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Witness appeal after robbery which targeted Banbury schoolboy

Thames Valley Police have launched a witness appeal after a schoolboy was robbed in Banbury.

The incident happened at around 4.30pm on Friday afternoon (21 December), when a 12-year-old boy was walking through Ruscote Park, near to the shops, and was approached by a group of five teenagers.

The boy was walking with his bike, and the group threatened to assault him unless he gave it to them, along with his phone.

After being handed a grey iPhone 5s and a red and silver men's mountain bike, the offenders made off towards the alleyway in the direction of Banbury town centre.

The victim did not sustain any injuries.

All of the offenders are white boys, aged between 16 and 17 years old and of slim build. Three of the offenders are described as being around 6 ft tall while the other two are around 5ft 5ins tall.

They were wearing black or grey Nike tracksuits with their hoods up and faces slightly covered. Some of the offenders had black Nike and Adidas bags.

Investigating officer PC Liam Calvert based at Banbury police station, said: “This was a very distressing incident for this young boy who is now scared to leave the house.

“Anyone with information about this group of boys is asked to contact us to help with our investigation.

“You may have seen the offenders before or after this incident, so if you recognise the description of them or the stolen goods, please get in touch.”

If you have any information about this incident, you can report it via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting the reference 43180389339 or make a report online.

You can also provide information anonymously, by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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