Thames Valley Police Banbury – ‘APPEAL’

Following a recent Facebook post regarding a lady who was attacked whilst running in Salt Way. An appeal has now been released by Thames Valley Police.

If you have any information relating to this case or the individuals involved, please call 101 quoting reference ‘43180155009’. Or call CrimeStoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111. 

‘Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Banbury’

Between 5.45pm and 6pm on Tuesday (22/5), a 39-year-old woman was running in Salt Way.

As she reached Bloxham Road, the victim stopped to catch her breath when she was confronted by two men who asked the victim the time.

The shorter of the two men then pushed the victim backwards and she fell against something which prevented her from falling to the ground.

The man then grabbed the victim by her clothing and tried to snatch her running belt.

The two suspects were talking in a foreign language.

The victim kicked the shorter man between the legs and ran away, after which she realised that her headphones were missing.

The victim suffered a scratch and grazing to her leg, but no other injuries.

The offenders are described as two eastern European men.

The first man was aged in his mid twenties, approximately 5ft 2ins tall, slim with a shaved head.

He was wearing a light grey hooded top and light grey tracksuit bottoms.

The second man was also in his mid twenties, between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 9ins tall, and was wearing a dark grey hooded top, light blue jeans and red trainers.

During her run, at around 5.30pm, the victim encountered an elderly couple, a woman walking a dog and a man jogging.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Sam Bonner, of Force CID at Banbury Police Station, said: “The victim stated that she did not know the intention of the men but, as a result of the offence, she was missing her headphones, which are black in colour.

“It is not known whether these were stolen by the offenders or whether they fell from the victim during the incident.

“It is likely that many people were in Salt Way between 5.30pm and 6pm on Tuesday, and I am appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident, or who recognises the men in the description to contact police on 101.

“I would also appeal to those potential witnesses mentioned to make contact with us, quoting reference number 43180155009.”