Man charged with murder - Lower Earley

09/03/2016

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge a man with the murder of a woman in Lower Earley last year.

Philip Williamson, aged 88, of Elm Lane, Lower Earley, was charged today, Wednesday, 09 March 2016, with murder.

The charge is in connection with the death of Josephine Williamson at Elm Lane, Lower Earley, on Saturday, 21 November 2015.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against Philip Williamson.

"Having carefully reviewed all of the available evidence, Thames and Chiltern CPS authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge Philip Williamson with murder.

"The charge is in connection with the death of Josephine Williamson at Elm Lane, Lower Earley, on Saturday, 21 November 2015.

"The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors."

Williamson has been remanded in police custody to appear at Reading Magistrates' Court later today, Wednesday, 09 March 2016.

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