Robbery and assault at Waterloo Meadows

Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery and an attempted robbery near the Katesgrove Children’s Centre at Waterloo Meadows, Elgar Road, Reading on Tuesday 25 September.

Both incidents took place between 6pm and 7.10pm. In the first incident, a man on a bicycle demanded that a bicyclist sitting on a bench near the children’s centre get off the bench. The offender then attempted to wheel the victim’s bicycle away when the latter refused to get up, then punched the victim in the face and threatened him with a knife.

In the second incident, at the Elgar Road junction with the entrance to the children’s centre, a man on a bicycle demanded a ‘toll’ from a dog walker for using the path, and threatened him with a weapon.

Police describe the offender as white with a shaved head, about 5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins tall, wearing a light grey tracksuit, black gilet and a grey or black hooded top. One of the victims said the offender was wearing a knitted skull cap and had a tattoo of two crescent moons touching each other on his right hand.

“I believe that these two offences could be linked and that the same offender might be responsible for both of them,” said investigating office PC Colin Boyes from Reading Police Station. “I would like to speak to anyone who has information relating to either incident, or who has any information which they think could help our investigation.”

If you have details, contact Thames Valley Police on their non-emergency telephone number 101, or, if you don’t want to speak to police, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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