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Up to 20 people involved in ‘concerning incident’ of ‘disorder’ in Castlefield, High Wycombe

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An incident of affray in Castlefield has resulted in an appeal for witnesses by Thames Valley Police.

On Tuesday 23rd April 2019, at approximately 8.45pm, a 21 year old man was waiting at a kebab van situated on the junction of New Road and Cressex Road when a car pulled up next to him.

Three men got out of the car and approached the 21 year old man after which a verbal altercation started and more men started approaching the group. The situation escalated to involve between 15 and 20 men.

Later that evening, at around 9.45pm, the same group of men approached a house in Booker Lane, High Wycombe. The men were carrying weapons and making threats to those inside the house. Two men used baseball bats to smash windows of a van parked outside the house.

At around 11.40pm, as police officers were dealing with the incident on Booker Lane, the windows of their police car were smashed using stones.

As more police officers arrived at the scene, stones were thrown at the car whilst they were driving, again causing dents to the roof. No one was injured during this incident.

The offenders are described as Asian men and boys.

Chief Inspector Graham Hadley, Deputy Commander for Wycombe police area, said: ‘This is a concerning incident and was understandably frightening for the victims. A thorough investigation is being conducted by my officers and arrests have already been made.

At this time we believe the people involved are known to each other and there is no threat to the wider public.

I am appealing for anyone who witnessed any of this incident or who has any information about those people involved or the motivation behind this incident to come forward. Equally, if you live or work in the area and have any CCTV or dash cam footage, please let us know.

Disorder such as this is not tolerated in Wycombe and I urge anyone who can help us keep these weapons and this unacceptable behaviour off our streets to make contact.

You can get in touch with us at Thames Valley Police online through our website or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43190122123.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via their website or on 0800 555 111.

Police have made the following arrestes in connection with this incident :

  • A 24 year old man, a 30 year old man, a 32 year old man, a 34 year old man and a 24 year old man, all from High Wycombe, have been arrested on suspicion of three counts of criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon and affray.
  • An 18 year old man from High Wycombe has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon, affray and possession of a prohibited automatic weapon.
  • A 13 year old boy from High Wycombe has been arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a prohibited automatic weapon.
  • A 21 year old man from High Wycombe has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of criminal damage, affray, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a prohibited automatic weapon.
  • A 27 year old man from High Wycombe has been arrested on suspicion of three counts of criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon, affray and obstructing an officer in the execution of their duty.

All those arrested have been released on bail to appear at High Wycombe police station on Wednesday 22nd May 2019.

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