A Thatcham man has been jailed at Reading Crown Court after a hit and run incident left victims with minor injuries.

Stephen Banham, 47, of Manor Lane, Oare Hermitage was found guilty for multiple offences between April 2018 and September 2019.

On April 7 2018, the offender drove his vehicle at the two victims and drove off after a verbal altercation on Faraday Road.

Other offences that were also included in the charge, include an altercation in Avon Way, Newbury on January 30 2019. On September 21 Banham also shouted abuse at a woman involved in that altercation before driving off.

Taking into consideration one count each of affray, witness intimidation and dangerous driving and two counts of GBH he was sentenced to four years and four months in prison.

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Investigating officers, Detective Constable Nicholas Wilkinson and PC Nigel Woodall, both based at Newbury police station, said: “These convictions follow a lengthy investigation into a number of offences committed by Banham.

“This shows that Thames Valley Police will not tolerate acts of unprovoked violence in a public place and offenders will be made accountable for their actions. It was pure luck that the two victims who were run over suffered only minor injuries”.

“I hope the sentence invoked by the judge will give the victims the closure that they deserve, and this sentence reflects the seriousness of what has happened”.