconduct hearing which concluded today.

27-year-old Aston McLean Williams, a father of two, was hit by a marked vehicle on the Wokingham Road in Reading as it responded to a burglary in Eastern Avenue in August 2014. He died at the scene.

An officer, known only as Police Constable ‘N’, was driving the police car near to another officer, known as Police Constable ‘P’ and Aston McLean Williams.

PC 'P' was pursuing Aston on foot while responding to a report of a burglary, and used pepper spray.

The car then collided with PC 'P' and Aston.

The hearing took place at Thames Valley Police's headquarters in Kidlington and was live streamed to Ascot Police Station.

The chairman determined the officers' identities could not be disclosed.

Police Constable ‘N’ was cleared of breaching Regulation 21 of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 in relation to Duties and Responsibilities, and Orders and Instructions.

Police Constable ‘P’ was cleared of breaching Regulation 21 of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 in relation to Use of Force, Duties and Responsibilities and Orders and Instructions.

The family of Aston say they still have unanswered questions.

Watch our full report below.

“After careful consideration of all of the evidence the panel cleared both officers of gross misconduct."

"The incident was subject to an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation."

“Whilst the panel found the case against the officers not proven, we will consider any learning which has resulted to ensure we offer the best possible service to the communities we serve."

“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the deceased man Aston McLean Williams and everyone who has been affected by this tragic event.”

– Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell