Police issue witness appeal after driver threatened with a firearm on Kings Road - Paul Childs Keller Williams

THAMES Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a firearms incident in Reading.

Police say that between 10.30am and 11.30am on Wednesday, October 11, the driver of a vehicle was threatened with a firearm at the traffic lights on the junction of Kings Road and Eldon Road.

After threatening the victim, a man in his twenties, the offender left on a bicycle in the direction of Queens Road.

The offender is described as a black man aged between 17-19, of slim build, with a medium-length afro-style hair and clean-shaven.

He was wearing a black baseball cap, a black hooded top and trousers/joggers and carrying a brown Armani bag. He was also riding an older-style electric bicycle with a silver battery.

Detective Constable Michael Hope, based at Reading police station, said: “I understand this incident may be concerning but we believe there is no wider threat to the public.

“Fortunately, no one was physically injured after this scary incident, which we are investigating as a top priority with our enquiries ongoing.

“Officers, including an armed deployment, attended the scene immediately after it was reported, as well as the National Police Air Service helicopter.

“We are appealing for anyone with information about this incident to please get in touch.

“I’d urge anyone with information about this incident to please call 101 or make a report on our website, quoting reference number 43230457261.

“We would also ask anyone who was driving in the area at the time who has a dash-cam, or any local residents with a CCTV camera or video doorbell, to please check your recordings in case they have captured anything which might help our investigation. You can send footage to us via this dedicated online portal.

“Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via its website.”