Man threatened with steak knife in robbery

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a robbery today.

At around 12.05am, a 19-year-old man was walking along Highveer Croft from the direction of Emerson Valley when he was approached from behind by two men.

One of the men then spoke to the victim, demanding his mobile phone. The victim was stood with his phone pressed to his hear and the offender pulled the phone from the victim’s ear as he was handing it over.

The same man then demanded the victim’s wallet, telling him he had seen him at the cash machine at Emerson Valley a few moments ago. When the victim tried to tell the offender he had not withdrawn any cash, the man threatened to stab him. The victim then saw a red-handled steak knife with a blade around 6ins to 7ins long pointed towards him at waist height.

The victim then handed over his rucksack. Both of the offenders then ran away towards Winfold Lane and back under the underpass into Emerson Valley.

The victim’s phone was a white HTC. The rucksack was grey and Adidas branded with navy stripes. The rucksack contained a pair of black Nike tracksuit bottoms that have an orange section below the rear waistband, a white T-shirt made by Puma, a black Daewoo digital radio, Apple headphones, a key ring with one key on it and £2 in change. The rucksack also contained the victim’s black wallet, which has a picture of an orange cassette on the front. The wallet contained a Halifax bank card, a train ticket and a driving licence.

The first offender is described as white, 18 to 20 years old, around 5ft 9ins and of a stocky build. He had a round, chubby face and a pale complexion, with no facial hair or piercings. His hair could not be seen as it was covered by his hood and a hat. He was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up; underneath the hood he was wearing a base ball cap with a red peak. He also wore black jogging bottoms. He spoke in a very low tone, which he may have been putting on to disguise his voice.

The second offender was also white, 18 to 20 years old, around 5ft 9ins and of a lean build. He was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up and pulled so tightly around his face that his nose was the only feature visible.

The victim was not injured.

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 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