Tuesday 5 March 2013

Man Robbed and Abandoned in The Warren

I've received the following appeal from Thames Valley Police.  The first crime partially took place in The Warren.  If you witnessed either crime please do use the contact details at the bottom:

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after two linked robberies in Reading last month.

In the first incident a 19-year-old-man was in the Albion Public House on the Oxford Road at around midnight on Friday 22 February and was then driven in a car over the Caversham Bridge towards Caversham and then to the bottom end of the Warren where the victim was robbed of his iPhone 5 and told to get out of the car. The car then drove off along The Warren.

The offenders are two Asian men.  The first is in his twenties or thirties, with short black gelled hair and shaped facial hair and was wearing a light grey tracksuit. The second offender was younger looking, of slim build and wearing a light blue tracksuit.  They were driving a four door silver saloon car possibly a Vauxhall.

In the second incident another 19-year-old-man was forced into a car on Gas Works Road on Sunday 24 February, between 2.30 and 4 am. The victim was approached by two men, forced into a car, driven around and robbed of his mobile phone and a gold ring.

The victim was forced out of the car near Kensington Road and Oxford Road.  Both of the offenders are Asian men in their mid twenties.  The first offender is 5ft 9ins,and chubby with a thick black shaped beard and black short hair.  The second offender is 6ft, slim, with short black hair and facial stubble. He was wearing a pale green to grey thigh length coat.  They were driving a four door black saloon car.

Police are also appealing for any witnesses to come forward, particularly one who called a taxi for the second victim at Kensington Road.

Anyone with any information should contact Designated Investigator Barbara Dudley at Reading 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