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Appeal for witnesses following GBH assault - Reading

Alert message sent 07/03/2017 09:06:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses or information following a GBH assault in Reading in the early hours of yesterday morning (5/3).

At around 1.50am, a 37 year-old man was walking out of town along the Oxford Road. As he arrived at the junction of Lorne Street, he stopped to roll a cigarette when he felt his wallet being stolen from his back pocket by another man.  

The offender then ran up Lorne Street and the victim chased him. A second man then punched the victim in the mouth, causing him to fall to the floor and lose consciousness.

The victim was found injured on Lorne Street by members of the public. He sustained a severe head injury and was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, where he currently remains.

There is only a description available of the offender who stole the victim's wallet and mobile phone; he is described as a white man, between 5ft 5ins and 5ft 7ins, with short light brown hair. He was wearing a light-coloured jacket, which may have been grey.

Investigating officer, PC Lucie Singh from Reading Force CID, said: “This was a serious assault which has left the victim with significant head injuries.

"We are determined to identify both offenders, and we would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or any suspicious behaviour in the area to please come forward.

“If you have any information about the incident which could assist with the investigation, please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting incident number 43170064770.

“Alternatively, 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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Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)

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