Thursday, 19 October 2017

Unexplained death being investigated

AN investigation has been launched into the death of a man who was found collapsed in his car in Sonning Common

AN investigation has been launched into the death of a man who was found collapsed in his car in Sonning Common.

The death is being treated as ?unexplained? and has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as Thames Valley Police had been in contact with the man days beforehand.

The man, who was in his fifties, died at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading where he was taken by ambulance after being found in his car in Woodlands Road at about 10am on Saturday.

Believed to have been of Portuguese or Mozambican descent, he had been living out of the car for the last two months.

The silver Vauxhall Corsa was full of the man?s belongings and he had been seen sleeping upright in it.

The car was seen in a number of places around the village, including Baskerville Road and in the car park at the village hall in Wood Lane, where the man was seen using the public toilets.

Dirk Jones, a parish councillor, said he had talked to the man about life in South Africa as they both had spent time there.

He said: ?He had lived in the village for a few years and was tagged ?Francisco? but I did not know his full name.

?He was always on his own when I saw him.

?I would see him in the pubs having a glass of wine and some food. He was a perfect gentleman, well spoken and highly educated.

?I had asked him how he was doing but he was a proud man, a real gent who had fallen on hard times. It?s really sad.?

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