E-fit released after robbery

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Thames Valley Police has released an E-fit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a robbery last month.

At around 4.30pm on 29 February, two boys, aged 16 and 13, were cycling from the Leon Recreation Ground to a shop in the Queensway.

As the boys passed through the alley which is next to Knowles First School, they were stopped by two men who were standing in the alley and one of the victims was pushed from his bike.

One of the offenders then asked for directions to the Lakes Estate. One of the victims pointed in the right direction and was asked to call the other victim closer.

The two offenders then took their bikes and demanded their mobile phones before cycling off in the direction of the Queensway.

The offender who asked for directions is white with deeply tanned skin, aged between 17 and 20-years-old and between 5ft 6ins and 6ft. He is skinny with black hair shaved at the back and unshaven with the beginnings of a moustache. He was wearing a hooded black padded jacket. The inner lining of the hood was red. He was also wearing black cotton tracksuit bottoms and black training shoes.

The second man is described as white with tan skin, aged between 16 and 20-years-old and between 5ft 6ins and 6ft. He is of a skinny but muscular build with facial hair that ran along his jaw line and scruffy hair. He wore a white hooded top with a red lining in the hood and a pattern in black print across the chest.

The two bikes that were stolen were United Beacon BMXs. One had a black frame, white wheels and handlebars, the second had a matt black 20ins frame, a red front wheel and a black rear wheel.

The two mobile phones that were stolen were a black Blackberry Curve and a black Blackberry 8520.

Thames Valley Police would like to speak to anyone who can help identify the man in the E-fit, anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who has been offered the stolen items.

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.