Crowthorne teenager released on bail after man dies following fight in Reading’s town centre

Police reclassify investigation from murder to manslaughter

A TEENAGER from Crowthorne arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on police bail and the investigation has been reclassified as manslaughter.

The 18-year-old is alleged to have been involved in a fight with a 48-year-old man in Friar Street, Reading on Friday, April 12.

Thames Valley Police said that they were called to the area close to Matchbox nightclub around 11.30pm. The ambulance service had also been called out as the 48-year-old had been punched and hit his head as he fell to the floor.

Although he was taken to hospital he died after arrival. His next of kin are being supported by specially trained officers.

The victim is yet to be formally identified at this time and a post mortem is due to take place today.

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 or calling 101, quoiting reference number 1717 (12/4).

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

Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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