BERKSHIRE Crime Reading

witnesses sought following a robbery in Lower Earley

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Lower Earley, Reading.

At around 4.20pm on Wednesday (5/8), the victim, a teenage boy, was riding his bicycle with two friends on Maiden Place when they were approached by a group of between five to 10 teenagers.

The victim and his friends were followed by the group down an alleyway next to the Lower Early Baptist church, where two of the offenders then assaulted the victim and stole his bicycle, a red Trek mountain bike.

The victim was kicked and punched resulting in cuts and bruises, but did not require any hospital treatment.

One of the offenders is described as a white boy around 15-years-old and 5ft 5ins tall. He was wearing a long black waterproof coat, black jeans and a black face covering.

Another offender is described as a white boy, also around 15-years-old, 5ft 5ins tall with short blonde hair with a curtain fringe. He was wearing a black tracksuit and a black t-shirt.

Investigating officer PC Victoria McNicholas, based as Loddon Valley police station said: “I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, saw the group of teenagers in the area at the time, or has any information that might help our investigation to please get in touch.

“You can make a report online or by calling 101 and quoting reference 43200242229.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain 100% anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”