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We can confirm that there has been an attempted robbery at Ivor Miles' garage on Churchway in Haddenham.

The incident happened at approximately 4.10pm today, Tuesday 9th August.

It is understood that two individuals were involved, at least one of whom was carrying an offensive weapon.

We are informed that the robbery attempt failed, largely thanks to one of the garage customers, who unfortunately sustained a rather substantial bump on his forehead as a result of the skirmish.

A Thames Valley Police helicopter circled the area for approximately ten minutes, as part of a significant police presence immediately after the incident.

We understand that no arrests have yet been made.

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Thames Valey Police subsequently issued the following statement:

Were you in Churchway Haddenham, this afternoon around 4pm?

We're currently at the scene of an attempted armed robbery when two men entered a garage, one carrying a hammer. They demanded cash. A bit of a scuffle ensued between the offenders and the man at the garage and a member of the public also in the garage.

The two offenders then ran off, empty-handed — they even left their hammer. The two victims are being treated at the scene for injuries. It's believed the two offenders are injured too. Anyone with any info or concerns about this incident is asked to call 101.

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Further information, courtesy of the Bucks Herald / Thame Gazette:

At around 4pm on Tuesday afternoon, two men entered a garage in Churchway and demanded cash.

A scuffle ensued between the offenders, the victim and a customer. The two offenders then ran off empty-handed, leaving the weapon at the scene. The two victims were treated at the scene for injuries.

The 37-year-old man sustained minor cuts and grazes to arms and hands and a bruise and swelling to his forehead. He was treated at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and discharged the same day.

The 76-year-old man suffered a cut to his nose, which was treated at the scene. Police believe the offenders may also have received injuries.

The first offender is mixed race, in his twenties, between 5ft 6ins to 5ft 9ins and slim. He was wearing a dark-coloured hooded top and beige face covering and spoke with an English accent.

The second offender is white, aged in his late twenties to mid-thirties, approximately 5ft 10ins to 6ft and had very short hair, crooked teeth and moustache. He was wearing an orange T-shirt and dark jeans and spoke with an English accent, possibly northern.

Investigating officer PC Justine Haw of Aylesbury CID said:

"We are keen for anyone who may have seen two men acting suspiciously in the area at the time to get in touch. It is fortunate that the two victims were not more seriously injured. A silver Ford Mondeo was seen in the area at the time and it is believed the offenders made off in it. In addition the two offenders are likely to be injured. With this in mind we would be keen to hear from anyone in the area or anyone who recognises the men from the description. Anyone with information or concerns about this incident is asked to call 101."

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