08:10PM, Tuesday 05 December 2017
An on-duty police officer and a 91-year-old woman died following a collision on the A4 Bath Road at Hare Hatch this afternoon.
The collision involved a car and a motorcycle which was being ridden by police officer PC James Dixon.
Sadly, PC Dixon, who was based at Loddon Valley police station, and a 91-year-old passenger in the car died following the crash, which took place at about 1.50pm.
Their next of kin have been informed.
The driver of the vehicle, a woman, was also injured in the incident and has been taken to hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
The road remains closed and will remain closed for the rest of the evening.
Emergency services remain at the scene and drivers are being advised to avoid the area.
Thames Valley Police said it will release further details when it is possible to do so.
As is standard procedure, Thames Valley Police has made a mandatory referral to the The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPPC) to investigate, due to the fact the incident resulted in the deaths of a member of the public and an on duty police officer.
UPDATE, Wednesday, December 6, 11.08am:
Thames Valley Police has released the following statement on Twitter:
"We are devastated at the loss of colleague PC James Dixon.
"Thank you to the community, partners and police family for messages of condolence.
"Our thoughts are with PC Dixon’s family, as well as those of the 91-year-old woman who died in the collision, at this very difficult time."
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