Police are appealing for information following a series of robberies in Reading where a man was forced to take his clothes off at knifepoint. 

The incidents occurred between 11.30 pm yesterday Sunday June 30 and 12.30 am today Monday July 1 around the Queens Road and Reading Bridge area of Caversham.

The first victim, a man in his thirties, was approached by a man along the towpath near Hills Meadow car park and was asked to take off his clothes and hand over his phone and wallet.

The victim refused and was then further threatened with a knife. The victim then handed over their clothes and belongings to the offender, who then chased the victim for a short while before stopping.

Shortly after this incident, another two victims, a man and woman both in their thirties, were robbed by a man of the same description in a similar way on the towpath off Queens Road.

A twenty year old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault in relation to this incident, and remains in police custody.

Detective Sergeant Thomas Wheatman, who is based at Reading police station, said: “The incidents last night are believed to be isolated and we are not currently looking for any other persons. We do however believe there are further unidentified witnesses to the incidents we are keen to speak with.

“If you think you have information which could help us, please call 101, quoting reference number 43240309466.

“You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or make a report online.”