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Statement: Grovelands Road, Reading

Statement from the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, Matthew Barber, following an incident on Grovelands Road, Reading.

Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, Matthew Barber said: “It is tragic news to hear today that one person has died in the early hours of this morning at a fire in a block of flats off Grovelands Road in Reading. Our thoughts, of course, are with the relatives of this victim.

“A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and murder, and he remains in custody at this time.

“Sadly others have been injured and there are some people who remain unaccounted for. A dedicated number and online portal have now been set up for anyone needing to report anyone as missing or who has any information to report relating to this incident. For UK calls, contact 0800 051 6079. For calls outside the UK, contact 020 7126 7641.

“Anyone affected by this incident who needs support can contact our Victims First on 0300 1234 148 or www.victims-first.org.uk.”