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Fatal collision – Purley on Thames, West Berkshire (update two)

Friday 14 February 2014, 2:49pm

Thames Valley Police is continuing to appeal for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision in Purley on Thames yesterday (13/2).

Shortly before 9pm yesterday (13/2) police officers were responding to an immediate domestic fear for welfare incident at an address in Purley Rise.

Officers became aware of a black BMW convertible connected to the incident. The BMW, which was 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.

A police vehicle, which was in the vicinity of the collision at the time, did not collide with any vehicles.

The driver of the BMW, a 31-year-old man from Purley On Thames, sustained minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. He was released from hospital and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remains in police custody at this time.

A section of the A329 Purley Rise was closed while officers examined the scene. It reopened at around 7am today (14/2).

Thames Valley Police has referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). Due to this, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.

ACC Richard Bennett said: "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."

Anybody with any information about the collision, or who witnessed the vehicle travelling shortly before the collision, should contact police on 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org . No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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