Police Officer In a critical condition

Thames Valley Police is currently investigating a serious injury road traffic collision in Whitley, Reading yesterday evening (30/11).

At around 5.30pm a Thames Valley Police officer, who was on foot at the time, was struck by a stolen motor vehicle travelling on Lower Earley Way West, Whitley.

He and a fellow officer were attempting to stop the vehicle. He is currently receiving hospital treatment for his injuries, which are described as critical. The other officer was unharmed.

Following the collision, the vehicle, a black Mazda Aerosport (similar to the pic above) registration number KB07 LBV, failed to stop. While the vehicle was later recovered in Corrine Close, Whitley, officers are still attempting to locate the driver.

Some road closures are in place in Whitley at this time while officers investigate this incident.

The Mazda was stolen during a burglary in Sonning Common on 21 November. Police are very keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the burglary or who saw the vehicle in the Reading/Sonning Common area between 21November and yesterday (30/11).

Assistant Chief Constable John Campbell said: “Our thoughts are with the injured officer and his family at this time.

“We would urge anyone who may have any information about these incidents or who may have witnessed yesterday’s incident, the Sonning Common burglary or who has seen the vehicle or knows the whereabouts of the driver to call the non-emergency number 101 and quote URN 1104 30/11.”

If you don’t 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.