BERKSHIRE Breaking Reading

A 37-year-old man from Reading has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.

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14:49 02/12/2021

Officers from Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit yesterday (1/12) launched a murder investigation after a man’s body was found in an address in Reading.

At just after 8.10pm, officers were called after a body was discovered inside a property in Elgar Road, Reading.

The victim, a man aged in his seventies, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Andy Howard of the Major Crime Unit, said: “Tragically, following a call to an address in Elgar Road, a body has been located and a murder investigation has been launched.

“We are in the very early stages of this investigation, but an arrest has been made in connection with it.

“Formal identification has not taken place, but the victim’s next of kin have been notified and are being offered support by specially trained officers.

“My thoughts are with the man’s family and friends.

“A large scene-watch is in place in Elgar Road, and there will be a visible and increased police presence in the area for some time while this investigation continues.

“Understandably, this incident will cause great concern in the local community, but at this early stage of our investigation, we do not believe there is a wider risk to the public and believe that the victim and offender are known to each other.

“If anybody has any concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to one of our officers

“I am appealing to anybody who has been in the vicinity of Elgar Road on 30 November or 1 December and witnessed or heard any disturbance or saw an altercation to please contact Thames Valley Police on 101, quoting incident reference 1958 of 1 December.

“I would also urge anybody who was driving in the area to please check your dash-cam and get in touch if it has captured anything that may assist in this investigation.

“For 100% anonymity, If you wish to remain anonymous you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”