Man attacks boy, 12, to steal his bike

E-fit of a man wanted in connection with a robbery of a 12-year-old boy in Kingston Park, Fratton  at 8.30pm on July 31. PPP-160816-120923001
E-fit of a man wanted in connection with a robbery of a 12-year-old boy in Kingston Park, Fratton at 8.30pm on July 31. PPP-160816-120923001
Alan Brailsford, 73, of Dryden Close, Waterlooville, Hampshire

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Police are hunting a man who pushed a boy to the ground before stealing his bike in a Portsmouth park.

The 12-year-old was with a group of friends on their bikes in Kingston Park, Fratton when they were chased by a man.

He was able to catch up with the 12-year-old and pushed him off his bike.

The boy fell to the ground and the man rode off on the bike, heading in the direction of Byerley Road.

Fortunately the victim did not suffer any injuries but he and his friends have been left shaken by the incident, which police revealed today happened at 8.30pm on July 31.

The stolen bike is a light green Norco BMX, with distinctive red wheels, black tyres and a black saddle. It is worth an estimated £400.

Bike stolen by a man in a robbery of a 12-year-old boy in Kingston Park, Fratton at 8.30pm on July 31. PPP-160816-120934001

Bike stolen by a man in a robbery of a 12-year-old boy in Kingston Park, Fratton at 8.30pm on July 31. PPP-160816-120934001

PC Ian Swan, from Fratton police station, said: ‘This was a very distressing robbery which saw a child deliberately targeted.

‘I would like to speak to anyone who has any information about this incident, no matter how small or insignificant they may think it is, because it could lead us to recovering the stolen bike or catching the man responsible.

‘I would also like to speak to anyone who thinks they recognise the man in the efit.’

Anyone with information is asked to call PC Swan on 101, quoting 44160286221, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This was a very distressing robbery which saw a child deliberately targeted.

PC Ian Swan, from Fratton police station