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Appeal for witnesses following robbery-Reading

Alert message sent 13/03/2017 08:58:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Reading.

Between 10.30pm and 10.45pm on Saturday 4 March, a woman in her 60s was walking with her daughter along Vastern Road, Caversham, to the tow path by the river.

They walked over the new footbridge to Christchurch Meadows on the other side and along the footpath over the small bridge.

A man has run up behind them and has grabbed the handbag of the woman in her 60s.

The victim has ended up face first on the floor as a result of the robbery.

The offender has then run off to the small bridge, stopped to look through the handbag and then carried on running.

The offender is described as white, very tall and well built. He wore dark clothing, dark woollen beanie hat and heavy boots. He has a bag across his body.

The handbag was grey shoulder bag, with a bright orange double strap, with “Gucci” in brown and red written on the side. Inside the bag was a tartan purse with cash cards and paperwork.

Designated investigator, Carole Sessions of Local CID based at Reading, said: “We are appealing for witnesses to this incident, and would ask anyone with information to come forward.

“If anyone recognises the man by his description then please get in touch.

If you have information we would ask you to call Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting the reference 43170064613.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers (opens new window) anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)

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