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Appeal for witnesses following murder – Reading

News   •   Apr 13, 2019 11:54 BST

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following the launch of a murder investigation in Reading.

At about 11.30pm last night, officers were called to Friar Street in Reading, near Matchbox nightclub, after a report of an altercation between two men.

Officers attended the scene along with the ambulance service where a 48-year-old man had been punched, and had then fallen to the floor, hitting his head.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment but sadly died after arriving. His next of kin are being supported by specially trained officers.

An 18-year-old man from Crowthorne has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Sally Spencer, of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “I understand that this news will be a concern to people but I would like to reassure them that a thorough investigation is underway and that we have made an arrest in connection with the incident.

“We believe this was an isolated incident in which the men involved were known to each other.

“I would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time this occurred, and who may have witnessed an assault taking place.

“If you saw this, or have any information which you think could help our investigation, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101, quoting reference number 1717 (12/4).”

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or make a report online.

JA