Local police were after another bad guy: blue lights, bold manoeuvres, 100mph-plus speeds. Had she opened the window of her mum’s flat, on the ninth floor of a tower block in Reading, Bryony Morgan might have heard the wail of sirens on the nearby dual carriageway. As it was, on this chilly night in February 2013, she went to run a bath. Bryony’s boyfriend, Matthew, had gone out on a quick errand. He was two years older, 19 to her 17, and she was in love with him – properly lose-your-mind, lose-sleep in love. She wanted them to have kids and had stashed a pregnancy test kit in her bedroom. Police chases? As much as Bryony ever thought about them, it was to wonder, as hazily as any of us – how else would police stop the bad guys? Out on the Reading bypass, the chase was pushing into a fourth minute. It had begun when an officer from the district police force, Thames Valley, pulled up at some traffic lights behind an old red Ford Fiesta. On a hunch, the officer checked the Fiesta’s registration and learned that the car was linked to a Reading man in his 30s… Read full this story
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