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Thames Valley Police appeal for witnesses in Reading attempted murder and GBH investigations

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Four men and a boy have been arrested in connection with an attempted murder investigation and an assault occasioning grievous bodily harm (GBH) investigation in Reading.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the two incidents that occurred in Southcote and Tilehurst on Thursday evening.

These incidents led police to put a section 60 order in place yesterday (Friday), granting officers extra stop and search powers for a 24-hour period.

The incidents occurred on the evening of Thursday, August 4
The incidents occurred on the evening of Thursday, August 4

On Thursday at around 5.45pm in Coronation Square, Southcote, a teenage girl was assaulted by a man.

Later, at 6.10pm, a teenage male was hit by a van on Pierce’s Hill in Tilehurst.

Both victims remain in hospital with the girl having suffered serious injuries and the boy having suffered life-changing ones.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector David Turton said: “I am appealing for anyone who witnessed either of these incidents, or who has any information about what happened, to please come forward.

“Particularly those who may have dash-cam footage from the area at the time, or relevant CCTV footage.

“We believe that the people in these incidents are known to each other and there is no wider risk to the public.

“Anyone with information can contact police by making a report online or calling 101, please quote reference 43220347031.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or online.”

In relation to the incident in Southcote, an 18-year-old man from Reading has been arrested on suspicion of inflicting GBH with intent.

In relation to the incident in Tilehurst, two men, aged 18 and 20, and a 17-year-old boy, all from Reading, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a 38-year-old man from Reading has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All five remain in custody.

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