Berkshire

Van driver robbed at knifepoint in Sonning Common

A van driver was robbed at knifepoint in Berkshire after the occupants of a car signalled to him to pull over.

Police said the 36-year-old man was driving on the B481 Peppard Road at Sonning Common when a blue Nissan Micra behind him flashed its lights.

When he pulled over, near the Bird in Hand pub, three men got out of the car and told him he had a puncture.

As the victim got out of the van, two men grabbed his arms, while the other threatened him with a 6in (15cm) knife.

'Very rare'

Thames Valley Police said the men searched the van, taking a mobile phone, a wallet containing cards and cash, a gold ring and a silver chain.

The van was not stolen.

Police said two of the robbers were white, while the other was black - no other descriptions were given.

PC Ian Leese, of Didcot CID, said: "I would also like to reassure residents that this type of crime is very rare in Sonning Common and that officers are carrying out a thorough investigation to catch those responsible."

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