Witnesses sought after attempted robbery at petrol station

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Thames Valley Police is investigating an attempted burglary at a petrol station in during which an employee was assaulted.

At about 6pm yesterday, a blue Ford Transit van pulled onto the forecourt of the BP garage in H5 Portway.

One of the occupants of the van walked into a storage room at the back of the forecourt and attempted to remove items.

He was disturbed by an employee and went back onto the forecourt, where he then assaulted the employee by punching and kicking him.

The offender then drove off in the van, registration R794 DPN, with two other men inside.

The man who carried out the assault is described as white, aged between 25 and 26, 5ft 6ins, and skinny. He had short, light brown hair and was wearing a dark blue jacket and overall-style trousers with the name Kehune Nagel written on it along with an anchor logo.

Investigating officer PC Andy Pearce said: “The victim was assaulted while trying to protect the business he works for and although he was uninjured he was left very shaken afterwards.

“I am hoping someone will be able to identify the offender from the description given, or recognise the description of the van.”

Any witnesses can call police on 0845 8 505 505 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.