A 25-year-old man kicked a would-be robber in the shins to escape an attack in Cowley.

The attempted robbery happened in the subway under the eastern bypass by the BMW plant at about 8pm on May 6 but Thames Valley Police released the details today.

The offender, who police described as a black man in his mid 20s, pushed the man against the wall and demanded he handed over his property before the victim kicked him and ran away.At