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Man threatened with a knife on Craven Road

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an altercation in Newbury. 

The incident took place in Craven Road at around 6.15pm on Saturday 14 July. A group of four boys approached the victim, an unknown man, who was sitting on a red and white motorcycle which was parked on the road. One of the offenders threatened the victim with a knife. A second offender tried to remove the motorcyclist’s helmet. Following an altercation, the victim rode away on the motorcycle and the offenders ran away in the direction of the town centre. The victim is not believed to have been injured during the incident. A knife was recovered shortly afterwards in the surrounding area following the incident, along with a quantity of a class C drug. All of the offenders were aged in their late teens. The first is described as being of mixed race, approximately 5ft 10ins tall with short dark hair and had a slim build. He was dressed all in grey and carrying a shoulder bag. The second offender is described as being a white boy, approximately 5ft 8ins tall with brown hair. He was wearing sunglasses and grey shorts but was without a top. The third offender is described as white, approximately 5ft 8ins tall with light brown hair. He was wearing a blue hooded top and was holding a glass bottle. The fourth offender is described as white and approximately 5ft 8ins tall. Two people have been arrested in connection with this incident and have since been released under investigation. A 16-year-old boy from Newbury was arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article and on suspicion of possession of cannabis. An 18-year-old man also from Newbury has been arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and on suspicion of possession of cannabis.

Investigating officer, PC Tara Hamilton based at Reading police station, said: “I am appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and saw or heard anything unusual to come forward. “We are particularly keen to speak to the victim so that we can check on his welfare following this incident.” 

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