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Witness appeal launched following robberies in Stoke Poges and Slough

| August 16, 2015

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A witness appeal has been launched by Thames Valley Police following two robberies on Tuesday 11th August 2015 in Stoke Poges and in Slough.

At around 1.45pm a man wearing a bandana entered the Tubwell Store newsagents in Tubwell Road, Stoke Poges and approached a female member of staff, removed his bandana and spoke to her. He then removed an axe from down the front of his trousers and raised it.

The victim screamed and ran away through an adjoining door and the offender left. The victim was not injured and nothing was stolen during the incident.

The offender is described as Asian, slim, aged in his early to mid twenties. He was wearing blue jeans, a black bandana and was possibly wearing a hat.

At around 11.10pm a man approached the Texaco petrol station in Farnham Road, Slough and shouted to be let in. When he was refused he produced an axe and forced his way in through a door.

The man went behind the counter into the staff area with the axe. He raised it above his head and chased the shop assistant behind the counter.

As the victim tried to escape he mounted the counter to run away. The offender pushed the victim, causing him to fall and sustain a broken wrist.

The offender was wearing a black Fred Perry top with white piping on the shoulders and side with the hood up, dark jeans, a black scarf covering his face and had black gloves.

Det Sgt Jonathan Groenen, from Maidenhead Force CID, said: ‘Detectives are investigating the circumstances of both incidents. While we are keeping an open mind, early indications suggest they may be linked.

If you have any information about either incident which may help police with enquiries or saw anything suspicious in either area, please contact police on 101.

Thames Valley Police are asking anyone with any information on these incidents that could help with their enquiries to please contact the 24 hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

A 26 year old woman from Slough and a 38 year old woman from Slough have been arrested in connection with the Farnham Road offence. They have been bailed until Tuesday 6th October 2015.

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