Boys threatened with knife in attempted robbery

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to an attempted robbery in Bletchley.

The incident happened in the Corin Close and Allen Close area of the Lakes Estate, at around 8.30pm on New Year’s Eve.

The victim, a 16-year-old boy, was riding his moped around Corin Close when he was grabbed by a boy who was with a group of seven other boys. This caused him to fall off and the man then stole his keys and ran off.

He started to chase the boy when he noticed another member of the group who was attempting to wheel the bike down the road. He confronted this boy at which point a third offender produced a small silver handled kitchen knife.

The victim’s friend then came around the corner and disturbed the incident, causing the group to run away. As they started to wheel the moped away, two of the offenders returned, made threats with a knife and demanded the moped. The victim and his friend fought back and eventually managed to prevent the offenders from stealing the bike.

The boy who took the key is white, 15-16 years old, around 5ft 6ins, small build, wearing a plain black hooded top and dark tracksuit trousers.

The boy who attempted to take the moped is white, 14-15 years old, around 5ft, with a small build, wearing a white hooded top and light coloured trousers.

The boy who produced the knife in the second confrontation is white, 16-17 years old, 6ft, of medium build, wearing a grey hooded top, navy blue tracksuit bottoms and black trainers. One of the other people within the group is black, 17 years-old, around 5ft 9ins, of medium build, wearing a black hooded top with orange writing on it.

Det Con Sam Reynolds, who is investigating the incident, said: “This was clearly a frightening incident for the victim. Fortunately he did not suffer any injuries and was able to keep hold of his moped.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who was in this area at the time and witnessed this incident.”

Anyone with any information about this incident should contact Det Con Reynolds via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101. If you don’t want to speak to police or give your name, please call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.