A man needed hospital treatment for a stab wound following two robberies at shops in Slough on Christmas Eve.

The first incident happened at around 8am. Police say a man entered the CASCO store on Anslow Place and demanded money from the till. A member of staff is understood to have been threatened with a knife during the incident and a man in his thirties sustained a stab wound.

He was treated at Wexham Park Hospital and has since been discharged.

An empty cash till is believed to have been stolen.

Police say a man also entered McColls in Scarfell Road and demanded money from the till at 8.20am, threatening staff with a knife.

He stole a quantity of cash before leaving the scene in a vehicle which is described as dark coloured with a vinyl roof.

Police believe the offender may have been helped by another person in a vehicle.

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Matt Stone of Reading Force CID, said: “We believe there were a number of witnesses in both stores at the time of the robberies and we think that someone may have mobile phone footage of the incident in McColls.

“If you witnessed either of these incidents or have information that could help with this investigation, please contact us.”

Call Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting the reference 43180391169 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

*Matthew Higgins, 28, of Priory Road, Slough, appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Boxing Day charged with two counts of robbery.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Reading Crown Court on January 28.

A 20-year-old man has been released under investigation.