Man robbed after being threatened with knife

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery yesterday morning.

At about 7.40am, a 23-year-old man was walking to work along Bond Avenue, towards Watling Street. He had passed the Mount Farm roundabout and was opposite Mount House, near the bus stop, when a mixed race man approached him from the footpath which cuts across from the stadium on the V7 Saxon Street to Bond Avenue. The offender first asked the victim for the time, then pulled out a three to four inch, silver bladed, serated knife and demanded money and cash.

The victim handed over his Black E-63 Nokia mobile phone and went to walk away, but the offender lunged towards him with the knife, with sufficient force to cut through the victim’s winter jacket and cause a superficial cut to his arm.

The victim did not require hospital treatment.

The offender is mixed race, possibly of African or Afro-Caribbean descent, in his late twenties, of medium build, 5ft 11ins to 6ft, with black hair with a middle parting combed straight towards the ears, about 3 to 4 ins in length. He was clean shaven with a clear complexion and was wearing a black waist-length waterproof jacket with a zip up the front, mid-blue jeans with designer rips on the front of the thighs, white trainers and black gloves. He did not have an accent.

PC Stephen West, investigating this incident, said: “This was a nasty incident, which could have left the victim with serious injuries if he had not side-stepped the knife. The offender had no reason to use the knife as the victim had handed over property, so I am keen to trace him and arrest him as soon as possible so he can not commit this type of frightening crime again.”

Anyone with any information should contact PC West via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre via the 101 number.