Thursday, 11 August 2022

Armed robbery foiled

A MAN threatened a member of staff at a shop with a suspected firearm in an attempted robbery.

The incident happened at Woodcote Way News in Caversham at about 7.30pm on Thursday last week.

Police said the offender demanded money from the staff while holding what appeared to be a firearm.

A spokesman said: “The offender was challenged by a member of staff and left without taking anything. There were no injuries.”

Dc Marius York, of Reading CID, said: “This was a frightening incident for the member of staff but thankfully no one was injured.”

A 26-year-old man from Oxford was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery on Saturday and bailed.

Meanhwhile, a pensioner was threatened with a knife in a carjacking in Sonning Common.

The 78-year-old man was in his car outside the Co-op store in Wood Lane when a man got in and told him to drive.

He drove a few metres before telling the offender to get out of the car. The man responded by pulling out the knife and threatening the victim before getting out and walking off towards Kennylands Road.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened at about 5.30pm on Tuesday last week.

Anyone with information should call 101.

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