A 25-year-old man kicked a 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 yesterday.

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