Robber forces teenager off his bike and then steals it

police logoPolice are appealing for information after a robbery in Hanham in which a teenager was forced off his bike before it was stolen.

It happened on Tuesday (14th January) about 11.50pm when an 18-year-old man was cycling along Abbots Road, near Hanham Cricket Club.

A dark VW Golf drove past and then pulled in front of the cyclist, forcing him to stop.

The passenger – a man – got out of the car and asked to see the serial number on the bike, claiming he had recently had his bike stolen.

The victim was forced off the bike and fell, the suspect grabbing the bike and riding off in the direction of Hanham, followed by the VW Golf.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, about 6ft and of average build. He has dark brown curly hair of medium length but of scruffy appearance. He had sideburns which joined beneath his chin and was wearing a light grey hooded jumper, dark trousers, dark training shoes, and blue and grey gloves, and was smoking a roll-up.

“We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident or recognises the suspect’s description to contact us. Anyone able to help is asked to contact South Gloucestershire CID on the force number 101, quoting the following reference 4823/14,” said a police spokesman.