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Man charged with deaths of cyclists to appear in court

A motorist from Berkshire will appear in court charged with causing the deaths of two cyclists who were struck by a car in Purley-on-Thames on Thursday.

Alexander Farrar Walters, who is 31-years-old, faces two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He will appear at Reading Crown Court later.

The two cyclists who were killed have been named as father-of-two John Morland and Kris Jarvis who was 39-years-old.

Motorist charged with causing the deaths of two cyclists in Purley on Thames

A motorist has been charged with causing the deaths of two cyclists who were struck by a car.

Alexander Farrar Walters, 31, of Purley on Thames, has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, Thames Valley police said.

He has also been charged with aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified and with using a vehicle without insurance. He will appear before Reading magistrates on Monday.

He has been charged in connection with a collision on the A329 Purley Rise on Thursday at 9pm in which two cyclist died.

The cyclists have been named locally as father-of-two John Moorland, 30, and Kris Jarvis, 39.

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Man arrested following death of two cyclists

An investigation is underway tonight after two men died while Thames Valley police were responding to an emergency call.

Officers were on their way to a house in Berkshire when a black car raced away from the property.

Moments later in Purley-on-Thames two cyclists were hit by a car and killed in Purley Rise.

It's unclear exactly what happened, but it has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The men who died both worked for Reading Council - Cary Johnston has our report.

Man arrested following cyclist crash

A man's been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a crash in Berkshire. Police were responding to an immediate domestic fear for welfare incident at an address in Purley Rise last night.

A black BMW travelling on the A329 Purley Rise, subsequently collided with two cyclists, a 30-year-old man from Tilehurst and a 39-year-old man from Reading, who both died at the scene.

The driver of the BMW, a 31-year-old man from Purley On Thames was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remains in police custody at this time. Thames Valley Police has referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

There is a significant amount of work ongoing with regards to the investigation and so it is difficult to give any further details at the moment. Our thoughts and sympathies at this time are with the two families who have been left absolutely devastated by the loss of their loved ones.

– ACC Richard Bennett

Council statement on cyclist deaths

It is with great sadness that news of the tragic death of two Council employees reached us this morning. At this stage the Council has been asked by the police not to release the names of our colleagues until the formal identification process is complete. The thoughts of everyone at Reading Borough Council are obviously with their families at this sad time."

– Oscar Mortali, Head of Media Relations, Reading Borough Council

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Man arrested as two cyclists die after incident

Two cyclists have died after a car collided with them in Purley-on-Thames in Berkshire.

Shortly before 9pm last night, Thames Valley police officers were responding to a fear for welfare incident at an address in Purley Rise.

Officers became aware of a black BMW convertible in relation to the incident.

The BMW, which was travelling on the A329, subsequently collided with two cyclists who both died at the scene.

The driver of the car sustained injuries and was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital by ambulance.

A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

The A329 Purley Rise, between the junctions of Westbury Lane and Sherwood Rise, is currently closed while officers examine the scene.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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Cyclists killed during police incident in flood-hit village

Two cyclists have died after they were hit by a car following a police incident in a flood-hit village in West Berkshire.

Officers were responding to a "fear-for-welfare" incident involving a black BMW convertible at A329 Purley Rise in Purley on Thames, West Berkshire at 9pm yesterday.

urley on Thames is one of the areas worst hit by the flooding in the Thames Valley. Credit: Google Maps

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: "The BMW, which was travelling on the A329 Purley Rise, subsequently collided with two cyclists, who both died at the scene.

"Specialist officers are currently in the process of informing and supporting their next of kin."

The BMW's driver was injured and taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

A man was later arrested in connection with the incident.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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