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Appeal for witnesses after robbery and assault – Reading

News   •   Oct 10, 2018 13:53 BST

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a robbery and an assault in Reading.

At around 11.15pm on Thursday (4/10), the victim, a 17-year-old boy, was approached by a group of approximately seven people as he was walking through Christchurch Meadows.

One of the group asked him for a lighter to which he replied he didn’t have one. The offender then continued engaging in conversation before punching him.

The victim fell to the floor and was kicked by the offender and some others from the group. His mobile phone, bank cards, driving license and keys were taken.

The offender is described as a boy of mixed race, around 5ft 7ins, of slim build and aged in his late teens. He was wearing a grey tracksuit at the time of the incident.

The victim sustained some bruising but did not require hospital treatment.

At around 11.30pm on the same evening, a 48-year-old man was cycling along Patrick Road next to Christchurch Meadows. He was approached by a group of approximately 10 people and pushed from his bicycle.

No property was stolen during the incident.

The victim sustained minor cuts and bruising but did not require hospital treatment.

Investigating officer, Claire Shoesmith, based at Reading police station, said: “These incidents were unprovoked and the victims have been left shaken.

“I am appealing for members of the public, who may have seen these incidents to please come forward to help with our investigation.

“We believe these incidents are linked.

“Anyone with information should contact the Thames Valley Police non-emergency telephone number, on 101, quoting reference 43180303771 for the first incident and 43180303760 for the second incident.

“You can also report information online or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”