BREAKING

Reading Murder probe reclassified as manslaughter

Thames Valley Police have now confirm that an incident in Reading that was initially investigated as a murder investigation has now been classified as a manslaughter investigation.

At about 11.30pm on Friday (12/4), police officers were called to Friar Street, near Matchbox nightclub, after a report of an altercation between two men.

Officers attended the scene along with the ambulance service.

A 48-year-old man had been punched, and had then fallen to the floor, hitting his head.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment but sadly died after arriving at hospital. His next of kin are being supported by specially trained officers.

The victim is yet to be formally identified at this time.

A post mortem is due to take place today (14/4).

An 18-year-old man from Crowthorne was arrested on suspicion of murder. He has now been released on police bail until 10 May.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Sally Spencer, of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “This incident was initially investigated as a murder investigation, however having now conducted a number of enquiries this case has now been classified as a manslaughter investigation.

“I understand that this incident will cause concern to local residents, but I want to reassure the community that this was an isolated incident between two people who were known to each other.

“I want to take this opportunity to appeal to any witnesses or anyone with information to please come forward. The town was busy on Friday night so I am sure there are some people who are witnesses but were perhaps unaware of the seriousness of the situation.

“The easiest way to leave information is by visiting our website https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/ or calling 101, quoiting reference number 1717 (12/4).

“Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or make a report online.”