Teens threatened with kitchen knife in attempted robbery

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery on Thursday.

At around 8.50pm, a 16-year-old boy was walking home with his friend through the underpass at the Brinklow Roundabout in Tongwell Street, when he was approached by two boys; who had walked over from a group of five or six other boys.

The boys accused the victim of staring at them and one of them produced an 8in kitchen knife. The first offender then asked his accomplice to search the victim, at which point the victim ran off. The second offender chased him but did not catch him.

The victim’s friend, a 17-year-old girl, asked the offender to leave them alone, at which point the second offender returned and both walked off. The girl was not threatened.

Nothing was stolen in the incident and no-one was injured.

The first offender is described as being black, of Somalian origin, between 17 and 18-years-old, around 6ft 2ins and thin. He had very short hair which was a bit frizzy, a slim face with very dark skin, and a neat, short beard. He was wearing a diamond-style earring stud, a plain black jumper and dark trousers and spoke with a British accent.

The second offender is described as being black of African origin, around 17-years-old, around 6ft, skinny, with a thin long face. He was clean shaven with a long nose and wearing dark trousers and trainers, and a black/grey hooded top with a red stripe over the top of the hood. The hood was worn up with the drawstring pulled tight and had some red and dark grey patterns on the shoulder area.

Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the offence, recognises the description of the offenders, or who saw the offenders in the area around the time of the incident.

Anyone with any information should contact Det Con Samantha Reynolds of Milton Keynes police station 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.