THE leader of West Berkshire Council, Roger Croft, has been seriously injured in a car accident which claimed the life of his wife.
A statement from the council tonight read: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm that the leader of the Council, Councillor Roger Croft and his wife have been involved in a serious car accident while travelling in France.
"Roger's wife died in the accident and Roger has been seriously injured and is currently in hospital in a stable condition.
"Our thoughts and condolences are with Roger, his family and friends and they have asked for privacy at this very difficult time."
In the meantime, Councillor Graham Jones as Deputy Leader will be assuming the role of leader until further notice.
People have been paying their condolences to Mr Croft and his family.
The mayor of Thatcham, Ellen Crumly, paid her condolences to Mr Croft, who represents Thatcham south and Crookham at West Berkshire Council and Thatcham Town Council.
She said: “On behalf of Thatcham Town Council we are deeply saddened by the tragic news and our thoughts and prayers are with Roger and his family at the very difficult time.”
From all @WBerksLibDems we send our condolences to Roger and his family and wish him a speedy recovery.— Lee Dillon (@LeeRJdillon) February 14, 2017
Newbury Labour offer our deepest condolences to Roger Croft. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time.— Newbury Labour (@newburyclp) February 13, 2017
UNISON West Berks extends deep sympathies to Roger Croft and his family at this terrible time, and wish him a speedy recovery. https://t.co/tOHMwVizrB— UNISON West Berks (@UNISONWestBerks) February 14, 2017
Thoughts are with Cllr Roger Croft @LeaderWBC, wishing him a speedy recovery but of course also my utmost condolences.— JonnyRoberts~Labour (@JonnyR_Labour) February 13, 2017
My prayers for Roger Croft, his family and friends https://t.co/en9WW2mkND— Christine Allsopp (@venchrisallsopp) February 13, 2017
W Berkshire Greens send their condolences to Cllr Roger Croft and wish him a swift recovery, very sad news https://t.co/ZGKCBYNN2s— Newbury Green Party (@newburygreens) February 14, 2017
Devastating news about Cllr Roger Croft @LeaderWBC tragic accident. Deepest sympathy at Zelda's death and wishing him a speedy recovery— Richard Benyon (@RichardBenyonMP) February 14, 2017
Newbury Town Council issued the following statement: "Newbury Town Council is deeply sorry to hear of the recent tragic accident in France in which Councillor Roger Croft, the Leader of West Berkshire District Council, was seriously injured and his wife, Zelda died.
"We understand that Roger is in a serious, but stable, condition and our thoughts and condolences are with Roger, his family and friends."