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Reading knifepoint taxi driver robbery prompts police appeal for witnesses


Thames Valley Police officers are appealing for witnesses following a knifepoint taxi driver robbery in Reading.


Between 10.30pm and 10.45pm on Thursday 19 November the victim, a man in his thirties, was parked in his taxi in Valentia Road.

According to police sources, a man got into the car and told the victim to drive to Forbury Gardens. Outside Forbury Hotel the man threatened the victim with a knife and demanded money.


The victim handed over a £20 note and managed to get out of the car. The offender ran through the graveyard and onto Friar Street.


The offender is described as a white man, in his early twenties, approximately 5ft 9ins tall and with an athletic build. He had brown hair, slightly longer on top with short back and sides and he spoke with a local accent. He was also wearing a black bomber jacket, black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.

Case Investigator Chelsea Hughes, based at Reading police station, said: “Thankfully the victim in this case was not injured, however it was a terrifying ordeal for him.


“I am appealing for witnesses to this incident, or anyone who may have information, to please come forward.


“I would also ask any motorists who were in the local area around the time that this happened to check dash-cam footage in case it may have captured something that could assist with this investigation.


“Anyone with information is asked to call the non-emergency number 101, or make a report online, quoting reference 43200385332.


“Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.”

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