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Appeal for witnesses following an attempted robbery and robbery in Reading

Alert message sent 28/02/2019 11:52:00

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery and robbery, which are believed to be linked, in Reading.
The first incident took place on Sunday (24/2) at around 10.45pm. The victim, a 17-year-old boy, was walking along Gosbrook Road towards Star Road when he was approached by four offenders close to the junction with St John’s Road.
The offenders, who were all riding bicycles, surrounded the victim and threatened him with a knife.
The victim ran into Gosbrook Road, in front of an oncoming car, before he ran and joined two members of the public who were walking along the road.
The offenders then cycled away along George Street. The victim later saw the offenders again on Send Road before they cycled away along Briants Avenue.
The first offender, who was holding the knife, is described as being a white boy, aged early to mid-teens and was the tallest of the group. He was wearing a navy Northface jacket with a hooded top and the hood up.
The second offender is described as a white boy, aged early to mid-teens with blonde hair which was cut short at the sides and curly on top. He was wearing a grey jumper with black Puma lettering on the front, grey trousers and black Nike gloves.
The third and fourth offenders are described as being white boys, aged mid to late-teens. They were both wearing a hooded top with the hood up.
The victim was not injured and no property was taken during the incident.
The second incident also took place on Sunday (24/2) at around 11.15pm. The victim, a 31-year-old woman, walked from Reading Train Station to Thames Path and then across the footbridge into Christchurch Meadows Park. After a short distance along the footpath, the victim was approached by three offenders.
The offenders threatened the victim with a knife before she was pulled to the floor and hit in the face.
The offenders stole a bag belonging to the victim and ran away from the scene over the footbridge.
The first offender, who was holding the knife, is described as being a white boy, aged around mid-teens and approximately 5ft 5ins with medium build. He was wearing a puffer style jacket with a black hood which was covering his head. He had brown eyes, dark coloured eyebrows and spoke with a local accent.
The second offender is described as a white boy, around mid-teens and approximately 5ft 5 ins tall with medium build. He was wearing a black jacket with the hood up and a scarf covering the bottom half of his face.
The third offender is described as being around 5ft 6ins tall and of medium build. He was wearing a black jacket with the hood up.
The victim sustained a minor cut to the face during the incident but did not require hospital treatment.
It is suspected that the same group of offenders is responsible for both incidents.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Liz Heading from Reading CID, said: “I am appealing for members of the public, who may have seen these incidents to come forward.
“In particular I would like to hear from the driver of the vehicle travelling along Gosbrook Road as they may have information vital to our investigation.
“Thames Valley Police does not tolerate violent crime. All reports are taken very seriously and we will deal those who offend robustly. You may see additional officers patrolling in the area while we investigating these incidents.
Anyone with information should contact the Thames Valley Police non-emergency telephone number, on 101, quoting reference 43190059134. You can also report information about this incident online at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
 
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Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)

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