Banbury robber may have had firearm during park attack

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A robbery which took place in Banbury’s People’s Park on Sunday may have involved a firearm.

Between 12.30am and 12.40am the victim, a 19-year-old man, was walking through the park from the direction of the entrance close to Church House along the path towards the exit of Bath Road.

Halfway through the park the victim was approached by a boy who was holding what he believed may have been a firearm. The offender threatened him and the victim handed over a quantity of cash. The offender then asked for the victim’s phone. The victim pushed the weapon away from him and ran away towards the exit of the park in Bath Road.

At the time another man was standing about ten metres away and watched the incident.

The offender is described as male, approximately 14 to 16 years old and had a local accent. He was wearing a face covering during the robbery. The other male who was watching was of a similar age, of a large build and was not wearing a face covering.

Investigating officer PC Jade Hewitt said: “I am appealing for anyone who saw what happened or who may know who the offender is to contact police.

“The victim thinks the other boy who was standing nearby knows the suspect and I am asking that he comes forward to provide the police with the identity of the offender.

“The victim was uninjured but was left shaken by the incident.”

Those who have any information about the incident, are asked to contact PC Hewitt via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org




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