Murder investigation underway after man dies following attack outside petrol station

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Detectives have launched a murder inquiry after a 51-year-old man died of his injuries following an incident near Reading.

Police were called to an incident outside the BP petrol station in Chalfont Way, Lower Earley on Wednesday night (31st March).

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment but police have confirmed he has since died.

A 25-year-old man from Wokingham and a 42-year-old man from Reading have been arrested on suspicion of section 18 grievous bodily harm and murder.

Both men are currently in police custody.

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Officers are still in place in the area, and the Chalfont Square shopping precinct remains closed, although the Asda local superstore is open as usual.

Disruption to traffic is likely to continue, with the road leading to The Plaza remaining closed, while police continue their investigations.

The attack has shaken the local community, with some residents saying they "don't feel safe" going out for walks at night:

Detective Sergeant Alex Boyce, based at Loddon Valley police station, said: "I am really keen to hear from anybody who may have been driving in the area and has dash-cam to please check this and contact us if it has captured anything that can assist the investigation.

“This investigation is in its early stages, and our scene-watch will be in place for a considerable period of time while this continues."

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Detectives believe it is an isolated incident and that there is no wider threat to the local community.

Anyone who may have witnessed the assault or has dash cam footage is being asked to call Thames Valley Police on 101 or by making a report online, quoting reference 43210136391.