Police are on high alert after a man allegedly threatened drivers with what is believed to be a firearm close to the prestigious Eton College. The incident occurred on Wednesday between 9:30am and 10am in Bunces Close and Eton Wick Road in Windsor which is just over a mile away from the world-renowned public school.
Known for charging up to £46,296 per year in fees, the college boasts alumni including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, former Prime Minister David Cameron, and Princes William among others.
Thames Valley Police are investigating two instances in which the offender appeared to aim a small firearm at a man in his seventies and another in his sixties.
The first victim was travelling down Bunces Close when the offender approached, pointed the firearm, and heard a bang before driving away.
The weapon was also pointed at the second victim on Eton Wick Road before he was driven away.
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After specialist police searches in the vicinity, no one was found to have been injured and no evidence of firearm discharge was found.
Police are looking for witnesses and dashcam video to help them with their investigation.
The offender is thought to have escaped towards the River Thames via the Eton Wick Road footpath next to the allotments.
Police are presently investigating whether the firearm used was an air weapon or similar.
The suspect is described as a stocky guy in his thirties, standing between 5ft 9ins and 5ft 11ins tall.
He was dressed in black trousers, a dark-colored hooded top, and black trainers, with a Covid-style facemask covering his face, according to Thames Valley Police.
He may have also been sporting sunglasses, according to the police.
Thames Vally Police Detective Sergeant William Tippetts said: "We understand that this incident will have caused concern for the local community and there was a large police presence locally whilst we carried out enquiries to identify the offender.
"Please be reassured that we are carrying out a thorough investigation into this incident.
"We are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who may have information about what happened to please come forward.
"We'd also appeal to anyone who may have dash-cam footage of the local area, particularly any motorists or cyclists travelling along the Eton Wick Road between 9.30am and 10am, or anyone with personal CCTV or doorbell footage to please check in case it may have captured something that could assist our investigation."
Anyone with information can contact the police by calling 101 or by making a report online, quoting reference 43230127001. You can also submit any relevant footage via the dedicated online portal.
If you prefer to stay anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or going online.2023-03-25T11:12:07Z dg43tfdfdgfd