Knife-wielding trio make off with £200

Savernake Street play park

Savernake Street play park

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DETECTIVES want the public’s help in tracing a trio of men who robbed a working man of £200 in cash while brandishing knives.

The man had been taking a shortcut home through the play park just off Savernake Road when he was approached by three men with their faces covered.

Two of the men proceeded to threaten him with knives, while the third demanded he hand over anything of value.

He gave up his phone which was contained in a case which also had £200 in cash hidden away within it.

The lead member of the group pocketed the cash before discarding the phone, and the trio made off along Savernake Street at around 5.50pm on Thursday 17 April.

The group are thought to have been loitering in the area for some time before they confronted their victim, and police are appealing for anyone who may have seen them or has any information about this incident to contact them.

DC Sonia Marsh, of the Priority Crime Team at Wiltshire Police, said: “Last Thursday a man in his 20s was walking home from work, taking a route through the Savernake play park.

“He was approached by three males who he had seen sitting on a breeze block wall on Savernake Road.

“One of the males approached him and grabbed him by his top, pushing him against the fence and ripping the victim’s jacket.

“The victim saw two of the males were holding knives pointing at him, and the male who had pushed him demanded, ‘Give me your phone, give me what you have got’.

“The victim handed his phone within its case to the offender, and also within that case was £200 in cash, which the offender removed and then threw the phone to the floor.

“All three offenders then fled from the park, exiting onto Savernake Street.”

Although they had made an effort to conceal their faces, descriptions of the offenders have been provided to police.

The male who did the pushing was white, around 6ft 2ins and of slim build. He was in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a cap with an OBEY logo written on the front and a dark colour windbreaker type jacket which was zipped up over the nose. He was also wearing white trainers and black gloves.

The second male, who had been holding a knife, is thought to have been oriental in appearance. He is between 5ft 6ins to 5ft 7ins, of slim build with dark hair and his hood pulled up. He wore a black thigh-length Barbour coat pulled up over his nose, and wore black shell-suit type tracksuit bottoms.

The third male is white, around 5ft 10ins, of slim build and in his late teens to early 20s. He wore a dark coloured beanie hat, a dark coloured neck gaiter pulled up over his face, with white trainers and black gloves.

Anyone with any information about this incident or the three men involved should contact DC Sonia Marsh on 01793 507912, or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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12:21pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Wiltshirereader says...

Savernake Road or Savernake Street???? I'd like to know where to avoid!
Savernake Road or Savernake Street???? I'd like to know where to avoid! Wiltshirereader
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12:29pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Simon_m34 says...

Wiltshirereader wrote:
Savernake Road or Savernake Street???? I'd like to know where to avoid!
Its one of the roads just off of esscott hill
[quote][p][bold]Wiltshirereader[/bold] wrote: Savernake Road or Savernake Street???? I'd like to know where to avoid![/p][/quote]Its one of the roads just off of esscott hill Simon_m34
  • Score: 4

12:39pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Eastcott says...

Once again the wet-behind-the-ears Adver cub reporter has zero local geographical knowledge, hence we get a road which doesn't exist listed as the scene of the crime.

Also this sounds like the thieves knew the victim and expected him to be holding such a large amount of money when they robbed him. Seems fishy. Who happens to carry round £200 in their pocket?

I suspect it was a drug deal which went wrong.
Once again the wet-behind-the-ears Adver cub reporter has zero local geographical knowledge, hence we get a road which doesn't exist listed as the scene of the crime. Also this sounds like the thieves knew the victim and expected him to be holding such a large amount of money when they robbed him. Seems fishy. Who happens to carry round £200 in their pocket? I suspect it was a drug deal which went wrong. Eastcott
  • Score: -2

1:04pm Tue 22 Apr 14

swindonurock says...

Wiltshirereader wrote:
Savernake Road or Savernake Street???? I'd like to know where to avoid!
It's Savernake Street - not Savernake Road - which, as Simon said, is off Eastcott Hill.
[quote][p][bold]Wiltshirereader[/bold] wrote: Savernake Road or Savernake Street???? I'd like to know where to avoid![/p][/quote]It's Savernake Street - not Savernake Road - which, as Simon said, is off Eastcott Hill. swindonurock
  • Score: 2

1:12pm Tue 22 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

Eastcott wrote:
Once again the wet-behind-the-ears Adver cub reporter has zero local geographical knowledge, hence we get a road which doesn't exist listed as the scene of the crime.

Also this sounds like the thieves knew the victim and expected him to be holding such a large amount of money when they robbed him. Seems fishy. Who happens to carry round £200 in their pocket?

I suspect it was a drug deal which went wrong.
Very good point, yes it sounds as if they knew who it was and do you really think people in Swindon take drugs then? Whatever next, illegal fags and booze?
[quote][p][bold]Eastcott[/bold] wrote: Once again the wet-behind-the-ears Adver cub reporter has zero local geographical knowledge, hence we get a road which doesn't exist listed as the scene of the crime. Also this sounds like the thieves knew the victim and expected him to be holding such a large amount of money when they robbed him. Seems fishy. Who happens to carry round £200 in their pocket? I suspect it was a drug deal which went wrong.[/p][/quote]Very good point, yes it sounds as if they knew who it was and do you really think people in Swindon take drugs then? Whatever next, illegal fags and booze? house on the hill
  • Score: 0

1:16pm Tue 22 Apr 14

MrAngry says...

Eastcott wrote:
Once again the wet-behind-the-ears Adver cub reporter has zero local geographical knowledge, hence we get a road which doesn't exist listed as the scene of the crime.

Also this sounds like the thieves knew the victim and expected him to be holding such a large amount of money when they robbed him. Seems fishy. Who happens to carry round £200 in their pocket?

I suspect it was a drug deal which went wrong.
I often withdraw £200 from the cashpoint. It will last me 10-14 days so I wouldn't have that much on me all the time. Doesn't sound out of the ordinary to me.
[quote][p][bold]Eastcott[/bold] wrote: Once again the wet-behind-the-ears Adver cub reporter has zero local geographical knowledge, hence we get a road which doesn't exist listed as the scene of the crime. Also this sounds like the thieves knew the victim and expected him to be holding such a large amount of money when they robbed him. Seems fishy. Who happens to carry round £200 in their pocket? I suspect it was a drug deal which went wrong.[/p][/quote]I often withdraw £200 from the cashpoint. It will last me 10-14 days so I wouldn't have that much on me all the time. Doesn't sound out of the ordinary to me. MrAngry
  • Score: 6

1:59pm Tue 22 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

MrAngry wrote:
Eastcott wrote:
Once again the wet-behind-the-ears Adver cub reporter has zero local geographical knowledge, hence we get a road which doesn't exist listed as the scene of the crime.

Also this sounds like the thieves knew the victim and expected him to be holding such a large amount of money when they robbed him. Seems fishy. Who happens to carry round £200 in their pocket?

I suspect it was a drug deal which went wrong.
I often withdraw £200 from the cashpoint. It will last me 10-14 days so I wouldn't have that much on me all the time. Doesn't sound out of the ordinary to me.
I guess you must pay for quite a lot in cash then rather than use a card. I very rarely have more than £20 on me at any one time, I don't know anyone who carries that sort of cash apart from my local dealer!
[quote][p][bold]MrAngry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eastcott[/bold] wrote: Once again the wet-behind-the-ears Adver cub reporter has zero local geographical knowledge, hence we get a road which doesn't exist listed as the scene of the crime. Also this sounds like the thieves knew the victim and expected him to be holding such a large amount of money when they robbed him. Seems fishy. Who happens to carry round £200 in their pocket? I suspect it was a drug deal which went wrong.[/p][/quote]I often withdraw £200 from the cashpoint. It will last me 10-14 days so I wouldn't have that much on me all the time. Doesn't sound out of the ordinary to me.[/p][/quote]I guess you must pay for quite a lot in cash then rather than use a card. I very rarely have more than £20 on me at any one time, I don't know anyone who carries that sort of cash apart from my local dealer! house on the hill
  • Score: -2

2:15pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Wiltshirereader says...

"Savernake Road" is quoted in the article twice, "Savernake Street" is quoted in the article once. PLEASE Advertiser, your Reporters SHOULD have a knowledge of local areas, particularly as this is only a stone's throw from the Advertiser Office! Whatever happened to 'attention to detail and getting facts correct' when reporting?
"Savernake Road" is quoted in the article twice, "Savernake Street" is quoted in the article once. PLEASE Advertiser, your Reporters SHOULD have a knowledge of local areas, particularly as this is only a stone's throw from the Advertiser Office! Whatever happened to 'attention to detail and getting facts correct' when reporting? Wiltshirereader
  • Score: 7

2:20pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Davey Gravey says...

house on the hill wrote:
MrAngry wrote:
Eastcott wrote:
Once again the wet-behind-the-ears Adver cub reporter has zero local geographical knowledge, hence we get a road which doesn't exist listed as the scene of the crime.

Also this sounds like the thieves knew the victim and expected him to be holding such a large amount of money when they robbed him. Seems fishy. Who happens to carry round £200 in their pocket?

I suspect it was a drug deal which went wrong.
I often withdraw £200 from the cashpoint. It will last me 10-14 days so I wouldn't have that much on me all the time. Doesn't sound out of the ordinary to me.
I guess you must pay for quite a lot in cash then rather than use a card. I very rarely have more than £20 on me at any one time, I don't know anyone who carries that sort of cash apart from my local dealer!
Yawn. Plenty of people withdraw that sort of money,me included.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrAngry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eastcott[/bold] wrote: Once again the wet-behind-the-ears Adver cub reporter has zero local geographical knowledge, hence we get a road which doesn't exist listed as the scene of the crime. Also this sounds like the thieves knew the victim and expected him to be holding such a large amount of money when they robbed him. Seems fishy. Who happens to carry round £200 in their pocket? I suspect it was a drug deal which went wrong.[/p][/quote]I often withdraw £200 from the cashpoint. It will last me 10-14 days so I wouldn't have that much on me all the time. Doesn't sound out of the ordinary to me.[/p][/quote]I guess you must pay for quite a lot in cash then rather than use a card. I very rarely have more than £20 on me at any one time, I don't know anyone who carries that sort of cash apart from my local dealer![/p][/quote]Yawn. Plenty of people withdraw that sort of money,me included. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 5

5:26pm Tue 22 Apr 14

semitonic says...

The male who did the pushing was white, around 6ft 2ins and of slim build. He was in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a cap with an OBEY logo written on the front and a dark colour windbreaker type jacket which was zipped up over the nose. He was also wearing white trainers and black gloves.


I'm sure I've seen a scrote fitting this description loitering around the town hall recently. I remember thinking the 'OBEY' logo was rather sinister and unusual.

I do hope he gets a good kicking sometime soon if only for wearing such stupid headwear whilst robbing someone, it might knock some sense into him.
[quote]The male who did the pushing was white, around 6ft 2ins and of slim build. He was in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a cap with an OBEY logo written on the front and a dark colour windbreaker type jacket which was zipped up over the nose. He was also wearing white trainers and black gloves.[/quote] I'm sure I've seen a scrote fitting this description loitering around the town hall recently. I remember thinking the 'OBEY' logo was rather sinister and unusual. I do hope he gets a good kicking sometime soon if only for wearing such stupid headwear whilst robbing someone, it might knock some sense into him. semitonic
  • Score: 4

6:54pm Tue 22 Apr 14

umpcah says...

Someone must`ve seen a young man wit OBEY on his cap and thought what a stupid slogan ! Hopefully he will be stupid enough to carry on wearing it !
Someone must`ve seen a young man wit OBEY on his cap and thought what a stupid slogan ! Hopefully he will be stupid enough to carry on wearing it ! umpcah
  • Score: 2

7:24pm Tue 22 Apr 14

vwfudge says...

semitonic wrote:
The male who did the pushing was white, around 6ft 2ins and of slim build. He was in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a cap with an OBEY logo written on the front and a dark colour windbreaker type jacket which was zipped up over the nose. He was also wearing white trainers and black gloves.


I'm sure I've seen a scrote fitting this description loitering around the town hall recently. I remember thinking the 'OBEY' logo was rather sinister and unusual.

I do hope he gets a good kicking sometime soon if only for wearing such stupid headwear whilst robbing someone, it might knock some sense into him.
Sounds like most chavs in Swindon !! innit Bro
[quote][p][bold]semitonic[/bold] wrote: [quote]The male who did the pushing was white, around 6ft 2ins and of slim build. He was in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a cap with an OBEY logo written on the front and a dark colour windbreaker type jacket which was zipped up over the nose. He was also wearing white trainers and black gloves.[/quote] I'm sure I've seen a scrote fitting this description loitering around the town hall recently. I remember thinking the 'OBEY' logo was rather sinister and unusual. I do hope he gets a good kicking sometime soon if only for wearing such stupid headwear whilst robbing someone, it might knock some sense into him.[/p][/quote]Sounds like most chavs in Swindon !! innit Bro vwfudge
  • Score: 2

7:41pm Tue 22 Apr 14

semitonic says...

vwfudge wrote:
semitonic wrote:
The male who did the pushing was white, around 6ft 2ins and of slim build. He was in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a cap with an OBEY logo written on the front and a dark colour windbreaker type jacket which was zipped up over the nose. He was also wearing white trainers and black gloves.


I'm sure I've seen a scrote fitting this description loitering around the town hall recently. I remember thinking the 'OBEY' logo was rather sinister and unusual.

I do hope he gets a good kicking sometime soon if only for wearing such stupid headwear whilst robbing someone, it might knock some sense into him.
Sounds like most chavs in Swindon !! innit Bro
Well not really. I tend to pay attention to detail and this logo plus the height is quite different from the usual scum who frequent the town center. Hoping the term 'thick as thieves' will apply to this berk and he will continue to wear the cap until caught.
[quote][p][bold]vwfudge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]semitonic[/bold] wrote: [quote]The male who did the pushing was white, around 6ft 2ins and of slim build. He was in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a cap with an OBEY logo written on the front and a dark colour windbreaker type jacket which was zipped up over the nose. He was also wearing white trainers and black gloves.[/quote] I'm sure I've seen a scrote fitting this description loitering around the town hall recently. I remember thinking the 'OBEY' logo was rather sinister and unusual. I do hope he gets a good kicking sometime soon if only for wearing such stupid headwear whilst robbing someone, it might knock some sense into him.[/p][/quote]Sounds like most chavs in Swindon !! innit Bro[/p][/quote]Well not really. I tend to pay attention to detail and this logo plus the height is quite different from the usual scum who frequent the town center. Hoping the term 'thick as thieves' will apply to this berk and he will continue to wear the cap until caught. semitonic
  • Score: 1

7:44pm Tue 22 Apr 14

martinswindon says...

Some of the comments on this are disgusting. No wonder the Tories get away with demonising the working class so they can give their rich mates such lovely tax breaks (a category everyone commenting most likely fits into also!).

The writer of this "article" is no better. "Working man" such an obvious attempt to stir up such hateful emotions.

Yes the people responsible should face justice, but if people are so keen to hand out "kicking's" to those responsible, go to the Town Centre and do it, by your own words there are plenty of so-called chavs about!
Some of the comments on this are disgusting. No wonder the Tories get away with demonising the working class so they can give their rich mates such lovely tax breaks (a category everyone commenting most likely fits into also!). The writer of this "article" is no better. "Working man" such an obvious attempt to stir up such hateful emotions. Yes the people responsible should face justice, but if people are so keen to hand out "kicking's" to those responsible, go to the Town Centre and do it, by your own words there are plenty of so-called chavs about! martinswindon
  • Score: -1

9:25pm Tue 22 Apr 14

IWrestledABearOnce says...

vwfudge wrote:
semitonic wrote:
The male who did the pushing was white, around 6ft 2ins and of slim build. He was in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a cap with an OBEY logo written on the front and a dark colour windbreaker type jacket which was zipped up over the nose. He was also wearing white trainers and black gloves.


I'm sure I've seen a scrote fitting this description loitering around the town hall recently. I remember thinking the 'OBEY' logo was rather sinister and unusual.

I do hope he gets a good kicking sometime soon if only for wearing such stupid headwear whilst robbing someone, it might knock some sense into him.
Sounds like most chavs in Swindon !! innit Bro
OBEY is a brand of clothing i think, ive seen it on peoples jumpers as well, but yea town centre is in serious need of a clean up, so many cretins about you need to be stupidly vigilante to the point of paranoia about being anywhere near these scumbags.
[quote][p][bold]vwfudge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]semitonic[/bold] wrote: [quote]The male who did the pushing was white, around 6ft 2ins and of slim build. He was in his late teens to early 20s, wearing a cap with an OBEY logo written on the front and a dark colour windbreaker type jacket which was zipped up over the nose. He was also wearing white trainers and black gloves.[/quote] I'm sure I've seen a scrote fitting this description loitering around the town hall recently. I remember thinking the 'OBEY' logo was rather sinister and unusual. I do hope he gets a good kicking sometime soon if only for wearing such stupid headwear whilst robbing someone, it might knock some sense into him.[/p][/quote]Sounds like most chavs in Swindon !! innit Bro[/p][/quote]OBEY is a brand of clothing i think, ive seen it on peoples jumpers as well, but yea town centre is in serious need of a clean up, so many cretins about you need to be stupidly vigilante to the point of paranoia about being anywhere near these scumbags. IWrestledABearOnce
  • Score: 6

10:59pm Tue 22 Apr 14

semitonic says...

martinswindon wrote:
Some of the comments on this are disgusting. No wonder the Tories get away with demonising the working class so they can give their rich mates such lovely tax breaks (a category everyone commenting most likely fits into also!).

The writer of this "article" is no better. "Working man" such an obvious attempt to stir up such hateful emotions.

Yes the people responsible should face justice, but if people are so keen to hand out "kicking's" to those responsible, go to the Town Centre and do it, by your own words there are plenty of so-called chavs about!
Not sure what politics has to do with armed robbery.

Garbled nonsense by an apologist of a serious crime.
[quote][p][bold]martinswindon[/bold] wrote: Some of the comments on this are disgusting. No wonder the Tories get away with demonising the working class so they can give their rich mates such lovely tax breaks (a category everyone commenting most likely fits into also!). The writer of this "article" is no better. "Working man" such an obvious attempt to stir up such hateful emotions. Yes the people responsible should face justice, but if people are so keen to hand out "kicking's" to those responsible, go to the Town Centre and do it, by your own words there are plenty of so-called chavs about![/p][/quote]Not sure what politics has to do with armed robbery. Garbled nonsense by an apologist of a serious crime. semitonic
  • Score: 4

11:18pm Tue 22 Apr 14

roberto5 says...

The town centre is getting more and more dodgy, only a quick walk through makes you paranoid due to the 'sorts' there.
The town centre is getting more and more dodgy, only a quick walk through makes you paranoid due to the 'sorts' there. roberto5
  • Score: 4

11:21pm Tue 22 Apr 14

roberto5 says...

Oh yeah I thought Kev Walton was on an ASBO from the town centre, I see him walking around near Wilkinson all the time?! Great law enforcement we have here.
Oh yeah I thought Kev Walton was on an ASBO from the town centre, I see him walking around near Wilkinson all the time?! Great law enforcement we have here. roberto5
  • Score: 3

6:48am Wed 23 Apr 14

leafy1 says...

umpcah wrote:
Someone must`ve seen a young man wit OBEY on his cap and thought what a stupid slogan ! Hopefully he will be stupid enough to carry on wearing it !
Gotta be still wearing it today and the same clothes,as I doubt they have the brain's to change their clothing -jackets etc.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: Someone must`ve seen a young man wit OBEY on his cap and thought what a stupid slogan ! Hopefully he will be stupid enough to carry on wearing it ![/p][/quote]Gotta be still wearing it today and the same clothes,as I doubt they have the brain's to change their clothing -jackets etc. leafy1
  • Score: 1

9:16am Wed 23 Apr 14

Alex English says...

martinswindon wrote:
Some of the comments on this are disgusting. No wonder the Tories get away with demonising the working class so they can give their rich mates such lovely tax breaks (a category everyone commenting most likely fits into also!).

The writer of this "article" is no better. "Working man" such an obvious attempt to stir up such hateful emotions.

Yes the people responsible should face justice, but if people are so keen to hand out "kicking's" to those responsible, go to the Town Centre and do it, by your own words there are plenty of so-called chavs about!
The "working man" was the victim, not the attacker. If anything, I'd have thought you'd have been on his side, given the rather unrelated political rant you opened your comment with.

No political party in this country demonises the working class. In fact, all of them only ever seem to harp on about the "hard working families", as if everyone in the country is some kind of toiling martyr to the Treasury's coffers.
[quote][p][bold]martinswindon[/bold] wrote: Some of the comments on this are disgusting. No wonder the Tories get away with demonising the working class so they can give their rich mates such lovely tax breaks (a category everyone commenting most likely fits into also!). The writer of this "article" is no better. "Working man" such an obvious attempt to stir up such hateful emotions. Yes the people responsible should face justice, but if people are so keen to hand out "kicking's" to those responsible, go to the Town Centre and do it, by your own words there are plenty of so-called chavs about![/p][/quote]The "working man" was the victim, not the attacker. If anything, I'd have thought you'd have been on his side, given the rather unrelated political rant you opened your comment with. No political party in this country demonises the working class. In fact, all of them only ever seem to harp on about the "hard working families", as if everyone in the country is some kind of toiling martyr to the Treasury's coffers. Alex English
  • Score: 1

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