Berkshire

West Berkshire Council leader dies after car crash

Roger Croft Image copyright West Berkshire Council
Image caption Roger Croft and his wife were involved in a car crash while travelling in France

A council leader has died five weeks after he was involved in a car crash in France that killed his wife.

Roger Croft, the leader of West Berkshire District Council, was left seriously injured in hospital following the collision.

His death was announced on Twitter by the Conservative MP for Newbury, Richard Benyon.

He wrote: "So sad that my friend Roger Croft has died. It would be hard to find someone more decent or kind. RIP."

Mr Croft and his wife Grizelda were travelling through France when the collision happened at an unknown location.

The authority said deputy leader, Councillor Graham Jones had taken over the role of leader until further notice.

West Berkshire councillor Emma Webster tweeted: "News of the death of Roger Croft has hit us all. He was an inspiring leader, amazing man & great friend. Now reunited with his beloved Zelda."

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