FOUR teenage boys stole a knife, meat cleaver and saw from a man's boat after 'confronting' him in Oxford.

At around 3.30pm on Friday the man was on his boat on Hinksey stream, near the A423 junction of the Southern Bypass, when he was approached by the teenagers.

Police said they 'confronted' him before picking up a knife, a cleaver and a saw from the boat.

They then ran off in the direction of Rose Hill.

No one was injured and Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident of affray and theft.

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A black-handled serrated kitchen knife, an orange handled meat cleaver and a knife were stolen.

The first teenager is described as white, aged between 16 and 17-years-old, with short brown hair and slim. He was wearing a grey tracksuit.

The other three are described as black, all of average height and build, with short haircuts and all wearing grey tracksuits.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Dan Hayward based at Oxford police station said: “I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or who has any information to please come forward.

“It is believed that the offenders regularly visit the area and use a blue dinghy on that stretch of the stream.

 “Anyone with information can contact police by making a report online, quoting reference 43200159800.

“If you do not have access to the internet, please call 101.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”