Major road blocked after police with shields descend on Reading street

Road closure in Reading after 'police incident'

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A street in Reading was cordoned off as police officers with riot shields responded to an alleged burglary in Reading. The road was shut between the A329 Vastern Road and Caversham Bridge Roundabout. It was first reported closed at about 6.30am today (December 8). Members of the public were asked to avoid the area by the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Traffic data company Inrix said: “A4155 Caversham Road in both directions closed, delays due to police incident between A329 Vastern Road and Richfield Avenue (Caversham Bridge Roundabout).”

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said in a tweet at 8am: “We are currently responding to an incident in Caversham Road, Reading. Please avoid the area.”

Thames Valley Police said in an initial statement: “Thames Valley Police are currently dealing with an incident on Caversham Road involving two men.

“The road is currently closed between Richfield Avenue and the A329 Vastern Road. Please avoid the area and pick an alternative route.”

There was a lot of congestion in Caversham due to the incident, according to Berkshire Live.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said in a statement: “We were called to support Thames Valley Police at an incident on Caversham Road in Reading.

“Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews from Caversham Road and Wokingham Road fire stations were sent to the scene, alongside an Officer. Crews remain at the scene assisting Thames Valley Police.”

Thames Valley Police issued a second statement just after midday today (December 8). It said: “Following the incident in Caversham Road this morning, three men have now been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

“Caversham Road is now open and officers will remain in the area to provide reassurance.

“We are not seeking any further people in relation to this incident.

“We are working with our partners to return the area to normality and thank the public for their patience whilst we dealt with this incident.”

A 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy, both from Reading, and an 18-year-old man of no fixed abode, have all been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.

They all remain in police custody at this time, according to Thames Valley Police.


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