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West Berkshire Council leader seriously injured in car crash

Roger Croft's wife dies in collision

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper


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West Berkshire Council leader seriously injured in car crash

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.”

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."

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  • Streetbloke76

    13/02/2017 - 21:09

    If ever proof was needed that you need to get rid of this stupid and inane "How Do You Feel Reading This Story?" reaction emoji vote then here it is.


    • newburytoday

      14/02/2017 - 14:02

      Thank you for your comment, which we obviously take on board. Currently it is automatically generated but we are now looking at a way to remove it from certain stories.


  • Davegre

    13/02/2017 - 20:08

    From all the team here at Village Eye Magazine - our shock and sadness - it's all so much to take in ..but Roger , please be strong and come home and let's all take it from there. Much love to you and your family - Hellen, Jackie, David & Zahra @ VE xxxxx