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Council leader succumbs to injuries in hospital

Roger Croft pronounced dead following car crash

John Garvey


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West Berkshire Council leader seriously injured in car crash

THE leader of West Berkshire Council, Roger Croft, has died, it was announced today (Sunday).

He was 70 years old.

Mr Croft succumbed to injuries sustained in a car crash in France on February 13 which claimed the life of his wife.

Newbury MP Richard Benyon, a fellow Conservative and friend of Mr Croft, said: "This is a tragedy for his family. His children have now lost both parents in tragic circumstances.

"It's doubly sad because Roger had planned to retire as leader of the council in a year or two in order to see more of his family."

He added: "Roger was a joy to work with - he was so very committed; determined and utterly unyielding in his desire to get the best for the people of West Berkshire.

"He managed to lead a large group of people with diverse opinions and different priorities and still remain popular with everyone."

Mr Benyon went on: "Personally, I'm feeling shattered by this sad news."

For the full story and tributes, pick up a copy of next week's Newbury Weekly News.

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  • quadnewbury

    26/03/2017 - 16:04

    Very sad news. my condolences to his and his wife's families


  • PeterNorman


    26/03/2017 - 15:03

    I was very sad to hear this news yesterday and send my condolences to his family for their double loss. I didn't know Roger that well but in the few dealings I had with him he came across as a good tory, exemplified by a comment he made to me when the full extent of the Conservative rout was known at the 2015 election. His concern was that so many Tory Councillors would not be good for democracy, and that they would need to find a way to hold themselves to account without an opposition. He is a loss to our community