AN ATTEMPTED murder probe has been launched as a teenager is in hospital with life-changing injuries after being hit by a van in Tilehurst.

Thames Valley Police have launched an attempted murder investigation after the incident happened in Pierces Hill, about 6.10pm on Thursday, August 4.

Officers are also investigating an attack on a teenage girl in Southcote just hours earlier as part of the same appeal.

The force said at about 5.45pm yesterday (4/8) the victim, a teenage girl, was attacked by a male in Coronation Square, Southcote.

Then, at about 6.10pm the same day, a different victim, a man in his teens, was on Pierce’s Hill in Tilehurst, when they were hit by a van.

The victim of the assault in Coronation Square suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital, where they remain.

The victim of the van collision in Pierces Hill sustained life-changing injuries and also remains in hospital.

Thames Valley Police said two men, aged 18 and 20, and a 17-year-old boy - all from Reading - have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

A 38-year-old man, from Reading, has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

In relation to the Southcote attack, an 18-year-old man from Reading has been arrested on suspicion of inflicting GBH with intent.

All five remain in custody.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector David Turton, based at Reading police station, said: “I am appealing for anyone who witnessed either of these incidents, or who has any information about what happened, to please come forward.

“Particularly those who may have dash-cam footage from the area at the time, or relevant CCTV footage.

“We believe that the people in these incidents are known to each other and there is no wider risk to the public.

“Anyone with information can contact police by making a report online or calling 101, please quote reference 43220347031.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or online.”