Boy, 16 robbed at knifepoint

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a 16-year-old boy was robbed at knifepoint on Sunday.

At 6.50pm, the teenager was at the Lichfield Down Skate Park, Walnut Tree with a group of friends. A man who had previously been talking to another group nearby left the park and returned a few minutes later on his own.

He approached the victim, pushed him against a fence and threatened him with a knife, pushing it into the victim’s jaw while asking him what he had on him. The offender handed over his mobile phone and some tobacco.

The offender then cycled off on a green bike with thin racing-style wheels.

The offender is described as black, aged between 16 and 23 years old, 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall, and of a slim to medium build. He was wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood up. The jacket had a square pattern across it and he wore the hood up. He also wore a red bandana which he initially wore around his neck but which he pulled across his face covering his mouth during the robbery.

The victim suffered small cuts across his jaw line but did not attend hospital.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the offence or anyone who saw the offender in the area at the time.

Anyone with any information should contact Det Con Wendy Cissell via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Line on 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.