Male demanding money threatens mum and son he has knife


Pregnant woman left shaken after mid-afternoon attempted robbery – a 15-year-old boy has been arrested

An expectant mum and her son were threatened by a male claiming he had a knife during an attempted robbery in Banbury on Monday afternoon.   The victim has been left shaken by the incident.

The woman was walking on Foscote Rise with her young son at around 2.35pm on Monday (May 10).   She noticed a person wearing dark clothing on the other side of the road walking towards Coppice Close.   The person walked past them.

She then became aware of a person behind her.    The person – a male – demanded money and told her he had a knife.

The woman turned round and saw that the person looked the same as the one who had just walked past her. She pulled her son behind her and stepped backwards, away from the male.

The woman screamed for help after the man followed her, continuing with his demands .   The offender ran away along a passageway towards High Acres and Coppice Close.

No one was injured and nothing was stolen during the incident.

Thames Valley Police say that a 15-year-old boy from Banbury has been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery. He has been released on bail. Officers are asking for witnesses to get in contact.

Investigating officer PC Katie Rhodes, based at Banbury police station, said: “I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident or anyone running towards High Acres and Coppice Close on Monday afternoon to get in touch. Equally, if you live or were driving in the area and have any doorbell, CCTV or dash-cam footage then please review this.

“This is an incredibly concerning incident in which the victim, who is also pregnant, showed immense courage and has understandably been left shaken. This incident took place in a residential area near a park on a warm, sunny day so it is likely that a number of people were out and about. I am keen to hear from anyone with any information that could assist with this investigation.

“You can get in touch using our online form or by calling 101 with reference number 43210200229. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via their website or on 0800 555 111.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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