Four men charged with van murder

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Mr Amar was found in the back of a van

Four men have been charged with the murder of a man found fatally injured in the back of a van in Berkshire.

Tom Johnston, 24; Ben Johnston, 26; Robert Johnston, 56, and Shaun Matthews, 54, from Cambridgeshire, will appear at Slough Magistrates' Court.

Police discovered Shaleem Amar, 33, of Hancocks Mount, Sunningdale, in the back of a van after it was stopped on the A30 in the town on Wednesday.

Formal identification of his body took place earlier.

Tom, Ben and Robert Johnston are from the village of Pampisford while Shaun Matthews is from Whittlesford.

Mr Amar, a father-of-three, was found in the back of a white van at about 1300 GMT, more than half an hour after it was stopped on the A30 in Sunningdale.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Thursday showed he died of head injuries.

Thames Valley Police referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after it was revealed Mr Amar was not discovered in the van for nearly 40 minutes after it was stopped.

Later, IPCC commissioner for the South East Mike Franklin said he was satisfied "there was no reason why officers should have suspected anybody was injured in the back of the van".

Mr Amar had three children, an eight-year-old boy, and two girls, aged seven and three.

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