A 16-year-old boy has been arrested following an early-morning robbery in Tilehurst.

Between 1.30am and 2am on Thursday (16) morning, two men and a woman were approached by five men in an alleyway running between Starlings Drive and Curlew Drive.

One of the five men brandished a knife, and used it in a threatening manner towards the victims by banging it against a lamppost.

One of the victims ran away but the remaining two, a 19-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man, were robbed of some tobacco.

The offenders ran off in the direction of the water tower.

Four of the offenders are described as white men, and the fifth was a black man. They were all wearing hoodies covering their faces, except one of the white men who was wearing a bike helmet.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Claire Midwinter, based at Newbury police station, said: “This was a very distressing incident for the victims involved.

“We would like anyone who saw or heard what happened to tell police."

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting reference number 43180250992. Alternatively, if you do not want to speak to police, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A 16-year-old boy from Tilehurst has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and released under investigation.