Two released without charge after Irishman’s death in Reading

Two released without charge after Irishman’s death in Reading
Elmhurst Hotel, Reading

Police in Reading are trying to establish precisely what killed a Cavan man at a hotel in Reading last week.

Two men were released without charge after death of Irishman Declan Walsh in Elmhurst Hotel, Church Road, Reading.

Thames Valley police were originally called to a report of a man being assaulted in the Elmhurst Hotel in Church Road at 9.57am on Wednesday, March 30. P

aramedics were also called to the scene, but the patient, named as Declan Walsh, 41, from Ballyconnell, in Cavan died at the scene.

A post mortem examination held last Thursday was inconclusive and toxicology reports requested.

Two men from Reading, aged 28 and 38, were arrested in Reading town centre shortly before 11am on Wednesday, but were later released without charge and police said they were no longer teating it as a murder case.

Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Brown, of Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “As a result of the post mortem and the enquiries to date we are no longer treating this as a murder investigation, unless any new evidence comes to light.

“However, we will continue to conduct a thorough unexplained death investigation on behalf of the coroner, to determine how Declan Walsh died.

“Our sincere condolences and thoughts are with Mr Walsh’s friends and family at this extremely difficult time.

“I would urge anyone who hasn’t already come forward with information about Declan Walsh’s death to contact police immediately.

“The easiest way to do this is by calling 101 or visiting your nearest police station.

“If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”


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