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Tributes have paid to Pangbourne murder victim Maya Bracken

Tributes have been paid to a woman found with a fatal stab wound in Pangbourne.

Floral tributes have been laid outside the home of the woman — formally identified by police as Maya Bracken — who was murdered last week.

Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit started investigating two deaths in Pangbourne after its officers were called to a reported road traffic collision on the A340 Tidmarsh Road/ Flower’s Hill junction at around 5.45pm on Thursday, January 4.

Tributes laid outside Maya Bracken's home
Tributes laid outside Maya Bracken's home

Ms Bracken, 56, received medical attention but died at the scene from a fatal stab wound.

And then, at around 6.15pm, TVP and British Transport Police officers responded to a casualty on the railway track near Pangbourne.

Police have confirmed an 18-year-old man died at the scene there.

Friends, family and neighbours have since offered their condolences and left floral tributes outside the home, where Ms Bracken had lived since 2014.

One neighbour of the Bracken family, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Newbury Weekly News: “She was a lovely lady, but I think she probably had an unfortunate life.

Police cordon outside Pangbourne Railway Station last week
Police cordon outside Pangbourne Railway Station last week

“She kept herself to herself. She’d ask for help occasionally with things like getting birds out of her bedroom and dealing with her IT system.

“She locked herself out once. Her dog escaped into my garden.

“I don’t think any of us really knew her, to be honest. But we’re all totally shocked; it’s completely devastating for the community.”

The second victim is yet to be formally identified, but police believe both incidents may be linked.

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